New Mandala Album “Midnight Twilight”

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Mandala’s debut album, ‘Midnight Twilight’, is an exhilarating combination of western and eastern folk music, mixed with heavier forms of progressive rock, all wrapped in an early-seventies glow.

Mandala was formed in London in 1997, by Rhys Marsh (voice, guitar), Francis Booth (bass) and Will Spurling (drums). After playing hundreds of concerts across Europe and North America, though never recording an album, they disbanded in 2006.

Now, they’re back together and are ready to present their debut album, featuring songs written during their first time around, between 1997—2005, and recorded in 2014. The main tracks were recorded live in the studio, in Autumnsongs Recording Studio in Norway, with overdubs being added both there and in London.

As soon as you push the play button, the blistering energy explodes from the speakers. This is what they were known and loved for, and this is exactly what they captured on tape. It’s not often that a debut album could’ve been a greatest hits album, but having played these songs to hundreds of audiences, this is what ‘Midnight Twilight’ is set to become to those who’ve followed the band since its inception.

This album has been eighteen years in the making.

Midnight Twilight is released through Autumnsongs Records on
4th May (UK via Burning Shed & Europe), 5th May (North America & R.O.W.),

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COLIN EDWIN, PAT MASTELOTTO Combine To Launch O.R.k.

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Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto have unveiled their band Ork and confirmed debut album “Inflamed Rides”.

They’ve also released a video for their track Pyre and a stream of Jellyfish, both available below.

Ork are rounded out with Edwin’s Obake bandmate Lorenzo Esposito on vocals, and Carmelo Pipitone on guitar.

The band are currently running preorders via their MusicRaiser page and are tying the launch in with a public remix competition, the winner of which will feature on the limited-edition CD version of Inflamed Rides.

Ork say : “It’s an established fact that the once-accepted norms of the music business have changed beyond all recognition. New opportunities are replacing more established ways of operating.

“We’ve decided to make use of one of these opportunities via MusicRaiser.com. Owing to the spontaneous and rapid flow of creativity that has given birth to our debut album, acting quickly and facilitating a direct connection seems the most fitting way to get our vision into the public domain.”

The page includes an option to download source recordings from Jellyfish, for use in remixing. They explain: “We know the world is full of really creative people, and we’re looking forward to sharing our art in a way which might encourage some of this creativity to manifest in a way which we can’t foresee.

“Unique interpretations or finding a new angle to the material is the order of the day. The remix we like the most will be included on the final CD album as a bonus track.”

The contest closes on June 15.

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LEPROUS debut video for “The Price”

 

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Norwegian progsters LEPROUS, who 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 debuted their first new music for the release, with a video for the opening track “The Price”.

Check the dynamic video directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud / Twitchy Films (who already worked with the band on their previous clips) below.

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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KNIGHT AREA start crowd funding project to finance their live dvd “Hyperlive”

April 2015 Knight Area is recording their first official dvd in Katowice (Poland). This dvd will be produced by Metal Mind Productions. This Polish record label is specialized in the recording and production of music dvd’s and is leading in Europe.

The dvd will be released in September this year and is titled “Hyperlive”. To finance this project we decided to start a CROWDFUNDING-CAMPAIGN.
You can help us to release “Hyperlive”. Of course we give you something in return!
By subscribing to one of under mentioned packages you are ensured of a unique dvd signed by all band members, a VIP ticket for the live release party on Sunday afternoon September 6, 2015 in Cultuurcentrum de Boerderij in Zoetermeer.
Together we will  make this an afternoon we will never forget.

Package 1 (€ 27,50)
1 signed copy of the dvd “Hyperlive”;
1 VIP ticket for the unique live dvd release party on Sunday 6 September 2015;
(You receive the dvd on Sunday 6 September 2015)

Package 2 (€ 37,50)
1 signed copy of the dvd “Hyperlive”;
2 VIP tickets for the unique live dvd release party on Sunday 6 September 2015;
(You receive the dvd on Sunday 6 September 2015)

Package 3 (€ 25,00)
1 signed copy of the dvd “Hyperlive”, including packaging and posting worldwide.
(The dvd will be sent shortly after the release party on Sunday 6 September 2015).

Order your package now. Sent a message to hyperlive@knightarea.com. You receive a reply containing the instructions.
This crowd funding campaign ends on Sunday May 17, 2015 and could be carried out with at least 200 crowd funders, so people……
We count on you. Thanks!!
Gerben, Pieter, Mark, Mark, Peter.

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Progressive Rock Legends RENAISSANCE To Tour The UK April 2015

London, UK – Much to the excitement of music fans in the UK, progressive rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the UK in April 2015! Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilised the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

“In April of this year we will be touring Europe for the first time in over thirty years and we are all extremely excited. It is our goal to chronicle this journey by filming and releasing a new live concert DVD.” – Annie Haslam

The current personel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Renaissance UK Tour Dates:

APRIL
14th: MILTON KEYNES, The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8LU http://www.thestables.org Time tbc Price tbc
16th: LONDON, Union Chapel, 19B Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN Doors 7pm £28.50 (adv) plus bf. 020 7226 1686 http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/
17th: FROME, Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE http://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/ 18.50 (adv) £22.00 (door). Tickets from b/o 01373 455 420 OR – Raves From The Grave 01373 464 666. Doors 8pm Fully seated event. Support – Amelia Orgill & The Teazle Band
18th: FARNHAM, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR 01252 745444 £28/£30 plus bf 8pm https://farnhammaltings.com/
19th: LEAMINGTON SPA, Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 3NF, £21.50 7pm Ticketline 0871 220 0260 http://www.leamingtonassembly.com/
21st: WIMBORNE, The Tivoli, West Borough, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1LT £20 7.30pm http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/
23rd: BILSTON, The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton WV14 7LJ 01902 401211 £20 (adv)/£22 (door) http://www.therobin.co.uk/ Time tbc
24th: ST.HELENS, Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1PX 01744 735436 £20 Doors 7.30pm presented in association with the Classic Rock Society http://www.citadel.org.uk/

 

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THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA presents an epic album of fully orchestrated renditions of progressive rock masterpieces

rpo-prog-med-res“Only a world-class orchestra could pull off a project this ambitious, an undertaking so vast that none other than the hallowed halls of Abby Road Studios could contain and record music of this magnitude. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents an epic album of fully orchestrated renditions of progressive rock masterpieces by the likes of Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, Jethro Tull and more! What’s more, a stellar group of musical virtuosos from the prog rock stratosphere join the orchestra, lending their talents to these intricately arranged masterworks in a collaborative match made in prog rock heaven. Longtime Moody Blues & Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz adds his own unique flare to the orchestrated version of Gentle Giant’s “Think Of Me With Kindness” while Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison lays down the rhythm on a brilliant version of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” This album also contains an electrifying contribution by Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, sadly, one of the final recordings he made before his passing earlier this year. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock Classics will be made available on both CD and vinyl starting March 31 courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records. Fans of progressive rock and epic symphonic rock will not want to miss this!”

1. ELP Suite: Tarkus / From The Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise)
2. Comfortably Numb feat. Ian Bairnson
3. Thick As A Brick feat. Richard Harvey
4. 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Gavin Harrison and Guthrie Govan
5. Focus II feat. Thijs Van Leer
6. Nights In White Satin feat. Mark Feltham
7. Think Of Me With Kindness feat. Patrick Moraz
8. Roundabout feat. Jimmy Greenspoon
9. Watcher Of The Skies [CD ONLY]
10. Red Barchetta feat. Adrian Smith [CD ONLY]

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Prog Ensemble EXOVEX Releases Debut Album Radio Silence

exovex-radio-silence-album-cover-med-resRadio Silence is the project’s debut album and features Josh Freese (NIN, A Perfect Circle, Devo) and Keith Carlock (Sting, John Meyer, Steely Dan) on drums. The album also showcases two members of Porcupine Tree, Gavin Harrison on drums and Richard Barbieri on keyboards and synthesizers. All songs on the album were written, performed and produced by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dale Simmons.

Two and half years in the making Radio Silence was completed in February of this year. The album’s musical style reflects progressive rock icons of the past while staying firmly rooted in the modern art rock genre. There is a broad range of influences in the music, but echoes of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour can be heard in several of the album’s tracks. The cover of the album features stunning works of art by Babak Tafreshi, an award winning photographer working with National Geographic, Sky&Telescope Magazine, and the European Southern Observatory.

Says Simmons about the concept behind the album, “The central theme of the album focuses on the downward spiral and ultimate demise of a man due to the psychological and physical effects of a long term, self-imposed isolation. The songs on the album are a sequence of events, which document his thought processes and eventual deterioration. They are snapshots in time that speak to personal circumstances that drive us to make life-changing decisions…both good and bad. The central figure in the story chooses a solitary life in a remote location only to find that he is unable to come back when he realizes his needs are still unfulfilled by his seclusion.

Prog Ensemble Exovex Releases Debut Album Radio Silence Featuring Members of Porcupine Tree, NIN, Devo, Sting & Steely Dan
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Prog Ensemble Exovex Releases Debut Album Radio Silence Featuring Members of Porcupine Tree, NIN, Devo, Sting & Steely Dan

Greenville, SC – The Prog community is buzzing with excitement about the new release by progressive rock ensemble Exovex featuring members of Porcupine Tree, NIN, Devo, Sting & Steely Dan! Radio Silence is the project’s debut album and features Josh Freese (NIN, A Perfect Circle, Devo) and Keith Carlock (Sting, John Meyer, Steely Dan) on drums. The album also showcases two members of Porcupine Tree, Gavin Harrison on drums and Richard Barbieri on keyboards and synthesizers. All songs on the album were written, performed and produced by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dale Simmons.

Two and half years in the making Radio Silence was completed in February of this year. The album’s musical style reflects progressive rock icons of the past while staying firmly rooted in the modern art rock genre. There is a broad range of influences in the music, but echoes of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour can be heard in several of the album’s tracks. The cover of the album features stunning works of art by Babak Tafreshi, an award winning photographer working with National Geographic, Sky&Telescope Magazine, and the European Southern Observatory.

Says Simmons about the concept behind the album, “The central theme of the album focuses on the downward spiral and ultimate demise of a man due to the psychological and physical effects of a long term, self-imposed isolation. The songs on the album are a sequence of events, which document his thought processes and eventual deterioration. They are snapshots in time that speak to personal circumstances that drive us to make life-changing decisions…both good and bad. The central figure in the story chooses a solitary life in a remote location only to find that he is unable to come back when he realizes his needs are still unfulfilled by his seclusion. Although the storyline of Radio Silence is set in the near future, it is roughly based on the life events of Sibond Alleman, a recluse, who lived in residence at Chateau d’Uriage in 14th century France. A great deal of the emotional content and lyrics for the album comes from my time spent as an expatriate in Europe and living in Chateau d’Uriage.”

In regards to the guest artists, Simmons explains, “In each case, I asked the guys to do whatever they thought would best serve the song, I gave them complete creative control over their contributions to the recording. These musicians are amazing artists, and I don’t think they would have delivered the great performances that they did had I tried to control the process more. That unknown creative variable was critical for me because it made the effort a true collaboration. Chance, chaos and the unknown can produce beautiful results if you can just let it happen. That’s more difficult than it sounds”.

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DICE to release new album

German proggers DICE are to release their 21st album, „Son.Sister.Sun“ on June 22.

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Summer’s End Festival completes line up

The remaining six spots have been confirmed. The complete line up consists of:

Celestial Fire (feat. Dave Bainbridge – UK) www.davebainbridge.com
Pallas (Scotland) www.pallasofficial.com
Magic Pie (Norway) www.magicpie.net
Mystery (Canada) www.therealmystery.com
Discipline (USAwww.strungoutrecords.com
Abel Ganz (UK) www.abelganz.com
Credo (UK) www.credo.gb.com
3rDegree (USA) www.3rdegreeonline.com
Introitus  (Sweden) www.introitus.se
Light Damage (Luxembourg) www.lightdamage.lu
The Gift (UK) www.facebook.com/TheGiftMusicUk
The Fierce and the Dead (UK) www.fierceandthedead.com
Simon Godfrey (UK) www.shineback.org

 

Tickets are avilable at:
www.summersend.co.uk/ticket_sales2015.htm

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New album by SOUL SECRET

SoulSecret2015Soul Secret will publish their first concept  album “4” on April 4thg.

The album was mixed by Jordan Valeriote (Intervals, Silverstein) and mastered by Troy Glessner in the Spectre studio (Warner Bros, Universal, Sony).

It will be out on GoldenCore records/Zyx Music the next 10th april

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New Magic Pie album to be released 25th May

And here it is! The artwork for the new album “KING FOR A DAY” to be released by KARISMA RECORDS on May 25.

The artwork was designed by the talented Chris van der Linden – Linden Artwork: www.lindenartwork.com

TRACKLIST:
1 – Trick Of The Trade (6:09)
2 – Introversion (12:24)
3 – According To Plan (6:35)
4 – Tears Gone Dry (12:14)
5 – The Silent Giant (5:22)

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PROGDREAMS FESTIVAL will be held at De Boerderij during Easter

Progdreams IV will take place on April 4 & 5 and has quite an enjoyable line-up!

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Norwegian progsters LEPROUS are releasing their new album “The Congregation”

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Norwegian progsters LEPROUS are releasing their new album “The Congregation” on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America, again via InsideOutMusic.

The album’s epic artwork was created by artist Nihil.

LEPROUS – “The Congregation” Track Listing:

1. The Price
2. Third Law
3. Rewind
4. The Flood
5. Triumphant
6. Within My Fence
7. Red
8. Slave
9. Moon
10. Down
11. Lower

LEPROUS about the cover art: “The artwork represents the album’s dark theme very well by showing deformation and disturbance”.

“The Congregation” will be available as standard Jewelcase CD, download as well as limited editions Mediabook CD and 2LP featuring bonus track “Pixel”.

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).

A first of various video teasers featuring recording studio footage for the making of “The Congregation” can be seen here. LEPROUS are currently busy working on the new album’s first video clip together with Twitchy Films, who also worked on the band’s previous clips. A promotional video clip for the track “The Cloak” off the previous LEPROUS album Coal can be seen here.

Here is an overview of all LEPROUS Benelux live dates announced so far:

05.06.2015 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Fortarock Festival
04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Europe
16.10.2015 Maasmechelen (Belgium) – Jan Hertog

More dates to be added soon!

LEPROUS line-up 2015:

Einar Solberg – Lead Vocal, Keys
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – Guitars
Øystein Landsverk – Guitars
Baard Kolstad – Drums

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PURSON sign worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records

PURSON have joined forces with Spinefarm Records for a worldwide deal that will see second studio album, ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, released this autumn in the wake of a number of high-profile festivals & shows, including at Download festival in the UK.

The UK outfit – whose music touches a variety of realms, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic & classic rock, blending other-worldly romance with shadowy foreboding – are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, which will be released under the Spinefarm / Machine Elf Records banner.

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PURSON LIVE IN 2015:
 
02 April LONDON, Lea Beat Bespoke w/ Wolfpeople
17 April BOLTON, Railway     
18 April SOUTHEND, Railway 
15 May LONDON, The Roundhouse w/ Electric Wizard
29 – 31 May NURBURG / EIFEL, Der Ring Festival – Grüne Hölle Rock
29 – 31 May MUNICH, Rockavaria Festival
13 June DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, Castle Donington

 

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LEAGUE OF LIGHTS Featuring THRESHOLD’s RICHARD WEST Working On New Album

LEAGUE OF LIGHTS are currently recording their second album in Surrey, England. The new record sees the duo adding electro rock and cinematic elements to their sound. “It feels like the most exciting record I’ve ever worked on” enthuses keyboard player Richard West. “I can’t stop listening to our recordings, it reminds me of making music as a kid and feeling so happy that you don’t want to listen to anything else!”

Most of the music is now written and recording is under way. All the songs are composed by vocalist Farrah West and Richard West who is also producing the album. The duo have yet to announce who will make guest appearances on the album. Past collaborators have included Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), Mark Zonder (FATES WARNING), Jerry Meehan (Robbie Williams) and Glynn Morgan (THRESHOLD).

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