ANURYZM Return with “Depolarized”, The 2nd Single from the Upcoming Album “All Is Not For All”

According to the band: “Depolarized” is track 4 from the upcoming album “All Is Not For All” and is about the world shifting polarities and the cataclysmic results of such developments. This can also be easily reduced to relate to the human condition. “Depolarized” has been released as a Digital Single and is available via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Tidal, Bandcamp, Xbox Music and more.

“All Is Not For All” follows their critically acclaimed debut album “Worm’s Eye View” released in 2011. The new album is an uncompromising collection of carefully calculated songs with an esoteric approach to the instrumentation, and masterful compositions on this release. “All Is Not For All” effortlessly melds elements of progressive metal with power, death, and even thrash metal to solidify their own unique sound.

If you listen closely you may even hear elements and an underlying familiarity of bands that have influenced Anuryzm  …….over the years, touches of Opeth, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and even Queensrÿche make for an incredibly compelling listen.

Additionally, the band have raised an army of venerable musicians from the music world to take up arms on the new album, with guest collaborations from the likes of; Michael Lepond (Symphony X), Uri Dijk (Textures & Ethereal), Charlie Zeleny (Whiplash), and interestingly, Christopher Chaplin (the youngest son of the late icon Charlie Chaplin) who plays Cello on Oceans Apart.

According to the band, thematically, “The album’s songs span a variety of topics including humbleness, nanotechnology, illness, astral projection, extraterrestrial encounters, love, longing and remorse, third culture upbringing, displacement and Japanese warrior code (Bushido) to name a few.”

Track Listing:

Mineral
Full Agonist
Humanoid
Depolarized
The Challenger
Oceans Apart
All Is Not for All
199x
Impermanence
Perispirit

Release Date:
June 15, 2015

Musicians:
John Bakhos (Guitars & Synths) Nadeem Bibby (Vocals), Miltiadis Kyvernitis (Additional Backing Vocals) Michael LePond (Bass) Charley Zeleny (Drums), Uri Dijk (Synths), Christopher Chaplin (Orchestral Strings on Oceans Apart)

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MATT STEVENS announces gigs for 2015

Matt Stevens has confirmed 5 solo acoustic gigs for 2015, supporting Jon Gomm and Steven Rothery alongside shows in Belfast and Italy. Stevens, who was recently named as one of the top guitarists in the Prog Magazine reader’s poll said “I’m not doing as many solo shows this year to allow time to work on the next Fierce And The Dead record and to write new solo material, but I’m hugely excited to be playing my first solo show in Italy and to play with Jon Gomm and Steven Rothery”.

Matt’s band The Fierce And The Dead will play a run of festival shows including this summer, including Summers End, Arctangent and the Rhythm Festival and they will release an EP later in the year.

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14th June – Batteria Nomentana, Rome, Italy
4th July – Band On The Wall, Manchester UK with Steve Rothery
25th July – Belfast Guitar Festival, UK.
21st October – Jazz Cafe, London UK with Jon Gomm
7th Nov – The Stables, Milton Keynes UK with Steve Rothery

In addition Matt’s band The Fierce And The Dead play the following shows:

June 21st – Rhythms Festival, Hitchen
3rd July – Black Heart Camden w/Shivers
21st August – ArcTanGent
4th October – Summers End Festival

More information from www.mattstevensguitar,com

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New DISCORDIA album released

 MAY 17, 2015 (HELSINKI, FINLAND) ­­ Discordia is a progressive rock band from Helsinki, creating and performing in an unique style of music. Their latest album Season Changes was released earlier this year. It is a journey of different musical styles that at the same time challenges and guides the listener through walls of heavy guitar riffs and multilayered choral singing which is more or less the trademark of Discordia.

This is where the journey begins:

the band has released a music video from the title track of the album and it can be viewed below.

Season Changes by Discordia contains seven tracks and has a total play time of 45 minutes.

1. Season Changes
2. Ideology
3. Ignalina
4. Taken
5. Green Light
6. Grip! 7. Random Hearts

The album can be ordered online from any of these places:
Discordia web site: ​www.discordiamusic.com
CD Baby: ​www.cdbaby.com/cd/discordia3
Itunes: ​itunes.apple.com/ca/album/season­changes/id956188398

About the band: Discordia was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2001. The band presents both female and male lead vocals that are performed by Riikka Hänninen and Tero Väänänen. Tero is also taking a role of playing the keyboards. Antti Tolkki and Sande Sandholm are using their guitars to give steady support for the melodies. Finally Petri Sallinen in the bass and Otto Mäkelä at the drums pound the rhythm into the mix. The music is written and arranged by the band.

Discordia on the internet:
www.facebook.com/discordiamusic
www.discordiamusic.com

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Progpower Europe completes line-up with ENCHANT

 

 

 

 

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Statement of the festival organizers:

“It has been a long time wish of the ProgPower Europe organization and therefore  it is with great pride that we can now announce the addition of USA’s Progressive Rock outfit Enchant to the 2015 line-up!

Enchant was formed at the end of the eighties. Since then the band has released 9 albums, of which the last, The Great Divide, released at the end of 2014. With over 25 years of experience, we are looking forward to Enchant playing on Sunday’s ProgPower stage.

“Another exemplary album from the quintet, “The Great Divide” will assuredly get consistent airplay for years to come from all Progressive Rock fans. ENCHANT will not disappoint.” – Metal Temple.

“A great sounding album from a great sounding band. With 7 albums behind them, you’re assured of quality when you see a CD with the Enchant name on it.” – MetalReviews.com (on Tugs of war)

Since it has been almost 10 years ago that Enchant last played an European stage, we think adding Enchant is the best way to complete 2015’s line-up.”

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BURN THE IRIS announces new EP “Ionosphere”

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Burn the Iris was founded in 2007 and released their self titled EP that same year. In 2010, their second EP ‘Sovereign’ was released. These releases led to playing shows with Devildriver (US), Severe Torture, Izah, Mourn and Diablo Swing Orchestra (SWE) amongst others. Now the band has reinvented itself with help of the new vocalist Jack Elbers.

BtI-02The band initiated the creation of aggressive, catchy grooves and became a new and more focused band; Burn the Iris 2.0. Consequently the new EP ‘Ionopshere’ was written and together with Tomsterprojectstudios they recorded this new material. Expect some heavy low tuned riffs and fast paced drum patterns, with vocals from death grinding growls to clean melody lines!

Expect the EP ‘Ionosphere’ to be released in 2015 and make sure to be ready to be blown into the spheres of our earth!

 

Read the DPRP review of “Sovereign” here.

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JEAN MICHEL JARRE to release sessions with EDGAR FROESE

JARRE and FROESE have been working on a project called “Zero Gravity” before Froese has died in January 2015. The works will be released as an EP and is a blend of the styles of both artists and some techno.

Jarre announced the release of the EP on a 180g vinyl on June 19 via the vinyl factory.

The album can be pre-ordered here

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PANZERBALLETT announce new album

PANZERBALLETT”s fifth album “Breaking Brain” is planned to be releasedin October 2015. The band is planning a tour in December, mostly inside Germany.

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YEs announce release of live blu ray “Like It Is – Yes at the Mesa Arts Center”

Frontiers Music announces the upcoming live release by the legendary rock group YES, entitled LIKE IT IS –  YES AT THE MESA ARTS CENTER on July 3rd in Europe and July 10th in North America.

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Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats, with a later release planned on vinyl too, this new live album, which follows a similar path to the successful release “Like It Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome”, sees two of the band’s signature albums, 1971’s FRAGILE, and 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE performed live in their entirety on the band’s 2014 world tour.

Recorded live on Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ, featuring Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, offers an exciting take on two amazing pieces of music which include live staples such as “Roundabout”, “Heart Of The Sunrise”, “And You and I” and the epic “Close to the Edge”.

“That evening in Mesa, Arizona was a great one. The audience was fantastic; they loved the music and really made it a very special night for us. And we were in top form. The music sounded great and we could have played all night,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire. “ ‘Like It Is’ brings the magic and wonderful music of that evening to fans everywhere, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy listening to it as much as we did performing it.”

Watch “Heart of the Sunrise” from the performance:

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KINGCROW – Official Video for “The Moth”

With the nearing release of Eidos (June 23rd through Sensory Records), the sixth studio full-length from Italian progressive metal troupe KINGCROW, the first single has been released through an official video for the track, “The Moth” via an exclusive premiere with massive print and online entity Prog Magazine.

Showcasing the Rome-based KINGCROW sextet’s expansive take on forward-thinking metal in a completely different approach than ever before, the video for “The Moth” was created in a unique animated style by Argentinean artist Gastón Viñas, widely known for his similarly-styled works for some Radiohead’s songs.

Issues band main songwriter Diego Cafolla about the song, “When we started to think about the first single, ‘The Moth’ seemed the obvious choice to us since it’s short, busy and quite catchy at the same time and shows also some new ingredients to our sound…”.

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BOX OF SHAMANS Release “Belief and Illusion”

Atlanta, GA – May 12, 2015  (10T Records) – 10T Records releases “Belief and Illusion,” the debut studio release by BOX OF SHAMANS, on May 12, 2014, with a retail street date of June 16, 2015.

Hailing out of Los Angeles, Box of Shamans is a new musical project featuring current members of last year’s break-out progressive rock band, Heliopolis, venturing into more adventurous and darker cinematic territory on their debut, “Belief and Illusion.” Box of Shamans is led by the multi-instrumental prowess of Michael Matier (Heliopolis, Ten Jinn) and the soaring voice and wordplay of Scott Jones (Heliopolis, Rocket Scientists), who have been writing together for many years. Virtuoso drummer Jerry Beller (Heliopolis, Mars Hollow) joins them for this release. Together they create a unique fusion of styles that will excite all fans of cutting-edge modern progressive rock.

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Box of Shamans is a true collaborative effort between Michael and Scott. Having been in two previous musical projects together, they have developed a unique creative bond that allows for each to exert independent “free reign” over their respective roles. Michael creates pieces of music in his home studio, and then gives these to Scott, who writes the lyrics and melodies in his own home studio.

“I love the way Michael’s music inspires me,” says Scott. “I hear it and just start singing. His outstanding musicianship on all instruments drives me to be a better singer.”

“Scott makes my job easy,” add Michael. “He can write a great vocal melody over anything I give him, plus multiple harmonies! His creativity and unique voice provide a direction for the music. He makes ideas into songs.”

“Scott and I were hoping to find a label to team up with so our music could actually reach a few people,” says Michael. “During a Heliopolis rehearsal, I asked Kerry (Chicoine) and Jerry (Beller) how Mars Hollow felt about 10T. They both were very complimentary on how 10T ran their label, how Mars Hollow was treated so well, and how Steve and Jeff were so great to work with…and they were right! 10T has been patiently supportive beyond the bounds of reason or rhyme for this project, and we are grateful and excited to release this album with them!”

“Belief and Illusion” is a culmination of years of friendship, dedication, determination, belief, and the sheer joy of creating music together. The band was able to recruit the talents of such greats as John Prpich (Heliopolis, Edgar Winter), who mixed and produced “Belief and Illusion,” and Scott Sedillo (U2), of Bernie Grundman Mastering, who mastered it.
“Belief and Illusion” by Box of Shamans is now available to preview in its entirety exclusively on the Box of Shamans artist page on the 10T Records website:

http://10trecords.com/artists/genres/progressive-experimental/box-of-shamans/discography/

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ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN announces gig dates in the Netherlands

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On March 23, The Diary was published worldwide, a double concept album by composer Arjen Lucassen and singer Anneke van Giersbergen, released through InsideOut Music under the name THE GENTLE STORM. The successful release and first series of performances are the reason for more shows this autumn in the Netherlands. The Gentle Storm, fronted by van Giersbergen, performed in a.o. Amsterdam, Paris and London last month. The live band is made up of some of the best metal musicians in the Netherlands. Self-confessed hermit Lucassen is not on tour. Next summer Anneke and The Gentle Storm perform at many festivals at home and abroad. In October and November follows a second tour by the Netherlands. The presale haas started already. Anneke says: “So far, the tour proceeds fantastic Everywhere we go, the rooms full of super positive and the reactions The public seems a bit overwhelmed, that’s very nice to see this autumn we go nine additional performances in the Netherlands… give, I’m really looking forward.

Tour dates are:

03 OKT Mezz, Breda
09 OKT Vera, Groningen
10 OKT DRU Cultuurfabriek, Ulft
17 OKT FemME Festival, Eindhoven
13 NOV Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
14 NOV Poppodium Atak, Enschede
19 NOV Poppodium Nieuwe NOR, Heerlen
20 NOV P60, Amstelveen
21 NOV Podium ‘t Beest, Goe
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Pat Mastelotto’s KoMaRa aounce release date of their debut album

KoMaRa’s self-titled debut album is based on a dark, deviant and explicit detective story. It reflects the mysterious circumstances of an abduction and the ultimate demise of the abductee. It’s a NSFW, Rated-R release designed for the open-minded and brave. Unnerving, haunting artwork by Tool’s Adam Jones further underlines the album’s provocative vibe.

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The recording is predominantly instrumental, but includes occasional vocals by Raineri, Leashya and Bill Munyon. Equally menacing, incendiary and vulnerable, they serve as interludes to either break or create moods and tension throughout. The album also has moments of light and hope, told through short trumpet vignettes by Raineri.

KoMaRa came together through social media, with Kollar reaching out to Mastelotto on Facebook about potential gigs and recordings. Everyone was mutually intrigued and met up in Slovakia, where Kollar is based, in November 2014. The trio played gigs across myriad Slavic countries to enthusiastic, open-minded audiences. The group then went on to record in Prague, capturing three long improvisations that formed the basis of the pieces on KoMaRa’s debut album. Acclaimed engineers Bill Munyon and Adrian Benevides also contributed to faithfully reflecting the release’s mercurial approach.

“For me, KoMaRa is the epitome of my belief that great records are like movies,” said Mastelotto. “The best musicians don’t need scripts because they understand the movie is always evolving. That’s the beauty of music, too. It inspires its own script and cinematography in every listener’s head.”

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ASIA to release officially their historic performance at the San Francisco Regency Ballroom “Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII” out on Frontiers in June

Frontiers Music is pleased to announce the release of ASIA’s new live audio visual release “Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII » in 2cd/dvd and blu-ray formats on June 19th in Europe and June 23rd in North America.

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Recorded on November 7th, 2012 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, this new ASIA live CD / DVD and Blu Ray captures once again the band, in the original line-up, in front of an ecstatic audience during one of the shows that ASIA performed in support of the “XXX” album and which was broadcasted by AXS TV in the USA.

With HD recording this new live album is truly a rewarding experience for all ASIA fans. After the recent DVD releases, this is Asia performing one of the very last shows featuring the original line up with: Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton live on the road, in-your face and for your viewing pleasure.

The set list features songs from their first two albums and selected cuts from the reunion albums, including the single from the “XXX” album, “Face on the Bridge”. This is a historical document of where the band was at the time and a snapshot of their musicianship, camaraderie and passion. This live CD – DVD or Blu-ray is an irreplaceable companion to the “XXX” studio album.

According to John Wetton, AXIS is “A journey through ASIA’s history, from Asia live‘Alpha to Omega’ and more, in the beautiful setting of the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California. Much newer material is aired, plus the band’s vintage hit songs performed by all four original members of ASIA. A stunning recording, an unmissable treat for any ASIA fan, new or old.”

Axis XXX Live in San Francisco MMXII” tracklisting includes :

Cd1 – Introduction; Only Time Will Tell; Wildest Dreams; Face On The Bridge; Time Again; Tomorrow The World; Ride Easy; Pyramidology; The Golden Mean; I Know How You Feel; Don’t Cry; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.

Cd2 – Cutting It Fine; Holy War/Drum Solo; An Extraordinary Life; Here Comes The Feeling; Open Your Eyes; Sole Survivor; Heat Of The Moment.

Dvd // BLU RAY – Introduction; Only Time Will Tell; Wildest Dreams; Face On The Bridge; Time Again; Tomorrow The World; Ride Easy; Pyramidology; The Golden Mean; I Know How You Feel; Don’t Cry; The Smile Has Left Your Eyes; Cutting It Fine; Holy War/Drum Solo; An Extraordinary Life; Here Comes The Feeling; Open Your Eyes; Sole Survivor; Heat Of The Moment.

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New project by Yoav Efron (Distorted Harmony) – Augmented Reality Project

Yoav Efron forms new band AUGMENTED REALITY PROJECT with Yogev Gabay on drums, Alon Tamir on guitar and Dori Chee on vocals. Judging by the samples on their website, the project has a heavier edge than Distorted Harmony.

Visit their website and listen:

http://www.arproject.net/?mc_cid=aefad67ca4&mc_eid=95ca67cda4

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RICH WILLIAMS: KANSAS plans to begin recording a new album

In a recent interview RICH WILLIAMS annouced that KANSAS has plans ro record a new album next year. He says Ronnie Platt brings a lot of new energy to the band and all agree to new actions.

“Anything we want to do — let’s go to South America, let’s go to Europe…let’s record an album. Let’s get together and just work up material — every little thing is followed by a ‘Let’s do that!’ response,” he says. “That inspires the crew members, that inspires the fanbase….the old dogs in the band get excited. It’s contagious, that type of attitude. So we’re just out having the best time we’ve had in years and years and years. This is going to be the busiest year we’ve had. We’re going to do upwards of 90 dates this year, which we haven’t done since we did the first couple of albums when we were out playing every show that we could.”

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