segunda-feira, janeiro 23, 2017

DAN HICKS Greatest Licks - Surfdog Records Pays Tribute to Dan Hicks with Album Out February 24th

SURFDOG RECORDS PAYS TRIBUTE TO DAN HICKS

GREATEST LICKS – I FEEL LIKE SINGIN'

SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017

 
 

"Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry!" – TOM WAITS

(Encinitas, CA – January 19, 2017)  "Dan Hicks is an American Treasure," so says Elvis Costello and perhaps half of the music world who worshiped Dan and his timeless tunes.  Dan Hicks created a pioneering blend of hipster jazz, gypsy swing and country that still resonates as strongly today as it did when Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks came roaring onto the scene with their unique, genre-bending sound in the late '60s -- when rock was getting louder, Dan threw it back to a simpler time. 

As we mark the first anniversary of his passing (February 6th) Surfdog Records is paying tribute to the legend of Dan Hicks with a compilation album in celebration of his life and legacy.  Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin' is set for vinyl & CD release, as well as digital, on February 24, 2017 with pre-orders available now.  

Since the beginning, Hicks deftly blended elements of multiple American musical art forms to create a sound that the New York Times calls "defiantly unfashionable, proudly eccentric & foot-tappingly catchy."  His lyrics range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch.  Songs like "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?," as described again by the Times, "display his dry and often absurd wit, as did his gently self-mocking stage presence."  But Hicks had his serious side as well; "I Scare Myself", described as "a longtime staple of his repertoire, was a brooding, hypnotic ballad about being afraid to love."  Hicks' irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit lasted well through his final recordings on Surfdog. 

Dan was revered by his musical peers, never following the status quo.  As friend & famed producer Tommy LiPuma put it, "Dan was short on bullshit, and long on talent."  Featuring 11 classic Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks songs (the CD & digital versions contain a 12th bonus track), this amazing anthology from one of music's true originals, showcases Hicks' musical genius and encapsulates his unparalleled career.  

"On my dying day I will explain to the world how lucky they have been to be alive the same time as me."    – Dan Hicks, 2013

Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The US Summer 2017!



Los Angeles - Legendary French violinist Jean Luc Ponty and his band will be bringing their "Atlantic Years" tour to the US beginning late May 2017! Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.

Says Jean Luc, "We're calling it 'The Atlantic Years' tour since I am touring with my band from the late 70's - 80's with whom I recorded several albums for Atlantic Records."

The Jean Luc Ponty Band features:

Jean Luc Ponty – violin
Wally Minko – keyboards
Jamie Glaser – guitars
Rayford Griffin – drums
Baron Browne – bass

Jean Luc Ponty Band 2017 US tour dates:

May 30 – Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
May 31 – Seattle, WA - The Neptune
June 01 – Eugene, OR - John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
June 03 – Los Angeles, CA - The Saban Theater Beverly Hills
June 04 – San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
June 05 – Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
June 07 – San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
June 08 – Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon 
June 09 – Scottsdale, AZ - Center For the Arts
June 10 – Las Vegas, NV - Allante Casino
June 14 – Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
June 16 – Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
June 17 – Austin, TX - One World Theatre
June 20 – Chicago, IL - City Winery
June 21 – Detroit, MI - Chene Park
June 23 – Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino
June 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY - Performing Arts Center
June 25 – NYC - B.B. King 

After studying classical violin at the Paris Conservatory, Jean Luc Ponty turned to jazz in the 60's. Thanks to his revolutionary style he collaborated with some of the best European and American musicians such as Eddy Louiss, Daniel Humair, Niels Henning-Ørsted Pedersen, John Lewis, Lalo Schifrin, and Quincy Jones. He became the first bebop violinist and US jazz magazine "Down Beat" created a violin category for him in its critics' poll, until then violin was in the 'miscellaneous instruments' category. His pioneering work on the electric violin in the 70's attracted the attention of pop and rock musicians, he recorded with Elton John and participated to several tours and legendary recordings with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. In 1975 he founded his own band and became one of the most prominent figures of the jazz-fusion movement in the USA, selling millions of albums that all reached the top of the US charts. Ponty's most recent album "The Atacama Experience" is considered as one if his best and to this day Ponty keeps touring with his band around the world.

Ponty also collaborates on occasional projects such as "The Rite of Strings" with Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola. In 2011 Ponty joined the mythical American group RETURN TO FOREVER IV with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Frank Gambale for a world tour spanning on 5 continents.

Ponty received the 2007 Jazz Trophy in Germany, the medal of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in France in 2009, the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Ireland, and the Grand Prix of the Sochi Arts Festival in 2012 in Russia from the hands of world famous classical violist and orchestra conductor Yuri Bashmet. In 2012 Ponty performed his music with Orchestre Pasdeloup for his 50-year career celebration at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, then again with symphony orchestras in Brazil, Russia and Hungary in 2012 and 2013.

In April 2013 Herbie Hancock invited him to perform in Istanbul at "International Jazz Day" for UNESCO. Ponty also founded a new quartet with his daughter, pianist-singer-composer Clara Ponty which performed in France and Germany in 2014. Ponty also performed with the 89 musicians of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orcherstra for the Siberian Christmas Festival.

In 2014 Ponty recorded an album as an acoustic trio with Stanley Clarke on double bass and Gypsy-French guitarist Bireli Lagrene, which was released on Impulse/Universal in the Fall 2015.

Jean Luc recently formed the Anderson Ponty Band with Jon Anderson, co-founder and lead singer of British progressive rock band YES, a CD and DVD was released in 2015 followed by a North American concert tour.


The Band:

Baron Browne (bass) was born and raised in Georgia, USA, and gravitated to music at a very early age, learning to play his uncle's drumset at 7 years old. At age 18, Baron moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. He began working full time with Berklee alum such as Kevin Eubanks, Tiger Okoshi, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell and Dean Brown. In 1983 Jean Luc Ponty called Baron to audition, and hired him immediately. Baron toured with Ponty for 3 years and collaborated to 3 albums. Since then Baron has toured worldwide and recorded with Billy Cobham, Steps Ahead, jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, and recorded many albums with Walter Beasley. His versatility allowed him to also perform with R&B and Pop artists such as Brian McKnight, Tom Jones and Expose'. Baron also writes and performs regularly with Vital Information.

Jamie Glaser (guitar) is best known as the guitarist for grammy award winning musical acts, Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams, Gloria Trevi, Manhattan Transfer and more. His guitar can be heard on over 170 albums as well as on the biggest sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld and Married With Children. Jamie compositions can be heard weekly on CBS sports, ABC, Animal Planet, History channel, Discovery, and ESPN. His solo albums have been successful worldwide.

Rayford Griffin (drums) has been internationally respected as among the most inventive, volcanic and versatile drummers in music, having amassed stellar credits with virtuosos ranging from Jean Luc Ponty and The Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, to Dave Koz, Anita Baker and Michael Jackson.

Wally Minko (keyboards) is a well respected and highly accomplished member of the LA music scene and has toured and recorded with some of the most well known and successful artists in the world! Some of the artists Wally has worked with include Toni Braxton, Pink, En Vogue, New Edition, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money and the Anderson Ponty Band, featuring legendary Yes vocalist, Jon Anderson and world renowned jazz violinist, Jean Luc Ponty.

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FATES WARNING - European tour starts next week!


U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING return to Europe at long last next week to start their first European headlining tour in support of the much praised "Theories Of Flight" album. "T.o.F." was released in July of last year and ranked high in year-end polls across all media, including #1 in Greece's Metal Hammer
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Support for the shows will be provided by Armored Dawn from Brazil as well as opening acts Fallen Arise (24.01.-01.02) from Greece and A New Tomorrow (02.-10.02.) from the UK. 

FATES WARNING - "Theories Of Flight" Tour 2017:
24.01.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
25.01.2017 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
27.01.2017 Essen (Germany) - Turock
28.01.2017 Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
29.01.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
30.01.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colossaal
01.02.2017 Brno (Czech Republic) - Metro Music Bar
02.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
03.02.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Music Club
04.02.2017 Munich (Germany) - Strom
05.02.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - Universum
07.02.2017 Nürnberg (Germany) - Hirsch
08.02.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
09.02.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony
10.02.2017 Bologna (Italy) - Zona Roveri
12.02.2017 Athens (Greece) - Gagarin205
 
FATES WARNING will also appear at several European festivals in the summer. 
Here are the first events confirmed so far:

FATES WARNING - Live at festivals 2017:
02.-04.06.2017 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival
03.-05.08.2017 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air
 
FATES WARNING's 12th studio album, "Theories Of Flight", was released worldwide via InsideOutMusic and not only gathered critical acclaim (Some soundcheck results being: 
Deaf Forever / Germany - # 1, Metal Hammer / Germany - # 2, Rock Hard / Germany - # 2, Aardschok / The Netherlands - # 2, Eclipsed / Germany - # 4, Powermetal.de /Germany - # 1), but also entered the sales charts in several countries across the globe with the following highest positions: Germany: # 12, Italy: # 80, The Netherlands: # 70, Belgium (Flemish): # 175, 
USA: # 2 Billboard Heatseekers / # 62 Current Top 200 Albums
 
Here are some other previously launched album online samples:
"Seven Stars" video clip: https://youtu.be/0hguUU-VYug
"White Flag" (Guitar play-through video):https://youtu.be/oIGnVSX1sT0
"White Flag" (Drum and bass play-through video): https://youtu.be/dwtknUNsCx0
"From The Rooftops" (Lyric video): https://youtu.be/8kkJ8qtgLBY
Album teaser clip (excerpts of all songs): https://youtu.be/q1O7W9PKMEE 
 
Next to the standard CD and Digital Download, "Theories Of Flight" is also available as limited Mediabook 2CD (with 6 acoustic bonus tracks) and as Gatefold 2LP (with full standard album on CD and the 6 acoustic tracks as bonus on Side D!). All physical are available from the IOM webshop here:
 
FATES WARNING Line-Up 2016:
(from left to right on photo)
Jim Matheos - Guitars
Bobby Jarzombek - Drums
Ray Alder - Vocals
Joey Vera - Bass 

FATES WARNING Online:
 
INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 
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RADIO MOSCOW Signs Worldwide Deal with Century Media Records

Southern Californian rock trio RADIO MOSCOW and CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS are proud to announce a worldwide partnership to release the band's upcoming albums. RADIO MOSCOW already started songwriting and will enter the studio soon to release their fifth full length album in late summer 2017.



Guitarist and vocalist Parker Griggs comments: "Radio Moscow couldn't be more stoked to be joining the Century Media family! When we met these guys we spent hours nerding out on obscure classics from our favorite era of Rock 'n' Roll (1965-1974).... so we feel right at home! Excited to keep writing and working on the next Radio Moscow release on Century Media. Looking forward to 2017 with a new label and album! Peace n Love!"

Jens Prueter, Head of A&R at Century Media Europe adds: "A beautiful summer night at a club in the middle of Germany, some beers, a nice chat about weird 60s stuff and an amazing sweaty show: that's a good start for a long time partnership. I'm very happy to welcome this highly talented band that is taking the roots to the roof!"
Trends come and go, but the idea of a bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops - that's forever. And it's that idea that's crystallized in the form of Radio Moscow who took their name from an obscure 60s garage punk novelty single. The power trio led by the Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula: Crunching, heavy Sabbath-style chords topped with fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian. Radio Moscow plants their flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock and cranked-up blues meet. The sound is unabashedly retro (think Cream, Blue Cheer, Led Zep or Jimi Hendrix Experience), so it's easy to see how it caught the ear of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced Radio Moscow's 2007 self-titled debut. 

With "Brain Cycles", their second album, Radio Moscow proves that they're not a cheap time machine but a direct descendant from the golden age of Rock 'n' Roll. In 2011, Griggs continued his psychedelic trip with "The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz" followed by "Magical Dirt" in 2014.
Parker Griggs (vocals, guitar), Anthony Meier (bass) and Paul Marrone (drums) hit the road hard in the U.S. and in Europe, touring with the likes of Graveyard, Witchcraft, Joe Bonamassa and Pentagram, followed by an appearance on the legendary German television program Rockpalast.

Coming off of what seems like endless touring proceeding and following the recording of the double-live gatefold "Live! In California", Radio Moscow is ready to hit the studio again. "Live!..." was recorded absolutely live with no overdubs of any kind; New York Music Daily called it the Best Heavy Psych LP of 2016, proclaiming "there's nothing that's been released in 2016 that can touch this."

The band toured the U.S., Europe, South America, and Australia around the release of the live document, landing at such festivals as Desert Daze (US), the Void Fest (Ger), Electric Funeral (US), Burg Herzberg Fest (Ger), and the Orbital Festival in Santiago, Chile, to name a few.

The live album wrapped up the first chapter of the band's career, playing highlights from their first four studio albums. As Rolling Stone's Dave DiMartino cited, "I would be lying if I did not say I have been completely taken with this...The band actively evokes all that was great about hard-rock trios, but does it with such gleeful abandon you've got to admire both their spirit and whatever time capsule they rode in on. Great fun." 
The story continues with a new chapter in 2017.
Discography:
Radio Moscow (2007)
Brain Cycles (2009)
The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz (2011)
3 & 3 Quarters (2012), early demos recorded in 2003 by Parker Griggs
Rancho Tehama EP (2013)
Magical Dirt (2014) 
Live! In California (2016)
RADIO MOSCOW online: 
 

RADIO MOSCOW line-up:
Parker Griggs (vocals, guitar)
Anthony Meier (bass)
Paul Marrone (drums)
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Fire Down Below sign World-wide Deal with Ripple Music, New Album Coming!

Ripple Music is thrilled to welcome Fire Down Below,to it's growing roster of the best of the modern heavy bands.


Hailing from Ghent (BE), Fire Down Below is a fearsome foursome, formed in 2015. An amp-hugging, hard-hitting, fuzz-loving, ear-splitting, riff-worshipping gang of rock 'n rollers, Fire Down Below, unleashed their debut album "Viper Vixen Goddess Saint." Recorded and mixed by Tim De Gieter at Much Luv Studio (Eleanora, Brutus, Every Stranger Looks Like You, Gloria Boateng, BARST) and mastered to gritty perfection by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, USA (Sleep, Yob, Pentagram, SUNN O))), Windhand, Black Tusk, Your Highness), the 7 tracks on Viper Vixen Goddess Saint immediately caught worldwide attention and shot right to the top of many year end "Best of Lists".  Reviewers praised the boys for their unique sound, an exceptional blend of fuzzed-out stoner, heavy psych and 90's grunge with added elements of spacerock and doom, while still focused on melody and powerful vocal performances.

Fire Down Below now join forces with Ripple Music, one of the world's leading purveyors of heavy psych, stoner and doom, to re-release "Viper Vixen Goddess Saint" world-wide, as well as their to be recorded follow-up album.   Expect "Viper Vixen Goddess Saint" to be available around the world on limited vinyl, CD and digital come June 2017 with their sophomore releases slated for early 2018.

"We're so excited to be working with Ripple Music," said the band.  "They've long been the dominant force in the heavy underground, with a killer roster.  Can't wait to be a part of that family."

Fire Down Below is: Bert Wynsberghe - bass Jeroen Van Troyen - guitar and vocals Kevin Gernaey - guitar Sam Nuytens – drums

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BOB GAGNON JOINS ELEPHANTS OF SCOTLAND


We are pleased to welcome Bob Gagnon to the band. Bob was raised in a musical family in northern Vermont, USA, about 40 miles from the Canadian border. He began playing and studying guitar at the age of six, inspired by the playing of his father, from whom he learned Quebecois fiddle tunes and songs from the American songbook. After studying jazz guitar at Ithaca College, Bob returned to Vermont and formed the Bob Gagnon Trio in 1989. In 1998 Bob released Apple for the Teacher, a CD of mostly original jazz compositions. Bob is front man for Small Change, a Tom Waits tribute band that has played throughout New England and in New York City. As bass player for Elephants of Scotland, Bob takes his inspiration from melodic bass players such as Jaco Pastorius, Ray Schulman, and Phil Lesh.

OUR PLANS FOR 2017 (But you know what they say about plans.)
Taking the last six months off from the band has given everybody a chance to recharge. We are now more focused and engaged than ever. We already have a handful of songs in various stages that we can't wait to share.

Instead of holing ourselves up while we create an entire album, we're hoping to release a new song and/or live video every few months. Stay tuned to our Facebook and YouTube pages for new tunes.

SUMMER'S END!
In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, Elephants of Scotland has been invited to play in Wales this fall. And we hope to book a few more gigs in the UK and Europe while we're over there. 

King Crimson / Zappa / Bowie Guitar Legend Adrian Belew Announces Massive Spring 2017 North American Tour!



Asheville, NC – Legendary guitarist Adrian Belew, best known for his work with King Crimson, Frank Zappa and David Bowie, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo work, is happy to announce his Spring 2017 North American tour! A celebration of Adrian's massive body of work past, present, and future! The tour, which spans across 23 US States and 3 Canadian Provinces, starts on February 28 in Vienna, VA. Adrian is touring with his Power Trio featuring Julie Slick on bass and drummer Tobias Ralph, both virtuoso musicians. 

Adrian recently scored the music to "Piper", a short movie by animation studio Pixar, which was released on June 17, 2016. The six-minute production tells the story of a small bird that lives on a beach, and must challenge herself to find food while avoiding treacherous waves. It was  screened before "Finding Dory", the full-length sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo". Meanwhile, Adrian continues to work on the latest additions to his FLUX project, including an album called FLUXbybelew Volume Two and an in-app addition entitled FLUXation Pack Two. 

Adrian Belew Power Trio tour dates: 

2/28/2017 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hcabc63 
3/01/2017 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/z9l74ue
3/02/2017 - Pawling, NY - Daryl's House - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jfq75cj 
3/03/2017 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jotfzo6 
3/04/2017 - Burlington, VT - Artsriot - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jam3rly
3/05/2017 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hzthptw
3/07/2017 - Buffalo, NY - The Tralf - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jlzvyhs/
30/9/2017 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gvbufkc
3/10/2017 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache at The Intersection - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hb3fhsc 
3/11/2017 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall - http://www.shankhall.com 
3/12/2017 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h8vu926
3/14/2017 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gso2kpk
3/17/2017 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/z37pgzg 
3/19/2017 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hvvd64y
3/21/2017 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/he4kgez 
3/22/2017 - Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/htu8mvu 
3/23/2017 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House - http://www.thecoachhouse.com/ 
3/24/2017 - Agora Hills, CA - The Canyon Club http://www.canyonclub.net 
3/25/2017 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose - http://roseconcerts.com/ 
3/26/2017 - Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom - www.crescentphx.com
3/30/2017 - Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h2a6fsp
3/31/2017 - St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gqnz9du
4/01/2017 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School Of Folk - http://www.oldtownschool.org 
4/02/2017 - Louisville, KY – Zanzabar - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jzgcx5y
5/03/2017 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/zp3v5rq 
5/04/2017 - Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h6fgnm4 
5/05/2017 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - http://www.catscradle.com 
5/07/2017 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h285drv
5/09/2017 - New York, NY – Iridium - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/gpgz6ly
5/10/2017 - New York, NY – Iridium - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jhdjofs 
5/11/2017 - New York, NY – Iridium - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jtvd46y 
5/12/2017 - Albany, NY – Sawyer - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hsd36pb 
5/13/2017 - Montreal, QC - Le Club Soda - http://www.clubsoda.ca 
5/14/2017 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Jean Paul Tardif - http://www.sallejeanpaultardif.com/
5/16/2017 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/hg8aogc 
5/17/2017 - Ferndale, MI - The Magic Bag - Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/h8rpkas 
5/18/2017 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theater - http://www.the20thcenturytheater.com 
5/20/2017 - Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter - http://12andporter.com/ 

Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.

Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, "Adrian reinvented electric guitar". Adrian's signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today's guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. "Discipline", Adrian's first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.

Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record "The Lone Rhino" to the Atlantic Records hit album "Mr. Music Head" or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes  beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie, Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!

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domingo, janeiro 22, 2017

Swedish Prog Ensemble Carptree Recording New Album “Emerger" To Be Released On Reingold Records!

Swedish Prog Ensemble Carptree Recording New Album "Emerger" To Be Released On Reingold Records! 


Sweden - Swedish prog ensemble Carptree will be releasing their new video titled "Fleeting Deep" in February. The track comes from their highly anticipated forthcoming album "Emerger" to be released on April 7th!

Carptree is a Swedish progressive symphonic rock duo made featuring Carl Westholm (keyboards, composer, producer) and Nicklas Flinck (vocals, composer, lyrics). Although Carptree is a duo they are almost always accompanied by the No Future Orchestra (NFO); A group of people from known and unknown other Swedish acts, who add their personal touch, more or less frequent. This is also the basis for other important people (OIP) who are also a part of the creative process in the making of a Carptree album. 

Says the band, "This album was a really slow starter, we started already in 2014 with some of the songs, the first two song was 'Fleeting Deep' and 'Ultimately Lifeless' which both have taken a lot of different shapes along the process. 'Between Extremes' is also a song that has been around in different shapes for many years, first we recorded it in 2009, but was not happy and cut it down to a short version which ended up on Nymf 'Between Extremes, Prelude', then rewrote it and planned to release it as a single in 2012 but was not happy with the result. So again we rewrote it and when we recorded it with Jesper Skarin on the drums and Carl rerecorded everything with just his Fender Rhodes and organ and we were finally happy with it. That's why we wanted to release that song already in May 2016 as a Maxi single to give that special song a chance to stand on it's own."

"A coherent jewel of progressive rock" - Metal Observer

As always the duo used the "No Future Orchestra" on the new album, which is a loosely connected group of musicians very important to Carptree. Also on this album Jesper Skarin joined in on drums and percussion and Carl has played some bass and guitars. Except the mellotrons that are taken from a sampler software, all instruments and amplifiers on this album are analogue just as the mix and mastering.

On the CD there will be 8 songs including a remixed version of "Dwindle Into Greatness" (The B-side of the Maxi single released in May 2016) as a bonus track. The vinyl version will have the other 7 tracks and will be release approximately one month after the CD on the FOSFOR Creation label. (Two versions, Black and transparent Marine blue)

"You can´t get better music than this" - Progressiveworld.net
 
The progressive duo Carptree was formed in 1997 in Stockholm, Sweden, by the songwriters Niclas Flinck, vocals, and Carl Westholm, keyboards and production. Under the years 2001-2010 they released 5 albums and did some live performances. The Album "Superhero" in 2003 was the first to gain a wide popularity among prog listeners around the world. "Man made machine" in 2005 was release both on their own label FOSFOR Creation and Insideout and got an even wider distribution, then followed by "Insekt" 2007 and "Nymf" in 2010 where the latter also was released as a Vinyl LP in 2011 by Ritual echo records. Carl Westholm has apart from this project been a member of some heavy Metal acts like Candlemass, Krux and Avatarium and lately live keyboard player with Tiamat. Between 2008 and 2013 he also released three albums under the name Jupiter Society and has also played on some Declan Burke albums.

The newest member of No Future Orchestra is Jesper Skarin on drums known from Swedish acts like Vak and Switch Open and others. Even though Niclas and Carl writes and produce everything No Future Orchestra is way more than just a bunch of hired guns as they have over the years contributed a lot of creative input and support.

For all of you that long for music with  integrity and diversity, open you arms for the "Emerger", Carptree is back!

Watch the promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiK8SvODnEA
Watch Carptree's "Between Extremes" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWS28f7ueQg

sexta-feira, janeiro 13, 2017

The Mute Gods launch lyric video for 'We Can't Carry On'



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. Now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the album, titled 'We Can't Carry On'. 

Watch a lyric video for the track here: 

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: 
Amazon
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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

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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TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 40TH Anniversary Tour & Kennedy Center Honors



TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS
40th Anniversary Tour

Joe Walsh will join Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers for select dates on their 40th Anniversary Tour. The primarily U.S. tour, will begin on April 20, 2017 in Oklahoma City and continues throughout the summer with more dates.

Tickets for all of the newly announced shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 16 at 10a.m. local time. Visit the Events Section for on sale details.


Joe Walsh will be performing on the following
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour dates:

4/20/2017 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
4/22/2017 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
4/23/2017 - Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Wireless Arena
4/25/2017 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
4/27/2017 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
4/29/2017 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/5/2017 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
5/6/2017 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
5/8/2017 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
5/10/2017 - Champaign, IL @ State Farm Center
5/12/2017 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
5/13/2017 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
5/29/2017 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/30/2017 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/2/2017 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
6/3/2017 - Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
6/5/2017 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
6/7/2017 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
6/9/2017 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
6/10/2017 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
6/12/2017 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
6/14/2017 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
6/16/2017 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

Questions? Contact Wonderful Union Fan Support

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Status Quo Live at The Royal Albert Hall 2017!


After last year's incredible show, Status Quo are very happy to return to the
Royal Albert Hall for an aquostic show on July 1 2017.

For access to an exclusive presale open NOW
ahead of general sale, visit Songkick here.

Metalmania 2017 – full line-up announced!

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).
 
Moonspell, Sodom, Arcturus, Tygers of Pan Tang, Furia, Coroner, Obscure Sphinx, Impaled Nazarene, Entombed A.D., ThermiT, Ceti, Animations, Sinister and Samael, have been announced so far.
Polish band Vader is the final addition to the line-up of the main stage. Thaw, Infernal War, In Twilight's Embrace, Mord'A'Stigmata, Entropia, Stillborn and Mentor will perform on a second stage.
 
Vader – a cult status band, one of the forerunners of death metal in Poland. Their eleventh studio album entitled "The Empire" was released in November 2016. Formed in 1983, the band was founded by then-bassist, now guitarist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and guitarist Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski. Starting as a heavy metal group, Vader eventually went to thrash, speed, and then in the late 1980s became a death metal band. According to Billboard magazine, by 2002 Vader sold approximately 500,000 releases around the world. The band will perform a very special show at Metalmania Festival. More details to follow soon.
www.facebook.com/vader
 
Metalmania Festival will be 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!
 
The last edition of Metalmania Festival took place at Spodek Hall in Katowice on March, 8th 2008, with Megadeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Overkill and Satyricon on the bill!
 
METALMANIA 2017
 
22.04.2017 Katowice – Spodek
 
Start: 11.00, doors open: 10.00
 
Main stage:
Tygers of Pan Tang, Sinister, Impaled Nazarene, Arcturus, Furia, Vader,  Entombed A.D., Sodom, Coroner, Moonspell, Samael
 
Second stage:
Mentor, Stillborn, Thermit, Animations, In Twilight's Embrace, Mord'A'Stigmata, Infernal War, Thaw, Obscure Sphinx, CETI, Entropia
 
Ticket prices (pre-sale):
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:
metalopolis.pl, www.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/
 
Metal Mind Productions
www.metalmind.com.pl
www.facebook.com/metalmindproductions
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quarta-feira, janeiro 11, 2017

GREYFEATHER NEW PROG ROCK COLLABORATION ANNOUNCED

REYFEATHER is a new prog rock collaboration comprising:
 
Brian Coralin of IZZ (drums)
Kevin Jarvis of Farpoint (acoustic guitar, vocals)
Steve Katsikas of Little Atlas (vocals, keyboards)
Dennis Mullin of Iluvatar (electric guitar)
Wade Summerlin of Cobweb Strange (bass, vocals)
 
Across several years and thousands of miles, GREYFEATHER has finally completed their self-titled debut album, which should see release in early 2017.

A sampler from the album can be heard here:

KAYAK are planning to return to the stage by the end of 2017-beginning of 2018


Kayak are planning to return to the stage by the end of 2017-beginning of 2018, to promote the new album that is scheduled for release in October this year. The band has teamed up with Dutch management and booking agency Glassville Music that will fully support Kayak by organizing concerts and other activities. Glassville Music is a company that represents bands like Pain of Salvation, Riverside, Iamthemorning and Gazpacho worldwide.

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Kansas launch video for "Rhythm in the Spirit"

"Listening to The Prelude Implicit, you hear echoes of everything that Kansas has been - the heartland prog-rock group, the rowdy bar band, the group with the chart hits, the hard-edged version from the late Eighties"  - Rolling Stone

"a roller coaster distillation of all the hard rock, prog, pop and orchestral elements that made Kansas the most unlikely world-beaters of the 1970's" - Prog Magazine
 
"This album will remind you why these guys collect Gold and Platinum albums time and time again." - Classic Rock Society
 

Legendary rock band, Kansas, have launched a live concert video for the track "Rhythm In The Spirit", taken from the bands latest album 'The Prelude Implicit' released last September.

Watch it now here:

 
The band had this to say: "It's been a long time since we've made a one song concert video and we had a great time doing it! 'Rhythm in the Spirit' was our unanimous first choice and we are very happy with how it turned out."
 
'The Prelude Implicit' is now available to purchase below:
 
Kansas have also confirmed their long-awaited European return with some select summer festivals. You can find the full list below:

9th June - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
6th July - Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
16th July - Night of the Prog Festival, Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
29th July - Burg Herzberg Festival, Herzberg, Germany
30th July - Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
 
The Prelude Implicit is the first new album release in 16 years for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as 'Carry On Wayward Son' and 'Dust In the Wind,' to progressive epics like 'Song for America' and 'Miracles Out of Nowhere.' It is available as CD, 180g gatefold double vinyl & digital download.


'The Prelude Implicit' features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams.  KANSAS's signature sound is evident throughout the album.  It showcases Ronnie Platt's soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale's blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi's rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion's B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart's thundering drums, and Billy Greer's driving bass and vocals. 
 
KANSAS returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music.  Says Inside Out founder and president Thomas Waber, "KANSAS is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA.  'The Prelude Implicit' undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy.  I can't stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album."
 
The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined.  "This is definitely a KANSAS album," remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. "Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like 'The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,' biting rocker such as 'Rhythm in the Spirit,' or mindful ballad like 'The Unsung Heroes,' there is something on this album for every kind of KANSAS fan.  After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of 'The Prelude Implicit.'"
 
Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, "Recording 'The Prelude Implicit' was an incredible experience, and I couldn't be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that KANSAS fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them."
 
The album title, 'The Prelude Implicit' means, "Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning," explains Ehart. Tattoo artist, Denise de la Cerda, did the oil painting of the front and back cover.  "It shows a Phoenix flying from the past into the future."
 
'The Prelude Implicit' Track Listing:
1.) With This Heart
2.) Visibility Zero
3.) The Unsung Heroes
4.) Rhythm in the Spirit
5.) Refugee
6.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen   
7.) Camouflage
8.) Summer
9.) Crowded Isolation
10.) Section 60
 
KANSAS will be debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit this fall, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.  More information on the tour, including tour dates, can be found below and at http://www.kansasband.com.

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terça-feira, janeiro 10, 2017

WHITE WILLOW Issues Art, Track Listing, Street Date, And More For Lasers’ Edge-Bound Seventh Album, Future Hopes


Confirmed the release date for Future Hopes, the seventh full-length from eclectic Norwegian prog quintet, WHITE WILLOW, unveiling the album's artwork, track listing, and other details on the record.

WHITE WILLOW's first album since 2011's well-received Terminal Twilight sees the outfit exploring some of the most "progressive" territory the band has ever ventured into, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than they are usually known for. Musically the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. Future Hopes also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80.

The Future Hopes lineup, which as always is a loose constellation of musicians with multi-instrumentalists Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core, sees the return of several WHITE WILLOW stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). The singer is however a new arrival. Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. She came into Holm-Lupo's orbit as a guest singer with his other project, The Opium Cartel. Guesting on several tracks and putting a clear stamp on the album is Norway's trailblazing guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, known from her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Holm-Lupo felt the material needed a soloist who could both navigate the tricky, almost jazz-influenced chord and time changes on the album while at the same time retaining a rock edge, and Hedvig fit the bill perfectly.

Future Hopes was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean. The CD and digital versions of the album also feature two bonus tracks, including an original tune, "Damnation Valley," as well as WHITE WILLOW's unusual cover of The Scorpions' classic dirge, "Animal Magnetism," re-interpreted as a Tangerine Dream-like electronic piece while still retaining the heaviness of the original. The star on the track is New York-based clarinetist David Krakauer, knows as the world's foremost klezmer clarinetist, with countless credits to his name both with his own projects, in jazz constellations, with many of the world's best philharmonic orchestras and with soundtrack music. Krakauer is a recipient of many prestigious nominations and awards, from DownBeat to the Grammys.

Laser's Edge will issue Future Hopes on CD, LP, and digital formats on March 31st, 2017. Audio samples, preorder info, and more will be issued in the coming days.

Formed in Oslo in 1992/93, WHITE WILLOW has built a reputation over the years as a diverse, subtle, progressively-focused group, their albums always critically acclaimed and revered as influential. They were a part of the original revival of progressive rock in Scandinavia that also included Änglagård, Anekdoten, and Landberk, and original Änglagård drummer Mattias Olsson is the drummer of WHITE WILLOW. Fusing influences from 1970s prog rock and folk rock, hard rock, electronica, and even some pop influences, with each album they explore new territories. A common thread throughout all the albums though, is the use of female vocals and the employment of huge arsenals of vintage keyboards and synthesizers, notably mellotrons, chamberlins, moogs, solinas, prophets, and more. Among the bands/artists admired by WHITE WILLOW are Genesis, Blue Öyster Cult, King Crimson, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and Norwegian bands ranging from Høst to Darkthrone.

Future Hopes Track Listing:
1. Future Hopes
2. Silver And Gold
3. In Dim Days
4. Where There Was Sea There Is Abyss
5. A Scarred View
6. Animal Magnetism [CD/digital bonus track]
7. Damnation Valley [CD/digital bonus track]


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Pain of Salvation - Launch second video/single "Reasons" off upcoming album "In the Passing Light of Day"; Album pre-order available; North American tour announced.

Pain of Salvation - Launch second video/single "Reasons" off upcoming album "In the Passing Light of Day"; Album pre-order available; North American tour announced 


Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators Pain of Salvation are soon to release their upcoming studio album "In the Passing Light of Day" on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via their longtime label partners InsideOutMusic.

Therefore, the album's second single, "Reasons", as well as a dynamic video for it are being debuted today. Check the clip produced by Joakim S. Hammond and Love Fagerstedt for Lynx Pictures here:


Or listen to "Reasons" here:
iTunes (Instant grat!): http://smarturl.it/POSreasonsiTunes 

Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw checked in to comment about the song/video as follows:

"We are proud to present the second video from our upcoming album IN THE PASSING LIGHT OF DAY. It's a hard and complex track, but is somehow catchy enough to make people go around humming it hours after they've heard it. I left one of the early demos in my car over the weekend, and the next week I heard my kids hum it while they were playing app games on their phones. Or, as Daniel Bergstrand put it, "It's awesome - it's so catchy that you can't resist singing it, but it drives you crazy because at the same time you can't grasp the weird rhythms enough to do it right!" hahaha. The video is a bit different too, because I'm in it, but with all my clothes on and not having sex with anyone or even holding severed body parts of any kind. How weird is that? For those who think that's just too meek, I can offer some comfort to that, by revealing that four of us were bleeding after only two or three takes of the video. Who was the one who didn't bleed? That's a mystery for you to solve and discuss.
"Because I hate every motherfucking word you say!"
 
Lyrically the song is about the harshest lows of a long-term relationship, but also a dark satire about true and deep loyalty and love - the kind that will not perish in any flame but just come out twice as strong. It's like a long and true friendship - it can withstand a little bit of conflict, dislike, or even hate, every now and then through the year, without going out. At least if the conflicts are shared and mutual, brought out in the open and dealt with with courage and truth. So, at the surface, it may first seem like a lyric about hate, but as you delve deeper into the philosophy of it, and if you pay attention to the small lyrical signs towards the end, you'll understand that it is a story about a strong love."
 
The video for the album's first single, 'Meaningless", can be checked out here:

Or listen to "Meaningless" here:

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.

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 jewel case CD, gatefold 180g 2LP vinyl plus album on CD as bonus & digital download. 

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)

The vinyl version of the album will be available in the following versions:
Black vinyl - Unlimited
Clear vinyl - 200x copies (Swedish version)
White vinyl - 200x copies (Band mailorder version)
Silver vinyl - 200x copies (IOM webshop version)
 
The album's pre-order via the InsideOutMusic webstore has already started here:

On the live-front, Pain of Salvation have just announced a North American tour and also added a show in Cologne/Germany to their European run, for which fellow Swedes Port Noir have been added as support act. Here are all dates announced so far:

North America tour 2017
Feb 7-11 Tampa (US) - Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise to the Edge
Feb 12  Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
Feb 14  Houston,TX, The Scout bar
Feb 15  Dallas, TX,  Gas Monkey
Feb 16  Kansas City, MO, The Riot Room
Feb 18  Chicago, IL, Reggies
Feb 19  Detroit, MI, The Token Lounge
Feb 21  Toronto, ON, Mod Club
Feb 22  Quebec, QC, Le Cercle
Feb 23  Montreal, QC, Le Tulipe
Feb 24  Buffalo, NY, Iron Works
Feb 26  New York, NY, The Marlin Room 

Here is a list of the band's live-shows announced so far:
Pain of Salvation - "In the Passing Light of Day" European tour 2017:
29.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
30.03. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
31.03. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia-Theater
01.04. Prague (Czech Republic) - Rock Cafe
02.04. Reichenbach (Germany) - Art Rock festival V
04.04. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
05.04. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
06.04. Milan (Italy) - Circolo Magnolia
07.04. Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
08.04. Barcelona (Spain) - Bikini
09.04. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barceló
11.04. Paris (France) - Divan Du Monde
12.04. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
14.04. Venlo (The Netherlands) - Grenswerk
15.04. Leiden (The Netherlands) - Gebr. De Nobel
16.04. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
16.-18.06. Clisson (France) - Hellfest / http://www.hellfest.fr 
 
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

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