PROG SPHERE Invites Bands to Send Submissions for 20th Edition of Progstravaganza Compilation Series

“Prog Sphere’s Progstravaganza progressive rock and metal compilation series have been around since August 2010, and during that time over 400 bands paraded through it. Prog Sphere is currently taking submissions for the jubilee, twentieth edition and bands from all around the world are welcome to take part. Continue reading

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Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited Live at The Royal Albert Hall DVD 7 CD box set & Oct Nov Tour


“Prog pioneer Steve Hackett proudly announces the DVD release of his critically acclaimed live spectacular Genesis Revisited, filmed at the sold out show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall in October 2013. The DVD of this landmark performance will hit the stores on 30th June 2014.

Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall - the next best thing after being there – was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound and will be available in the following formats:

-       Standard 2CD/DVD digipak
-       Limited 2CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray art-book with liner notes, photos and bonus interview features

An ecstatic Steve Hackett comments: “I’m excited the Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited show at the extraordinary Royal Albert Hall is being released on both DVD and Blu-Ray in 5.1. It was a thrilling musical experience for all concerned with a fantastic light / visual show!  Paul Green and team filmed it brilliantly too. It’s a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses…” Continue reading

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“ESCAPETHECULT began life in 2008 as the brainchild of ambitious bassist PETER G. SHALLMIN of Siberian band KAMLATH, whose vision of an all-encompassing progressive metal audio/visual experience took shape with the help of some very high calibre musicians.

Joined by TIM ALEXANDER of PRIMUS/A PERFECT CIRCLE, Swedish guitar virtuoso and Grammy nominee MIKE WEAD of KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE and French vocalist MATTHIEU ROMARIN of UNEVEN STRUCTURE; ESCAPETHECULT is nothing short of 2014’s most exciting prog super group. Continue reading

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Mistheria announces recording of their new album “Gemini”

“The guitar recording sessions for Mistheria’s new instrumental metal album “GEMINI” are finally booked for this Summer 2014: Roger Staffelbach will record the most of the songs, Leonardo Porcheddu and Ivan Mihaljević will complete the job on a song each. Special guests will be announced soon. “GEMINI” lineup is completed with John Macaluso (drums), Steve DiGiorgio and Dino Fiorenza (bass), Mistheria (keyboards).

In the meantime, take a look at the videoclip here below from the KLAVITARA Zagreb Festival (June 7, 2014) on the amazing mobile keyboard Xkey by CME. A performance by my only left hand possible thanks to the excellent key’s mechanic featured by this compact and portable USB keyboard to play anywhere, anytime.. love it! ;-)

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STEVE ROTHERY announces release of ‘Live In Rome’ CD/DVD through InsideOutMusic


“Legendary Marillion guitarist and founding member Steve Rothery has revealed that, in advance of his much anticipated new solo album ‘The Ghosts of Pripyat’, he will release a brand new CD/DVD set titled ‘Live In Rome’. Released through InsideOutMusic on the 25th August 2014, this stunning show sees Rothery & band premiering some of the material from his forthcoming solo album.

Steve had this to say about the set: “The Rome concert was only the second time my band had performed together but they are some of the finest musicians I’ve ever worked with and the concert was an unforgettable experience. The incredible interest I’m getting for the studio album from all round the world makes this an important record of the progression of the project.” Continue reading

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Progressive Promotion Festival

“This years PPR Festival will take place on Sept 12th. and 13th, in Rüsselsheim(Germany).
The line-up features Mystery, Vanden Plas, Nemo, Martigan, Flaming Row, Profusion, and Frequency Drift!”
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An evening with Tim Bowness & Henry Fool (featuring Colin Edwin)


A special Dutch gig @ De Boerderij, September 11th is announced, with some extremely pure and fine progressive UK artists working together. There is TIM BOWNESS and HENRY FOOL featuring COLIN EDWIN, playing their solo music as well as No-Man material. On top of that, the night will be supported by special guest and loop specialist MATT STEVENS.

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United Progressive Fraternity

” Exciting news from down under!

Although, well known Australian Progressive Rock group Unitopia have decided to call it a day, the musical spirit still lives on in the newly formed United Progressive Fraternity. A phoenix from the ashes, UPF are a tour de force with ex-Unitopia members Matt Williams on guitar, Dave Hopgood on drums, Tim Irrgang on percussion and the ever magical voice of Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack, whose vision this juggernaut is. Added to this, Mark has managed to corral some progressive rock heavyweights in the form of keyboard player, guitarist, vocalist and song-writer, friend Guy Manning (Manning, The Tangent), Steve Gee on bass (Landmarq) and on the first UPF album and also on their up and coming tour of the UK and Europe later in the year, wind player Ian Ritchie (renowned for his work with Roger Waters).

On 31 March, UPF the band  announced their existence with the video release of “The Water”, from the debut album ‘Fall in Love with the World’ (due for release in October 2014) and which includes a collaboration with ex- Yes front man Jon Anderson and input from former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett.  Steve Unruh will also appear as a special guest on the album, playing the violin and flute.   [ "Water" with Jon Anderson ]

The band will be touring the UK and Europe in the autumn and have already secured a place at the prestigious Summers End Festival as the Special Guest slot on Saturday night.
Fall in Love with the World   (release date October 2014):
David Hopgood (Drums/Vocals) [Unitopia]
Guy Manning (Keyboards/Guitars/Mandolins/Vocals) [Manning, The Tangent]
Mark (Truey) Trueack (Vocals) [Unitopia]
Matt Williams (Guitars/Vocals) [Unitopia]
Daniel Mash – bass, vocals (The Tangent)
Marek Arnold – sax, clarinet, keyboards
Tim Irrgang (Percussion) [Unitopia]

Special Guests:

Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett, Steve Unruh, Mary Katherine, Brittany and Holly Trueack.”

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GuitarEuroMedia Guitar Solo Contest 2014

“A new cool guitar solo contest has been launched at very recently, here is the mini website :

This contest is open worldwide, whatever the style and tone !! 3 WINNERS will be choosen by the judges giving them the chance to record a solo on the 2nd edition of “Guitar Addiction” CD !!

The album version will feature Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Atma Anur (Cacophony, Jason Becker, Greg Howe … ) on drums and Charly Sahona (solo, Venturia) on guitars.

Each winner will also receive software licences from Riffstation and Guitar Pro.

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ASIA to release a unique live document of the original line-up’s performance of the debut album in full

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“Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of ASIA newest live CD/DVD package entitled “High Voltage” on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America. Recorded on the 24th July 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this ASIA live CD / DVD captures the band, in the original line-up (featuring Steve Howe on guitar), performing classic material from the 80’s, plus songs from the first two albums of its reunion, “Phoenix” and “Omega”. Continue reading

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SEETHER revealed ‘Words As Weapons’ video

“Multi-platinum alternative rock trio Seether will release their highly anticipated, sixth studio albumIsolate And Medicate on June 30, 2014 via The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group/Spinefarm Records.

The band revealed their video for the song ‘Words As Weapons’, taken from the new album. Watch it here on Seether’s Vevo channel on Youtube. Continue reading

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MYSTERY – Unveil the Mystery (compilation)


“Canadian act MYSTERY are one of contemporary Progressive Rock’s biggest bands, and last year’s “The World Is A Game” album firmly cemented their reputation as one of the natural heirs to the legacy of Canadian prig legends such as Saga and Rush.

Following the departure of singer Benoit David, Unicorn Digital presents “Unveil The Mystery” the Volume two of the compilation series following “At The Dawn of a New Millennium” and this time focuses on material from the Benoit David Era who also replaced Jon Anderson in YES between 2009 and 2012 and recorded 3 mystery albums between 2000 and 2012.”

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Distorted Harmony to release their second album “Chain Reaction”

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“Distorted harmony started as a concept by a frustrated jazz pianist and was formed in 2009 when founder Yoav Efron (keyboards/producer) teamed up with Yogev Gabay (drums). The two were later joined by Misha Soukhinin (vocals), Iggy Jjackson-Cohen (bass) and Guy Landau (guitars) and in 2011, as a band, made their live debut (sublime, tel aviv). Shortly after, the band entered the studio to work on their debut album “Utopia”. Continue reading

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“Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning, YES are proud to announce they will release their new studio album, HEAVEN & EARTH, on July 18th on Frontiers Records. Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. HEAVEN & EARTH is available now for pre-order on Amazon here: Continue reading

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Sounds Of Fall – A new progrock and progmetal event!

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After the succes of this years’ Celebrate 2014 festival, Layered Reality Productions & FREIA music combine their forces again to bring another progressive rock and metal based event to the Dutch grounds!

The newly founded Sounds Of Fall event will feature international progressive rock and metal bands which will take to the stage on the 25th of October in de IJsbreker in Leusden. This is the same stage where Layered Reality Productions had it’s Breaking The Layers event in 2012.

A facebook event for this new concert is now available at this link:
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