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    Artist News: Banco's Francesco Di Giacomo Passes Away At 66
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, February 22 @ 20:39:35 PST (65 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    As shared by Greg Walker yesterday (owner of Syn-Phonic), we learned that "Francesco Di Giacomo (the beloved tenor singer of Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso) passed away today from the result of a car accident. Details are sketchy about what caused the accident but it may be health related. Here is the posting on the internet and the English translation:

    "'É morto il 21 febbraio 2014 a Zagarolo, in provincia di Roma, per un incidente stradale avvenuto in via Valle del Formale. Nel tardo pomeriggio Di Giacomo era alla guida della sua auto di cui pare abbia perso il controllo schiantandosi, poi, contro un'altra autovettura che proveniva in senso contrario. Di Giacomo è deceduto durante il trasporto all'ospedale di Palestrina. La sera stessa è stato annuncíato l'accadimento e ricordato da Fabio Fazio durante la diretta televisiva del Festival di Sanremo seguito dal cordoglio del pubblico."

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    Artist News: News Bits for December
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 18:00:00 PST (125 reads)
    Album Release News

    So... we almost came back in October... and then things went sideways again. I'm beginning to feel like a crab (and my friends 'n' family would agree that I've been crabby, to say the least). Anyway, aside from the myriad of items already posted, here's a quick catch up on some other items that we found worth mentioning (or felt we oughta mention for various reasons) -- beyond the usual album release date stuff and band announcements for festivals (which, if we didn't post to news, we just plugged into the appropriate page):

    Mirek Gil sent us news that "the legendary Polish prog rock band Collage reunited" in August. "Collage has just started heavy rehearsals for the upcoming international tour," he writes. "There are also plans for a brand new album next year. Collage 2013 reunion line up is a classic one from the Moonshine period, with one exception. Robert Amirian has been replaced by awesome vocalist Karol Wroblewski, already known from Believe and Mr. Gil."

    Line up: Karol Wroblewski - voice, Pior Mintay Witkowski - bass, Mirek Gil - guitar; Krzysztof Palczewski - keyboards, and Wojtek Szadkowski - drums. [Source: Mirek Gil/Collage]


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    CD/DVD Releases: Bigelf Announce Release Of New Studio Album For March 2014
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 15:39:56 PST (107 reads)
    Album Release News

    It's been a long time coming, but Bigelf are at long last pleased to announce that they will release their brand new fourth studio album entitled Into The Maelstrom on the 4th of March 2014 throughout North America. Frontman and mastermind Damon Fox had this to say:

    "I think ITM is the best Bigelf record yet and I believe it is a real game changer for the band. It's gonna put us over the top! Psychedelic cinematic landscapes and melodic prog-doom set the stage for the new album, I cannot wait for fans (old and new) to experience all of its apocalyptic color."

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    Artist News: Pallas Have Launched A Crowdfunding Campaign For Next Album
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 15:24:01 PST (85 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    UK prog band Pallas launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo for their next album, wearewhoweare.

    The band write in their December newsletter: "As you will all know we've been around for some time, long enough to tell some sorry stories about being hitched to record companies over the past quarter century. As we were writing and starting to record the next album we made the decision to became our own cottage industry and not have to fit in with other peoples' ideas of who we are. We are Pallas and we are who we are - that's where the album title comes from!

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    CD/DVD Releases: Zuffanti Releases Video For "La Certezza Impossibile"
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 15:01:32 PST (86 reads)
    Album Release News

    Fabio Zuffanti (La Maschera di Cera, Hostsonanten, solo) has just released a video for "La Certezza Impossibile", taken from his upcoming solo album La Quarta Vittima due on January 15, 2014. View the video here.

    The video is directed by Simone Besutti & Davide Colombino and is the first single from the upcoming album that is to be released on AMS Records. The album will contain seven powerful and labyrinthine songs performed by Zuffanti – a group of highly-talented musicians whose experiences run the gammut. The concept for the album was inspired by The Mirror In The Mirror: a book of gothic and surreal tales, written by Michael Ende.

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    CD/DVD Releases: "Songs, Poems And A Lady" - Empirical Time Releases A New Album
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 14:07:21 PST (101 reads)
    Album Release News

    Italian prog rockers Empirical Time have released their debut Songs, Poems And A Lady through Ma.Ra.Cash. Records; recorded at Prosdocimi Recording Studio and mastered by Ronan Chris Murphy.

    "It seemed a thing that could not feel the touch of earthly years”, recites the first verse of "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal," the opening track of the disc. The listener is soon left with a question: Who is this mysterious woman? The woman behind the cover, the "lady" of the title? This will be a question that the listener will arise for the duration of the disc, which leads him to imagine and try to decipher the identity and the features of this elusive lady who, like diamonds, "has got a thousand faces." It is perhaps a divine entity that, in fact, is not affected by the passage of time? It is perhaps the cold and motionless corpse of a young girl: "No motion Has she now, no force; She neither hears nor sees." Or a young lover, "as fresh as a rose in June”? Or is the synthesis of all this?

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    Festival News: Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 Launch Exclusive Stream Of...
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 13:24:35 PST (98 reads)
    Festival News

    ...Transatlantic's Cover Of Yes Classic!

    Next year will see the inaugural Progressive Nation At Sea cruise, presented by Sixthman, Del Fuvio Brothers and InsideOutMusic, running from the 18th -22nd February 2014. As previously announced, progressive-rock super-group Transatlantic will take to the stage at this special event, for a grand finale encore alongside the legendary Jon Anderson, where they will play a selection of classic Yes material. In celebration of this, PN14 are extremely pleased to reveal an exclusive stream of Transatlantic's cover of "And You And I" taken from the second disc of the band's forthcoming album Kaleidoscope due out next year. You can check that out here: www.progressivenationatsea.com/premier

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    CD/DVD Releases: Frost* Release Their First Ever Live DVD; "The Rockfield Files"
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 13:02:01 PST (390 reads)
    Album Release News

    Tigermoth are proud to handle the distribution of The Rockfield Files; the first ever official live Frost* DVD. This highly anticipated release finally captures a live Frost* performance at the world-famous Rockfield Studios near Monmouth, Wales. Fans of the band have been waiting many years for a live DVD, the wait is finally over...

    The Rockfield Files features the band (Jem Godfrey - Keyboards/Vox, John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Kino) – Guitar/Vox, Nathan King (Level42/It Bites) – Bass and Craig Blundell (Dr oKtopUs) – Drums) performing tracks from the classic Milliontown and Experiments In Mass Appeal albums PLUS a Godfrey/Mitchell acoustic session and an exclusive interview.

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    Other: The G4 Experience
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 22:04:21 PST (327 reads)
    General News

    With Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons and Mike Keneally
    August 11 - 15, 2014 At Cambria Pines Lodge In California's Scenic Central Coast Area

    From August 11-15, 2014, musicians of all ages and levels will converge in California’s scenic Central Coast for the G4 Experience with guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, and Mike Keneally. This unique music camp that combines entertainment, education and a vacation experience will be held at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Iced Earth Launch(ed) "Plagues Of Babylon" Video Teaser
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 21:32:56 PST (106 reads)
    Album Release News

    New Studio Album Out January 21 In North America

    'Worldwide Plagues' North American Headlining Tour To Launch April 2; Sabaton And Revamp To Support

    With the release of new studio album Plagues Of Babylon approaching, metal titans Iced Earth have launched a video teaser to preview the album and their upcoming 'Worldwide Plagues' headlining tour. The video can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4QeOBChcDw

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    CD/DVD Releases: Galahad Are Glad There's An EP To Be Had
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 21:15:06 PST (102 reads)
    Album Release News

    Galahad are glad to be recording again, as they were mixing tracks for their upcoming EP, Seize The Day (the first of several planned EPs during 2014) earlier this month.

    The tracklisting is as follows: "Seize The Day" (single version), "Seize The Day" (full version), "21st Century Painted Lady," "21st Century Painted Lady (instr.)," "Bug Eye 2013," and "Bug Eye (live)."

    About the EP, the band say: "'21st Century Painted Lady' is based upon 'Painted Lady' which was written and first recorded in the mid 1980s but has now been given a major overhaul and now includes a second verse which should have but didn’t appear on the original version!

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    CD/DVD Releases: Dirk Serries - New Music On The Horizon
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 20:36:37 PST (126 reads)
    Album Release News

    After completing an intense touring schedule throughout this year, Dirk Serries solo will go into hibernation mode for recording his follow-up to his acclaimed second Microphonics album. The album is currently scheduled for a late 2015/early 2016 release. Meanwhile there're some exciting new projects on the horizon.

    But for now all eyes and ears focused onto January 23rd 2014, this is the release of Dirk Serries & Teun Verbruggen's Art Of Cosmic Musings first album on Tonefloat. A limited double vinyl to be released on the day of their first concert at the renowned CC Luchtbal Theatre in Antwerpen, Belgium.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Steve Hogarth (H) And Richard Barbieri Release "Arc Light" EP
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 19:55:01 PST (112 reads)
    Album Release News

    Continuing a theme, "Mr H and Mr B are proud to announce the release of a 5-track mini-album entitled Arc Light. A 'little brother' to their album Not The Weapon But The Hand. The album features 4 new tracks and a new version of "Intergalactic" featuring guitars from Aziz Ibrahim, who also plays on two of the new tracks.

    Track list below:

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    CD/DVD Releases: Steve Rothery To Release Solo CD In 2014
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 18:48:46 PST (113 reads)
    Album Release News

    photo: (c) Stephanie Sollow, 2004Steve Rothery announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign - here - to finance his upcoming first solo album. On November 25, he wrote in the Marillion e-newsletter, "A very exciting day for me today and not just because it's my birthday ;-) After twenty eight years of talking about doing a solo album, the time has finally arrived! Today is the official launch day of the Kickstarter campaign for my solo album The Ghosts of Pripyat.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Transatlantic Release New Album In January, Tour Planned
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 18:16:48 PST (122 reads)
    Album Release News

    The quartet of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Pete Trewavas and Roine Stolt - collectively Transatlantic - will release their next album on January 27, 2014. Entitled Kaleidoscope, it marks the supergroup's fourth studio release. Doesn't seem possible that their first release, SMPTe, was released 13 years ago! But then again, there was that eight year gap between album number two, Bridge Across Forever... I know there is something snarkier I could say there ... and album number three, 2009's Whirlwind.

    Nevertheless, Kaleidoscope is on the horizon, and the band are set to tour the US, Canada and South America in February, and Europe in March. Once again they'll be joined by Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw as a 5th touring member.

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    From The Editor
    December 31, 2013: We're back yet again after a another dark period... And some of the news we've been posting has re-engergized me!

    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
    Karmakanic - In A Perfect World
    Matthew Parmenter - Horror Express
    and more... (yes, 'stuck' on the RF2012/NF2012 lineup)

    Featured Reviews
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    Blackmore\'s Night - A Knight In York (reviewed 11-17-12)

    The Flower Kings - The Banks Of Eden (reviewed 12-27-12)

    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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    Monday, December 30
    · "US Festival 1983: Days 1 - 3" Released On DVD
    · Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery" Expanded
    · What Festival/F2 Brought To You In November, And December, Too
    Sunday, December 29
    · New November and December Titles From Musea Records
    Monday, October 14
    · New Releases/Distributions From Musea September/October
    Sunday, October 13
    · Arjen Lucassen's Next Ayreon Album Due Oct 28
    Saturday, October 12
    · September/October Releases From Cuneiform Records
    · Steve Hackett - "Genesis Revisited - Live At Hammersmith" CD/DVD Set A
    · Galahad News
    · SIOS Release "The Garden Of Shades"
    · Echo Us Wins Vox Pop Award At 12th Annual Independent Music Awards
    · NJ Prog-Alt-Rock Outfit Reach Release First EP
    · New Live Album By Roz Vitalis
    · New Concept Album - Protomythos - "In Human Sight"
    Friday, August 30
    · Fromuz Release "Sodom And Gomorrah"
    · Prospekt Signs With Sensory Records
    · Iona To Release Live Album This Autumn
    · Musea Records Releases For August
    Thursday, August 29
    · Deep Purple: "Perfect Strangers Live" To Be Released On DVD In October
    · Dave Martone / Glen Drover "Live At Metalworks" Out Sep 10
    · InsideOut, Mike Portnoy & Sixthman Team Up For Progressive Nation at Sea
    · Rainbow's "Black Masquerade" 1995 Concert Released On CD/DVD
    · Hawkwind Legend Nik Turner Returns To His Intergalactic Roots On New CD "Sp
    · Yes, Asia, Dream Theater Members Feat. On All-Star Tribute To Steve Miller Band
    · Manning To Release 14th Album In October
    Wednesday, August 28
    · Anneke Van Giersbergen Signs To InsideOutMusic...
    · Touchstone Set To Release New Studio Album In October
    · Haken To Release "The Mountain" In September
    Sunday, August 25
    · Clive Nolan's "Alchemy" Live DVD Due September
    Tuesday, July 23
    · Deep Purple, Iron Maiden Members To Pay Tribute To Jon Lord At Royal Albert Hall

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