International Prog Ensemble Sontaag To Release Space Opera

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In the grand tradition of high concept progressive rock comes an epic cross-media hybrid where cerebral science fiction meets visceral rock ‘n’ roll. Sontaag’s eponymous debut album has been described as ‘the space opera that Pink Floyd never wrote’, ‘a modern-day Tubular Bells’, ‘a prog-rock War Of The Worlds’, but no reference point or sound-bite nails its seamless combination of space rock, narrative spoken word, and evocative ambience quite as neatly as ‘sonic cinema’. Recorded in New York City and London, co-produced and mixed by Youth (Killing Joke, The Fireman) for Big Life Management, ‘Sontaag’ is a stunning and immersive listening experience. An evolutionary progression combining cutting edge sounds with classic dynamics, adapting the rock experience for today’s digital environment.

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Pain of Salvation completes ProgPower Europe 2014 line-up

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The Swedish band that has more than earned its merits in the Progressive Metal scene returns to ProgPower Europe! From their debut album Entropia to The Perfect ElementBE and the Road Saltalbums Pain of Salvation have a created a diverse catalog that many are looking forward to seeing on the ProgPower stage.
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“An Evening With Tim Bowness and Henry Fool” and more!

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Tim Bowness and Henry Fool have announced two “An Evening With Tim Bowness and Henry Fool” concerts to take place this July, showcasing material by Henry Fool, No- Man and Tim’s forthcoming InsideOut label album, “Abandoned Dancehall Dreams”.
Henry Fool have also formally announced that Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Ex-Wise Heads) has joined the band and will participate in all upcoming dates and recording sessions scheduled for this summer. In addition, Tim along with his Henry Fool co- founder Stephen Bennett continues to write material for a third HF album and the full band sessions will hopefully provide further new material.

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MaterDea – New Single Online

Italian Folk/Pagan Metal Band MaterDea will released their new album called “A Rose For Egeria” via Midsummer’s Eve on 1 May 2014.

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First single off new album, “Beyond the Painting” is now available for streaming on SoundCloud.

The third album of the Italian band is marked out by a new musical expression and a more powerful sound rich of technical refinements although maintaining the flourished melodies for which MaterDea’s audience is used to be known. The album has been mixed by Marco Strega at Domus de Janas Studio and mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussila.

Review for the band’s 2012 album, Satyricon, can be found here.

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New studio album Anton Roolaart, The Plight of Lady Oona to be released April, 24 2014

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“After  the  well­received  debut Art­Rock  album  Dreamer in 2007, Anton has come  back as an
independent artist with an exciting new album entitled The Plight of Lady Oona which features
a  special guest appearance by Annie  Haslam. The tracks were recorded in  the US and The
Netherlands  during  the  last  few  years.  Anton’s  music  portrays  the  quintessence  of  melodic
progressive rock accompanied with lush orchestration, and this new release is certain to capture
the  listener’s  attention  once  again.  The  6  tracks  on  this  release  present  the  listener  with
wonderful  melodies,  guitars,  textures  and  keyboards  supported  by  herculean  bass  lines  and
drums.  He  does  this  with  the  help  of  some  talented  friends  and  musicians.  All  songs  were
composed and produced by Anton with  the  help of  co­producer Rave Tesar.  The CD comes
with  a  beautiful  12­page  full­color  booklet  containing  original  digital  artwork  done  by  Anton. Continue reading

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New Video by Ancient Bards

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“Ancient Bards, Limb Music and Rockshots Music Management are proud to present to you the video clip of ”In My Arms” the first single from the band’s new album A New Dawn Ending,” which is coming out on April 25th in Europe and Japan and on June 10th in North America. Watch ”In My Arms” here  Continue reading

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Trinity Festival, (in aid of 3 cancer charities) Leamington Spa, Sunday 18th May.

“Proudly sponsored by Prog magazine, 18th May 2014 at the Assembly in Leamington Spa is going to be a very special day and indeed a very special charity event, monies going to three UK cancer charities (Cancer Research UK, Brain Tumour Research and Breakthrough Breast Cancer). Things are really taking shape nicely and we can announce that the three headline acts will be Arena, Touchstone and The Reasoning each performing festival length sets and they have, like all acts on the bill, very kindly agreed to wave their usual fee so that all monies made go straight to the chosen charities. 100% of all monies made including bar profits will be donated to the charities

Alongside Arena, Touchstone and The Reasoning, we are very excited to announce that the wonderful Heather Findlay, Matt Stevens (Fierce & The Dead, solo artist) and Alan Reed (ex Pallas, solo artist) will be performing acoustic sets that many of you know are simply brilliant and entertaining. We are very honoured to have them on board. Continue reading

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Autumnsongs Records proudly announce the release of KAUKASUS “I”

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“Dark, Nordic progressive rock, with excursions into kraut & art rock”

“Scandinavian Prog Rock legends Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho),Rhys Marsh (The Autumn Ghost, Opium Cartel) & Mattias Olsson (Änglagård, White Willow) have joined forces as Kaukasus to record and release their outstanding debut album “Kaukasus ‘I’ ” out on Autumsongs Records via Burning Shed on 05 May 2014.

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ART OF INFINITY – Celebrating 10 Years “Dimension Universe”

“Ten years ago, on April 5th 2004, ART OF INFINITY’s second album “Dimension Universe” was released by german label BSC Music/Prudence. To sign a contract with BSC Music was a milestone for the german band, which was founded in 1996. “Dimension Universe” is the most sucessful album of ART OF INFINITY. The single “Cosmic Rain” (with singer Antje Schulz), “Passing The Pulsar” (with singer Eva Wolf) and the 14-minutes long space-opera “Drift Upon The Sky” are classics of the band, which were released on international compilations too. 2012 published the musicians with “Raumwerk” their fourth and so far last album recording.

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IQ are releasing their 10th studio album mid may and will start their tour shortly!

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“British progressive rock legend IQ will release their tenth studio album on the 16th of may. The Road of Bones, contains five tracks with a running time of about an hour. Preview critics see the album in true tradition of britain´s longest running prog-band, but as well more edgy and heavy than its forerunner, the highly acclaimed Frequency (2009).
The album will come in single cd format as well as an Special Edition, containing the main album, a second cd with another hour of brand new IQ-music and extended artwork. Continue reading

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ProgPower Europe adds Agent Fresco to the 2014 line-up

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“One of the most unexpected additions to the ProgPower Europe 2014 line-up will probably be: Agent Fresco. This Icelandic band won Músíktilraunir (battle of the bands) in 2008, a Icelandic Grammy for best new artist in 2009. In 2011 their album “A long time listening” was released. The band is currently working on a new album. This album will be released in September.

Adding Agent Fresco to the line-up shows the diversity that the ProgPower organization is aiming at. This year’s line-up again is a mix of well-established bands and lesser known names. Covering a broad spectrum from melodic progressive metal to rhythmic and loud progressive metal.

In the coming months only one announcement is yet to be made: Sunday’s headliner.”

Tickets for ProgPower Europe 2014 can be ordered at: http://www.progpowereurope.com/tickets. Continue reading

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Abel Ganz new album 2014 Pledge Music campaign

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“All right Prog fans, at long last the new Abel Ganz album is here! We have finished recording our latest album, Abel Ganz.  Now we’re asking for your help to make Abel Ganz a reality.  We’re asking you, our biggest fans, to help us raise the funds necessary to take our best album ever to a level of awesomeness that will melt brains and move hearts. Continue reading

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Evenoire are ready to release the second album “Herons” on 15th April 2014.

“HERONS” is the title of the second album, released by Scarlet Records: fire, element of purification and destruction is the protagonist of forgotten legend in the North of Italy. Evenoire discovers those legends and gave them a special sound that combines a wide range of influences, from gothic to symphonic metal with a very distinctive medieval/folk approach, which has attracted overwhelming response worldwide. A special mention goes to extraordinary lead vocalist Lisy Stefanoni, whose ethereal and powerful voice adds an extra dimension to the melodies and makes her one of the most promising female singers around. Flute and acoustic parts give to the songs a charming atmosphere. Into this second album we have very special guests: keyboardist Riccardo Studer from Stormlord and keyboardist Filippo Sasha Martignano from Echotime. There is also a duet with Linnéa Vikström from THERION.”

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TILES Announce JETHRO TULL’s Ian Anderson as Special Guest

Detroit-based TILES have announced JETHRO TULL frontman Ian Anderson will make a special guest appearance on their upcoming album “Other Arrangements.”

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Progdreams III Festival at “Boerderij” April 4th & 5th 2014

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More info and tickets: www.boerderij.org

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