RENAISSANCE To Tour The US & UK In Support of New DVD Release “Live at The Union Chapel”

Renaissance Live at Union Chapel

Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US & UK in support of their new DVD release “Live at The Union Chapel”! Filmed at The Union Chapel in London UK on April 16, 2015 by Paul Green Productions, with lighting by Russell ‘Tigger’ Matthews, the DVD features Renaissance performing such favorite classics as “Carpet of the Sun”, “Ocean Gypsy”, “Mother Russia”, “Ashes are Burning” and newer pieces “Symphony of Light” and “Grandine il Vento” to an ecstatic audience! The DVD is NTSC all-region, with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks. A Blu-Ray version is planned in 2016.

Renaissance Winter 2016 US & UK Tour Dates:

Feb 12 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA – tickets
Feb 13 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA – tickets
Feb 19 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ – tickets
Feb 26 – Renaissance on the Moody Blues Cruise Miami, FL – tickets

UK – (dates April 17 through 26 with Curved Air)
April 14 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 15 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 17 – Opera House – Buxton
April 18 – The Stables – Milton Keynes
April 19 – Robin 2 – Wolverhampton
April 20 – Academy – Newcastle
April 21 – ABC – Glasgow
April 24 – Academy – Bournemouth
April 26 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London

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LEPROUS discuss writing process on “Into the Machine”

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Circus Maximus 2016

Circus Maximus has released the track “The Weight” from their forthcoming album “HAVOC”, which will be released through Frontiers Records.

Tracklisting of HAVOc (De Luxe Edition):

The Weight
Highest Bitter
Loved Ones
After The Fire
Loath (Bonus Track deluxe edition only)


Forging (live)
Namaste (live)
The One (live)
Arrival Of Love (live)
Abyss (live)
Alive (live)
Game Of Life (live)
Last Goodbye (live)


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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME featured on FreqsTV’s original prog documentary series, Into the Machine

Between the Buried and Me’s Dustie Waring and Dan Briggs discuss the band’s progression, their focus on being the best they can on their instruments and the fun of concept records. Future episodes will include Steven Wilson, Haken, Leprous, Periphery and more.

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THE MUTE GODS Release Video for “Feed the Troll”

The Mute Gods, the new trio of Marco Minneman, Nick Beggs and Roger King have released the video for “Feed the Troll” from their first album “Do nothing Till You Hear From Me”. The album will be released on January 22.

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FreqsTV Starts Prog Documentary Series on Youtube

Munich based producer of rock documentaries, FreqsTV, has started a series on modern prog, called “Into the Machine” on their Youtube channel.
The series is scheduled for weekly release on Thursday, today’s initial episode features Opeth. Future episodes will include Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Leprous, Periphery and more.

FreqsTv is an independent producer. They got Germany’s main (non-web) metal magazine Metal Hammer as a presenter of Into the Machine.

FreqsTV on the web:


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YOAF EFRON (Distorted Harmony) creates side project AUGMENTED REALITY PROJECT

Distorted Harmony‘s Joav Efron has been busy on creating a new project, called Augmented Reality Project (ARP), a pog/core metal with the help of a couple of israeli musicians.

To start with promotion, ARP willl release a cover version of Slipknot’s “Duality Reimagined” in January 12th.

The first single will be released 14 days later and the EP is scheduled to be released in mid February.

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UTOPIA to release sophomore album

Six years after their melodic prog metal debut, Italian combo Utopia have finished their new album “Mood Changes” The album will be release on January 1.

Utopia - Mood Changes

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Indian Prog Band “Symphony Novel” Starts Crowd Funding for Sophomore Album

Mumbai – Symphony Novel, a prog band that greatly combines western rock and metal with Indian folkstyle, have launched a crowd funding campaign to produce their sophomore album.

You can help to make the album happen here.


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Instrumentalist LEON ALVARADO To Release New Film & Single “Persistence”

Leon Alvarado - Persistence

On the heels of his album from 2014, prog instrumentalist Leon Alvarado is releasing a new short film and accompanying soundtrack single titled “Persistence” on December 15, 2015. The film is being described as “a short adventure of sight and sound”. The soundtrack single features King Crimson’s Trey Gunn, and was mastered by Andy Jackson who co-produced the latest Pink Floyd album.

Says Leon, “The film takes its own point of view at the chaotic pace that’s involved in our every-day life as a global society. The point of the film is to look at the mostly man-made chaos and contrast it with nature’s own process of going through time. In order to make the point, I changed the context of events so that the viewer can appreciate them from a different perspective. The music is an evolution from my last CD which was titled ‘2014 Music From An Expanded Universe’ and wasn’t recorded to fit the film but the other way around. I have always felt that my music is very cinematic in scope and making a film out of one of the pieces would be a natural move on my part.

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DREAM THEATER 3rd Amsterdam Concert plus Song Leak

DREAM THEATER  have announced a third show of “The Astonishiing Live” to be held in Amsterdam. The ig dates so far are:

Monday, Feb 22 2016 – sold out
Tuesday, Feb 23 2016
Wednesday, Feb 24 2016
Carré, Amsterdam | Start: 20.00 | tickets: € 79, € 75, € 69 and € 65 (excl. service fee)

Meanwhile the song ” The Gift of Music” has “leaked” and has been popping up in various vdeo portals, but always gets deleted everywhere soon. The song s a positive rocksong, a tip of the hat in the direction of RUSH with a cool acoustic guitar arpegio and great melodies. It brings back tge vide of “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”.

EDIT: after various “leaks”, Dream Theater have just officially released the track on Youtube:

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KIAMA launch Kiama Club

News just came in from KIAMA, that the band has set up a special promotional tool in support of their upcoming album: the Kiama Club.

Word from the band: “We have just launched the KIAMA club, where people can sign up and get access to exclusive video and audio content. These days there is so much music being release, with such a quick turnaround, that people don’t get enough time to digest an album.
We plan to give KIAMA club members all the tracks from the album, one a week, up the official release date in January. Also we have lots of interview footage and studio footage from the Real World sessions.
Finally the members will be able to buy a special 3 disc set or the album, the main album CD, a 2nd CD full of extra tracks and different mixes, and a DVD with promo videos and 5.1 mixes”, Says Andy Edwards

“One ingredient  that you find with these classic albums of the 70’s, was that the bands were not afraid to mix the styles of music up from track to track.
On a Zeppelin or Queen album, each track would have a different feel, rock, folk, jazz, blues.
This is something we were not afraid to do..we just did what we liked,so each track ended up with a different feel.
These days albums are very linear and stay in one style and can be a little monotonous.” Rob Reed

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New KINGCROW video online

KINGCROW has released the performance of ‘Phlegethon’ from the upcoming DVD ‘Live In Atlanta’ recorded at ProgPower Usa XIII. The DVD will be printed in only 200 copies and hand numbered/signed. It’ll be exclusively sold directly from the band.
For order please send an email at, object ‘DVD – Preorder’.

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DANTE to Release New Album

German prog metal act Dante have finished their 4rth album, entitled “When We Were Beautiful”. It will be released through Gentle Art Of Music in March 2016, and the band plans a tour in support later on.

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ARMONITE Start Charity Action With New Christmas Song


Armonite and the Children’s Hospital Trust partnered for the initiative ‘By the Waters of Babylon’, the new Christmas song from Armonite. The track can be downloaded here
in return for a small donation to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The operational costs of the Children’s Hospital Trust are covered by an endowment fund, which means that 100% of all donations will benefit the children in the Hospital.

During the past two decades, the Children’s Hospital Trust has fundraised tirelessly to upgrade and expand the Hospital’s buildings, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, support key services, and unblock backlogs in critical service areas.

Families may download an MP3 of ‘By the Waters of Babylon’ for a suggested donation of $1.99 or more to show their support for The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Every day spent in hospital – is a day less of childhood.
The Children’s Hospital Trust is compelled by the commitment to get children back home.


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