New Magic Pie album to be released 25th Mayx

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” 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 – DrumsLEPROUS reveal cover artwork and track listing for 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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NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL completes line up of the 10th anniversary

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Äglagård doing the air balloon duet at the Loreley stage

The final line-up of the 10th Night of the Prog festival in Germany is confirmed.
The anniversary edition of the festival on the Loreley open air stage will celebrate the past decade with a sort of “Best of” from the past 9 years, added with some new names.
So it’s welcome back to the Loreley stage for Fish, Steve Hackett, Neal Morse, Pain of Salvation, Pendragon, Riverside, The Enid, Lazuli, Sylvan and Haken.
And since this jubilee edition will take place on 3 days (just like the 3rd edition in 2008) there’s also plenty of room for first time Night of the Prog performers Camel, The Gentle Storm, Steve Rothery Band, Beardfish, IO Earth, Kaipa da Capo, Lesoir, Luna Kiss and Special Providence.

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Steve Hackett revisiting Genesis

The amphitheatre atop the rock of the Loreley is located inmidst a world heritage and is a one-of-a-kind place for performing music. This, the music and the calmed and relaxed atmosphere, created by prog fans from around the world, makes Night of the Prog an event never to forget!

It’s no wonder that the Night of the Prog festival always is ranked as one of the prog highlights of the year in our annual polls.

And this special, extended, festival is surely something not to be missed!
Of course DPRP will be present again at this great festival for a full report.

Tickets can be bought here: https://www.wiv-ticket-shop.com/en/night-of-the-prog-festival-x/

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ENOCHIAN THEORY mastermind BEN HARRIS-HAYES unveils solo project

Harris-Hayes_Voice_kleinBen Harris-Hayes recently released the first video single “Finding a Voice”, the first of a three piece project.

“I have always wanted to perform and record everything myself, as I’ve been playing many instruments since I was about 8…all self-taught, but I still always felt it would be a worthwhile exercise and also, enjoyable to have complete control over where the songs head.” says Harris-Hayes and gives us an oversight of the songs: 


“The current video single is called Finding A Voice, and I guess you could say it’s simply about finding your own way through things…reaching a point where you NEED to speak up.
There’s an underlying element of awareness of mental health in the song, but the key is the positivity of speaking up and being yourself…no matter what stigma is apparently attached to the issue you’re addressing.

The next ‘video-single’ (being shot in April) is entitled Grail Of A Secular Age and that Harris-Hayes2015explores how utterly alone we can feel in this day and age, despite being surrounded by so many people.

The final song will be entitled Down Where The Colours Float, which is an exploration of appreciation for the things you have in your life…not what you feel your want.”

About the realisation of the project as a one-piece package he explains:
“The current plan is to continue to release the video-singles as and when the videos are done, building the individual releases to a 3 tracks E.P, which I hope to compile for release through a small label…or through my own self-funded means, either way it will happen!” About his further plany, Harris-Hayes reveals:
“I have TONS of music written, unfinished demos and some strong ideas that I enjoy listening to…so, I hope to go through them all and expand them into a full album, AFTER the compiling e.p is done.
I have some fun ideas for the full album and the more I think about it, the more I’d like to get some friends on bands I’ve toured with to perform on the record, just to really bring my ideas to life.”

Harris-Hayes’ social media links:

‘Finding A Voice’ video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df9TOk6DbnA
Audio only:  https://benharris-hayes.bandcamp.com/track/finding-a-voice
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BenEnochian
Twitter:   @BenHarrisHayes

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Lend your voice to SYNAESTHESIA

Synaesthesia are publicly asking for everybodys vocal recordings. DPRP wants you all to assist in creating the biggest prog choir ever! Let’s flood the band with files of us singing! :D

The band’s open call:

“We want you on our next album!

We’re recording a song which needs a crowd vocal part, and instead of using a rubbish pretend crowd, we wanted to make you guys a part of it.

To get involved, simply record yourself singing along to the recording at the link below, and send your recording via email to band@synhq.eu with the subject line “Sound of Bells”.”

https://soundcloud.com/synaesthesia/sound-of-bells-crowd-vocal-guide

 

Synaesthesia-recording

 
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FREE prog intiative at t’Blok

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Italian Prog Ensemble NOT A GOOD SIGN To Release Sophomore Album “From a Distance”

NotAGoodSignMilan, Italy – Italy’s Fading Records/AltrOck will be releasing the highly anticipated second album by the Milan-based band NOT A GOOD SIGN. The new album is titled “From a Distance,” and in these tracks many will recognize the ‘old school’ Prog from the ’70s, but in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the gloomy but colorful imagery of the band.

Says Not a Good Sign, “For every band, a second record is a great achievement and at the same time an occasion to focus on past experience and visions. We expect we’ll satisfy all the people who enjoyed our first work and we hope to gain new fans, even amongst people who don’t like progressive rock.”

Not a Good Sign are proud and full of hope. Their second release, “From a Distance”, follows up where their 2013 self-titled debut album left off. “From a Distance” starts from the best parts of its predecessor and presents new developments and solutions. The Milan-based band, created in 2011 by Paolo “Ske” Botta and Francesco Zago (Yugen) along with producer Marcello Marinone, has a renewed line-up. During the February 28th album presentation, Not a Good Sign introduced to the fans their new guitarist Gian Marco Trevisan, replacing founding member Zago who left the band after the recording of “From a Distance.”

Upcoming gigs:
March 27th – Musicolepsia (Melegnano – Milan); May 29th – live unplugged Radio Cernusco Stereo; August 20th – Crescendo Festival (St. Palais sur Mer, France).

“From a Distance” studio personnel:
Paolo “Ske” Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Alessandro Cassani, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Francesco Zago, guitars

Guests:
Maurizio Fasoli (Yugen), grand piano
Eleonora Grampa, English horn/oboe
Jacopo Costa, vibraphone/glockenspiel

Live 2015 line-up:
Paolo “Ske” Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Alessandro Cassani, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Gian Marco Trevisan, guitars

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The Aristocrats third studio album “Tres Caballeros”

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Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is slated for release in late June.

After two fairly raw trio albums, Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums.

“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band – four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago! – and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” says guitarist Guthrie Govan. “The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio which had some thoroughly inspiring rock’n’roll “mojo”; our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict “trio” format… all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out. Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so… here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”

The Tres Caballeros tour will bring the band’s new musical vision in trio form to stages across North America in their most ambitious jaunt yet. The Aristocrats will be supported by fellow rock/fusion power trio The Travis Larson Band.

Tour details can be found on the Aristocrats website calendar page at:
http://the-aristocrats-band.com/shows/

 

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Cinematic prog rock band CIRCULINE announce release date for their debut album

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Performing original and classic progressive rock, Circuline was founded in 2014 when former progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey members Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Bill Shannon (guitars, vocals), and Darin Brannon (drums, percussion) had a burning desire to write original material. Lead vocalists Billy Spillane and Natalie Brown were up for the challenge, having performed in countless venues as singers, actors, dancers, and rock musicians.

Circuline’s debut album called “Return” is set to be released on April 24th, 2015, and will feature guest appearances from Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) on bass, Randy McStine (Lo­Fi Resistance) as a songwriter and vocalist, and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) on electric violin. Paul Ranieri (Shadow Eden) is currently the touring bassist with the band.

Even though they are a relatively new band, Circuline has already opened for recent RoSfest headliner Elephants of Scotland, and Top 10 CMJ charting power rock trio, Shadow Eden. Besides performing modern Prog Rock original tunes, you will also hear classic progressive rock music from Yes, Genesis, Rush, Sound of Contact, and Pink Floyd. The band will be opening for 20-year, 16-album progressive rock veterans Glass Hammer for three shows in the Northeastern U.S. from April 24th to April 26th, 2015.

Circuline is:

Andrew Colyer – keyboards, vocals
Bill Shannon – lead guitars, vocals
Billy Spillane – lead vocals
Darin Brannon – drums, percussion
Natalie Brown – lead vocals

Links:

http://CirculineMusic.com/

https://twitter.com/CirculineMusic

https://www.facebook.com/CirculineMusic

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Australian canterbury icon Daevid Allen has passed away

DaevidAllen2Allen was diagnosed on cancer in 2014. He announced to not fight the disease due
to his persuasion that it is best to let things go their way instead of undergoing complicated surgeries.

 

Allen founded most influential canterbury bands SOFT MACHINE and GONG.

 

 

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The Psychedelic Ensemble new release

US based old school proggers The Psychedelic Ensemble, have just released their new album “The Sunstone”. All three previus albums by TPE have received a “dprp recommended” review so far.

The album can be purchased through the band’s own web store.

Wathc the video of th esingle version of the new track “Digging Up the Past”:

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Video from the first Empty Tremor live album

EmptyTremor2015Empty Tremor are back to celebrate with their fans twenty years of unforgettable moments, collected in an acoustic album recorded live at “Arena di Mezzano (RA – Italy), their hometown, on August 2nd 2013, during the 20th anniversary celebrating live show.

The album “Slice Of Live”, available on March 27, 2015, features the most touching songs of the band’s career in a new involving and emotional arrangement.

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