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    Artist News: Astonishing News From Dream Theater
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, November 28 @ 16:20:05 PST (49 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Well, news about The Astonishing of course, but we couldn't resist including a clever (to us) headline -- call it our Monday Madness. Nevertheless, Dream Theater's recent epic release The Astonishing will live a second life as a novel. From DT, author Peter Orullian and the publisher - Vault Books - here is the descriptive blurb:

    "The Astonishing, the novel, builds on the story rendered in The Astonishing, the ground-breaking concept album by the kings of progressive metal, Dream Theater. The novel adds new plot lines and intrigue, additional characters and motivations, as well as explanations and ideas not explored on the album. ​It also has several exclusives [...].

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    Concerts: Ayreon To Perform Live In 2017 (Already Sold Out!), Plus New Album Planned
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, November 26 @ 17:19:28 PST (24 reads)
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    While the tickets have all sold out in the short period of time between announcement and our posting of this news item, Ayreon will perform live for the first time ever as Ayreon Universe, performing the best of Ayreon (presumably new material as well, as there is a new album being recorded; more on that below).

    The now sold-out dates are: September 15, 16 and 17, 2017 at the Poppodium 013 in Tilburg, NL.

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    Concerts: Haken Announce 10th Anniversary 2017 European Tour; "Aquarius" & "Visions" R
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, November 26 @ 16:02:33 PST (16 reads)
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    Haken celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017, hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album Affinity. Coinciding with this, the band will go out on a headline tour of Europe in March & April. Tickets went on sale November 23.

    InsideOutMusic will also be reissuing the band’s first two albums, Aquarius & Visions, on the 3rd February 2017 in new remastered 2CD editions, as well as vinyl for the very first time.

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    Concerts: Glass Hammer To Perform In Europe For First Time Ever
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, November 26 @ 11:37:15 PST (25 reads)
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    As reported earlier this week via Prog and Glass Hammer themselves: "US proggers Glass Hammer will perform their first ever European live show when they headline Italy's 2 Days Of Prog + 1 Festival in September 2017.

    "This will be band's first European dates in their near quarter century existence. 'We are approaching the twenty-fifth anniversary of Glass Hammer in 2017 and headlining the Veruno Festival seems a very good way to celebrate,' bassist Steve Babb told Prog. 'The band is planning to perform our new release Valkyrie in its entirety, along with other songs from the back catalog that have never been performed live. We’re also headlining Quebec’s Terra Incognita Festival in May, and hope to add more dates in the near future.' [Prog]

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    Concerts: Rhapsody To Reunite On Tour In 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, November 25 @ 15:26:33 PST (22 reads)
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    If you recall, some years ago there was a band called Rhapsody. They changed their name to Rhapsody Of Fire in 2003 due to some sort of name-conflict with the Rhapsody music service. Then the band split in 2011 ... but in the unusual way of splitting into two, not just all going their separate ways. Rhapsody Of Fire continued with some members, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody with others (noticeably, of course, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody's/ROF's main composer). That's the rather spotty "Cliff Notes" version of the "story so far." Each thread has released music since the cleaving -- ROF with Dark Wings Of Steel (2013) and Into The Legend (2015); LTR with Ascending To Infinity (2012) and Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus (2015) (a reissue called Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live is due on December 9, marking the first studio album remixed in Dolby Atmos - we'll talk about that later).

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    Concerts: Intromental Worldwide Presents: Progressive Aspects Tour 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, November 25 @ 12:21:27 PST (22 reads)
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    As shared by Intromental on November 23: "Having 3 bands like Wolverine, Until Rain and Lost In Thought, teaming up for a European tour, you're in for a prog-show, in the true meaning of covering the full spectrum of the genre. Be it Wolverine's ambient and tranquil approach, Until Rain's more bombastic but also darker type of prog to the Dream Theater-ish technical angle of Lost In Thought, it's all there. A night, you won't want to miss, no matter which sub-genre, you prefer.

    "Wolverine - Sweden:

    "Wolverine recently released their 5th album, and have received great reviews from the press and fantastic feedback from the fans. The band has evolved from being a death metal act in the early days, to an ambient and melodic kind of progressive band. It's definitely in the softer area of the metal genre, but the emotion, the band creates, has an extremely high impact, when the ideas settle in the minds of the listener.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Maschine Launch Lyric Video For "Night & Day"
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, October 30 @ 00:27:04 PDT (66 reads)
    Album Release News

    Young British progressive rockers Maschine recently announced the release of their second studio album Naturalis on November 18th, 2016 on InsideOut Music. Now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the album, and you can watch the lyric video for "Night & Day" below.


    Lead guitarist & vocalist Luke Machin had this to say: "We are hugely proud to share this piece with you all as it's a true gripping story of one man's natural instinct to fight on night and day. The combined creation of the music and visuals has brought this story to life and we are really excited for you to hear it."

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    Artist News: Riverside Keeps Flowing...
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 15 @ 00:00:25 PDT (51 reads)
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    Catching up with Riverside they recently announced that they will continue as a trio without a permanent guitarist, using friends who are session guitarists - and are preparing to record a new album. In the meantime, the band are releasing the previously announced and featured (but not yet reviewed) Eye Of The Soundscape, which comes out on October 21 (listen to "Where The River Flows" linked below). According to the band, they intend to play their first gig in February 2017 (the one year anniversary of guitarist Piotr's untimely death.

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    CD/DVD Releases: The Sunpilots Launch Crowdfunding Campaign
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 14 @ 23:56:23 PDT (36 reads)
    Album Release News

    Firstly, who are Sunpilots? I had to ask myself - it was a sponsored post in my personal FB feed (vs the PW FB feed); I played the video and... decided to share their post here. Not sure if they consider themselves prog, they aren't in the classic sence (e.g., not Yes, ELP, etc., imitators), but... there was something modern prog about them to me.

    So, hailing from Australia, the band now lives on the road, with no fixed location. You can read their bio and you'll see I'm not exagerating. They've released 2 albums already - Living Receiver and King Of The Sugarcoated Tongues, and are now crowdfunding for their third; here's the post:

    "We're excited to bring you guys another new album preview! 'Fireflies' filmed live in the studio. We're independent and need your help to make this record. Head to pledge.thesunpilots.com if you want to support our crowdfunding campaign. Share and spread the word!"

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    CD/DVD Releases: Lifesigns Launch Pledge Campaign For New CD "Cardington" And See Success
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 14 @ 21:40:13 PDT (92 reads)
    Album Release News

    "Lifesigns are proud to announce the official launch of the pledge camapaign for our new CD Cardington. We hope you will join us in making Cardington the next step in the world of Lifesigns. [...] For those about to pledge ...we salute you :-) xx"

    In researching more info on this, we learned from their website that they have already met 100% of their goal! In two days! But, that doesn't mean you can't still contribute. Go to www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lifesignsalbum. The album is due Spring 2017.

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    Concerts: Marillion To Headline Friday Night At Be Prog! My Friend 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 14:35:19 PDT (179 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) British Prog Rockers Marillion Join Tull, Anathema, Ulver And More On Barcelona 2017 Bill

    As posted at Prog magazine's website - and shared by Marillion - "Marillion have been announced as the Friday night headliner at this [coming] year's Be Prog! My Friend festival in Barcelona.

    "The UK prog rockers, currently riding high in the charts with new album FEAR, the band's highest charting UK album since 1987's Clutching At Straws will perform on Friday June 30. They join fellow headliners Jethro Tull, who perform on Saturday July 1 and Ulver, Anathema, Animals As Leaders and Caligula's Horse who have previously been announced.

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    CD/DVD Releases: RPWL Plays "The Man And The Journey" CD/DVD Out October 28
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 11:49:40 PDT (91 reads)
    Album Release News

    German prog band RPWL shared via Facebook: "GREAT NEWS! Our Pink Floyd-show The Man And The Journey recorded last February will be out just in time to our autumn tour! The digipak contains an audio CD and a DVD (incl. stereo and DTS surround sound). It's already ready to pre-order in our shop."

    And via that shop: "The recording showcases a band in top form that brings the unorthodox set to life with playful lightness. RPWL take the audience on a trip through a human’s life. From getting up in the morning, going to work, all the way to nightmares and a lot more: in the first part of the show the band lays out the regular course of a person’s day. The second part, though, consists of the dreamlike spiritual contemplation of all the things that happened in the first part.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Jadis' New Album "No Fear Of Looking Down" Due Out October 24
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 11:23:54 PDT (68 reads)
    Album Release News

    In an update to an item we posted in September, the new Jadis album, No Fear Of Looking Down, will be released on October 24. Pre-orders for the new studio album are now open at the Jadis website, payment via PayPal.

    The band will be signing the first 300 numbered copies.

    View the tracklisting and hear (and view) and audio sampler of 4 tracks below:

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    CD/DVD Releases: Izz To Release "Ampersand, Volume 2" October 11
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 10:41:44 PDT (38 reads)
    Album Release News

    In a recent Facebook posting, Izz announced the following: Ampersand, Volume 2 will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and all other digital download retailers on October 11th. Physical copies of the Ampersand, Volume 2 CD (including a limited number of autographed copies) are available for pre-order now in North America directly from the Doone Records store: www.squareup.com/store/doonerecords. For international purchase of the CD, please visit www.izzmusic.com --> "Music" for a listing of international vendors, which include www.justforkicks.de in Germany and Europe and www.whiteknightrecords.co.uk in the UK.

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    Artist News: Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen Explore New Frontiers
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 07 @ 23:09:18 PDT (47 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    The second item "trapped" in our "hopper" is:

    "Frontiers Music Srl is very pleased to announce the launch of a new musical partnership between singer Anette Olzon and producer/songwriter/guitar player Jani Liimatainen for a new studio album, which will see release on the label in 2017.

    Anette is mostly known for being the immaculate voice on hit albums from Nightwish such as Dark Passion Play and Imaginareum. Jani has recently been busy in Cain's Offering Official alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica. They are now working together on a record which promises to be a huge statement in the European metal scene for years to come!

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    From The Editor
    February 21, 2016: No, really, we're still here. Ye old editor has a secondary life that for 3 months (Jan-Mar) becomes the primary life (nothing to do with primaries, incidentally)... and so into prog-hibernation we go ... Today, this is us peeking out the cave entrance to see if winter has passed yet...

    Big Story of Today
    There isn't a Biggest Story for Today, yet.

    Current Rotation
    The following titles are currently among those in rotation at the editor's desk:

    Aaron English - American [Fever] Dream
    IO Earth - IO Earth
    IO Earth - Moments
    IQ - Frequency
    Matthew Parmenter - Horror Express
    and more... (yes, 'stuck' on the RF2012/NF2012 lineup)

    Featured Reviews
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    Flying Colors - Live In Europe (reviewed 12-31-13)

    Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (40th Anniversary Special Edition) (reviewed 12-31-12)

    Mostly Autumn - Live At The Boerderij (reviewed 08-18-13)

    Jake Nielsen - Perspective (reviewed 12-26-12)

    Threshold - March Of Progress (reviewed 10-28-12)


    CONTEST #36:

    Congrats to Rick Tvedt, our winner of a copy of Bangtower's Casting Shadows CD. Contest #37 coming soon...

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