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Festival News: Three More Bands Confirmed For Generation Prog Festival 2011

Posted on Thursday, May 19 @ 21:05:00 UTC by nightowl

British Prog Metallers To-Mera To Play Their First Gig On German Soil

After the original duo of Haken, "newcomers of the year 2010" (DPRP annual poll), and Exivious, making their debut on German soil, three more bands have now been confirmed for the Generation Prog Festival 2011.

Another band to perform in Germany for the first time, British prog metallers To-Mera will be premiering new material from their upcoming third full-length album while the German/Dutch project Relocator and local heroes Theory of Elements will be representing the vital Nürnberg prog scene.

The first Generation Prog Festival will be held on September 23rd and 24th at the Luise in Nürnberg, Germany. The event brings together some of the best young prog bands from various European countries and local talent from the Nürnberg area for an exciting weekend of progressive music!

To-Mera (England): Five years after the release of their debut album Transcendental, To-Mera finally make their debut on German soil! Started as a multinational band with Hungarian involvement, the quintet around vocalist Julie Kiss has since firmly established itself on the stages of Britain - which they already got to share with legends like Dream Theater and Emperor. Musically, To-Mera are a lot more daring than most metal bands with female vocals: Rhythmically the music is reminiscent of Meshuggah and Textures and there are detours into jazz and other surprises, raising the music far above the level of the all-too-common Nightwish copycat bands.

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Relocator (Germany/Netherlands): Relocator's 2010 debut turned quite a few heads as it featured none other than former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian as a special guest. But the album had more to offer than just star power: Helped by Dutch drummer Frank Tinge and Polish electric Violinist Bartek Strycharski, project founders Stefan Artwin (guitar) and Michael Schetter (born Pruchnicki, bass) delivered a varied, dense mix of progressive metal and modern fusion.

The album was praised by critics all over the world and nominated for "best debut album" at the Progawards 2010. The live unit retains the core band featured on the CD, with newcomer Sergej Schamber (Ocean Spout) taking the place of Derek Sherinian.

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Theory of Elements (Germany): Theory of Elements have been a fixture on the Nürnberg prog scene since 2005. Playing countless live gigs and two editions of the Brainmusic Festival, organized by bandleader Enzo Ferrara, the Franconian quartet earned its reputation as a commanding live band. The Generation Prog Festival will see the live debut of their new quintet lineup with two guitarists and returning keyboardist Martin Koralewski. The band are currently working on a new EP that should be available in time for the festival and they can’t wait to bring some of that new material to the stage!

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More bands and further details regarding the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

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[Source: Generation Prog Festival]

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