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    CD/DVD Releases: Erik Norlander To Release "Surreal" June 21
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, June 18 @ 16:43:24 PDT (48 reads)
    Album Release News

    Due out from Think Tank Media on June 21, 2016, Erik Norlander releases Surreal - the "new full-length visionary album [...]. After two recent highly-acclaimed releases with his Rocket Scientists project, Norlander now presents the follow-up to his 2009 solo epic, The Galactic Collective, released in several forms including a live DVD/CD set. Surreal continues in that spirit with traditional rock band instrumentation fronted by Norlander’s own timeless, signature keyboards. Surreal gives both a nod to the past and puts an eye on the future with lush analog soundscapes, real living human grooves, and unforgettable melodic lead work that will keep the songs playing in the listener’s head long after the music stops."

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    Artist News: Magellan's Trent Gardner Passes
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, June 16 @ 13:36:31 PDT (75 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Updated 8:30pm PST: While the nature of Magallan's Trent Gardner's passing on June 11 have not been shared, the family has shared that it was sudden and unexpected.

    A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the family cover funeral expenses - you can get to the campaign through the Magellan website.

    While Gardner's musical history starts before Magellan, the first Magallan album was Hour Of Restoration (1991) - which included brother Wayne on guitars (who passed in 2014) and Hal Imbrie on bass - the first release (by catalog number) from the then new label Magna Carta -- the album includes the epic track "Magna Carta."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Epica To Release 'The Holographic Principle' On September 30th!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 05 @ 10:45:57 PDT (110 reads)
    Album Release News

    Holland's greatest symphonic metal band, Epica, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principal. Once again it'll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann.

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    Concerts: Experimental Rock 3 Piece From San Francisco - Impuritan Just Announced Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, June 04 @ 20:00:00 PDT (118 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Impuritan just released Everything Is Magick in January 2016 - an eight-song alchemical mix of psychedelia, post-rock, space-rock, ambient noise, and surf. Two multi-instrumentalists and use of live loops/samples makes the band sound larger than three members. Their US East Coast tour begins in June (see dates below) supporting shoegaze pioneers The Veldt, followed by a performance at Local Legends Festival in NJ and much more.

    Impuritan is a sonic embodiment of life, death, love, hate, space, time, evolution and extinction. An abstract dream or visceral nightmare. In stereo. Wellspring eternal.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Cosmograf To Release "The Unreasonable Silence" June 13, 2016
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, June 01 @ 18:43:48 PDT (30 reads)
    Album Release News

    In more web-wanderings, we learned that Cosmograf, the UK progressive rock project headed by Robin Armstrong, will release their 5th album, The Unreasonable Silence on June 13, 2016.

    According to the website, the album is "an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.

    "'It's essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus's writings about mankind's struggle to understand the universe and our role within it,' says the concept's creator Robin Armstrong. 'Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.'

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    CD/DVD Releases: Red Jasper Release "777"
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, June 01 @ 17:24:03 PDT (24 reads)
    Album Release News

    Well I'll be darned. Red Jasper have released a new album. It, 777, came out in April, from Angel Air Records. Not only that, it comes on the heels of 2015's release The Great And Secret Show.

    I had last heard from Red Jasper years and years ago when David Clifford emailed me to say the band was no more or something along those lines -- computer failures mean I likely don't have that email anymore. Nevertheless, gone they were. I had given their 1993 release Midsummer's Night Dream good marks, and so, too, to their 1997 release Anagramary (the other releases not - yet - reviewed), so I was sad at their dissolution...

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    Concerts: Steve Howe To Tour UK In Support of "Homebrew 6"
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, June 01 @ 15:51:54 PDT (69 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    As posted to the Steve Howe website this past weekend, Steve will tour this coming October in support of his recently released CD Homebrew 6, including these venues: Landmark Arts Centre, Salisbury Arts Centre, St. John’s Church, The Quay Theatre, Band on the Wall, The Jazz Café, City Varieties, The Queen’s Hall, Otley Court House, Colston Hall, The 1865, Lancaster Priory, Rhosygilwen, and Civic Centre (see dates below)

    Of Homebrew 6, Steve says: “'20 years on since the first volume of Homebrew, I am especially pleased to have compiled a rounded release covering material for bands and my solo albums, here in their original form, at the point where the writing defines my feelings and possibilities of these particular pieces, before they’ve been rearranged for general release.”

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    CD/DVD Releases: News Bits: Jadis, Alberto Rigoni, Grave Digger...
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 29 @ 16:16:31 PDT (44 reads)
    Album Release News

    Here are some news items we scooped up over the last few weeks:

    Vecteur K To Release New Concept Album. Unicorn Digital is proud to present the second studio album from Quebec Progressive Rock band Vecteur K. The new album, entitled Incident Au Café, will be available May 1st 2016.

    The new Vecteur K concept album contains 10 songs sung in French. Vecteur K had released a first album on Unicorn Digital in 2009 entitled La Peur Du Desert.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Karmakanic To Release "DOT" July 22, 2016
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 29 @ 16:08:33 PDT (23 reads)
    Album Release News

    While traipsing through the "interwebs" this afternoon, I alighted on the InsideOutMusic page - not that I don't visit anyway - and noticed that Karmakanic have a new CD, DOT, coming out in July -- July 22 to be exact. This is the first since their 2011 release In A Perfect World [which spent months, months, in my player -ed.]. According to the press release, the current lineup is: Jonas Reingold, Göran Edman, Morgan Ågren, Lalle Larsson, Nils Erikson and Krister Jonsson - the only change from In A Perfect World is Ågren on drums.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Asia's "Phoenix" Has Re-risen!
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, May 27 @ 15:28:14 PDT (32 reads)
    Album Release News

    While this was posted/announced last month, we uh... just noticed the news: Asia announced the re-release of their Phoenix album (though you should not blame them for the headline - that's in us (me, the ed.).

    "All four original members of Asia are pleased to announce the re-release of Phoenix, the first album recorded during the reunion of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, on the band’s own imprint label Asia Music Ltd, via Cherry Red," they note.

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    Concerts: Flamborough Head At The Walled Garden Music Fest, Brightling Park 2016
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, May 25 @ 22:03:10 PDT (17 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Dutch progressive rock band Flamborough Head announced a couple of months ago now that they will perform at the The Walled Garden Music Fest in Brightling Park, East Sussex, England on Friday 15 July 2016.

    "[...] A perfect setting for a three days festival. On Friday Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel will headline the evening. Saturday 16 July is reserved for several tribute bands celebrating the music of Phil Collins, Queen, Supertramp and David Bowie. Sunday will see Marc Almond, Nik Kershaw and Go West (a.o.)," the band notes.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Pioneering Experimental Rockers Virus Debut "Rogue Fossil" Video
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 24 @ 16:15:37 PDT (19 reads)
    Album Release News

    When renowned Romanian multi-media artist Costin Chioreanu says of his new video for pioneering experimental rockers Virus "I went beyond all my boundaries and I have a feeling I touched a bit of insanity” you know that it’s going to be something unique. Having made his mark not only as a graphic artist, but also as a stage artist, musician, animator and movie maker at a relatively young age, Chioreanu's new animated video, for the track "Rogue Fossil" from Virus' upcoming album Memento Collider, is the latest in a series of collaborations with artists from Karisma Records, and its sister label Dark Essence Records. The video is making its exclusive debut at the following links: "Rogue Fossil" at Stereogum and "Rogue Fossil" at Team Rock.

    Set for release on Karisma Records on the 3rd of June, Memento Collider was recorded at the Amper Tone Studios in Oslo and includes a guest performance from Voivod's Dan Mongrain. It is, without a doubt, an album that demonstrates the true essence of progressive rock.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Prog Rockers Airbag Debut Track From Upcoming Album
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 24 @ 15:41:32 PDT (35 reads)
    Album Release News

    With Disconnected, the fourth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers Airbag, set to hit the streets on the 10th June, Karisma Records have today debuted the album’s opening track, "Killer," which can be heard exclusively at the following links: "Killer" at Team Rock) and "Killer" at Rock Hard.

    Disconnected takes Airbag's trademark blending of musical styles, combined with lush soundscapes, soaring guitars and soulful vocals, a step further along the band's musical journey, whilst lyrically each of the six tracks explore the sense of alienation that exists between the individual and society.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Big Big Train's "Folklore" Out May 27, 2016
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 24 @ 14:40:46 PDT (29 reads)
    Album Release News

    "Progressive rock band Big Big Train return with Folklore, their first full-length studio album since the award winning English Electric. Folklore contains nine new songs with a total running time of 68 minutes.

    "Despite the album title, Folklore is by no means a collection of traditional-sounding folk music pieces. On Folklore, Big Big Train are reimagining and breathing new life into traditional themes, and also creating a few new ones along the way. The crafts of songwriting and storytelling beat strongly at the heart of the Big Big Train and inform every track on the new album.

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    Festival News: HRH Prog V Set For March 16 - 19, 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 22 @ 22:04:36 PDT (31 reads)
    Festival News

    The fifth edition of HRH Prog is scheduled for March 16 - 19, 2017 at Camp HRH (Hafan & M&ocaret;r) in Pwllheli, North Wales. This year's lineup includes IQ, Pendragon, Karnataka, The Enid, Gong, Curved Air, The Strawbs and many more.

    In a recent (May 20) Facebook post, the following update was shared: "Well then, what a lineup that is folks, all voted by you, curated and booked by us ... we are practically sold out now on Royalty & VIP accommodation packages, and as tradition has it - we are running a competition to win the last Royalty room... we also have 20 sets of weekend passes for our runners up...

    "So if you want indulge in a weekend of amazing sounds and outstanding bands... enter here and test your line of fortune... www.hrhprog.com/competition.html.

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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...



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