SHINING reveal album cover and title for new album ‘International Blackjazz Society’

Shining 2015

Norwegian Blackjazz band Shining have disclosed that ‘International Blackjazz Society’ will be the title of their upcoming full-length album, due out on October 16th. ‘International Blackjazz Society’ is the band’s first release through Spinefarm Records, with whom they have signed a worldwide deal.

Just as Venom created ‘Black Metal’ in the early ’80s, so Shining can proudly put their name to ‘Blackjazz’ – also the title of their 2010 album, a Top 10 record in Norway. Following ‘Blackjazz’ came the excellent ‘One One One’ (2013), and now it’s time for studio album number seven; as with ‘Blackjazz’ & ‘One One One’, ‘International Blackjazz Society’ has been mixed by Sean Beavan (Depeche Mode, A Perfect Circle, Slayer etc.), and mastered in Los Angeles by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Beastie Boys etc.).

Meanwhile, a live video clip for ‘The Last Stand’ can be seen at Vevo here.

Alrum art: Shining - International Blackjazz Society

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ndersonPonty Band reveal album release date

Better Late Than Never, the debut album of the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets on September 25th 2015!

Better Late Than Never is the new studio album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

Better Late Than Never will be released on September 25th 2015 as CD+DVD (Deluxe Edition) and CD (jewel) through earMUSIC.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. Better Late Than Never also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits including Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Roundabout and Wonderous Stories, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions, with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as Infinite Mirage a new song incorporating Jean Luc’s classic tune Mirage.

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New KARDA ESTRA EP ‘The Seas And The Stars’

Cover Art: Karda Estra - The Seas and The Stars

The new Karda Estra EP THE SEAS AND THE STARS is available now as a ‘preview release’ on Bandcamp and will be available as a general release (download/streaming) on 31st August.

Click for full EP on bandcamp

EP on Youtube

This release marks what will be the start of a series of more frequent recorded projects and live diversions from Karda Estra.

The Seas And The Stars’ chronicles the collision between the Andromeda galaxy and our own Milky Way, the eventual end of everything, a celestial intervention and a return to where everything began – viewed from an impossible, empty shoreline. All in 20 minutes.

Track list:
I. TIDAL (1.16)

Composition, arrangements, production, mastering and artwork by
Recorded at The Twenty First mainly between April and July, 2015

RICHARD WILEMAN – acoustic, electric, classical, prepared and bass guitars,
keyboards, melodica, accordion, kalimba, Appalachian dulcimer, rastrophone,
bouzouki, glockenspiel, percussion
AMY FRY – clarinet, alto saxophone, flute

Karda Estra 2015

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FRANCIS DUNNERY Produces Dutch Duo ” The Mycah Principle”

After a variety of musical adventures all across Europe, Dutch singer/pianist Maaike Breijman and drummer/keyboard player Remco Engels are finding their own sound in this wonderful project, The Mycah Principle. They are starting a new adventure in Philadelphia (U.S.A.). With the eccentric producer Francis Dunnery (It Bites, Santana, Robert Plant), they have started recording their first album. The record is all about what truly matters to them: their own authentic sound.

Singer/dancer/performer Maaike Breijman has a talent that exceeds boundaries. She manages to give audiences across Europe Goosebumps during her show Dreaming of Kate, a show displaying the highlights of Kate Bush’ career, with a live band, dance routines, props and costumes. She has toured along theatres like Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, and made an appearance on BBC’s The One Show in August 2015.

Remco Engels (drums/keyboards) used to work with Maaike back in 2008. He is known as the drummer of Dutch prog rock band Mangrove and tours as a keyboard player/percussionist with Cuban band Anima Mundi.

Now, once again, Maaike and Remco unite once again in The Mycah Principle: a musical match that seems to exclude coincidence in every way, shape or form. This is a musical match made in heaven.

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AGENT FRESCO Streaming New Album “Destrier” in Full

Agent Fresco have put their new album “Destrier” online for free streaming
Stream can be found here.

album art: Agent Fresco - DestrierThe mission “Destrier” is accomplished, and it outstrips its predecessor “A Long Time Listening” almost effortlessly. The 14 new pieces of music are a cornucopia of musical atmopsheres, ideas and textures, an emotional tour de force through lightless chasms, up to the skies, leading from the darkest aspects of human existence to moments of sheer beauty. Suddenly, it is all just too clear why this album took so long: works like these are not to be written between lunch break and dinner. Agent Fresco managed to maintain the musical variety of the debut album, but stretch it evenfurther. Destrier is a journey through every guitar-drivengenre developed before, with influences ranging from classical music to philosophy, from poetry to ancient myth, to create their very own brew of emotionally packed pieces.


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CALIGULA’S HORSE announce new album “Bloom” / European tour with Shining (NO)

Album Cover Caligula's Horse "Bloom"Melding the forthright intensity of rock with the skill and inventiveness of progressive metal, Brisbane’s CALIGULA’S HORSE have announced an October 16 release of their 3rd album ‘Bloom’ through InsideOutMusic, as well as extensive Australian and European tour dates.

‘Bloom’ follows 2011’s colourful and dynamic debut ‘Moments From Ephemeral City’, and 2013’s critically acclaimed dark narrative concept album ‘The Tide, the Thief & River’s End’, an album that Metal Obsession hailed as ‘nearly perfect’.

“‘Bloom’ is very special to all of us – it’s an album full of colour and life, vibrance and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow,” says lead vocalist Jim Grey. “It’s exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula’s Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own.”

Equal parts grandiose and crushing, melodic and energetic, enjoy the first taste of Caligula’s Horse’s third record ‘Bloom’ right this moment.

Having secured deals with The Agency Group for live bookings, and signing an international record deal with lauded prog/metal label InsideOut Music (home to Devin Townsend, Spock’s Beard and Pain of Salvation), the band will tour Australia with UK metal heroes TesseracT this October, before embarking on an extensive month-long tour of Europe and the UK with Norwegian blackjazz innovators Shining.

Caligula’s Horse are known for their energetic live show and fierce stage presence, a quality that has seen them join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero on the stage and the road. This kind of intense touring regime will see them right at home.

Tour dates listed below.

Alum Trailer:



28/10 – Gothenburg, Fangelset
29/10 – Copenhagen, Lille Vega
31/10 – Dresden, Grovestation
01/11 – Krakow, Fabryka
02/11 – Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
03/11 – Wroclaw, Liverpool Club
04/11 – Prague, Podnik
05/11 – Vienna, Viper Room
06/11 – Budapest, A38
07/11 – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
08/11 – Bologna, Locomotiv
09/11 – Milan, Lo Fi
10/11 – Winterthur, Salzhaus
12/11 – Luxembourg, Sonic Visions
13/11 – Frankfurt, Nachtleben
14/11 – Stuttgart, Keller Club
15/11 – Utrecht, Tivoli de Helling
16/11 – Bochum, Matrix
17/11 – Brussels, Rotonde
18/11 – Paris, Divan Du Monde
19/11 – London, Underworld
20/11 – Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
21/11 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
22/11 – Manchester, Sound Control

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AndersonPonty Band To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

Album art AndersonPonty "Better Late Than Never Tour"Los Angeles – One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty’s beloved compositions, with Jon’s lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc’s classic tune “Mirage”.

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars – well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards – virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980’s. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

10/27 – Philadelphia – Keswick Theater
10/29 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie
10/30 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

11/1 – Pittsurgh – Carnegie Theater
11/3 – Chicago – Arcada Theater
11/4 – Milwaukee – Milwaukee PAC
11/6 – Detroit – Detroit Music Hall
11/7 – Toronto – Danforth Music Hall
11/10 – Washington, DC – Howard Theater
11/11 – Long Island – Paramount Theater
11/13 – NYC – Ethical Culture
11/14 – Boston – Berklee Performance Center
11/17 – San Francisco – Regency
11/18 – Sacramento – Crest Theater
11/20 – Los Angeles – Saban Theater
11/21 – Scottsdale – Talking Stick

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Progpower Europe Line-up Change

Recent line-upe change at Progpower Europe:

Due to other commitments Australian prog metallers Caligula’s Horse had to cancel their gig at Progpower Europe. They will be replaced by Spanish djent band Vola.

You can stream Vola’s actual album at bandcamp.


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Generation Prog Festival completes line-up

Generation Prog Festival Logo 2015
Nuremberg – Generation Prog Festival Completes line-up!

The festival became a two days event and brings a stunning variety of high-class artists to their Nuremberg stage. With its idea to combine fusion and prog metal, Generation Prog Festival usually brings a broad variety of styles on one and the same stage and is known as Europe’s only festival to combine these two genres. The line up is as follows:

Friday November 20:
The Aristocrats (USA/UK)
Panzerballett (DE/AT)
Alessandro Bertoni Keystone Quartet (USA/UK/NL/DE)
Counter-World Experience (DE)

Saturday November 21:
Leprous (NOR)
Subsignal (DE)
Circle of Illusion (AT)
Disperse (PL)

Weekend tickets and hotel package deals are available at the Generation Prog website.
Note that there’s only a limited amount of package deals available.



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AGENT FRESCO debut video for new single “Wait for Me”

Icelandic alternative rock band Agent Fresco completed work on the video for their new song “Wait For Me” – the third single from the long awaited new studio album “Destrier” (coming August 7th). After exclusive premieres at Culture Collide (USA), Upset Magazine (UK), Gaffa (DK), Muzu TV (GSA), Visír (IS) and Never Mind The Hype (NL) the video is now available at the bands YouTube channel.

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KARMA RASSA release new single

Karma Rassa (progressive metal / atmospheric) presents a new single –  cover version of “Oxygene II” by one of the most progressive musicians in the world Jean-Michel Jarre!

You can stream and purchase the track here

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Greg Lake’s Legendary 1981 Performance At the Hammersmith Odeon In London To Be Issued On CD & Vinyl

album art: Gregg Lake "London '81"

Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing legendary Greg Lake’s live album from the Hammersmith Odeon in London, November 5, 1981, featuring guitar hero Gary Moore on CD & vinyl! The concert recording features ELP and King Crimson classic tracks such as “Lucky Man”, “Karn Evil 9”, “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “In The Court of The Crimson King”, as well as songs from his critically acclaimed first solo album from 1981. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as “The Voice”.

The Greg Lake Band made its live debut on one of the biggest stages available to it, the annual Reading Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience – Greg’s first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener “Fanfare for the Common Man,” truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have opened a concert.

The band’s full tour kicked off in October. Purposefully, Lake demanded smaller venues, the theaters and universities that truly represented a refreshing change from the monster domes he’d visited the last time he hit the road in 1977 with ELP. The string of shows launched in Wales, at Aberystwyth University, then moved onto Cardiff University, Dunstable Queensway Hall, Norwich University, Liverpool Royal Court Theatre, Newcastle Mayfair, Glasgow University, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sheffield Lyceum, University of Kent Canterbury, Birmingham Odeon, Leicester Polytechnic, Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Exeter University, St Austell Cornwall Coliseum, Crawley Leisure Centre and, finally, London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

It was not an extravagant performance – no lasers, no levitating keyboards, no priceless Persian carpets. The myths and legends that surrounded ELP when they toured were all firmly locked away. The Greg Lake Band toured like a band, and on stage they simply took up their positions and played. Brilliantly.

That last date on the tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans who now had every note of Greg’s new album memorized, and the rest of the set firmly entrenched in their DNA: the snatch of “Karn Evil 9” that eased out of the opening “Fanfare”; “Love You Too Much,” the song Lake co-wrote with Dylan in what remains another of the tantalizing collaborations of the age; “Retribution Drive” and “The Lie” from Greg Lake. “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “The Court Of The Crimson King,” from Lake’s stint with King Crimson, wrapped up the evening in positively rhapsodic fashion, and, finally, “C’est La Vie,” from ELP’s Works. (The version of this track included on the CD is taken from a show in New York City 1981)

“A single night at the tail end of a single tour, alive with promise, bristling with presence. And welcoming back some new friends, too” – Dave Thompson, writer

Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Karn Evil 9
Nuclear Attack
The Lie
Retribution Drive
Lucky Man
Parisienne Walkways
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Love You Too Much
21st Century Schizoid Man
In The Court Of The Crimson King
Bonus Track: C’est La Vie (Live in NYC 1981)

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AMADEUS AWAD to release “Death Is Just A Feeling” in late August

Middle East’s progressive mastermind Amadeus Awad is back with “Death Is Just A Feeling”,
featuring an all star lineup: Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Ayreon, The Gentle Storm), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Stream of Passion), Elia Monsef (Ostura, Amadeus Awad), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats) and Jimmy Keegan (Spocks Beard, John Waite, Santana).

The new album from Lebanese Amadeus Awad will be released worldwide on the 20th of August 2015 via Melodic Revolution Records. As with previous releases from Awad, “Death Is Just A Feeling” is a concept album and contains 6 tracks clocking in at around 47 minutes with one instrumental track.

According to Amadeus:
This album is the result of: “my personal experience with death, both the tragic loss of loved ones (Father, Brother and a Best Friend) as well as my own attempt of committing suicide, which I contemplated more than once at a certain stage in my life.”

For his newest opus, Amadeus chose some of the best names in the business to collaborate with, “each one of the characters in the story represents a certain side of me, and I wanted myself to be represented by the greatest personalities in the progressive rock/metal world; being able to work with my idols is a great honor”

Amadeus is always stretching the boundaries with his music and lyrics, and it’s no different with his new album, he is opening up and revealing his most inner and darkest secrets and coming to terms with death. “Death is just a Feeling” is his finest work to date.

The album was mixed and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studios.

Amadeus Awad: Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitars, Keyboards and Orchestration.
Anneke Van Giersbergen: Vocals.
Arjen Lucassen: Vocals.
Elia Monsef: Vocals.
Marco Minnemann: Drums on Tracks 2, 3, 5 & 6.
James Keegan : Drums on Track 4.
Nareg Nashanikian: Cello.
Rafi Nashanikian: Clarinet.
Dan Harper: Narration.

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SUBSIGNAL album release date, line-up changes and tour dates


Subsignal mark October 31 as the day their fourth album “The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime” is to be released as regular, special and vinyl edition.

After the departure of David Bertok and Danilo Batdorf, Luca Di Gennaro (Soul Secret) takes over the duties on keyboards and Dirk Brand on drums.

In support of the album release, the band has scheduled a tour, which will bring them also to Gerany’s best kept secret, the Generation Prog Festival in Nürnberg, where they will share stage with Leprous, Circle of Illusion, Panzerballett and The Aristocrats among others.
Tour keyboardist will be Markus Maichel (Dante) who has proven his skills already on Subsignal’s last tour.

Tour Dates:

WED – Oct 28, 2015     Munich (GER)     Backstage
THU – Oct 29, 2015     Mannheim (GER)     7er Club
FRI – Oct 30, 2015     Dortmund (GER)     Blue NoteZ
SAT – Oct 31, 2015     Hamburg (GER)     Rock Café
SUN – Nov 01, 2015     Frankfurt (GER)     Nachtleben
SAT – Nov 21, 2015     Nürnberg (GER)     Luise Cultfactory (GENERATION PROG FESTIVAL)

Subsignal line-up:

Arno Menses (Vocals)
Markus Steffen (Guitars)
Ralf Schwager (Bass)
Luca Di Gennaro (Keys)
Dirk Brand (Drums)

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New Album by Swedish Band Astrakhan

Swedish band Astrakhan are currently negotiating with two labels for the release of their second album in October. In the meantime, a teaser of new songs from the album has been posted on Youtube:

You can read the DPRP review of the band’s debut disc, Retrospective, here.

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