Friday, March 22, 2013

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News Of The World (16/03 - 22/03)

Hello again proggers! It's time for one more News Of The Week here on Progshine where we publish the most important News of the Prog World.

If you're a band, musician, manager or just a music lover that want to share some piece of News about your favorite artist send me press releases or links through our Contact page or in progshine@gmail.com

Here it is the News of this Week:
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Deventter - New Lyric Video
Brazilian Progressive band Deventter is about to release their third album: Empty Set (2013) in April.

The band formed by Felipe Schaffer (vocals), Caio Teixeira (drums), Danilo Pilla (guitars), Leonardo Milani (bass) and Hugo Bertolaccini (keyboards) just released a lyric video of the new album for the song 'Old Major'.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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The Green Violinist - Debut Album Release
The Green Violinist start their debut album More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings (2013) dreamy, playfully, enchanting... From there, the music proceeds quietly flowing and full of wonderful harmonies. The songs will catch your attention. Vincent Defresne, leader and songwriter of the band, admits he was inspired by the painting by famous artist Marc Chagall 'The Green Violinist'. He managed to capture the spirit of the picture in an incredible way and to transfer it into music. The result is a wonderful collection of Neoprog-songs containing its fair share of acoustic moments (guitar, piano and violins). But the range goes further including electronic, almost trance-like songs that take you into another world.
The songs were mainly recorded at Jedinakow Studios, the band's own private place of creation and Island of Serenity. Tracks were engineered, mixed and mastered by Vincent's longtime friend and bass player Regis Planque. Also, the album came to realization through the collaboration of a huge bunch of gifted musicians, including a real choir of 50 singers directed by Maestro Patrick Jonnieaux.
Says Vincent, “We're just finishing the recording of our second album, which I am very proud of. I love the process leading to the birth of new songs, the way how almost magically the songs are given to you, how they come and how the ideas to improve them come too. The next album should be a great success for me, and I'm not talking about sales or critical acclaim...I mean artistically I succeed to create the soundtrack I wanted for a world that has changed...Critical mass is reached now, nothing can stop the new world to be revealed and I wrote music about it, to help its birth.”

Tracklist:
1. The Great Scapegoat Seeking (6:24)
2. Velvet Road (6:17)
3. Shy People (4:55)
4. Do Worry Be Sad (13:22)
5. Human Connection (4:06)
6. Any Words You Say Won't Be Enough (3:37)
7. Bad Inheritance (a song to cure) (6:33)

Buy yours HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's website
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Taylor's Universe - New Album
Danish jazz-rock band, Taylor’s Universe, led by composer/arranger Robin Taylor, are about to release their new album, Worn Out (2013). This will be the follow-up to the highly praised Kind Of Red album, released in the beginning of 2012.

Listen below 3 songs of the new album:
Worn Out (2013) will feature saxophonists Karsten Vogel and Jakob Mygind, trumpeter Hugh Steinmetz, guitarist Jon Hemmersam, drummer Klaus Thrane – as well as multi-player Robin Taylor himself, doing his duties on guitars, basses, keyboards, percussion and allsorts. Label: Marvel of Beauty.

Tracklist:
1. Floating Rats
2. Munich
3. Imaginary Church
4. Cruelty in Words
5. Jens in Afghanistan
6. Sergeant Pepperoni


Buy yours HERE.

Source: DPRP / Band's official website
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Anta - New Album
Bristol (UK) based band Anta announce the follow-up release to their well received 2010 debut The Tree That Bears The Equine Fruit (2010). Centurionaut (2013) will be available on LP and in MP3 from the band’s website from 14th June 2013. Ahead of this the band release a the Dolmen single - available to stream from 19th April 2013.

The album will be released in June on the band’s own Thrones & Dominions label on boutique heavyweight gatefold vinyl and digital download. In the run up to the album, a series of remixes commissioned by the band themselves will be released, with re-interpretations of all the album’s tracks by Dälek, Antoni Maiovvi, Bronnt Industries Kapital, Ladyscraper, Fairhorns and ORE. A single and video for ‘Dolmen’, track 3 of the album, will also precede the release.

A heavy band for whom considered songwriting and catchy hooks are as important as bruising riffs, in  ‘Centurionaut’ Anta have produced the most convincing demonstration of their vision so far.



Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Arena - New DVD
Neo Prog band Arena return with a brand new DVD Rapture (2013) to claim their rightful place at the head of the contemporary prog movement.
Filmed in 2011 at Teatr Śląski in Katowice, Poland, shortly after the release of The Seventh Degree Of Separation (2011) album, the DVD features a wide cross-section of Arena’s music, with material ranging from the tracks from the band’s very first release up to their latest songs. The DVD also features an interview with Mick Pointer and Clive Nolan, additional “Live in Warsaw, 2011” footage, photo gallery, discography information, and desktop images!
Tracklist:
1. The Great Escape
2. Crack In The Ice
3. Don’t Forget To Breathe
4. City Of Lanterns
5. What If?
6. One Last Au Revoir
7. Burning Down
8. Serenity
9. Valley of the Kings
10. Crying for Help IV
11. The Eyes of Lara Moon
12. Ghost in the Firewall
13. Rapture
14. The Ghost Walks
15. Bedlam Fayre
16. The Tinder Box
17. The Visitor
18. Solomon
19. Crying for Help VII
20. Ascension
Bonus:
Interview with Mick Pointer and Clive Nolan
Live in Warsaw, 2011 (live bootleg)

Below watch the trailer released on Youtube:
Buy your copy HERE.
Source: Press release / Band's official website
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PBII - New Album
The 10th of March 2013 marks a new era for PBII by releasing the 1000Wishes (2013) album during the release party at “de Boerderij” venue in Zoetermeer. After almost two years of brainstorming, writing, arranging, recording and mixing they can finally share the music as well as the novel, which tells the story of 1000Wishes (2013)  with the world.

Besides releasing the album and book PBII will also be performing in the 1000Wishes (2013) Rockopera which will take place on the 30th and 31st of march at the Rijswijkse Schouwburg. The band will do this in collaboration with the Hofstads Youth Orchestra, among others Dutch actor Frits Lambrechts, dance groups and animation.

To get an impression of what 1000Wishes (2013) is all about you can watch “the making of 1000Wishes” filmed by John Vis.
The concert on march 30th is sold out but there are still some tickets available for the show on march 31st

Source: Press release / Official website
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Pendragon - New Tour Dates & New Website
Neo Prog band Pendargon will begin in May a European Tour, so far they've got 8 dates confirmed:
02 May 2013 Assembly Rooms Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
03 May 2013 Cultuur Podium Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands
04 May 2013 Chez Paulette Nancy, Fance
05 May 2013 Club Il Giardino Verona, Italy
06 May 2013 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
08 May 2013 Blue Note Poznan, Poland
09 May 2013 Proxima Warsaw, Poland
10 May 2013 Rude Boy Bielsko-Biala, PL

More info about the dates and tickets click HERE.

The band also has a new-looking website online with some historical items as well as the usual Shop and Latest News. The address is: www.pendragon.mu.
In the video below Nick Barret (vocals and guitars) tell us a little about the new website, the concerts and about a new album:

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Anima Mundi - New Vocalist & Tour Dates
The Cuban Symphonic Prog band Anima Mundi has revealed their new vocalist. Here's the official statement:

"Our highly respected singer, Carlos Sousa, has decided to leave Anima Mundi for personal and familiar reasons. We respect his decision and we would like to thank Carlos for his contribution and we wish him our love and luck in the future.

At the same time we welcome Emmanuel Pirko Farrath as our new singer. We have to say that we are very pleased that Emmanuel, both as a person and as a professional, will strengthen Anima Mundi. Emmanuel knows Anima Mundi for nearly 10 years and is very familiar with the band members and the music.

As a singer he has a very charismatic and magnetic voice. His timbre fits very, very well for the new album. Emmanuel has a lot of energy and will undoubtedly bring a positive contribution to the band."

Also, the band announced that they're going to play European dates in June and July in Holland at the Boerderij, Belgium at the IZEL Festival, France, Sweden at the Lidkoping Festival and Germany at the Burg Herzberg Festival. More info about it HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Willowglass - New Album
The Dream Harbour (2013) is the the new Willowglass album, is now complete and due for release in May!

The album features Hans Jörg Schmitz on drums/percussion and Steve Unruh on violin/flute/guitar. Once again, Lee Gaskins has produced all the booklet artwork. Details and sound clips of all the tracks are available HERE.
The track list remains as listed below:
1  A House Of Cards (pt. 1)
2  A Short Intermission
3  A House Of Cards (pt. 2)
4  Interlude No. 2
5  The Dream Harbour
6  Helleborine
7  The Face Of Eurydice


The album is now available for pre-order HERE at a special pre-release price. All pre-orders will be shipped as soon as the CDs are ready.

The band also has plans to revamp their website over the next couple of months.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

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Conspiracy - New Live Album
The Concert (2013), a private 2004 show originally issued on video two years later, has been shined up by Purple Pyramid-Cleopatra and repackaged as a CD/DVD combo, with a new photo gallery and footage from behind the scenes.

Stream an advance track from the long-awaited remaster of Conspiracy Live, featuring former Yes band mates Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood below:
Though it's been nearly a decade since the last Conspiracy project, Chris Squire tells us another album could happen: 'We've talked about it, and I believe we have an offer.']

Squire and Sherwood are joined on Conspiracy Live, due for release on April 9, 2013, by drummer Jay Schellen, keyboardist/vocalist Michael Sherwood and keyboardist/synth bassist Scott Walton. Schellen has worked with Sherwood in Circa, and also been a part of Asia.
Conspiracy Live includes music from both the group’s two studio albums (2000′s self-titled debut and The Unknown), a song from Yes’ 1997 album Open Your Eyes (“Universal Garden”) and the title track from Squire’s lone solo effort, 1975′s Fish Out of Water.

Source: Something Else!
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Jethro Tull - New 7" Vinyl

Jethro Tull to announced on Facebook that they'll be releasing a Highly Limited 7” Vinyl Edition of ‘Living In The Past’, featuring a new previously unreleased Steven Wilson mix of ‘Teacher’.
The vinyl will be released for Record Store Day, on April 20th 2013.

The 7” vinyl will also contain ‘Witch’s promise’ and ‘Life Is A Long Song’.
You can find your local participating record store HERE.

Source: Band's official Facebook page

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Focus - Biography Book
The authorized biography book of the dutch band Focus is now available. Hocus Pocus - The Life & Journey Of Rock's Dutch Masters was written by Peet Johnson.

It's the first fully comprehensive and chronological record of the band from its infancy in 1969 to the present day. Drawing from 180 exclusive interviews from past and present band members i.e. Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman, Pierre van der Linden, Bobby Jacobs, Colin Allen, Jan Dumée, Niels van der Steenhoven, Hans Cleuver, Eef Albers, Bert Smaak, Cyril Havermans, Philip Catherine, PJ Proby and many more.

Lavishly illustrated - including rare, never before seen photos in 342 pages.

You can order your copy HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

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Oblivion Sun - New Album & Live Dates
The North American band Oblivion Sun that has musicians from Happy The Man just released a new album.
Called The High Places (2013) this is the second album of the band.
Tracklist:
1. Deckard
2. March Of The Mushroom Men
3. Everything
4. Dead Sea Squirrels
The High Places
5. I) My Eyes
6. II) Awakening
7. III) Flowers
8. IV) The Rules
9. V) The Cage
10. VI) Our Eyes

Listen to the track 'Everything':
You can listen the track 'Dead Sea Squirrels' in our Podcast #11 HERE and order your copy HERE.

The band is also playing at Roxy and Dukes in Dunellen, NJ on Saturday May 11th. Also appearing are special guests, 3rd Degree. Tickets on sale HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Camel - Return To Stages
Camel will return to the stage when they perform classic album The Snow Goose in full at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, on October 28.

Andrew Latimer will be joined by Colin Bass, Denis Clement, Guy LeBlanc and special guest Jan Schelhaas for the show, which marks the first time the band have played since their farewell tour.

Camel last performed their third album at the Royal Albert Hall in 1975, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra.

A statement explains: “The evening pays tribute to former band member Peter Bardens, who died of cancer at the same time as frontman Latimer was battling a terminal illness.

“Ten years later, Latimer has regained health and is willing to celebrate a career that spans over four decades. This two-set show will also embrace compositions recorded throughout those years in a personal covenant of appreciation for a deeply rewarding life of music.”

A report on the band’s website previously revealed they were considering a tour in 2013, to be entitled Retirement Sucks. There’s also the possibility of a new album, which Latimer and Clement have been working on for some time.

Discussing the mainman’s health, the report explains: “He is very well and enjoys the great fortune of recovered good health. Of course, there are certain trade-offs, but they were well worth it. There really isn’t much more to say about that – it’s never wise to let any illness define a person. And so, that chapter in our lives is firmly closed. Well, for the most part.”

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Source: DPRP / Band's official website

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Guapo - New Live Dates
Guapo will play their first live show in four years when they perform at their album launch on April 25.

The band will appear to mark the launch of History Of The Visitation (2013) at Corsica Studios in London.
The three-track title is the ninth studio record from the art-rock band, led by founder David J Smith and also featuring Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Knifeworld), James Sedwards (Noght) and Emmett Elvin (Chrome Hoof, Knifeworld).
A statement explains: “Prepare yourself for an experience that’s simultaneously otherworldly and assaultive. On paper, the music of Guapo reads like a riddle – the British quartet’s sound is based around ideas like controlled chaos, atonal harmony, uplifting darkness, and beautiful destruction. Nothing about the band or their work seems to adhere to even the most open-minded set of preconceptions about the meaning of umbrella terms like ‘rock,’ or ‘progressive,’ or even ‘experimental.’
History Of The Visitation (2013) finds them following through on the kind of epic constructions that sprung forth from their albums like Five Suns and Black Oni. The record is dominated by the 26-minute tour de force The Pilman Radiant, offset only by the 11-minute journey Tremors from the Future and the considerably more compact sonic sculpture known as Complex #7.”

Guapo will be joined by special guests Stars In Battledress for the concert. Buy tickets HERE.

Source: ProgRockMag / Band's official website
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