Friday, May 17, 2013


News Of The World (27/04 - 17/05)

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

Here it is the News of this Week:

Leprous - New Album + New Video

Acclaimed Norwegian Progsters Leprous are soon to release their much anticipated new album Coal (2013) on May 20th, 2013 in Europe and May 28th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Now, the band is revealing the cover artwork for Coal (2013), conceived no other than acclaimed American artist Jeff Jordan, who already took care of the previous album release "Bilateral" and also worked for bands like The Mars Volta. Here is what Leprous had to say about the artwork:

"The artwork for this album was a hard nut to crack. We wanted something dark, melancholic but with a distinct character. We tried several solutions without finding the perfect supplement for the music, before we decided to contact Jeff Jordan once again. Jeff immediately had wonderful ideas that we decided to pursue. The artwork of "Coal" is in my opinion the most iconic we've had so far."

In other news, Leprous just shot a video-clip for the new album's track "The Cloak" and, most suitably for the album's theme, the video was shot in a mine and should be launched around May. Here is a comment by the band about the shooting:

To promote the release of "Coal" 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:

LEPROUS - Tour 2013:
Presented by Rock Hard Magazine & Intromental

06.09.2013 Trondheim (Norway) - Rockheim * New Date
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
21.09.2013 St. Petersburg (Russia) - A2/Sputnik * New Date
25.09.2013 Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
26.09.2013 Krakow (Poland) - Kwadrat
28.09.2013 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Beta2300
17.10.2013 Prague (Czech Republic) - Nova Chmelnice
18.10.2013 Vienna (Austria) - Replugged
19.10.2013 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Randal Club
20.10.2013 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
21.10.2013 Bucharest (Romania) - Silver Church
22.10.2013 Sofia (Bulgaria) - RBF Club
23.10.2013 Belgrade (Serbia) - Dom Omladine
24.10.2013 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
25.10.2013 Milano (Italy) - The Theatre Club
26.10.2013 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Galery
27.10.2013 Genova (Italy) - Muddy Waters
29.10.2013 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz
30.10.2013 Murcia (Spain) - 12&Medio
31.10.2013 Madrid (Spain) - Caracol
01.11.2013 Porto (Portugal) - Hard Club
02.11.2013 Lissabon (Portugal) - Side B
04.11.2013 Toulouse (France) - Les Saint Des Seins
05.11.2013 Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
06.11.2013 Essen (Germany) - Turock
07.11.2013 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) - Doornroosje
08.11.2013 Paris (France) - Le Divan Du Monde
09.11.2013 London (UK) - Underworld
10.11.2013 Oostende (Belgium) - Jeugdhuis Ohk
12.11.2013 Hamburg (Germany) - MarX

Support band on first part of the tour (September): Ørkenkjøtt (Norway)
Support band on the second part of the tour (October-November): Blindead (Poland)
LEPROUS - Festivals 2013:
21.04.2013 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013 / Roadburn Festival - Afterburner (
27.04.2013 Amstelveen (The Netherlands) - Headway Festival (
08.06.2013 Sölvesborg (Sweden) - Sweden Rock Festival LINK <
21.06.2013 Clisson (France) - Hellfest (
28.06.2013 Helsinki (Finland) - Tuska Open Air (
21.07.2013 Tolmin (Slovenia) - Metal Dayz Festival (
01.-03.08.2013 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air (
09.08.2013 Josefov (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Festival (
16.-17.08.2013 Saint Palais Sur Mer (France) - Crescendo Festival (/

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.

ore info about the dates and tickets HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Phavian - IndieGoGo Campaign

North American band Phavian (listen them on our Podcast #11 HERE)! announced their Meridian II U.S. Tour.

3 1/2 month long tour will take the band to nearly every major city west of Memphis. However, because this is such a long tour, the bands ask for the fans help.

Thei set up an Indiegogo campaign to help raise these funds and offer you some great perks. This video explains it all:

CLICK HERE to go to their page campaign.

Source: Press release / Band's official website


Dialeto - New Album

Brazilian power trio, Dialeto, led by guitarist, Nelson Coelho is about to release their third album through Moonjune Records.

The album is called The Last Tribe (2013) and the release date is set for June 18th. The band has now a new bass player, Jorge Pescara, that in fact plays a 12 strings Touchguitar with the tapping technic.

1. Windmaster

2. Dorian Grey

3. The Last Tribe
4. Lydia in the Playground
5. Unimpossible
6. Tarde Demais
7. Vintitreis
8. Whereisit
9. Sand Horses

10. Chromaterius

The band soon will release the first single of the album. More info soon.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Mr. Son & So - New Album

Mr. So & So just released their new album Truths, Lies & Half Lies (2013). The release date for the album was 15th May and it's possible to order the album in CD or digital formats through Bandcamp at a price of £10 for the CD (the first 1000 copies are a limited run Digipak) and the download is priced at £8.

The artwork has been painted by an artist called Iyan De Jesus over in the Philippines.

Truths, Lies & Half Lies (2013) is follow up to Sugarstealer (2009) and was funded by a crowdfunding campaign over the last year.


1. Paperchase

2. Apophis
3. Truths, Lies & Half Lies
4. House of Dreams
5. Looking Glass
6. Jingo
7. You’re Coming Home
8. Breathe
9. Time for Change
10. Compliance

11. Please

To order your copy (both physical and digital) go HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Mr Averell - New Album

Avant Garde music aficionados across the globe are excited about the forthcoming second album by Dutch visual sound artist René van Commenée under the guise Mr Averell titled Gridlock (2013). Van Commenée is known in The Netherlands for his music (sound) art objects, theatrical performances and soundtracks for theatre, fireworks spectacles and film. Over the years he has worked with many acknowledged musicians around the world and became well-known by fans of Van der Graaf Generator through his percussion performances with VDGG member David Jackson. About ten years after their first duo-performances they released the well-received critically acclaimed album 'Batteries Included', a collection of their live recordings. In the same scene, René performed on albums by VDGG's Judge Smith as percussionist, drummer and vocalist.

“Mr Averell is a one-off and hard to classify. Is he a sensitive singer-songwriter, a rock music wildman, and avant garde performance artist or a musical clown? Maybe he's a little of each, and his music is always surprising and full of interest.” - Judge Smith

Gridlock (2013) is the second Mr Averell album and features guest performances by Mike Garson (David Bowie), David Jackson, Hugh Banton and Judge Smith (Van der Graaf Generator), John Ellis (Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, The Stranglers), Lene Lovich, along with Stuart Gordon (Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack), Dyane Donck (Daisy Bell), Martijn Alsters, Willem Tanke, Ninca Leece, Tammo Heikens and Lisa Weiss.

In support of the release of 'Gridlock' plans for Mr Averell to perform in Europe are currently in the works. In closing René has this to impart to his listeners, “It is important to know that 'Gridlock' is intended as an album and not just a collection of songs. I would suggest really playing the album from start to finish and taking the time to listen and let it sink in. Everything's made for this purpose in the first place, the order of songs and even the pauses in between them are composed. This makes it very hard in these download-times, this album should probably be downloaded as one track.”

1. Lock
2. Break The Mirror
3. Kiss The Girl!
4. Deliberately
5. Boxes
6. The Fear Of Dreaming
7. 100 Presents
8. Babel
9. Gridlock
10. Sightseeings
11. Unlock
12. Rideehoo!!

You can hear the track 'Deliberately' on our Podcast #17 HERE.

To order your copy go HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website


Nektar - New Album + Tour Dates

One of the summer’s most highly anticipated tours, “Legends of U.K. Classic Rock”, will feature progressive rock legends Nektar, beginning in June 2013. After a bit of an absence from U.S. Stages, Nektar is sure to be a treat for concert-goers who will be fortunate enough to catch one of the shows!

Nektar founding member Roye Albrighton (guitars/lead vocals) says, “We can promise you high quality performances wherever we play. I know I speak on behalf of the band when I say we are all looking forward to it.”

Nektar, featuring Albrighton, founding drummer Ron Howden, keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus, is British, but was formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1970. Their early albums featured a heady, exhilarating mix of progressive, experimental rock sounds that soon caught on worldwide at the height of the international prog-rock boom. Touring the world behind numerous album releases throughout the ‘70s & ‘80s helped to cement the band’s reputation as an influential prog-rock legend. Having undergone a variety of personnel changes over the past decade or so, the band now boasts its strongest lineup in years and is ready to prove so yet again to its many fans throughout North America. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original release date of the band’s classic album, Remember the Future, Nektar is looking to perform in its entirety this most heralded release from its vast catalog, a rarity in that the band has not performed the entire album live in years.

Nektar’s new album, Time Machine (2013), featuring the band’s first album of new original material in several years, will be released on Cleopatra Records on June 18.

Nektar Tour Dates:
June 20 – Chantilly, WV – Sully's
June 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
June 22 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre
June 23 – New York City – B.B. King’s
June 26 – Cleveland, OH – The Winchester Music Hall
June 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
June 29 – Lincolnshire, IL – Viper Alley
June 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Famous Dave’s Blues Club

More info about the dates and tickets in THIS LINK.
Source: Press release / Band's official website


Jon Anderson - Tour Dates

Legendary vocalist Jon Anderson, Yes's singer/songwriter for 35 years along with his successful work with Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento, will be performing at the 9th Festival Des Guitares Du Monde in Quebec, Canada on May 25, 2013. The show promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson's prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions, highlighted by humorous and enlightening stories told by Jon.

Says Jon, “I'm very excited to bring my show to Quebec. I enjoy the show that I do, and people really seem to have a great time.”

Info: 9th Festival Des Guitares Du Monde - 41, 6e rue, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada

When: May 25, 2013
Ticket information HERE
Source: Press release / Band's official website

Beluga - New Video
Spanish band Beluga has a new video online while they keep preparing their first album.

According to the band: "If you want to access a different dimension, get your eyeballs to pop out and sing our new song "Paris Ragtime" without stop, don’t miss our presentation. We’ll be waiting!"

The song will be in the band's debut album Architecture Of The Absurd (2013) that will be released in the next months.

Check out the video:

Source: Press release / Band's official website


Magma - New DVD

After  the success of the DVDs EPOK 1-2-3-4, published in 2006 and 2007, the jazz club Le Triton again welcomed Magma in June 2011. This was for a  nine concerts cycle to complete the DVD series "Myths & Legends " .

EPOK V (2013) not only includes pieces from 1971, 1977 and 1978 but also Félicité Thösz (2012), the latest Magma release, heard here in a version prior to the recording of the album. There are, in addition, 20 minutes of unpublished music.
 A dynamic and extremely musical edit enables the listener to enjoy the band at the height of its powers, showcasing the intensity of each composition and the technical prowess of the musicians.

The exceptional sound quality was captured as usual by Francis Linon who knows, better than anyone, how to record the power and musicality of Magma.

Watch the DVD trailer below:

To purchase Magma's EPOK V (2013) DVD (playable in all regions) you can CLICK HERE for Amazon or HERE for the band's direct link.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Antoine Fafard - New Album

The second solo album by composer and bass player Antoine Fafard, Occultus Tramitis (2013), was released digitally on May 15 and will be on CD June 1, 2013. Featuring the contributions of a number of jazz-rock legends including Terry Bozzio (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree), Scott Henderson (Tribal Tech), Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto), Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa) and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern), 'Occultus Tramitis' encompasses 11 tracks presenting almost an hour of exciting new music.

“Working on Antoines project was a real treat...his compositions and playing made it a unique experience. Both challenging and joyful at the same time! He put together a great team of players and I only wish we could have been playing in the same room!” - Jerry Goodman

The music on Occultus Tramitis (2013) differs between the tracks, and the fusion of influences that characterizes Antoine's music means it doesn't fall easily into a single style or genre. However, the album was composed as a complete work. Melodic aspects are beautifully realized by Jerry Goodman, who is featured on more than half of the tracks among odd time signatures, multiple modulations and rhythmical illusions. There are exceptional performances from all Antoine's collaborators, including spectacular solos.

Occultus Tramitis (2013) is an independent release presenting exciting and powerful new music for any fan of instrumental jazz-rock, progressive and fusion music.

You can buy your copy HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

The Fierce And The Dead - New Album

The Fierce And The Dead is now in the studio recording their second full length album.

The band is locked away in the studio and will be posting about it very often in the band's Blog. You can check pictures and more RIGHT HERE.

This will be the follow up from If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe (2011). The band also released the EP On VHS (2012). Their albums are available at Bandcamp with the 'name your price' scheme, RIGHT HERE.

You can listen the band in our Podcast #16 HERE. More info soon.
Source: Press release / Band's official website


Anathema - New Live Album
English band Anathema will release in June 24th a new live album called Untouchable (2013). Featuring the stunning recent performance at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.

In May 2012 Anathema released Weather Systems (2012), the most acclaimed and successful album of a career that has spanned over two decades. The album scored high in numerous critics end of year polls around the world and cemented the band's reputation as one of the most exciting and progressive band around.

Following the release of the album the band embarked on a lengthy world tour. The European part of this tour opened with a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.

Untouchable captures the magic of the evening on double heavyweight vinyl packaged in a gatefold sleeve with printed inners.


Side A
1. Untouchable Part 1
2. Untouchable Part 2
3. Thin Air
Side B
1. Dreaming Light
2. Everything
3. The Storm Before The Calm
Side C
1. A Simple Mistake
2. The Beginning And The End
3. Universal
Side D
1. Closer
2. A Natural Disaster
3. Flying

You can pre order the LP on Kscope store in THIS LINK.

Check the band's profile on Progshine HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Labirinto - New Split

Brazilian band Labirinto join forces with Canadian thisquietarmy from Montreal (Canada) to release a new split in limited (500 copies) LP edition.

While Labirinto & thisquietarmy are from different hemispheres, they both have a mutual admiration for each other's sound and work ethics, as well as their shared influences of textured sounds such ambient, psychedelic, post-rock & black metal. Furthermore, their common perspective of the world have bound them to create a record inspired by cultural & social values, political situations and universal phenomenons.

Labirinto's tracks were mixed by the scottish engineer Tony Doogan. The artwork were made by Eric Quach (thisquietarmy). And this video was created by Muriel Curi (Labirinto).

Watch the split trailer:

To order your copy you can go HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Keith Emerson - Campaign For Documentary

Prog Rock Doc is trying to complete a Documentary on Keith Emerson's life.

"We've been working on this project now for several years, and have a completion date set for Keith's Birthday in November. How we get there, and how complete the final documentary is comes down to the results of this campaign.

We are excited to present to you the unique opportunity to be part of this project by buying one of the features via our campaign! Join the project from Fan all the way up to Executive Producer! 

For over forty years, Keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson has been entertaining the masses with his particular brand of Prog Rock. During that time he has filled out stadia's across the world. 

Pictures of an Exhibitionist is the name of Keith's auto-biography written back in 2003, after he underwent surgery on his hands. This documentary adaptation goes back to interview the characters in his life from his childhood to today.
Keith Emerson played an important role in the alternative rock and roll scene that rose out of the ashes of the popularity of "radio friendly" groups like the Beatles. Emerson Lake and Palmer, dominated that scene from 1970 - 1977 catching the vibe of a generation wanting more than the latest riff and brought back a renaissance of classical  music among Emerson's orchestral jazz/rock/fusion works. He continues to push the boundaries and is now composing work for Orchestras across the world."

All the info on the video below:

Their IndieGoGo page is HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website


KingBathmat - New Album

The English band KingBathmat just started the recording of their next album, follow up for Truth Button (2012).

So far the band didn't give much info about the recording or about the new album yet, but a trailer has been posted on Youtube.

This will be the band's seventh album.

Watch it below:

Truth Button (2012) was reviewed on Progshine already, you can read the review in THIS LINK and can check their profile page HERE.

Source: Press release / Band's official website

Fabio Zuffanti - New Solo Album

In June, Fabio Zuffanti, man responsible for bands like La Maschera Di Cera, Höstsonaten and Finisterre will begin the recordings of his new solo album at Hilary Studio of Genoa with the support of Rossano Villa, sound engineer and co-arranger.

The disc will be released next autumn on AMS / BTF label. It will be an album of pure symphonic prog with jazz-rock and dark veins - very different from the previous three solo Zuffanti works - played by a group of very talented musicians. The concept will be based on "The Mirror in the Mirror", a book of short and surreal stories written by Michael Ende.

In conjunction with the album will also be released new book by Zuffanti. A sort of diary written almost daily that tell of the genesis and making of the record, the twenty-year music of Fabio, thoughts related to the everyday's life, encounters, memories, past and future projects, letters to someone or anyone.

More info soon.

You can also read our reviews of latest La Maschera Di Cera album (HERE) and latest Höstsonaten (HERE).

Source: Press release / Band's official website


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