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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SUBSIGNAL announce release date for “The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime”

Subsignal have just announced that “The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime” will be released on October 30.
The bands recent line-up changes bring SOUL SECRET’s LUCA DI GENNARO in to replace song writer / keyboard player DAVID BERTOK, as well as DIRK BRAND replacing DANILO BATDORF on drums.Guest performances of KALLE WALLNER (RPWL, BLIND EGO) and MAREK ARNOLD (FLAMING ROW, SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR).

A mini tour in celebration of the album release will hit the following dates:

28.10. münchen, backstage
29.10. mannheim, 7er club
30.10. dortmund, blue notez
31.10. hamburg, rock café
01.11. frankfurt, nachtleben

 

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LEPROUS debut video clip for ‘The Price’ off new album!

Norwegian Progsters LEPROUS are set to release their newest studio album, ‘The Congregation’, on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden’s Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums “Bilateral” and “Coal”, “The Congregation” was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator).

you can now check the dynamic video directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films (who already worked with the band on their previous clips!) here.

LEPROUS have checked in with the following comment about the clip:

“The Price was the obvious choice for us to make a video of.  It’s straight to the point, technical, focused, catchy and shows a new side of LEPROUS. We’re very happy to be working with Twitchy Films also this time, and they’ve done a impeccable job creating an atmospheric and artistic video clip.”

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NORDIC GIANTS release short movie tosupport their album release

NORDIC GIANTS have unveiled the short film for ‘Rapture’, the lead track from the elusive duo’s debut album A Séance Of Dark Delusions released through Kscope on May 4th.

Nordic Giants have announced their UK headline tour for May 2015. The seven-date tour kicks off at Leeds’ Brudenell on May 3rd and finalises at The Lantern, Bristol on May 10th. Nordic Giants will play their headline London show at Village Underground on May 4th.

Filled with intrigue and excitement, a Nordic Giants live show is an awe-inspiring sonic and visual spectacle. Using complex digital mapping with original short films –incorporating delicate illustration and animation as well as immersive actor-led stories from highly acclaimed directors – Nordic Giants provide the stunning soundtrack to this emotive sensual experience.

Nordic Giants are touring in support of their debut album A Séance Of Dark Delusions –due for release on April 27th on Kscope which will provide the soundtrack to this otherworldly cinematic showcase.

Largely instrumental, A Séance Of Dark Delusions reflects the inspired musical experimentation and atmosphere of SigurRós, Mogwai, Björk and Pink Floyd. Nordic Giants bring a heavy orchestral brutality through progressive guitar, drum and brass, which are paired with beautiful and haunting electronics as they warp loops and end-of-the-world samples through creeping keys. Mixing dark and light with ambience and raw power, the dynamics of A Séance Of Dark Delusions mark the changing moods of the human spirit.

Nordic Giants have just finalised a lengthy European tour in support of Sólstafir and are also set to play a number of European festivals this year including La Ferme Festival, Out Of The Crowd Festival and Aloud Music Festival – the latter of which Nordic Giants headline.

NORDIC GIANTS TOUR DATES

03/05 – Brudenell, Leeds
04/05 – Village Underground, London
05/05 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
06/05 – Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow
08/05 – Contemporary, Nottingham
09/05 – Concorde 2, Brighton
10/05 – The Lantern, Bristol

 

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Video of Steve Hackett’s “Spectral Mornings” 2015 released

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