UK proggers SUNS OF THE TUNDRA on a fundraiser quest

UK heavy progressive band Suns of the Tundra (ex-Peach/Jadis/Tool) have a new 4th album released in April — and are currently running a Kickstarter for fans who would like to put their names down in advance for a limited edition vinyl.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2126513116/suns-of-the-tundra-vinyl-fundraiser-bones-of-brave

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GLASS HAMMER album trailer online

Glass Hammer put together a 5 minute trailer of their current production, their 17th album “The Breaking Of The World”, which will be released on March 31.

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LEVEL 10 album in stores

level10New album of the co-operation of Russell Allen / Matt Sinner reach the stores. In support the band has produced a music video for the song “Cry No More”.

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DEMIS ROUSSOS died at 68

Demis Roussos, co-founder of Greece prog grandfathers APHRODITE’S CHILD passed away at the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, Greece. The cause of his death has not been reported.

Aphrodite’s Child, the band of Roussos, Vangelis, Loukas Sideras and Silver Koulouris is best known for their ’72 album “666”.

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TANGERINE DREAM founder EDGAR FROESE “changes cosmic adress”

Sad news just came in from TANGERINE DREAM:

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“Dear Friends,
This is a message to you we are very sorry for…
On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.
The sadness in our hearts is immensely.
Edgar once said: “There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.””

DPRP is shocked an sends condolences to family and friends.

Here’s an interview with Froese and Bianca Acquaye, dprp conducted a few years ago:
http://www.dprp.net/wp/interviews/?page_id=3212

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New prog promotion team “Serious Music Alphen” established in the Netherlands

Many of you already heard of Serious Music Alphen. Or even enjoyed one of their many and great events. These guys promote fine music, including a lot of progressive rock, on a professional yet personal way. The only thing that missed was a website. And yes, they have one now! It looks exactly like they operate, no nonsense, professional yet personal. Take a look at what Serious Music does and -of course- what gigs they have to offer! In Dutch.

http://seriousmusicalphen.nl/

SeriousMusicAlphenDe Stichting Serious Music Alphen organiseert serieuze rockconcerten (maar wel met een knipoog) voor de echte liefhebbers van (progressieve) rockmuziek.

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New album released THE ARC LIGHT SESSIONS

The Album by The Arc Light Sessions (formerly Synthology) called “Perchance to Dream” has just been released and can be purchased on the band’s website. The release was delayed due to a last minute change of singer.

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THE GENTLE STORM premiere first track ‘Endless Sea’

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Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) are set to release the debut album The Diary by their new band The Gentle Storm on March 23, and now they are pleased to reveal the first music to be taken from the album.

You can watch the lyric video for the track ‘Endless Sea’ (Storm version) here. You can also check out the Gentle version of ‘Endless Sea’ here:

Anneke & Arjen had this to say: “Endless Sea is the album opener and it serves as an introduction to our story-based album. Susanne, the main character, sings about her busband Joseph, who has just sailed out on another long voyage to the Far East. We are very excited to offer everybody a first taste of our forthcoming album with the release of these lyric videos. This is such a special album to the both us.”

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EMPTY TREMOR announce release of a new live album

“Empty Tremor are back to celebrate with their fans twenty years of unforgettable moments, collected in an acoustic album recorded live at “Arena di Mezzano (RA – Italy), their hometown, on August 2nd 2013, during the 20th anniversary celebrating live show. 13 among the most touching songs of the band’s career in a new involving and emotional arrangement.

The album will be on sale from March 27 and on digital stores from the 25 of the same month.”

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ANTHROPIA unveil song from new album “Non-Euclidean Spaces”

Here is the link to “Crawling Chaos”, a song from the new ANTHROPIA album “Non-Euclidean Spaces”:

 

The album is based on the Cthulhu Mythos and H.P. Lovecraft’s writings.
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star one,…) and Edu Falaschi(Almah, ex-Angra) make guest appearances on it.

Digital release date is March, 15th 2015, anniversary of HPL’s death.

Pre-orders are available on the on-going Kickstarter campaign:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78633228/anthropia-new-album-based-on-cthulhu-mythos

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THE ENID launches an urgent appeal for funds

British prog rock legends and grandfathers of crowdfunded productions, The Enid, find themselves in legal issues with their former label, which threatens the band’s continuation. The band therefore asks all fans and possible supporters to crowdfund an amount of ₤ 15.000 within 3 months to cope with the situation.
Watch the band’s appeal in their video “Running on Empty” below.

Pre-orders of the new cd, as well as all other purchases and donations are welcome at The Enid’s website http://www.theenid.co.uk/

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ARENA reveals dates for the 20th anniversary tour

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ARENA’s scheduled a 32 gig tour through Europe, supporting “The Unquiet Sky” and celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary, with dprp and some more as support partners!

The dates are:
19th March 2015    The Borderline    London, England
20th March 2015    The Citadel    St Helens, England
21st March 2015    Montgomery Hall    Wath, England
22nd March 2015    Assembly Rooms    Leamington Spa, England
27th March 2015    Spirit Of 66    Verviers, Belgium
28th March 2015    Rock Ittervoort    Ittervoort, Netherlands
29th March 2015    Bambi Galore    Hamburg, Germany
30th March 2015    Hypothalamus    Rheine, Germany
31st March 2015    Hedon    Zwolle, Netherlands
1st April 2015    Colos-saal    Aschaffenberg, Germany
2nd April 2015    Zeche Carl    Essen, Germany
3rd April 2015    Paulette Pub Rock    Nancy, France
4th April 2015    Wollfabrik    Heidelberg, Germany
5th April 2015    Bergkeller    Reichenbach, Germany
6th April 2015    a38    Budapest, Hungary
7th April 2015    Majestic    Bratislava, Slovakia
9th April 2015    Rialto    Katowice, Poland
10th April 2015    Proxima    Warsaw, Poland
11th April 2015    Blue Note    Poznan, Poland
12th April 2015    Reigen    Vienna, Austria
13th April 2015    Ausburg    Germany
14th April 2015    Z7    Pratteln, Switzerland
15th April 2015    Club Il Giardino    Verona, Italy
17th April 2015    Bikini Bar    Barcelona, Spain
18th April 2015    Minnuendo    Peralta, Spain
19th April 2015    Sala Lemon    Madrid, Spain
20th April 2015    Paradise Garage    Lisbon, Portugal
22nd April 2015    Connexion    Toulouse, France
23rd April 2015    Marche Gare    Lyon, France
24th April 2015    Divan du Monde    Paris, France
25th April 2015    Boerderij    Zoetermeer, Nether

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New KARDA ESTRA album “Strange Relations” released

The eleventh album from UK composer Richard Wileman’s progressive/cinematic project Karda Estra “Strange Relations” has just been released on CD on the Believers Roast label. It features six collaborations with drummer Paul Sears (The Muffins). Track two also
features Kavus Torabi’s (Knifeworld) third appearance on a Karda Estra album.

Full release information at: www.kardaestra.co.uk

A preview can be heard here

Tracklisting:
1. Strange Relations 1 (4:32)
2. Strange Relations 2 (5:27)
3. Strange Relations 3 (9:15)
4. Strange Relations 4 (6:47)
5. Strange Relations 5 (9:10)
6. Strange Relations 6 (5:27)
7. Ylla (4:45)
8. The Wanton Subtlety Of Monna Tessa (7:40).

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 composed by Richard Wileman and Paul Sears.
Track 2 composed by Richard Wileman, Paul Sears and Kavus Torabi.
Tracks 7, 8 composed by Richard Wileman.

Richard Wileman – electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars,
keyboards, samples, percussion, zither, rastrophone
with:
Caron de Burgh – oboe (4, 5, 8), cor anglais (4, 8)
Amy Fry – clarinet (4 , 7, 8) , saxophone (4, 5, 7)
Mike Ostime – trumpet (2)
Paul Sears – drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), percussion (6)
Kavus Torabi – electric guitar (2

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MAGNUM tour dates 2015

MAGNUM back in the studio
Magnum are excited to be back in the studio again working on their 19th studio album as yet untitled. This will be the 8th Studio album to have been recorded at Mad Hat’s studios and, as for the last 4 albums, will have Sheena (Sheenius) Sear at the helm with engineering duties.

2015 tour dates:

06/2/15    UK    Liverpool    Arts Club
07/2/15    UK    Minehead    Giants Of Rock
18/7/15    Sweden    Vasby        Vasby Rock
31/7/15    Sweden    Rejmyre        Skogsröjet
01/8/15    Germany    Seebronn    Rock Of Ages Festival

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FISH announces to retire in 2017

“Just to allay some fears out there that I am planning to go into a vegetative state in 2017 :-)

The overall plan involves selling the Studio either as a studio or a residential dwelling in 2016-17 and moving to Baden Wuerttemburg in Germany to live and begin a new career as a writer.

The autobiography is obvious as is the lyric book with explanations of the inspiration and stories behind the words. I also have a couple of ideas for novels ( one which came strongly to mind in the last week in Durlach) and I’ve been thinking about screenplay projects for a long time that I have never had the time to work on because of my commitment to songwriting, recording and touring.

I’ve already been offered the chance to write lyrics for other people which could be interesting as an aside but I really do want to take a step away from music as I feel that after the next album I’ll have said all I want to say in that format.

Of course I will still have an urge to step on a stage but it will be for fun not because I have to as I have no desire to be on tour when I hit 60. If anything it will be in the Fishheads Club format and even then it will be just in Europe and only very occasional low key forays at weekends just to keep my hand in and get a couple of kicks.

There’s a stronger likelihood of spoken word stage outings supporting book launches or doing “audiences with…” in small venues.

In short it’s time to get involved with something different and challenging.

So there you are. It’s a while off yet but I had to work out a plan of action if only to set myself on course and keep me focused on the future. I’ve still got ambitions and there will always be a deep desire within me to create on some level or another. I think this provides an exciting route map that I hope will still keep people interested in what I do as an artist overall.”

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