KANSAS Sign To InsideOut For New Album

Kansas have signed a record deal with InsideOutMusic for the release of the bands 15th studio album. Kansas’ last release “Somewhere To Elsewhere” has been released 15 years ago. It will be the first album after Steve Walsh retired. Walsh is being replaced by David Manion on keyboards and Ronnie Platt on vocals.

Drummer and founding member Phil Ehart had this to say about the signing:
“In speaking for all the members of KANSAS, we could not be more enthused about signing with InsideOut. They are the greatest Prog music label on the planet and we are very proud to be a part of their stable of artists. It’s our first album of new music in 15 years and we are very happy to be working with the great team at InsideOut.”InsideOutMusic label-head Thomas Waber adds:
“We are extremely excited about signing KANSAS, the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the US! I grew up listening to them and their music is a part of my DNA. Everyone on the team is working hard in making the next studio album count 150% and for it to become an important part in the legacy of this great band. We are very proud to become a part of the journey!”

KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, lead singer/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, and original guitarist Richard Williams. They are currently in the midst of an extensive US tour.

The contract with Kansas is the firt one in a new chater of InsideOutMusic under the home of Sony Music since Sony’s acquisition of Century Media.

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ARJEN LUCASSEN guests on a new SOUL ENEMA album

Soul Enema currently works on a new album named “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns”, which includes 13 tracks of original and out of the box progressive metal/art rock. As part of it, a prominent Dutch composer and guitarist landed a solo part for one of the tracks, while being positively impressed by the work in progress presented to him. Here is the official announcement on part of Soul Enema:

“Today is one of those especially happy and unique days, since we finally have an opportunity to announce a legendary Arjen Anthony Lucassen as a guest on a new Soul Enema album! It’s safe to say, that for a good couple of decades Arjen continues to be a never ending source of inspiration – a creative
mastermind and a visionary of his own league, a tasty and emotive guitar player, a humble and friendly person. Growing up with all those soon-to-become-classic Ayreon albums in a cd player, it was something on a verge of impossible even to imagine, that on one of those future days you will happen to be in a honorable position, when a big man himself finds his magic ways on your own musical journey.
There is just no vocabulary to contain a “thank you” of a really appropriate degree to express the feeling…
So, this time Arjen is here for us to sky rocket a gorgeous solo guitar part on a tune named “Eternal Child”, and his performance is truly one of those moments of otherworldly beauty, so precious each time when it manages to be transcended onto the tape.
Looking forward to that moment, when we can share it with each of you!”

Arjen Lucassen

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Symphonic Rock Icons RENAISSACNE To Tour the US Fall 2015

Renaissance live London 2015Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US in the Fall 2015! Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing “Song For All Seasons”, “Sounds Of the Sea” and “Northern Lights” along with favorite classics and debuting “Immortal Beloved” from their critically acclaimed “Symphony of Light” album on this tour.

Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, best known for his work with YES and the Moody Blues, as well as his innovative solo career, will be making a special guest appearance with the band at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on October 9 and 10, 2015!

Renaissance toured Europe this April, the first in over 35 years! They recorded the London Union Chapel show for a ‘live’ DVD to be released soon! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute!

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

 

Renaissance Fall 2015 US Tour Dates:
Oct 08 Landmark Theater – Port Washington, NY
Oct 09 New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Oct 10 New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Oct 11 Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
Oct 15 Fairfield Theater Stage One – Fairfield, CT
Oct 16 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro – Norfolk, CT
Oct 22 Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, MA
Oct 23 Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY

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Lapis Lazuli announce release date of Vinyl version of “Alien”

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British canterbury piece Lapis Lazulli officially announced the release of the vinyl edition if their 2014 album “Alien” on October 31. The album can be pre-ordered at the band’s bandcamp page.

Watch the trailer for of the holographic, sci-fi, psychedelic epic below:

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ANDROMEDA launches live DVD crowdfunding campaign

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Andromeda - Live In VietnamHave you been waiting for a new Andromeda live DVD? The waiting part is soon over, because Andromeda – Live In Vietnam is about to be unleashed. The band has started a PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign, help them to reach the goal and make this great performance available on DVD.

The Swedish progsters played a sold-out show at the National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2014. Guitarist Johan Reinholdz commented: “We have a crowdfunding campaign, and besides the actual DVD we have lots of bonus stuff available: signed LP’s, cymbals (used by Thomas Lejon), Skype lessons with band members, and even the possibility of having a private Andromeda concert at your place.
“There’s also some bonus video footage included, should you decide to join in on the crowdfunding – go check it all out here and help this live DVD become reality!“ Pre-order your copy and check out other cool stuff here:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/liveinvietnam

 

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ReSolve Announces Release-Date and Release Show

Resolve flyer for album release gigReSolve has now announced the release date for their debut album Wayward Sanctuary. The album will be released October 10 2015.

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And to celebrate this occasion, ReSolve will play a special show on that very day at Musicon, Den Haag. None other than label mates Hillsphere will serve as the night’s support band playing instrumental atmospheric post rock and metal. Entry only €5 and people visiting this gig will be able to get the album for a special price.
The facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/688346337962869/

Resolve banner

 

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New DREAMGRAVE merch at bandcamp store

Hungarian neoclassical gothic band Dreamgrave have added a couple of merch items available at their bandcamp store. Most items include free download of the current album “Presentiment”, so the pricing is quite fair!

“Presentiment” is a DPRP recommended album, if you haven’t yet, read the review here.

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THIEVES’ KITCHEN announce new album ‘The Clockwork Universe’

Portrait Thieves KitchenThieves’ Kitchen announce the forthcoming release of their latest album “The Clockwork Universe”. Pre-orders for CDs will be available worldwide from The Merch Desk from 23rd August 2015.

The Clockwork Universe is an album exploring the human experience of a complex world.

These are songs about people whose experience brings them into contact with a universe of science and learning, whether as a child (Prodigy), a neglected spouse (The Scientist’s Wife), young lovers (Library Song) or as a bystander confronted with the inexorable progress of industrialisation (Railway Time).

Cover art for Thieves' Kitchen - "The Clockwork Universe"

Cover art for Thieves’ Kitchen – “The Clockwork Universe”

Two exquisite instrumental arrangements (Astrolabe, Orrery) bring to mind a bygone age of scientific exploration, and the candlelit solitude of the seeker.

The band are thrilled to welcome a new bassist to the team. Johan Brand, of Swedish progressive rock legends Änglagård, brings his expressive style and powerful bass tone to the newest Thieves’ Kitchen release.
Änglagård’s very own Anna Holmgren also contibutes on the album, playing the flute.

Pre-orders are opening this weekend. To get the LP when it is released at the end of October 2015, place your order at the Plane Groovy website www.planegroovy.com

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VIVALDI METAL PROJECT presents video diary

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The all-metal-stars VIVALDI METAL PROJECT – produced by Mistheria together with co-producer Alberto Rigoni – which involves more than 70 musicians from such bands as Yes, Helloween, Stratovarius, Rhapsody Of Fire, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt, Avantasia, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, SymphonyX, Delain among others, presents a video diary about the recording of a metal version of the legendary classic masterpiece “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi.

This video diary provides greetings of some musicians from the cast from various parts of the world:

The album release is set on March 2016. It’s already available for pre-order via crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic as MP3 or CD with various exclusive options such as autographed CDs, CD special boxes, USB keys, Skype interviews, CME Xkey mobile keyboard, online lessons and shows and more.

A part of donations will be used for charity purposes to “Lega Del Filo D’Oro”.

To support the project, book your album and more info, visit: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/vivaldi-metal

 

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BILLY SHERWOOD To Release New Solo Album and Career Retrospective – Now Available as a Direct Sales Offer Only!

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London, UK – Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has made available his new studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION with a hand autographed postcard !

These two CDs and the signed postcard are ONLY available directly from http://www.billysherwoodcollection.com ahead of a mainstream release in October 2015! Orders through this website are being sent out NOW!

Says Billy, “I’m very excited to finally have ‘Divided By One’, my 7th solo release come out on CD. I’m proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”

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MOON SAFARI Split With Drummer Tobias Lundgren

Moon Safari have confirmed they angrily split with co-founding drummer Tobias Lundgren in April.

Even though no replacement drummer has been announced, the band assures that no commitments will be cancelled. Their next confirmed gig takes place on the Cruise To The Edge in November.

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Supernal Endgame Announces Lineup Changes

Atlanta, GA – August 13, 2015 – John Eargle, Jett Cheek, and Rob Price of Supernal Endgame have announced that bassist and videographer Tom More and guitarist John Crafton have decided to step away from the band.

John Crafton’s departure has created an opportunity for guitarist and founding member Dan Pomeroy to return. Stepping in on bass guitar is the newest face in the Supernal Endgame family, Brad Oldham.

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THE MUTE GODS: New Band of Nick Beggs

Inside Out Music announces the signing of The Mute Gods, a brand new band from the mind of renowned bassist, chapman stick player & vocalist Nick Beggs. Joining him will be his colleague in Steven Wilson’s band, drummer Marco Minnemann, and long-time Steve Hackett collaborator & keyboardist Roger King.

Nick had this to say:

“I wanted to put a band together as an outlet for the material I’ve written during the past two years, whilst touring with Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett. I’m excited to be working with Inside Out on this very dynamic project.”

The Mute Gods

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Progpower Europe starts day tickets sale

ProgPower Europe 2015 day tickets are on sale! So tickets for separate days in the ProgPower Europe 2015 weekend can now be bought from the ProgPower Europe site. Of course if you want to experience a full weekend of ProgPower: weekend tickets are still available.

Tickets can be bought at:
http://www.progpowereurope.com/tickets/
Stay at Castle The Berckt can be booked at:
http://www.progpowereurope.com/wheretostay/order-a-room-at-the-berckt/
Time Schedule

Friday October 2nd 2015:
VOLA: 20.00-21.15 hrs
MYRATH: 22.00-23.45 hrs

Saturday 3 October 2015
ARMED CLOUD: 13.30-14.30 hrs
KARMA RASSA: 15.00-16.00 hrs
EXXASENS: 16.30-17.30 hrs
— diner break —
SCHIZOID LLOYD: 18.30-19.30 hrs
SOEN: 20.00-21.00 hrs
PAGAN’S MIND: 21.45-23.45 hrs

Sunday 4 October 2015
UNTIL RAIN: 13.30-14.30 hrs
SERDCE: 15.00-16.00 hrs
OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: 16.30-17.30 hrs
— diner break —
ABNORMAL THOUGHT PATTERNS: 18.30-19.30 hrs
ENCHANT: 20.00-21.15 hrs
LEPROUS: 22.00-23.45 hrs

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Roger Dean To Appear At Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST

London, UK – Legendary artist Roger Dean is the latest celebrity to be added to the line-up for Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST in October 2015 in Lincolnshire. Roger will be holding a Question & Answer session on Saturday October 31st at 3:40pm – 4:00pm, as well as showcasing his spectacular art.

WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up like this…

Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related DVDs.
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Q&A with Cadbury Sisters
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Q&A with The 3 (or possibly 4) Wakeman’s.

Evening performance:
7:30 – 8:15pm – The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm – Wakeman Cubed.

Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Q&A with cast of Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End
3:40pm – 4:00pm – Q&A with Roger Dean
4.30pm – 5:00pm – Q&A with Rick & The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with The Electric Strawbs.

Evening performance:
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm – English Rock Ensemble

Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm – lunch and table magic
During lunch – Three games people for people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an auction.

Entertainment:
2:00pm – 2:30pm – The Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
2:35pm – 3:00pm – Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm – Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble – Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.

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