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    Artist News: Neil Peart's "Far And Near: On Days Like These" Book Due October
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, September 19 @ 21:00:00 PDT (168 reads)
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    On October 14, ECW Press will publish Far And Near: On Days Like These, the new book from Rush drummer Neil Peart. A description of the 312-page hardcover reads as follows: "Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far And Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now Far And Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart's website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector's volume."

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    Artist News: News Bits: Aeon Zeon and Big Elf...
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 20:15:00 PDT (184 reads)
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    Just a couple of "smaller" items to post here: One, Aeon Zen released the video for "Unite," the first single from their new album Ephemera. You can watch the video here. [Kinda funny, the South Park inspired parts... not sure really what the rest is about exactly other than it's an obviously beleagered IT person] ...... Secondly, Big Elf released the video for "Control Freak," a track from their latest album Into The Maelstrom, which can be viewed here [and dedicated by me to all the control freaks in my life ;-) - ed.]....

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    Artist News: Agnieszka Swita Signs To Festival Music/F2 Music, Solo Debut Out
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 15 @ 15:00:00 PDT (272 reads)
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    Festival Music/F2 Music are proud to announce the signing of Agnieszka Swita to the label, and the release of her excellent debut solo album Sleepless, which was released 09 June 2014.

    Agnieszka is best known for her work with Clive Nolan on the Caamora, She, and Alchemy projects, and Clive plays keyboards on this album, and also wrote the title track. As well as Clive, the band also includes Andy Faulkner (Twelfth Night, Jump) on bass, Steve Harris (Ark, Paul Menel Band) on guitars and Dave Mackintosh (from Grammy nominated power metal band DragonForce) on drums.

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    Artist News: Vivaldi Metal Project Starts Fundraising Campaign
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 27 @ 22:00:00 PDT (287 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) Part Of The Income Will Be Donated To Charity To Help Deaf-Blind People

    The Vivaldi Metal Project staff is glad to announce that the project is getting more huge than expected! Many famous musicians are involved in such as Mark Boals (FireWind, Yngwie Malmsteen), Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Tommy Denander (Toto, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper), Joe Stump (Reign of Terror, Raven Lord), John Macaluso (Ark, LaBrie, Yngwie Malmsteen), Andy Midgley (Power Quest), just to name a few.

    Recording will happen this year and the release date of the album is expected for late 2015.

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    Artist News: Kinetic Element Share Update, Working On 2nd Album
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 27 @ 22:00:00 PDT (319 reads)
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    Mike Visaggio of www.kineticelement.com shared the following update on the band: "We have had a tough year since last spring but WE ARE STILL HERE and are now waist-deep into recording our second CD, to be titled Travelog: Quest For Liberty.

    "We found it necessary to part ways with our vocalist, the very talented George DeCola, last August, and immediately thereafter our equally talented fretless bass player Len Dupilka decided he no longer wished to continue with us.

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    Artist News: Introducing The United Progressive Fraternity
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 27 @ 01:00:00 PDT (420 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) Exciting News From Down Under!

    "Although, well known Australian Progressive Rock group Unitopia have decided to call it a day, the musical spirit still lives on in the newly formed United Progressive Fraternity...

    "A phoenix from the ashes, UPF are a tour de force with ex-Unitopia members Matt Williams on guitar, Dave Hopgood on drums, Tim Irrgang on percussion and the ever magical voice of Mark 'Truey' Trueack (whose vision, this juggernaut is).

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    Artist News: A Reinvigorated Queensryche Starts the Writing Process for Their New Album
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 27 @ 02:30:00 PDT (382 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) Tentatively Due Early Summer 2015 Via Century Media Records

    With the Queensrÿche canvas wiped completely clean and the band's easel the strongest and most stable it's been in years, Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton forge ahead to create yet another QR masterpiece. The band has already begun writing new material for the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled 2013 Century Media Records release, Queensrÿche. The new album is tentatively scheduled for release in early summer 2015.

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    Artist News: Allegaeon Announces North American Tour With Chimaira
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, May 27 @ 02:00:00 PDT (468 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) Posts Second Lyric Description/Audio Teaser in Series
    New Album Elements Of The Infinite Out June 24th on Metal Blade Records

    Allegaeon will be hitting the road this August with Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning and Silence the Messenger as part of "The Artery Metal Tour." The tour begins August 5th in Joliet, IL and runs through August 30th in Oklahoma City, OK. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets for the tour will be available at arterymetal.soundrink.com.

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    Artist News: Montage (FI) Signs A Record Deal With Secret Entertainment
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 26 @ 19:55:00 PDT (416 reads)
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    Finnish prog / hard rock act Montage released their debut album via Secret Entertainment on May 16th 2014 (16/5/2014).

    Montage are a relatively new progressive hard rock group that hails from Finland's capital city, Helsinki. Their music is a mixture of traditional hard rock and the hazy sounds of folk, early prog rock and psychedelia."

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    Artist News: Art of Simplicity Announce New Line Up And Upcoming Release
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 26 @ 19:50:00 PDT (407 reads)
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    After a period of silence, Art of Simplicity are back with a new line up and a new mini LP soon to be released.

    Chris Kounelis (Disharmony) is still providing vocals, Dim Koskinas, lead singer and guitarist of September Code replaced Theodore Kalantzakos on guitars, and George Pagidas, also playing with Verbal Delirium and Dryed, replaced Loukas Giannakitsas on bass guitar. Founding members Matthew Dakoutros and Nikos Miras are excited with the current line-up. "

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    Artist News: Dirk Serries Allies With Tonefloat To Form New Label, More
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 26 @ 19:45:00 PDT (442 reads)
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    In Dirk Serries' April newsletter, he wrote: Time to unleash the news: we are proud to form a new alliance with Tonefloat in the form of a new label that will focus onto the current and future explorations in the freejazz and avantgarde. Tonefloat's A New Wave Of Jazz launches itself with their first 2 releases, more on this further down this newsletter. Secondly mark your agenda for the upcoming performances [of ...] the highly-anticipated Yodok III tour in June.

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    Artist News: Jackson, Rockenfield, Wilton Sole Entity Recording/Touring As Queensryche
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 26 @ 16:10:00 PDT (282 reads)
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    And, from the other side of the equation: Queensrÿche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate have released the following joint statement:

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    Artist News: Blackwelder Signs With GoldenCore Records
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 24 @ 13:10:00 PDT (340 reads)
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    International power prog metal band Blackwelder signs record deal with Germany’s GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Blackwelder is currently recording, mixing and mastering the yet untitled album for a release later this year.

    Hailing from the four corners of the world, Blackwelder is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim), Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

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    Artist News: Tim Bowness Signs To InsideOut Music
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 18 @ 14:00:00 PDT (189 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) And Announces Second Solo Album

    From late March: InsideOutMusic is extremely pleased to announce the signing of Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool, Memories of Machines) for the release of his forthcoming second solo album Abandoned Dancehall Dreams.

    Tim had this to say about the signing: "I'm really looking forward to working with Inside Out for the first time. Abandoned Dancehall Dreams is a departure from my previous solo work and is perhaps more in line with the widescreen, cinematic nature of No-Man's music. As such, it's like an exciting new beginning on all fronts."

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    Artist News: Osada Vida - New Lineup, New Plans
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 27 @ 18:54:36 PDT (219 reads)
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    Osada Vida, one of the most interesting Polish bands on the prog-metal scene, is currently working on the material for their brand new studio album. The new release, planned for Autumn 2014, will mark a line-up change – Bartek Bereska, the band’s previous guitarist, decided to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Jan Mitoraj, a young and very talented guitarist known from his work with Brain Connect and Pasimito.

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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.

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