Rare & Highly Sought After Coloursound Recordings By BRAINTICKET Founder JOEL VANDROOGENBROECK Released In An 18CD Box Set!

coloursound-med-resAt long last, the first ever CD release of Brainticket founder Joel Vandroogenbroeck’s much sought after Coloursound recordings presented in a limited edition, sequentially numbered 18CD box set! These rare recordings were released anonymously throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s on the German-based Coloursound label, which specialized in ambient soundscapes for use in film and television, and have gone largely unheard except by those who know them to be some of the most progressive, awe-inspiring masterpieces Joel VDB ever committed to tape! The Coloursound Box also features meticulously recreated artwork from the original Coloursound LPs plus personal reflections on each album by Joel himself alongside additional liner notes by music historian Dave Thompson! The entire package is available now courtesy of Purple Pyramid Records.

Belgian-born Joel Vandroogenbroeck was playing jazz in Switzerland when he found inspiration in the new sounds emanating from German krautrock artists Amon Duul II, Can, and Tangerine Dream. Under the influence of these groups, Joel and guitarist Ron Byer recruited drummer Wolfgang Paap and formed the trio that would become Brainticket. The group’s 1971 debut album Cottonwoodhill immediately ran into a storm of controversy for its association with psychedelic drugs. The album came with a warning label that insisted you should “only listen once a day to this record. Your brain might be destroyed,” which led to the album being banned in several countries including the USA.

From then on, Brainticket’s reputation as a band of experimentalists at the forefront of underground, avant-garde music had been solidified. Following the death of Bryer, Brainticket regrouped for 1972’s Psychonaut followed by Celestial Ocean, which told the after-life experience of Egyptian kings traveling through space and time. Released in 1973, the album was hailed as the definitive Brainticket experience and earned the band their greatest acclaim. And Joel has continued to explore new creative avenues over the decades, releasing more albums under the Brainticket moniker, including his most recent offering Past, Present & Future, which was released in February of this year by Purple Pyramids. The Coloursound Box is sure to please fans of Brainticket as well as fans of adventurous, avant-garde music!

DISC 1: Images of Flutes in Nature
DISC 2: Biomechanoid
DISC 3: Contemporary Pastoral & Ethnic Sounds
DISC 4: Meditations Vol 1
DISC 5: Meditations Vol 2
DISC 6: Birth Of Earth
DISC 7: Lost Continents
DISC 8: Open Air Impressions
DISC 9: Computer Blossoms
DISC 10: Industrial Retrospect
DISC 11: Mesopotamia Egypt
DISC 12: Joel However
DISC 13: Middle Ages
DISC 14: Southeast Asia
DISC 15: Digital Project
DISC 16: Video Games & Data Movements
DISC 17: California – Industrial & Scenic Moods
DISC 18: Brainticket Remix 88

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Progressive rock trio Dream the Electric Sleep are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014’s “Heretics”. The band will be working alongside Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Mastodon) at Rock Falcon studios in Nashville, TN.

Regarding the band’s third full-length album, vocalist/guitarist Matt Page says, “The material came together faster than we imagined, with a real passion and vision. The songs seem to capture something we have been striving for as a band since our first release. They feel more focused and tighter, with equal creative contributions from all three of us.”

On working with Raskulinecz, Page says, “Nick has produced some of the top rock albums of the past decade, and we are thrilled to be working and collaborating with him. We knew we needed to bring a creative visionary on board to really push us and the material to new places. We can’t wait to begin this creative process with Nick at the helm.”

The album is set for a Spring 2016 release.

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New Dutch Prog Pand ELEMENTS Debut Album Release Party

ElementsOn Friday 19 June 2015, new Dutch prog band Elements will have a release party to celebrate their debut release. This will take place at Kroepoekfabriek, a venue in the city of Vlaardingen, Holland.

The band will not only play the whole album but also perform a sneak preview of a few songs already written for their next album. After the gig there will be plenty of opportunity to meet the band.

At the door, tickets are available for only 7 euros. Please note that if you order a ticket in advance (see the website of the venue), the price is 10 euros and includes a copy of the CD, so basically you will get the CD for a mere 3 euros!

Doors will open around 19:30h, the show starts around 20:00h.

The band have even made a deal with a restaurant nearby – Stadscafe De Hofnar. They have a special Elements Release Party Arrangement for the occasion: a full 3 course menu for 19.50 euros or just the main course plus dessert for 15 euros. When you make a reservation for 18:00h at the restaurant, they make sure you will time to finish your dinner and be back at the venue in time for the gig.

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UK Prog Icons LANDMARQ To Release “RoadSkill – Live in the Netherlands” Special Edition CD/DVD


London, UK – With a long reputation as one of the UK’s finest progressive rock bands, Landmarq is enjoying its 25th anniversary year.

This live release is part of the celebration of the band’s remarkable career, which has also included a retrospective anthology (Origins), their first vinyl release (Entertaining Angels) and a forthcoming UK and European Tour in the Autumn.

RoadSkill is a Special Edition Live CD and DVD of the show included, showcasing songs from the band’s most successful and latest album, Entertaining Angels (hailed by Classic Rock Magazine as “the strongest of their career”).

RoadSkill was recorded during the band’s last tour in 2013 at De Boerderij in the Netherlands, in front of a packed and enthusiastic audience. It is released on Synergy Records, via Cherry Red Records.

The show features the outstanding and widely celebrated vocals of Tracy Hitchings, award winning keyboard player Mike Varty, Daniel Martin on drums and the two founder members that have been there throughout the last quarter century, Uwe D’Rose (guitars) and Steve Gee (basses). Landmarq has established a solid and enthusiastic following all around the world over the years and have recently been enjoying even greater acclaim.

This live collection of some of Landmarq’s best loved songs, captures the power, precision and melody that have made them such firm favourites on the progressive rock stage.

1 Turbulence
2 Personal Universe
3 Glowing
4 Stormbrewing
5 Thunderstruck
6 Prayer
7 Calm Before The Storm
i Strange But Beautiful
ii Spiderman
iii Into The Abyss
8 Entertaining Angels

1 Mountains Of Anglia
2 Turbulence
3 Personal Universe
4 Glowing
5 Stormbrewing
6 Thunderstruck
7 Prayer
8 Walking On Eggshells
9 Calm Before The Storm
10 Entertaining Angels

PLUS Interviews with the band and bonus features

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Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman Presents WAKEmanFest 3-Day Event October 30-November 1, 2015!

London, UK – WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.

The event will be held at the legendary Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire. The venue started life as a roller skating rink, but began to attract musical acts in the 1950’s. The venue’s golden age came after it was rebuilt in 1964 following a fire. The rink remained but the Starlight Rooms opened and the biggest names in pop headed to the east of England, which includes Yes, The Kinks, Small Faces, Elton John, T.Rex and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

Says Rick, “I wanted to create a festival I would want to go to myself. We have chosen as the venue for this 3 day event, The Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire because of its amazing history. I remember playing there many times over the years, especially with YES. We are also hoping to organising various hotel deals for people to book into as well. It all starts on the Friday with a full day Saturday and a very special charity day on the Sunday which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home”.

As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up like this…

Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related DVDs.
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Q&A with Cadbury Sisters
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Q&A with The 3 (or possibly 4) Wakeman’s.

Evening performance:
7:30 – 8:15pm – The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm – Wakeman Cubed.

Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Q&A with cast of Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.
4.30pm – 5:00pm – Q&A with Rick & The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with The Electric Strawbs.

Evening performance:
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Strawbs (with Rick Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm – English Rock Ensemble

Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm – lunch and table magic
During lunch – Three games people for people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an auction.

2:00pm – 2:30pm – The Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
2:35pm – 3:00pm – Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm – Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble – Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.

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Steven Wilson’s LA Show Will Be Streamed Through the Web

“Steven Wilson has teamed up with Live Nation and Yahoo to live-stream his June 13th concert from Los Angeles. This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.

Fans can tune in on June 13th at 8:00pm PT here: https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/steven-wilson

Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360.”


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Generation Prog Festival marks November 20 as the date for its 5th festival to take place.



First artist announcements comprise of THE ARISTOCRATS, who will play their first gig in Nürnberg and the ALESSANDRO BERTONI KEYSTONE QUARTET.



Bertoni, residing in Los Angeles, will present his album for the first time in Europe and brought an international European combo together exclusively for the festival.

The Alessandro Bertoni Keystone Quartet consists of:
Alessandro Bertoni – keyboards
Tom MacLean (To-Mera, ex-HAKEN) – guitar
Michael Schetter (Relocator) – bass
Frank Tinge (Relocator) – drums





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THE ARISTOCRATS announce European Tour


The Aristocrats are set to return to Europe with their unique brand of instrumental rock-fusion, as part of their world tour promoting their upcoming third studio album Tres Caballeros.

The Tres Caballeros world tour, which starts with eight weeks across North America, will continue to Europe with a first leg in November and December 2015. A second leg, scheduled for early 2016, will be announced in the coming months. Full details of each confirmed show, with more dates being added in the near future, can be found on the Aristocrats website calendar page at: http://the-aristocrats-band.com/shows/

Current dates are:

16-Nov Cologne, DE Kantine
17-Nov Dortmund, DE Piano
18-Nov Frankfurt, DE Zoom
20-Nov Nurnberg, DE Generation Prog Festival
21-Nov Stuttgart, DE TBA
22-Nov Reichenbach, DE Bergkeller
24-Nov Munich, DE Strom
25-Nov Bratislava, SK Majestic Musik Club
26-Nov Nove Mesto, SK Blue Note
27-Nov Bochnia, PL Oratorium Sw. Kingi
28-Nov Warszaw, PL TBA
30-Nov Berlin, DE Kesselhaus
02-Dec Hamburg, DE Fabrik
04-Dec Larvik, NO Bolgen
06-Dec Istanbul, TR TBA

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MAGIC PIE concert update

Magic pie announce 3 gigs For August and October 2015:

21st August 2015
Gamla, OSLO, Norway

29th August 2015
Slottskogen Goes Progressive, Gothenburg, Sweden
10 Years Aniversary “Motions of Desire”

CONCERT 4th October 2015
Summers End UK

Find more information here

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Crowd Funding Project for “A Symphonic Tribute to HAKEN started

The Symphonic Theater of Dreams Project need a support in the process of creating new CD. Tribute to HAKEN.

The Symphonic Theater of Dreams Project (symphonic tributes to rock/progressive metal bands) together with the Sinfonietta Consonus orchestra, known from the debut album “A Symphonic Theater of Dreams”, need a support in the process of creating another CD entitled “A Symphonic Tribute to HAKEN”.

The project has full support of HAKEN.

You can pledge for the album here.

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Austrian progressive rock bands, Blank Manuskript and Mindspeak will hit the road for a five-show tour in southeastern Europe from June 10th to June 14th. The dates are below.

Blank Manuskript is putting final touches on their third full-length album titled “The Waiting Soldier,” and they will be performing a few songs from it on the upcoming dates, but will also include material from the first two records: “Tales From an Island” (2009) and “A Profound Path” (2013). Commented guitarist Alfons Wohlmuth on the new album: “It’s a concept album about a guy who decides to call himself a soldier and guard an object. He is not a very intelligent guy, he hasn’t found his place in life and therefore tries to find his way by becoming a soldier.”

Blank Manuskript will also play additional four shows from June 25th to June 28th in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Mindspeak, from Vienna will join Blank Manuskript for the first set of dates. Female-fronted quintet released their debut album titled “Pictures” last year, and they will be promoting it live on the upcoming tour.

Blank Manuskript & Mindspeak 2015 tour:

June 10th – Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina @ Caffe Galerija Bunt
June 11th – Nis, Serbia @ Black Stage
June 12th – Subotica, Serbia @ Club Mladost
June 13th – Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary @ Rock Lyuk
June 14th – Verona, Italy @ Il Giardino (only Blank Manuskript)
June 25th – Bremen, Germany @ Local Radio Fest (only Blank Manuskript)
June 26th – Eernegem, Belgium @ B52 (only Blank Manuskript)
June 27th – Nieuwerkerk, The Netherlands @ ‘t Blok (only Blank Manuskript)
June 28th – Iserlohn, Germany @ Friedensfest (only Blank Manuskript)

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KINETIC ELEMENT Returns with Sophomore Release

On June 1, 2015 Kinetic Element will release “Travelog,” the band’s first album of new material since the release of the critically acclaimed album “Powered by Light”

Kinetic elementTRAVELOGKinetic Element is a neo-symphonic progressive rock band from Richmond, Virginia that is influenced by the musical roots of classic artists such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Asia and Genesis and blends those influences with philosophical and spiritually powerful and uplifting lyrics.

Kinetic Element was formed as a platform to perform the music of keyboardist Mike Visaggio’s solo album, “Starship Universe” which was released in 2006 after Mike was selected to perform at the 2006 Pop Montreal festival. Their second album “Powered By Light,” was nominated for Best Debut album of 2009 by “The Prog Awards,” which was at that time an Italian reviews website.

Travelog is an opulent collection of ear-candy which will certainly ignite your senses. Everything from the beautiful acoustic guitar passages, to the majestic keyboards, baselines worthy of any late-night jazz club and vocals filled with social commentary. One moment your marching into war and the next seated in a cathedral, all swept along by beautiful percussive elements. Travelog is cohesive and beautifully set before you as though you were at the finest feast fit for king and court.

Travelog contains 74 minutes of music within 5 tracks.

1) War Song
2) Travelog
3) Into The Lair
4) Her
5) Vision

(Listen Here)

Recorded at “The Garage” Richmond, VA
Recording Engineer, Michael Murray
Mix and Mastered at Sound Resources, Chattanooga TN
Mixing and Mastering Engineers, Fred Schendel and Steve Babb
Layout and Graphics, Man In The Mountain

Kinetic Element is…
Mike Visaggio: Keyboards & Vocals
Michael Murray: Drums & Vocals
Todd Russell:  Guitars
Mark Tupko: Bass

Guest Appearances by…
Demitrius LaFavors (Odin’s Court) Vocals on War Song, Travelog and Vision
Michelle Schrotz (Brave) Vocals on Into The Lair
Mike Florio (Solo Artist) Vocals on Her

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Franck Carducci, Ghost Community and Barock Project to play thee concerts in UK in November

Carducci released his second album Torn Apart in January, with guest appearances by Steve Hackett. He describes the follow-up to to Oddity as “A bit dark, very intense and personal.”

Italian symphonic outfit Barock Project will release their album Skyline next month, following a successful crowdfunding campaign that was supported by dprp.

Ghost Community were formed last year by Riversea’s Marc Atkinson (since replaced by John Paul Vaughan), Simon Rogers (Also Eden), Matthew Cohen (The Reasoning), Moray Macdonald (Godsticks, Crimson Sky) and Jake Bradford-Sharp (The Reasoning, Echochain).


Concert dates are:

Sep 10: Southampton Talking Heads
Sep 12: Maltby Wesley Centre
Sep 13: Leamington Spa Zephyr Lounge

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ANURYZM Return with “Depolarized”, The 2nd Single from the Upcoming Album “All Is Not For All”

According to the band: “Depolarized” is track 4 from the upcoming album “All Is Not For All” and is about the world shifting polarities and the cataclysmic results of such developments. This can also be easily reduced to relate to the human condition. “Depolarized” has been released as a Digital Single and is available via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Tidal, Bandcamp, Xbox Music and more.

“All Is Not For All” follows their critically acclaimed debut album “Worm’s Eye View” released in 2011. The new album is an uncompromising collection of carefully calculated songs with an esoteric approach to the instrumentation, and masterful compositions on this release. “All Is Not For All” effortlessly melds elements of progressive metal with power, death, and even thrash metal to solidify their own unique sound.

If you listen closely you may even hear elements and an underlying familiarity of bands that have influenced Anuryzm  …….over the years, touches of Opeth, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and even Queensrÿche make for an incredibly compelling listen.

Additionally, the band have raised an army of venerable musicians from the music world to take up arms on the new album, with guest collaborations from the likes of; Michael Lepond (Symphony X), Uri Dijk (Textures & Ethereal), Charlie Zeleny (Whiplash), and interestingly, Christopher Chaplin (the youngest son of the late icon Charlie Chaplin) who plays Cello on Oceans Apart.

According to the band, thematically, “The album’s songs span a variety of topics including humbleness, nanotechnology, illness, astral projection, extraterrestrial encounters, love, longing and remorse, third culture upbringing, displacement and Japanese warrior code (Bushido) to name a few.”

Track Listing:

Full Agonist
The Challenger
Oceans Apart
All Is Not for All

Release Date:
June 15, 2015

John Bakhos (Guitars & Synths) Nadeem Bibby (Vocals), Miltiadis Kyvernitis (Additional Backing Vocals) Michael LePond (Bass) Charley Zeleny (Drums), Uri Dijk (Synths), Christopher Chaplin (Orchestral Strings on Oceans Apart)

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MATT STEVENS announces gigs for 2015

Matt Stevens has confirmed 5 solo acoustic gigs for 2015, supporting Jon Gomm and Steven Rothery alongside shows in Belfast and Italy. Stevens, who was recently named as one of the top guitarists in the Prog Magazine reader’s poll said “I’m not doing as many solo shows this year to allow time to work on the next Fierce And The Dead record and to write new solo material, but I’m hugely excited to be playing my first solo show in Italy and to play with Jon Gomm and Steven Rothery”.

Matt’s band The Fierce And The Dead will play a run of festival shows including this summer, including Summers End, Arctangent and the Rhythm Festival and they will release an EP later in the year.

Solo acoustic

14th June – Batteria Nomentana, Rome, Italy
4th July – Band On The Wall, Manchester UK with Steve Rothery
25th July – Belfast Guitar Festival, UK.
21st October – Jazz Cafe, London UK with Jon Gomm
7th Nov – The Stables, Milton Keynes UK with Steve Rothery

In addition Matt’s band The Fierce And The Dead play the following shows:

June 21st – Rhythms Festival, Hitchen
3rd July – Black Heart Camden w/Shivers
21st August – ArcTanGent
4th October – Summers End Festival

More information from www.mattstevensguitar,com

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