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    Artist News: Yes' Chris Squire Passes Away
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 28 @ 10:18:58 PDT (42 reads)
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    It is a sad day in the progressive music world. Yes bassist and founding member Chris Squire passed away Saturday night. Here is the band's official posting to their Facebook page, sharing the sad news.

    "It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.

    "For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Dirk Serries Releases Three New Titles
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 24 @ 22:00:00 PDT (42 reads)
    Album Release News

    From Dirk Serries' newsletter: "Serries' second album Disorientation Flow on Projekt is a suitable follow-up to his warm and welcoming 2014 release, The Origin Reversal. More than a critically-acclaimed re-boot of his classic vidnaObmana sound, this is ambient music that flows from its discreet origins of sonic purity, washes of harmony, and languid textures. Unfurling with seductive deliberation and orchestrated with just a handful of effects and electric guitar, this album is again fully improvised and recorded in real-time.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Musea's May Music Missives
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 24 @ 22:10:00 PDT (36 reads)
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    The marvelous month of May is almost over, but in casting our eyes to the month that was, here are the multitude of music releases that Musea Records made available this month - either their own releases or distributions from others.

    This roundup begins with Astrovoyager - ElectrOpera - Act 04 - Oscillations: Bio: Astrovoyager, also known as Philippe Fagnoni, is always searching for new musical and sonic sensations. Coming from Metz, the French keyboards player endeavors to compose, in a very personal style, original themes between soundtracks and relaxation music. His art relates as much to the great masters of the genre like Vangelis or Jean-Michel Jarre, as to the most renowned soundtracks composers, such as Hans Zimmer, Eric Serra... Astrovoyager uses synthesizers and electronic keyboards to develop music mixing electronic and cosmic tracks with symphonic layers. To avoid the traps of common electronic music, he develops real melodies, alternating dreamlike climates and chiseled rhythmic patterns.

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    CD/DVD Releases: MoonJune Release New Titles From Ligro And XaDu
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 24 @ 22:00:00 PDT (41 reads)
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    MoonJune Records release two avant-electric jazz albums this month, Dictionary 3 by Indonesian trio Ligro and Abstract Random by Spanish/Serbian duo XaDu.

    Ligro - Dictionary 3: After a nearly three-year absence, Indonesian jazz and fusion guitarist extraordinaire, Agam Hamzah, and his scintillating power trio make a powerful return to the spotlight with guns blazing! Ligro's Dictionary 3 makes good on all of the promise suggested by their 2012 international debut on MoonJune Records, Dictionary 2 - finding the group in commanding form, delivering a soulful, ambitious effort that rocks with brute force and conviction.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Genesis: 1983 - 1998 On Vinyl Again At Last!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 24 @ 10:00:00 PDT (31 reads)
    Album Release News

    Comprising the last four studio albums from the legendary band, this lavishly packaged box comes complete with high-end reproductions of inner and outer sleeves, exactly as originally released. Each LP has been remastered at half-speed by Miles Showell from Abbey Road Studios and pressed onto 180gm vinyl. On vinyl these classic albums have never sounded better!

    The contents of the "Red Box" are: Genesis (1LP); Invisible Touch (1LP); We Can't Dance (2LP gatefold) and Calling All Stations (gatefold with 2 LPs featuring music on sides 1-3 and an etching on side 4). The set comes in a smart red outer casing and follows Genesis: 1970 - 1975 ("The Green Box") and Genesis: 1976 - 1982 ("The Blue Box") and completes a series that brings together all of Genesis' studio albums on vinyl.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Tim Bowness Announces Release Of New Album
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 24 @ 10:00:00 PDT (59 reads)
    Album Release News Stupid Things That Mean The World Out Via InsideOut Music July 19

    A year on from the acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, Tim Bowness returns with the powerful and eclectic Stupid Things That Mean The World, his third solo album. Scheduled for release in July, the album was recorded between October 2014 and April 2015 at various studios, including NAM. Tim had this to say about the new album:

    "If Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man's Schoolyard Ghosts, I'd say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams. It's a logical step forward with some surprises, I hope.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Next To None Release Video EPK For Upcoming Debut Album
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (29 reads)
    Album Release News A Light In The Dark Available June 30th, 2015 In The US And June 29th In EU.

    Next To None, the teen prodigy band recently signed to InsideOut, have released a video EPK in advance of their upcoming album A Light In The Dark. The group's debut album is due for release on June 30th in the US and June 29th in Europe.

    You can view the video here: youtu.be/fCoZoC_WD74

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    CD/DVD Releases: Spock's Beard Announce New Album "The Oblivion Particle"
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (37 reads)
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    Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard are pleased to announce that they will return with their brand new 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle, to be released at the end of August 2015.

    Spock's Beard's forthcoming new studio album The Oblivion Particle is the follow-up to 2013's Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep. Find some press reactions to that record below and look out for more info in the coming weeks:

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    Artist News: Katagory V Call It A Day, Release Final Album As Download Only
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (22 reads)
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    Katagory V set May 1st 2015 as the release date for the long awaited 5th album,Resurrect The Insurgence, that was recorded in 2010. The album has been released on KatagoryV.bandcamp.com as a digital download-only.

    Katagory V started an Indiegogo campaign in 2014 to release the 5th album in all formats independently, but the campaign failed and the band decided to call it a day as a result. Due to the request from many long-time fans to at least release it in digital format, the band had recently agreed to do so as a thank you and a farewell gift to those that have supported Katagory V over their 15 year existence.

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    Concerts: Ayreon's "The Human Equation Theater Experience"
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (30 reads)
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    Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production "The Theater Equation" based on Ayreon's The Human Equation. The album's original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on 18th, 19th and 20th of September in the new Luxor Theater. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.

    [As of this posting tickets for the matinee show on Sep 19 only are available (since Apr 21, when the news hit our inbox, tickets for the remaining shows were already sold out!)]

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    CD/DVD Releases: Anuryzm Return With New Album "All Is Not For All"
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (18 reads)
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    The highly anticipated new album All Is Not For All from the U.A.E. prog metal band Anuryzm is set for release on June 15, 2015 via Melodic Revolution Records.

    "Humanoid" is the first single to be released from All Is Not For All, it’s the perfect introduction to the new album combining technical guitar riffs with vacillating harmonious and powerful vocals. The track glides effortlessly through euphonious and symphonic synth and acoustic sections while at times incorporating traces of Eastern and Jazz like arrangements. "Humanoid" has been released as a Digital Single and is available via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Tidal, Bandcamp, Xbox Music and more.

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    CD/DVD Releases: "Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales" Documentary Out Now
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (26 reads)
    Album Release News A Film By Adele Schmidt And Jose Zagerra Holder

    The third film in the series guides you through the amazing history and development of the Canterbury Scene and its influence on contemporary bands. The emergence of the Canterbury Scene of the late 60s and early 70s represents a remarkable period in the history of British progressive rock music and, most notably, the development of Jazz Rock.

    The film highlights the most important 60s/70s Canterbury Scene and few contemporary bands: Wilde Flowers, Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Uriel, Delivery, Egg, Matching Mole, Hatfield and The North, Gilgamesh, National Health, In Cahoots, Quiet Sun, Supersister, Moving Gelatine Plates, Forgas Band Phenomena, Glass, The Muffins, The Soft Machine Legacy, The Wrong Object, Syd Arthur and Planeta Imaginario.

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    Concerts: Threshold To Perform Whole "For The Journey" Album Live
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 11:04:05 PDT (36 reads)
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    Threshold will perform their new album For The Journey in its entirety this summer at Hypothalamus in Rheine, Germany on 20 June 2015.

    "It's the first time we've played a whole album on stage so we're really looking forward to it," commented keyboardist Richard West. "There are some songs on the album that we haven't performed live before, so it should be a very enjoyable night for our fans and for us."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Mandala "Midnight Twilight" Released May 5
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, May 22 @ 22:00:00 PDT (33 reads)
    Album Release News Mandala Midnight Twilight - folk mixed with prog, wrapped in an early-70s glow‏

    In 1997, in the south east of London (or, more precisely, the north east of Surrey), three seventeen year-olds did the unthinkable. Amidst the ruins of Brit pop and the smouldering ashes of grunge, they went to a performing arts college and created... a progressive rock band, firmly routed in the early seventies. Truly, far out!

    Mandala was formed by Rhys Marsh, Francis Booth and Will Spurling. Their plan was to create music that represented all things analogue, specifically their love of valves, vinyl and VU metres. They wore flares and large-collared shirts with pride, quickly becoming one of the most talked about bands in the college - making regular appearances in the weekly foyer concerts, TV shows and end of year productions.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Alberto Rigoni Releases "Into THE BASS" Limited Edition CD
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, May 20 @ 22:00:00 PDT (30 reads)
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    Into The BASS is selection of songs from Italian bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni’s four studio albums (Something Different, Rebirth, Three Wise Monkeys and Overloaded).

    With a range of influences from Dream Theater, Rush, Yes to artists such as Michael Manring & Stu Hamm, Into The BASS is an eclectic mix of instrumental tracks that shows the potential of the bass as more than a rhythm instrument. An aural journey of melody and groove that showcases a wide variety of genres covering progressive, rock, ambient and experimental, while maintaining the artist’s distinctive style.

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    From The Editor
    December 31, 2014: Happy New Year dear readers, whether 2015 has just begun or yet to come for you. We hope that 2015 is a better year for all of you... and for us.

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

    Old Articles
    Wednesday, May 20
    · TesseracT Release "Odyssey/Scala" Live CD/DVD, LP/DVD
    Tuesday, May 19
    · Arena To Record A New DVD Release!
    · Progressive Rockers Unified Past Announce Details About Upcoming CD
    Monday, April 27
    · Allan Holdsworth's Pledgemusic Artist-To-Fan Campaign
    · F2 Music - New Release - Steve Hughes - Tales From The Silent Ocean
    Sunday, April 26
    · Musea Releases For The First Quarter (Or So) Of 2015 (Part 2)
    Saturday, April 25
    · Musea Releases For The First Quarter (Or So) Of 2015 (Part 1):
    · Between The Buried And Me Release New Song From Upcoming Album "Coma Eclipt
    Sunday, April 19
    · Tim Bowness Enters Studio To Record
    · Existence's Comeback Year
    · DragonForce - "In The Line Of Fire" DVD Due Out July, Contest Via Revo
    · Leprous Announce Title, Release Date And European Tour For New Album!
    · Native Construct To Release Debut Album In April
    Monday, April 13
    · Tempest Release "The Tracks We Leave Behind"
    · The Tangent Announce "A Spark In The Aether...
    Saturday, April 04
    · Riverside - Working On New Studio Album; Upcoming Tour Dates!
    Sunday, March 29
    · Steven Wilson Weaves Chilling Musical Tale With "Hand. Cannot. Erase."
    Thursday, January 01
    · Prog Sphere Releases First Physical Compilation
    · Hal Leonard Books Releases "108 Rock Star Guitars" In Softcover Editio
    · Burnt Belief Returns With Commanding New Release, "Etymology"

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