DEVIN TOWNSEND reveals Z² details

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“Devin Townsend is extremely pleased to announce the release of long-awaited new double-album Z² on October 27 in Europe and October 28 in the US. The Z² project will also see him play a landmark show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on 13th April 2015. Tickets are available for this enormous show from and Devin had this to say:

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THE GENTLE STORM: Arjen and Anneke announce new band name

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We’re excited to announce the name of Arjen’s collaboration with Anneke van Giersbergen: The Gentle Storm. The album is planned for release in early 2015.

And there’s an extral surprise: although Arjen no longer tours, he’s helped Anneke put together a killer band for live dates in support the album.

You can find out more and join in the discussion on your favorite social media portal:

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New Dodson and Fogg video, from upcoming album…

Watch the new Dodson and Fogg video here!

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Distorted Harmony, the first live video from “Chain Reaction Live!”

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Watch the first live video from “Chain Reaction Live” here!


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MR. BIG Announce Touring Drummer & Revised Album Release Date


“Mr Big announced today that drummer Pat Torpey’s fill-in for the band’s upcoming World Tour will be Matt Starr. Matt is currently Ace Frehley’s drummer and will sit in for Torpey (who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease) throughout MR BIG’s tour in support of their latest album, “…The Stories We Could Tell”.

The release for Mr. Big’s highly anticipated new album, “…The Stories We Could Tell” has been moved to September 26th in Europe, 29th in the UK and to September 30th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.

“The new album rocks,’ says Paul Gilbert. ‘I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I’m proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional.”

The original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release ‘What If,’ that marked the band’s return to their signature hard rock sound.

The new album is already available for pre-order via Amazon via this link: ”


Mr Big European tour dates are below:


Oct 17   Koko London, United Kingdom

Oct 18   Tivoli Vredenburg, Ronda Utrecht, Netherlands

Oct 20   Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland

Oct 21   Live Club Trezzo Sull’adda Mi, Italy

Oct 23   La Riviera Madrid, Spain

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Osada Vida reveal the title and release date of their new album

“Osada Vida, one of the most interesting Polish bands on the rock/metal scene, still work on their fifth studio album. Their material entitled “The After-Effect” is scheduled for release on November, 3rd.
Their highly acclaimed previous album “Particles” made the band work even harder on the follow-up material. In the meantime, the band have undergone a few line-up changes: Bartek Bereska (guitar) was replaced by Janek Mitoraj and drummer Adam Podzimski – by Marek Romanowski. Continue reading

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Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) in Germany!

“MIKE MANGINI, the legendary drummer of the Supergroup DREAM THEATER will visit the “Musikhaus Thomann” in Treppendorf/Germany for a Masterclass and a Clinic on 15th September 2014. This will be the only date in Germany!
The Masterclass is limited to 20 students. From 9 am til 3 pm there will be in this group intensive coaching of Mike personally.
If you are interested please register on this mail address:
Please bring a practice pad, drum stool and writing material for the participants of the master class.
For every drummer, this is a unique opportunity to meet one of the best drummer worldwide!”
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hAND releases New Album ‘Kintsugi’ on Monday 3rd November through Brutal Elite

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


“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. Continue reading

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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.

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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 as a FREE download for a limited time! Also, the artwork video for the song
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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 ! frontier-full-album-2012

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The Samurai of Prog new album “The Imperial Hotel”


“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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