terça-feira, dezembro 06, 2016

LA MALASANGRE Release trippy new video for “Contracorriente”

LA MALASANGRE
Release trippy new video for 
"Contracorriente"

 

Colombian band La Malasangre has shared their brand new video for "Contracorriente" (Countercurrent), the first single for their newest homonymous album, due for release in 2016. For lovers of bands like Tool, Porcupine Tree, Anathema and Opeth, they blend some of the common elements of progressive sound with some latin rhythms that allows them to explore and reach new limits into their sound.

"Contracorriente" features guest vocals by Argentinian rock band Eruca Sativa's singer Lula Bertoldi, making this effort an excellent glimpse of the current South American music scene. Starring female lead singer Karen Castiblanco, this trippy video was made as a collaboration between photographer & filmmaker Nicolás Caballero Arenas (48 Hour Film Project's Winner for "Avril" Short Film) and the Jiménez Brothers from SHARPBALL (Los Angeles-based Charming Liars' latest video among others).

Watch the video HERE: 

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BRIEG GUERVENO : Their new album " Valgori" is out

BRIEG GUERVENO just released his new album " Valgori' 


Brieg Guerveno is the project of one man, that of Brieg Guerveno, Breton author, composer and performer, with a passion for progressive music, the rock of the seventies, extreme music, and last but not least, his culture, his region and his second mother tongue: Breton.Brieg writes, composes and sings his texts in Breton, and this he does from the heart. Dark and melancholy, like the Breton gwerz, those poems carried by the oral tradition. Such tunes and texts have, across the centuries, built, layer by layer, the vast repertoire of traditional Breton songs.
This is the project of one man, but also that of a trio. the Brieg Guerveno trio has performed a lot in their native region but also  beyond the borders in England and Japan. These three believes in what they do. They have an unwavering faith in what makes Brieg's music a truly unique and unclassifiable project: progressive rock, raging, highly melodic, yet raw and concrete.

This uniqueness is confirmed once more by the third album "Valgori" presently in the making. Darker, rawer and colder than the former, the new album is custom-made for live performance, it will also be more modern and close the folk period that started back in 2006. The release is planned for 2016, and the Breton trio is preparing once again to scour the venues and scenes of France and of Europe at large.
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ADAGIO Returns with "LIFE" Next Spring; "Subrahmanya" Single Available Now

ADAGIO Returns with "LIFE" Next Spring; "Subrahmanya" Single Available Now

Taking their time to create their unique and highly personal fifth full-length album, it has been 7 years since Adagio's last studio release Archangels in Black. "The impetus behind the band's dormancy spanning almost a decade was our commitment to doing justice to our material," says guitarist Stéphan Forté. "To release the album in an incomplete or premature state would be a disservice to the music, the band, and most of all, to the fans."

With LIFE, Adagio pushes the experience past just music, plunging the listener into a powerful introspective experience. "Fear, joy, sorrow, love, pain, ecstasy... What if we could visit each of these emotions like exhibits in a museum? 'LIFE' takes you on contemplative journey, exploring the complex yet beautiful contortions of the subconscious mind." Each track is like a portrait in a gallery giving the audience a glimpse into the minds of the band members.

Stylistically, LIFE brings Adagio back to their progressive roots while expanding their musical boundaries. From the heavy "Subrahmanya" which is available as the first single now, and which combines traditional Eastern Ethnic and Djent influences, to the dark and mesmerizing "I'll Possess You," LIFE is an epic canvas of atmospheres which will take the listener back to the ethereal places they had once visited but never managed to find again.

This album features several lineup changes for Adagio. LIFE marks the return of singer Kelly "Sundown" Carpenter, who had previously performed live vocals for the band. It also brings us the new addition violinist Mayline, adding new ethnic textures and dimensions to the band's sound.

LIFE will be released worldwide in early spring 2017 through Zeta Nemesis, funded through a highly successful crowdfunding campaign. "The crowdfunding campaign was a great accomplishment for us; we're incredibly thankful that our fans had such great faith in us, even after our long absence from the scene. This organic grassroots process has yielded the purest results and we are confident that this release will be heralded as the band's finest effort yet."

LIFE will be released in Spring 2017; pre-order it here. The first single "Subrahmanya" is available for streaming now officially via the band's Facebook page. The single is also available from the Zeta Nemesis store.

Adagio line-up:

Kelly Sundown - Singer
Stéphan Forté - Guitar
Franck Hermanny - Bass
Kevin Codfert - Keyboards
Guillaume Bergiron - Drums
Mayline - Violin

ItalianProg book - New updated English edition



As most of you know, the first edition of this book, taken from my website www.italianprog.com, was published many years ago, in 2008 and has long sold out since last year. During these years the site has been constantly updated, adding more than 50 new artists and groups entries and lots of details on records and existing biographies. 

The new book contains 536 pages, in the large 8.5x11" format,  with over 600 groups and solo artists which all played in Italy during the Seventies. Biographical notes, detailed discography, collectors' notes and rarity/value rating (LP's only) are supplied, with black and white photos of some of the pictures. A separate section is dedicated as usual to the record companies that were involved in the Italian music scene. The new edition has been fully revised. 

"ItalianProg: The comprehensive guide to the Italian progressive music of the 70's" is printed and sold by Amazon.

It's already available on the Amazon US site (and other countries' Amazon site) at the price of $ 27.50 and will be available in a few weeks from other online sites.

Due to the printing and distribution method chosen, I don't have copies of the book to sell and I can't send sample copies for reviews, but here's a small extract (in PDF format) that can be downloaded by anyone from the following link:


I hope that all the people that followed my work and visited the site during all these years will appreciate the effort, many of them repeatedly asked about a new edition of the book.

I also hope to have, if possible, a small help for its diffusion through every channel (word of mouth, Internet sites, Facebook, music magazines).  

Thanks! 

** Augusto Croce - Perugia Italy

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Spirits Burning & Clearlight Feat. Members of GONG, Hawkwind & Clearlight To Release New Album “The Roadmap In Your Head”


London, UK - "The Roadmap In Your Head" is the 13th studio album from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, and the second to feature keyboardist Cyrille "Clearlight" Verdeaux. The album has a strong Gong presence, as it includes performances by four musicians from Gong's Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy (Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe), and four members of the current Gong (Ian East, Fabio Golfetti, Dave Sturt, Kavus Torabi). Clearlight is a project of French songwriter and composer Cyrille Verdeaux that blends classical romanticism and prog-rock experimentation. The first Clearlight album was released under the name "Clearlight Symphony," in 1974, by British major label Virgin Records. The most recent release was 2015's "Impressionist Symphony."
 
"Spirits Burning is a musical collective overseen by American composer/producer Don Falcone that has released a pluralistic combination of ambient, jazz and full-on space-rock with input from many of the genre's luminaries. Spirits Burning has become a respected melting pot of the space-rock fraternity." Ian Abrahams, Rock N Reel, July-August, 2008.
 
Says founding member and band leader Don Falcone, " 'Roadmap' is a musical journey from the beginning of one possible day to the next, touching different styles of music along the way. Like the previous Spirits Burning & Clearlight album, the songs are primarily instrumental. The new album is also a salute to Daevid and what he has meant to Spirits Burning, as he has been part of every release, except one." Gong legend Daevid Allen, who sadly passed away in 2015, co-wrote two songs on this release. He sings on the closing track "Roadmaps," and plays guitar on this track and the opening title track.
 
There are thirty-five musicians on Spirits Burning's "The Roadmap In Your Head." Besides members of the Gong global family, there are some special new crewmembers: Paul Booth (who recorded his part while touring with Steve Winwood), Theo Travis (who has played with David Gilmour, Porcupine Tree, and Gong), Judy Dyble (who provided some autoharp flourishes), and Jonathan Segel from Camper Van Beethoven (who Don invited after discovering he was a Gong fan). Returning crewmembers include: Hawkwind family members Steve Bemand, Nik Turner, and Bridget Wishart, plus Albert Bouchard (BÖC). "The Roadmap In Your Head" was mastered by well known ambient recording artist Robert Rich.

Titles:
1. The Roadmap In Your Head 3:56
2. Sun Sculptor & The Electrobilities 3:50
3. The Birth Of Belief 8:38
4. Coffee For Coltrane 6:58
5. Isolation In 10 80 2:55
6. Mrs. Noonness 4:12
7. The Old College Sky Is Where We Left It 1:28
8. Fuel For The Gods 13:05
9. Early Evening Rain 3:31
10. Black Squirrel At The Root Of The Staircase 7:34
11. Outsiders Parachute In 5:48
12. Déjà Vu 2:25
13. La Rue Inconnue 4:48
14. Roadmaps (The Other Way) 5:59


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Audio Fidelity To Release Legendary Santana Live Album “Lotus” 2-CD On Limited Edition Hybrid SACD



"...one of the greatest live albums ever recorded and one of the supreme achievements in guitar playing."

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Santana's critically acclaimed live album Lotus on limited edition hybrid SACD. Lotus is a 1974 live album by Santana, recorded at the Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan in 1973. It was originally released in 1974 as a triple vinyl LP in Japan only. The first U.S. release was in 1991 as a 2-CD set. It features the "New Santana Band" and combines that group's jazz and spiritual influences. Some of the band's biggest hits are performed, such as "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va," but it is the extended, intense instrumentals that are the order of the day such as the breathtaking "Incident at Neshabur," "Every Step of the Way," and "Toussaint L'Overture."

Carlos' superpowered guitar is mesmerizing, the entire atmosphere is otherworldly, beautiful, modern jazzy and most of all, electrifying. His guitar tone is perfect, each solo has a central rhythmic and melodic structure that was used to express in a moment what can never be repeated. The greatness of Lotus is its ability to take all of Carlos' beautiful melodies and expand them each into a whole new creation.

Santana fans know there are "several different Santanas." This was the MILES Santana, the COLTRANE Santana. This is intense and awe-inspiring music played with so much mind-numbing passion. Carlos' guitar speaks notes on this recording that are nothing short of extraordinary. He manages to imbue a vibration that cuts right through your soul. Even on the familiar hits, the jazz fusion makes its way into the notes and Carlos delivers a new message. This was the top of Santana's spiritual-fusion era. Lotus is the Live Santana album that gives other Live albums a bad name. Spectacular, breathtaking, emotional, spiritual...and it rocks!

Disc one
Going Home
A-1 Funk
Every Step of the Way
Black Magic Woman
Gypsy Queen
Oye Como Va
Yours Is the Light
Batuka
Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba)
Stone Flower (Introduction)
Waiting
Castillos de Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)
Free Angela
Samba de Sausalito

Disc two
Mantra
Kyoto (Drum Solo)
Castillos de Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)
Incident at Neshabur
Se a Cabo
Samba Pa Ti
Mr. Udo
Toussaint L'Overture

Produced by The New Santana Band
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering

For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
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The Mute Gods announce second studio album 'tardigrades will inherit the earth'




Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett), Roger King (Steve Hackett) and Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Aristocrats) will return as The Mute Gods with their forthcoming second album '...tardigrades will inherit the earth' set for release on the February 24th, 2017. Following the release of 2016's debut album 'do nothing till you hear from me', and a Progressive Music Award 2016 win in the Vanguard category, the trio deliver adventurous rock effort infused with timely perspectives on the state of religion, politics, media, and the environment. 
 
The Mute Gods examine these and other major queries facing our planet on its second album for InsideOut Music. It's a darker, deeply thought-provoking follow-up to its acclaimed 2016 debut recording 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me'. It picks up from where the first album left off, with its examination of societal control mechanisms, and looks at the inevitable outcomes should we continue down dark, dogmatic pathways. Musically, the album is an expansive rock effort with a heavier, more metal-oriented focus than its predecessor, yet steeped in melodicism and addictive hooks.
 
Nick Beggs had this to say:
 
"I know I'm not the only person who feels the way I do," says Beggs. "Other people understand the state of the world and what's at stake as we make one terrifyingly bad decision after another. This album asks people to take off their rose-tinted spectacles and consider the reality facing us. At this point in my career, I feel strongly that it's important to use music as a vehicle for truth, not just feel-good entertainment." 
 
The album will be available as a limited edition CD digipak (with bonus track), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. 

The full track-listing is below:
1.    Saltatio Mortis
2.     Animal Army
3.    We Can't Carry On
4.    The Dumbing Of The Stupid
5.    Early Warning
6.    Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth
7.    Window onto the Sun
8.    Lament
9.    The Singing Fish Batticaloa
10.  Hallelujah (bonus track)
11.  The Andromeda Strain
12.  Stranger Than Fiction

The Mute Gods was founded in 2015 by Beggs, a celebrated bassist, Stick player, songwriter and vocalist who has sold more than three million records with his own groups. His contributions also grace the work of myriad artists and genres, including progressive rock, pop, Celtic, funk, and soul.
 
Beggs records and tours with Steven Wilson, one of the best-selling alternative rock artists of this generation, as well as Steve Hackett, formerly of Genesis. In addition, Beggs has worked with legends across the pop and rock worlds, including Belinda Carlisle, John Paul Jones, Gary Numan, Kim Wilde, Englebert Humperdink and Seal. In the progressive rock realm, he's also performed with Steve Howe, Iona, Lifesigns, and Rick Wakeman.
 
Unlike the debut Mute Gods album, which included many special guests, Beggs chose to keep this release to the core trio ensuring a laser focus and consistency throughout. Roger King, the album's keyboardist and producer, also works with Beggs on Hackett's sold-out world tours. King has long been Hackett's right-hand man, serving in production, arrangement and writing capacities for the guitarist. Marco Minnemann, considered one of the most important, explosive drummers of our time, has worked with Beggs extensively on many Wilson tours and recordings.

The Mute Gods Online:
 
INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 
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Pain of Salvation - Announce new studio album "In the Passing Light of Day".




Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation have announced the worldwide release of their long-awaited new studio album 'In the Passing Light of Day' for Friday the 13th of January, 2017, via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.
Working together with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, etc.) at Dugout Studio in Sweden, the band have crafted an album that sees them returning to their much praised heavier sound, featuring the syncopated rhythms, glorious melodies, and intensely personal themes that Pain of Salvation fans have long loved about the band.

Inextricably linked to the near fatal illness that band-leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person's mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life. 

Gildenlöw comments: "What started off as an annoying infection has, in just hours, suddenly pivoted into the very real possibility of my actual dying." That's not to say, however, that all this record presents is blackness. "This album also shows the beauty of the transition, of the inevitable. And of the hope of a tomorrow, the hope of change, no matter how frail and naive that hope may be."

In the past 6 years since the release of 'Road Salt Two', fans hope for new Pain of Salvation output has truly been tested. But their perseverance, as well as that of Daniel Gildenlöw and his band, has been rewarded with perhaps the most stunning album of their career.

The album will be available as a special edition 2CD Mediabook (including expanded 48-pages booklet, several in-depth texts by conceptual author Daniel Gildenlöw, demo material & band commentary tracks), standard jewelcase CD, gatefold 180g 2LP vinyl plus album on CD as bonus & digital download. 

You can find the full tracklisting of the main album below:

Pain of Salvation - "In the Passing Light of Day":
1. On a Tuesday (10:22)
2. Tongue of God (04:53)
3. Meaningless (04:47)
4. Silent Gold (03:23)
5. Full Throttle Tribe (09:05)
6. Reasons (04:45)
7. Angels of Broken Things (06:24)
8. The Taming of a Beast (06:33)
9. If This Is the End (06:03)
10. The Passing Light of Day (15:31)
 
A brief album teaser can be seen here: 
Look out for the launch of the album's first single/video on November 18th, 2016.
 
Pain of Salvation - line-up 2016:
Daniel Gildenlöw - vocals, guitars
Ragnar Zolberg - guitars, vocals
Daniel D2 Karlsson - keyboards, backing vocals
Gustaf Hielm - bass, backing vocals
Léo Margarit - drums, backing vocals
 
Earlier this year, Pain of Salvation released a special reissue of their classic 2002 album "Remedy Lane" entitled "Remedy Lane Re:visited (Re:mixed & Re:lived)". Combining a remix of the original album by mixing engineer wizard Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Haken, etc.), as well as an intense full-album live performance from Prog Power USA from 2014, this package presents an ultimate version of the much loved record. 
Check here for all physical formats:http://smarturl.it/POSreissuesIOMshop
 
Or here:
"Re:Lived" Amazon MP3: http://smarturl.it/RLrelivedAMAZONMP3 
 
Pain of Salvation - Live:
07.-11.02.2017 Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise To The Edge

More dates to follow soon...

PAIN OF SALVATION online:
 
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Supertramp Founding Member & King Crimson Songwriter Richard Palmer-James Releases Debut Solo Album “Takeaway”



London, UK - Supertramp founding member & King Crimson songwriter Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album "Takeaway"! An English songwriter & guitarist, Richard is best known for having written lyrics to several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s. 

Says Richard, "Having spent the last few decades writing words for other people to sing, and thus being obliged to comply with the ambitions and sensibilities of others, I wanted to present a collection of songs that are uncompromisingly my own.

"I've been trying them out in club and pub appearances as a singer/songwriter, and they seem to work, but I'm very curious to see what sort of reaction this album production, which was realised with the indispensable help of a few talented colleagues from the Munich music scene, might elicit.

"The recordings differ stylistically from most of the stuff I worked on as a hired hand - probably because I enjoy playing acoustic instruments and writing pieces which involve storytelling."

Richard Palmer-James got his start in the music business playing in various Bournemouth bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which also included John Wetton on bass and vocals. He was a founding member of Supertramp; he played guitar, sang vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer and co-wrote the lyrics of the song "Goldrush", a song written during his days in the band and finally recorded on their 2002 album "Slow Motion".

Richard wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson's albums: "Larks' Tongues in Aspic", "Starless and Bible Black", and "Red". He did not participate in any of King Crimson's recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

Richard has lived in Munich since the early 1970s. He worked in Munich on the composition and production of music for films and TV until his activities as a lyricist – for such diverse acts as King Crimson, La Bionda, Mireille Mathieu and Haddaway, among others – took priority, resulting in over 400 published titles. In the 90's, however, he returned to playing guitar regularly, and with the help of the resonator guitar and mandolin began to rediscover in blues and folk music the sources of his
musical inspiration. 

In 1978 Richard was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, who were his bandmates in Tetrad, and they recorded as "Jack-Knife" an album with the German drummer Curt Cress in 10 days called "I Wish You Would". He also wrote the English lyrics for the Italo Disco inventors La Bionda.

In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton under the title "Monkey Business", a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, like a King Crimson tune called "Doctor Diamond". In 2015 "I Wish You Would" and "Monkey Business" were released together as a twofer and that continues to be available via this link: http://geni.us/OVtK2P

Today Richard makes his living mainly as a lyricist and performing on guitar live. In support of his new album, Richard Palmer-James will be playing showcase concerts in the UK and Germany.

To purchase Richard Palmer-James "Takeaway": 
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Magnum New ballads album out in early January 2017

MAGNUM

New ballads album out in early January 2017

THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS

Renowned not only for their powerful rock songs but also for countless moving ballads, British rock icons Magnum are set to surprise their fans with a very special release at the very beginning of the coming year: THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS has been scheduled for release on 6 January 2017 (US/Canada: 20 January 2017), an album featuring ten of their most accomplished ballads, all of them remastered and in parts even newly re-recorded and remixed.  

Guitarist, composer and producer Tony Clarkin: "The release of this album was originally inspired by my daughter. A few months ago she asked me: ´Magnum have so many beautiful quiet numbers, why don't you put together a compilation highlighting some of the most powerful tracks?` Olly Hahn of Steamhammer/SPV was immediately taken by the concept, so I set down to work on it."

THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS contains material from the band's different creative phases. Along with remastered versions of more recent ballads from albums such as Into The Valley Of The Moonkings, The Visitation and the current studio recording Sacred Blood - Divine Lies, there will also be a newly re-recorded acoustic version of their classic ´Lonely Night` and a new haunting live version of their hit ´When The World Comes Down` from their 1986 cult recording Vigilante.

The release will be supported by selected shows in the UK and Ireland during the run-up to Christmas and a German/Swiss tour where Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley join the "Rock Meets Classic" tour from 30 March 2017. Some more festivals for summer 2017 will be announced shortly.

THE VALLEY OF TEARS – THE BALLADS will be released as a digipak version, download and stream on January 06th, 2017 (USA/Canada January 20th, 2017) through SPV/Steamhammer.


 TRACKLISTING

01 Dream About You (remastered)
02 Back in Your Arms Again (newly re-recorded)
03 The Valley of Tears (remixed, remastered)
04 Broken Wheel (newly re-recorded)
05 A Face in the Crowd (remixed, remastered)
06 Your Dreams Won't Die (remastered)
07 Lonely Night (acoustic version, newly re-recorded)
08 The Last Frontier (remixed, remastered)
09 Putting Things In Place (remixed, remastered)
10 When The World Comes Down (new live version)
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Esquire Featuring Nikki Squire Release New Album “Esquire III - No Spare Planet”



London, UK - Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, the first wife of Chris Squire from YES, has released their first new album in several years! On their new release "No Spare Planet", the band has championed a unique and sophisticated sound and they have straddled traditional music boundaries and essentially unleashed an innovative style of progressive rock that is varied, accessible and modern.

Esquire is now set to extend their musical legacy with this 3rd studio album. Comprising of nine unreleased songs, the last that Nikki Squire and Nigel McLaren wrote together before Nigel's untimely passing in 2015.

Says Nikki, "Nigel and I started work on these songs a few years ago. Our intention was to create an album that although still 'progressive', would bring a modern and fresh outlook and move forward to build a meaningful album…a solid basis that was to become 'Esquire 111 – No Spare Planet'. Nigel my co- writer suddenly passed away in 2015, just as we were getting ready to mix and master our music. Many things that happened after this led me to complete the album alone, which has now become a Tribute to Nigel McLaren."

Fronted by Nikki Squire, Esquire is a British rock band noted for their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Formed in 1982, Esquire released two studio albums - the self-titled "Esquire" in 1987, written and produced by Nikki Squire, Nigel McLaren & Esquire, and then a follow-up album "Coming Home" in 1997. Chris Squire and Mark Wallis produced the mixes, YES drummer Alan White, YES producer Trevor Horn and Chris and Nikki's eldest daughter, Carmen Squire and Charles Olins, all worked on the band's debut album. The second album, "Coming Home", was written by Nikki Squire and Nigel McLaren; it also included Danny Isaacs on guitar on three tracks and Tony Matteucci on drums. Also WINGS Denny Laine on backing vocals, to name but a few... 

Now, completing the Esquire trilogy after their last album, "Esquire III - No Spare Planet" brings the band right up to date in 2016!

Tracks:

1. MINISTRY OF LIFE
2. SHE SAID
3. HUMAN RHYTHM
4. TONIGHT
5. FRIENDS & ENEMIES
6. IT'S OVER
7. WHERE IS THE LOVE
8. STAY LOW
9. HEAVEN BLESSED

For more information: http://esquiretheband.com/

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NEW BANGTOWER ALBUM “WITH N WITH OUT” AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

Featuring Percy Jones, Neil Citron, Frankie Banali & others!


Chicago/Los Angeles – Declassified Records announced today the newest album from progressive fusion legends "BangTower" entitled "With N With Out", is now available for official Pre-Order from PledgeMusic. The highly anticipated 13 track sophomore album, due for retail release December 6, marks the first full length CD since the internationally acclaimed 2010 debut "Casting Shadows". The link to the Pre-Order campaign can be found at

Returning to the BangTower "2" project are original members, fretless bass legend Percy Jones of "Brand X", Los Angeles "Drum-Guru" Walter Garces of "The Electric Prunes", and Grammy winning musician, engineer and producer Neil Citron. In addition, the album features tracks with drummers Frankie Banali of "Quite Riot" and Rodger Carter of "John 5", bassist Robbie "Pag" Pagliari of "Ohm", Joan Fraley of the "Rave" and Jon Pomplin of Declassified Records. Also appearing on the record are musicians Justin Stone, Chris Colovus and Josh Greenbaum.

Exclusives available only from the Pre-Order campaign include rare and unique autographed items, limited edition merchandise, fan interaction opportunities, ability to have their name on the CD liner notes, immediate digital downloads, early shipment of the record, plus regular updates and more.

BangTower was intended to bring together musicians and friends from different genres, disciplines and physical locations, by using a combination of leading edge digital technology along with traditional studio recording. The result from this expanded circle of talent from all over the country is another unique musical document of creative exploration. Blending multi-platinum record sellers, Grammy winners, session artists and music legends along with music teachers and students working together towards the goal of creating the most joyous and interesting music possible. 

BangTower "With N With Out" 
1. Hello I'm Here
2. PCH
3. Chipotle
4. Soul to Sole
5. Roger Wilco.., And Out 
6. Uncle Floyd 
7. Kitty's Real Groove
8. My Fathers Smile
9. McGown's Pass
10. This is My Town
11. 6/8 Primate
12. Good Bye N Good Nite

13. – Bonus – (limited edition CD Only) – "Holiday track"
13. – Bonus – (Digital Only) – "Hair of the Dog" (Single)

The tracks on "With N With Out" have a unique personality that reflects and challenges each player's technique and style, pushing the edge of their musical "comfort zone" while remaining a true joy to play and listen to. Although every composition is an exceptional stand-alone masterpiece, each song remains an integral part of the overall context and feel of the album and the project.

The special limited edition CD version of the new record "With N With Out" will also contain a bonus "holiday track" featuring Percy Jones, Walter Garces and Neil Citron, which was originally recorded in 2013 but never officially released until now.  

The new BangTower record "With N With Out" is Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Neil Citron. Released by Declassified Records; Jon Pomplin Executive Producer. 

For more information on the new BangTower album, visit:
PledgeMusic Pre-Order – www.pledgemusic.com/Bangtower  
Official Website - www.BangTower.com

Label/Distribution Inquiries: Declassified Records:
Official Website – www.declassifiedrecords.com  
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wedish Keyboard Legend Pär Lindh Launches New Ensemble “TRITON”: The NICE Legacy of ELP & PLP



Sweden – Swedish keyboard legend Pär Lindh is launching his new band "TRITON": The NICE Legacy of ELP & PLP. The new ensemble was created to honor the legacy of The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Pär Lindh Project.

Says Pär, "My band Pär Lindh Project or PLP in short was struck by the passing of our beloved singer Magdalena Hagberg in 2007. She died from cancer and this was a terrible blow to the band from which PLP could never really recover.

"Thus we have a situation today of three great keyboard driven bands that are no more. The Nice, ELP and PLP. In 1995 I played with Lee Jackson and Brian Davidson and we were going to form The New Nice but due to lack of financial backing it didn't happen.

"To keep the legacy of these three unique bands alive I have decided to begin touring under the name TRITON and the concept The Nice Legacy of PLP & ELP. The idea is that because all three above bands no longer exist we want to keep their legacy going as there is just an tremendous amount of extraordinary musical material to perform in concert. The musical legacy of three great bands all in one show!"

Along with Pär on keyboards and synthesizers, the band features Göran Holmberg on Bass, and Putte Saavedra on drums. Saavedra was along with Pär in starting the progressive wave in 1991 organizing the perhaps first ever progressive rock festival in Sweden. Incidentally, all  members of TRITON performed at this festival, which was then followed by Progfest 93 in Los Angeles USA where Pär also performed and the rest is history as they say.

Göran Holmberg and Putte Saavedra comes from the band MANTICORE which performed the music of YES, Genesis and when Pär was a short time member 1989-1991 even ELP covers. MANTICORE has also released an album with their own music called "Time to Fly" in the mid nineties.

Watch Triton performing "Hoedown": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTazGthnVuE

For those in the progressive rock community Pär Lindh is considered a keyboard wizard – so much so that he was chosen to play keys for the reunion of the legendary Nice (a prestigious position only held by keyboard visionary Keith Emerson) With the release of several highly acclaimed albums, the Pär Lindh Project band has garnered worldwide acclaim. After original lead vocalist Magdalena Hagberg sadly passed away in 2007, and a subsequent hiatus by the band, Pär felt the time was right to record and release his next album and recruited the exquisite vocalist Alan Lewis, former Alaska member, who is the most recent vocalist with American prog legends Starcastle. Lewis also adds his tasty solid drum work to the mix. 'Time Mirrors' is a true masterpiece in progressive rock and has been garnered critical acclaim across the planet. The album was nominated for the 'Best CD of 2010' by the Italian Prog Awards.

PLP was a classical rock band with the focus on keyboard-based music. The influences of European classical music is an important part of their sound. This sets them apart from perhaps all other bands in the rock, pop and progressive music world of today. Their classic album GOTHIC IMPRESSIONS was elected in 1997 as one of the top ten progressive rock albums of all time along with groups like YES, GENESIS, ELP, MARILLION, PINK FLOYD and others. The Pär Lindh Project was the most successful Swedish progressive rock band of the 1990s.

Here's what the press have said about Pär Lindh:

"Pär Lindh is the Scandinavian king of the keyboards!" - IO pages

"Pär Lindh is the greatest composer and artist to emerge in the nineties!" - Metamusica

¨Swedish keyboardist, Pär Lindh, stole the equipment show by sitting in on the house concert organ at UCLA Royce Hall, Los Angeles Progfest. His sounds added a new degree of bone-shaking meaning to the phrase ¨pedal tones.¨ - Keyboard Magazine

"Pär Lindh is a phenomenon....His fingers dances on the keyboards…every note so natural and played with such a precision so you can´t help but being filled with admiration." Jean-Marc Rousse (journalist)

"Lindh is a top notch keyboard player, ranking right up there with the greats that he emulates." - Music News Network

"What is it that makes PLP so special? For one thing their musicianship is second to none, playing with a verve and skill that many prog acts would envy." - Geoff Feakes, DPRP reviews

Pär Lindh Official Website: www.parlindh.com

LEPROUS - Next song from upcoming live-release launched; "Bilateral" vinyl re-release!



Norwegian prog metallers LEPROUS are debuting a next video sample their upcoming first live DVD/CD/LP release, "Live At Rockefeller Music Hall", which will come out worldwide on November 25th, 2016 via InsideOut Music.


Check out the track "Third Law" here:

 
LEPROUS checked in with the following comment about "Third Law":
"We're really excited to share 'Third Law' with you all! It's a high energy song that is really in its right element when performed live! Enjoy!"
 
Previously, LEPROUS launched the track "Slave" here:

  
Recorded live at a hometown show in Oslo on June 4th of this year, "Live At Rockefeller Music Hall" will arrive on various formats, including a limited DVD+2CD Digipak, standalone DVD, 2CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 3LP + 2CD & as Digital Download audio. 

The full tracklisting of the concert part is as follows:
 
LEPROUS - "Live At Rockefeller Music Hall":
1. The Flood
2. Foe
3. Third Law
4. Rewind
5. The Cloak
6. Acquired Taste
7. Red
8. Slave
9. The Price
10. Moon
11. Down
12. The Valley
13. Forced Entry
14. Contaminate Me
 
Additionally, the DVD contains the following bonus materials:
1. Behind The Scenes
2. Slave (Lyric Video)
3. Restless (Video Clip)
4. The Cloak (Video Clip)
5. The Price (Video Clip)
6. Leprous At Rockefeller 13 Years Earlier

The pre-order for "Live At Rockefeller Music Hall" in its various physical formats starts today from the Inside Out webshop here:
 
Alternatively, the release can be purchased here:



LEPROUS will next hit the road with a massive run of dates supporting Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me in Europe as well as Devin Townsend Project and Tesseract in the UK early 2017. Here is a list of all upcoming shows for LEPROUS, with some first festival dates announced for next year already as well: 

LEPROUS - European tour with Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me:
01.28.017 Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix * No BTBAM
01.30.2017 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) - Rockhal
01.31.2017 Paris (France) - Bataclan
02.01.2017 Bordeaux (France) - Rockschool Barbey
02.03.2017 Madrid (Spain) - La Reviera
02.04.2017 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz 2
02.05.2017 Marseille (France) - Le Moulin
02.07.2017 Milan (Italy) - Live Club
02.08.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
02.09.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
02.10.2017 Munich (Germany) - Backstage
02.12.2017 Zagreb (Croatia) - Tvornica Club
02.13.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
02.14.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Arena
02.16.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) - The Roxy
02.17.2017 Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
02.18.2017 Kraków (Poland) - Kwadrat
02.19.2017 Warsaw (Poland) - Stodola
02.21.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Grünspan
02.22.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Voxhall
02.23.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik
02.25.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
02.26.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Sentrum Scene
02.28.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - The Circus
03.01.2017 Seinajoki (Finland) - Rytmikorjaamo
03.03.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Berns
03.04.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB
03.05.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
03.07.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
03.08.2017 Dortmund (Germany) - FZW
03.09.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013
03.10.2017 Amsterdam (The Netherlands) - De Melkweg
  
LEPROUS - UK tour with Devin Townsend Project & Tesseract:
12.03.2017 Bristol (UK) - Colston Hall
13.03.2017 Manchester (UK) - Academy
14.03.2017 Glasgow (UK) - Barrowlands
16.03.2017 Birmingham (UK) - Institute
17.03.2017 London (UK) - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
17.03.2017 Nottingham (UK) - Rock City
 
LEPROUS - Festivals 2017:
20.-22.07.2017 Ostry Grun (Slovakia) - Gothoom Open Air Festival
10.-13.08.2017 Rasnov (Romania) - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
 
In other news, LEPROUS have announced a long overdue vinyl 2LP re-release of their groundbreaking 2011 album "Bilateral", which will be out on January 27th, 2017 via InsideOutMusic, in good timing for their commencing tour campaign across Europe/UK.
Look out for more details and pre-sale info soon...

LEPROUS' latest studio album, "The Congregation", entered the official national sales charts in several European countries upon release as follows: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.
 
"The Congregation" is still available in its various physical formats from the IOM webshop: http://smarturl.it/thecongregationIOM

LEPROUS - "The Congregation" online links:
"The Price" video: https://youtu.be/0G9Qd_84YZs
"Slave" lyric video: https://youtu.be/2GWPzBXNY2g

LEPROUS - "The Congregation" online links:
"The Price" video: https://youtu.be/0G9Qd_84YZs
"Slave" lyric video: https://youtu.be/2GWPzBXNY2g
 
LEPROUS online:
www.leprous.net/mobile (mobile website)
 
INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 
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HOUSE OF BLUES WELCOMES: JOE WALSH

HOUSE OF BLUES WELCOMES: JOE WALSH


A SERIES OF INTIMATE SHOWS AT
HOUSE OF BLUES LAS VEGAS


Just announced! House of Blues Welcomes: Joe Walsh, a series of intimate shows at House of Blues Las Vegas. Shows run select dates Jan. 11 – 21, 2017. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available including Premium Tickets, meet & greet, exclusive merchandise and more.  

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, November 18th at 10am PST. Joe Walsh Fan Club members will have access to exclusive pre-sales for the new dates beginning today at 10am PST.


01/11/2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues - Mandalay Bay 
01/13/2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues - Mandalay Bay 
01/14/2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues - Mandalay Bay 
01/18/2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues - Mandalay Bay 
01/20/2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues - Mandalay Bay 
01/21/2017 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues - Mandalay Bay
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EXCALIBUR: The Celtic Rock Opera of Alan Simon Returns Feat. Michael Sadler, Martin Barre, Maggie Reilly, John Helliwell & Others For Its Next ARENA Tour of Germany in December 2016!

​(Photo credit: Christian Roch)

The legendary story of King Arthur will return to 11 German and 1 Swiss arenas in December 2016 for ALL NEW rock opera! A trailer for the tour can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e27yccjux1k

The creator of Excalibur, Alan Simon, said this of the tour: "Excalibur is back, with a full orchestra, special guest cast members, an aerial dancer along with King Arthur and Merlin as they battle evil forces. I have written an all new show, with a story set 1000 years after the famous legends we performed in 2011, and everything is ready to be unleashed on new audiences. This is the first Excalibur tour in nearly five years!"

Building on the 2009 shows (to up to 12,000 people per night) and subsequent arena tours in 2010 and 2011 in Germany, this new tour re-unites key members of the Excalibur cast, along with new special guests for an orchestral rock extravaganza expected to thrill and amaze concert goers!

The special guests on this tour include:
Michael Sadler (Saga)
Moya Brennan (Clannad)
John Helliwell and Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp)
Maggie Reilly (Mike Oldfield Band)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Eric Fish (Subway to Sally)
John Kelly (The Kelly Family)
Maite Itoiz (Elfenthal)
Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth)
The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Prague
The show will be narrated by acclaimed German actor Micheal Mendl as Merlin the Magician.

2016 Tour dates:
Dec. 08 Stuttgart, Liederhalle Hegelsaal
Dec. 09 Frankfurt, Festhalle
Dec. 11 Dortmund, Westfalenhalle
Dec. 13 Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena
Dec. 14 Bremen, ÖVB Arena Bremen
Dec. 15 Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
Dec. 16 Leipzig, Arena


Excalibur released 3 critically acclaimed albums and has finished the fourth album The Dark Age of the Dragon.



Excalibur is represented by Daniel Earnshaw at QEDG Management. www.qedg.co.uk
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Guitar Legend & Johnny Winter Protege Paul Nelson Releases New Album “Badass Generation”



Los Angeles – Much to the excitement of guitarists worldwide, guitar legend Paul Nelson has released his new album "Badass Generation" to critical acclaim! Grammy winning guitarist Paul Nelson was Johnny Winter's protege guitarist in the Johnny Winter Band.

Paul has toured with countless worldwide touring artists and performed live and or on recordings along side major artists such as Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, Mark Knofler, Brian Setzer, Dr. John, Slash, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Los Lobos, Kim Wilson, Elvin Bishop, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Reb Beach, Steve Morse, John Popper, Debbie Davies, Los Lobos, Quin Sullivan, Tinsley Ellis, Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski, Joe Walsh, Larry Carlton, Steve Vai, Earl Slick, Hubert Sumlin, Pete Rivera, Rick Derringer, Harvey Brooks, Bill Evans, James Cotton, Magic Slim, Coco Montoya, Uptown Horns, Blues Brother Horns, Reese Wynans, Edgar Winter, Ray Davis, George Lynch, James Cotton, Anthony Jackson, Dickey Betts, Junior Brown, Pat Travers, Jimmy Vivino and La Bamba of Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Paul Schaefer's CBS Orchestra to name a few. With appearances on David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel programs.

Paul Nelson has been featured in every major guitar magazine and news publication from Guitar World to Rolling Stone and is credited as being a composer/performer for music heard on international and national television broadcasts such as NBC, TNN, UPN, for the WWE. He has conducted his successful "Master Class" Clinics and written guitar columns all over the world.

Paul has had the distinction of appearing as both guitarist and songwriter on Rock/Blues legend Johnny Winter's Grammy-nominated Virgin/EMI release "I'm A Bluesman" as well as producer/performer on his releases "Roots" and the Grammy winning "Step Back" on Megaforce/Sony. He performed as a musical guest with Johnny Winter on the Late Night with David Letterman Show to promote the "Roots" album and on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC TV to promote the "Step Back" CD and Johnny Winter's "Down and Dirty Movie," which he also appeared in and was the Executive Producer.

Nelson, who studied with Steve Vai in his Berklee days, jazz fusion great Steve Khan and Mike Stern has created a tour de force with his last all-instrumental rock/fusion solo release, "A very diverse package that takes the listener on a sophisticated journey through the musical mind of Paul Nelson. Boundless energy, and displays ferocious solo sections at the same time showing us his control over an emotional side of playing all the while holding it together with a tasteful melodic sense which comes through on each cut."

Paul's latest CD on Sony Music Group entitled "Badass Generation" has received rave reviews worldwide; calling Nelson "One of today's Top Guitarists"!

"What else can we say about Paul Nelson except - Chops Deluxe." - Guitar World Magazine

"He's a soulful player who has chops to burn. The word 'ferocious' comes to mind, or 'take no prisoners'" - Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Love this album - the sound and the energy. Gorgeous, searing guitar work. Like a blow torch!" – Wall Street Journal

Recognized as one of music's top guitarist/songwriter/producers Paul Nelson continues his musical journey recording and touring the world over. Nelson was not only guitarist to legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but is recognized in his own right as one of today's premier guitarists. "Johnny definitely took me under his wing," Nelson remembers his late friend and mentor. "The blues world does that. One musician hands another the torch, and then you run with it. Johnny took pride in turning me on to the likes of Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters Delta, Texas and Chicago blues - all the music that he loved. I knew what he was doing for me, and I am really appreciative of that."

Nelson performed on and produced "Step Back," a posthumous, star-studded affair, pairing him on recordings with Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Ben Harper and many others, earning both Nelson and Winter Grammy Awards for "Best Blues Album" in 2015. Nelson still feels the loss of his friend and mentor. But he also recognizes that new creative endeavors are ahead.

The formation of The Paul Nelson Band and the "Badass Generation" album marked the next step in that evolution. Nelson's new project still maintains an unmistakable connection to the blues, but it also finds the guitarist showing his other musical dimensions, from hard-edged, uncompromising rock and blues to acoustic-driven singer-songwriter fare.

"The Paul Nelson Band rocks. Period. Like the debut albums of Aerosmith or Van Halen, this self-titled debut is hot with licks that are in service to the song. That, right there, puts it a cut above. Nelson's sparkling electricity spills out of his guitar like Blues/Rock on Steroids. Singer Morten Fredheim is a find! Paul Rodgers ain't got nothin' on this guy! Nelson is razor-sharp, crystal-clear and punctuates the proceedings with a kick and a grin. This band can't help but be huge." - Goldmine Magazine

On this album Nelson and his newly formed band skillfully incorporate an array of sounds and styles, with what Nelson's fans know to be his calling card: remarkable, world-class virtuosity on the guitar - what you might expect of someone who was also taught by six-string master Steve Vai. "This project has so much input from all of the different styles of music that have influenced me and my band, from blues to classic rock to jam band, pop rock and more. I wanted to play the guitar to serve the songs – and not the other way around. Everything I create has to fit in with the music," says Nelson.

Nelson's handpicked co-conspirators include vocalist Morten Fredheim, who turned heads topping the European edition of "The Voice", bassist Christopher Alexander; and Chris Reddan on drums. Gov't Mule keyboardist Danny Louis also makes a cameo appearance. The collective result is something that's musically rooted in the classic era of Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Company, Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, Aerosmith and ZZ Top – but right at home with a fresh new take in the 21st century. "We got together and painstakingly worked out these songs before we recorded them. The caliber of the musicians in this band is inspiring" Nelson explains.

Nelson is eager to begin this new stage of his career with his band mates. Songs such as "Keep It All Together" with Fredheim's soaring vocals, and Nelson's classic guitar sounds to "Goodbye Forever", with it's infectious groove and chorus and "Please Come Home" displaying emotional melodies and soulful slide guitar work, all which are among the few future stand out classics found on this album. "I want our music to touch many people in the same way it did us in the making and performing of this album," says Nelson. His only regret? That his old friend wasn't able to sit in on a few of the tunes. "Johnny Winter's influence will always be a part of me," he says. "There are many times when I pick up my guitar, and I feel his music. I know he's with me in a way, but I also have influences from so many other places. Have I now spread my wings? Absolutely. I'm a musician. I have to keep on writing and performing and never stop."

The album's title "Badass Generation" says it all! The music on this latest recording speaks to today's generation's quest for something new and this band's music does just that, through great song writing and musicianship making for one great musical ride!





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