IMAGERY: Brazil’s Progressive Power Trio Launches “People Say” Single

The most dangerous power trio of the Brazilian progressive rock scene is back! Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Bruno Pamplona (drums/vocal), collectively known as Imagery, retook the recordings of its new studio album at Play Rec Pause Studios in Londrina/Brazil.

Still untitled, this will be the second Imagery’s album, successor of the highly acclaimed “The Inner Journey”, that was nominated as one of the “Best Brazilian Metal Albums from 2012” by Dynamite Magazine.

To give a taste of what is to come, the trio had already launched the single “Blinded Nation” and now presents a new one: “People Say”.

“This song was created from an intricate guitar riff”, says vocalist and guitarist Joceir Bertoni. “Although the tense sonority, this song is an example of the democracy that exists in Imagery, once I started to write it by myself and in the end it had a part of the lyric written and sung by Bruno Pamplona, besides the arrangements done by our former keyboardist, Henrique Loureiro”.

“People Say”, as the previous single, “Blinded Nation”, and the entire new album, has on production the signature of the respected Julio Anizelli (Mamaquilla, Terra Celta), with whom the group worked on the debut album.

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Progpower Europe Add SMALLMAN to the Line-up of 2016

The organisation of Progpower Europe have just confirmed the signing of Bulgarian post prog metal band Smallman.

Smallman is a Bulgarian band creating dark, experimental, ambient metal, influenced by the “Balkans” folklore. The bands identity comes from the Bulgarian native instruments -“gaida” and “kaval”. They bring a hypnotic atmosphere to balance the deep vocals, aggressive guitar riffs and bass lines, and outlined rhythms.

 

The band is formed in 2001 in the foot of the “Rhodope” mountain (area between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey) which is one of the main inspirations for their work. Smallman held the same members for the past 11 years, without making a single change. With 3 self-released albums, the band stands as one of the most influential underground bands in Bulgaria. Smallman participated in major Balkan events including “Spirit of Burgas”, Bulgaria and “Best’Fest” in Romania. It toured Eastern-Europe in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 when they visited Serbia, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria.

In early 2016, the band released music for a dark short animated film – “The Blood” – by the Bulgarian director Velislava Gospodinova. Its strong appeal to society against terror, war and violence won several awards from international film festivals.

 

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WITHEM Unleash First Track “Arrhythmia” from New Album

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PROG Presents new Song from THE JELLY JAM

The Jelly Jam have revealed the song Stain on the Sun from their new album Profit exclusively on PROG magazine’s web site.

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YES to Tour “Fragile” and “Drama”

Seminal prog pioneers YES hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour at the end of this month…. April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.

 ‘Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years’ – said Steve Howe. ‘Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we’re looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe’. ‘Reliving those years will be very emotional’ – adds drummer Alan White – ‘I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this’.


April
Wed 27th  Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Fri    29th Newcastle City Hall
Sat   30th Manchester Apollo

 May
Mon  2nd Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue  3rd Sheffield City Hall

Wed 4th  Bristol Colston Hall
Fri    6th Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sat   7th Brighton Brighton Centre
Mon  9th  Oxford New Theatre
Tue  10th London Royal Albert Hall
13th  Paris FRANCE  Olympia
14th  Brussels BELGIUM  Ancienne Belgique
15th  Utrecht NETHERLANDS Tivolivredenburg
17th  Hamburg GERMANY Mehr Theater
19th  Frankfurt GERMANY Alte Oper
20th  Leipzig GERMANY  Haus Avensee
21st  Berlin GERMANY  Admiralspalast
23rd Bonn GERMANY  Beethovenhalle
24th Stuttgart GERMANY Hegelsaal
25th  Munich GERMANY Cirkus Krone
27th   Zurich SWITZERLAND Volkshaus
28th   Milan ITALY Teatro Nazionale
29th  Padova ITALY  Gran Teatro Geox
31st   Florence ITALY Obihall

June
1st Rome ITALY Teatro Olimpico

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ROBERT REED Releases New Album “Sanctuary”

Tigermoth Records announces the  release of the follow up to the acclaimed 2014 “Sanctuary” album by multi-instrumentalist and producer Robert Reed (Magenta / Kompendium / Kiama / Chimpan A).

Robert Reed - Sanctuary“Sanctuary II” is produced, mixed and engineered by Reed, who also plays most of the instruments himself, although for this new album he is joined by legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Toto / Mike Oldfield/The Who) while the original “Tubular Bells” production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth have once again made important contributions to the sound of the album.

Robert comments about the spirit behind the two Sanctuary albums:

“There’s a well known interview with Mike Oldfield in which he said that he was so disappointed that nobody had carried the torch forward that he had lit with ‘Tubular Bells’ – creating long form music; completely hand- played with real instruments; music that relied on emotion and melody; music you could lose yourself in. What I am trying to do with the “Sanctuary ”albums is to carry that ideal forward.”

Robert also discusses the participation of legendary drummer Simon Phillips on “Sanctuary II”:

“I wanted to do something different on this new album. I had played all the instruments on the first, so this time I decided to use real drums. There was one person at the top of my wish list, and it was  Simon Phillips. I grew up listening to Simon’s playing on Mike Oldfield’s “Crises” album, and went to see him play with Mike at Wembley. I could never had thought, then, that one day he would play on my own album. I feel amazingly lucky. His trademark sound is perfect for the album. It really has taken ‘Sanctuary II’ to another level.”

The album will be released as a 3 disc set. CD1 will contain the new album while CD2 includes unreleased tracks, remixes and Tom Newman’s alternative mixes. The third disc will be  a DVD containing the 5.1 mix of the album and various promotional videos.

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New Album by THE SAMURAI OF PROG

The Samurai of Prog will release their new double album, “Lost and Found”, on April 20th. Working with original members of Pavlov’s Dog, Lift, Cathedral, Odyssey, and Quill, the band has discovered lost prog epics from the 1970s. Because of dissolving record contracts, band line-up changes, and the shifting landscape of popular music, these amazing compositions were never properly recorded… until now! The Samurai have created stunning, brand-new versions, and the result is a prog-lover’s paradise.

The recording is audiophile quality. The package is first-rate (thick cardstock mini-LP style, with a 32-page booklet and artwork by Ed Unitsky). The band remains the core trio of Marco Bernard, Kimmo Pörsti and Steve Unruh, plus Stefan Renström and Tom Doncourt. Special guests include Jon Davison (Yes), Mark Trueack (UPF, Unitopia), K. Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer), David Myers (The Musical Box, solo artist), Linus Kåse (Änglagård), Chip Gremillion (Lift), Keith Christian (Quill), Johan Öijen (Brighteye Brison), and Steve Scorfina (Pavlov’s Dog).

Album includes a 57 minute-track  “The Demise” written by Ken DeLoria and other Quill members.

CD 1 (52:46)
1. Preludin (7:38)
2. Along The Way (2:22)
3. Inception (20:02)
4. She (Who Must Be Obeyed) (12:11)
5. Plight Of The Swan (10:33)

CD 2 (57:18)
1. The Demise (57:18)

SAMURAI OF PROG - Lost and Found

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HUIS – New Album “Neither in Heaven”

Huis - Neither In Heaven

Canadian Progressive Rock band HUIS will release its second studio album, “Neither in Heaven”, on May 1st, 2016. The follow-up to 2014’s “Despite Guardian Angels” was produced by Huis bassist and songwriter Michel Joncas, with mixing duties provided by Guitarist songwriter Michel St-Pere (also from the band MYSTERY) at Studio Illusion 4, and mastering handled by Richard Addison at Trillium Sound in Montreal.

“Neither in Heaven” features Singer songwriter Sylvain Descoteaux, Drummer songwriter William Regnier, Guitarist songwriter Michel St-Pere and Bassist songwriter and band founder Michel Joncas. All four HUIS members also provided keyboard tracks for this second release. HUIS is also joined on “Neither in Heaven” by guest musicians: Gerben Klazinga (KNIGHT AREA) on Keyboards, Nathan Vanheuverzwijn on Piano, Johnny Maz on keyboards, Benoit Dupuis on Keyboards and Johanne Laplante on Flute.

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Jordan Rudess talks life on the road with Dream Theater on Freqs TV

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STREAM OF PASSION Calls Its Quits and Announces Final Set of Gigs

Sad news from Stream of Passion:

“Dear friends and fans,

Over the past eleven years we’ve had the time of our lives playing in stages all over the world and sharing moments of joy on stage. But all good things come to an end, and we feel it’s time to move on and search for new musical challenges. We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved, with your help, and we want to end the band history on a high note instead of losing focus, interest and drive.

Before parting ways as a band we will perform a few goodbye shows; we also want to record a DVD to serve as a memento of the good times we’ve had. Dates are as follows:

– Aug 26, 2016: Zebra Festival, Gemert (NL)
– Sep 02, 2016: P60, Amstelveen (NL) (DVD recording)
– Sep 07, 2016: ProgPower USA XVII, Atlanta GA (USA)
– Oct 13, 2016: Underworld, London (UK)
– Oct 14, 2016: Bierkeller, Bristol (UK)
– Oct 15, 2016: Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)
– Oct 16, 2016: Robin 2, Bilston (UK)

We’re also looking into adding an extra, final show towards the end of the year; more details to follow.

Once again, we’d like to express our eternal gratitude for the support you’ve given us all these years. All of us will continue to make music, one way or the other; so we still hope to see you soon on a stage near you.

Thank you for being part of the wonderful adventure that has been Stream of Passion!

Marcela, Johan, Eric, Steve, Jeffrey, Martijn”

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Win a Farida Guitar with Equinox’s Competition

French band Equinox have started a play-along contest and offer aa cool Farida guitar as first price.
view all competition details here.

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THE SECURITY PROJECT Feat. King Crimson, Shriekback and Peter Gabriel Members To Tour In Support of New Live Album

Seattle, WA – The Security Project, featuring members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Peter Gabriel’s original band bring the genre-less masterpieces of Peter Gabriel into the 21st Century on their new live album “Live 1”. Seattle-based Trey Gunn and Michael Cozzi join esteemed drummer Jerry Marotta and NY keyboardist David Jameson to harness the core of these songs. Added to the pedigree of these players is the voice of Brian Cummins, whose interpretations add haunting authenticity to the immaculate arrangements.

These live recordings are a first – no one has dared take on Peter Gabriel’s material at this level before!

Jerry Marotta says: “Peter was always great at setting the table for us as musicians; he always got us started with great ideas… As we were creating SECURITY we had no idea we were making something so unique… I’m proud that with Security Project we’re able to deliver the deepest of those songs, and do it with real conviction — playing them live.”

Marotta and Gunn first met when recording “The First Day” with David Sylvian and Robert Fripp in Woodstock, NY. Their friendship and musical partnership eventually led to The Security Project.

Says Trey, “This material is ridiculously special. Of course, Peter is a special artist. But the material on his first few records, especially the 3rd and 4th ones, are productions with no peer. The Security Project can really play these epic pieces. We bring the same level of detailed precision to arrangements that are present in the originals. And then some. We not only play some of the pieces authentically we also take many pieces and put our own twist on them. ‘Here Comes The Flood’ and our melding of ‘Games Without Frontiers’ with ‘Of These, Hope’ from ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ soundtrack are just two examples.”

Track listing
1. Lay Your Hands
2. I Don’t Remember
3. No Self Control
4. The Family & Fishing Net
5. I Have The Touch
6. Intruder
7. The Rhythm Of The Heat
8. San Jacinto
9. Games Without Frontiers / Of These, Hope
10. Here Comes The Flood
11. Back in NYC
12. Biko

Featuring:
Jerry Marotta – Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocal (tr.11 – Back in NYC)
Trey Gunn – Touch Guitar, Backing Vocals
Brian Cummins – Lead Vocals
Michael Cozzi – Guitar, Backing Vocals
David Jameson – Keyboards, Eigenharp

The Security Project tour dates:
May 18 – Seattle WA – Columbia City Theatre
May 19 – Seattle WA – Columbia City Theatre
May 20 – Portland OR – Alberta Rose Theatre
May 21 – Eugene OR – Cozmic
May 24 – Santa Cruz CA – D Quixote Music Hall (Openers: Walker Brothers)
May 25 – San Francisco CA – The Social Hall (Openers Amy X and Barry Cleveland)
May 28 – LOS ANGELES CA – The Whittier Center (Opener: Alex Machacek)
May 29 – San Diego/Ramona CA – Ramona Main Stage

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New Frank Zappa Documentary Premiere and Concert

ZAPPA documentary posterMarch 30th, 2016 – Asbury Park, NJ: After an increasing amount of buzz building around the famed iconoclastic composer and bandleader in recent news, the Asbury Park Film Festival is proud to be hosting a screening of “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words,” a brand new documentary that has only previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received rave reviews from hardcore fans and the Zappa family alike. Shortly after its debut at Sundance, the film was bought by Sony Pictures Classics and reviewed in Rolling Stone, Variety, The Guardian and other publications.

Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Frank Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into the musician’s world while experiencing two distinct facets of his complex character. The film depicts both a charismatic composer who reveled in the joy of performing and a fiercely intelligent and brutally honest interviewee whose convictions only got stronger as his career ascended. Zappa was uncompromising as he led the charge against music censorship in the ’90s and even went on to embrace the role of quasi-cultural ambassador in the Czech Republic; his music and ideas cut across generations, while his goal of freeing the listener from conformity still resonates today.

The night is shaping up to be a Zappa celebration the likes of which New Jersey has never seen. When the screening ends, the live portion of the night begins with a panel discussion and open Q&A with Ahmet Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, writer, producer, publisher and head of the Zappa Family Trust. Following the Q&A, Asbury Park’s own avant-garde large ensemble, We Used to Cut the Grass, will take the stage. Lead by multi-instrumentalist Cody McCorry, the group regularly features five horns, two drum sets, guitar, bass and vibraphone, performing a vast repertoire of contemporary pieces, including the group’s own experimental music. The ensemble will be joined by multiple guests, including guitarist Tom Monda and violinist Ben Karas of the nationally touring North Jersey prog band Thank You Scientist, Asbury Park soul singer and bandleader Remember Jones, Red Bank multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jon Francis, with more to be announced as the show draws closer. We Used to Cut the Grass will endeavor to give the audience a look into the past, present and future of Frank Zappa as they perform a set that contains not only a wealth of complex Zappa pieces such as “The Black Page,” but also a study of the music that inspired him, including works by Edgard Varése and Igor Stravinsky, in addition to some of the ensemble’s original work.

The Asbury Park Music in Film Festival will be hosting the event at the House of Independents, a brand new theater which is quickly becoming a cultural staple in Asbury Park, on April 9th at 7:30pm. Tickets for the screening and the concert, as well as for the concert alone, are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit apmffzappa.splashthat.com.

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DREAMGRAVE Present New Video

Progressive dark metal band Dreamgrave released a video for a special Violin Edit of track False Sense of Confidence, taken from the critically acclaimed concept album called ‘Presentiment’.

“The fact is, since Presentiment is being a prog/dark metal record, everyone happened to expect some kind of grandiose, twisted theater, but well, as ‘False Sense of Confidence’ is far the most uplifting song from the album we’ve decided to focus on the instruments instead of the story. The new violin parts are icing on the cake, creating an even more dramatic atmosphere!” says guitarist  and song writer Dömötör Gyimesi.

“With Krisztina joining the band I’ve got a new toy, and a totally new and unique way as well, to improve on the dramatic side of the songs, moving them to a completely new dimension. This is what you’ll see and hear on the live shows, as well as on this video” adds keyboard player János Mayer.

 

Read dprp’s full review of Preseniment here.

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Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess remembers Keith Emerson on Freqs TV

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