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    CD/DVD Releases: DragonForce Premiere New Song On Loudwire!
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, August 11 @ 19:00:00 PDT (32 reads)
    Album Release News

    New Album Maximum Overload Available August 19th on Metal Blade Records

    DragonForce will release Maximum Overload in the US on August 19th via Metal Blade Records. Maximum Overload is available for pre-order at metalblade.com/dragonforce, in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats! While there be sure to check out the band's new video for the song "The Game."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Neal Morse To Release "Songs From November" In August
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, August 11 @ 18:15:00 PDT (24 reads)
    Album Release News

    Neal Morse's new album, set to be released on August 19, 2014, is said to be Neal's, "singer-songwriter - 'feel good' album." Full of strong melodies and powerfully personal stories, it's not the prog album you might expect from the progmeister - these songs are from Neal's mellower, simpler side. In the words of one reviewer, Songs From November is, "more in the vein of 1999's S/T cd and 2001's It's Not Too Late ... despite the lack of Prog moments, this album is every bit Neal Morse."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Ideogram Sign With Wormholedeath, Release First Single "Falling Snow"
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, August 11 @ 18:00:00 PDT (18 reads)
    Album Release News

    Wormholedeath is proud to announce the signing of avantgarde metal band Ideogram. The first single, "Falling Snow," which is taken from their upcoming debut album Life Mimics Theatre can be streamed at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJSmbDRCuU4&feature=youtu.be

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    CD/DVD Releases: Keyboardists/Composers Fantacone, LaRue Slate Transatlantic CD For Fall Release
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, August 11 @ 18:00:00 PDT (20 reads)
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    Sonic Landscape CD Release 3 Year Collaboration In The Making

    Federico Fantacone, a progressive rock keyboardist and composer from Italian prog act Frigo, and Lisa LaRue, a progressive rock keyboardist and composer best known for her projects 2K9 and 2KX, have combined their talents to record the CD Sonic Landscape (Paesaggi Di Suono in Italian). The Fantacone / LaRue project is a culmination of over three years of trading ideas, files, tracks, and inspirations across the Atlantic Ocean. The CD will feature 9 tracks and will have two versions: an English language package and an Italian language package each featuring a different cover illustration. The CD is scheduled for release this Fall.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Nightwish - New Album In The Making, First Two Trailers Online, More
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, August 11 @ 18:00:00 PDT (20 reads)
    Album Release News

    In mid-July, Nuclear Blast shared the following: Sit back and fasten your fairytale seatbelts, as of today Nightwish reveal a first glimpse into their new album. The yet-untitled creation will be the first Nightwish studio-record to feature Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen. It’s set for a release in spring 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

    Check out the first “Making of” trailer here.

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    CD/DVD Releases: More Details On Threshold's "For The Journey" Revealed
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 20:20:00 PDT (48 reads)
    Album Release News

    British progressive metallers Threshold will release their new album, For The Journey, on September 19 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2012's March Of Progress was produced at Thin Ice Studios in England by Threshold members Karl Groom (guitars) and Richard West (keyboards) and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland.

    Commented West: "For The Journey is one of our strongest albums and one of the most enjoyable to make. I've probably heard it a thousand times during the recording process, but now that's it's over, I still can't stop listening to it!"

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    Artist News: News Bits: Aeon Zeon and Big Elf...
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 20:15:00 PDT (34 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Just a couple of "smaller" items to post here: One, Aeon Zen released the video for "Unite," the first single from their new album Ephemera. You can watch the video here. [Kinda funny, the South Park inspired parts... not sure really what the rest is about exactly other than it's an obviously beleagered IT person] ...... Secondly, Big Elf released the video for "Control Freak," a track from their latest album Into The Maelstrom, which can be viewed here [and dedicated by me to all the control freaks in my life ;-) - ed.]....

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    CD/DVD Releases: Vivaldi Metal Project Fundraising Campaign (helping deaf-blind children)
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 20:00:00 PDT (29 reads)
    Album Release News

    As alluded to in our Lion Music item... We've reported it before, but, as Mistheria asks: "are you aware of the Vivaldi Metal Project? This is a new project of mine in collaboration with the bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni. We are going to rearrange Vivaldi's masterpiece 'The Four Seasons' in a Metal version with an amazing ALL-METAL-STAR lineup! The project will feature amazing musicians from all the world: Mark Boals, Mike LePond, John Macaluso, Joe Stump, Neil Zaza, Tommy Denander, to name a few already announced.

    "We launched a fundraising campaign and part of the income raised will be donated to Lega del Filo d'Oro which helps deaf-blind children since 45 years.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Lion Music - New Signings, New Singings
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 20:00:00 PDT (106 reads)
    Album Release News

    Last Thursday, Lion Music announced (sans the corny headling) that they have just signed Colombian guitarist Nicolas Waldo, who will release his debut album Master Of The Universe featuring keyboard virtuoso Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Mark Boals, Rob Rock, Book of Reflections etc) on August 15. [The new signing part... and......].

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    CD/DVD Releases: Lazer/Wulf's "The Beast Of Left And Right" Streaming Via The AV C
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 18:20:00 PDT (30 reads)
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    Available July 15 Via Retro Futurst Records

    Lazer/Wulf, the Georgia-based prog trio, are streaming their debut full-length, The Beast Of Left And Right (July 15, Retro Futurist), via The AV Club (www.avclub.com/article/stream-brain-twisting-palindromic-album-prog-metal-206640).

    The Beast Of Left And Right was written as a palindrome; that is, it is the same backwards and forwards with two distinct halves, Left and Right. For instance, the first song on the album, "Choose Again," uses the exact same chords, riffs and drum tracks as the final song on the album, "Mutual End" but one is major and the other is minor. As the band explains it, "The idea is that either way you choose, Left or Right, the paths are the same."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Trioscapes Announce New Album "Digital Dream Sequence"; New Song Onlin
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 18:15:00 PDT (26 reads)
    Album Release News

    Progressive/fusion trio, Trioscapes, will release their sophomore album on August 19th via Metal Blade Records. To capture the raw and dynamic mood the band has become accustomed to at their live shows, Trioscapes enlisted the expertise of Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC to record Digital Dream Sequence. Those studio facilities offered the band the flexibility to track individually, or as an entire band, which was done for certain parts on the album. Dan Briggs (bass, Between the Buried and Me), Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute), and Matt Lynch (drums/percussion) formed the trio in the summer of 2011.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Moetar To Release "Entropy Of The Century" Aug 19
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 18:00:00 PDT (109 reads)
    Album Release News

    Describing MoeTar is no easy feat. In fact, the task is as challenging as the band's music itself. A simplistic and accurate statement could be "MoeTar sounds like the Beatles + Frank Zappa + XTC on Acid." You could also try to peg MoeTar to a list of genres, but who the hell knows what a prog-pop-fusion-avant fusion band sounds like anyway?

    The fact is, MoeTar's music defies categorization and, therein, lies the band's special appeal. Tricky rhythms and technical pyrotechnics are not in themselves anything special.

    On Entropy Of The Century, MoeTar expands its palette even further. The band understands the power of pop to deliver a message that sticks, but unlike most pop, uses the full breadth of the musical language to convey that message.

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    Concerts: Grey Lady Down Live In August!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 18:00:00 PDT (24 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    In a post/email on July 9, Grey Lady Down announced: "Hi all! Sorry we've been quiet lately. We are still in the process of trying to track down that elusive new singer, but in the meantime, you have a chance to see us live in August! We will be playing outside the Brasenose Arms for the Fringe of the wonderful Cropredy Festival in rural north Oxfordshire on Saturday August 9th at noon precisely. The gig is free of charge.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Touchstone - "Live Inside Outside" (3-Disc DVD/CD Edition) Out July 28
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 18:00:00 PDT (103 reads)
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    Touchstone Release Their First Ever 3-Disc DVD With Limited Edition Signed Oceans EP

    Further to the release of their fourth studio album, Oceans Of Time which entered the official UK Rock chart at No.24 in autumn 2013, British progressive rock quintet Touchstone are proud to announce the release of their first official live DVD: Touchstone - Live Inside Outside (3 Disc DVD/CD Edition)

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    CD/DVD Releases: July Jewels From Musea Records
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 14:00:00 PDT (106 reads)
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    The first few releases/distributions from Musea were announced on July 8, and their offerings start with The Lost Generation, the new project from Diaries Of A Hero's bass player Matteo Bevilacqua. The British musician takes a step away from his heavy-metal background and explores different musical paths, following the footsteps of bands such as Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Pain Of Salvation and the softer side of Opeth. Recorded in the Sciolze hills, Italy, the self-titled first album (Musea Parallèle, 2014) examines various themes focusing mainly on the conditions the youth are living in, and the overall tension that peeked in the 2011 London Riots.

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    From The Editor
    August 10, 2014: While not the most pressing thing going on the world -- perhaps not even a speck on a blip -- we have recovered from being offline for a least a week.



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

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



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