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CD/DVD Releases: News Bits: IQ, Izz, Symphony X, more...

Posted on Sunday, April 03 @ 20:35:37 UTC by admin

Some news bits we've been collecting over the last couple of weeks: As IQ celebrates its 35th anniversary (!), they announced this past Wednesday (Mar 23) two upcoming live dates - the first is on December 17, 2016 at the O2 Academy, Islington, London "for a night of Christmas shindigging and IQ35 goodness," they note. The second date is a full year plus away, April 22, 2017 at The Robin 2 in Bilston, England. If that's not enough live IQ, they are also headlining the Summer End's festival on October 1, 2016. (Also on the bill: Magic Pie, Knight Area, RPWL and Karnataka, among others.

In earlier news, they announced that a one-off screening of "Subterranea, the film based on IQ's double album of the same name [...] will take place at the prestigious ICA in The Mall on Sunday 1st May.

"After the show there will be a Q&A with Director Matthew Miller and members of the band.

"This small arts cinema has a limited number of seats and we’re expecting this event to sell out quickly, so grab your tickets while you can." [Source: IQ]


Summer's End, which is scheduled for September 30 - October 2 at Chepstow Drill Hall, Chepstow, England, features headliners Magic Pie (Friday), IQ (Saturday) and RPWL (Sunday). The complete bill (alpha) is: Damarek feat. Guy Manning, Firefly Burning, Ghost Community, IQ, Karnataka, Knight Area, Magic Pie, RPWL, Seven Steps To The Green Door, Strangefish, Sylvium, and Tiger Moth Tales. [Source: Summer's End]


Also playing live on a couple of dates, Izz, who will play at the NJ Proghouse, Roxy & Dukes, in Dunellen, NJ on April 29, 2016; opening will be Simon Godfrey's new project Valdez, which also includes Echolyn's Tom Hyatt, Joe Cardillo and new drummer Scott Miller. Their debut album This is due out from Bad Elephant Music in September.

Izz is also playing live on May 19 at Drom in New York, NY.

And speaking of new releases, Izz's Paul Bremner will soon release a solo album, The Witness. It's due out April 26, 2016 and features guest appearances from Izz members - Anmarie Byrnes, Laura Meade, Brian Coralian, Greg DiMiceli, and Tom Galgano (who engineered and co-produced the album with Bremner). "Last Exit Before Toll," the album's closing track, is a 20-minute piece that "encompasses the full range of Bremner's musical palette. 'I am very happy to include this extended piece which I hope will take the listener on a journey; and I am happy that it features all of my IZZ band mates.'” (see elsewhere in News for the full press release).


Symphony X announced more live dates in support of Underworld, this leg in South America from May 6 (Sociedade Abranches, Curitaba, BR) through May 12 (Groove, Buenos Aires, AR). They'll also be at Sweden Rock on June 11... then at the sold-out Wacken festival on August 6 ... then Leyendes Del Rock on August 13, then to Bloodstock on August 14 and then a show at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv, IL on August 16. [Source: Symphony X]


Iced Earth co-headline this year's Bang Your Head festival -- along with Slayer, Twisted Sister, Carcass and two more headlining acts -- to be held July 14-16 in Balingen, DE. Also on the bill prog rock-friend/prog metal-friendly acts like Uriah Heep, Dragonforce, and Threshold.

The full bill, which is yet to be complete (alpha): Bablylon A.D., Battle Beast, Black Trip, Candlemass, Carcass, Crematory, Dare, Dead Daisies, Delain, Dragonforce, Ektomorf, Equilibrium, Freedom Call, Girlschool, Grave Digger, Great White, Iced Earth, Impellitteri, Leatherwolf, Manilla Road, Metal Church, Nazareth, Night Demon, Sacred Reich, Satan, Slayer, Stallion, Tankard, Testament, Threshold, Tigertailz, Twisted Sister, Tyketto, Unleashed, Uriah Heep, and Warpath. A warm-up show on July 13 will feature Nitrogods, Overkill, Rage, Sodom with one more act to be named.

[Source: Iced Earth, Bang Your Head]


More preserves will be available May 27 from The Jelly Jam, as they spread their latest concoction, Profit across the world. Released by Mascot, Profit is the fourth release from the trio of Ty Tabor (Kings X) on guitar/vocals, John Myung (Dream Theater) on bass and Rod Morgenstein (Winger, The Dixie Dregs) on drums/percussion and their first since Shall We Desend (2011). Profit, which will be released as CD and on 180gm vinyl (that includes a download code to get it on MP3), "will be the band's first all-out concept album with the basic story written around the idea that we, the people of Earth, have abused and exhausted the planet's resources, forcing mankind to either find a new home or face extinction.

Tracklist: Care / Stain On The Sun / Water / Stop / Perfect Lines (Flyin') / Mr. Man / Memphis / Ghost Town / Heaven / Permanent Hold / Fallen / Strong Belief

Listen to the first track released, "Care," at the link below:

[Source: The Jelly Jam]


"After a great show in Malta, and before our special unplugged show in Switzerland on April 30th, we are back in the studio finishing the recordings of our new album, which we haven’t revealed the title… Till now!," says Until Rain in a recent Facebook post. "So let's give you some information about our upcoming release.

"It is gonna be called Inure. The concept is pretty much what the title says and more on the concept of the album will be revealed when it is out.

"The recordings are taking place in different studios in the UK, Greece, Sweden & Switzerland.

"The mixing/mastering will be in the hands of Mr. Daniel Cardoso (member ofAnathema & Head Control System), a talented musician/producer with an extensive catalogue of artists he had mixed for or worked with. We just can’t wait for you to listen to this album.

"Here is the tracklist:

01. Progressus In Idem
02. New World Fiction
03. Because Something Might Happen
04. A Tearful Farewell
05. This Fear
06. Debate
07. Butterfly Invasion
08. A Broken Wing
09. Inure

More to follow

[Source: Until Rain/Intromental Management]

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