quarta-feira, outubro 19, 2016

Bob Oliver Lee "Flying Music" (Progressive Rock)

Bob Saliba is an eclectic French musician, also member of Galderia, Stonecast, Debackliner and Ninmah.

Bob has been the leading voice for a project on Ark most famous songs with John Macaluso on drums. In his solo project he is engaged in a progressive rock featuring folk and hard 'n heavy shades.

"Flying Music" is a masterpiece for fans of Yes, Jethro Tull and Ayreon.

Born in 1979 in Bordeaux, France, Bob is a french guitarist, bass player, singer and composer. His first releases are his 1st solo album under the name Bob Oliver Lee (Between Time & Space), Raff – Fissure both in 2009 and Abnormality – Ablaze in 2010.

But as a real polyhedric artist, in 2008 he starts also playing for the power pop band Alix, a mediatic combo that had a lot of success especially in Paris area. After the split of these early projects, Bob gets new metal bands: in Stonecast as lead guitarist (2010); in Ninmah as singer (2013); in Debackliner as singer (2014); in Galderia as bass player, acoustic guitar and singer. As singer and guitarist he also appears on the album of Quiet Human: LTTSS. During the live shows he has been an opener for bands such as Tim Ripper, Circle II Circle, Blaze Bayley, Freedom Call, Secret Sphere or at Sonisphere.

In 2016 he started a collaboration with John Macaluso (Ark, Symphony X, Y Malmsteen…) to perform Ark songs with a new French band full of energy. This same year he will release his 1st album with Debackliner and his 2nd solo album Bob Oliver Lee – Flying Music on Underground Symphony Records.


01. Everything's gone
02. Dead Heart
03. Flying Music (Instrumental)
04. These Wings
05. Thoughts & Regrets
06. River of the Temple (Instrumental)
07. Rising
08. Forbidden Ways
09. Sailors from the Crying Planet
10. From the Pyramid Rises the Flying Spirit of the Pharaoh (Instrumental) 

Bob Oliver Lee LINE-UP
Bob Saliba: Lead, Acoustic Guitars & Vocals
Pascal Garell: Bass
Olivier Tijoux: Drums
Franck Capera: Keyboards
François Albaranes: Piano
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Glenn Hughes streams 'Let It Shine' and announces Stone Broken on UK tour

Today, Glenn Hughes premiers the audio stream of 'Let It Shine' on YouTube. The song is taken from Hughes' forthcoming album 'Resonate', which is released on Friday 4th November by Frontiers Music Srl.
'Let It Shine' features Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Soren Andersen (guitar), Pontus Enborg (drums) and Lachy Doley (keyboards). Click here to read the official UK press release : 

'Living Colour', who were originally Hughes' special guests on his November UK tour, have pulled out, and have been replaced by Midlands rock band 'Stone Broken'. Says a spokesperson from Glenn's management, "Unfortunately, Living Colour have decided to pull off the tour with Glenn Hughes. UK and up and comers Stone Broken have been added to the bill. Glenn promises a magical night of rock with tracks spanning his entire career alongside some brand new tracks from his album Resonate out 4th November."
Glenn Hughes November 2016 UK Tour with special guests 'Stone Broken'

Leamington Spa Assembly - Tuesday 8 November
Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall - Wednesday 9 November
Newcastle Riverside - Friday 11 November
Hard Rock Hell - Saturday 12 November
Nottingham Rescue Rooms - Monday 14 November
Glasgow O2 ABC - Tuesday 15 November
Manchester O2 Ritz - Thursday 17 November
Cambridge Junction - Saturday 19 November
London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - Sunday 20 November

Listen to 'Let It Shine' via YouTube

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terça-feira, outubro 18, 2016

John Wesley releases his new album today!

Renowned singer / songwriter & guitarist John Wesley proudly presents his 8th studio album 'a way you'll never be' OUT NOW on InsideOut Music.
John had this say: "I am proud to finally announce the physical and digital release of "a way you'll never be", my eight studio album. The album features tracks that are steeped in guitar and complex arrangements with lyrical themes that thread the seams between an emerging "lost generation" and the "lost generation" portrayed in the early stories of Ernest Hemingway. Take the ride, sit down with the headphones on, open the gatefold album cover, put it on and turn it up!"

'a way you'll never be'is available as Special Edition CD Digipak, 180 gram double vinyl + CD including an etching on Side D, vinyl mastering plus a different song order as the CD. The album is also available digitally. 
Grab your format of choice here:

Digital Album:

Watch the previously launched lyric videos here:

Press feedback on "a way you'll never be" has been extremely positive:

"The man's on fire." - Prog

"Anyone who's so far not managed to appreciate John Wesley's solo work, hold your hands up, step back and take notice." - 9/10 Powerplay

"An outstanding piece of work from one of rock's underestimated players." - Fireworks

"This album should go down really well with Rush fans as it employs comparable stylistics as classics such as "Moving Pictures" or "Hold Your Fire" while offering a glorious 70's feeling with orgiastic leads and extensive instrumental passages. A true musical delight!" - 6 / 7 Metal Hammer (D)

In support of the album, John will head out as support to Marillion & Steven Wilson in the US & Canada and you can find the full list of dates below:

With Marillion
Friday 21 October 2016 - The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA, USA
 Saturday 22 October 2016 - Saban Theater Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Tuesday 25 October 2016 - Paramount Theatre Denver, CO, USA
Thursday 27 October 2016 - Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA
Friday 28 October 2016 - Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA
Saturday 29 October 2016 - Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH, USA
Monday 31 October 2016 - Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON, Canada
Tuesday 1 November 2016 - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre Montreal, QC, Canada
Wednesday 2 November 2016 - L'Impérial Bell Québec, QC, Canada
Friday 4 November 2016 - Royale Boston Boston, MA, USA
Saturday 5 November 2016 - 9:30 Club Washington, DC, USA
 Sunday 6 November 2016 - Keswick Theatre Philadelphia, PA, USA
 Tuesday 8 November 2016 - Playstation Theater New York, NY, USA
With Steven Wilson
Thursday 17 November 2016 - Center Stage Atlanta, GA, USA
Friday 18 November 2016 - The Plaza Live Orlando, FL, USA
Saturday 19 November - State Theatre Tampa, FL, USA
Sunday 20 November - Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 

Look out for more information on the album in the coming weeks.

1994 - Under the Red and White Sky
1995 - The Closing of the Pale Blue Eyes
1998 - The Emperor Falls
2002 - Chasing Monsters
2005 - Shiver
2011 - The Lilypad Suite
2014 - Disconnect
2016 - a way you'll never be

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segunda-feira, outubro 17, 2016

Supertramp Founding Member & King Crimson Songwriter Richard Palmer-James Releases Debut Solo Album “Takeaway”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To purchase Richard Palmer-James "Takeaway": 
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Austrian Prog Rockers BLANK MANUSKRIPT touring UK this Halloween Weekend

Austrian Progressive, Psychedelic, Art Rock band, Blank Manuskript, have announced a short UK tour taking place later this month. The group from Salzburg promotes their latest release, 2015's The Waiting Soldier, which was originally released only as a vinyl. The album is scheduled as a digipak CD release next week.

The band's first UK tour takes place over the Halloween weekend with shows in Brighton, Manchester, Leicester and London. 

Bassist Alfons Wohlmuth says, "Having concerts in the motherland of Prog is definitely something that we wanted to do for a long time and now, it appears, that we are ready. It will be a whole different thing with different audiences than we are used to. We are prepared to play energetic shows with a very high musicality. We certainly consider our concerts to be a new gateway to storytelling. Just lean back and enjoy the tales."

Blank Manuskript 2016 UK Tour Dates:

Oct 28 - Brighton @ The Green Door Store with The Far Meadow and Porshyne

Oct 29 - Manchester @ Factory 251 with We Are Kin, Mothertongue and Of Stone and Fire 

Oct 30 - Leicester @ The Musician, support: TBA

Oct 31 - London @ Boston Music Room with The Far Meadow and Habu

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domingo, outubro 16, 2016

Jazz Guitar Icon Larry Coryell To Release New Studio Album “Barefoot Man: Sanpaku”

Los Angeles - Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, Jazz guitar icon Larry Coryell, one of the most respected and celebrated guitarists of his generation, offers a brand new album of seven original compositions titled "Barefoot Man: Sanpaku"!
Says Larry, "I was inspired by John Lappen's suggestion that I do a recording similar to one that I did in the 70's that had a lot of energy. Using that as a template I carved out several compositions that I felt would be appropriate. The result was better than I expected; I had a great rhythm section in John Lee and Lee Pierson, and the soloists from Florida, Lynne Arriale and Dan Jordan, played on a world class level. Michael Franklin's production was hands off except for a few relevant suggestions that really helped round out the project."

In addition to Coryell's signature guitar playing, this album features the talents of award-winning pianist Lynne Arriale, longtime Coryell collaborator John Lee on bass, Dan Jordan on saxophone and flute, and drummer Lee Pierson!

Track List:
1. Sanpaku
2. Back To Russia
3. If Miles Were Here
4. Improv On 97
5. Penultimate
6. Manteca
7. Blue Your Mind

Release date October 14, 2016 – Purple Pyramid Records

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/ LarryCoryellBarefootManCD
Buy the digital version: http://flyt.it/ LarryCoryellBarefootManDig

Catch Larry Coryell LIVE
Delray Beach, FL - Oct 14
Middletown, NY - Oct 22
Birdland Jazz Club (Germany) - Oct 28
Cork Jazz Festival (Ireland) - Oct 30
Deidesheim (Germany) - Oct 31
Ra Ra Room (London) - Nov 1
JJ Smyth's (Ireland) - Nov 3
Jazz Showcase (Chicago) - Nov 17-20
The Birdcage (Australia) - Dec 13

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Los Angeles CA 90025
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MASCHINE launch lyric video for 'Night & Day'

Young British progressive rockers Maschine recently announced the release of their second studio album 'Naturalis' on November 18th, 2016 on InsideOut Music. Now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the album, and you can watch the lyric video for 'Night & Day' here: 

Lead guitarist & vocalist Luke Machin had this to say: "We are hugely proud to share this piece with you all as it's a true gripping story of one man's natural instinct to fight on night and day. The combined creation of the music and visuals has brought this story to life and we are really excited for you to hear it."
You can now pre-order the album digitally from iTunes & Amazon MP3 and receive 'Night & Day' immediately:

The follow-up to the band's debut 'Rubidium', this record is the first to feature drummer James Stewart (Vader) & keyboardist/vocalist Marie-Eve de Gaultier. The 6 tracks that make up the main album fit into a loose concept. Machin continues: "This is basically about natural events. It's something I've been thinking about and working on for some time. My interest really began with the Japanese tsunami in 2011. It had such a far reaching effect on so many people. Once I had the idea for the album fixed in my head, the whole thing just snowballed. But what I didn't want this to be was a record about natural disasters. That can be such a dark subject. What I wanted to emphasise was that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope for mankind. And that's the vibe I wanted to come through." 
The album will be released as a special edition Digipak CD & digital download, both featuring two bonus tracks recorded live in 2015 at Veruno Prog Festival in Italy. 

The full track-list can be found below:
1. Resistance (11:52)
2. Night And Day (5:08)
3. Make Believe (7:10)
4. Hidden In Plain Sight (7:01)
5. A New Reality (8:45)
6. Megacyma (11:46)
Bonus Tracks
7. Eyes Pt.2 (Live in Veruno) (8:55)
8. Rubidium (Live in Veruno) (8:47) 

Since honing their live performance whilst out on tour with Haken & Leprous in 2014, the band have been itching to get back out and are currently confirmed to play HRH Prog Festival in the UK on 17th March 2017 alongside Hawkwind, Curved Air, Hexvessel & more. More dates will be announced soon.
Luke comments of the new material: "The album reflects much more of what we are about. As a progressive band in the true sense of the term, we will never repeat ourselves and will always look to move on. But you can hear a cohesion in our style and sound. We have taken inspirations from so many different areas of music. I have taken the feelings from albums and tracks that make an impression on me, and have brought these to life in Maschine's music."

Band Line-Up:
Luke Machin - guitar/vocals
Elliott Fuller - guitar
Dan Mash - bass
James Stewart - drums
Marie-Eve de Gaultier- keyboards/vocals

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!

MASCHINE online:
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Mario Millo Performing Four Moments at The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival

I have been invited to perform at the eighth annual Sydney Blues & Roots Festival in a special event on Sunday, 30th October at 3pm in the Windsor Function Centre.

I've been waiting for the right opportunity to perform again and have put together a great band and will be showcasing Four Moments, Epic 3 and more.

Tickets are available now so please click here to book online or visit the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival website for more details.
I am really excited to perform my music again and to be part of the festival. It will be a great day out (or three!), so I invite you to come along and join this special audience and support this great event. Hope to see you there.
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Swedish Prog Legends Kaipa DaCapo Feat. Guitar Icon Roine Stolt To Release First New Studio Album In 35 Years - “Dårskapens Monotoni”!

Sweden - Prog dreams do come true! Legendary '70s Swedish Prog ensemble Kaipa DaCapo featuring guitarist Roine Stolt will be releasing a new album "Dårskapens Monotoni" on October 10th on Foxtrot Records!

In the mid 70's the band Kaipa was one of the main acts on the Swedish music scene, alongside groups like Kebnekaise, Samla Mammas Manna, Hoola Bandoola, Bo Hansson, Made in Sweden. Four young men devoted all their time  to the band Kaipa, with regular touring and recordings between the years 1974-1978. Kaipa did many shows, over 100 each year and many live broadcasts on national radio and television. They recorded 3 albums for the DECCA label and were often compared to international contemporary giants of the genre, likeGenesis, YES, Pink Floyd and Focus. 

Three of the original members have now re-united and play the music from the most popular albums from their 1970's catalogue, now together with two new younger members - trying to be faithful to the vibe and  sound and 70's style. Ingemar Bergman, Tomas Eriksson and Roine Stolt carry the  torch forward from the 70's - Roine, perhaps the most well know now within progressive circles - with recent success with his own bands "Transatlantic" & "The Flower Kings" - with almost one million albums sold. Lately also as a member of Steve Hackett's touring band  and most notably on a brand new successful collaboration with Jon Anderson of YES - "Invention of Knowledge" - released June this year to thunderous reviews. The duo are working on a follow up to that album - with possible live shows of Anderson & Stolt Orchestra in 2017.

June 2016 saw Kaipa DaCapo record brand new material for the first time in more than 35 years. This is the first full length album with new Kaipa DaCapo music from these gentlemen - recorded in a state of the art studio in a very organic and old fashion way - 5 guys playing the music together in a recording studio.

Kaipa is:
INGEMAR BERGMAN: Drums, Percussion
TOMAS ERIKSSON: Rickenbacker & Fender Bass
ROINE STOLT: Guitars,Vocal, Moogbass
MICHAEL STOLT: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Keyboards
MAX LORENTZ: Hammond Organ,Mellotron, Moog, Keyboards,Vocals

With Guests: 
LUDDE LORENTZ: Saxophones (6)
PETER LINDBERG: Steelguitar (3,7)

1. Dårskapens Monotoni 10:30
2. När Jag Var En Pojk 10:40
3. Vi Lever Här 6:20
4. Det Tysta Guldet 10:20
5. Spår Av Vår Tid 5:40
6. Tonerna 17:20
7. Monoliten 5:45

Produced & Mixed By Roine Stolt
Fenix Recordings, Varnhem, Sweden
Engineer: Lasse Hallbäck
Album artwork: Rick Jacobi

To purchase Kaipa DaCapo's "Dårskapens Monotoni": http://www.flowerkings.se/

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quarta-feira, outubro 12, 2016

WEDINGOTH : New album, "Alone In The Crowd"

Wedingoth is a progressive Rock/ metal musical project based on open-mindedness and the mix of styles, which the claimed credo is eclectism. It combines the strength of rock led by a feminine voice full of emotions, with atmospheric touch inviting us to travel backed by an orchestral technic. After two albums (Candlelight in 2009 and The Other Side in 2012) and lots of concerts all around France and Belgium, Wedingoth comes back with more motivation than ever on stage to defend its new opus called "Alone In The Crowd"

What does not kill you makes you stronger...
After keeping silent for four years, Wedingoth comes back with his third album:Alone in the Crowd. With a music of a more progressive rock texture with a tint of aggressive Metal, the opus depicts the feelings of a human being under an emotional shock that affects his mind and isolates him from the external world around him. This album depicts the processes of the thoughts of that character from the black side of his torments to the elevation of the height of the saving light.
Are we the result of our past?
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Knight Area - New album "Heaven and Beyond" February 10th on Butler Records

Knight Area signing with Butler Records

New album "Heaven and Beyond" will be released on February 10

Heavy guitars, a thundering rhythm section, smooth synths and melodic vocals, this is the trademark of the Dutch group Knight Area. Presented as both challenging and compact songs, this has already brought the band international success.

Founded in 2004 by keyboard player/composer Gerben Klazinga, Knight Area has grown to be a familiar name in symphonic and (neo-)progressive rock by releasing successful albums and playing live worldwide. On previous albums, the band has cooperated with a.o. Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, The Gentle Storm) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain), and since the arrival of guitarist Mark Bogert and bassist Peter Vink (Q65, Finch, Ayreon) a close line-up has been formed. And an impressive one! Both on the album as on stage the band is not afraid to show off their technical skills, however always in a functional way.

After having released multiple albums on the reputed American label The Laser's Edge, the band has now chosen to remain closer to home. The successor to the previous album "Hyperdrive", which was mixed by Joost van den Broek (Epica, After Forerver, Wende Snijders), will be entitled "Heaven and Beyond", and will be released next year on February 10th by Butler Records (Lamb, Anneke van Giersbergen, Ruben Hoeke Band, Donnerwetter), the record label subsidiary of Bertus Distribution.

The album release will be celebrated with a release party on February 11th in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer (NL).

Band line-up:
Mark Smit - lead vocals / keyboard
Gerben Klazinga - keyboards / backing vocals
Mark Bogert - guitar
Pieter van Hoorn - drums / backing vocals
Peter Vink - bass
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Legendary Guitarist - John McLaughlin Announces Final US Tour - Revisiting Mahavishnu Orchestra with Jimmy Herring



November - December 2017


(Los Angeles, CA) In a career that spans more than five decades, John McLaughlin has honed a personal vision that transcends all boundaries, becoming one of improvised music's most influential guitarists, composers, and bandleaders. McLaughlin will be joined by the remarkable Jimmy Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the thriving American rock-jam band movement for 25 years, for what has been dubbed The Meeting of the Spirits tour. Highlighting this musical adventure will be John McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his deeply influential, genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra.  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.

McLaughlin strongly feels that this will be his last American performances. He is hoping that all of his friends who have supported him over the years can come out to celebrate this tour with him. After all, it was in America that he met Miles Davis and Tony Williams and played on such trailblazing albums as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.  America was the true birthplace of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

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 own band. "Herring possesses the heart and soul of a rocker, the chops and harmonic awareness of a jazz artist, and the simpatico personality of a jam-band player," according to Guitar Player magazine.  2017 also marks the return of Jimmy Herring as a bandleader since touring after his widely acclaimed "Lifeboat" (2008) and "Subject to Change without Notice" (2012).

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 improvising guitarists. Expect special surprise guests to be added when available.

"The music of Mahavishnu is part of my personal and musical history, and as such it is inseparable from me," McLaughlin reflects. "To return to these pieces with the experience I've had for the past 45 years, since the majority of those pieces were played all those years ago, is very exciting."

Herring adds, "John's influence on me is far-reaching. When first hearing him, I was struck by the raw emotion and technical prowess he has. If you listen to John long enough, the layers of all the things that make him unique will reveal themselves…Inner Mounting Flame changed my life and the way I heard music. By the time I heard it in 1980, John had long since moved on and recreated himself, as he has done many times throughout his career. It is an honor and a privilege to do this tour with John and the 4th Dimension."

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.

"To play the music of Mahavishnu is not for the faint-hearted," says McLaughlin, who celebrates his 75th birthday in 2017. "In fact, among the only people I know who have succeeded in interpreting Mahavishnu music are my two all-time favorite guitarists: Jimmy Herring and Jeff Beck. Jimmy is simply a great guitar player, and since we see so eye to eye in music, I know we will have some extraordinary musical experiences touring together." 
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Franck Carducci New Live DVD Release

We're very pleased to let you all know that we will release a live DVD by the end of 2016, shot during our 2015 European tour. If you wanna get a sneak preview,  there's a short (1 minute) teaser on Youtube :

We're running a crowdfunding campaign with pre-order and other goodies, if you wanna see what this is about, it's there:

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Minutian - Void Within (Official music video)

Minutian have released their first music video off of the album Inwards for the song Void Within. The band considers the song choice a strong representation of the whole album, which is packed with changes in song dynamics and emotional themes.

Inwards has been well-received by critics and fans alike, which in turn has helped Minutian reinforce their vision in regards to writing new material. During 2016 the band has started pre-production for the next release as the evenings keep getting darker in Finland.

Video by Samppa Fjäder.

Minutian - Void Within (Official music video)

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Broken Witt Rebels premiere official video for 'Georgia Pine' single




The Birmingham-piece rock and blues band, Broken Witt Rebels have today launched the official video for their new single 'Georgia Pine'. Watch it now on YouTube - 


The single dovetails the band's forthcoming 12-date UK tour with King King that kicks off at Brighton's The Old Market on Wednesday 9th November. 

'Georgia Pine' also features on the cover mount CD of the current issue of Classic Rock magazine, which is out now.  'Georgia Pine' is the third single and title track from the Birmingham, UK, band's recent EP release. The 'Georgia Pine' EP was previously only available on CD and digital formats, but will be issued on limited edition and numbered 10-inch vinyl on November 9. It's available for pre-order from the band's official website - 


The band invited fans to star in the 'Georgia Pine' video by submitting their fan photos and video clips. The video which was shot on smartphones in partnership with mobile filming app Seenit, captures the incredible journey the band have been on, ever since their previous single 'Guns' was featured on the front page of YouTube. Click here to access the official UK press page for the new single and the November UK tour with King King and Broken Witt Rebels -


Broken Witt Rebels have been nominated for Best Live Act and Best Rock Act at the inaugural Unsigned Music Awards, which will be held at London's Troxy on October 27. The band will close the event with a live performance of recent single 'Guns'. The following night, October 28, a Broken Witt Rebels electric session filmed for The Friday Night Rock Show on Vintage TV, will be televised.

King King November UK Tour with special guest Broken Witt Rebels
Tickets: www.brokenwittrebels.com/shows.html

Brighton, The Old Market - Wednesday 9 November
Norwich, The Waterfront -Thursday 10 November
Southampton, The 1865  - Friday 11 November
Frome, The Cheese and Grain - Thursday 17 November
Bilston, The Robin 2 - Friday 18 November
Cardiff, Tramshed - Saturday 19 November
Exeter, Phoenix - Sunday 20 November
Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree - Thursday 24 November
Edinburgh, The Queen's Hall - Friday 25 November
Chester, The Live Rooms - Saturday 26 November
Clitheroe, The Grand Venue - Sunday 27 November
London, Islington Assembly Hall - Tuesday 29 November
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'A Trillion Lights, Tome II' being released this week on October 15th

The Chronicles of Israfel – A Trillion Lights, Tome II (2016) 

For fans of Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Periphery, Scale the Summit, Meshuggah

Release Date: October 15, 2016 

Label: BOH Records 

"Occasionally a unique talent appears on the radar, causing you to really sit up and take notice…This is as much accessible, yet compellingly complex and thrilling 8/10? – Metal Hammer UK (2007 Starborn, Tome I) 

"What Do They Sound Like?: Like Coheed And Cambria with Steve Vai battling Travis and Claudio on guitar; like Jane's Addiction or early Killing Joke covering Tool (or vice versa). Massively kooky narrative alternative metal with weird vocal effects, pianos and amazing guitar work. Like War of The Worlds played by a band made up of The Fall of Troy and Steve Vai." – Metal Hammer UK (2007 Starborn, Tome I) 

""really fucking impressive." This Montreal one-man project falls somewhere in the nebulous continuum between Devin Townsend, Cynic, Meshuggah, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, King's X and Tool. They (he) play complex, melodic but punishing progressive metal that doesn't lose sight of the art of writing actual "songs."" – Metal Sucks (2007 Starborn, Tome I) 

"The music is metal/progressive rock influenced by bands like Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, that showcase Dominic's precise technical guitar prowess." – Amp Kicker (2007 Starborn, Tome I) 

"a magnificent debut album" – Sputnik Music (2007 Starborn, Tome I) 

"a forward-looking Modern Metal album that's well worth your time and patience." – Metal Reviews (2007 Starborn, Tome I)

1. Colors Of The Energy Construct (2:03)
2. Goddamned (3:52) 
3. I Remember (7:41)
4. Nightmare (3:17)
5. Spirit Carousel ft. Bekki Friesen (4:07)
6. Life I Know (4:55)
7. In Ruins (5:57)
8. Hatred In My Heart (4:18)
9. Violet Empress (Last Love) (5:13)
10. Greet The Sun (3:49)
11. A Trillion Lights (5:36)
12. Incendia (2:15)
13. The Turning Of The Heavens (12:38)
Album Length: 1:05:47 

Album Credits:
• All songs performed by: The Chronicles Of Israfel
• All songs written by: Dominic Cifarelli. Additional Lyrics & Arrangements by Rico Antonucci, Bekki Friesen, Justin Piedimonte, Andrew Wieczorek, Vincent Cifarelli & Lukas Rossi)
• Produced by: Chad Shlosser & Dominic Cifarelli (L.A.)
– Vocals Produced & Recorded by Bekki Friesen (Hollywood)
– Additional Recording by Joe Pacheco (MTL), Kevin Jardine (MTL)
• Mixed by: Chad Shlosser @ Area7 Studios (L.A.), Paul Pivetta @ Phonika (MTL), Jeff Feldman (L.A.)
• Mastered by: Phil Greiss @ Fatsonix Studios (Paris, France) 
Album Band Line Up:
– Dominic Cifarelli: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars, MultiOud, Mandolin, Bass & Additional Keyboards
– Justin Piedimonte: Drums & Screams
– Andrew Wieczorek: Additional Lead Vocals, Keyboards & Piano
– Bekki Friesen: Backing Vocals
– Vincent Cifarelli: Piano
– Rico Antonucci: Vocals
– Danny Shamoun: Percussion, Ney Flute & Additional Keyboards
– Jeff Feldman: Programming
– Fabrizio Prioriello: Programming 
Live Band Line Up:
– Dominic Cifarelli: Vocals & Guitar
– Justin Piedimonte: Drums & Backing Vocals
– Andrew Wieczorek: Keyboards & Vocals
– Marc Durkee: Bass & Backing Vocals
– Sid Michailidis: Percussion 
2016 – A Trillion Lights: Tome II (LP)
2007 – Starborn: Tome I (LP) 

Short Bio: 
THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL is the solo project of guitarist/vocalist Dominic Cifarelli (former guitar player for Pulse Ultra (Atlantic Records)). It was born during a very uncertain and difficult period leading up to the breakup of Pulse Ultra in 2004. Many late night solo jam sessions combined with the constant viewing of violent Japanese Anime movies helped form the sound of the sometimes brutal and very dark first concept album "Starborn, Tome I". The album was written to focus on the main character Israfel in his search for a new home and self-discovery. 'Starborn' was released in June 2007 through Bridge of Hands Entertainment, an independent arts label dedicated to the development and the distribution of original art. 

After its release, a hiatus from TCOI was taken due to demand for Cifarelli's guitar talents requested for many other projects that included a stint in Los Angeles, touring with Scars on Broadway that featured Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan of System of a Down, a collaboration with Lukas Rossi on the single "Headspin" that is featured on the album "Rockstar Supernova" starring Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newsted, recording guitars and bass for Billy Ray Cyrus' 2012 release "Change My Mind" plus performances on French platinum artist Zaho's debut and sophomore albums, two guitar solos on a Rush tribute album released by Magna Carta, which featured Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai. Other highlights in Cifarelli's career include a featured guest guitar appearance with Cypress Hill and Travis Barker at the annual Smoke Out Festival in San Bernardino, CA, which also featured Incubus, Living Colour and Manu Chao plus guest performances in 2013 with Chevelle in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Taproot at the Whiskey in Los Angeles. 

Now fast forward to 2016, nine years after 'Starborn' is released. TCOI is reborn beginning in 2014 with new material being written and released as singles / music videos during 2015 and early 2016, which is then followed with a handful of warm up shows in preparation for the official release of Cifarelli's follow up and sophomore album 'A Trillion Lights, Tome II' due out October 15, 2016. The album features 13 tracks of progressive songwriting blended with incredible guitar riffs and symphonic piano rounded with melodic vocals for a cinematic music experience.  

Current Endorsements include PRS electric guitars, Godin/Simon&Patrick Acoustic and specialty instruments, Dean Markley Strings, DiMarzio pickups, Sandberg Basses, Two Notes Torpedo Digital Load Box, Source Audio & Solid Gold pedals.

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segunda-feira, outubro 10, 2016


PROG NOIR TOUR - Chapter Two
October 11 - Lomme (Lille), France (Maison Folie Beaulie)
October 12 - Tilburg, The Netherlands (Paradox)
October 13 - Heerlen, The Netherlands (Nieuwe Nor)
October 14 - Wiesbaden, Germany (Alte Schmelze)
October 15 - Weingarten, Germany (Kulturzentrum Linse)
October 19 - Tel Aviv, Israel (Barby)
October 21 - Nove Mesto Nad Vahom, Slovakia (Blue Note)
October 22 - Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republik (Usti Nad Labem Jazz and Blues Festival)
October 23 - Brno, Czech Republik (Sono Centrum)

PROG NOIR TOUR - Chapter Three
January 10 - Seattle, WA (The Triple Door)
January 11 - Seattle, WA (The Triple Door)
January 12 - Portland, OR (Mississippi Studios)
January 13 - Eugene, OR (Hi-Fi Music Hall)
January 15 - Napa, CA (Silos) - Poetry reading, Tony Levin only!
January 17 - Sacramento, CA (Harlow's)
January 18 - San Francisco, CA (Regency Theater)
January 20 - Santa Cruz, CA (Kuumbwa)
January 22 - Agoura Hills, CA (The Canyon Club)
January 24 - Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato)
January 25 - Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato)
January 26 - San Juan Capistrano, CA (The Coach House)
January 27 - San Diego (Brick By Brick)
January 28 - Mexicali, BC, Mexico (Bol Bol)
January 29 - Phoenix, AZ (The Crescent Ballroom)
January 31 - El Paso, TX (Mesa Music Hall)
February 1 - Santa Fe, NM (The Bridge)
February 7-11 - Tampa, FL & Cozumel, Mexico (Cruise To The Edge 2017)
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Toronto Prog JUPITER HOLLOW Announce Debut EP 'Odyssey'; New Music Video 'Hades Heart'

L-R- Grant MacKenzie (guitar, bass, synth), Kenny Parry (vocals, drums, synth/keys). Photo by Sandra Beatty

     JUPITER HOLLOW is an ambient progressive rock/metal duo from Barrie, Ontario who started in the summer of 2015 and have already mastered the art of bringing their fans on an audio and visual experience. JUPITER HOLLOW's sound is usually referred to as spacey, experimental and refreshing, reminding listeners of bands like Tool, Pink Floyd, A Perfect Circle, Tesseract, The Contortionists and Rush.

JUPITER HOLLOW consists of two young, passionate and driven Canadian artists, Grant MacKenzie (21) and Kenny Parry (18) who are gearing up for their debut EP 'Odyssey' that will be distributed by Milagro Records and due out on January 13, 2017. The concept record will feature 5 tracks to introduce their ambient experimental progressive songwriting plus will act as a prelude to their planned full length 'AHDOMN'.

"This EP is a concept record, it will tell the story about two characters fighting one another in order to save their civilizations, but they just can't do it. They're in control of their civilizations future, but then you actually find out that there's only one person, who's actually fighting with themselves. They're unhappy with who they are when they look in the mirror and realize they can't grow past their indifference, and that they actually aren't a good person and the people from their civilization will die." says the duo. "The cool thing about the EP's title track Odyssey is that the story then takes place after the civilization is destroyed, and the character leaves on a spaceship somewhere else looking for a new start. This track will be the introduction into our second record, which will be about them looking for a new start. It will be a more hopeful record. Spoiler Alert! Overall this EP is like the "trailer" to a movie. Odyssey will help listeners get acquainted with us and prepare them for our full album AHDOMN later in the year."

JUPITER HOLLOW's singles from their forthcoming release can be heard at the following links with more videos to follow.

Music Video - Hades Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep6dxPi_Iis 

Song Stream - Deep In Space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RsIjdloFLA 

Lyric Video Medley - Ascending / Hades Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrfnhI6hI1s 

1. Deep In Space
2. Ascending
3. Hades Heart
4. Over 50 Years
5. Odyssey 

About the duo:

Grant, who plays guitar, bass and synth for the band started his music career 8 ½ years ago at the age of 12, sitting in his basement watching the movie Rock Prophecies. This movie was about legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight, finding and transforming a young, unknown guitarist from a small town into a worldwide success. Inspired and motivated, Grant spent the next few years honing his guitar skills, writing music, and later learning the business side by attending college for business marketing. At age 20, Grant was invited into the Brotherhood of the Guitar, by founder Robert M. Knight, leading to endorsements with Ernie Ball Music Man and JH Audio.

While Grant was performing with another group at a local battle of the bands, he came across a mesmerizing singer by the name of Kenny Parry (vocalist, drummer and synth for Jupiter Hollow), who was almost performing as if he was possessed on stage, hitting notes that seemed impossible by any guy. Kenny Parry started music at the young age of 2 years old, setting up pots and pans like a drum set and banging away. This led to an obsession with music, and a discovery of his unique talent. In his teenage years, Kenny won himself the title "Best Drummer in Ontario" 3 years in a row. Around this time, Kenny started learning how to sing after being inspired by singers such as Maynard James Keenan, Mike Lessard, Dan Tompkins and Ian Kenny to name a few. Through years of strengthening his vocal abilities in choirs, bands and hours of dedication, Kenny has acquired an articulate vocal range, relentless endurance, and almost shocking performance through his uncontrollable stage presence.

Shortly after meeting, Grant and Kenny knew that their talents combined would create something truly unique, and Jupiter Hollow was born. Since then, the duo effortlessly created music in Kenny's basement for months on end. The concept grew to be a two-man band, since Grant and Kenny wrote all of the music and wanted to keep it that way. The two musicians use technology to their advantage, allowing them to perform with a dominating stage presence, while captivating their audiences with their unique sonic journey.

For more info, please visit: www.JupiterHollow.ca
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domingo, outubro 09, 2016

Metal Mind Productions - the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe - Metalmania, comes back to life!

Metal fans have been waiting for this news for years! Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce that 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). It will be one of the most important musical events of 2017, a real treat for metal maniacs worldwide! Metalmania remains true to its formula - one day, two stages, several bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That's what Metalmania Festival is all about! First bands to be announced soon.
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!
More info:
Metal Mind Productions
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