Another Prog Super Group: WAKEN EYES

Prog supergroup Waken Eyes, featuring members of the Aristocrats, Symphony X and Darkwater, will release debut album Exodus on October 30.

The lineup features vocalist Henrik Bath (Darkwater), guitarist-keyboardist Tom Frelek, bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) – hear teaser clips below.

Ulterium Records say Exodus features “a great mix of catchy melodies, challenging instrumental parts and epic cinematic movements.”

Frelek says: “The album is about being fearless – every song has something to do about fearlessness. It’s an album for those who struggle to stand up for themselves and can’t be heard.”

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MARILLION launch Pledge campaign for 18th album

Marillion have made their 18th album available to pre-order ahead of a planned 2016 release.

The band, who pioneered the crowdfunding model in 1997, have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help fund the record, which is as yet untitled but is tentatively scheduled for release early next year. A range of purchase options are available, including vinyl, CD, digital and a special edition – which includes a namecheck in the credits.

An ‘ultimate edition’ presented in a luxury box is also available for £159. It’ll be their first album since 2012’s Sounds That Can’t Be Made.

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FUGHU: European Tour Kicks Off on September 17

Fughu_2015Prog metal gauchos from Buenos Aires, Fughu are coming to Europe later this month for their first European tour. The band that opened for Dream Theater at the Luna Park in 2008 will play in Vienna (Austria), Subotica (Serbia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade (Serbia), Szeged (Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bielsko-Biala (Poland), Wroclaw (Poland), Poznan (Poland), and Berlin (Germany). The Argentinians will be joined by Polish post/prog rock band Abstrakt on select dates. For the full tour dates check below.

Fughu released three studio albums so far: “Absence” in 2009, and in 2013 they put out two albums simultaneously “Human (The Tales)” and “Human (The Facts),” which were received very well by fans and media. The records feature guest contributions by guitarist Jeff Kollman, and singers Dario Schmunck and Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Landmarq, Maiden United, Ayreon, Star One).

The band is currently readying their fourth studio record, but they will take a break from September 17th to September 27th and visit Europe for the first time.

“We are very excited to visit Europe for the first time and present our work to people there. We had very good feedback from the audience and media located in Europe, and we feel that our music is very appealing to progsters in Europe. This time we will be playing in Austria, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Germany and we hope to see and meet many prog lovers. We would love to invite everyone who loves prog metal to come and see our shows, we promise great fun,” wrote from the Fughu camp.

Fughu 2015 European tour dates:

Sept 17 – Vienna (AUT) @ Reigen Live with Tsar Alliance and Palindrome
Sept 18 – Subotica (SRB) @ Clash Club
Sept 19 – Novi Sad (SRB) @ Firchie Think Thank Studio with Gernika and Counterfate
Sept 20 – Belgrade (SRB) @ Danguba with Nula
Sept 21 – Szeged (HUN) @ Live Music Club with Taine and Dramatic Morals
Sept 22 – Cluj-Napoca (ROM) @ The Shelter with The Hourglass and Vespera
Sept 23 – DAY-OFF
Sept 24 – Bielsko-Biala (POL) @ Rudeboy Club with Abstrakt
Sept 25 – Wroclaw (POL) @ Od Switu Do Zmierchu with Abstrakt
Sept 26 – Poznan (POL) @ Blue Note with Abstrakt
Sept 27 – Berlin (GER) @ Cortina Bob with Abstrakt and Jordi Kuragari

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PENDRAGON: The Masquerade Overture 20th Anniversary Tour 2016

News from Pendragon:

“Where do the years go eh? In 2016 The Masquerade Overture will be celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, so we’ll be putting together a mini-tour to celebrate. These will be some very special shows and we hope you can all get your masquerade masks on and join us!

Dates confirmed so far:
Saturday 14th May 2016 – The Boerderij, Zoetermeer NL
Sunday   15th May 2016 – Z-7, Pratteln CH

We will let you know as and when we confirm more dates for your diaries – keep an eye on our Twitter feed and FaceBook page for the news as it happens.”

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The band also presents its Bandcamp – presence:
“For those of your who love the loss-less sound you just don’t get with MP3, or for those of you wanting to plug a gap in your Pendragon discography, we are now on BandCamp You can download albums or individual tracks. All the studio albums are there and we are gradually adding all the live discs and some rare tracks you just can’t get on disc any more.”

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VANDEN PLAS to release “Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II”

Vanden Plas - Chronicles IIFrontiers Music announce the release of the second chapter of VANDEN PLAS’ rock opera, “Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II” on November 6th.

Stephan Lill about the album:
This is our 8th studio album, so now we know what works for Vanden Plas and what doesn´t. With every new cd we try to continue to break new ground, while still remaining faithful to our original style. As the songs of “Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld Part I & II” are written for a Rock Opera, this time the arrangements of the music are more epic and orchestral than on the previous albums. The engagements for several rock operas in theaters and the work together with big orchestras helped us a lot to improve the way of writing songs or to arrange song parts in a way that makes it special. A band needs this kind of a light progression. And maybe the next cd will sound a bit more reduced again, we will see.”

Wolfgang Hohlbein was, together with his manager Dieter Winkler and our singer Andy, responsible for the story which was the base for both “Chronicles of the immortals – Netherworld” cd´s. For the theater piece we did here in Germany, he wrote a book especially for this event what was fantastic,” Stephan continues. Vanden Plas has always been open to remarkable and unusual ideas, and the collaboration with the writer Wolfgang Hohlbein found fertile ground there from the beginning. The author who has sold more than 40 million books worldwide was a big fan of the band. “Blutnacht” (Bloodnight), a stage production performed at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, was based on his series “The Chronicle of the Immortals.”  Hohlbein, his manager Dieter Winkler, and Vanden Plas frontman Andy Kuntz developed the story and Vanden Plas provided the musical realization. The reward was 25 sold-out performances during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and unanimously thrilled audiences. 

We will start the shows in support of the new album during the winter of 2015. For the previous cd, we played 3 to 4 shows in seven countries in Europe. That´s what we plan also for the beginning of 2016. We just have to coordinate the dates of our Vanden Plas concerts with the dates of our theatre shows to take care that there won´t be a crossing over,” concludes Stephan.
Vanden Plas 2015

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ANATHEMA announce Release New Concert Film “A Sort of Homecoming”

Directed by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson / Katatonia /Opeth),  A Sort of Homecoming is a stunning concert film of Anathema’s homecoming show on March 7th 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Cathedral. Set for release on 30th October through Kscope.

During 2014 & 15 the band toured the world extensively to promote Distant Satellites both as a full band and also with a stripped down acoustic show.  It was the band’s performance at a one-off show at Gloucester Cathedral in 2014 that opened up a new chapter, giving them an opportunity to set the music in an ornate, beautiful environment. In March 2015 the band played an acoustic tour of Cathedrals in the UK that culminated in a sold out show in the impressive Liverpool Cathedral, the band’s hometown.

Watch the trailer for the film:

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STEVEN WILSON Releases New Vinyl only album ” Transience”

Vinyl Album: Steven Wilson - Transience

Featuring songs recorded between 2003-2015, Transience is a personally curated introduction to the more accessible side of Steven Wilson’s monumental solo output.

A limited edition vinyl only issue scheduled to coincide with the second leg of the Hand. Cannot. Erase. tour, Transience contains a new recording of the Porcupine Tree classic Lazarus, which Steven has been performing on tour recently with his stellar live band. The new version is based on a live recording, subsequently overdubbed and edited in SW’s private studio in July 2015.

Transience contains 13 tracks and totals over 1 hour of music. Pressed as a 3 sided LP in a lavish gatefold sleeve with black and white portraits of SW by Joe Del Tufo and Susana Moyaho, the fourth vinyl side features an etching of the original handwritten lyric sketches for Happy Returns.

This is a strictly limited one off pressing. Double heavyweight vinyl in gatefold cover with anti-static inner bags, the album comes with a download code.

Exclusive – 100 copies of the album will be signed by Steven Wilson. The signed copies will be sent randomly across all of the preorders.

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KANSAS Sign To InsideOut For New Album

Kansas have signed a record deal with InsideOutMusic for the release of the bands 15th studio album. Kansas’ last release “Somewhere To Elsewhere” has been released 15 years ago. It will be the first album after Steve Walsh retired. Walsh is being replaced by David Manion on keyboards and Ronnie Platt on vocals.

Drummer and founding member Phil Ehart had this to say about the signing:
“In speaking for all the members of KANSAS, we could not be more enthused about signing with InsideOut. They are the greatest Prog music label on the planet and we are very proud to be a part of their stable of artists. It’s our first album of new music in 15 years and we are very happy to be working with the great team at InsideOut.”InsideOutMusic label-head Thomas Waber adds:
“We are extremely excited about signing KANSAS, the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the US! I grew up listening to them and their music is a part of my DNA. Everyone on the team is working hard in making the next studio album count 150% and for it to become an important part in the legacy of this great band. We are very proud to become a part of the journey!”

KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, lead singer/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, and original guitarist Richard Williams. They are currently in the midst of an extensive US tour.

The contract with Kansas is the firt one in a new chater of InsideOutMusic under the home of Sony Music since Sony’s acquisition of Century Media.

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ARJEN LUCASSEN guests on a new SOUL ENEMA album

Soul Enema currently works on a new album named “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns”, which includes 13 tracks of original and out of the box progressive metal/art rock. As part of it, a prominent Dutch composer and guitarist landed a solo part for one of the tracks, while being positively impressed by the work in progress presented to him. Here is the official announcement on part of Soul Enema:

“Today is one of those especially happy and unique days, since we finally have an opportunity to announce a legendary Arjen Anthony Lucassen as a guest on a new Soul Enema album! It’s safe to say, that for a good couple of decades Arjen continues to be a never ending source of inspiration – a creative
mastermind and a visionary of his own league, a tasty and emotive guitar player, a humble and friendly person. Growing up with all those soon-to-become-classic Ayreon albums in a cd player, it was something on a verge of impossible even to imagine, that on one of those future days you will happen to be in a honorable position, when a big man himself finds his magic ways on your own musical journey.
There is just no vocabulary to contain a “thank you” of a really appropriate degree to express the feeling…
So, this time Arjen is here for us to sky rocket a gorgeous solo guitar part on a tune named “Eternal Child”, and his performance is truly one of those moments of otherworldly beauty, so precious each time when it manages to be transcended onto the tape.
Looking forward to that moment, when we can share it with each of you!”

Arjen Lucassen

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Symphonic Rock Icons RENAISSACNE To Tour the US Fall 2015

Renaissance live London 2015Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US in the Fall 2015! Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing “Song For All Seasons”, “Sounds Of the Sea” and “Northern Lights” along with favorite classics and debuting “Immortal Beloved” from their critically acclaimed “Symphony of Light” album on this tour.

Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, best known for his work with YES and the Moody Blues, as well as his innovative solo career, will be making a special guest appearance with the band at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on October 9 and 10, 2015!

Renaissance toured Europe this April, the first in over 35 years! They recorded the London Union Chapel show for a ‘live’ DVD to be released soon! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute!

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


Renaissance Fall 2015 US Tour Dates:
Oct 08 Landmark Theater – Port Washington, NY
Oct 09 New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Oct 10 New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ
Oct 11 Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
Oct 15 Fairfield Theater Stage One – Fairfield, CT
Oct 16 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro – Norfolk, CT
Oct 22 Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, MA
Oct 23 Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY

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Lapis Lazuli announce release date of Vinyl version of “Alien”



British canterbury piece Lapis Lazulli officially announced the release of the vinyl edition if their 2014 album “Alien” on October 31. The album can be pre-ordered at the band’s bandcamp page.

Watch the trailer for of the holographic, sci-fi, psychedelic epic below:

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ANDROMEDA launches live DVD crowdfunding campaign

Andromeda-Live In Vietnam
Andromeda - Live In VietnamHave you been waiting for a new Andromeda live DVD? The waiting part is soon over, because Andromeda – Live In Vietnam is about to be unleashed. The band has started a PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign, help them to reach the goal and make this great performance available on DVD.

The Swedish progsters played a sold-out show at the National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2014. Guitarist Johan Reinholdz commented: “We have a crowdfunding campaign, and besides the actual DVD we have lots of bonus stuff available: signed LP’s, cymbals (used by Thomas Lejon), Skype lessons with band members, and even the possibility of having a private Andromeda concert at your place.
“There’s also some bonus video footage included, should you decide to join in on the crowdfunding – go check it all out here and help this live DVD become reality!“ Pre-order your copy and check out other cool stuff here:


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ReSolve Announces Release-Date and Release Show

Resolve flyer for album release gigReSolve has now announced the release date for their debut album Wayward Sanctuary. The album will be released October 10 2015.


And to celebrate this occasion, ReSolve will play a special show on that very day at Musicon, Den Haag. None other than label mates Hillsphere will serve as the night’s support band playing instrumental atmospheric post rock and metal. Entry only €5 and people visiting this gig will be able to get the album for a special price.
The facebook event can be found here:

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New DREAMGRAVE merch at bandcamp store

Hungarian neoclassical gothic band Dreamgrave have added a couple of merch items available at their bandcamp store. Most items include free download of the current album “Presentiment”, so the pricing is quite fair!

“Presentiment” is a DPRP recommended album, if you haven’t yet, read the review here.

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THIEVES’ KITCHEN announce new album ‘The Clockwork Universe’

Portrait Thieves KitchenThieves’ Kitchen announce the forthcoming release of their latest album “The Clockwork Universe”. Pre-orders for CDs will be available worldwide from The Merch Desk from 23rd August 2015.

The Clockwork Universe is an album exploring the human experience of a complex world.

These are songs about people whose experience brings them into contact with a universe of science and learning, whether as a child (Prodigy), a neglected spouse (The Scientist’s Wife), young lovers (Library Song) or as a bystander confronted with the inexorable progress of industrialisation (Railway Time).

Cover art for Thieves' Kitchen - "The Clockwork Universe"

Cover art for Thieves’ Kitchen – “The Clockwork Universe”

Two exquisite instrumental arrangements (Astrolabe, Orrery) bring to mind a bygone age of scientific exploration, and the candlelit solitude of the seeker.

The band are thrilled to welcome a new bassist to the team. Johan Brand, of Swedish progressive rock legends Änglagård, brings his expressive style and powerful bass tone to the newest Thieves’ Kitchen release.
Änglagård’s very own Anna Holmgren also contibutes on the album, playing the flute.

Pre-orders are opening this weekend. To get the LP when it is released at the end of October 2015, place your order at the Plane Groovy website

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