Wednesday, June 12th
Progressive metal act Bone Gardens have released a new guitar playthrough for their song "Geo". The video can be watched here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLR7V2Vmrjg
Tuesday, June 11th
Progressive instrumental act CHON have made their new EP Newborn Sun available for purchase as well as streaming on their bandcamp.
You can check it out here: http://chonofficial.bandcamp.com/album/newborn-sun
Sunday, June 9th
Dutch prog/jazz metal band Exivious have released a new song from their upcoming album, Liminal.
The opening track, 'Entrust', is available for streaming on YouTube at the following link:
Pre-order Liminal while simultaneously advancing a crowdfunding campaign here:
Tuesday, May 21st
Toby Driver, frontman of Kayo Dot, released a 13 minute teaser trailer from his latest project, Hubardo. The trailer is unmastered, but should be more than enough to induce a little anticipation.
Hubardo is a 95 minute conceptual double album and will be released in Autumn 2013 to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of Kayo Dot's debut album Choirs of the Eye.
Sunday, May 19th
Connecticut prog/post-hardcore trio Mt. Meridian released their sophomore EP Hibernation Sickness.
The album is available for streaming and free download on their bandcamp:
Thursday, May 16th
The band's performance at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv
Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded and is planned to be released on double vinyl on the
24th of June, with the release being named "Untouchable" (it can be pre-ordered now from
The CD/DVD version of "Untouchable" is expected to be released in August.
Anathemas facebook page
1. Untouchable Part 1
2. Untouchable Part 2
3. Thin Air
1. Dreaming Light
3. The Storm Before The Calm
1. A Simple Mistake
2. The Beginning And The End
Thursday, May 9th
Sputnik's own instrumental prog-rockers Solterrra have announced the departure of their lead guitarist and founding member, Tanner Lichty (Sputnik user Twlichty).
He said: "I want to focus on other styles of music and
don't get along with one of the members"
Lichty was one of the band's main songwriters and distinguishing players.
The band announced on their Facebook page:
"The members of Solterra have decided to part ways with guitarist Tanner Lichty. Friday will be our last show with him and we wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors. After Friday Solterra will be holding auditions for a new guitarist. If you are interested in auditioning please contact one of the members or shoot us a message. Keep your ears peeled for a sneak peek of our upcoming LP. Solterra loves you all."
Tuesday, April 30th
In case today's other great music news just hasn't been enough for you, get this: widely esteemed (and mysterious) instrumental progressive band CHON has released a single from its debut album Newborn Sun, coming out May 2013.
The song's called "Fluffy," and features production unlike anything the band's biggest fans have heard yet.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UEsdAIQwphE
Monday, April 29th
It's rough being an independent band; while with the support of your fans and fellow music listeners, the message isn't always heard. That's the issue with Melbourne, Australia's Closure in Moscow, who are currently unsigned after parting ways with Equal Vision Records, had announced a new album. The last big news update came from their interview with Hear This! Promotions that they indeed began working on a new album in March 2012. Turns out, an announcement was made on their website that they were halfway finished with production on their new album Pink Lemonade expected to be released later this year. The progressive band announced this on April 4th this year. Sorry fellas! It's hard to keep up with so many music updates all at once. Anyway, the announcement can be read below with a link to an advance pre-order:
Calling all our global friends and fans… We are pleased to announce an advanced pre-order for our new album titled ‘Pink Lemonade’. There are 8 diff ...more
Sunday, April 28th
The Pineapple Thief frontman, Bruce Soord, and Jonas Renkse, lead vocalist from Katatonia have announced a 3rd June 2013 release date for Wisdom of Crowds, their new project, released on the Kscope label.
Originally written with Renkse’s voice in mind, Soord sought out the acclaimed Katatonia vocalist to complete the compositions and release the music to the masses. Despite the rigorous schedules of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia, the two musicians were eventually able to connect.
The tracklist is as follows:
Wisdom Of Crowds
Stacked Naked Pretend
The Centre Of Gravity
Flows Through You
The track Frozen North is available for free download on their website (http://www.kscopemusic.com/wisdomofcrowds/) and has been uploaded to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEGMrkM4r5s).
Friday, April 26th
British quartet The Pineapple Thief have posted the latest music video from their 2012 record All the Wars. The video is for the track "Someone Pull Me Out Of Here" and can be viewed below:
The video also comes off the heels of their 2013 EP Build a World. The band will be touring alongside I Like Trains and The Red Paintings in May in support of the Build a World release.
Friday, April 19th
In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson stated he wishes to continue focusing on the solo career. After completing the current tour promoting his latest solo offering. The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories), Wilson wants to move on to scoring movie soundtracks. He said "My biggest unfulfilled ambition is to do a movie soundtrack. I have an agent now in LA, finally. That's pretty much top of my list of unfulfilled goals right now."
Regarding the Porcupine Tree reunion he also commented "It can't really happen without me instigating it, being the main writer and director. I don't have time in my life to do that and do what I'm doing now. I guess I have made the decision, right now, to concentrate on the solo career. That's not to say the band has broken up or anything like that. It's always conceivable that we could get back together in a year or five years, or 10 years. I really can't say - there are no plans ...more
Friday, April 12th
The Circle Pit has interviewed Isaac Stolzer-Gary, the mind behind the jazz-prog metal act Bone Gardens, and has reviewed his new EP "Vital Fragments".
Thursday, April 11th
The lineup for the July's 'Night of the Prog' festival at Loreley in Germany has been announced. Steven Wilson and Opeth are set to headline the two-day festival which will also feature The Devin Townsend Project, Caravan and Magma among others.
Wednesday, April 3rd
Connecticut prog/post-hardcore trio Mt. Meridian have announced their four-song, sophomore EP Hibernation Sickness will be available for free download on May 17th.
You can see the album art and check out an unofficial mix of the title track on their bandcamp:
Sunday, March 31st
Nuclear Blast has released a new lyric video entitled "Shades of Gray" for Amorphis' up and coming album Cirlce, which will see the light of day on April 19th. For those who don't know, "Shades of Gray" happens to be the second lyric video in promotion for Cirlce, the other lyric video is entitled “Hopeless Days”.
"Shades of Gray" = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt9_xAiYQJ8
For those who missed "Hopeless Days" = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdKt1aw4BK8
Saturday, March 30th
After a 8 year hiatus the band released their 3rd studio album Whirlwind to mostly positive reviews. The band have decided to start working on the follow up with 3 members of the band recently touring together and sparking interest in the future of the band.
"We have set dates in May; and, my friends, it is actually happening! Before I left for the tour, and even just a few days ago, I have a lot of really strong prog music ideas that I’m really excited about presenting to the guys," says Neal Morse.
Morse believes that the album could be released next year.
Tuesday, March 26th
Instrumental rock trio Strawberry Girls have released a new song, titled 'Negro Spiritual' , off of their upcoming debut album French Ghetto.
Italian progressive/post-rockers Nosound are returning with their fourth album, Afterthoughts on 6th May, marking their first full-length release with the addition of ex-Porcupine Tree and Blackfield drummer Chris Maitland.
A list of pre-order formats found on their Facebook page:
1) Digibook 24 pages booklet with cd/dvd-av (24bit/96khz stereo/surround mixes)
2) Limited numbered/signed double gatefold 180gr vinyl with printed inner sleeves and mp3 download codes
3) Limited additional CD for all pre-orders with instrumental version of the album!
4) Exclusive Nosound printed cotton bag for all vinyl pre-orders!
An album teaser can be found on YouTube here:
Tuesday, March 19th
Norwegian atmospheric prog rockers Gazpacho have issued a statement via Facebook confirming
rumors of work on a new album. The status update from the band's official page offered more
details on the upcoming record:
"This time we set our standards much higher and as the months have gone by we have written
about an hours worth of music which will be whittled down and added to over the year. We
have committed to a concept album in the true meaning of the word and where our last four
albums have been intended as films without pictures the new one feels a lot more like a
novel. A novel written by a confused and crazy man but still a novel!"
As of yet, a title and release date have not been announced. The upcoming album will be the
first since the band's Match of Ghosts, which was released early last year.
More information regarding the new endeavor can be found on the band's Face ...more
Thursday, March 14th
Experimental music group Kayo Dot have sent out a newsletter detailing their plans for a new record. Entitled Hubardo, the 90 minute, double album will mark the band's tenth anniversary. The press release can be read below:
Boston-born, and now New York City-based veteran avant-metallers KAYO DOT, led by Toby Driver, are set to hit the studio for their 7th album, Hubardo, this April. This album will mark the 10-year anniversary of KAYO DOT's debut and landmark release, Choirs of The Eye, and the band will trek out to Avast Studios in Seattle, Washington, with producer RANDALL DUNN (SunnO))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Black Mountain) returning to the helm.
Hubardo is an approximately 90-minute conceptual epic double-album, with story and lyrics written by longtime lyricist and former MAUDLIN OF THE WELL vocalist, Jason Byron. Musically, the album covers the spectrum of all of the band's works, from the sparse doomy elements of Choirs of The Eye, to the blast-beat, woodwin ...more
Tuesday, March 12th
Founding Yes guitarist Peter Banks died last Thursday as a result of heart failure in his London home. He was reportedly found dead after failing to show up for a recording session. No further details have been made available.
Monday, March 11th
In promotion of their second album in 12 years, British instrumental supergroup consisting
of keyboardist Stephen Bennett, guitarist Tim Bowness (Steven Wilson’s creative partner in
No-Man) and Phil Manzanera’s legendary guitar skills (of 1970s mavericks Quiet
Sun) as well as Jarrod Gosling (I Monster/Regal Worm), who mixes and also
contributes Mellotron, glockenspiel and the surreal artwork, are releasing a free EP,
consisting of four tracks:
1. Everyone In Sweden - Video Edit (4.02)
2. Poppy Q (2.43)
3. A Canterbury Scene (3.15)
4. Heartattack (3.46)
Available here: https://www.burningshed.com/store/henryfool/
The LP, Men Singing, claimed on their website to be "A vibrant and instinctive
contemporary take on Progressive and Jazz Rock styles" was released 11th March and also
contains four tracks:
1. Everyone In Sweden (13.53)
2. Man Singing (6.44)
Friday, March 1st
Amorphis' eleventh album "Circle" is due to be released on April 19. They have released a lyric video for the track "Hopeless Days" which can be viewed at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=186894
Friday, February 22nd
British prog act The Pineapple Thief have announced the release of a new EP, Build A
World in promotion of their latest album containing the title track, taken from All
the Wars, a remix and three new songs:
1. Build A World
2. What Are You Saying?
3. You Don’t Look So Innocent
4. You Drew Blood
5. Build A World – Remix
It will be released on 25th March.
They are also re-releasing their well-regarded sophomore album, 137, remastered,
remixed and with new artwork.
On their website, frontman Bruce Soord stated that:
“It was with some trepidation that I dug out the old 137 sessions to remix. It’s hard
to believe it’s been 12 years since I wrote and recorded those songs but as soon as I got
the mixes up in my studio it was clear to me that 137 would become an equal among equals ...more
Sunday, February 10th
Welsh progressive rock trio Godsticks have premiered the video for "Borderstomp Part 1 (Death to Tuesday)".
The song is taken from their new second album The Envisage Conundrum which was self-released on February 5th.
Friday, February 8th
Coheed And Cambria have released the music video for "Dark Side Of Me", which is the first single off their latest album, The Afterman: Descension.
Frontman Claudio Sanchez says the song covers the subject of “the duality of human nature.” He continues: “It’s natural to try to hide the more sinister facets of ourselves from the people we care about – but to ever truly share a life with another person, that dark side needs to make its way out into the open.”
Watch the video here - http://www.progrockmag.com/video/coheed-and-cambria-share-the-dark-side-of-me/
Steven Wilson has released a surreal, animated music video for the title track off his upcoming 3rd solo effort, The Raven That Refused To Sing. The record will be out on February 25 through KScope.
Watch the video on Yahoo at http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/video-gaga/exclusive-porcupine-tree-steven-wilson-releases-debut-video-180525498.html
Wednesday, February 6th
Austrian progressive metallers Mayfair have returned to form and signed a record deal with Pure Prog Records, a division of Pure Steel Records. Their last outing was 1998's Fastest Trip to Cyber-Town.
Initially, the band will re-release a re-mastered version of the debut album Behind..., further complemented with bonus tracks.
According to the band:
We have observed the work of Pure Steel group for quite a long time and they do a really great job. So it was our first choice for the re-release of our debut album.
Monday, February 4th
Prog rockers Coheed and Cambria are currently streaming their new album, The Afterman:
Descension via Rolling Stone a full day ahead of its official release.
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