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    CD/DVD Releases: F2 Music - New Release - Steve Hughes - Tales From The Silent OceanÃÉ&Aci
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, April 27 @ 22:00:00 PDT (30 reads)
    Album Release News

    F2 Music are proud to announce a new release on the Festival Music label - the debut solo CD by Steve Hughes. The album, called Tales From The Silent Ocean, was released March 16, 2015. Guests featured on the album include Sean Filkins (ex-Big Big Train, solo), J.C Strand & Ezzy Anya among many others.

    The album took over a year to make and Steve has played most instruments and produced the album himself, with the help of his old friend from school, J.C Strand who takes care of guitar duties. Steve has a long history as a drummer of prog rock/fusion and jazz and has been a busy playing for many bands over the years.

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    Artist News: Allan Holdsworth's Pledgemusic Artist-To-Fan Campaign
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, April 27 @ 22:00:00 PDT (39 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Back in February, MoonJune Music in association with John McCracken Music Group and with the great support from PledgeMusic is thrilled to announce a new campaign with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth for Tales From The Vault, a collection of unreleased songs from Allan’s own private collection, written and recorded over the past 15 years, featuring various musicians with whom Allan has performed in the past one and a half decade: bassists Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, Ernest Tibbs, Anthony Crawford, Bunny Brunel, and drummers Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband, Joel Taylor and Virgil Donati.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Musea Releases For The First Quarter (Or So) Of 2015 (Part 2)
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 26 @ 20:00:00 PDT (40 reads)
    Album Release News

    Part two begins this way, with something from the "new music" genre:

    Acid Mothers Temple et Rosina De Peira -Live In Tolosa: Limited edition digisleeve CD. Acid Mothers Temple are a unique and distinctively sounding Japanese band. Acid Mothers Temple meets Rosina De Peira, one of the greatest female singer of Occitan traditional music. The music combines traditional music, acid folk and psychedelia. Includes Acid Mothers Temple standards and classics: "La Novia," "Pink Lady Lemonade," including "OM Riff," "La Le Lo," and "Cometary Orbital Drive." Recorded live in Toulouse (Occitania).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Musea Releases For The First Quarter (Or So) Of 2015 (Part 1):
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, April 25 @ 18:28:55 PDT (34 reads)
    Album Release News

    From the press releases from Musea sent over the last two to three months, here's part 1:

    PTF - What Is Constant: PTF is a promising violin-lead Progressive rock band coming from Japan, obviously inspired by KBB. Its line-up consists of violin, keyboards, bass and drums. These musicians are totally awesome, forming a high-quality ensemble, and it's hard to believe that Percept From... (Musea Parallèle, 2013) is their debut album! Every number brings drastic and dramatic emotion with brisk but unfathomable scale to the listener. They expand the audiences of their live shows in Japan because of their beautiful melody with a high regard for large-scaled ensemble and also the hard and expressiveness performance. Please check them out! What Is Constant is their latest.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Between The Buried And Me Release New Song From Upcoming Album "Coma Eclipt
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, April 25 @ 18:00:00 PDT (13 reads)
    Album Release News Coma Ecliptic Now Available For Pre-Order, To Be Released July 10th

    Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have released a brand new song from their upcoming highly anticipated, seventh full-length album Coma Ecliptic. Fans can listen to "Memory Palace" now by heading to metalblade.com/btbam. The upcoming album is also now available for pre-order with special bundles and packages offered, including: CD, LP, two pre-order exclusive t-shirts, an exclusive hour long behind the scenes making-of DVD, and a Coma Ecliptic limited edition 27"x40" movie poster. Coma Ecliptic will be officially released worldwide on July 7th, 2015. Grandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging and more, this album delivers.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Leprous Announce Title, Release Date And European Tour For New Album!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 19 @ 16:00:00 PDT (22 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Norwegian Progsters Leprous have wrapped up work on their newest studio album, which follows 2013's acclaimed Coal release. The album will be titled The Congregation and is to be released on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

    Leprous vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg has checked in on the album:

    "This has without doubt been the most challenging album to write so far, if you count the amount of hours, blood, sweat and tears behind it. Which makes me extra proud to just have delivered the master of what I consider to be the most daring, technical, fresh and mature album we've ever done.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Existence's Comeback Year
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 19 @ 16:00:00 PDT (20 reads)
    Album Release News

    Existence have released Live In Montreal - "Recorded in 1999 and saved from the vaults, it's the only live recording available from the Live The Experience tour. More than 70 minutes of music including the never released song 'The Last Battle.' No studio overdubs, just the real thing!"

    Meanwhile, the band are recording material for their next album, Origins, due out later this year. "As its name implies, Origins will feature the original Existence concept created by Alan Charles in 1991.

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    CD/DVD Releases: DragonForce - "In The Line Of Fire" DVD Due Out July, Contest Via Revo
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 19 @ 16:00:00 PDT (23 reads)
    Album Release News

    Multi-national metal maestros DragonForce have announced the worldwide release of their debut DVD entitled In The Line Of Fire. The release is scheduled for July 14th and features high definition footage shot during the band's Ultimate Stage headline show at 2014's Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, the band used multiple camera angles to capture the raw energy of their show and instrumental dexterity for which they are rightly celebrated worldwide.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Tim Bowness Enters Studio To Record
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 19 @ 16:05:00 PDT (52 reads)
    Album Release News

    [Since before mid-February] Tim Bowness has been in NAM studios recording for his forthcoming album, to be released on the InsideOut label. Due in late Summer, the album is a follow-up to 2014's acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams and features Bowness' live band (including Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin), alongside Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Andrew Keeling and other guests (to be announced shortly).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Native Construct To Release Debut Album In April
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 19 @ 13:10:43 PDT (47 reads)
    Album Release News

    Native Construct is the product of collaboration between several students that began in 2011 at the storied Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Guitarist and composer Myles Yang's passion for innovation, coupled with his extensive academic study of arranging and compositional techniques, makes Native Construct a truly distinctive up-and-coming metal act. Yang, along with bassist Max Harchik, and vocalist Robert Edens completed work on their debut album Quiet World between 2011 and 2013. By 2014, the band's music caught the ear of Brian Slagel at Metal Blade Records, and led to a recording contract and a worldwide release of the band's debut album. Listen to the first single, "Mute," and pre-order the album now at metalblade.com/nativeconstruct (to be released April 21).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Tempest Release "The Tracks We Leave Behind"
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, April 13 @ 23:00:00 PDT (21 reads)
    Album Release News

    Tempest's latest was released at the end of February...

    The last 27 years have seen Tempest release nine critically acclaimed CDs on Magna Carta, and play more than 2,000 gigs. 2015 will see Tempest continue touring and bringing their Celtodelic Rock to their established and new fans while supporting their new album The Tracks We Leave on Magna Carta Records.

    Tempest were inspired by a Dakota Sioux proverb on teh The Tracks We Leave, which was has triple references to the environmental, spiritual and musical tracks we leave upon the world we live in.

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    CD/DVD Releases: The Tangent Announce "A Spark In The Aether...
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, April 13 @ 23:00:00 PDT (34 reads)
    Album Release News

    Shared this past February*, InsideOutMusic is pleased to announce that The Tangent will release their eighth studio album A Spark In The Aether - The Music That Died Alone Volume Two on 20th April 2015 in Europe and 21st April 2015 in the US. The band, led by multi-instrumentalist Andy Tillison, is made up of Jonas Reingold (Bass), Theo Travis (Sax & Flute), Luke Machin (Guitar) & Morgan √Ögren (Drums).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Riverside - Working On New Studio Album; Upcoming Tour Dates!
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, April 04 @ 23:00:00 PDT (66 reads)
    Album Release News

    Following up on 2013's extremely successful Shrine Of New Generation Slaves release, Polish prog masters Riverside are now working on a new studio album, to be released August/September 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

    Riverside just finished composing all material and announced Love, Fear And The Time Machine as the title of their sixth album, further commenting:

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    CD/DVD Releases: Steven Wilson Weaves Chilling Musical Tale With "Hand. Cannot. Erase."
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, March 29 @ 23:00:00 PDT (64 reads)
    Album Release News

    (Press release from January 7, 2015:) Groundbreaking songwriter, four-time Grammy-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steven Wilson, [released] his fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) on March 3, 2015. Hand. Cannot. Erase. [is] available at retailers nationwide and digitally with a limited deluxe edition [available] via Kscope (bit.ly/1DhHN6c). Wilson and his band will embark on a tour through the UK and Europe in March and April 2015, then head to North America dedicating much of the summer beginning on May 21 in Albany -- itinerary below.

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    Other: Hal Leonard Books Releases "108 Rock Star Guitars" In Softcover Editio
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, January 01 @ 18:10:00 PST (101 reads)
    General News

    Hal Leonard Books has released a softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars by photographer/author LIsa S. Johnson on November 11, 2014. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in a limited quantity that USA Today called "...a monster of a coffee table book..." will now be available to a much wider audience at amore affordable retail price of $54. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Les Paul Foundation.

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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.

    Big Story of Today
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    Aaron English - American [Fever] Dream
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    Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (40th Anniversary Special Edition) (reviewed 12-31-12)

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    · Burnt Belief Returns With Commanding New Release, "Etymology"
    · New Knight Area album: "Hyperdrive"
    · Nightingale Release New Album "Retribution" In N. America Via InsideOu
    · Autumnsongs Records Proudly Announce The Release Of Rhys Marsh - "Sentiment
    · News Bits 2: And Now That We're Awake...
    · Visigoth To Release Debut Album "The Revenant King" Jan 27 On Metal Bl
    Wednesday, December 31
    · Devin Townsend Project - "March Of The Poozers" Lyric Video Launched
    · Newsbits Part 1: While We Were Sleeping...
    · Contact (Zoombi/Majeure) Debut "First Contact" Out Now
    · Gaillion Releases "Admit One" (25th Anniversary Remix and Remaster)
    Tuesday, December 30
    · Beardfish Announce Release Of New Album "+4626-COMFORTZONE"
    Monday, December 29
    · Frogg Café Release Live Download of "Admiral's Picks: Volum
    · Pain Of Salvation Debut Video Clip For "1979" Off "Falling Home&a
    · MoonJune's New Releases:
    Sunday, December 28
    · Musea's November And December Releases Roundup
    Saturday, December 27
    · The Cupboard Of Fear Storybook...
    · Periphery Premiere "22 Faces" Via Rolling Stone
    Friday, December 26
    · Steve Rothery To Release "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" Through InsideOut
    · Neal Morse Band To Release New Album, Tour Europe

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