Friday, April 12, 2013

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News Of The World (06/04 - 12/04)


Hello Proggers! It's time for one more News Of The Week here on Progshine.
This is the space where we publish the most important News of the Prog World that happened in the last week. Everything in just one place!

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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The Custodian - New Label

The English band The Custodian just signed with The Laser's Edge label and will released their first time, for the first time in CD, Necessary Wasted Time (2013) on June 18.

The band is lead by British musician Richard Thomson, better known as the vocalist of progressive metal group Xerath.

Thomson commented on the band's signing to The Laser's Edge: "We are extremely proud to be joining The Laser's Edge family. Not only is their roster exceptional but working with Ken and the team has been a superb experience for us. They take huge pride in what they do and more importantly the enthusiasm they have for the development of their bands is fantastic. We look forward to making some great music with them and bringing it out on the road as soon as possible!"

The Laser's Edge label head Ken Golden explained how the signing of The Custodian came about: "An unexpected e-mail from a mysterious band named The Custodian caught my attention. I started to listen to their debut album, 'Necessary Wasted Time'... and I kept listening... and listening. In short, I became addicted. Rich Thomson and crew are creating the type of forward thinking music that helps define the fabric of The Laser's Edge. I'm very excited to present The Custodian to a worldwide audience."

Necessary Wasted Time (2013) was recorded by the band in their home studio, mixed by Danish producer Jacob Hansen and mastered by Bob Katz. The artwork was created by British artist Colin Marks of Rain Song Design.

The Custodian is formed by Richard Thomson (drums, vocals and synths), Michael Pitman (bass and vocals), Owain Williams (guitars) and Nariman Poushin (electro acoustic guitar).

You can listen two of their songs on Reverbnation below:


Source: Blabbermouth / Band's official Facebook page
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hAND - New Album + New Label

English prog-rockers hAND have announced that they have signed to Brutal Elite Records for the release of their upcoming third album Kintsugi (2013).

The now four piece are due to head to Seriously Heavy Studios in July to begin recording the new album. After meeting up with producer Nick Hemingway the band excitedly wrote on their news feed, "After talking things over with Nick we can't tell you how hyped we are about this album; we reckon it is going to sound a bit different to the last two production wise, we have so many ideas already!"

Having digitally released their second album "Breathing" through Brutal Elite Records, the band felt it was a positive and natural progression to fully sign to the label.

You can listen to the band's music on Bandcamp HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Spleen Arcana - Debut Album For 1€



The French one-man band Spleen Arcana is doing a sale from the band's debut album The Field Where She Died (2008).

Julien is now recording the second album of the project and according to the musician: "All the money raised from the download sales will help me to release this new album so your support is truly appreciated - THANK YOU"

Julien also released a brand new track called 'Erin Shores (Part One)' that will be available on the next album but also can be bought on his Bandcamp page RIGHT HERE. Or you can listen the song first below:


You can get Spleen Arcana's first album as a digital download on Bandcamp for a limited time for only 1€! It's possible to pay more for the album too. Just CLICK HERE.


Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Little Atlas - New Album




According to the post we made back in December 2012 (HERE) the north american band Little Atlas is recording a new album.

The band is updating the recordings through their Facebook page. The last post reveals the name of the album and also the release date.

The new Little Atlas album will be callled Automatic Day (2013) and will be released through 10T Records in early May.

The album will be mastered by the Grammy Winner Joe Palmaccio. All of the new songs are already written and about half of them have final drum tracks recorded. They're now working on the bass recordings. And according to band this album will be quite different than anything they have done before.

And if you guys didn't hear about they last free download here's the a little piece of advice. Little Atlas has a Live DVD as FREE DOWNLOAD their label page.

Click HERE to download it.

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Pendragon - New Best Of Album + Tour Dates

English Neo Prog band Pendragon is about to release a 'Best Of' album called Introducing (2013). The album will be released by Snapper/Madfish label in 22nd April.

Introducing (2013) is a double CD compilation that according to the band does exactly as it says on the tittle, it introduces Pendragon to the uninitiated, the new fans.
The album can be ordered at the band's virtual Store in THIS LINK.

Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. Kowtow
2. The Voyager
3. Breaking the Spell
4. Paintbox
5. Masters Of Illusion
6. If I Were The Wind
Disc 2
1. For Your Journey
2. Sou By Sou West
3. We Talked
4. Two Roads
5. Indigo
6. It's Only Me
7. Empathy
8. This Green And Pleasant Land

The band will go on a mini-tour in May to support the release:
May 2nd - Leamington Assembly , Leamington Spa - UK
May 3rd - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer - NL 
May 4th - Chez Paulette, Nancy - FR
May 5th - Club Il Giardino, Verona - IT
May 6th - Z7, Pratteln - CH
May 8th - Blue Note, Poznan - PL
May 9th - Proxima, Warsaw - PL
May 10th - Rude Boy, Bielsko-Biala - PL

You can buy tickets and find more info about the venus HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Fish - New Live Album


Fish new live album Leamington Spa Convention 2012 (2013) will be released in May 13th but is already available for pre order RIGHT HERE.

Leamington Spa Convention 2012 (2013) is a 2 CD/DVD box housed in double tray fat jewel case with 12 page booklet – all in 4 colours.

This is the entire Sunday Electric set from the Leamington Convention last October. There are also plans for a potential Blu Ray “best of” at the end of the year and the 2 acoustic sets and and the Saturday night performance, also 2 hours long, will be available as downloads in the coming months. (as will be the Derby acoustic gig and the Studio acoustic sessions – the audio from the Fishheads Club Live DVD)

The DVD has the full live show including all the audience interaction. The DVD is NTSC region 0 and will play in North America. The audio of this live title will also be available as a download once we have our preferred options in place.
Tracklisting:
Disc 1:
1. Script For A Jester’s Tear
2. Long Cold Day
3. Innocent Party
4. He Knows You Know
5. Square Go
6. Other Side Of Me
7. Feast Of Consequences
8. Dark Star
9. Pilgrims Address
Disc 2
1. Jigsaw
2. Freaks
3. Lucky
4. Internal Exile
5. Market Square Heroes
6. Grendel
7. The Company

Source: Press release / Fish's official website
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Leprous - New Song + New Album + Tour Dates
Norwegian Proggers Leprous are getting ready to release their new album Coal (2013) on May 20th, 2013 in Europe and May 28th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.



Leprous singer and synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the song as follows:
"We're delighted to finally be able to give you the first taste of our upcoming album "Coal"! "Coal" is a melancholic, soulful and very dynamic album. Where Bilateral (2011) was playful and "in-your face", Coal (2013) is subtle and floating. "Chronic" however, is of the more dynamic songs of the album. With a heavy basis, the song pinches a nerve Leprous has never before explored."

In order to give a first sneak-preview of this intriguing and challenging release, the band have now launched a first new song called 'Chronic' today and you can stream it exclusively below:




Coal (2013) was produced with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne and Jens Bogren & Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator) mixed/mastered the album. More details about the album will be revealed soon.

Leprous will be also performing at various prominent summer festivals (Wacken, Hellfest, Tuska, etc.) to promote the release of Coal (2013) and are now also announcing European shows as headlining act from September to November 2013.

Here is a list of all dates confirmed so far:
07.09.2013 Bergen (Norway) - Garage
13.09.2013 Oslo (Norway) - John Dee
14.09.2013 Sandnes (Norway) - Tribute
15.09.2013 Drammen (Norway) - Buddy
16.09.2013 Skien (Norway) - Parkbiografen
17.09.2013 Göteborg (Sweden) - Musikens Hus
18.09.2013 Stockholm (Sweden) - Debaser
20.09.2013 Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi Club
25.09.2013 Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
26.09.2013 Krakow (Poland) - Kwadrat
28.09.2013 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Beta2300

More info about the dates and tickets HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Steve Hackett - New Album + Tour Dates
As the Genesis Revisited live experience is about to be unleashed, Steve Hackett announces the release of Selection (2013) on 13th May; the single CD album will feature a collection of songs taken from Genesis Revisited II (2012) and include a newly recorded version of 'Carpet Crawlers', a pre-tour treat from the legendary guitarist with Ray Wilson on vocal duties. 'Carpet Crawlers' will also be available as a single track for digital download.



"This single CD album features some of my favourite shorter songs and highlights from Genesis Revisited II (2012)  - says Hackett enthusiastically - "along with additional track 'Carpet Crawlers' sung by Ray Wilson, who joined Genesis as singer on Calling All Stations (1997). He does a great job here filling Gabriel's shoes, but with his own special style. It's great to be flying the flag once more for the early Genesis sound on the eve of the World Tour..."



Tracklist:

1. Carpet Crawlers
2. 11th Earl Of Mar
3. The Lamia
4. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
5. Entangled
6. Shadow Of The Hierophant
7. Can-Utility And The Coastliners
8. Afterglow
9. Blood On The Rooftops



You can order your copy RIGHT HERE.



Since its release in October 2012, when it entered the charts in several european countries, Genesis Revisited II (2012) has collected rave reviews: works wonderfully (Classic Rock), It's faithful, full-blooded (Mail on Sunday), a wonderful listen (Music News) are only a few of the expressions used by critics to describe this outstanding tribute to the unforgettable prog pioneers. The album celebrates the Genesis period between 1971 and 1977 - known as the band's 'Golden Era' - and follows the first instalment released by Hackett in 1996. 



The Genesis Revisited Tour will be Hackett's biggest production to date, incorporating classics from both Genesis Revisited albums in a unique show not to be missed. Steve Hackett is the first member of Genesis to revisit this phase of the band's history and fans have welcomed the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, with many dates already sold out. Selection offers fans a handpicked anthology in preparation for the shows and, later, to relish the memory of one of their finest live music experiences.




Full tour dates are:
14.04.13 Paris - Le Trianon Frankreich 
15.04.13 Brüssel - Ancienne Belgique Belgien 
17.04.13 Amsterdam - Paradiso Niederlande 
20.04.13 Zürich - Kaufleuten Schweiz 
21.04.13 Wien - WUK Österreich 
23.04.13 Mailand - Teatro Della Luna* Italien 
24.04.13 Vicenca - Teatro Comunale Italien 
26.04.13 Rom - Teatro Sistina Italien 
27.04.13 Bologna - Teatro Manzoni Italien 
29.04.13 Leipzig - Haus Auensee Deutschland 
30.04.13 Stuttgart - Theaterhaus Deutschland 
02.05.13 München - Herkulessaal* Deutschland 
03.05.13 Mainz - Phönixhalle Deutschland 
05.05.13 Oberhausen - Luise-Albertz-Halle Deutschland 
06.05.13 Hamburg - Kampnagel Deutschland 
09.05.13 Aylesbury - Friars UK 
10.05.13 London - Hammersmith Apollo UK 
11.05.13 Cardiff - St. David's Hall UK 
12.05.13 Liverpool - Philharmonic UK 
14.05.13 Glasgow - Royal Concert Hall* UK 
15.05.13 Gateshead - The Sage UK 
16.05.13 Birmingham - Symphony Hall UK 
18.05.13 Dublin - Vicar Street Irland 
21.05.13 Bergen - Ricks Theater Norwegen 
22.05.13 Oslo - Sentrum Scene Norwegen 
23.05.13 Kopenhagen - Amager Bio Dänemark 
24.05.13 Stockholm - Nalen Schweden 
19.07.13 Bad Hersfeld - Burg Herzberg Festival GER
22.10.13 Birmingham - City Hall UK 
23.10.13 Bristol - Colston Hall UK 
24.10.13 London - Royal Albert Hall UK 
26.10.13 Manchester - O2 Apollo UK 
27.10.13 Newcastle - City Hall UK 
29.10.13 Liverpool - Philharmonic UK 
30.10.13 Sheffield - City Hall UK 
01.11.13 Cambridge - Corn Exchange UK 

More info about dates and tickets HERE.

Source: Press release / Hackett's official website
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Ulver - New Live Album

Norwegian band Ulver released last year the DVD The Norwegian National Opera (2012), now Kscope Records is releasing a CD/LP/Digital version of the same concert.

Until recently the band had remained exclusively within the studio. This changed in May 2009 when the band accepted an invitation to appear at the Norwegian Festival Of Literature.

The success of this gig lead to them embarking on a string of other gigs in 2009 and 2010, selling out prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Volksbühne in Berlin and La Cigale in Paris before they returned to their homeland for this landmark gig at The Norwegian Opera House.



The 2 hour concert married tracks from throughout the band's catalogue to stunning visuals to create a spectacle fitting for such a grand venue.

Tracklist:

1. Moon Piece
2. Eos

3. Let The Children Go

4. Little Blue Bird

5. Rock Massif Part 2

6. For The Love Of God

7. Operator

8. In The Red

9. England

10. Funebre

11. Hallways Of Always

12. Theme From Silence Teaches You How To Sing

13. A Cold Kiss (Porn Piece Part 2)

14. A Memorable Fancy (The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell, Plates 16-17)

15. Like Music

16. Not Saved

17. Legs Piece

You can order any of the formats (CD/LP/DVD/Blu-Ray) through THIS LINK.

Source: Press release / Band's official Facebook page
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Djam Karet - New Album


North American band Djam Karet is ahead for the release date of The Trip (2013). This is the first all new Djam Karet album in 8 years and will be released on CD in April 23, 2013.

The band is making the album available at a special Pre-Order price of $9.99 plus shipping. (The price after the official release date will be $12.00 plus shipping).

To pre order click HERE.

The Trip (2013) features one single 47 minute-long track, a psychedelic journey through your mind's eye, a classic soundtrack of a trip to places both familiar and otherworldly.
You can enjoy almost 10 minutes of the release which has been re-mixed into a "Mini-Trip" with visuals below. Many thanks to Dimitriadis Tasos for his incredible images, video work, and understanding the time and space of our music.




Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Dream Theater - New App

Dream Theater have revealed details of their 360 Interactive app, which will be released alongside their upcoming Live At Luna Park (2013) DVD.

The app promises a “unique immersive experience” and offers users the chance to scroll round the stage while the band play their track 'Six O’Clock' – meaning an almost limitless number of ways to see the performance.

The desktop and laptop software, said to be the first of its kind, will be available to those who purchase the deluxe edition of Live At Luna Park (2013).

The DVD was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last August. It’s due for release next month.

App creators Mativision have previously released apps for Slash, Muse, Anthrax and others.

You can watch a trailer for the app below:


Source: Prog Rock Mag / Band's official website
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Archive - New Video

With their 3 date UK tour beginning in two weeks time, Archive have just unveiled a video for new single 'Stick Me In The Heart'. To be released in May 20th May, the single package comes with remixes by Robin Foster, Dimitris Papaspyropolous and Mashkova.

Having sold-out Heaven in December last year Archive embark on a three night UK tour this month.

Dates below:
Wednesday 17 April – GLASGOW – Oran Mor (£15)
Thursday 18 April – MANCHESTER – Sound Control (£15)
Friday 19 April – LONDON – KOKO (£16)


Archive released the album With Us Until You’re Dead (2012) In August last year. Part-orchestral, part-electronic, part-soulful, part-progressive and wholly emotion-soaked and cinematic, the album touches tangents with Massive Attack, Radiohead, The Aloof, UNKLE, Secret Machines and Pink Floyd, with four dynamic singers fronting a restlessly inventive landscape constructed by Archive’s long-standing core of Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths.

With Us Until You’re Dead (2012) is available on Dangervisit Records via Cooperative Music and can be ordered HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Ashent - Re-release

Following on from the recent success of Inheritance (2012) the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music will reissue one of the band's album long out of print, the Ashent debut album Flaws Of Elation (2006). In addition this new print comes with all new artwork and the additional bonus of the bands very first ultra rare 2003 4 track demo!

Flaws Of Elation (2006) is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.

A video presentation with music and interview from the band can be viewed now below:


Tracklist:
1. Flaws Of Men
2. Mhysteric
3. Awakened’s Transitions
4. Fallen Angel
5. Illusory
6. Silent Remedy
7. Anaemic Ardency
8. Persistence Of Frailty
9. A Puzzled Sentiment
10. Eden
11. Awakened’s transitions (demo 2003)
12. Fallen Angel (demo 2003)
13. Anaemic Ardency (demo 2003)
14. Eden (demo 2003)

The album will soon available to order through THIS LINK.

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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Docker's Guild - New Video

Docker's Guild have just released the much anticipated short film for the track 'Darwin's Tears', taken from the bands debut release The Mystic Technocracy Part 1: The Age Of Innocence (2012).

The 10 minute short film for 'Darwin's Tears', shot and produced by Silos Production (the same team that produced 011 by Therion) was film in black and white in the style of 1920's German Expressionism and movie serials of that time, and represents a video concept unlike any other seen before in a rock setting.

Watch the video below:


Source: Press release / Band's official Facebook page
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Anton Johansson - New Album

Lion Music announced the addition of Anton Johansson to the label’s roster for the release of his album “Galahad Suite” (2013).

With a sound that runs across progressive rock/metal, melodic and hard rock grounds with equal measure, “Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite” is the result of an idea that has been in the head of former Mister Kite member Anton Johansson for almost 30 years and features an array of talented musicians including Linus Abrahamson (guitar and bass), Carl Lindquist (vocals), Mats Bergentz (Drums), Sebastian Berglund (Keyboards), Anna Forsvall Lundmark (Cello) and backing vocal by Evelina Andersson, Ellen Abrahamson and Mikael Cederhag.

The album also boasts notable guest performances by guitarists Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Freak Guitar), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Dennis Post (Star*Rats) and Magnus Kristensson (Mister Kite, Planet); along with keyboards by Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio) and Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Agents of Mercy, Electrocution 250) and additional vocals by Alf Wemmenlind (Mister Kite, Fifty Grand Suicide).

“Galahad Suite” (2013) will be released on 11th May 2013 with full album details to follow shortly.  In the meantime an album preview can be viewed below: 


Source: Press release / Anton's official website
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Opposing Motion - New Album

Progressive metal outfit Opposing Motion is set for the release of their upcoming debut album “Laws Of Motion” (2013).

Opposing Motion are comprised of Ludovic Desa (vocals), Joe McGurk (guitars), David Deplanche (bass) and Kevin Deplanche (drums)and their sound is reminiscent of iconic bands such as Royal Hunt, Seventh Wonder, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Crimson Glory and also newer power/prog bands ala Circus Maximus, Pagan’s Mind, Above symmetry.



The first single 'Forever's Edge' is available now through Reverbnation and can be streamed right now below:





With the release of a self released debut EP recorded at the famous Robannas Studios in Birmingham 2010, Opposing Motion have rapidly become known in the prog-metal genre at the national and international levels. Composed of experienced musicians, all active on the UK and France session scene, the band weaves highly melodic and orchestral tapestries mixing technical pieces, intricate musicianship and offering a fresh outlook on the prog-genre bringing together flamenco, classic rock, NWOBHM and progressive rock influences.

With several top tier high street magazine features and numerous excellent reviews on the international metal scene, “The Illustration” EP (2010) set the foundations for their eagerly awaited full-length debut album.

2012 saw the band recorded their first debut album entitled “Laws Of Motion” (2013)” and have now teamed up with prog metal label Lion Music to bring their music to the scene on 11th May 2013.

Full details on Laws Of Motion” (2013) to follow shortly. 

Source: Press release / Band's official website
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