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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 (114 reads)
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    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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    CD/DVD Releases: Zuffanti Releases Video For "La Certezza Impossibile"
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 15:01:32 PST (94 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 (109 reads)
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    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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    CD/DVD Releases: Frost* Release Their First Ever Live DVD; "The Rockfield Files"
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 13:02:01 PST (547 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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    CD/DVD Releases: Iced Earth Launch(ed) "Plagues Of Babylon" Video Teaser
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 21:32:56 PST (111 reads)
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    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 (108 reads)
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    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 (131 reads)
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    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 (117 reads)
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    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 (116 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 (128 reads)
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    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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    CD/DVD Releases: "US Festival 1983: Days 1 - 3" Released On DVD
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 17:20:44 PST (597 reads)
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    Featuring U2, the Clash, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men at Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more
    Exclusive clip of U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday" at RollingStone.com

    The US Festival (US is an acronym for "Unite Us In Song") held on Memorial Day of 1983 was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. Wozniak financed the entire thing himself (approx. 10 million dollars), and his motivation quoted as "to throw a big party in the middle of nowhere" is quite an understatement. This festival was a follow up to 1982 Labor Day inaugural Us Festival events. The festivals were intended to be the celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery" Expanded
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 17:04:45 PST (637 reads)
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    Emerson Lake And Palmer's Groundbreaking Brain Salad Surgery To Receive Ultimate Expansion Including Brand New 5.1 Mix And High Resolution Stereo Mixes, Alternate Takes And Previously Unreleased Material
    180 Gram Vinyl And Exclusive 40th Anniversary Shirts Available Now At elp.merchnow.com

    On the 40th anniversary of its release, Razor & Tie are proud to announce that Brain Salad Surgery, the definitive and indispensible album by Prog rock giants Emerson Lake &Palmer (ELP), will receive its greatest expansion ever. A Super Deluxe Edition of Brain Salad Surgery will be released on April 8, 2014, with 180 gram vinyl in original packaging and EXCLUSIVE 40th Anniversary shirts available now at elp.merchnow.com.

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    CD/DVD Releases: What Festival/F2 Brought To You In November, And December, Too
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, December 30 @ 16:12:01 PST (298 reads)
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    Continuing our catchup on new releases (more or less), here is what Festival Music/F2 shared in the last couple of months, plus what they have on the horizon:

    Also Eden - [Redacted] - "We are pleased to confirm that [Redacted], the new CD by Also Eden has now been released," they announced on November 14. "The new CD consists of 8 stunning brand new studio tracks, with a great production. Also Eden play melodic Prog Rock with an edge - superb musicianship with emotive vocals, drawing influences from classic Prog rock artists such as Yes, Genesis, Marillion, Fish and Rush, as well as inspiration from the 'metal, fusion, classical and classic rock genres.'"

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    CD/DVD Releases: New November and December Titles From Musea Records
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, December 29 @ 14:27:54 PST (811 reads)
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    In the past couple of months, Musea Records have released or are distributors of a ton of titles. So here's a round up:

    Ange - La Gare De Troyes (Musea digisleeve edition) - Ange is undoubtedly the most popular French Progressive Rock band. Their music is based on the typical melodramatic voice of Christian DeCamps , powerful organ sounds of his brother Francis, as well as on the development of themes medieval, energetic and intense. The formation invented their own style, both epic and delirious, mixing madness, emotions and exacerbated feelings. This poetic French rock has taken shape since the formation of the group in 1969 (En Concert 1970-1971 contains unreleased tracks from the first period , especially the rock opera "L'Epopée Du Général Machin," with the first bassists and guitarists in the group) and was formalized on Caricatures , their first album released three years later. Le Cimetière Des Arlequins, released twelve months later, is the most popular triptych of Progressive rock from DeCamps brothers: Au-Delà Du Délire , published in 1974 , Emile Jacotey in 1975 and Par Les Fils De Mandrin in 1976.

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    CD/DVD Releases: New Releases/Distributions From Musea September/October
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, October 14 @ 20:03:50 PDT (257 reads)
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    The folks at Musea have the following titles now available, some Musea Records releases, others distributions by other labels, starting with: Amnesiac Quartet - Tribute To Radiohead Vol 2 - Established in 2006 by Sébastien Paindestre, Amnesiac Quartet is the only group dedicated solely to the music of Radiohead. Apart from being one of the most influential and renowned bands today, Thom Yorke's group achieved, not intentionnally, to build a bridge between the so-called popular music and Seventies' Progressive rock. It was obvious then, for young jazz musicians inspired by the latter, to pay their own tribute. All used to big stages and the jazz French music scene, those four talented musicians are (or were) members of Rigolus, Jean-Louis or Surnatural Orchestra, like drummer Antoine Paganotti (Magma). Halfway between jazz and Progressive rock, the perform a music all at once strong, refined and organic music...

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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...

    Old Articles
    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"
    · 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"
    · 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
    · 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
    · Pete Trewavas' Edison's Children Working On Next Album
    · Maschine Announce Release Of Debut Album "Rubidium"
    Monday, July 22
    · RPWL Reveals The Title Of Their Forthcoming Live DVD
    · Dream Theater Announce New Album, 2014 Tour
    · James LaBrie's New Album Due July 29 (EU), Aug 6 (NA)
    · Steve Hillage Unveils Rovo/System 7 Album & Tour
    · Musea Releases For July 2013
    Tuesday, June 25
    · Little Atlas Releases "Automatic Day" On 10T Records
    · Cynic Mixing New Album

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