VIVALDI METAL PROJECT presents video diary

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The all-metal-stars VIVALDI METAL PROJECT – produced by Mistheria together with co-producer Alberto Rigoni – which involves more than 70 musicians from such bands as Yes, Helloween, Stratovarius, Rhapsody Of Fire, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt, Avantasia, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, SymphonyX, Delain among others, presents a video diary about the recording of a metal version of the legendary classic masterpiece “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi.

This video diary provides greetings of some musicians from the cast from various parts of the world:

The album release is set on March 2016. It’s already available for pre-order via crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic as MP3 or CD with various exclusive options such as autographed CDs, CD special boxes, USB keys, Skype interviews, CME Xkey mobile keyboard, online lessons and shows and more.

A part of donations will be used for charity purposes to “Lega Del Filo D’Oro”.

To support the project, book your album and more info, visit:


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BILLY SHERWOOD To Release New Solo Album and Career Retrospective – Now Available as a Direct Sales Offer Only!

Billy Sherwood Albums

London, UK – Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has made available his new studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION with a hand autographed postcard !

These two CDs and the signed postcard are ONLY available directly from ahead of a mainstream release in October 2015! Orders through this website are being sent out NOW!

Says Billy, “I’m very excited to finally have ‘Divided By One’, my 7th solo release come out on CD. I’m proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now.”

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MOON SAFARI Split With Drummer Tobias Lundgren

Moon Safari have confirmed they angrily split with co-founding drummer Tobias Lundgren in April.

Even though no replacement drummer has been announced, the band assures that no commitments will be cancelled. Their next confirmed gig takes place on the Cruise To The Edge in November.

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Supernal Endgame Announces Lineup Changes

Atlanta, GA – August 13, 2015 – John Eargle, Jett Cheek, and Rob Price of Supernal Endgame have announced that bassist and videographer Tom More and guitarist John Crafton have decided to step away from the band.

John Crafton’s departure has created an opportunity for guitarist and founding member Dan Pomeroy to return. Stepping in on bass guitar is the newest face in the Supernal Endgame family, Brad Oldham.

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THE MUTE GODS: New Band of Nick Beggs

Inside Out Music announces the signing of The Mute Gods, a brand new band from the mind of renowned bassist, chapman stick player & vocalist Nick Beggs. Joining him will be his colleague in Steven Wilson’s band, drummer Marco Minnemann, and long-time Steve Hackett collaborator & keyboardist Roger King.

Nick had this to say:

“I wanted to put a band together as an outlet for the material I’ve written during the past two years, whilst touring with Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett. I’m excited to be working with Inside Out on this very dynamic project.”

The Mute Gods

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Progpower Europe starts day tickets sale

ProgPower Europe 2015 day tickets are on sale! So tickets for separate days in the ProgPower Europe 2015 weekend can now be bought from the ProgPower Europe site. Of course if you want to experience a full weekend of ProgPower: weekend tickets are still available.

Tickets can be bought at:
Stay at Castle The Berckt can be booked at:
Time Schedule

Friday October 2nd 2015:
VOLA: 20.00-21.15 hrs
MYRATH: 22.00-23.45 hrs

Saturday 3 October 2015
ARMED CLOUD: 13.30-14.30 hrs
KARMA RASSA: 15.00-16.00 hrs
EXXASENS: 16.30-17.30 hrs
— diner break —
SCHIZOID LLOYD: 18.30-19.30 hrs
SOEN: 20.00-21.00 hrs
PAGAN’S MIND: 21.45-23.45 hrs

Sunday 4 October 2015
UNTIL RAIN: 13.30-14.30 hrs
SERDCE: 15.00-16.00 hrs
OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: 16.30-17.30 hrs
— diner break —
ENCHANT: 20.00-21.15 hrs
LEPROUS: 22.00-23.45 hrs

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Roger Dean To Appear At Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST

London, UK – Legendary artist Roger Dean is the latest celebrity to be added to the line-up for Rick Wakeman’s WAKEmanFEST in October 2015 in Lincolnshire. Roger will be holding a Question & Answer session on Saturday October 31st at 3:40pm – 4:00pm, as well as showcasing his spectacular art.

WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up like this…

Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related DVDs.
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Q&A with Cadbury Sisters
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Q&A with The 3 (or possibly 4) Wakeman’s.

Evening performance:
7:30 – 8:15pm – The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm – Wakeman Cubed.

Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Q&A with cast of Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End
3:40pm – 4:00pm – Q&A with Roger Dean
4.30pm – 5:00pm – Q&A with Rick & The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with The Electric Strawbs.

Evening performance:
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm – English Rock Ensemble

Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm – lunch and table magic
During lunch – Three games people for people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an auction.

2:00pm – 2:30pm – The Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
2:35pm – 3:00pm – Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm – Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble – Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.

Wakemanfest Poster

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Jean Michel Jarre collaborates with John Carpenter and many more on his new album new album

Jean Michel JarreOn October 16th, French electronic artist Jean-Michel Jarre is going to release E-Project, an album featuring tons of incredible collaborations with artists such as Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode), 3D (Massive Attack), Tangerine Dream, M83, Armin Van Buuren, and more.


John CarpenterOne of the tracks will feature hollywood director John Carpenter, who will be collaborating on the song “A Question Of Blood”! Carpenter wrote and performed many of his film scores by himself on an arsenal of eloctronic synthesizers and gear.


Watch Jarre and Carpenter in this interview about their collaboration


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KNIGHT AREA to release live dvd

KnightArea_HyperliveKnight Area, a progressive-rock band from Holland, release on November,13th their first live DVD. „Hyperlive” was recorded in April this year in Katowice, Poland, where the band supported British band Arena. An official trailer is now available on Metal Mind Productions’ channel YouTube here.

Front cover illustration of the DVD was done by Gustavo Sazes, known for his work for  Kamelot, Morbid Engel Amaranthe or Gus G.

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SHADOW HUNTERS premiere new single “Into Tomorrow’s Yesterday”

Shadow Hunters

Shadow Hunters are a two piece goth-rock band hailing from West Norway. Formed in 2007, having only released three self-produced singles to date, the band have now started working on their debut album and are gearing up to release their first new single ‘Into Tomorrow’s Yesterday’.

Shadow Hunters describe themselves as “Modern Energetic Sci-Fi Rock”, and this isn’t a wholly inappropriate description. In the four minutes that make up ‘Into Tomorrow’s Yesterday’, Shadow Hunters merge captivating symphonic new-grave-meets goth rock instrumentation with powerful, anthemic vocals and visceral metal instilled guitar riffs; This combination of varying stylistic sonic elements has allowed Shadow Hunters to incarnate their music with transfiguring elevation and brooding dynamics. Even when the track slows down it is constantly threatening to explode again at any moment and in this way its enthralling blend of turbulence and tranquillity call to mind the sounds of bands such as 30STM, but given a raw, heavier edge.

Shadow Hunters have been biding their time holding back to craft every track with meticulous precision, and it shows. As an introduction to the band ‘Into Tomorrow’s Yesterday’ is as consummate as it is divergent, and is the perfect example of the bands passion and fervour. Shadow Hunters have created a single which is incredibly accomplished, and clearly demonstrates their eagerness to evolve and develop. As the band says, “Into Tomorrow’s Yesterday” is a result of inspirational combinations from atmospheric settings and moods, such as epic movies, games and music.The single is reflecting the future path of Shadow Hunters’ music to come.”

Shadow Hunters are:

– Ingar LH – Drums
– Will S – Guitar/Vocals


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OLF COMPANY Launch Debut Video Single for “Your Stain”

Wolf CompanyManchester based progressive rock quartet, Wolf Company have premiered a debut video single for the song “Your Stain.” The video can be seen below, and is available as audio from iTunes.

Wolf Company, comprised of Mike Jones (vocals), Jack Hogg (guitar), Nick Farnworth (bass), and Matt Harrison (drums), are newcomers on the UK and international progressive rock scene, and while their age proves opposite, with “Your Stain” the band showcases maturity and seriousness that usually comes with a few releases under one’s belt.

Matt Harrison comments: “The initial idea for Your Stain was sculpted around a couple of bass riffs that were introduced in a writing session. These riffs were then matched with a chorus that Hogg (guitar) had written quite a while prior to that particular session, and when he and Mike (vocals) worked on vocal melodies to compliment what we already had, the rest of the song almost fell into place. The finer details and more intricate elements of the song were put in place when most of the final product had already been written, but from the beginning of the writing process to the end of the nitty gritties, moulding every part and concept together was a relatively smooth journey.”

The story of “Your Stain” is based around an individual whose idea of existence is warped, and after realising their overall insignificance – feels the desire to do something to be remembered to make their mark (or “stain”).

“As a result, they do something terrible but later begin to regret the particular actions they chose to make. However, despite the nature of their doing, in the end they achieve their dream of leaving a mark,” Harrison continues.

“There are different parts of the song where different influences are apparent,” he admits. “With the bass riff being one of the main hooks along with unconventional chord progressions and falsetto vocal lines, a Muse style sound comes out, and in the post breakdown section, a Jeff Buckley influence is shown, along with some Karnivool style elements thrown in. Lyrically, as the concept behind the song is a story we have constructed ourselves, this takes a leaf out of Paul McCartney’s book, but of course the themes are often fairly darker than the Beatles. Leaving a topic open to the listener’s interpretation is something we have interest in, and so in this instance the lyrics were worked upon using that style of writing.”

Wolf Company line-up:

Mike Jones – vocals
Jack Hogg – guitar
Nick Farnworth – bass
Matt Harrison – drums

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GLASS HAMMER to release “Double Live”

Recorded at RoSfest 2015, Glass Hammer “Double Live” marks the band’s first live album in over ten years. The Deluxe Edtion will feature 2 cds and 1 bonus DVD of the show that Prog Magazine declared as “the boldest set of the weekend”. Babb, Bogdanowicz, Groves, Raulston, Shikoh and Schendel perform epic tracks from Perelandra, Shadowlands, The Inconsolable Secret, IF and The Breaking Of The World.

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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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