Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Mute Gods invite you to 'Feed The Troll' in new video

The Mute Gods invite you to 'Feed The Troll' 
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The Mute Gods, a brand new band from the mind of renowned bassist, chapman stick player & vocalist Nick Beggs, are set to release their debut album 'do nothing till you hear from me' on January 22nd, 2016. Joined by drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson), and long-time Steve Hackett collaborator & keyboardist Roger King, they deliver engaging, expansive rock that bridges the gap between prog and pop. 
Following the release last year of a video for the album's title track, they are now pleased to reveal a video for the track 'Feed The Troll', once again produced by Crystal Spotlight.

Watch the video here: 

Nick Beggs had this to say:
"Some people have too much time on their hands.
Some people get what they deserve."

You can check out the aforementioned video for the album's title track here:

Further to the above, you can check out a revolutionary 4K 360 degree version of the same video here:

The enigmatic artwork for the record, created by Lars 'Zeituhr" Tellmann, 
can be viewed below. 

1.     Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
2.     Praying To A Mute God
3.     Nightschool For Idiots
4.     Feed The Troll
5.     Your Dark Ideas
6.     In The Crosshairs
7.     Strange Relationship
8.     Swimming Horses
9.  Father Daughter

Pre-orders for the album on both CD & LP formats as well as digitally, where you can receive two tracks instantly, are available below:

Nick has most recently been involved with Steven Wilson's solo band, both in the studio and on tour, whilst also playing live with legendary guitarist Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited run of shows. In recent years he has contributed to projects such as Lifesigns, Fish On Friday & Lonely Robot, as well as playing live with Rick Wakeman.

The Mute Gods have also launched a brand new website which will be updated with new content and information on how the band came together in the coming months. 
Head over there now:

The Mute Gods Online: 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Announce new studio album release and tour dates!

Swedish vintage style hard rock pioneers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS return with their 9th studio album entitled "Sunrise To Sundown", which will be released on March 18th, 2016 in Europe as well as March 25th, 2016 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Just like on their previous two album releases, "Return To Zero" (2010) and "Earth Blues" (2013), SPIRITUAL BEGGARS stellar line-up is consists of bandleader Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex Carcass) on guitars, teaming up with Apollo Papathanasio (ex Firewind) on vocals, Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) on bass, Per Wiberg (Candlemass, ex Opeth) on keyboards as well as Ludwig Witt (Grand Magus, Firebird) on drums.

After a busy couple of last years with Arch Enemy, Michael Amott and his bandmates have once again found the availability and inspiration to lay down 11 dynamic and uplifting new songs, which not only easily demonstrate how much on top of their game SPIRITUAL BEGGARS still are after over 20 years of activities, but also add a fresh and spontaneous vibe to their impressive catalogue.
Speaking about how the new album came together, Amott commented the following:
"We've been writing the album here and there over the last couple of years when our schedules have allowed us to meet up and spend a few days jamming. A few of the songs I wrote on my own, others were written by our keyboard player Per Wiberg. Our drummer Ludwig Witt submitted two tracks that are actually his first major contributions to the band as a writer - and they're great songs too!  I also co-wrote a few tunes with Per Wiberg and that was really a lot of fun as well, it's been a very collaborative process."

In counteraction to the oftentimes soulless current hi-tech digital cut/paste recordings, "Sunrise To Sundown" was tracked live off the floor and Amott added the following about the recording results: 

"I'm super excited about how the album sounds sonically, our engineer Staffan Karlsson also produced and mixed the album and the result is something we're very proud of.  I think every album we have made (this being our 9th) has had its own vibe and atmosphere. I can honestly say this band has never made the same album twice. To me, "Sunrise To Sundown" is the next chapter of the book we've been writing since we started the band over 20 years ago. Of course, the foundation of our style is heavy rock music, but we always keep evolving adding new influences and colours to the bands core sound."

Supporting the release of "Sunrise To Sundown", SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will finally also be hitting the road again in order to showcase the new material on the following club-dates as well as festivals:

28.03.2016 Köln (Germany) - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
29.03.2016 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
31.03.2016 Leipzig (Germany) - Hellraiser
01.04.2016 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
02.04.2016 Essen (Germany) - Turock
04.04.2016 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
06.04.2016 Kortrijk (Belgium) - De Kreun
07.04.2016 Rouen (France) - Le 106
10.04.2016 Paris (France) - Backstage By The Mill
12.04.2016 Munich (Germany) - Strom
14.04.2016 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
28.04.2016 Berlin (Germany) - Desert Fest

08.07.2016 Oulu (Finland) - Jalometalli Festival
09.07.2016 Ballenstedt (Germany) - Rock Harz Festival
More dates to be announced soon...

More details a first teaser samples for "Sunrise To Sundown" will be released soon, so stay tuned....

In the meantime, feel free to check back to two videos launched for the previous album "Earth Blues":
"Turn The Tide" here:



HEADSPACE launch first track from new album 'All That You Fear Is Gone'

HEADSPACE launch first track from new album 'All That You Fear Is Gone'

Headspace, the band featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold) & Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer), recently announced the release of their second album 'All That You Fear Is Gone' on February 26th, 2016 and you can view the striking artwork above.

The band, completed by guitarist Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg) & bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett), and new drummer Adam Falkner (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo) 
have also launched the first track to be taken from the album, 
and you can listen to 'Your Life Will Change' here: 


Vocalist Damian Wilson had this to say about the track:

"We have a natural need to better ourselves, our situation and future. This is part of the human survival instinct and is encouraged and fed by the world we live in. Despite being aware that the real value is in the here and now, we find ourselves brushed along. But is it truly possible to opt out from this merry go round?

'Your Life Will Change' references past civilizations to modern entertainment. We are distracted and controlled by a society. But what happens if we really break away from the group and ignore the ideal we're being sold?
Will we become gods or fallen angels?"

Guitarist Pete Rinaldi adds of the album: "This album picks up where I Am Anonymous finishes. The process of each of us adding their creativity to the tracks has made this something we are really proud of. All That You Fear Is Gone features the debut of my good friend Adam Falkner on drums who has done a fantastic job making his mark on this record, we are all looking forward to bringing it to live audiences."

The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
1.     Road to Supremacy
2.     Your Life Will Change
3.     Polluted Alcohol
4.     Kill You With Kindness
5.     The Element
6.     The Science Within Us
7.     Semaphore
8.     The Death Bell
9.     The Day You Return
10.  All That You Fear Is Gone
11.  Borders and Days
12.  Secular Souls

Adam Wakeman previously commented on the record:
"This album is the first to debut new Drummer Adam Falkner whom Pete Rinaldi and I have toured with a lot in the past. He's a superb player and he really fits with the band's sound and style. He also gets a round in, which is a plus."

Damian Wilson adds:
"The conforming individual represented in the first album that breaks away, is reflected in All That You Fear Is Gone. Free thinking, fighting against natural grouping, what appears as destructive rebellion is in fact evolution. Written to make the listener think, whilst capturing the ear with complexity and simplicity combined.

Embarking on the second Headspace album I personally had a clear vision, but by the time each band member had thrown in their piece, I thought we had produced an album that was unlistenable to.  As it progressed, the rough edges and corners seemed to settle like a good lasagne. Everyone has their own tastes, but I know this is a bloody good lasagne."

 'All That You Fear Is Gone' is the follow-up to 2012's debut album 'I Am Anonymous', once again produced by the band and mixed by Jens Bogren. Expect more information, including tour dates, in the coming months.





Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gary Lucas And Jann Klose's STEREOPTICON Out Friday

(Songwriters available for interviews in support of album)
Guitarist Gary Lucas and singer Jann Klose’s new album, STEREOPTICON is being released this Friday, January 8, on Cosmic Trigger Records/The Orchard. This is a songwriter’s album, probably most at home with fans of AAA, indie, acoustic folk-pop/“urban Americana” music.
Also active songwriters, Gary and Jann collaborated on songs over the past three years. Their friend Dan Beck, who has written with Dion DiMucci, the Iron City Houserockers, Felix Cavaliere, joined them as lyricist on 6 songs. In September 2014 and June 2015, Jann and Gary recorded 10 songs in New York City’s premiere analog studio The Maid’s Room.
STEREOPTICON can be found on all digital stores, including iTunes at: and on Amazon at:
DCRocks’ David Hintz writes about the album, "This is quite an exciting collaboration that makes a lot of sense. Lucas is more the veteran creative songsmith and Klose the younger, though well beyond rookie status, singer songwriter. They both understand the trippier original aspects to song structures with Lucas’ resume bordering on unbelievable as he has worked with Captain Beefheart, Peter Hammill, and Bryan Ferry.”
Music writer Arthur Levy posts of seeing Gary and Jann live at the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 in New York City, “Memorable night indeed, the Gary and Jann project exceeded all expectations, and what a great little music room.”
STEREOPTICON is produced by Jann, Gary, and Dan, who call themselves “Dr. Tre.” The album was engineered by Jack McKeever (Joan As Police Woman, Anna & Kate McGarrigle) and Jason Candler (Queen Esther), who also plays soprano sax on “Nobody’s Talking” and tenor sax on "Well of Loneliness." STEREOPTICON was mastered by Ben Kesler (Robert Randolph and the Family Band).   

Gary’s co-written hits with Joan Osborne: “Spider Web,” and Jeff Buckley’s signature songs “Grace” and “Mojo Pin” from the singer’s double platinum album, GRACE. He’s worked extensively with Captain Beefheart. ROLLING STONE says Gary is, "One of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle.” He just received the Premio Ciampi Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy, named for one of Italy's most famous songwriters. In 2014, Gary received the Ambassador's Award for Cultural Diplomacy from the US Consul General of Milan. His long-awaited GARY LUCAS’ FLEISCHEREI: MUSIC FROM MAX FLEISCHER CARTOONS will be released on Cuneiform, February 2016. He is currently collaborating with Steve Kilbey (The Church), and Chris Shinn (new lead singer of Live), and was (this fall) Music Director of "State of Grace,” a multi-artist Australian tribute to Tim and Jeff Buckley.
Born in Germany and raised in Kenya, South Africa and the United States, Jann Klose is currently collaborating with Ann Hampton Callaway, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam, Hall & Oates’ John Oates and The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty. In 2015 Jann and his music appeared in the short film THE BEAUTY OF DISASTER (Glimmer Girl, USA) and the award-winning Australian feature documentary A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (BrinkVision, USA). His most recent album, MOSAIC won three 2014 Independent Music Awards and charted for several months on the AMA and Roots Rock charts.
Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Film/Focus/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

JACO, the story of Jaco Pastorius, produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica Coming Out 11/27/15

Coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on November 27th

The fully authorized story of one of the most revolutionary 
bassists in music history, Jaco Pastorius

Produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica

 New trailer below
JACO, A full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, is being released on DVD/BluRay on Nov. 27, 2015. Produced by Robert Trujillo (bassist, Metallica)JACO incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others with never-before-seen photos and films from the Pastorius family archive. This extraordinary film reveals the story behind Jaco's life and music, both as a solo artist and member of Weather Report, the tragic arc of his demise and early death and the enduring influence and inspiration of his artistry and genius.

The DVD / BluRay release is a two-disc set. Disc 1 is the film and Disc 2 Features bonus material: 30 never before seen interviews with Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins and many more. They talk about Jaco's incredible contributions to music, how he changed the instrument as well as musical boundaries, and also Jaco the person.

JACO had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin's SxSW Film Conference & Festival, and has appeared in many film festivals around the world winning awards at the inaugural Asbury Park Music Film Festival as well as the Athens Film Festival.

The film "(captures) the essence of what made Jaco Pastorius such an influential artist," declared theMontreal Gazette, praising "the glowing words of interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves" and hailing JACO as "an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician."

"A brilliant film about a brilliant musician. I love every minute of it." - Michael Kurtz, co-founder, Record Store Day.

The DVD / Blu-ray / etc will be distributed in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment Group. In Europe, contact Proper Records and Music Sales Ltd. In Canada, contact Conveyor / Universal

For more information and updates:

The red-carpet, world premier screening of JACO will take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA on November 22nd followed by a concert featuring Robert Trujillo and Mass Mental, Felix Pastorius and Hipster Assassins, special guest performers including Billy Idol, Flea, and more surprise guests to come. Tickets are now available, VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the artists:

Pre-Order from MVD
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Spock's Beard Release Lyric Video for "Tides of Time"

Spock's Beard Release Lyric Video for
"Tides of Time"

Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard are pleased the reveal the new lyric video for the 3rd single from their critically acclaimed 12th studio album, 'The Oblivion Particle'.  The video is for the album's opening track "Tides of Time," and is a classic Spock's Beard song with all the elements the band is known for.  

You can check out the video for "Tides of Time" here:

'The Oblivion Particle', released in August 2015, has been a successful follow up to the band's 2013 release "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep", charting all over the world.   

Lyric video for "Minion":

Lyric video for "Bennett Built a Time Machine"

The band are also set to release a Best of compilation on November 20th, which features tracks from all 12 albums and includes a brand new 19 minute song penned by Neal Morse called "Falling For Forever" with all members, past and present, performing on the track. 

Spock's Beard recently completed a European tour and can next be seen on the
Cruise to the Edge, Nov 15th-19th in Miami, FL. 




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nad Sylvan - Title Track from 'Courting The Widow' launched

Nad Sylvan - Title Track from
'Courting The Widow' launched

Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett and Agents Of Mercy, is set to release his new solo album titled 'Courting The Widow' on October 16th, 2015 in Europe and October 30th,2015 in the US. He is now pleased to reveal the brilliant title track of the album, 
which you can hear now here:  

Nad had this to say on the track:
"This was the hardest song for me to complete. I began writing it right before my mother passed away, and it took a while to gather the strength to finish it off. The last sentence of the lyric is actually about her and me, so it was a soul cleansing experience. The idea of the widow emerged from the loss, as she becomes a symbol of death for the whole album".

The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Carry Me Home
2.Courting The Widow
3.Echoes Of Ekwabet
4.To Turn The Other Side
5.Ship's Cat
6.The Killing Of The Calm
7.Where The Martyr Carved His Name
8.Long Slow Crash Landing


Nad had this to say about the album: "During these past years with Steve Hackett, I have developed a character known as the "Vampirate". I have here set him loose, and so he has invited you all on-board his great ship, to take you on a musical journey 
you have never been on before.

The main character - the widow herself, is a symbol of death - and is to be courted through every song, one way or another. It is indeed a dark album, but full of loving light"

Nad has most recently been seen performing alongside the legendary Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited show, continuing his stint into the latter part of this year. Nad adds: "In a little less than four years, I was snatched up by two iconic guitarists,
namely Roine Stolt and then Steve Hackett. That must mean something to the world, because it sure means an awful lot to me". Nad formed Agents of Mercy with Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in 2009, and have released three albums to date.

Nad is currently on tour with Steve Hackett, and the full list of dates can be found below:
October 2- Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
October 3- Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

October 6- GLive, Guildford, UK
October 7- O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
October 9- Derngate, Northampton, UK
October 10- St David's Hall, Cardiff, UK
October 11- O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
October 13- The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK
October 14- Barbican, York, UK
October 16- Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
October 17- The Sage, Gateshead, UK
October 18- Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
October 20- Town Hall, Leeds, UK
October 21- Venue Cymru, Llandudno, UK
October 23- Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
October 24- de Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
October 25- The Lowry, Salford, UK
October 27- Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK
October 28- Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
October 30- Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
October 31- Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK

Nov 8- Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY, USA
November 10- Hart Theatre (The Egg), Albany, NY, USA
November 11- The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY, USA
November 12- Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY, USA
November 13- Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, USA
November 14- FM Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre, PA, USA
November 15- The Newton Theatre, NJ, USA
November 18- Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, USA
November 19- Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, MA, USA
November 20- Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA, USA
November 21- Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ, USA
November 22- The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA
November 23- Count Basie Theatre, NJ, USA
November 26- Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, CANADA
November 27- Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, CANADA
November 28- RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens, London, ON, CANADA
 November 30- Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada

December 1- Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada
December 9- South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA
December 10- Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL, USA
December 11- The Portage Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

Nad Sylvan Online: