domingo, maio 06, 2018

New Book By MC5's Bassist Michael Davis “I Brought Down The MC5” Now Available!


Los Angeles - Famed bass player from MC5, Michael Davis, takes us on a rollercoaster ride of triumph and tragedy in his superb new 350-page memoir titled "I Brought Down The MC5"! The book includes rarely seen photos and original artwork by Davis!

"I basically wanted to be the MC5. The attack! They were really on! They were brilliant!" - Lemmy

MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson. The MC5's leftist political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the United States. Their loud, energetic style of back-to-basics rock and roll included elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock.

MC5 had a promising beginning which earned them a January 1969 cover appearance in Rolling Stone and a story written by Eric Ehrmann before their debut album was released. They developed a reputation for energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams. In 1972, just three years after their debut record, the band came to an end. MC5 was often cited as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era. Their three albums are regarded by many as classics, and their song "Kick Out the Jams" is widely covered.

"For me, Michael was the original cool guy... He belongs in the Hall Of Fame, along with his whole group, for their contributions to American music and its politics." - Iggy Pop

CHAPTERS:
Intro
Sandals And Needles
The Apple Bites Back
Like A Rolling Stone
Everybody Must Get Stoned
I Can Only Give You Everything
Getting Down
The New York Minute
The Promise Is Broken
Atlantic Crossing
Out Of The Frying Pan
Into The Fire
The Bridge To Nowhere
Delirious Alcoholic Megalosaurus
Play With Fire
The Oven
The Mind Shifts
The Road With No Name
My Time After Awhile
Epilogue

To purchase Michael Davis's "I Brought Down The MC5" book: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/i-brought-down-the-mc5-book/


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Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Feat. Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern


Los Angeles - Aviator and Hollywood guitar player Ramin Partovi is about to release his breakout album "27 Faces Of A Broken Heart" with a completely new concept. The album features an all-star line-up with Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern and several others. The double CD is a unique idea where several well known musicians demonstate peak performances on the same song structure and all align to portrait a united message.

Ramin Partovi early on in his life gravitated towards his love for music, learning guitar and other instruments and founding/playing in several original bands. To meet means end be pursued a pilot career, collected over 10000 hours in the air on large jet aircraft, became a commercial Boeing 737 Captain and recently developed an interest and passion for aerobatic flying. His heart and real passion however was and will always be in music. He studied guitar and music business at Musicians Institute Hollywood and currently resides in Los Angeles.

"Ramin's record is a concept album with an entirely new idea: twenty six guitarists playing on the same song progression. Each one provides a different approach and musical direction with a huge range of styles. Some heavy hitters for sure!" - Carl Verheyen


The music reflects several emotions, such as heartbreak and pain. Says Ramin, "The idea connecting to my musician friends and musical heroes was to having them connect to a time of broken heartedness (something most of us have been through) and now tell THEIR story in their unique musical way and showing the listeners 'another face' of a broken heart bringing the message home that one is not alone in these kind of times and that many people have been through this and eventually overcame it as time passed. We are all unique yet all connected at the same time in our journey. That's why I wanted to show different faces and yet connect them and wrap them together in a unique way.

"In the song '27' I connect with and reflect on a time 2007 where I've been very heart broken. After 9 months of a very turbulent relationship it felt as if she ripped my beating heart out alive, stepped on it with long high heels and started twitching. I moved 1550 miles away and it took me 1 and a half years to digest this emotionally. The song reflects on the moods, my pain and struggle at this time, the emotional wounds and the overcoming of this demon over the following years. Have you ever been in front of an art painting and thought 'yeh, its kind of nice but it doesn't really speak to me' and then someone explained you a few things about the artist, what he had in mind when he created the work and what he was trying to say with it, and suddenly the painting lit up and shone in a complete new light for you and you saw it with completely different eyes and loved it? I attempted to paint a picture like that with this song using music instead of a brush."

Watch the promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2wNCUykQN4

Ramin recently received an endorsement by Little Walter Amps. Says Ramin, "I'm very humbled to have selected my dream amp and then having the CEO standing behind you like that." Ramin is planning to work on new material by the end of the year. As usual it's probably going to be something completely different. In the meanwhile Ramin will be flying commercial Airline Jets this summer and  looking for musical inspiration while visiting several countries.

In closing Ramin has this to impart, "I called my friends and heroes, asked them to reconnect to a time when they found themselves in a similar situation and to tell their story with their instrument for you, on the same canvas. See what they have to say! My message for you is that no matter how hard it hits you in life, give it enough time and with a little help from your friends and inspiration from your heroes you will be fine. May this be a healing force for people going through a similar experience and remind them that they are not alone and that time will heal their wounds."

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The Neal Morse Band To Release “The Similitude Of A Dream” Live in Tilburg, Netherlands 2017 2CD/2DVD Set


The Neal Morse Band's triumphant double-album, "The Similitude Of A Dream," is the most acclaimed release that Morse has helmed to date. The 2017 "Road Called Home" tour was their most extensive yet, including new continents for the band. At the 013 in Tilburg, Holland, the stars aligned for the most commanding performance of the run, captured for live release in stunning quality. Now the Neal Morse Band is releasing on June 15th "The Similitude Of A Dream" Live in Tilburg, Netherlands 2017 2CD/2DVD Set.

"An epic night on an epic tour" proclaims Neal. Released from Radiant/SONY/Metal Blade, it will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD/CD. Join Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Randy George for over two hours of musical magic, as they play the album in its entirety, as well as a four song encore that will leave you breathless!

"This is the Neal Morse Band playing arguably our greatest album to date at one of the greatest venues we have ever played for one of the greatest audiences ever! It's kind of the pinnacle of everything we have done thus far." - Neal Morse



Track Listing
Disc 1
0. Intro
1. Long Day
2. Overture
3. The Dream
4. City of Destruction
5. We Have Got To Go
6. Makes No Sense
7. Draw the Line
8. The Slough
9. Back to the City
10. The Ways of a Fool
11. So Far Gone
12. Breath of Angels

Disc 2
0. Slave to Your Mind
1. Shortcut to Salvation
2. The Man in the Iron Cage
3. The Road Called Home
4. Sloth
5. Freedom Song
6. I'm Running
7. The Mask
8. Confrontation
9. The Battle
10. Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)
Encore
11. Momentum
12. Author of Confusion
13. Agenda
14. The Call

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Annie Barbazza & Max Repetti - Moonchild


Amongst the many projects Greg Lake and I planned for Manticore was the re-arranging of his favourite songs in a black and white, contemporary way. A sort of back to the bone, vocals and guitar setting, as simple as that. As we went further into the project, we soon discovered that an acoustic guitar could be fine for some tunes, but not suitable for others; so Greg decided we should go for piano and vocals and asked me to look for a talented piano player. I knew Max Repetti who I considered to be the perfect pianist for Greg. Greg was so delighted that he immediately asked Max to arrange for him a list of tunes he intended to put on the album that we called Moonchild, after one of our favourite early songs. Sadly, in early 2014 Greg called me with the very worst news. Shortly after that, he decided to ask his young friend and talented singer and musician Annie Barbazza to take his place and carry on his legacy with this album. As Greg wanted, we will keep the flame alive by playing his music.
So this is for you, Grande Gregorio, wherever you are. May your music resound forever in our hearts.
Max Marchini 

Annie and Max recorded such a wonderful and touching tribute to the music I have made during my lifetime. Max's arrangements are absolutely superb! What a magical touch he has and Annie's vocals are at the same time beautiful, brave and heartfelt. It is a very moving experience for me to hear them perform these songs so passionately.
Greg Lake, 2016

produced by Max Marchini and Greg Lake
music arranged by Max Repetti
project coordination by Regina Lake
recorded by Alberto Callegari
mixed and mastered at Elfo Recording Studios, Tavernago (PC)
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Glenn Hughes announces Laurence Jones as special guest on his Classic Deep Purple 'Live' October 2018 UK Tour

GLENN HUGHES ANNOUNCES LAURENCE JONES AS SPECIAL GUEST ON HIS
GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE "LIVE" OCTOBER 2018 UK TOUR


ALL TICKETS: £27.50 (EXCEPT LONDON: £30.00)
24 HR BOX OFFICE: 08444 780 898, www.thegigcartel.com

Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the 'Voice of Rock', Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that 26-year old British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Laurence Jones will be his special guest on Glenn's upcoming "GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE" nationwide UK tour in October 2018.

The nine date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple - one of music history's most seminal and influential rock and roll groups.  All tickets are priced £27.50, except London at £30.00.

Hailed as "the future of the blues, "  Laurence has  won several major awards and accolades, and has sold over 50,000 albums across four albums. Hailed as "One to Watch" by all corners of the music industry, including press, concert and festival booking agents, blues fans and various musicians. Over the past five years, Laurence has really come into his own, and with his new album The Truth, he has now developing his own creative skin by writing and performing songs that are distinctive to his unique sound and identity.

"It is an honour to be special guest on Glenn Hughes' "Classic Deep Purple Live" UK tour this October. He is such an icon and talented musician", says Laurence.

For further info about Glenn Hughes' October 2018 UK Tour, click here – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/glennhughes/classic-deep-purple-live.htm

GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE "LIVE" – OCTOBER 2018 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST LAURENCE JONES

TICKETS: 08444 780 898 (24HR Box Office), www.thegigcartel.com

Bristol, Academy - Tuesday 2 October
Leamington, Assembly - Wednesday 3 October
Southampton, Engine Rooms - Friday 5 October
Cardiff, Tramshed - aturday 6 October
Leeds, University Union - Tuesday 9 October
Newcastle, O2 Academy - Wednesday 10 October
Glasgow, ABC - Friday 12 October
Manchester, Academy 2 - Saturday 13 October
London, Koko - Monday 15 October
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Curved Air Founding Member & Legendary Violinist Darryl Way to Release First Ever Rock Version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons – Out Now!


Almost 50 years after the creation of his classic rock anthem Vivaldi, Curved Air's trail blazing violinist Darryl Way, has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi's masterpiece The Four Seasons and given it the same 'rock' treatment.

Way said of the project: "You cannot improve upon perfection, which the Four Seasons undoubtedly is, but I felt that the Four Seasons, a piece that has been a seminal influence in my life, would be fertile ground for a reinterpretation. Having said that, I have not changed any of the notes, except in some of the slow movements, where it is generally accepted that the written notes can be embellished. I have just added to the mix, rock instrumentation and rhythms, synth textures and in the slow movements, some chill out beats."

The album is entitled Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock and is released on the 4th of May 2018 via Cherry Red Records.

"I already had a good idea that a rock arrangement could work with Vivaldi's music, from my work on the Curved Air track 'Vivaldi'. The challenge was, to maintain Vivaldi's original concept of the piece and tell the same story. Whether I have risen to that challenge is not for me to say, but if you were a fan of my Curved Air track 'Vivaldi', there's a good chance you're going to like this as well."  

To purchase Darryl Way's Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock:

Official website: www.darrylway.com
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Multi-Instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo Goes “Out To Sea” With Debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album!


"Out to Sea" is the debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band. The album draws inspiration from classic 70s Art Rock albums by the likes of Steve Hackett, Peter Banks, Steve Howe, and Jan Akkerman. Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. Other covers by Whitehead include "Trespass," "Nursery Cryme," and "Foxtrot" by Genesis. While all instruments on the record were played Fernando, save one drum track, he has put together a stellar group to perform the music of "Out To Sea" live.

"Out To Sea" was a pre-release on Cruise To The Edge 2018, a progressive rock concert cruise headlined by the band Yes, where Fernando played with the Dave Kerzner Band alongside Kerzner, Derek Cintron, Roger Houdaille, vocalists Durga and Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd), and special guests Randy McStine (The Fringe), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Steve Rothery (Marillion), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Harry Waters (Roger Waters), Gabriel Agudo (Bad Dreams) as well as Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood of Yes. Fernando also played guitar in a special tribute to John Wetton with Kerzner and Thijs Van Leer of Focus. On previous performances on Cruise To The Edge, Fernando accompanied Sonja Kristina (Curved Air) and an all-star line up of progressive rock musicians in Dave Kerzner Band's tribute to the late Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Fernando Perdomo is a known powerhouse of the LA music scene. The LA Weekly dubbed him "The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren." He has made a name for himself as an in-demand Producer, Singer/Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist. Fernando was a featured guitarist at the "Echo In The Canyon" concert in Los Angeles playing with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, CatPower, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will appear in the "Echo In The Canyon" documentary film and album scheduled for release in the spring of 2018.

Fernando recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed albums "New World" and "Static" by Dave Kerzner, along with Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard), Billy Sherwood (Yes) and more.

Fernando is personally donating $1 for every copy of the album sold to Macmillan Caring Locally (http://www.macmillanlocal.org/about-us.php), a charity chosen by Lisa Wetton for donations from Fernando's release of his "Starless" cover in honor of John Wetton. The "Starless" cover is the bonus track on the Cherry Red version of the album "Out To Sea".

Fernando has several new Prog Rock projects in the works, including "Out To Sea 2" which he expects to release Fall 2018.

"Out To Sea" is slated for world-wide distribution through Cherry Red Records starting May 4, 2018.

Track Listing
The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)
Out To Sea
De Boerderij
Roses Spread All Over The World
The Future According To Roye (Tribute To Roye Albrighton)
The Dream
Sonja
Dreaming In Stereo Suite
Bonus Track:Starless (cover, Tribute To John Wetton)

The reviews are pouring in for "Out To Sea":

"...This album was really a surprise. Many guitar solo albums are different versions of the same thing; not the case here. From the first listen, 'Out to Sea' is captivating as it is different..." - The Prog Report,

"To call Fernando Perdomo a genius is like saying it snows in the arctic. An imaginative artist, producer, songwriter and sideman, he takes his cues from his beloved influences of the '60s and '70s - The Beatles, the Alan Parsons Project, ELO, et. al. - and then absorbs them into his own output, resulting in a glorious mesh of sonics and suggestion..." - Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine, 

"There's still plenty of life in the sounds and structures of the classic prog era, and the invention, lyricism and sheer joy Fernando Perdomoa brings to this album prove it." – Kruekutt, Progarchy, 

To purchase Fernando Perdomo's "Out to Sea": http://geni.us/OutToSea

Fernando Perdomo's official website: http://fernandoperdomo.com/
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quinta-feira, abril 12, 2018

Anubis - New album DIFFERENT STORIES out May 23rd


Surprise!! We've made a new studio record that we've kept secret until now!

Anubis' music has always been a pretty heavy and intense thing, so we've had a bit of fun with rearranging some of the favourites from our past and approaching them in a completely different way. We've put our electric guitars (except one), synths and mellotrons in the cupboard and done this one as an acoustic record. It's fascinating to hear these songs in a completely different way.

We've also recorded a long lost piece called 'Technicolour Afterlife' which was the original ending (and title track) of the album that became 230503 back in 2005. This piece has recieved the same treatment as the rest of the songs and gives the 'final page' to the story of 230503 after all these years.

This is the way his story ends.

The new album is called DIFFERENT STORIES, and comes out - aptly - on 23rd May 2018. Or 230518 for the trainspotters.

THE PASSING BELL

THE DEEPEST WOUND

FOOL'S GOLD

DEAD TREES

LEAVING HERE TONIGHT

HITCHHIKING TO BYZANTIUM

THE HOLY INNOCENT

TECHNICOLOUR AFTERLIFE

You can pre-order the CD or download from our store

As this album is being released to help us afford to tour Europe this year, it is only available from the bandcamp store and our regular CD distribution partners at this point in time. This record will not be available on iTunes or streaming services for the time being.
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quarta-feira, abril 11, 2018

Flav Martin & Jerry Marotta Release Debut Album Soul Redemption


Peter Gabriel's rhythm section of his classic line-up, Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, reunite for the backbone of this album!

Soul Redemption is the debut release from singer/song writer Flav Martin and drummer Jerry Marotta. The duo harmoniously blends modern adult rock with traditional world pop. Whether performed in a cafe in Italy or on the polo fields of Indio, these songs would feel comfortably at home in either environment.

Soul Redemption is a harmonious blend of modern adult rock and traditional world music.

Credited as one of the most innovative acoustic guitar players on the scene today, Flav Martin blends beautiful melodies with intricate technique, voicing, and a percussive style that leaves people saying "How does he do that?". Throughout his career Flav has performed with David Crosby, Al Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Tommy Emmanuel and more. Flav's many writing credits include Saturday Night Live, PBS, Canon Films. All but two of the songs on this album were written
by Flav.

World renowned drummer, touring and session musician/producer Jerry Marotta has left his mark on countless recordings by Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, The Indigo Girls, Marc Cohn, Sarah MacLachlan, and John Mayer to name but a few. He first entered the music scene as the drummer for Orleans with the hit single "Still the One" followed by a decade of performing and recording with Peter Gabriel. His rhythmic drumming and world music inspired percussion complement the acoustic flavor of Flav's guitar.

Fans of Peter Gabriel will delight as Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, the rhythm section of his classic line-up, reunite for the backbone of this album. Also backing up the duo are their long time friends Peter Primamore (piano), Thor Jensen (guitar), Marc Shulman (guitar), and Gary Schreiner (harmonica/accordion).

Watch the official Soul Redemption video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpAZXpl_OLA

Tracklist:
1) Soul Redemption
2) Please
3) Drinking You
4) I Knew It Was You
5) Tell Me To My Face
6) Rio De Janiero
7) Wild Moon
8) Coffee Song
9) How Could You Leave Me Now?

Produced by Jerry Marotta

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Chilean prog rockers AISLES release new in-studio video

'One of the year's highlights' - Prog


Acclaimed Chilean prog rockers AISLES have released a new in-studio video for their track 'Still Alive'.

Premiered on Prog, you can now watch the band perform here:


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Taken from their 2016 album Hawaii, 'Still Alive' is from the band's Live from Estudio del Sur sessions, and a new take on the original track. 

The band comment: "Still Alive is one of the most representative songs, and maybe the saddest, on our latest album Hawaii. 

"Capturing that feeling of hopelessness was a challenge both for the band and for the director of the video, Bernardo Quesney."

They add: "Sonically, it is different from the album version because it is much less processed. What you hear is Aisles' organic live sound, just like you would hear it at one of our concerts. Even the tempo of the song changed as a result of that search."

Purchase Hawaii here.

A shining example of prog rock's universal reach, the Chilean band, formed more than 15 years ago, have a long and illustrious history; current album Hawaii is just the next step in this band's highly impressive journey, garnering significant acclaim. Previously nominated in the Italian Prog Awards, the band are the only South American group to be invited to France's Crescendo Festival de Rock Progressif. Hawaii is Aisles' fourth studio album, a monumental, immersive, beautiful double-disc journey, reminiscent of Camel, Yes, Rush, Genesis, Marillion and more.

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Spock’s Beard launch video for ‘To Breathe Another Day’; first single from ‘Noise Floor’




Legendary US progressive rockers Spock's Beard have announced the release of their 13th studio album 'Noise Floor' for May 25th, 2018. As announced previously, for this album Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio once again by drummer & original member Nick D'Virgilio.

Now they are pleased to launch the first single from the album, its storming opening track 'To Breathe Another Day', and you can watch the video here:

Now they are pleased to launch the first single from the album, its storming opening track 'To Breathe Another Day', and you can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/IMLG8wpS7K8
 
The band comments: "This is the most awesome video for the most awesome song "To Breathe Another Day".  I dare anyone to write a song more awesome than this, or be more awesome than Ted, Ryo, Al, Dave, or Nick.  Plus, it is from the most awesome album ever recorded.  Not just the most awesome prog rock album ever, but the most awesome album of any genre, ever.  'Noise Floor'.  Be a part of history, pre-order your copy today!"

The album was once again engineered by long-time collaborator Rich Mouser and will be released as a 2CD digipak (featuring an EP of material from the same sessions), gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital download.

The track-listing is as follows:

Disc 1 – Noise Floor

1.     To Breathe Another Day
2.     What Becomes of Me
3.     Somebody's Home
4.     Have We All Gone Crazy Yet
5.     So This Is Life
6.     One So Wise
7.     Box of Spiders
8.     Beginnings

Disc 2 – Cutting Room Floor

1.     Days We'll Remember
2.     Bulletproof
3.     Vault
4.     Armageddon Nervous


Spock's Beard is a band that is in a continual state of evolution, as is always the case with genuinely creative musicians. And their new album, 'Noise Floor', fits perfectly into this process.

"We are always about evolution, not revolution. But what we have done this time is make the songs more melodic," believes vocalist/guitarist Ted Leonard. "We still love our crazy prog, but now appreciate how important it is to grab people's attention early on."

As with all Spock's Beard songs, most of the new album was written by the individual members, and then brought to the rest of the band as high quality demos. "We all do this type of thing in our home studios," adds Leonard. "So, by the time they reach the stage where the entire band get to judge them, they are really developed, and therefore everyone can make a reasoned judgement." Much of what you will listen to here is very much the product of fresh inspiration from the Californian band.

One key change on this album sees the return of drummer Nick D'Virgilio, who originally left in 2011. There are also two violinists, a cello player, a viola player and an English horn featured on the album, thereby giving the sound a slightly more evocative and persuasive twist.

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!

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Chilean Prog Ensemble Aisles Premieres Third New Video “Still Alive”


Chilean Prog ensemble Aisles, South America's most acclaimed prog band of the last 10 years, is premiering the third video of their "Live from Estudio del Sur" sessions, for the song "Still Alive", which was originally released on their latest album "Hawaii".

Watch Aisles new video for "Still Alive": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFfTwvl0XoM

Says Aisles guitarist, German Vergara, " 'Still Alive' is one of the most representative songs, and maybe the saddest, on our latest album "Hawaii". Capturing that feeling of hopelessness was a challenge both for the band and for the director of the video, Bernardo Quesney. Sonically, it is different from the album version because it is much less processed. What you hear is Aisles organic live sound, just like you'd hear it at one of our concerts. Even the tempo of the song changed as a result of that search".

The "Live from Estudio del Sur" sessions started with the video for the song 'Clouds Motion', and it will continue with more videos coming soon.

With four studio albums and a career spanning twelve years, Aisles have become South America's most acclaimed prog act of the last decade. Their daring combination of rock, fusion, jazz and world music illustrates the band's uniquely eclectic approach. The group has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been released in Europe, the Americas, and Japan.

In 2009 their second album "In Sudden Walks" was nominated for Best Foreign Record in the Italian Prog Awards and the group was invited to open the 11th Progressive Rock Festival Crescendo in France. Their third album, "4:45 AM" (2013) was widely acclaimed worldwide and was chosen among the best albums of that year in a number of specialized publications. "Hawaii" (July, 2016), their fourth studio album was called a "masterpiece" and named one of the albums of the year by media outlets such as Prog (England), Neoprog (France), Raw Ramp (England) and Chile's premiere rock magazine, Rockaxis.

Aisles are:
Germán Vergara: guitar, vocals
Felipe Candia: drums, percussion
Sebastián Vergara: lead vocals
Rodrigo Sepúlveda: guitar, vocals
Daniel Concha: bass
Juan Pablo Gaete: keyboards

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The Room announce addition of new members in time for album three!

UK based Classic Rock / Proggers  The Room are very sad to announce the departure of the bands keyboard player Steve Checkley, who has decided to leave the band to concentrate on the increasing demands of family life.

Steve joined the band in 2011 and appeared on both Open Fire and Beyond the Gates of Bedlam albums contributing some great melodies and ideas for songs. That contribution continues on the bands new album to be released in the autumn of 2018.

 "We are enormously sad that Steve has decided to leave the band but we understand and fully support his reasons. Steve has been with us for seven or so years and we are going to miss his humour, mad ideas and of course his help developing our unique sound" - Martin Wilson, Vocals

Woking based Mark Dixon will be replacing Checkley on keys just in time for album number three. Dixon, whose musical journey started when he played in covers bands in South African hotels in the 80s, returned to the UK in 1993 before taking a diploma in music in 2005.

"We love the experimental side of Marks musical nature, he has a great ear for melody and intuitively understands the sounds that we want to achieve on the new songs" - Steve Anderson, Guitars

In a further addition to the bands line up, The Room have added UK-based French guitarist Eric Bouillette. The multi-instrumentalist from Nice has played with prog rockers Nine Skies and RDSK along with tribute acts to Genesis, Bowie and Opeth.

"This is an amazing time for us! Yes it is sad when you lose a great friend like Steve Checkley but the power and dynamics that we have added to the band is awesome. Eric is a very different style of guitarist from Steve Anderson but they complement each other perfectly" - Andy Rowe, Bass

     

The band starts recording their new album at Outhouse Studios in Reading with producer John Mitchell at the end of April and the new line up makes its full live debut at Home Farm Festival in Yeovil on 9th June 2018.
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UK's Debut Album To Be Released On Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl


Exclusively To Record Store Day Participating Retailers

Los Angeles - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of UK's critically acclaimed self-titled debut record released on Polydor in 1978, Eddie Jobson is making this seminal album available on vinyl for the first time since its original release. It will be released on April 21st, and available exclusively to Record Store Day participating retailers worldwide. The record is pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and includes an 8 page full color booklet designed exclusively for this release. The album is remastered from the original tapes located at Abbey Road Studios in London, which is the same master that was used in the now out of print "Ultimate Collector's Edition" box set that compiled all the works of UK's 3 albums, along with rarities, live material and 5.1 versions across 18 discs.

"I'm pleased to recognize the 40th Anniversary of this seminal album with this carefully remastered vinyl release. This is now a legacy recording, made even more significant with the recent passing of both Wetton and Holdsworth, that I hope will represent a benchmark for future musicians." - Eddie Jobson

The Music
In October 1977 the new supergroup featuring Eddie Jobson, Bill Bruford, John Wetton and Allan Holdsworth entered the rehearsal room, each armed with a panoply of musical ideas. Each song, theme, part or riff was logged in, like a jigsaw piece, and so the organizing and arranging of the individual pieces began. External expectations were high, not just for what these four individual innovators might create together, but because Trident Studios in Soho was already booked to record the results of their highly anticipated collaboration.

The music of UK would be developed over several weeks. Wetton would reintroduce "Thirty Years," a song first tried out with the Wakeman trio; Bruford brought in some harmonic, but mostly rhythmic ideas. Holdsworth's contributions revolved around his distinctive chord voicings, forming the foundation of such tracks as "Nevermore" and "Mental Medication." Meanwhile, Jobson - the more formal composer of the group - brought in pages of musical notation that included the entire "In The Dead of Night" suite, minus vocal melody lines, but including "By The Light of Day" and the Zappa-influenced "Presto Vivace," along with a complete version of "Alaska," the verse of "Time To Kill" and half of "Nevermore." The myriad musical ideas were painstakingly stitched together, mainly by Bruford and Jobson, but it would be Wetton's melodic and lyrical sense that would ultimately glue the disparate stylings into something resembling cohesive songs. Notwithstanding the considerable stylistic contributions of Holdsworth and Bruford, with a full sixty percent of the new album material emanating from Jobson's compositions, and with the addition of Wetton's vocal melodies and lyrics, the first UK album truly marked an auspicious beginning to the highly symbiotic Jobson-Wetton writing partnership.

Trident Studios, December 1977
The "U.K." album was recorded over a six-week period. Holdsworth's classic guitar solo on "In The Dead of Night" was created on the fly. Wetton's dense harmonies were carefully overdubbed over the course of many hours. Jobson created the entire electronic section of "Nevermore" on the studio's massive ARP 2500 modular synthesizer. An amalgam of classical, jazz, rock and electronic, the first UK album was considered truly groundbreaking; Rolling Stone magazine called it "The great white hope of progressive music."

In 2016 Rolling Stone selected the "U.K." album as one of the Top 30 "best progressive-rock albums of all time." Though, in a burst of collaborative brilliance, this towering lineup recorded only one album together, the pioneering musicians known as UK have still carved their place in rock history as one of the greatest progressive-rock bands of all time, and have left this classic recording as an exemplary standard for future musicians.

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The album is available exclusively from Amped Distribution/Alliance Entertainment. For more information contact alex@ampeddistribution.com and phone 954 255 4505.
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Canadian Hard Rockers Thunderbird To Release Third Album Feat. Members of Bachman Turner and Lee Aaron


"An enticing and ear-bending form of new classic rock is most definitely what Thunderbird have delivered..." - Martin Popoff

Canadian hard rockers Thunderbird are releasing their anticipated self-titled third album on Delinquent Records on April 25, 2018! "Thunderbird" was recorded in Vancouver BC, produced by Marc LaFrance and Kelly Stodola and mixed by famed engineer Mike Fraser.

Says lead singer & producer Marc LaFrance, "The album is like a collection of short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters, or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!"

Musically, the songs are inspired by classic hard rock. Heavy guitars, blistering solos, driving rhythms.

The songs were written during 2016, after the band finished their last album "Heavyweight". Recording began for a third album late 2016 at Vancouver's Armoury Studios with famed engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen). Sessions continued through the first half of 2017 at several Vancouver studios with other veteran engineers including Ken Burke, Kris Siegers and Mick Dalla-Vee. The finished album was mixed by Mike Fraser at The Armoury and mastered by Adam Ayan (Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Queen) at Gateway Mastering.

The band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan was unable to take part this time due to other commitments, and rising young talent Brice Tabish joins Thunderbird on guitar. Rod still makes a welcome appearance with the guitar solo on opening track "Liar (Fool's Gold)". Guest musicians on the new album include jazz pianist Chris Gestrin, and a string section on closing track "Vampire" arranged and conducted by film composer Peter Allen.

Thunderbird features:
Marc LaFrance (Vocals/Producer)
Very experienced, well-known and highly regarded in the music industry, Marc is not only a singer but also a drummer, songwriter and producer. He records and tours internationally with Randy Bachman and Bachman Turner as well as his own band Cease & Desist. He has contributed to over 100 albums, and countless sessions on recordings by Motley Crue, David Lee Roth, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Loverboy, Glass Tiger, Alice Cooper, Blue Murder, Scorpions, Cher and many others.

Rob Becker (Bass)
Award-winning bassist Rob Becker has been an active part of the Vancouver music scene for decades and maintains a busy schedule of touring and session work. He has recorded and performed with many artists including Colin James, Patricia Conroy, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Ridley Bent and Lee Aaron to name a few. He can be seen performing regularly in the US and Europe and has recently been on stages in Scotland, England and Australia. His extensive background in playing live and in the studio, combined with formal musical training, makes Rob musically versatile.

Kelly Stodola (Drums/Producer)
Kelly is immersed in session work and live performance in many diverse styles and has been heard across North America on alternative college radio and mainstream hard rock stations as well as country television. Credits include Lauren Starchuk, Version 3, The Blue Voodoo, Featherz Edge, The Steve Sainas Band and Magnus Rising. He continues to keep a busy schedule on the Vancouver music scene and looks forward to many more years of making music.

Brice Tabish (Guitars)
Brice Tabish may be only in his mid-twenties, but knows more about classic hard rock and metal than people who were there at the time! He is a real student of the genre and lives and breathes it. Already a seasoned player on the Canadian scene, Brice tours with 'metal queen' Lee Aaron and has recorded with the likes of Andrew Oldham (Rolling Stones). He performs live regularly in the Vancouver area with Las Divas and the John Pippus Band.


Tracks
1.  Liar (Fool's Gold)
2.  Little Jenny
3.  Star
4.  Rain
5.  Into the Sun
6.  Painted Lady
7.  Revolution
8.  Man of Clay
9.  I'm with You
10. On the Brink
11. King Rat
12. Vampire

The songs and lyrics will be available after release on the band's YouTube channel:

Here's what the press have already said about Thunderbird:

"Aggressive energy and raw edge...Hard rocking and based on some smoking riffing" - Music Street Journal (USA)

"Hard rock veterans, Thunderbird are keeping the genre alive and well, and are doing so with original, hand-crafted material." - The Ark of Music (USA)

"Hit all the right buttons" - Hallowed (Sweden)

"Thunderbird electrifies...Hits hard...There's no lack of breakneck drumming, smashing cymbals, or face melting solos...The band shows versatility on every track, while always remaining true to their clear brand of sound." - Indie Band Guru (USA)

"Buckle your seat belt...A refreshing sound that harkens back to the glory days of hard rock music...helping to keep the torch burning for fans that still crave that classic rock sound that will never die." - Metal Nexus (USA)

"In-your-face attitude...Hard rocking riffs abound...Back-to-the-roots shot of adrenaline fueled heavy rock to leave you wanting more. We can't wait to see what Thunderbird do next." - Rock Hard (UK)

"Thunderbird know how to rock and they do it with style." - Middle Tennessee Music (USA)

"Blasting through your speakers with riffage of AC/DC-level intensity...The guitar is chunky and virtuosic, the drums thunderous with machine-gun-like fills." - Coyote Music (USA)

In closing the band has this to say to their fans worldwide, "Keep on Rockin'!"


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quinta-feira, abril 05, 2018

LA BOTTEGA DEL TEMPO A VAPORE, Urla e Perdonami Lyric video and preorder start now

The Prog Rock band La Bottega del Tempo a Vapore have released the new lyric video for the song Urla e Perdonami, taken from the upcoming album Viaggi InVersi out on 27.04.18 via Revalve Records.

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The album is available now on preorder CD/DIGITAL at: https://player.believe.fr/v2/3615930864515


segunda-feira, abril 02, 2018

Ripple Music Announces The Best of BANG - The First Complete Best of Compilation Album of Legendary American Heavy Rock Pioneers, BANG!


"One of the first American rock bands to openly worship and emulate Black Sabbath, Bang are, in fact, American doom pioneers, and their first album is a stone-cold classic of ugly distortion and steely-eyed downer rock." -- Classic Rock Magazine/Team Rock "10 Essential Proto-Metal  Albums"

Often called America's answer to Black Sabbath, BANG is one of the most unsung bands in the history of US hard rock.  With the heaviness of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with the groove of Grand Funk Railroad, BANG released three critically acclaimed albums on Capital Records in the early 70's, establishing the heavy genre that is now revered as proto-metal.  

Busting out of the turmoil of the post-psychedelic '60's, BANG's 1971 self-titled debut is considered an important forerunner of the early Doom Metal genre.  Decibel Magazine has hailed it as a "landmark album in the badass pantheon of metal" and inducted the album into the Decibel Metal Hall of Fame.  As richly deserved as this honor is, BANG were no one-trick pony.  Undoubtedly one of America's heaviest proto-metal bands, BANG also had a strong sense of melodic power, versatility and their songwriting skills were second to none.  

No band has a more legendary introduction to rock fame than BANG.  In the summer of 1971, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken,  hit the road, driving from their native Philadelphia area to Florida to try their fortune. While buying rolling papers in a record store, they learned of a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. Brazenly, they showed up at the venue and declared they were ready to play. The concert organizer asked them to set up and audition and after only a couple songs, the band found themselves playing their first ever gig, opening for Rod Stewart and Small Faces! Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released.

Highly regarded as a cult act for years, it's now time for this truly amazing rock band to be enjoyed by a new audience worldwide! On the heels of the publication of the complete band history book, "The BANG Story", Ripple Music is thrilled to announce the first ever Best of Compilation from this historic heavy band. The Best of BANG features 18 of the bands best-loved and heaviest songs from their Capital Years, personally curated by Ripple Music and the band.

For all those who've longed to dig into the band's history, there is no better place to start than the Best of Bang.  Available worldwide on double-LP vinyl with gorgeous gatefold, full of rare photos, a cover featuring the original BANG girl, and liner notes by esteemed music journalist, Sleezegrinder, Best of BANG is also available on digipack CD and all digital music formats.  Best of BANG, and all Ripple Music releases, are available in finer record stores worldwide via MVD Distribution, Plastic Head (UK), H'art (Germany /France), Goodfellows (Italy), Suburban (Benelux) and Borders (Sweden) Distributors.  All releases are also available via the Ripple Music Webstore and Ripple Music Bandcamp pages.

"BANG is as brooding, lyrically complex and expertly arranged as anything produced by the sonic titans of the early 1970's" -- Decibel magazine

"As heavy and raw as hell, placing BANG as one of the greatest heavy/hard rock bands to have emerged from the States in their day."  -- Lee Dorrian

"There have been many American Black Sabbath's since BANG, but they were the first. And still the best." -- Sleazegrinder

"One of the first American rock bands to openly worship and emulate Black Sabbath, Bang are, in fact, American doom pioneers, and their first album is a stone-cold classic of ugly distortion and steely-eyed downer rock." -- Classic Rock Magazine/Team Rock "10 Essential Proto-Metal  Albums"


Ripple Music is widely regarded as one of the world's leading record labels for Heavy Psych, Stoner, Doom and heavy rock.  Based in California, you can find Ripple releases world-wide in physical formats or on the Ripple Music webstore, and digitally on the Ripple Music Bandcamp page and via all digital avenues.   Stay current with Ripple Music at the website
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Alice Cooper Group Guitarist/Songwriter Michael Bruce's “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Biography Revised!


Limited edition signed by Michael Bruce available!

London - Much to the excitement of Alice Cooper group fans worldwide, Gonzo Multimedia will be releasing Michael Bruce's critically acclaimed biography "No More Mr. Nice Guy" revised! Also available is a limited edition signed by Michael Bruce.


Written by Alice Cooper group guitarist, keyboard player and main songwriter Michael Bruce, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is an anthology of the band that encapsulated the decadent spirit of the 1970s. Following the group on their journey from Arizona garage band to eventual rise to stardom, it reveals the truth behind the drinking and the rock 'n' roll. This "true life" story includes the hangings, the executions, the ghoulish makeup, the egos and of course, the rock 'n' roll. Revised and updated it includes previously unseen photographs and memorabilia.

"Its not often we get a chance to redo, remake or in this case re-release a book.....my book. It is with much thought, great enjoyment,  many thanks and heartfelt appreciation for family,  friends and fans that I present the re-release of 'No More Mr Nice Guy.' A compilation of hilarious rock 'n' roll stories and life events that made me the man I am today." - Michael Bruce

This release comes on the heels of the recent highly publicized Alice Cooper group reunion concerts in the UK!


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TOUNDRA – launch video for ‘Cobra’



Spanish instrumentalist rockers Toundra recently announced the release of their fifth studio album 'Vortex' for April 27th, 2018, following the success of 'IV,' which reached an historic #2 in the Spanish charts.

Now they are proud to reveal the powerful new video for the first single 'Cobra', created by Jorge Escalona using photographic material from Pulitzer Prize winner Manu Brabo and video material from well-known Spanish journalist Gonzo. 

Manu Brabo comments: "It made me feel really proud to collaborate on this considering how socially responsible the band was being as an artist and communicators."

Gonzo adds: "The victims in every war is always the innocent, who never starts the war. They lose their lives, their homes and their dreams. Refugees escaping their homelands become ambassadors of the nonsense."

Toundra comments: "With this video we just wanted to shine a light on those who Victor Hugo called Les Miseràbles."

Watch the video now here: https://youtu.be/eFNLm380Uzg
As mentioned previously, the title of the album is 'Vortex', as the band explain:
"On September 19th in 2012 we arrived at a venue called 'Vortex Surfer Musiklub' in Siegen, a small town in Germany. We played there, the venue got packed and everything about that night, including the warm welcome from everybody working there, was incredible. We fell in love with that small venue and the house next to it where we slept that night.

"Since then, we played Vortex five or six times and there has always been that same great fond feeling from the people there. So, this upcoming album is called 'Vortex'. We leave behind the roman numbers and want to use this as a way to thank all the promoters, people working in venues, labels, agencies, fans... and everyone who has helped us over the years to live this dream. We can't wait for you to hear some of the music"

The album will be released on special edition CD digipak, gatefold black LP + CD & as digital download. Pre-order the album now here: https://toundra.lnk.to/Vortex
 You can find the beautiful cover artwork and track-listing below:

1.Intro Vortex
2.Cobra
3.Tuareg
4.Cartavio
5.Kingston Falls
6.Mojave
7.Roy Neary
8.Cruce Oeste

The first run of European tour dates were recently announced and tickets are on sale now.
04.05.18, VOID, Bordeaux, FR
05.05.18, Supersonic, Paris, FR
06.05.18, Kleine Zaal, Melkweg, NL 
08.05.18, Usine, Geneva, CH
09.05.18, Dok, Gent, BE
10.05.18, Hoxton Square Bar, London, UK 
12.05.18, Temple of Boom, Leeds, UK 
13.05.18, Nice 'n Sleazy, Glasgow, UK 
14.05.18, Exchange, Bristol, UK
16.05.18, JUNGLE, Koln, DE
17.05.18, Keller Club, Stuttgart, DE 
18.05.18, Rocas, Luxembourg, LU
19.05.18, Molotow, Hamburg, DE 
20.05.18, KB18, Copenhagen, DK 
23.05.18, BiNuu, Berlin, DE 
24.05.18, Groovestation, Dresden, DE
25.05.18, Papirna, Plzen, CZ
26.05.18, A38, Budapest, HU 
27.05.18, Viper Room, Vienna, AU
29.05.18, Le Farmer, Lyon, FR 
30.05.18, Molotov, Marseille, FR

It has been an intense 3 years since the band got signed with Superball/Century Media in 2014, with whom they put out their most recent a lauded album, ¨IV¨, (January 2015), after the first 3 albums that were released independently. Since then the band has performed over 100 concerts in 17 different countries with their instrumental sound combining progressive and post rock making them one of the leaders in there genre.
 
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