UNIFIED PAST news about their new album “Shifting The Equilibrium “

According to Unified Past, a new chapter has begun for us with this new release, we have enlisted Emmy Award Winning Vocalist Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive) as our vocalist, and now full time band member.

Unified Past have also released a new video entitled “Erasure Principle” which is the lead track from the new six track album “Shifting the Equilibrium.”
The new album went on sale worldwide on Tuesday September 15th 2015. “Shifting the Equilibrium” has been available since Friday August 28th as a pre-order, and has done extremely well with pre-sales. As a bonus to the first 100 people that order the new album “Shifting the Equilibrium” will receive a FREE digital only bonus track of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer classic “From The Beginning” a reinterpretation by Unified Past.

Album art was once again created by world famous fantasy artist Ed Unitsky. All band photos and video were shot by Scott Hamilton.

Track Listing:
Erasure Principle
Smile (In The Face Of Adversity)
Etched in Stone
Peace Remains In This World
Deviation From A Theme (Of Harmonic Origin)
Today Is The Day
From The Beginning (Bonus Track) Digital Only 100 copies will be available.

Unified Past Is:
Phil Naro: Vocals,
Stephen Speelman: Vocals, Guitar & Keys
Dave Mickelson: Bass
Victor Tassone: Drums & Percussion

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TILES Announce Special Guest Max Portnoy for “Pretending to Run”

Detroit-based prog rockers TILES have announced drummer Max Portnoy of NEXT TO NONE makes a guest appearance on their upcoming double album ’Pretending to Run’.

Guitarist Chris Herin reports:

“Max is the son of Mike Portnoy – and clearly the drumming acorn didn’t fall far from the tree!  When I first approached Mike to guest on our album I also asked him if Max might be interested in playing too.  After sending Mike several tunes to consider, he came back with the epic “Stonewall” as his choice and suggested that “Fait Accompli” would be perfect for Max.  I was actually a little surprised since “Fait Accompli” has a straight ahead Badfinger/Supertramp groove.  But Mike knew what he was doing and said it was a chance to take Max out of his complex prog-metal comfort zone and nurture his versatility.  Plus they both really liked the song.

Max definitely delivered the goods.  He was very well-prepared and totally dialed into the pocket, playing tasty fills in all the right places and moving seamlessly through the meter changes.  But what makes Max’ appearance extra special is he teams up with Mike during the song’s instrumental bridge sections.  It was heart-warming watching the father/son bond at work – especially as they worked out their duet parts.  Many thanks to Max and Mike for their great playing – and for making their Portnoy family debut on ‘Pretending to Run’.”

Max Portnoy rounds out an impressive list of notable guest musicians on ‘Pretending to Run’ which includes Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Ex-Dream Theater), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band, Miles Davis), Kevin Chown (Chad Smith, Sebastian Bach), Matthew Parmenter (Discipline) and Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree).

“Pretending to Run” is produced & mixed by Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning) and is slated for an early-2016 release.

Read the dprp review of Next to None’s debut “A Light in the Dark” here.

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Argument hits CYNIC and Puts European Leg Of the Trio Tour In Quetion

Right back from the Japan tour, drummer Sean Reinert posted info on Cynic’s Facebook profile that the band would disband and all tour activity would be cancelled.

In response to that, Paul Masvidal assured at his own profile that the trio will continue with another drummer and serve all tour dates “in one form or another”. Masvidal also said he has been locked out from the Cynic profile by Reinert, so he couldn’t post anything there anymore.

Reinert has been posting more dirty laundry on the bands FB page throughout the day, but dprp will not report about it as long as it is an ugly fight in public. We will hold our fingers crossed that the European tour will happen in any way and report as soon as the fighting has been resolved in an manly form.

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RICK WAKEMAN Cancels All Activities Due to Health Reasons

Rick Wakeman has called off his Wakemanfest event over health concerns.

He’s also dropped a piano tour from his 2015 schedule, while a Christmas performance of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is in doubt, and plans for next year will be curtailed.

Wakeman states on his website:
“As most people are aware, I had quite a serious health scare just after Easter which necessitated my “culling” my diary quite drastically and although my health has improved and blood pressure heading the right way etc etc, it’s meant, that on advice, I have had to take a really close look at what is currently in for the rest of this year and doing quite a lot more culling.
To this extent, apart from WAKEmanFEST, a propose 16 piano dates in Scandinavia currently pencilled for November and December have had to go and also the proposed Journey to the Centre of the Earth in Tenerife at Xmas is also under review.
It’s totally my fault as I allowed the diary to start filling up again and everything stemmed from that. My management, agents and indeed my wife basically read me the riot act….AGAIN!!!……..and I succumbed to the fact that I really do have to listen.
The deal that was struck was that of nothing being cancelled, just postponed and so announcements will be made as to new days, early next year, after my next medical!!!!…….
This means that the Barrow Hill Roundhouse concert on Friday 11th of this month will be the only English Rock Ensemble concert this year and so that now makes it very special indeed. Everybody is really looking forward to it and I know it’s going to be very special.”

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FLYING COLORS to Release “Second Flight: Live At The Z7″ on November 13

Flying Colors will be releasing the electrifying ‘Second Flight: Live At The Z7′ on 13th November via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group on multiple formats (4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround, iTunes, Pono.)

On only the eighth show of their 2014 fall tour, they took to the stage at Switzerland’s storied Z7 venue and captured on film captured a breathtaking live performance. “It was especially exciting because we had just performed many of these songs for the first time, days before,” explains Steve Morse. With their critically acclaimed sophomore album Second Nature out for only a week, the concert recorded an exceptional rarity: band and audience, together, discovering an album for the first time. That freshness is palpable in every frame of this Ultra-HD/Blu-ray/DVD release. With every crowd reaction you are transported there, becoming part of the event.

Flying Colors also explored technological innovation with the album, with unique ways for fans to experience it. Viewers can listen in 5.1-surround from the two best seats in the house: behind the front-of-house soundboard, or right in the front row. In another first, an audio-only version of the concert is available in Headphone Surround, which recreates the front-row surround mix entirely in headphones. The headphone mix will be available in formats up to uncompressed 24 bit / 192 KHz from HD audio distributors, such as Pono. For the warmest sound and highest possible fidelity, every one of the show’s mixes was mastered to 2″ analogue tape, and digitised separately for each audio format, by mix/mastering engineer Rich Mouser (Transatlantic, Weezer).

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BILLY SHERWOOD to Release New Album “Citizen”

On November 6, 2015, Frontiers Music will release Billy Sherwood‘s latest, a concept album called CITIZEN.

Album Art: Billy Sherwood - Citizen

Billy Sherwood created this concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. “I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time; I wanted to take that concept even further.” As the songwriter/producer, Billy placed the citizen character into significant moments of history. 

Billy Sherwood 2015
Sherwood invited the following highly acclaimed prog virtuosos to paticipate on the album: Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, Steve Morse, Jerry Goodman, Alan Parsons, Colin Moulding, Patrick Moraz, Steve Hackett, Geoff Downes, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman and Jon Davison

CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, “While I’ve created a lot of this record myself I couldn’t have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it’s much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It’s my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”

CITIZEN tracklisting: The Citizen; Man And The Machine; Just Galileo And Me; No Man’s Land; The Great Depression; Empire; Age Of The Atom; Trail Of Tears; Escape Velocity; A Theory All It’s Own; Written In The Centuries

Watch Sherwood explain the album:


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ODIN’S COURT Launch Crowd Sourcing Campaign to Release Two Albums

Cover art: Odin's Court - DeathanityUSA based progressive rock and metal band Odin’s Court’s announced a crowd sourcing campaign to release 2 albums: Deathanity (R3) and Turtles All the Way Down Vol, II. Deathanity (R3) is a “reboot” of the original ProgRock Records album released in 2008, consisting of a remix (original recording), new recording (e.g., vocals), and a re-master. Turtles All the Way Down, Vol. II continues the concept started in 2015’s album by the same name.

Rewards for campaign backers include CDs, digital releases, shirts, signed drum heads, vinyl banners, coasters, picks, an invitation to a listening party, and more. Samples and more details may be found at the following link:


Band leader Matt Brookins commented on the decision to revisit Deathanity: “This was an important album to the band – we worked hard independently, and then shopped it to labels. It was picked up by ProgRock Records (2008), and to date remains our best selling and most popular release. While we were, and still are, proud of what we did, there are some factors that made us want to revisit and improve the quality of the album…mainly, the addition of Dimetrius LaFavors (lead vocals), but also my improvements as an engineer and producer. Additionally, the concept of the album is becoming increasingly important in today’s world, so hopefully we will reach even more ears with this re-release. Stylistically, this album is heavy, progressive, and artsy.”

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Zierler LogoTransatlantic progressive metal conglomerate Zierler have announced the long awaited release of their debut album, ESC, via US-based Vanity Music Group. Masterminded by Danish songwriter and keyboardist Finn Zierler (ex-Beyond Twilight), who has assembled some of the world’s most well respected metal musicians for his latest venture, ESC is set for an October 16th release worldwide.

His first new album in a decade, ESC is Finn’s most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date. Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of classic Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Hollywood’s Danny Elfman, Zierler masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. The result is an intricate musical tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to complete.

“I set different goals for myself in making this new album. I wanted to accomplish doing an album that was 100% uncompromising in every way. I wanted to break through new creative areas. And I wanted to show compositions, structures and techniques that no one has ever heard or seen before”, reflects Finn on the making of ESC.

“This is by far the most time consuming, complex and detail oriented album I’ve ever worked on. I took the time necessary to record this beast out of respect for the players, the compositions, and the music itself. I put a lot of emphasis on not taking the easy way out, not using technology to do edits to save time or whatever. The musicians involved are all so talented – there’s no cheating, no copy/paste anywhere. Everything on the album is recorded as organically as possible. Personally, I’m sick of listening to “plastic” albums that sound more like machines than humans!”

Zierler album art "esc"

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3RDegree: Ones & Zeros Tour 2015


3RDegree_trour_flyer_2015In their 24-year history, never have 3RDegree travelled to play a string of concerts at such great distance as they will this September/October. Itís fair to say this has been on many of their ìbucket list since first picking up instruments and starting to dream. Due to their music being available anywhere so to speak (thank you Internet!), and the general popularity of the prog rock genre in Europe, it is estimated that 25-35% of their fans could be there. Playing concerts, well, it ís usually a bridge too far for many bands but 3RDegree have decided to get over there come hell or high water and cannot overestimate the ‘once in a lifetime’ possibility these shows will present for their followers in Europe.


George Dobbs (lead vocals, keyboards), Robert James Pashman (bass, keyboards, backing vocals), Aaron Nobel (drums & percussion) and Bryan Zeigler (guitar, backing vocals) will present music from 3RDegreeís entire career with an emphasis on their new, and fifth studio album ONES & ZEROS.
The big (and last) show on the European leg will be an October 3rd appearance at the Summerís End Festival in Chepstow, Wales, UK. Preceding this will be other shows on the European mainland.

Ones & Zeros Tour 2015
Sep 12 Bestbar New York City USA
Sep 20 ‘t Blok Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel NETHERLANDS
Sep 24 das Rind R¸sselsheim GERMANY with Neo Prophet
Sep 26 Bar Baroc Paris FRANCE
Sep 27 The Talking Heads Southampton UK *)
Sep 29 The Musician Leicester UK *)
Sep 30 The Bedford London UK*)
Oct  3 Summer’s End Festival Chepstow UK
Oct 17 Orion Sound Studios Baltimore MD USA
Oct 24 XO Lounge Philadelphia PA USA **)
Nov  1 NJ Proghouse Dunellen NJ USA
TBD Mexicali Live Teaneck NJ USA
*) with Credo & Introitus
**) with Twenty Committee & Orpheus Nine



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Another Prog Super Group: WAKEN EYES

Prog supergroup Waken Eyes, featuring members of the Aristocrats, Symphony X and Darkwater, will release debut album Exodus on October 30.

The lineup features vocalist Henrik Bath (Darkwater), guitarist-keyboardist Tom Frelek, bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) – hear teaser clips below.

Ulterium Records say Exodus features “a great mix of catchy melodies, challenging instrumental parts and epic cinematic movements.”

Frelek says: “The album is about being fearless – every song has something to do about fearlessness. It’s an album for those who struggle to stand up for themselves and can’t be heard.”

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MARILLION launch Pledge campaign for 18th album

Marillion have made their 18th album available to pre-order ahead of a planned 2016 release.

The band, who pioneered the crowdfunding model in 1997, have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help fund the record, which is as yet untitled but is tentatively scheduled for release early next year. A range of purchase options are available, including vinyl, CD, digital and a special edition – which includes a namecheck in the credits.

An ‘ultimate edition’ presented in a luxury box is also available for £159. It’ll be their first album since 2012’s Sounds That Can’t Be Made.

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FUGHU: European Tour Kicks Off on September 17

Fughu_2015Prog metal gauchos from Buenos Aires, Fughu are coming to Europe later this month for their first European tour. The band that opened for Dream Theater at the Luna Park in 2008 will play in Vienna (Austria), Subotica (Serbia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade (Serbia), Szeged (Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bielsko-Biala (Poland), Wroclaw (Poland), Poznan (Poland), and Berlin (Germany). The Argentinians will be joined by Polish post/prog rock band Abstrakt on select dates. For the full tour dates check below.

Fughu released three studio albums so far: “Absence” in 2009, and in 2013 they put out two albums simultaneously “Human (The Tales)” and “Human (The Facts),” which were received very well by fans and media. The records feature guest contributions by guitarist Jeff Kollman, and singers Dario Schmunck and Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Landmarq, Maiden United, Ayreon, Star One).

The band is currently readying their fourth studio record, but they will take a break from September 17th to September 27th and visit Europe for the first time.

“We are very excited to visit Europe for the first time and present our work to people there. We had very good feedback from the audience and media located in Europe, and we feel that our music is very appealing to progsters in Europe. This time we will be playing in Austria, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Germany and we hope to see and meet many prog lovers. We would love to invite everyone who loves prog metal to come and see our shows, we promise great fun,” wrote from the Fughu camp.

Fughu 2015 European tour dates:

Sept 17 – Vienna (AUT) @ Reigen Live with Tsar Alliance and Palindrome
Sept 18 – Subotica (SRB) @ Clash Club
Sept 19 – Novi Sad (SRB) @ Firchie Think Thank Studio with Gernika and Counterfate
Sept 20 – Belgrade (SRB) @ Danguba with Nula
Sept 21 – Szeged (HUN) @ Live Music Club with Taine and Dramatic Morals
Sept 22 – Cluj-Napoca (ROM) @ The Shelter with The Hourglass and Vespera
Sept 23 – DAY-OFF
Sept 24 – Bielsko-Biala (POL) @ Rudeboy Club with Abstrakt
Sept 25 – Wroclaw (POL) @ Od Switu Do Zmierchu with Abstrakt
Sept 26 – Poznan (POL) @ Blue Note with Abstrakt
Sept 27 – Berlin (GER) @ Cortina Bob with Abstrakt and Jordi Kuragari

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PENDRAGON: The Masquerade Overture 20th Anniversary Tour 2016

News from Pendragon:

“Where do the years go eh? In 2016 The Masquerade Overture will be celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, so we’ll be putting together a mini-tour to celebrate. These will be some very special shows and we hope you can all get your masquerade masks on and join us!

Dates confirmed so far:
Saturday 14th May 2016 – The Boerderij, Zoetermeer NL
Sunday   15th May 2016 – Z-7, Pratteln CH

We will let you know as and when we confirm more dates for your diaries – keep an eye on our Twitter feed and FaceBook page for the news as it happens.”

Pendragon - MO20
The band also presents its Bandcamp – presence:
“For those of your who love the loss-less sound you just don’t get with MP3, or for those of you wanting to plug a gap in your Pendragon discography, we are now on BandCamp You can download albums or individual tracks. All the studio albums are there and we are gradually adding all the live discs and some rare tracks you just can’t get on disc any more.”

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VANDEN PLAS to release “Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II”

Vanden Plas - Chronicles IIFrontiers Music announce the release of the second chapter of VANDEN PLAS’ rock opera, “Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II” on November 6th.

Stephan Lill about the album:
This is our 8th studio album, so now we know what works for Vanden Plas and what doesn´t. With every new cd we try to continue to break new ground, while still remaining faithful to our original style. As the songs of “Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld Part I & II” are written for a Rock Opera, this time the arrangements of the music are more epic and orchestral than on the previous albums. The engagements for several rock operas in theaters and the work together with big orchestras helped us a lot to improve the way of writing songs or to arrange song parts in a way that makes it special. A band needs this kind of a light progression. And maybe the next cd will sound a bit more reduced again, we will see.”

Wolfgang Hohlbein was, together with his manager Dieter Winkler and our singer Andy, responsible for the story which was the base for both “Chronicles of the immortals – Netherworld” cd´s. For the theater piece we did here in Germany, he wrote a book especially for this event what was fantastic,” Stephan continues. Vanden Plas has always been open to remarkable and unusual ideas, and the collaboration with the writer Wolfgang Hohlbein found fertile ground there from the beginning. The author who has sold more than 40 million books worldwide was a big fan of the band. “Blutnacht” (Bloodnight), a stage production performed at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, was based on his series “The Chronicle of the Immortals.”  Hohlbein, his manager Dieter Winkler, and Vanden Plas frontman Andy Kuntz developed the story and Vanden Plas provided the musical realization. The reward was 25 sold-out performances during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and unanimously thrilled audiences. 

We will start the shows in support of the new album during the winter of 2015. For the previous cd, we played 3 to 4 shows in seven countries in Europe. That´s what we plan also for the beginning of 2016. We just have to coordinate the dates of our Vanden Plas concerts with the dates of our theatre shows to take care that there won´t be a crossing over,” concludes Stephan.
Vanden Plas 2015

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ANATHEMA announce Release New Concert Film “A Sort of Homecoming”

Directed by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson / Katatonia /Opeth),  A Sort of Homecoming is a stunning concert film of Anathema’s homecoming show on March 7th 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Cathedral. Set for release on 30th October through Kscope.

During 2014 & 15 the band toured the world extensively to promote Distant Satellites both as a full band and also with a stripped down acoustic show.  It was the band’s performance at a one-off show at Gloucester Cathedral in 2014 that opened up a new chapter, giving them an opportunity to set the music in an ornate, beautiful environment. In March 2015 the band played an acoustic tour of Cathedrals in the UK that culminated in a sold out show in the impressive Liverpool Cathedral, the band’s hometown.

Watch the trailer for the film:

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