progressive rockers UNIFIED PAST announce details about upcoming CD

Melodic Revolution Records announces that Syracuse NY – progressive rock artist Unified Past have announced that they are hard at work on their next CD. This is the bands first release in two years and is the follow-up to their 2013 recording “Spots”. The CD will contain six power prog songs that have a running time of 55 minutes.

This recording sees the band’s continued to growth and evolution as they also announce that guitarist Stephen Speelman will hand over the vocal duties to label mate Phil Naro (Backhand, DDrive) who will provide all vocals on this recording. Naro has co-written the five songs that have vocals with founders Stephen Speelman and Victor Tassone (Labyrinth – US). Naro has also provided lyrics to three of the songs and co-wrote the lyrics to the two other songs. Bassist Dave Mickelson (Chief Big Way) is once again at the heart of the rhythmic foundation of this recording.

The recordings are nearly completed and the production of the upcoming, as yet untitled new release will be handled by Frank Tassone.  The band is hopeful to release the new album by mid to late summer of 2015.

The CD Art will once again be designed by critically acclaimed fantasy artist “Ed Unitsky” known for his work with such greats as “The Flower Kings”, “Starcastle” & “Unitopia” to name but a few.

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Pre-order signed copies of GLASS HAMMER’s new album “The Breaking of the World”

“The Breaking of the World” will be released on March 31st, ined copies and t-shirt bundles are available at the bands webstore.

GlassHammer2015Glass Hammer mainstays Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by guitarist Kamran Shikoh, drum- mer Aaron Raulston, vocalists Carl Groves and Susie Bogdanowicz for the group’s 17th studio album. Babb recently told PROG Mag, “We’ve just wrapped up what has to be the best sounding Glass Hammer album in years.” Featuring artwork and a 16-page booklet by Michal Xaay Loranc and audiophile mastering by the legendary Bob Katz of Digital Domain who says, “The Breaking Of The World is Glass Hammer’s most progressive album to date!”

Adding to Bob Katz’s proclamation, reviewer Brad Birzer says, “Just when you thought the greatest and

most venerable American prog band could get “none more prog,” along comes THE BREAKING OF THE WORLD, the best work of Glass Hammer’s career and, in some related fashion, their most progressive

album thus far.” Fans will soon have a chance to hear and decide for themselves. Glass Hammer hits the road in April and May for North American show dates which include an appearance at RoSfest, The New Jersey Proghouse, Bearsville Theater in New York and Orion Studios in Baltimore. A home town show in Chattanooga, TN will kick off the album-release tour.


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?VERITY start crowdfunding campaign

Finnish proggers ?Verity, known for their cello-driven prog pop are starte a campaign to und their debut album.
The band has released a couple of well-received EP’s already and has a great reputation as a live band.

Readers capable of the finnish language can support the band here.

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NY Prog Ensemble IZZ Set To Release New Studio Album “Everlasting Instant”

izz_2015New York, NY – IZZ’s new studio album, Everlasting Instant, is scheduled for release on April 7, 2015 and serves as the final installment of a three-part series of albums that began with The Darkened Room in 2009 and continued with Crush of Night in 2012. Everlasting Instant concludes this epic thematic arc with a fresh palette of sounds, all the while maintaining the sharp and memorable melodies that have become a hallmark of the band.

The IZZ line-up for Everlasting Instant is:

Paul Bremner: electric and acoustic guitar
Anmarie Byrnes: lead and backing vocals
Brian Coralian: electronic and acoustic drums and percussion
Greg DiMiceli: drums and percussion
John Galgano: bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, lead and backing vocals
Tom Galgano: keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Laura Meade: lead and backing vocals

In other news, IZZ will kick off the release of Everlasting Instant with a live performance at the New Jersey Proghouse on April 19. IZZ plans to announce more shows in support of Everlasting Instant during the Summer/Fall of 2015. The band also has plans to return to the studio to continue work on their next studio album. In addition, guitarist Paul Bremner is mixing his new solo album.

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EYEVORY to open SAGA concerts in Germany

Eyevory will open Northern Germany gigs of prog veterans SAGA and MANFRED MANN’S EARTHBAND:

22/04/15 – Osnabrück – Rosenhof (/w SAGA)
23/04/15 – Flensburg – Roxy (/w SAGA)
24/04/15 – Bremen – Aladin (/w Manfred Mann’s Earth Band)
25/04/15 – Oldenburg – Kulturetage (/w SAGA)
28/04/15 – Hamburg – Fabrik (/w SAGA)

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SIBEFOR Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Debut Album

SibeforAlternative rock quartet, SiBefor have launched an Indiegogo campaign to support the release of their debut album.

The group is seeking €3,735 to cover costs of recording and releasing the album, and they say their mission is to fill the world with “cool, new music.”

Based in St. Petersburg, a land already abundant in drama and history, SiBefor is at once otherworldly and mysterious, but grounded in human emotion. There are plenty of comparisons to be made, but there isn’t just one which accurately describes the sweet, complex and sometimes raw emotion that is SiBefor.

The band plans to record 12 songs for the upcoming release at the Astia Studios in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo (Children of Bodom). The crowdfunding campaign runs until April 30th.

For more information about SiBefor visit:

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The Reasoning disbands

“A very good afternoon to you one and all, I hope you are well? I promise to keep what we are about to say very short, sweet and to the point. It is with a very heavy heart that we impart the following bit of news – The Reasoning have decided to call it day. We part in the knowledge that we have achieved many wonderful and great things as a band and as individuals but, the time has come to be honest and realise that as a musical group, we have explored as much as we can. Though we have enjoyed our journey with you immensely, we have also had occasions where it seemed so tough to carry on and as we approach the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of our dear friend Owain, this seems like the right time to gently put the band to bed.

We want to thank all the bands, press and fans for the amazing loyalty, support and love. We have done many incredible things, been to many amazing places and played to so many amazing people. Our music lives on with you and in our hearts. This is not the last you will hear of us as musicians but I’m afraid, it is the last you will hear from us as a band. We are all parting on good terms and with firm friendships established. This is a decision we all feel is the best thing for the band and its musical legacy.

Thank you all once again, you will never know how much we truly love you all. Be well, take care and we’ll all see you on the road sometime soon. “The View From Where I Stand Begins To Change, Something Is Happening To Me…….” ”

The Reasoning xxxxx

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Nashville, TN – What do you do with 12 hours booked at the world’s most famous recording studio? You make the most of it! Never a band to play things safe, Umphrey’s McGee surprised their fans and broke the news via Rolling Stone about a special new studio album titled The London Session. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in one day, the innovative group will release The London Session on 7th April 2015. View an in-studio film HERE.

In June 2014, just following the release of their acclaimed eighth studio album Similar Skin and a triumphant set on the main stage at Bonnaroo, Umphrey’s McGee was headed to London for a three night stand at the city’s new Brooklyn Bowl. On a whim prior to the trip, they decided to just see if the legendary studio might be free. With a single 12-hour window available, it seemed the ideal opportunity to try something long discussed–to take some live songs into the studio for the first time and try out new arrangements with fan favorites. With one brand new song and an appropriate cover of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” to bookend the proceedings; the band entered the revered space on the morning of June 18th to record their ninth studio album, and second full length release on their own label Nothing Too Fancy Music. (Track listing below)

Umphrey’s tracked all of the music live over the next 12 hours, with vocals and a handful of overdubs completed upon their stateside return in Chicago and Los Angeles. Four tracks; “Eat,” “Plunger,” “Out Of Order” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”, were recorded in a single take, from top to bottom. Fans of the band will be thrilled with the offering and those unfamiliar are sure to be impressed by the miraculous feat of recording 10 tracks of such high quality in such a short time.

On February 17, Rolling posted the exclusive news story about The London Session, featuring interviews and the premiere of the in-studio video of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”. View the story and video HERE.

Umphrey’s McGee – The London Session Track Listing

North Side

“Bad Friday” *
“Rocker Part 2”
“No Diablo” !
“Cut The Cable” !

South Side

“Out Of Order” +
“Plunger” +

East Side

“Comma Later”
“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”+

West Side

“In The Kitchen” #

* First time ever recorded
+ Recorded in a single take
# Live from the Brooklyn Bowl London, 6/19/14

! Acoustic versions

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DPRP RADIO goes platinum


We are delighted to announce that DPRP Prog Rock Radio is expanding into additional airwaves. After almost seven years of bringing you the best modern progressive music from around the world, the next edition of the show will also be broadcast on the brand new Platinum Rock Radio.

Based in the UK, the station features some of the best radio shows from around the world, featuring all genres of rock and metal. The station is launched on March 1.

DPRP Prog Rock Radio Show with Andy Read will be broadcast on Platimum from 18:00 every Friday, with a repeat show every Monday at 17:00 (UK times). You can listen to Platimum Rock Radio anytime via the player on its website.

Presenter and DPRP editor Andy Read said: “We’re delighted with this new partnership and the opportunity to bring progressive music to a whole new audience.”

Broadcast weekly, the DPRP Radio Show has had over 50,000 listeners in the past year. It will continue to be available 24/7 from the DPRP Radio page to stream, download or take via an RSS feed.

It is also broadcast every Wedneday at 18:00 (GMT) on Progulus internet radio based in the USA.

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Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera – dates revealed

Progressive Rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced 6 dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled ‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March.

JT-rockopera‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’ honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after which the band was named back in 1968.

The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull’s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson’s best-known material from the repertoire of the rock band Jethro Tull.

The set list will include many songs that Anderson found to be natural parallels with Tull’s life story: Wind Up, Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Back to the Family, Farm on the Freeway and Songs from the Wood to name a few. Some songs have been incorporated with slightly revised lyrics and five newly written songs have also been added to the mix.

Performing with Ian Anderson will be David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums plus some ‘virtual guests’ on a big HD video screen.

Anderson explains: “Instead of spoken introductions to the songs in the show, there will be the use of that operatic device, the “recitative”, where the links are made by short sung vocal segments in a usually-simple musical backdrop, making it a little easier and more entertaining for non-English-speaking audiences.”

Full Dates are:

8th                   Basingstoke              Anvil                                                          0125 684 424
10th                 London                      O2 Shepherds Bush Empire                    0844 477 2000
11th                 Birmingham               Symphony Hall                                         0121 345 0493
12th                 York                           Barbican                                                   0844 854 2757
13th                 Gateshead                 Sage Theatre                                           0191 443 4661
14th                 Salford                       Lowry Theatre                                          0843 208 6000

Tickets are priced £28 and £32, except in Birmingham £27.50-£32.50. Doors open at 18:30. There is no support. Show starts at 19:30, with a brief interval at 20:30, and ends at 22:00.

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JOHN LODGE releases new CD “10,000 Light Years Ago”

Esoteric Antenna announces the release of “10,000 Light Years Ago”, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 4th in the UK and R.O.W. and May 5th in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment).

JohnLodgeAs vocalist and bass player of THE MOODY BLUES, “10,000 Light Years Ago” is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album, “Natural Avenue”, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings.  A member of THE MOODY BLUES since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as “Peak Hour”, “Ride My See Saw”, “The Eyes of a Child”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Gemini Dream” (with Justin Hayward) and many more.

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Von Hertzen Brothers Scandinavian tour dates (+UK)

Scandinavian heavy prog group will hit the following cities:

20.03.2015    Joensuu (FI)   Kerubi
21.03.2015    Kouvola (FI)   House of Rock
27.03.2015    Helsinki (FI)   Tavastia-klubi
28.03.2015    Helsinki (FI)   Tavastia-klubi
02.04.2015    Lahti (FI)   Finlandia-klubi
03.04.2015    Kuopio (FI)   Henry’s Pub
04.04.2015    Jyvaskyla (FI)   Lutakko
05.04.2015    Hameenlinna (FI)   Suisto-klubi
08.04.2015    Kerava (FI)   Kerava-Sali
10.04.2015    Tampere (FI)   Pakkahuone
11.04.2015    Seinajoki (FI)   Rytmikorjaamo
16.04.2015    Ruka (FI)   Ravintola Piste
17.04.2015    Sirkka (FI)   Hullu Poro Areena, Levi
18.04.2015    Turko (FI)   Klubi
22.04.2015    Espoo (FI)   Sellosali
24.04.2015    Nottingham (UK)   Rescue Rooms
25.04.2015    Wolverhampton (UK)   Salde rooms
26.04.2015    London (UK)   The Dome
22.05.2015    Vantaa (FI)   Tulisuudelma

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Soen Europe tour has started

Soen have just starte their tour across Europe. Tour dates are:

25.02.2015    Turku (FI)   Klubi (w/ Oddland)
26.02.2015    Jyväskylä (FI)   Lutakko (w/ Oddland)
27.02.2015    Tampere (FI)   Klubi (w/ Oddland)
28.02.2015    Helsinki (FI)   Nosturi (w/ Oddland)
12.03.2015    Oberhausen (DE)   Kulttempel (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
13.03.2015    Mons (BE)   Alhambra (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
15.03.2015    Tilburg (NL)   013 (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
16.03.2015    Frankfurt (DE)   Das Bett (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
19.03.2015    Rome (IT)   Traffic Live (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
20.03.2015    Mezzago (IT)   Bloom (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
21.03.2015    Bologna (IT)   Alchemica Club (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
22.03.2015    Ljubijana (SLO)   Channel Zero (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
23.03.2015    Graz (AT)   PPC (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
24.03.2015    Nürnberg (DE)    Rockfabrik    (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
25.03.2015    Berlin (DE)   Magnet (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
26.03.2015    Hamburg (DE)   Rock Café St. Pauli (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
27.03.2015    Copenhagen (DK)   Lygten Station (w/ The Man Eating Tree)

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Iamthemorning announce first UK live show


Russian Progressive duo Iamthemorning featuring pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina, who released their debut album for Kscope in April 2014 entitled ‘Belighted’; have announced that they will be playing their first UK show in April. They will be playing the Jazz cafe as part of this years Desertfest in Camden, London on Saturday 25th April on the Prog Magazine sponsored Stage. They’ll be joining Amplifier, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Messenger amongst others.

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NORDIC GIANTS announce debut album details and UK tour


Nordic Giants have just announced a headline UK tour in support of their debut album A Séance of Dark Delusions –due for release on April 20th on Kscope which will provide the soundtrack to this otherworldly cinematic showcase. The seven-date tour kicks off at Leeds’ Brudenell on May 3rd and finalises at The Lantern, Bristol on May 10th – check here for full tour details and stream of a new track from their new album…

CLICK HERE for more information, dates and to check out a trailer

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