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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 (69 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 (129 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 Robert Amirian has been replaced by awesome vocalist Karol Wroblewski, already known from Believe and Mr.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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    Artist News: Pallas Have Launched A Crowdfunding Campaign For Next Album
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 15:24:01 PST (92 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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    Artist News: Echo Us Wins Vox Pop Award At 12th Annual Independent Music Awards
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 12 @ 15:00:00 PDT (252 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) Anonymous writes "

    From Absolute Probability Recordings and Music Resource Group: Ethan Matthews' Echo Us, a Pacific NW-based music concept project joins a stellar cast of independent and former major label artists as Vox Pop Winner for "Best Eclectic Album," for the album Tomorrow Will Tell The Story.

    The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) and its parent Music Resource Group (MRG) today [August 8, 2013] announced the results of The IMAs Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international program for independent bands and releases. "

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    Artist News: Prospekt Signs With Sensory Records
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, August 30 @ 17:00:00 PDT (290 reads)
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    Oxford, England-based quartet Prospekt has signed with progressive metal linchpin Sensory Records, a division of The Laser's Edge, for the October release of the band's debut full-length.

    Coalescing the fierce technicality of progressive metal with the symphonic elements of contemporary prog through brutal riffs, odd time-signatures, and majestic melodies, Prospekt's sound is influenced by bands such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Opeth, and Circus Maximus, as well as film scores and fusion. The band's intent is to create an intelligent and atmospheric mix of melodic, modern progressive metal, incorporating passionate high-range vocals, frenetic guitar work, haunting orchestration and solid grooves, every composition remaining interesting and original.

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    Artist News: Space Mirrors Debuts New Video
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, July 23 @ 21:00:00 PDT (249 reads)
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    Space Rock/Prog Metal collective Space Mirrors last month released new single"She-Devil" from the upcoming album The Other Gods, which will be out via Transubstans Records on August 7. This album is the second in the "Cosmic Horror" series (and 5th in the band's discography) inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.

    The video can be watched here and the the song is also available on Soundcloud

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    Artist News: Zakk Wylde, Jon Anderson, Carl Palmer To Be Honored At 'Vegas Rocks! Magazi
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, July 22 @ 21:49:49 PDT (257 reads)
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    Vegas Rocks! Magazine has announced the fourth annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine Music Awards will be held Sunday, August 25 at the Las Vegas Hard Hotel & Casino inside The Joint. This event will celebrate Vegas Rocks! Magazine's ninth anniversary in production.

    Rock and roll history will be made again with this year's theme of "A Celebration Of Classic Rock," featuring some of the most legendary artists in the music business. Jon Anderson (Yes) will be honored with the "Voice Of Progressive Music" award, Carl Palmer (Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia) will receive the "Drum Legend Icon" award, Zakk Wylde will receive the "Riff Monster" award and newcomer Laura Wilde will receive "Best New Female Artist" award.

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    Artist News: Mike Portnoy Leaves Adrenaline Mob, Will Tour With Winery Dogs, More
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, July 22 @ 20:47:48 PDT (301 reads)
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    In early June, Mike Portnoy announced that he would be amicably parting ways with Adrenaline Mob, the band he formed with Russell Allen (Symphony X) and that includes guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp) and Disturbed bassist John Moyer. His plan was to play out the last few dates of Adrenaline Mob's tour in Latin America before focusing on the myriad of other projects he is involved with.

    Portnoy is quoted as saying, "Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band's future activities at the moment.

    "As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don't want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity.

    "I'm very proud of what we started together and the music we made over the past two years and I wish the guys all the best in the future."

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    Artist News: Martin Wilson Leaves Grey Lady Down
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, June 08 @ 20:00:00 PDT (223 reads)
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    Grey Lady Down (circa 2011)Back in April, Martin Wilson (Grey Lady Down, The Room) released the following press release: "[...] I have left the Grey Lady Down project. The reasons are many, primarily around my personal life and the fact I can foresee major conflicts with my new project TheRoom.

    "I would like to thank the all the guys in GLD past and present, GLD has been a major part of my life for 20 years and I will miss the camaraderie.

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    Artist News: Marillion Set New World Record At UK Convention
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 27 @ 18:00:00 PDT (263 reads)
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    Crowd-funding pioneers Marillion have broken the record for World’s Fastest DVD Release by recording their live performance on the evening of Friday, April 12 and officially releasing the final product 10 hours and 31 minutes post-show at 7:03am! The release is a live recording of their opening night of the UK Marillion Weekend in Wolverhampton! Production teams Toward Infinity and Abbey Road’s Live Here Now pulled an all-nighter editing and producing the release, Clock's Already Ticking, for a 2 DVD/3 CD souvenir package made available at the venue that morning.

    Fans from across the globe can purchase the set at www.marillion.com

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    Artist News: Headless Sign To Lion Music
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 27 @ 14:00:00 PDT (223 reads)
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    Lion Music are pleased to announce the signing of Headless, a metal band that sees Italian guitarists Walter Cianciusi and Dario Parente teaming up with one of Europe's premier rock vocalists in Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Karmakanic) and a drum legend in Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche).

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    Artist News: The Custodian Sign With The Laser's Edge
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 19 @ 22:00:00 PDT (223 reads)
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    The Custodian, the U.K.'s newest and most exciting progressive rock band, will release its debut album, Necessary Wasted Time, on June 18 via The Laser's Edge.

    The band is lead by British musician Richard Thomson, better known as the vocalist of progressive metal group Xerath. The project was initially started in a bedroom in Warwickshire and has now, after several years of lying dormant due to other commitments, become a fully fledged band ready to take the prog rock world by storm.

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    Artist News: Bigelf Returns And Signs New Deal With InsideOut Music
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 19 @ 15:00:00 PDT (248 reads)
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    Mike Portnoy To Play Drums On Forthcoming New Album

    InsideOut Music is immensely pleased to announce the signing of progressive-rock powerhouse Bigelf for the release of their forthcoming new album later this year. Label-head Thomas Waber says about the signing: "We have been talking to Bigelf for quite some time now and I am really pleased that we finally managed to make this happen! Bigelf are an excellent addition to the InsideOut Music roster!"

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    Artist News: Kotebel's "Piano Concerto" Nominated In The Independent Music Awa
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 28 @ 17:00:00 PDT (220 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Last week, we reported on Echo Us being nominated for an IMA. This week, it's Kotebel who shared: "Our album Concerto For Piano And Electric Ensemble has been nominated for Best Instrumental Album in the 12th edition of the Independent Music Awards. It is the only progressive rock album nominated in this edition. There is a special public award, based on the votes from fans. Please help us (and the progressive rock genre) by casting your vote here:

    Kotebel's page at the IMA website

    Concerto For Piano And Electric Ensemble was released in January 2012.

    [Source: Kotebel]

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    Artist News: Echo Us Nominated At The IMAs
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, April 22 @ 23:00:00 PDT (271 reads)
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    Tomorrow Will Tell The Story nominated for "Best Eclectic Album" at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards

    Pacific Northwest-based world and progressive group Echo Us are nominated for Best Eclectic Album, joining more than 300 exceptional self-released and independent label artists, as well as former major label acts named today by Music Resource Group (MRG) as Nominees in The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.

    Echo Us is nominated among an eclectic mix of established artists and artists on the rise including Ben Kweller, Band Of Skulls, Bright Eyes, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Omar Sosa, Killer Mike, Paper Lions, Sarah Cheng-De Winne and The Congregation, among many other deserving artists whose recordings were released during the 12th IMA program eligibility period.

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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!



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    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)



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


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