sexta-feira, fevereiro 17, 2017

XII NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL

Metalmania 2017 – additional attractions

After a 9-year hiatus, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe - Metalmania, comes back to life. The 23rd edition of this iconic festival will be held on April, 22nd 2017 in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland).
 
Additional attractions include:
- exhibition of black and white portraits of the biggest names of rock/metal scene (Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Johny Cash, Eddie Vedder an more), made from the old LPs by Agnieszka Krysiuk,
- merch stands from the most interesting independent labels such as Pagan Records, Arachnophobia Records, Old Temple or Unquiet Records,
- Metal Mind Productions' merch stand with CDs/DVDs plus merch of the bands performing at the festival,
- Rock-Files' merch stand,
- Rock'n'Roll Tattoo and Piercing's stand,
and more!
 
Metalmania Festival 2017 - time schedule:
Please note that due to logistic reasons, Impaled Nazarene will perform at the Second Stage.
 
22.04.2017 Katowice – Spodek
 
Main Stage:
11.30 - Animations
12.30 - Tygers of Pan Tang
13.30 - Sinister
14.40 - Arcturus
15.50 - Entombed A.D.
17.00 - Vader
18.30 - Sodom
20.00 - Coroner
21.40 - Moonspell
23.25 - Samael
01.15 - Furia
 
Second Stage:
11.00 - Mentor
12.00 - Stillborn
13.00 - Thermit
14.10 - In Twilight's Embrace
15.20 - Mord'A'Stigmata
16.30 - Infernal War
17.50 - Thaw
19.20 - Obscure Sphinx
21.00 - Impaled Nazarene
22.40 - CETI
00.35 – Entropia
 
+ Special guests: Roman Kostrewski (KAT) +…
 
Gates open: 10.00
 
Metalmania Festival - one of the most important musical events of 2017, a real treat for metal maniacs! Metalmania remains true to its formula - one day, two stages, over 20 bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That's what Metalmania Festival is all about!
 
Ticket prices (pre-sale):
FAN ticket – 666 PLN (only at shop.metalmind.com.pl)
VIP - 355 PLN
Red seats H, J - 260 PLN
Red seats & blue seats (rows I-X) - 195 PLN
Blue seats (rows XI and up) - 160 PLN
Standing floor - 170 PLN
 
For tickets go to:
shop.metalmind.com.pl, www.ticketpro.pl, www.eventim.pl, www.ebilet.pl, www.biletin.pl,  www.ticketportal.pl
 
More info:
www.metalmind.com.pl/metalmania
www.facebook.com/MetalmaniaFestival/
 
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www.metalmind.com.pl
www.facebook.com/metalmindproductions
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sexta-feira, fevereiro 10, 2017

LEVIN BROTHERS feat. Tony & Pete Levin, Tour Dates

LEVIN BROTHERS 2017 TOUR
feat. TONY & PETE LEVIN
with ERIK LAWRENCE & JEFF SIEGEL 

 
Dear Friends in Music

Tony Levin is currently on tour with his progressive avant-rock band STICK MEN (heading in a few days to the Cruise To The Edge, followed by the trip to Japan), and in March and April, his jazz band, featuring his brother PETE LEVIN, will hit the road, performing in Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador and the USA.

Here are all confirmed dates:

March 4 - Rosendale, NY, USA (Rosendale Cafe)
March 10 - Santiago, Chile (Teatro Teletón)**
March 13 - Montevideo, Uruguay (Las Trastienda)**
March 15 - Mar del Plata, Argentina (Teatro Colón)**
March 16 - La Plata, Argentina (El Teatro Sala Opera)**
March 17 - Rosario, Argentina (Teatro Sala Lavardén)**
March 18 - Buenos Aires, Argentina (ND Teatro)**
March 21 - La Paz, Bolivia (Teatro Municipal)**
March 24 - San Salvador, El Salvador (Scenarium)**
March 29 - Pawling, NY, USA (Daryl's House)**
March 30 - Natick, MA, USA (Natick Center For Arts)**
March 31 - Schenectady, NY, USA (The Van Dyck Lounge)
April 1 - Rochester, NY, USA (The Lovin' Cup)
April 2 - New Hope, PA, USA (Havana)**
April 3 - Piermont, NY, USA (The Turning Point)
April 4 - New York, NY, USA (The Iridium)**

TONY LEVIN - upright bass, cello
PETE LEVIN - piano, organ
ERIK LAWRENCE sax, flute
JEF SIEGEL - drums
** Dates with Leonardo/MoonJune..
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ROCKSTAR FRAME’S NEW ALBUM BULLET FOR BIRTHDAY OUT ON MARCH 31ST VIA MUSICARCHY MEDIA



Hard rock quintet ROCKSTAR FRAME (RSF) is proud to announce that the highly anticipated sophomore album "Bullet For Birthday" will see the light on March 31st via Musicarchy Media.

The band shall release the first single, ballad "Here I Am', on February 14th. You can watch the official lyric video below.

"Bullet For Birthday" has been recorded, mixed and produced by Max Klein at Temple of Rock Studios and Sunfex Studios.

ROCKSTAR FRAME will start their European tour from Russia on February 12th supporting Backyard Babies in Moscow.

Check tourdates below:
02-12 MOSCOW @VOLTA CLUB w/ Backyard Babies
02.14 RAMENSKOE @Slum Dunk
02.15 ELEC @Antimateria
02.16 MOSCOW @Bar For Bikers
02.17 IVANOVO @Bunker Club
02.18 KALUGA @Old School Club

More to be announced soon, including Germany and UK.

Here's the tracklist for "Bullet For Birthday":

I WANT MORE
READY TO CRY (KICK UR ASS)
HERE I AM
GOODBYE TONIGHT
DARK NECESSITIES
RUNNING AWAY
CLAIRE DE LUNE
HEALING SONG
LOVE CALAMITY
SECRET
SOMETIMES I FEEL

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Ian Anderson's 2017: Tours, String Quartet Album

IAN ANDERSON TO RELEASE A CLASSICAL COMPILATION OF

JETHRO TULL: THE STRING QUARTETS

OUT 3/24/17 VIA THE END RECORDS/BMG

IAN ANDERSON TO TOUR THE U.S. MAY 26-JUNE 1 

PLEDGE PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

FULL ALBUM DETAILS ENCLOSED 

Ian Anderson, John O'Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release "Jethro Tull - The String Quartets," a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band's vast catalog in a new way. 

"Aquafugue (Aqualung)" for example, starts with the recognizable six note theme before continuing to follow the rules of a fugue. A subject, counter subject, and an accompanying counterpoint all alternate between the tonic and dominant keys. "Loco (Locomotive Breath)" begins with a cello cadenza inspired by the writing of J.S. Bach, an influential composer in Jethro Tull history. Other Tull favorites round out the tracklisting, such as "Farm, the Fourway (Farm on the Freeway)," which starts with a violin cadenza drawn from the recognizable harmonic progression of the song, and "In the Past (Living in the Past)," which opens with the famous 5/4 time riff that helped make the song successful. 

Says Anderson: "There were some songs rather special to me which featured the string quartet such as 'A Christmas Song,' 'Reasons For Waiting' and 'Wond'ring Aloud.' These were my first experiences of working with a quartet. John [O'Hara, keyboardist for Ian] came up with a few suggestions of his own which presented challenges. All had an intimacy and presence which I looked forward to recapturing...."

O'Hara "felt a responsibility to delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator's job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work. However, I also felt a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song. My ambition was to create a thought-provoking album that remains true to Ian's compositions."  

Jethro Tull - The String Quartets will be available in the USA on March 24th, 2017 via The End Records/BMG. The album is now available for pre-order on Pledge Music at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jethro-tull-string-quartets/updates?ignore_id=78188,

JETHRO TULL-THE STRING QUARTETS

Official Tracklist

01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You're a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses)
07. Only the Giving (Wond'ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung) 

About The Carducci Quartet: 

Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland's Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC.  Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.

THE TOUR:

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson

In addition, Ian Anderson is returning to the United States for three rock tours in 2017; firstly, during this May and June in the Mountain States, Texas, and Oklahoma. These concerts are Best of Jethro Tull multimedia performances billed as "Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson" and feature the regular rock band. They will take place in Albuquerque, El Paso, Sugar Land (Houston), Austin, and Durant OK. Tickets for Albuquerque, El Paso, Austin and Durant go on sale Friday, February 3.  Sugar Land tickets go on sale Friday, February 24.  Stay tuned for an announcement for one more show for the May tour.

There will be a special concert of JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, in Morrison, Colorado, on May 26.   

These are the tour dates with ticket links:

MAY 26: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO  


MAY 27: Route 66 Casino, Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM 


MAY 28:  Plaza Theatre PAC, El Paso, TX  


MAY 30: Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land (Houston), TX  


MAY 31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX 


JUNE 1: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater, Durant, OK  


In 2017, JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson will play in Australia and New Zealand during April with further tours and concerts throughout Europe, USA and South America later in the year.  

Ian is accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums). 

Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years' history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. 

Look out for more information at www.jethrotull.com.
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Krissy Matthews releases new live album 'Live At Freak Valley'

ON TOUR IN THE UK DURING MARCH / APRIL 2017

Krissy Matthews Band are set to embark on a UK tour in March and April to celebrate the release of their first live album Live At Freak Valley. Released by Proper Records on Friday 14th April, the live album was recorded at the Freak Valley Festival in Siegen, Germany on May 27, 2016. It really catches the adrenalin and pure excitement of the band in all their glory.   

"Too many bands release "live records" but half of it is over dubbed in the studio and the f*** ups are erased," says Matthews. "On Freak Valley you get the real deal. No overdubs." 

Originally from Oxford, Krissy's band has often been described as an exciting, high octane, power rock trio steeped in blues roots. 24 year old Matthews has performed at some of Europe's most iconic music venues including Ronnie Scott's, Loreley, Tanzbrunnen and Festa Avante. He's also opened for many high profile recording artists at the top of their game including Joe Bonamassa, Toto, Gregg Allman and Tedeschi Trucks Band. 

Further info about Krissy Matthews' new album Live At Freak Valley – http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/krissymatthews/freak-valley.htm.  Pre-order the album from Amazon. 


LIVE AT FREAK VALLEY – TRACK LISTING 

1. Feeling For The Blues
2. I've Been Searching
3. All Night Long
4. Searching The Desert For The Blues
5. Language by Injection
6. The Soul Will Never Die
7. Bad Boy
8. Freedom
9. Hit The Rock
10. Roadsick Blues
11. Bubbles And The Seven Phones 

KRISSY MATTHEWS – MARCH / APRIL 2017 UK TOUR

The Bullingdon, Oxford - Wednesday 29 March
The Chambers, Folkestone - Thursday 30 March
The Fiddler's Elbow, London - Wednesday 19 April
Tring Blues Bar, Tring - Thursday 20 April
The Bear Club, Luton - Friday 21 April
The Fleur De Lys, Didcot - Saturday 22 April
Black Market, Mansfield - Sunday 23 April
Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff  - Monday 24 April
The Arches, Coventry - Thursday 27 April

Art Rock Band Schooltree Descends into Crumbling Dreamworld with Multimedia Epic Heterotopia



Boston, MA - When music trends pander to the lowest common denominator, the real rebellion discards formulas and charts a stubbornly individualistic path. That's where we find Schooltree on their second release, Heterotopia: forging a new standard in sonic storytelling and taking us through cracks in the sidewalk into other worlds.

The story
Four years in the making, Heterotopia is a symphonic odyssey through a dystopian dreamworld: a 100-minute double record in the tradition of ambitious concept albums like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Quadrophenia.

Underachiever Suzi loses her body and must make her way through a parallel world of the collective unconscious to get it back. But the road she travels has been overtaken by shadows and chaos. In order to become whole again, Suzi must uncover the origins of this darkness, in a journey that takes her from the neon lights of her plasterboard horizon home to the bottom of a cursed river, where the fate of this place and her own are inextricably linked.

The recording
Produced by Peter Moore (Think Tree, Count Zero) and Lainey Schooltree, Heterotopia favors warmth and dynamics but also clarity and punch, effecting a sound that's both classic and contemporary. Dramatic choices like distinct singing styles for each character's voice and accompanying instrumentation guide the listener through a shifting topography layered with stacked guitar harmonies, crystalline synth leads, odd time grooves and ominous ambient soundscapes.

Heterotopia's successful Kickstarter campaign raised more than $20,000, with signal boosts from notable artists Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Margaret Cho, Amanda Palmer and Barry Crimmins. (link: http://kck.st/1Rn2Je8 )

Brimming with ambition, this record is the sound of a group of musicians playing at their peak.

The illustrated book
In a nod to classic opera, Heterotopia's complete libretto will be made available as a companion to the album, bringing the story and lyrics to life in a full color illustrated book. Combining influences from art nouveau and graphic novels, the artwork has a dreamlike quality that complements the music.

The live experience
Heterotopia will first be performed on March 31 at OBERON, the American Repertory Theater's stage in Cambridge, MA. The performance will take audiences inside a 3D interactive light sculpture video installation by Sam Okerstrom-Lang (Samo), a Boston-based new-media interdisciplinary digital artist and designer. Samo's boundary-pushing work will use technology create an immersive sensory experience, blurring the line between nirvana and dystopia. From the moment each audience member enters the room, their experience will reflect Suzi's, as the installation's elements are activated in parallel with the performance. Key moments will be accentuated with sound and light, triggering an out-of-body sensation of navigating the worlds expressed in the music.

Lainey Schooltree
Lainey Schooltree is a Boston-based composer, performer and producer. A classically trained musician and vaudeville performer, humor and tragedy inform each other equally in her work. She explores the intersection of the new and old, always striving for the timeless in sound and theme. Her band, Schooltree, fuses literature and music to create something uniquely accessible, visceral and profound.

Lainey is the composer and librettist of Heterotopia, and will serve as performer, musical director and producer of the live experience.

Here's what the press have raved about Schooltree!

"Schooltree's music embodies the essence of Art Rock, with catchy melodies, sophisticated arrangements, lush instrumentation, and a wide array of influences that - besides classic prog - include opera, Broadway musicals and baroque pop. Lainey's dazzling vocals deliver lyrics that are humorous and thought-provoking at the same time. Highly recommended to fans of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Supertramp, Queen and Roxy Music." – Progarchives.com

"Schooltree (the woman) is a painstaking crafter of sound, if not an outright artisan of sound..." – Cambridge Day

"All in all, Lainey has her own stamp and an incredible sense of all aspects of music, from basic structure to finished master. Her arrangement skills are regal. Her composition smarts are sorely beautiful. Schooltree moves from art pop to symphonic rock, to haunting ballad to unforgettable music all over." – Prognaut.com

"It takes a certain kind of courage to get onstage and make people laugh. It also takes courage to lead a rock band playing your own autobiographical, if cryptic, songs. For Lainey Schooltree, it has been a long trip transitioning from one to the other." – The Phoenix

"Shockingly gorgeous… There's an undeniable charm in Schooltree's music." – Glorydaze Music

"Schooltree is a beautifully unique and experimental artist. Possessing a world of talent as vocalist, pianist, and composer, she is unafraid to let her creativity and imagination unfold and take her in whichever direction she feels like going." – Bill Copeland News

"Lainey is the prog rock queen of modern times, with her Broadway musical vocals and theatrical cabaret presentation." – Boston Survival Guide

"With a voice that garners comparisons with Goldfrapp, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and even Freddie Mercury, and a virtuoso command of the keyboard, singer Lainey Schooltree is a strong frontwoman who becomes two or three times actual size on stage. Believe it."  – Boston Band Crush 

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quarta-feira, fevereiro 08, 2017

Gong Expresso Feat. Gong Alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe To Release New Album “Decadence”


Montreal - Hansford Rowe's HRIII merges with Gong Expresso! Gong alumni Francois Causse, Benoit Moerlen and Hansford Rowe join HRIII guitarist Julien Sandiford for the recording of the new album by Gong Expresso titled "Decadence."

Says Hansford, " 'Decadence' is the title tune on the new Gong Expresso album. Here the word means 'falling away.' I hope this tune and all the music on the album somehow addresses this in an unadorned, direct way. When I play with these 3 musicians I am convinced there is something special happening. Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba) and Francois Causse (drums, perc) and I began playing together in early 1977 in PM's Gong and our rapport is of the kind only long term relationships can provide. On the other hand Julien who is 25 has been alive less time than I have been playing with the others. Yet our musical relationship feels infinitely long. We are recording in two cities, Paris and Montreal. Francois' studio in Paris is a tuned percussion church and Piccolo Studios in Montreal is owned by Denis Savage who is co-producing with the band. He is known for his work with Celine Dion."
 
Featuring:
Francois Causse - drums, percussion
Julien Sandiford - guitar
Benoit Moerlen - vibes, marimba
Hansford Rowe - bass


PM's Gong was a major branch of the massive Gong tree. In the mid 1970's drummer Pierre Moerlen separated from Daevid Allen marking an end to the Flying Teapot period and a powerful jazz/rock unit was formed and signed to Virgin Records. Pierre's brother Benoit Moerlen, Hansford Rowe, Francois Causse, Allan Holdsworth were core members. Many major guests joined them both on albums and touring. Mick Taylor, Mike Oldfield, and French violinist Didier Lockwood were key participants. Mike Oldfield occasionally used the PMG rhythm section for touring also calling on members for albums such as "Ommadawn", "Incantations", "Exposed" and "Platinum." Pierre Moerlen sadly passed away on May 5th, 2005.

In concert Gong Expresso mines their huge repertoire and has exceptional guests joining them regularly. Along with finishing their new album, the band will be releasing a new video soon.

For more information: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hr3
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segunda-feira, fevereiro 06, 2017

Female Guitar Shredder Tara Lynch To Release New Single “Trustless” Feat. Members of Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Whitesnake and Alice Cooper!


Los Angeles - Tara Lynch is an American guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Tara will be releasing her new single "Trustless" from her forthcoming debut album "Evil Enough" on Friday, February 10, 2017. "Evil Enough" is a melodic metal album full of rich guitar dominant tracks, all written by Tara Lynch.  Along with Tara on all lead/rhythm guitars, this album features an all-star lineup of high-profile guest musicians including Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol) on keyboards, Björn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Quiet Riot, Soul Sign, Dio Disciples) and Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Last In Line) on bass, Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne) and Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) on drums and the virtuoso vocals of Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Dokken, Dio Disciples, Raiding the Rock Vault).
 
Says Tara, "Both the concept and meaning behind 'Trustless' are autobiographical. I've been through life's toughest moments and have come out on the other side much stronger for it. I've decided to tell my story both for therapeutic reasons and also in hopes that it can relate to and offer support to others in the same situation.
 
"The entire 'Evil Enough' album is a musical autobiography. Very often, the term 'blood, sweat and tears' is used as a metaphor to describe the work one puts in to something that they are 110% invested in. This would be an accurate metaphor where I am concerned. It has been a tremendously emotional journey into my own soul in order to both write the lyrics that explain my experiences, as well as write the melodies to convey the feelings involved within each experience."
 
"Tara Lynch has a beautiful natural vibrato that I have only heard in the very top guitar players" - Derek Sherinian
 
Primarily self-taught, Tara played both electric and acoustic guitar and wrote songs in her childhood, picking up the bass guitar, drums and piano along the way. Very serious about her musicianship and the unending desire to improve, Tara has personally studied guitar with Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alcatrazz), drums with Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bass with Björn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Quiet Riot, Soul Sign, Dio Disciples) and piano with Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol).
 
In 2015, Tara accepted the invitation from Geert Fiew (founder of Belgian band Beyond the Labyrinth) to write and perform guitar solos on Beyond the Labyrinth's upcoming fourth album, "The Art of Resilience", to be released in early 2017.  At the same time, Tara began writing for her own upcoming debut album, "Evil Enough".
 
"Tara is just a pure pleasure and honor to work with. She knows what she wants but yet so humble and grateful. And what a talent! And did I mention sweetheart?" – Björn Englen 
 
Featured performers on Tara Lynch's "EVIL ENOUGH":
Mark Boals (vocals)
Björn Englen (bass)
Tony MacAlpine (keyboards)
Derek Sherinian (keyboards)
Glen Sobel (drums)
Phil Soussan (bass)
Brian Tichy (drums)
 
On "Evil Enough", all songs are written by Tara Lynch, who performs all lead and rhythm guitars, and on some tracks, bass guitar.
 
"After knowing her as a friend for many years, I knew it would be fun, but working with Tara is like holding a Tiger by the tail, she is so full of talent and energy, knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to go for it! It was a really great experience!" - Mark Boals
 
In closing Tara has this to impart, "This album has been a labor of love and an important part of both my personal and musical growth process. At the end of the day, it's an album that I am extremely proud of and I really hope it touches people out there in the world who can relate to it and that it can help them know they're not alone."
 
Along with the release of "Evil Enough" in 2017, Tara Lynch plans to tour. "Let's rock!" - Tara Lynch
 
To purchase Tara Lynch's "Trustless" single:
 
Tara Lynch's official website: http://www.taralynch.com/

Pendragon – new live DVD to be released in April!

The legendary progressive rock band Pendragon return with their brand new live release entitled "Masquerade 20". Celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the most successful albums in their career - an album that won them near-overwhelming acclaim and made them one of the highest-selling bands unsigned to a major label at that time - the band returned to the Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland in May 2016 to record a special show, consisting of all the classics from "The Masquerade Overture" as well as a number of fan-favourites from their other releases.
 
Nick Barrett, guitarist and vocalist comments: "This dvd is probably the most cohesive performance from the band so far captured on film. Just as we have been together for so many years as musicians it shows us as friends as well, even with new boy, Vinnie our drummer and Verity and Tina on backing vocals who appear for the first time with us on DVD. The overall feel of the music and performance is fantastic and the sound is amazing."
 
The cover artwork was done by Björn Gooßes – Killustrations, know also for the band's previous artworks: "Pure", "Passion", "Men Who Climb Mountains" and "Out of Order Comes Chaos" DVD.
 
The DVD will also include an interview with Peter Gee and Jan-Vincent Velazco, photo gallery and other extras.
 
"Masquerade 20" DVD is scheduled for release on April, 7th (May 5th in USA). Also available as a double CD.
 
 
Pendragon "Masquerade 20"
 
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Cat. no.: MMPDVD0219
Barcode: 5907785039841
Format: DVD
Genre:  progressive rock
Release date: 07.04.2017 Europe / 05.05.2017 USA
 
Tracklist:
 
1. The Masquerade Overture
2. As Good as Gold
3. Paintbox
4. The Pursuit of Excellence
5. Guardian of My Soul
6. The Shadow
7. Masters of Illusion
8. King of the Castle
9. Schizo
10. Beautiful Soul
11. Faces of Light
12. Nostradamus
13. Explorers of the Infinite
14. Come Home Jack
15. This Green and Pleasant Land
16. Breaking the Spell
17. Indigo
 
Extras:
Interview with Peter Gee and Jan-Vincent Velazco
In Bardo in Sri Lanka
Photo gallery
Discography
Desktop images
 
 
Pendragon – official website:
http://www.pendragon.mu
 
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www.metalmind.com.pl
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sexta-feira, fevereiro 03, 2017

are Studio Sessions From Legendary DOORS Guitarist ROBBY KRIEGER Featured On A Superb New Collection!



Los Angeles, CA - He is undoubtedly one of the boldest rock guitarists of all-time, a pioneering songwriter who fused classic blues with California psychedelia to create some of rock music's greatest songs including "Love Me Two Times," "Touch Me," "Love Her Madly" and more. And, of course, he was a founding member of one of the most critically and commercially adored bands in history, The Doors. But in the time since his tenure with that iconic outfit, Robby Krieger has not simply rested on his laurels. Instead, he has gone on to release a series of solo albums that found Krieger and his trademark Gibson SG adventuring into the outer reaches of space rock, jazz, classical music and more! Krieger has also collaborated on several studio recordings that reinterpreted classic songs by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Supertramp and others. Now, a new collection of these studio sessions, including two exclusive, never-before-released mixes and a bonus live recording available on CD for the first time. In Session features an incredible roster of guest appearances including Jackson Browne, Hawkwind's Nik Turner, Asia's John Wetton, Styx's Tommy Shaw, and even the Star Trek captain himself, William Shatner! Don't miss this incredible collection available everywhere February 17 from Purple Pyramid Records.

Track List:
1. Across The Universe feat. Jackson Browne
2. Hypernova feat. Nik Turner (Inner Space Mix)
3. Empty Spaces feat. Billy Sherwood
4. Where We Belong (Prism Mix) feat. Tony Kaye
5. Don't Leave Me Now feat. Tommy Shaw
6. Brain Damage feat. Geoff Downes
7. School feat. Rod Argent
8. Deep Down feat. William Shatner
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. All You Need Is Love feat. John Wetton
BONUS TRACK
11. Back Door Man (Live)

Buy the CD here:
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quarta-feira, fevereiro 01, 2017

The Mute Gods launch first track-by-track interview




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 24th February 2017. In the run up to the release they are launching 3 track-by-track interviews with Nick & Roger discussing each of the albums songs. 

You can watch the first installment here: 


The band recently launched the track 'We Can't Carry On'. Watch a lyric video for it here: https://youtu.be/SyjNard5ers

Nick Beggs had this to say:
"We Can't Carry On, is a reflection of the times in which we live. Caught between war and political madness, something has to give."
 
Pre-order the album digitally from iTunes or Amazon, and get 'We Can't Carry On' immediately below: 
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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

Pre-order the album now from Burning Shed and receive a signed postcard while stocks last: https://www.burningshed.com/store/InsideOutMusic/ 
 
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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.
 
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terça-feira, janeiro 31, 2017

John McLaughlin Announces Farewell Tour Dates - with Jimmy Herring - Celebrating Mahavishnu Orchestra

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN & JIMMY HERRING

"THE MEETING OF THE SPIRITS" - TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

November - December 2017  


GUITARIST JOHN MCLAUGHLIN REVISITS THE LEGACY OF
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA ON HIS FAREWELL U.S. TOUR WITH GUITARIST JIMMY HERRING


(Los Angeles, CA) January 31, 2017 --- In a career that spans over five decades, John McLaughlin, one of music's most influential and prolific guitarists, composers, and bandleaders, will begin his farewell U.S. tour on November 1 in Buffalo, NY.  McLaughlin will be joined by Jimmy Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the American rock-jam movement for 25 years.  The Meeting of the Spirits tour will hit 23 cities before ending in Los Angeles on December 9.

Highlighting this musical adventure will be John McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. In addition, McLaughlin is expected to release a new album just before the tour launches.  More details to be announced.  

McLaughlin's first extensive U.S. tour in seven years, The Meeting of the Spirits also marks his first extended exploration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra material from seminal albums such as Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Between Nothingness and Eternity, Visions of the Emerald Beyond and more since the band's original heyday in the 1970s.

Jimmy Herring, best known for his inspired contributions to the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, The Dead, and others, will be co-headlining each show with his new band 'The Invisible Whip,' comprised of  Jeff Sipe-Apt Q258 (drums), Matt Slocum (B3 and Clavinet), Jason Crosby (Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer) and Kevin Scott (bass).

On The Meeting of the Spirits tour, separate sets by Herring and McLaughlin will be followed by the two joining forces for an expansive closing jam based on classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. The tour will feature the first extended collaborations between two of world's foremost guitarists.  McLaughlin will be backed by his current band, the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M'Bappé (bass) – each an established composer and recording artist in his own right.  Expect special surprise guests to be added when available.  

The Meeting of the Spirits Tour Itinerary:

11/1/17 Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
11/2/17 Albany, NY, The Egg
11/3/17 New York, NY, Town Hall
11/4/17 Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
11/5/17 Cranston, RI, Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts
11/8/17 Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
11/10/17 Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall,New Jersey Performance Art Centre
11/11/17 Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre
11/12/17 Durham, NC, Duke Performances at DPAC
11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI
11/17/17 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University
11/21/17 Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall
11/22/17 Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
11/25/17 Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/27/17 New Orleans, LA, The Joy Theater
11/30/17 Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
12/5/17 Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
12/6/17 Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
12/8/17 San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA, Royce Hall-UCLA
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Rock Music Legend John Wetton Dies (12th June 1949 – 31st January 2017)



(photo by Mike Inns)

Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.

John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band's 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.

John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.

John had been planning to tour with ASIA for the band's forthcoming US arena tour with Journey and following the success of his solo Studio Recordings Anthology, to continue working on the ongoing re-issue programme of his solo albums, via his own Primary Purpose label.

John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them. John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18 year old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.

The very last studio song of John Wetton's career was the closing track on the most recent and indeed final ASIA album "Gravitas" and included the profound lyrics "Think the best of me, till we meet again."

A statement by Geoff Downes:

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I have to report we have lost my dearest friend, brother, bandmate and long term musical collaborator, John Wetton, who has passed away after a long and tenacious battle with cancer. He will be remembered as one of the world's finest musical talents, and I for one of many was wholly blessed by his influence. It was a massive privilege for me to have worked with this genius so closely on our numerous projects together over the years. His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the gods. His compositions - out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony - unreal. He was literally a 'special one'.
 
But John was much more than a gigantic and unique musical talent. He was a supremely intelligent man, marked with his great observations and wisdom about life; all couched within his wicked sense of humour. The wit was dark and deep, only fully perceptible to those on his same wavelength. I was fortunate enough to be able to be on that wavelength, and discover that we had much in common. Many of his personal life experiences were reflected in his lyrical contributions to the songs. His heart was always in the music. That was John, through and through. It was always about - the music.
 
As a person, he was fiercely loyal, loving and generous, particularly to those he cared about. But he could be as stubborn as a mule or as gracious as a nobleman, depending on the mood that grabbed him on any particular day. There were some who couldn't read his brilliant mind and complex personality. Some found him charming, others infuriating. But however you found John, there was no denying his rare talent as a musician and songwriter was second to none. 
 
Both of us having been brought up with similar backgrounds in provincial England, we shared a love of many things - sport, and in particular - football, English church music, current affairs, comedy, literature, you name it....pretty much everything that 2 kids from the sticks were exposed to in our youth. 
 
Our planets seemed to be immediately in alignment when we first met in early 1981. There was a laddish camaraderie that grew between us as we became as close as two non-related brothers could be. He was an avid reader and film enthusiast, something he pursued with great interest. This helped inspire him to some wonderful lyrics to the literally hundreds of songs we composed together. Back then, we immediately hit the ground running as we composed much of the debut ASIA album together and forged a formidable partnership which lasted right up until now. It was a wholly natural process for us, whereby we could knock out 2 or 3 songs in an afternoon. They were always greeted with our gentlemanly handshake and smiles once we had wrapped up another one in the bag. 
 
Above all else though, his passion for life was to the fore. The battles he endured throughout were immense and well documented. Firstly with alcohol, which he so resolutely overcame, then open heart surgery and finally cancer, which sadly was to take his life in the end. He once observed to me that this disease is a "merciless assassin". Just another example of his perception and the descriptive language that he was so richly blessed with. He took all of these battles on board with great bravery and almost a 'laissez-faire' attitude, tinged with his inimitable wry wit. 
 
To say I will miss my him greatly is beyond understatement. He was such an inspiration to me. We were planning another album, but sadly he was not well enough to complete it. I feel heartbroken about this, as I knew John thought it was to be one of our finest albums to date. I remain as proud as ever of our Wetton/Downes writing partnership. I am hoping one day that I will be able to finish it, and that it will be appreciated by all those who loved his and our music, and most importantly, a legacy he would have been proud of.
 
Life will not be the same without him. And words are not really enough to describe the loss I feel right now, and the many friends and fans all over the World will also be feeling. It is the end of an era for all of us. But we will soldier on - the music of John Wetton needs to be heard loud and clear from the rooftops.
 
Dearest John, may you rest in peace brother. 
 
X
 
Geoffrey
 
Please join me in sending our sincerest thoughts and prayers to Lisa, Dylan and the entire Wetton family at this difficult time.

A statement by Carl Palmer:

With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of ASIA to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle.  For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend.
Carl Palmer.

Official Website: www.johnwetton.com
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segunda-feira, janeiro 30, 2017

Concrete Jelly and their new album Getting Noticed


Italian hard rock band Concrete Jellÿ (yep, that's a funky "ÿ" going on – not a mistake) were founded in 2014 in Trieste. The forthcoming album Getting Noticed was recorded live in the summer of 2016 and the inspiration for the story-line came from the many good (and bad) things experienced during their relentless live activity both offstage and on. The sound of the album is the result of the different influences within the band members, ranging from the spaciness of 70's rock to prog rock and everything good in between. In the end, Concrete Jellÿ are just a bunch of friends, who like to have fun and take nothing too seriously. At least nothing except the music!


Band: Concrete Jelly
Album: Getting Noticed
Country: Italy
Label: Sliptrick records
Style: Rock/Hard Rock/Prog/Stoner Rock
Release date: 07 February 2017
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HAKEN - launch remastered version of 'Streams'; look back on Aquarius





On February 3rd, 2017, London-based progressive metal band HAKEN will release their first two albums "Aquarius" and "Visions" as new remastered 2CD editions as well as on vinyl for the very first time. 
They are now pleased to reveal a stream of the remastered version of 'Streams' taken from 'Aquarius': https://youtu.be/B3WAxBI1CBc

 
The first in a series of interviews with the band looking back on their first two albums and 10 years as a band has also now been launched. 
Watch guitarists Rich Henshall and Charlie Griffiths talk about 'Aqaurius' here: https://youtu.be/8sejqgzkuFU

 
Vocalist Ross Jennings commented on the releases: "As advocates of the physical format and fellow record collectors, it seems almost criminal that our first two albums have never had a vinyl release until now, so we are thrilled to finally give these albums a fresh presentation on the format they deserve. We have taken this opportunity to polish the sound of our beloved concept albums without going back over every little detail and rewriting history. In essence we wanted to give these albums a chance to stand shoulder to shoulder in sonic quality with "The Mountain" and "Affinity". In addition to this and due to popular demand, both releases will also be available again on CD with instrumental, or "Karaoke" versions of every track. This release marks 10 years since we formed the band and started putting together our first demos so it's a perfect time to reflect on these releases and appreciate what we've achieved so far.
 
The "Aquarius" concept was drawn from conversations about our favourite albums and the way in which the songs flow that make those particular records work. This lead to ideas about having our album be about the flow or journey of water from mountain spring to oceans and evaporation, which in turn lead on to a deeper concept about human life and reincarnation. The themes of water helped us to create aqueous soundscapes and as the music and lyrics started coming together a narrative was formed in the shape of Mermaids & natural disasters. "Aquarius" will always have a special place in our hearts. It's where our journey really began.
 
When writing for "Visions" came around, we set about the process with the same formula, although we hadn't set out to write another concept album at the time. As themes found themselves recurring in the music it only felt right to go in the narrative direction, although this time around we drew from our science fiction influences such as Minority Report and 12 Monkeys and was inspired by real recurring dreams I had been having around the time. It's always a joy to revisit these tracks in our live sets, so much so that we will be performing it in its entirety later this year at ProgPower USA, Atlanta!"
 
Newly remastered by the renowned Jens Bogren (Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried & Me) both are available as 2CD Digipaks, digital album including the entire albums as instrumentals, and on vinyl, arriving as Gatefold heavyweight 2LP editions with the full album on CD included. 


Buy limited colored vinyl and the 2CD digipak here:

Laser's Edge

Find more purchasing options below: 

"Aquarius"
 
"Visions"
 
Make sure to catch HAKEN live on the band's 10th anniversary tour kicking off in March 2017, with support from The Algorithm & Next To None (except Israel).

'Haken X' Tour 2017
22nd March - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
23rd March - O2 ABC2, Glasgow, UK
24th March - Academy 3, Manchester, UK
25th March - O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
26th March - Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
28th March - Le Splendid, Lille, France
29th March - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
30th March - La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
31st March - KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland
1st April - Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
3rd April - Zona Roveri, Bologna, Italy
4th April - Szene, Vienna, Austria
5th April - Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
6th April - Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
7th April - Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
9th April - Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
10th April - Kesselhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany
11th April - Turock, Essen, Germany
12th April - Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
13th April - Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam, Holland
15th April - Bascula Club, Tel Aviv, Israel 

The band will also be heading out on Cruise To The Edge from the 7th February 2017, and will be performing 'Visions' in its entirety at Prog Power USA on the 6th September 2017.

Latest album 'Affinity' was released in April this year, and received great reactions from press; find a selection of them below:

"dextrous prog metal with retro pizzazz and roller-coaster riffs" - PROG Magazine
"Affinity proves what a unique and spellbinding band Haken are" - Metal Hammer 8/10
"inescapable melodic hooks and absorbing textures" - Total Guitar 4/5
"Affinity will be hailed as one of the landmarks of 2016 and beyond."- Powerplay 9/10
 
Pick up your copy of the album below:
 
The band has also previously launched videos for the tracks 'Earthrise', 'The Endless Knot' and 'Initiate'.



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