Touchstone and Von Hertzen Brothers will mount a double-header tour of the UK in October.
The bands, both of whom appeared at the inaugural HRH Prog Festival in Rotherham last month, are regarded as two of the most dynamic up-and-coming acts on the circuit.
VHB are riding high with positive reviews for fifth album Nine Lives, released in March via Spinefarm Records. Meanwhile Touchstone are gearing up for the release of their follow-up to 2011′s The City Sleeps, which will be detailed ahead of the tour.
Asia will perform their first-ever show with new guitarist Sam Coulson at the Stables in Milton Keynes on June 5, they’ve confirmed.
The 26-year-old was named as the band’s latest member following Steve Howe’s surprise departure in January. He’s been working on Asia’s upcoming album Valkyrie, and makes his festival debut with them at Sweden Rock two days after the Milton Keynes show.
The band say: “As well as an opportunity to introduce Sam, this intimate show is also intended as a thank-you to Asia fans after the 2012 tour had to be cancelled due to Carl Palmer’s health.”
Frontman John Wetton adds: “Asia is ready to take its next steps. We can’t wait to see Sam take his place on stage for the first of many shows with us.”
The show will feature an acoustic section of songs the band have never played live in the UK before, in addition to a full electric set.
Howe recently told Prog he’d been considering leaving the band for some time before his departure was announced.
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre will embark on a solo band tour of England and the rest of Europe at the end of September.
He’s concentrating on Martin Barre’s New Day while his Tull colleague Ian Anderson focuses on his Thick As A Brick 2 project. The guitarist recently said: “Since Ian and I have been playing together for many years, we have a mutual respect for one another – both as people and as musicians.
“It’s a marriage of understanding and giving the other person space, and knowing that the history and catalog of Jethro Tull’s music was of our making.”
Barre heads out on tour after appearing at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention on August 9. He recently completed work on his fifth solo album and is negotiating over a release in the near future.
Mr So & So have released a stream of their track Time For Change.
It’s taken from new pledge-funded album Truth, Lies & Half Lies, which is released on May 15.
The band say of their fifth long-player: “It’s the best-sounding album that we’ve ever done. Not only that, but we’re hugely proud of the songs too. There is a band philosophy that each record has to be better than our last – and this is very much the case here.”
Graceful and atmospheric, The Passage is the unique result of a collaboration between Anathema’s Daniel Cavanagh and writer Joseph Geraci (the voice on Internal Landscapes from Anathema’s celebrated 2012 release, Weather Systems).
Mainly comprising ethereal textural and evocative piano backdrops to readings of Geraci’s work (by Geraci, Cavanagh and Heather Leah Huddleston), the album also contains two new songs by Cavanagh. Within (Part 2) and Brief are also based on the words of Geraci and in their heartfelt and emotive delivery, the songs act as an ideal coda to the more tender moments on Anathema’s recent albums.
Presented as a 17 part continuous suite of textures, poetry and songs, The Passage is a seductive and unpretentious marriage of spoken word and music that highlights the growing sophistication in Daniel Cavanagh’s compositional capabilities.
The Tangent will release seventh studio album Le Sacre Du Travail – The Rite Of Work – on June 24 via InsideOut, mainman Andy Tillison has confirmed.
And although their his first-ever concept album, it deals with something almost everyone has experienced: a day at work.
He describes the work, inspired by Stravinsky, as a five-movement “electric sinfonia” and says it has a “very personal feel.”
Tillison – who came to the rescue when Frost* ran the risk of cancelling their headline slot at Celebr8.2 this weekend – previously explained: “I have never had any desire to sing about The Hobbit. I live in a semi-detached house, near a little supermarket and a comprehensive school. The things I want to write about have always taken place in this world, be they for good or for ill.
Profuna Ocean has won Dutch Exposure, and thus a record deal with FREIA Music. During the live-event last week the band perfomed alongside two other finalists Trip Trigger and Incidense. All three bands set a solid performance on stage. The jury came to the same conclusion as the audience votes earlier this year.
Profuna Ocean will release their next album of the FREIA Music label. They are curently recording the yet untitled album.
New album on Kscope from Daniel Cavanagh & Daniel Cardoso (Anathema) with Sean Jude and Kevin Murphy.
Leafblade was formed in 2003 by Sean Jude, Kevin Murphy and Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. Their powerful, yet subtle, blend of acoustic refrains, poetry and emotive vocals has been described as ‘nature-mystical’.
Leafblade have previously released one album, 2006′s Beyond, Beyond. They return in May 2013 with their new album, The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh, to be released on the Kscope label. They are joined on the new album by Dan’s Anathema bandmate, Daniel Cardoso who plays drums.
Produced by Cavanagh, The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh steps up the dynamics from Beyond, Beyond, with powerful anthemic refrains, uplifting orchestration and leaden guitar-work as well as the idiosyncratic lute-like nylon strings and multi-range vocals.
One of the summer’s most highly anticipated tours, “Legends of UK Classic Rock”, will feature progressive rock legends Nektar, beginning in June 2013. After a bit of an absence from U.S. Stages, Nektar is sure to be a treat for concert-goers who will be fortunate enough to catch one of the shows!
Nektar founding member Roye Albrighton (guitars/lead vocals) says, “We can promise you high quality performances wherever we play. I know I speak on behalf of the band when I say we are all looking forward to it.”
This year we celebrate our 15th edition, once again at JC Sjiwa – Baarlo – 4-6 October 2013 – The Netherlands. This year we will book 14 bands, 2 for Friday evening and both 6 for Saturday and Sunday.
Back in 1999 we started the festival just for fun. There was no other festival in the world focused on progressive metal, so we thought it time to try something out. The first year the festival was held in 013 – Tilburg – The Netherlands. Allthough it was really successful, we felt loosing the control over the festival and therefore we decided to move the festival to JC Sjiwa – Baarlo – The Netherlands, hometown of René Janssen, one of the main organizers.
Dutch neo-progrockers Silhouette are back in the ‘Brewery Studio’ to record their 4th record after the giant success of “Across The Rubicon.”
As Erik Laan says: “YES. Back in studio “The Brewery” again with Brian de Graeve. Writing Silhouette’s album nr IV. The vibe is great!”
Just completing the second 2013 tour leg with Landmarq through The Netherlands among Rock ITtervoort, Silhouette is recording new material together with new guitarplayer Daniel van der Weijde for a new release, somewhere 2014, before embarking in June with Saga in Haarlem, The Netherlands and in October and November with Landmarq and guests through Europe.
More dates will come up shortly through the website of Silhouette!
Deep Purple spent three years wondering whether they should make 19th studio album Now What?! says bassist Roger Glover.
The band struggled over the decision until they spoke to producer Bob Ezrin last year, and he crystallised their thinking.
Glover tells: “There were different theories in the band about whether we should do a record again, whether we should release an EP, or some singles on the Internet.
“But the bottom line of thinking is: we’re an album band and we always were an album band. We kind of railed against doing singles. That’s kind of strange vanity – but an album, especially with a band like us, is a sort of state of the union address, if you like. It’s the state of the band that we’re in now.
“Every album we make is a kind of a point in time. I thought we needed to do one. Three years ago, we started thinking seriously, ‘Let’s have a writing session.’ We had no idea where or when we were going to record it.
Rick Rubin has explained why he suggested Ginger Baker should play on new Black Sabbath album 13.
The producer came up with a list of names including the Cream icon after Bill Ward withdrew from the project. And even though Sabbath vetoed the idea, Rubin had a good reason for putting it forward.
He tells: “He was on the list I submitted to them. Certain people were dismissed outright by the band, based on having dealt with them on the past, or the baggage. It wasn’t always about drumming ability.
“He was on my list because I wanted to get someone who had grown up in the same world as them, and who jammed the way they did. There aren’t many of those people left. Most of them are dead.
“I was asking: who grew up listening to the same music as them? Who played in bands where they jammed back then? It’s a very different thing from the way hard rock and heavy metal drummers play today. That’s the kind of drummer I was looking for.”