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    CD/DVD Releases: Far Beyond Release "A Frozen Flame Of Ice"
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 15 @ 14:39:33 PDT (29 reads)
    Album Release News

    As preface to this news item, this was a "sponsored" post in my Facebook feed. But, as I like music - perhaps too much, my finances tell me - I went to the band's Bandcamp's page and am, as I write this, listening to the title track (comments below). For those whose progressive tastes vere towards the progressive/power metal arena - which I know our news often trends towards anyway - I share here Far Beyond's press release for their new album A Frozen Flame Of Ice:

    "After over five years of work, I'm very happy to announce that A Frozen Flame Of Ice is finally released. First I want to thank everyone who has supported me on the way to this album. And a big thank you to all of you who have already ordered the album before the official release - THANK YOU !!!

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    Concerts: Jethro Tull Announce Fall West Coast Tour Dates
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 15 @ 13:42:53 PDT (27 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    In more touring news, Jethro Tull have announced a series of Fall tour dates where they will hit the West Coast of the US (dates below). Tull will also tour Germany (with one Switzerland date) in November and Ian Anderson will play some Christmas shows in December, then Tull are back in Europe in February 2017 for a few dates (these dates also listed below).

    Joining Ian Anderson to perform the works of Jethro Tull are* Florian Opahle (guitar), David Goodier (basses), John O'Hara (orchestral conductor, piano, keyboards, accordion), Scott Hammond (drums, percussion), Ryan O'Donnell (vocals and stage antics), Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir (vocals, violin) and Greig Robinson (bass).

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    Concerts: Yes Announce Japanese Mini-Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 15 @ 12:27:27 PDT (13 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Yes announced a 6 date Japanese Tour for November 2016 today, where they will be playing Yessongs and Tales From Topographic Oceans sides 1&4.

    Dates and ticket links:

    Nov. 21, 22, 28 & 29: Tokyo Orchard Hall -- Tickets: www.bunkamura.co.jp/engl…/orchard/kashi/20161121.html
    Nov. 24: Osaka Orix Theater -- Tickets: www.orixtheater.jp/event/201611.php#1124
    Nov. 25: Zepp Nagoya -- Tickets: hall.zepp.co.jp/nagoya/schedule.html

    Tickets also available via Udo Artists

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    CD/DVD Releases: Pre-Orders Begin For Riverside's "Eye Of The Soundscape"
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, September 13 @ 14:53:02 PDT (22 reads)
    Album Release News

    Following on from our August 29 item, Eye Of The Soundscape - a complimentary instrumental release from Riverside - features 13 experimental and atmospheric compositions, including tracks previously used as bonus material for the Shrine Of New Generation Slaves and Love, Fear And The Time Machine albums, rarities 2007/2008 (a new mix of "Rapid Eye Movement" and the single "Rainbow Trip") and four new compositions ("Where The River Flows," "Shine," "Sleepwalkers" and "Eye Of The Soundscape" - over 30 minutes).

    The album will be available as 2CD-Mediabook, 3LP (With both CD's as bonus) and Digital Download. Pre-orders are available from Mystic Productions in Poland; the album will be released October 21, 2016.

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    CD/DVD Releases: "Prog Noir" By Prog-Rock Legends Stick Men Feat. Members Of King Crimson - New Album Pre-S
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, September 13 @ 14:38:54 PDT (18 reads)
    Album Release News

    Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, prog legends Stick Men will be releasing their new album Prog Noir on October 21, 2016, which is now available for pre-order as a single disc edition and a super deluxe box set, which contains an additional bonus CD with exclusive material, a double vinyl version of the album, a t-shirt and poster. The band, featuring members of King Crimson Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, and Touch Guitar® innovator Markus Reuter, has also released a new lyric video for “The Tempest”! A departure from their previous efforts, Prog Noir also includes “song” oriented material featuring vocals on several tracks.

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    Festival News: RosFest Branches Out
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, September 13 @ 13:33:34 PDT (16 reads)
    Festival News

    The folks behind RosFest (mainly George Roldan), are branching out by initiating RoSFest On Tour, with the first announced date and artists being November 18, 2016 with Jolly and No More Pain (NMP). The event will take place at Venice Island in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PA.

    Jolly are a "New York band well established in alternative and progressive rock circles, with three full length albums to their name and extensive world wide touring experience," the announcement notes. No More Pain are a four-piece from New Jersey. "They are concentrated as a true progressive rock arrangement with a grungy epicenter," the band note on their website. They have released two full length albums plus one EP, which came out just this past May.

    Ticket info to come soon.

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    Artist News: News Notes: ProgPower USA, Pineapple Thief, The Enid, Opeth, Epica...
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, September 11 @ 19:38:54 PDT (27 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Some quick bits of news prog, prog-metal, and prog-ish (ish):

    The band's hadn't even finished playing when ProgPower USA announced the lineup for 2017! (Honestly, that's not unusual, as Glenn Harveston has done that for many years). So, who is on the bill for 2017? The surprise is probably Angel Dust, who last released an album in 2002 - On Human Bondage - though it seems that some attempt to record an album was made. As their website is presently just the "splash page" and they've no Facebook presence, what their appearance foretells, who can say. But, their appearance at PPUSA XVIII will be a US exclusive.

    Also on the bill are Amaranthe, Distorted Harmony, Dynazty, Katatonia, Lords Of Black, Myrath, Pain, Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress, Snowy Shaw, Sunburst, and Teramaze

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    CD/DVD Releases: Heaven Below Reveals New Album "Good Morning Apocalypse" Feat. Lita Ford, UDO, Jason McMas
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, September 11 @ 19:15:27 PDT (21 reads)
    Album Release News

    US rock/metal band Heaven Below, which features #&85;nion Underground/Lita Ford guitarist Patrick Kennison, will release its new album Good Morning Apocalypse via David Ellefson's EMP Label Group/eOne (USA) and SPV (Europe) on Friday, October 14th. The band’s third full-length studio effort, is a concept record that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. It features guest appearances from Lita Ford, Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Watchtower), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., Accept) and Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Dwiki Dharmawan Releases New Studio Album On Moonjune
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, September 11 @ 19:03:49 PDT (31 reads)
    Album Release News

    Indonesian keyboard star Dwiki Dharmawan returns following his 2015 MoonJune Records debut, the more fusion-heavy So Far, So Close, with the even more ambitious Pasar Klewer. This vibrant, acoustic piano-driven two-CD set features the cream of Britain's younger expat crop, blending with Indonesian musicians to create a passionate, seamless cultural cross-pollination.

    Bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer/percussionist Asaf Sirkis form the core trio with Dharmawan, while reed multi-instrumentalist Gilad Atzmon, Gamelan musical virtuoso Aris Daryono and guitarists Nicolas Meier and Mark Wingfield all make significant contributions to several tracks. Italian singer Boris Savoldelli also guests on two tunes, including a reinvention of Robert Wyatt's "Forest," and the Jess Jegog Gamelan Orchestra and singer Peni Candra Rini bring cultural verisimilitude to Dharmawan's radical rearrangement of the traditional "Lir Ilir."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Glenn Hughes - "Resonate" - The New Studio Album
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, September 11 @ 18:58:00 PDT (15 reads)
    Album Release News November/December UK & European Tour With Special Guests

    Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the highly anticipated twelfth original Glenn Hughes album Resonate - released on Friday 4th November 2016. The album dovetails with Glenn's UK and European tour with special guests Living Colour which kicks off in the UK on Tuesday 8th November (see tour dates listed below).

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    Festival News: Knight Area Withdraw From, Heather Findlay Band Added To Summer's End Festival
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, September 11 @ 17:39:52 PDT (15 reads)
    Festival News

    As reported by Prog, Knight Area have withdrawn from the Summer's End festival (September 30-October 2, Drill Hall, Chepstow, UK) due to "technical demands." The full quote (well, most of it) is, "Due to technical demands which cannot be met, we have to withdraw from Summer's End. Both organising committee and we as a band decided together in good harmony that we would not be able to take care of a top-notch show as the technical conditions we need to give our audience the show they deserve could not be fulfilled.

    “Knight Area will be part of the Summer's End festival in a future edition of the festival and we look forward to this. We feel sorry not to play, especially for the fans who bought tickets, but we hope you will understand that we only want to play if we can perform to the standards we think are necessary for a good show."

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    Concerts: Fates Warning Announce European Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, September 09 @ 12:58:03 PDT (20 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers Fates Warning have confirmed their first touring run in Europe for their much acclaimed new album Theories Of Flight. The tour will be taking place in January/February 2017 and will feature Armored Dawn in the opening slot and one further band to be announced soon. See dates below.

    Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "Hello all! We are happy to finally announce the tour dates for the first leg of our world tour for Theories Of Flight! We are very excited and cannot wait to hit the road with the new album! There will be more dates announced soon, as well as a few surprises, so keep an eye out... We look forward to seeing you all on this next tour! See you soon!"

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    CD/DVD Releases: New Album Update From Labyrinth!
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, September 09 @ 12:54:21 PDT (29 reads)
    Album Release News

    Labyrinth are currently working hard on the songwriting for their highly anticipated comeback album, which is planned for release on Frontiers Music Srl in 2017.

    "We have written, so far, seven complete songs which we are very pleased with," says guitar player Olaf Thorsen. "We have some very heavy and fast songs and a few more proggy and melodic. We will end up writing 10 or 11 songs for the new album. We think we know what the fans are expecting from us and I am absolutely confident that everyone will love the new songs. There are lots of killer melodies and the sound will be definitely and recognizably 100% Labyrinth!"

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    CD/DVD Releases: The Neal Morse Band - "The Similtude Of A Dream" - The New Album
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, September 09 @ 12:09:35 PDT (44 reads)
    Album Release News

    This just in to our "news room" - the new album from The Neal Morse Band, The Similtude Of A Dream will be releaesd on November 11, 2016 on Radiant Records (via Metal Blade Records/Sony). It will be released as a 2CD set, as a 3LP set, and as a digital download. Plus a tour will start in Nashville, TN on January 15, 2017.

    Let's just dive into the press release for details, shall we?: "The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of The Neal Morse Band. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, Spock's Beard, Flying Colors, and Transatlantic. However, the most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Kaipa DaCapo - New Album Out This Month!
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 08 @ 14:02:12 PDT (43 reads)
    Album Release News

    Kaipa DaCapo, known in the early 70s as Kaipa but now distinguishing itself from the other Kaipa branch (led by Hans Lundin) with the addition of DaCapo, are playing live tomorrow, September 9, at the Teaterbiografen in Simrishamn, Sweden. Other Swedish dates are: Folkets Bar in Malmö on September 10 (with Samla Mammas Manna and Le Orme), at Musikens Hus in Goteborg on September 11 (with Samla Mammas Manna).

    There will be a new album, Dårskapens Monotoni, released September (no specific date is given, but pre-orders will be shipped between September 25 and 29, so roughly around that time). The album was produced by Roine Stolt at Fenix Studio Varnhem in Sweden, engineered by Lasse Hallbäck, with artwork by Rick Jacobi, and released through Foxtrot Records.

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

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

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