hAND releases New Album ‘Kintsugi’ on Monday 3rd November through Brutal Elite

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Although hAND can be loosely described as a Prog band, when you peel back the aural layers, you’ll find a definitive edge that sets the band firmly apart from its contemporary counterparts. Progressive and heavy, yet accessible, hAND have unearthed a sound that is innovative and engrossing. They call to mind the thoughtful webby depths of ‘Opeth’, meshed with the proggy groove of ‘Amplifier’ and the gothic guile of ‘Paradise Lost’. Acutely marrying carefully formed visceral guitar parts, dynamic drums, and alluring vocals, hAND have a strong focus and a clear vision of what they want to produce. 

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Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd engineer/producer) new album

“Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of “SIGNAL TO NOISE”, the new studio album by twice Grammy nominated PINK FLOYD engineer ANDY JACKSON. “Signal to Noise” is a fine, modern, progressive work, which draws on Andy Jackson’s exemplary work as an engineer and producer. Besides being an allusion to Andy’s sound engineering background, the title refers to many of the lyrical themes of the album. Andy explains; “The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album”.

Andy Jackson began his career at Utopia Studios in London, training under James Guthrie, a relationship that continues to this day with the duo being co-pilots of Pink Floyd’s sound. Andy had success as a recording engineer at Utopia, including hits with Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” and Spandau Ballet’s “Chant No. One”, before the call came from James Guthrie to follow him into the world of Pink Floyd, to work on the film of “The Wall”, an offer he couldn’t resist, having been a Floyd fan for many years. So started a relationship that continues to this day, (on albums such as “The Final Cut”, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”, “The Division Bell”, “Pulse”, Roger Waters’ “The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking”, David Gilmour’s “About Face”, “On An Island”, “Live in Gdansk”), resulting in two Grammy nominations for his work and Mix magazine’s award for best live sound engineer for “Pulse” tour. He is also engineer and a co-producer of the yet-to-be- released Pink Floyd album, “The Endless River”.

Along side his work with Pink Floyd and wider work as an engineer, he has recorded three albums, recorded with friends, as a musician in his own right: “On the Surface”, “Obvious” and “Mythical Burrowing Animals”. All three works were ideas ahead of their time it would seem. He did find time along the way to produce work for other artists, including the seminal British Goth band Fields Of The Nephilim. This again was the genesis of a relationship that would lead to the present day, after ex Nephilim Tony Pettitt asked Andy to join his new band The Eden House as guitarist. After three years with Eden House, Andy felt it was time to move on & embark on a new challenge of a completely solo album project. This has lead to the creation of the “Signal to Noise” album, a wonderful sonic experience that is sure to Andy Jackson heralded as a significant creative force in modern Progressive music. “Signal to Noise” is released on Monday 3rd November 2014 as both a single CD edition and a two-disc Digipack deluxe limited edition with a 5.1 Surround Mix.”

ANDY JACKSON: “Signal to Noise”

Esoteric Antenna EANTCD 1040 (single CD edition) /
(Limited edition 2 disc digipack set with 5.1 Surround Sound Mix)
Esoteric Antenna EANTCD 21041

Released: 3rd November 2014
1. The Boy in the Forest
2. One More Push
3. Invisible Colours
4. Spray Paint
5. Herman at the Fountain
6. It All Came Crashing Down
7. Brownian Motion

Key specialist radio tracks:

“The Boy in the Forest” / “One More Push” / “Herman at the Fountain” / “Brownian Motion”

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MYSTERY – New Live Album and Tour

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“UNICORN DIGITAL presents the first Live album from Canadian Progressive Rock Band MYSTERY Recorded live at the Boerderij Cultuurpodium in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands on May 10th 2013, the new live double-CD album from Mystery features a selection of songs from The World Is a Game, as well as old favorites from their back catalog. It is also the only live recording with ex-band member Benoit David. Other band members include Benoit Dupuis on keyboards, François Fournier on bass, Sylvain Moineau on guitar, Jean-Sébastien Goyette on drums, and band leader Michel St-Père on guitars.

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MIKE PORTNOY TO JOIN BIGELF FOR INTO THE MAELSTROM – EUROPEAN TOUR 2014!

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*Wed 29 October 2014 – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, HOLLAND w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Thurs 30 October 2014 – Dortmund FZW, Dortmund, GERMANY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Sat 01 November 2014 – Z7, Pratteln, SWITZERLAND w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Sun 02 November 2014 – Nachtleben, Frankfurt, GERMANY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Mon 03 November 2014 – Strom, Munich, GERMANY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Tues 04 November 2014 – Legend Club, Milan, ITALY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Thur 06 November 2014 – Razzmatazz 3 Barcelona, SPAIN w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Frid 07 November 2014 – Copérnico, Madrid, SPAIN w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Sat 08 November 2014 – Sonora, Bilbao, SPAIN w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Sat 15 November 2014 – Hard Rock Hell 7, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK
*Fri 14 November 2014 – Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
*Mon 17 November 2014 – Cathouse, Glasgow, UK
*Tues 18 November 2014 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
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Aeon Zen release Audio Book video

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Aeon Zen made an audio book to go with their new album, and now you can have a look at what they have created! See behind the scenes studio footage of the recording, and insight into how we made this monster of an audio book.

Watch the making of the Ephemera Audio Book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98–pV38Hlo  Continue reading

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Lucid Fly – New Music!

“Lucid Fly is releasing 3 new singles in 3 months – the first song “Waiting” which was mixed by Australian engineer/producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus!!) is available NOW exclusively on our site www.lucidfly.com as a FREE download for a limited time! Also, the artwork video for the song  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EwP6_Dik4I
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“Polish art rock/prog rock band HellHaven’s newest album “Beyond The Frontier” is now available

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…for only 5 euro via BandCamp site ! https://hellhaven.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the frontier-full-album-2012

Also the recently released DVD Beyond The Frontier Live is now available for purchase via  http://www.prowinylcd.com/winyl/oferta-dvd/hellhaven-beyond-the-frontier-dvd-winyl.html Continue reading

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The Samurai of Prog new album “The Imperial Hotel”

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“The Samurai of Prog’s third album: ”The Imperial Hotel” will be released in August! Stunning new album of original songs in classic progressive style. Lush orchestration includes vintage keyboards, Rickenbacker bass, violin and flute. Special guests include Robert Webb (England), Octavio Stampalía (Jinetes Negros) Linus Kåse (Änglagård), David Myers (The Musical Box), Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer), Yoshihisa Shimizu (Kenso) and much more! Presented in a very special package by Ed Unitsky including a 40-page booklet.” Continue reading

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ProgPower Europe Day tickets now available!

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“Advance sales of day tickets started today, so order your tickets right now.
Weekend tickets are still available as well, but be sure to order in time! Do not hesitate any longer: order your tickets!

www.progpowereurope.com/tickets “

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Rob Reed New Solo Album – Sanctuary

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“Sanctuary is the fulfilment of a lifetime’s dream and ambition in music Rob Reed has held since first hearing Tubular Bells in 1973 at the age of seven. Last year, he decided to focus his abilities on creating his own one-man project.

The album is played, produced, mixed and engineered by Reed and he’s brought in Oldfield collaborators Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth, who respectively co-produced and mastered the new work.

Reed learned to play all the instruments used on the record – grand piano, guitars, bass, mandolin, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, timpani, banjo, recorders, organ – and… tubular bells ! The Synergy Vocals choir, singer Anghared Brinn and some extra percussion by Tom Newman completed the picture.  

Rob says: “I wanted to play all the instruments, and for them all to be real – no synthesisers. The next four weeks were a bit of a blur as the music just came out. It turned out to be the most enjoyable album I’ve made.” Conscious of the need to be inspired by Mike Oldfield’s iconic album, rather than just copying it, Reed adds “I worked hard to make the melodies stand on their own.”

And the result has reaped dividends, with Rob noting Heyworth’s reactions: “He told me that when he heard it, he closed his eyes and he was back in Manor Studios in 1973.”

Rob is hopeful that the two-part piece can be performed live with a 12-piece band soon.

Sanctuary was released on July 21 via Tigermoth Records on CD and DVD 5.1. A 180g vinyl is available via Plane Groovy, and each copy comes with a download coupon.”

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MIDNIGHT MASSES release “Departures” album Launch “Now Here Is Nowhere” short film

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“Midnight Masses, the band of Autry Fulbright (accompanied by Jason Reece) from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, have released their debut album ‘Departures’ and to celebrate they have released a short film entitled ’Now Here Is Nowhere’ which features several tracks from the album. You can watch that here.
The album includes contributions from some very notable guests: Haley Dekle (Dirty Projectors), Isaiah “Ikey” Owens (The Mars Volta), Peter Hale (Here We Go Magic), Ian Longwell (Santigold), Jaleel Bunton (TV On The Radio), Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace) & Jamie Miller (…Trail of Dead).
The full ‘Departures’  album can be heard at VPRO 3voor12’s Luisterpaal here.
Midnight Masses also recently released the video for the track ‘Broken Mirror’ which sees them joined by Dirty Projector’s Haley Dekle on vocals. You can watch that video here.”

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AMPLIFIER launch first track and video from “Mystoria” and announce European tour dates

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Amplifier recently announced the release of new album Mystoria” on September 8 in Europe, the artwork for which can be seen above. They are now pleased to reveal the video for first single‘Named After Rocky’ which can be viewed exclusively in HD here at Classic Rock magazine UK.

The band had this to say about the video: “When we made this video we wanted to make a video with absolutely no sense of continuity whatsoever. Mission Accomplished. Continue reading

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead announce European tour in support of forthcoming new album

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have announced a run of European tour dates to coincide with the release of their forthcoming ninth studio album due later this autumn.

Following the release of 2012’s ‘Lost Songs’ studio album, last year the band ran a successful PledgeMusic campaign for the ‘Tao Of The Dead Part 3’ EP before embarking on a US tour in early 2014 where they played the entirety of seminal album ‘Source Tags & Codes’.

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EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN PERFORMANCE JOLLY @PROGPOWER EUROPE

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To make their exclusive appearance even more exclusive Jolly (USA) will be playing: The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1 & Part 2!) in full at ProgPower Europe 2014. Making their performance on Friday October 3rd in Baarlo (NL) a must see!

The Audio Guide to Happiness Part 1 was released in 2011, while part 2 was released in 2013, both releases have received favorable reviews:

“So if you are into modern progressive rock with elements of metal and other surprises thrown into the mix please put on your helmet, buckle up and start the roller coaster that is The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part Two).” (DPRP)

“Jolly has crafted a fresh and exciting sophomore album that satisfies on almost all fronts, bringing a sense of adventure and enjoyment to a genre that is difficult to carve a niche in. The first part of The Audio Guide to Happiness also ends in such a way that listeners can’t help but hunger for more” (Sputnik Music)

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

About ProgPower Europe

ProgPower Europe is a Progressive Metal festival held in Baarlo, Limburg, The Netherlands. Last year (2013) saw the celebration of 15 years of ProgPower Europe.  In its history bands like: Opeth, Anathema, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Evergrey, Threshold, Jon Oliva, Riverside and many many more have played the festival.

PP Europe organization

www.progpowereurope.com

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SPOCK’S BEARD announce European tour dates for September

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“Last year legendary progressive-rockers Spock’s Beard released their latest album ‘Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep’ to much critical acclaim. The band are now pleased to announce further European tour dates supporting the album, following last year’s jaunt with Sound of Contact and Beardfish. The full list of dates can be found below, and support at all shows comes from The Sixxis:

2014 European tour, Benelux dates:

02/09/14 De Boerderij, Zoetermeer – Netherlands
03/09/14 Spirit of 66, Verviers – Belgium
04/09/14 De Bosuil, Weert – Netherlands Continue reading

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