Indian Prog Band “Symphony Novel” Starts Crowd Funding for Sophomore Album

Mumbai – Symphony Novel, a prog band that greatly combines western rock and metal with Indian folkstyle, have launched a crowd funding campaign to produce their sophomore album.

You can help to make the album happen here.

 

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Instrumentalist LEON ALVARADO To Release New Film & Single “Persistence”

Leon Alvarado - Persistence

On the heels of his album from 2014, prog instrumentalist Leon Alvarado is releasing a new short film and accompanying soundtrack single titled “Persistence” on December 15, 2015. The film is being described as “a short adventure of sight and sound”. The soundtrack single features King Crimson’s Trey Gunn, and was mastered by Andy Jackson who co-produced the latest Pink Floyd album.

Says Leon, “The film takes its own point of view at the chaotic pace that’s involved in our every-day life as a global society. The point of the film is to look at the mostly man-made chaos and contrast it with nature’s own process of going through time. In order to make the point, I changed the context of events so that the viewer can appreciate them from a different perspective. The music is an evolution from my last CD which was titled ‘2014 Music From An Expanded Universe’ and wasn’t recorded to fit the film but the other way around. I have always felt that my music is very cinematic in scope and making a film out of one of the pieces would be a natural move on my part.

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DREAM THEATER 3rd Amsterdam Concert plus Song Leak

DREAM THEATER  have announced a third show of “The Astonishiing Live” to be held in Amsterdam. The ig dates so far are:

Monday, Feb 22 2016 – sold out
Tuesday, Feb 23 2016
Wednesday, Feb 24 2016
Carré, Amsterdam | Start: 20.00 | tickets: € 79, € 75, € 69 and € 65 (excl. service fee)

Meanwhile the song ” The Gift of Music” has “leaked” and has been popping up in various vdeo portals, but always gets deleted everywhere soon. The song s a positive rocksong, a tip of the hat in the direction of RUSH with a cool acoustic guitar arpegio and great melodies. It brings back tge vide of “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”.

EDIT: after various “leaks”, Dream Theater have just officially released the track on Youtube:

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KIAMA launch Kiama Club

News just came in from KIAMA, that the band has set up a special promotional tool in support of their upcoming album: the Kiama Club.

Word from the band: “We have just launched the KIAMA club, where people can sign up and get access to exclusive video and audio content. These days there is so much music being release, with such a quick turnaround, that people don’t get enough time to digest an album.
We plan to give KIAMA club members all the tracks from the album, one a week, up the official release date in January. Also we have lots of interview footage and studio footage from the Real World sessions.
Finally the members will be able to buy a special 3 disc set or the album, the main album CD, a 2nd CD full of extra tracks and different mixes, and a DVD with promo videos and 5.1 mixes”, Says Andy Edwards

“One ingredient  that you find with these classic albums of the 70’s, was that the bands were not afraid to mix the styles of music up from track to track.
On a Zeppelin or Queen album, each track would have a different feel, rock, folk, jazz, blues.
This is something we were not afraid to do..we just did what we liked,so each track ended up with a different feel.
These days albums are very linear and stay in one style and can be a little monotonous.” Rob Reed

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New KINGCROW video online

KINGCROW has released the performance of ‘Phlegethon’ from the upcoming DVD ‘Live In Atlanta’ recorded at ProgPower Usa XIII. The DVD will be printed in only 200 copies and hand numbered/signed. It’ll be exclusively sold directly from the band.
For order please send an email at kingcrowband@gmail.com, object ‘DVD – Preorder’.

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DANTE to Release New Album

German prog metal act Dante have finished their 4rth album, entitled “When We Were Beautiful”. It will be released through Gentle Art Of Music in March 2016, and the band plans a tour in support later on.

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ARMONITE Start Charity Action With New Christmas Song

DOWNLOAD ‘BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON’
AND DONATE TO THE RED CROSS WAR MEMORIAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Armonite and the Children’s Hospital Trust partnered for the initiative ‘By the Waters of Babylon’, the new Christmas song from Armonite. The track can be downloaded here
in return for a small donation to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The operational costs of the Children’s Hospital Trust are covered by an endowment fund, which means that 100% of all donations will benefit the children in the Hospital.

During the past two decades, the Children’s Hospital Trust has fundraised tirelessly to upgrade and expand the Hospital’s buildings, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, support key services, and unblock backlogs in critical service areas.

Families may download an MP3 of ‘By the Waters of Babylon’ for a suggested donation of $1.99 or more to show their support for The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Every day spent in hospital – is a day less of childhood.
The Children’s Hospital Trust is compelled by the commitment to get children back home.

FOR CHRISTMAS, MAKE A DONATION TO THE H

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Patrick Moraz To Release Limited Edition 19-CD Box Collection Of Solo Catalogue

As the holiday season approaches, keyboard legend Patrick Moraz announces the release of his special box set of 19 CDs. The special box collection also contains a uniquely different CARD that Patrick has specially conceived, designed and autographed.

Titles Included in the Box Collection:
Change of Space
Coexistence
Esp – Etudes, Sonatas, Preludes (AVAILABLE IN BOX COLLECTION ONLY)
Future Memories I and II
Future Memories II (AVAILABLE IN BOX COLLECTION ONLY)
Future Memories Live on TV
Human Interface
“i“ (a.k.a. “The Story of i”)
Live at Abbey Road (AVAILABLE IN BOX COLLECTION ONLY)
Mainhorse
Music for Piano and Drums – Live in Maryland – 2 Audio CDs
Out in the Sun
Patrick Moraz III
Patrick Moraz in Princeton (AVAILABLE IN BOX COLLECTION ONLY)
Pianissimoraz
Resonance (AVAILABLE IN BOX COLLECTION ONLY)
Time Code (AVAILABLE IN BOX COLLECTION ONLY)
Windows of Time

The CDs can also be purchased as single units directly from his websites and Facebook.

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English Prog Icon Geoff Banks Passed Away

Geoff Banks

Photography by Martin Reijman

Geoff Banks was a music enthusiast and he was instrumental in keeping the prog scene in London alive. As a journalist he became writer in “Kerrang!” in the eighties. He also wrote for “Record Mirror” and “Sounds” and broadcasted his own “Prog Dog” show on “Progzilla Radio”.

Geoff was a former manager of band IQ and had to do with Pallas too. Together with Jon ‘Twang’ Patrick he organized the “Celebr8 Festivals”, an event well-known to the world. But Geoff supported every other gig as well, promoting and flyering everywhere.

In Geoff Banks the world of prog has lost one of the most enthusiastic prog icons in the world, a man who pushed the genre onwards against all odds.

R.I.P. Geoff Banks

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New MAGNUM Album and Tour

Magnum announced the release of their 19th studio album “Sacred Blood Divine Lies”, which will be the out on Febuary 12 2016.

The band will be touring Europe in April and May.

Magnum tour 2016

 

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Krautrock Ensemble HEDERSLEBEN To Release Third Album “The Fall Of Chronopolis”

Hhedersleben - The Fall Of ChronopolisHot on the heels of their critically second album Die Neuen Welten, Krautrockers Hedersleben will be releasing the progressive rock concept album The Fall Of Chronopolis on November 20 on Purple Pyramid Records.

Hedersleben was founded by former UK Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt in Germany 2011 and has since gone on, along with mainstays Kephera Moon and Jason Willer, to be the backing band for Hawkwind legend Nik Turner on his 2013 album Space Gypsy as well as a forthcoming 2016 album not to mention making special guest appearances on Turner’s newest release Space Fusion Odyssey.

Following the success of Space Gypsy, Hedersleben worked with original Brainticket Keyboard/Flute/Sitar player Joel Vandroogenbroeck, recording a new album for his legendary Swiss band. Hedersleben recorded their debut album Upgoer back-to-back with Brainticket’s double album Past, Present & Future. In 2013 Hedersleben embarked on their first national tour, both opening for and backing Nik TurnerHedersleben’s third album, The Fall Of Chronopolis is released to coincide with their third national tour, again opening for and backing Nik Turner. The thrilling third album from Hedersleben follows the epic story of the rise and fall of the Chronotic Empire based on the book by Barrington J. Bayley. – packaged in a 6 panel digipak for CD and a gatefold for the vinyl!

The band is schedule for a 5 week tour of the US in support of Nik Turner’s Hawkwind starting in November!

Track List:
1. An Empire
2. Gulf Of Lost Souls
3. Hulmu
4. The Third Time Fleet
5. Umbul
6. Imperator
7. Somewhen Veaa (Dreamstate)
8. Ghost Amada
9. The Arrchivist
10. The Fall Of Chronopolis
11. These Pi-Mesons

Kephera Moon – Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Ariana Jade – Vocals/Violin
Ursula Stuart – Bass/Backing Vocals (Album)
Jason Willer – Drums & Percussion
Nicky Garratt – Guitars
Jai Young Kim – Bass (Tour)

Nik Turner / Hedersleben US tour dates:
NOV 12 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – BRICK AND MORTAR
NOV 13 – PORTLAND, OR – DANTES
NOV 14 – SEATTLE, WA – EL CORAZON
NOV 16 – DENVER, CO – LION’S LIAR
NOV 18 – MILWAUKEE, WI – SHANK HALL
NOV 19 – CLEVELAND, OH – NOW THAT’S CLASS
NOV 20 – CHICAGO, IL – REGGIES
NOV 21 – WESTLAND, MI – TOKEN LOUNGE
NOV 22 – TORONTO, CANADA – THE ROCKPLIE
NOV 23 – BROOKLYN, NY – GRAND VICTORY
NOV 24 – NEW HAVEN, CT – CAFE NINE
NOV 25 – ROCHESTER, NY – BUG JAR
NOV 27 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – KUNG FU NECKTIE
NOV 28 – BUFFALO, NEW YORK MOWHAWK PLACE
NOV 29 – LONG BRANCH, NJ – BRIGHTON BAR
NOV 30 – SELLERSVILLE, PA – SELLERSVILLE THEATER
DEC 1 – RALEIGH, NC – THE POURHOUSE MUSIC HALL
DEC 2 – ATLANTA, GA – THE MASQUERADE
DEC 3 – NEW ORLEANS, LA – SIBERIA
DEC 4 – HOUSTON, TX – NOTSUOH
DEC 5 – SAN ANTONIO, TX – 237 @ THE KOROVA
DEC 6 – AUSTIN, TX – 7TH STREET CLUB
DEC 8 – PHOENIX, AZ – REBEL LOUNGE
DEC 9 – SAN DIEGO, CA – TILL TWO CLUB
DEC 10 – W. HOLLYWOOD, CA – WHISKY A GO-GO
DEC 11 – FRESNO, CA – AUDIE’S OLYMPIC
DEC 12 – LAS VEGAS, NV – LVCS
DEC 13 – FULLERTON, CA – CONTINENTAL ROOM

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New Turkish Post Rock Band ELEPHANT AND WHALE

We have found brand new Istambul based post rock band Elephant and Whale, who are currently finishing their first EP and a full-lenght album, called “Cold, Pale and Quiet”.

The band combines post rock, shoegaze and prog, based on influences of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Camel, Kayak, Marillon Opeth and off course Steven Wilson.

You can chek out the band at their Facebook page and check out the first two songs below.

 

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RICK WAKEMAN Collaborates With 15-year-old Soprano Emmie Beckitt On New Single “Welcome A Star”

Rick Wakeman & Emmie Beckit“Welcome A Star” is the first single from 15-year-old soprano Emmie Beckitt, in collaboration with classically trained pianist, composer and TV presenter, Rick Wakeman. Rick first met Emmie, who has been singing classical repertoire since the age of ten, at a fundraiser for Kids ‘n’ Cancer – and was so impressed by her crystal clear voice and effortless range that he decided her to record a song from his oratorio The New Gospels, which tells the real story of Christmas.

The result is “Welcome A Star”, a beautifully melodic Christmas song, released by Hope Records via Nova Distribution, on Friday 4 December. “Welcome A Star” was recorded by Emmie with the English Chamber Choir and the Orion Orchestra, and features Rick on keyboards.

Currently studying for her Grade 8 exam in singing, Emmie Beckitt takes part in the Senior School Chamber Choir at St Augustines, Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is also a member of her school orchestra and jazz band, as she plays tenor saxophone, violin and piano. When aged only 13, she supported Katherine Jenkins in concert and a year later, appeared at Roy Wood’s sell-out show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where she received a standing ovation. She recently sang “The Hymn”, composed by Sir Tim Rice and Rick Wakeman, with an orchestra and choir, at The Sage Gateshead, as part of the Tim Rice Concert Series.

Both Emmie and Rick are patrons of the Chesterfield charity Kids’n’ Cancer and a percentage of the profits from the sale of Welcome A Star will be donated to that organisation.

Welcome a Star is released on Friday 4 December, and is available in CD and digital single formats.

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Track List of DREAM THEATER’s “The Asonishing – Act I” unveiled

Dream Theater - NomacDream Theater‘s weird marketing concept of revealing tiny pieces of information about their new album every here and there goes on.

Right now the track list of “The Astonishing – Act I” ha been unveiled on the band’s website. CD 1 of the double album consists of 17 tracks. At a maximum playtime of 70 minutes, the song length averages to 4 minutes, which is a new record for the masters of prog metal epics.

The track list of “The Astonishing – Act I” is:

1. Descent of the NOMACS
2. Dystopian Overture
3. The Gift of Music
4. The Answer
5. A Better Life
6. Lord Nafaryus
7. A Savior in the Square
8. When Your Time Has Come
9. Act of Faythe
10. Three Days
11. The Hovering Sojourn
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
13. A Life Left Behind
14. Ravenskill
15. Chosen
16. A Tempting Offer
17. Digital Discord

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New single of ECHOCHAIN scheduled for release

On the 20th of November Echochain will release our debut single Memory Check on Anything Goze / Echochain Productions.

“Echochain sound has been very carefully and creatively developed. The bands’ Progressive Rock influences (Genesis, Yes, Rush – Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd & The Police) as well as modern day rock (Muse, Foo Fighters, Dream Theatre) are still clear, but cleverly combined into something new.
Echochain wanted to add interesting colors and tones to their original rock sound and that’s excatly what we do in modern lounge music production, often following paths first taken by 70’s progressive artists such as Pink Floyd or Peter Gabriel.
We first recorded the rock foundation of the tracks at BonaFide studio in London with the band playing live & then moved to my studio in Barcelona for overdubs and ‘knobs twisting’ sometimes turning the tracks up side down almost as if we were revisiting an old 70’s recording.
Echochain has a very unique and original sound, and they are here to stay…”
– Christophe Goze, Anything Goze Productions / Goze Ltd.

You can hear an extended preview of the track over on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/1UuSPaWEFeI
And the iTunes pre-order link is here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/memory-check-single/id1057655376

A Goze Ltd / Echochain production 2015
All tracks writen & performed by Echochain

Produced & mixed by Christophe Goze

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