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Saturday, April 12, 2014

ANATHEMA To Release 'Distant Satellites' In June

 
English progressive rock band ANATHEMA will release its new studio album, "Distant Satellites", on June 10 via Kscope. The follow-up to 2012's "Weather Systems" was recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo, Norway with producer Christer-André Cederberg. The CD's beautifully ethereal artwork was created by Korean new media artist Sang Jun Yoo and based around his Distant Light Installation.

ANATHEMA has released the following statement regarding the new album: "'Distant Satellites' is the culmination of everything ANATHEMA been working up to so far in our musical path. It contains almost every conceivable element of the heartbeat of ANATHEMA music that it is possible to have. There is beauty, intensity, drama, quietude, and extra musical dimensions that the band has previously only hinted at. All built on the songwriting chemistry of Daniel, John and Vincent — and the haunting voice of Lee Douglas.

Produced and mixed once again by our very own Christer-André Cederberg ('Weather Systems', 'Universal') and with some songs also mixed by the unassailable Steven Wilson, it's a special and unique release for the band.

"ANATHEMA hopes the fans get as much joy from listening to and feeling the music as we did in creating it."

ANATHEMA recently completed a successful tour of the U.S. as the support act for Finnish "love" metallers HIM. The trek followed ANATHEMA's first-ever headlining tour of North America last fall. The band will continue to tour with the release of the new album, beginning in Europe this summer.

MASTODON: New Album Title Revealed

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have set "Once More Round The Sun" as the title of their sixth album. The CD was recorded at a Franklin, Tennessee studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH and ALICE IN CHAINS, among others. The cover artwork is being created by Oakland-based artist Skinner, who specializes in "psychedelic nightmare paintings." MASTODON singer and bassist Troy Sanders told Paste Magazine: "It's going to be a work of art for sure. It's going to be very eye-opening, very striking. It's from another dimension, and a lot of our music is geared toward that idea — taking you to another planet on songs. It's out there, and I think it's incredible."
Regarding the new MASTODON album title, Sanders told Paste Magazine: "The idea was generated before we recorded the title track on the record, but the title was thought up many months ago.
"After we finished the two-year touring cycle on our last record, 'The Hunter', we were kind of gearing up to go back to our rehearsal space in Atlanta. And we were starting the effort, the time, the blood, the energy, the months of driving, the recording and the long process between recording and the release day.
"In a nutshell: we're fortunate enough to do this again, but there's this feeling of this yearly cycle. It's not a bad thing. We get to go tour a bunch, we get to record a bunch of songs we love. It's embracing the positive — the wonderful side, to be able to have the same four dudes who love doing what we do so much. And like anything in the MASTODON world, it's open to interpretation."
According to Sanders, MASTODON recorded more than an album's worth of material this time around, with the possibility an additional EP coming out sometime after the album release.
"We didn't want a 90-minute album," he told Paste Magazine. "We like to record around the 60-minute mark. That's what our favorite records are. We're in love with all 15 of [the songs], so they might all see the light of day in some platform or another."
Songtitles set to appear on "Once More Round The Sun" include "Ember City" and "Diamonds In The Witch House", the latter of which features yet another guest spot from longtime collaborator Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS.
"I think subconsciously that we're trying to involve him with every album enough to have a full set of songs eventually," Sanders joked. "I think his performance is great, his part still gives me chills. That's a great sign."
Asked what it's been like working with Raskulinecz on the new album, MASTODON guitarist Bill Kelliher told Metal Hammer magazine: "It's something that we totally need — a cheerleader to get our asses in gear. There he is saying, 'Come on, you're MASTODON… you're one of the biggest bands in metal… Smash that hammer down and write some heavy shit. It's time to do or die!' He's that kind of a guy."

MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor recently told RollingStone.com about the band's forthcoming CD: "It's gonna be massive and insane, lots of epic greatness. There will be lots of huge riffs and new directions. It's real weird, real math-y, real straightforward. It's up, down and all around. It's a culmination of everything for the band. The snowball keeps rolling and collecting snow."

Bob Moog Foundation and Prestige Subaru Announce "Road to Innovation" Raffle to Benefit Dr. Bob's SoundSchool.

  
Bob Moog Foundation and Prestige Subaru 
Announce "Road to Innovation" Raffle to 
Benefit Dr. Bob's SoundSchool

  
Graduation Day at Dr. Bob's SoundSchool 
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April 7, 2014 - Asheville, NC... 
The Bob Moog Foundation and Prestige Subaru of Asheville celebrate their shared passion for encouraging the creative spirit in children through a raffle to benefit the Foundation's hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool. 

Beginning April 7, 2014 through June 9, 2014, the Foundation will be selling tickets to win a 2014 Subaru Outback station wagon or a 2014 BRZ Coupe (valued at $23,500 and $25,500 respectively). Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the Bob Moog Foundation's online store (http://bobmoogfoundation.myshopify.com/products/bmf-prestige-subaru-2014-raffle).

Dr. Bob's SoundSchool (DBSS) is a 10-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum developed by the Foundation for the purpose of teaching children the science of sound through the magic of music. DBSS is currently serving 1,000 second grade students in 55 classrooms throughout Western North Carolina in the Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and Madison County Schools. The Foundation aims to expand DBSS into additional counties in Western North Carolina and beyond in the coming year. The funding raised from the raffle will be used for that expansion.
  
Michelle Begnino, Assistant Curriculum Director for Madison County Schools, reflects on efficacy of DBSS into the rural district "We are so pleased with the experience our children and teachers had working with Dr. Bob's Sound School. Our children radiate when talking about the DBSS lessons. As we focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) throughout our district, this curriculum gives teachers the chance to implement lessons that have the rigor and the support to be successful! We have tremendously bright children in our system of high poverty and DBSS gives our children wonderful, hands-on learning opportunities and a chance to shine."

"We're proud to be able to support the Bob Moog Foundation's educational initiative, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool," added Prestige Subaru's Tony Pelle. "Their efforts in encouraging technology and the arts have already made a tremendous difference in these students' lives, and we'd love to see more children benefit from programs like these."

Prestige Subaru is Asheville's premier Subaru dealership, priding themselves on exceptional cars and unparalleled customer service. Their thriving business has provided philanthropic funding throughout the region for many years and has benefitted organizations such as the Asheville Humane Society, American Cancer Society, Veterans Helping Veterans, and many more.
Raffle ticket purchasers are encouraged to read the rules and regulations that govern the raffle. Those can be found by clicking on the banner below.



 


  
www.prestigesubaru.com

Knifeworld sign to InsideOutMusic for forthcoming new album

Knifeworld sign to InsideOutMusic
for forthcoming new album
 

 
 
InsideOutMusic is very pleased to announce the signing of Knifeworld for the release of their forthcoming new album 'The Unravelling' later this summer. The eight-piece band led by Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Gong) have been working on the long-awaited follow-up to 2009's 'Buried Alone: Tales of Crushing Defeat'. The band had this to say about the signing:
"Knifeworld are very happy to be signing to InsideOut.
Our forthcoming album, The Unravelling, is so close to completion we are terrified to mention it. Nonetheless it will be the first Knifeworld album to feature the full psychedelic majesty of our eight piece line-up.
It must go off like an atom bomb in your broken hearts. An atom bomb that will make a mockery of all you hold dear. An atom bomb of love. InsideOut hold the trigger and we've dared them to press it. Press it real good now."

Label-head Thomas Waber added: "It's great to welcome Knifeworld to the InsideOutMusic family, and there is no doubt that 'The Unravelling' will prove to be something very special indeed."

Last year the band released a new video for the track 'Don't Land On Me', which is to be featured on the new album. Check the track out here: http://youtu.be/8PX5KKQqN-c


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Video: THE WINERY DOGS Perform On MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise

 
Fan-filmed video footage of THE WINERY DOGS — the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON) — performing on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, which sailed from Miami, Florida on March 29, can be seen below.
THE WINERY DOGS will release two new special versions of its self-titled debut album on April 15. "The Winery Dogs Special Edition" will consist of two-CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled "Unleashed In Japan 2013", featuring 10 songs recorded live in Japan during the band's July 2013 tour, including "Criminal", a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. A deluxe package for die-hard fans will be released simultaneously. "Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition" will be sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and will include the "Special Edition" collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a "studio diary" written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.

THE WINERY DOGS' self-titled debut album sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on July 23, 2013 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15, 2013 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.
"As soon as the three of us got together, we immediately established that we didn't want this to be some instrumental wankfest," Portnoy told NY Music Examiner in a new interview. "This was something that was going to be song-oriented and vocal-oriented, and something that moved us that way. I think that's where we're all at and we're all on the same page. Richie's been doing that for so long now, but Billy and I have always been associated with a million notes and technique and stuff like that. Yet the two of us are such fans of a good song and three-part vocal harmonies, so we were really looking to do something in that vein, and that was always the calling card for this band."
Regarding the reaction from the fans and press alike to THE WINERY DOGS' debut CD and live shows, Portnoy said: "All three of us could not be happier with the reception so far. It's been incredible. We went out for a lot of last year and toured all over the world, from South America to Japan to Europe to America, and everywhere we went it was so well-received. The fans have embraced it, and not only the fans, but the critics and all across the board. So it's so satisfying, especially at this point in all three of our careers. We've all been doing this for a long time now, but when you come together with something new, you kind of build it from scratch, no matter how established you are individually. And the fact that it's been so well received makes us want to continue to take this as far as we can."
He added: "I think the fact that all three of us have had our individual careers and individual acclaim kind of helps to keep the egos in check. It wasn't like a band where you had two guys that had done something and one was a newcomer. All of us had been around the block and have been doing this for 20-30 years now, so we had that mutual respect and we know what each person brings into the big picture.

"We've all been there, done that. We've played the Budokan multiple times and been around the world dozens of times, so at this point it's about the music. When the three of us came together, we didn't have this master plan of being the next GUNS N' ROSES; we had this master plan of getting together and making some music that the three of us enjoy. It was all about us seeing what the three of us could make together. If it gets us off, let's stick with it. That was always the goal, and so far we've achieved that goal. We made an album that all three of us are incredibly proud of and really enjoy listening to and playing."

Video: GEOFF TATE's QUEENSRŸCHE Performs In Corpus Christi


Fan-filmed video footage of the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE performing on March 30 at Brewster Street Icehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas can be seen below (courtesy of Chris Ramon / GSXRC1300 on YouTube).
The current touring lineup of Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE includes bassist John Moyer (DISTURBED, ADRENALINE MOB), renowned drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, known for his tours of duty with BILLY IDOL, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE and WHITESNAKE, and backing singer Sass Jordan (who sings the duet with Tate in "Suite Sister Mary"). Rounding out the band are guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE).
"Frequency Unknown", the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on April 23, 2013, the CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.
Geoff Tate — who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — and his former bandmates recently requested more time to hammer out a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group's name.
King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus signed a new order continuing trial date, allowing the parties four more weeks to come to an agreement over the use of the QUEENSRŸCHE name and its associated trademarks.

Tate and his former bandmates were previously granted five additional weeks in two separate trial continuances in January and February to work on the details of their settlement agreement.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World´s Largest Tuned Drum and Percussion Set on Forthcoming North American Tour!

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World´s Largest Tuned Drum and Percussion Set on Forthcoming North American Tour!

An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO North American Tour 2014

Los Angeles, CA – Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” coast-to-coast North American tour! During the course of this tour, Terry Bozzio will hit over 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across North America.

“TERRY BOZZIO - An Evening of Solo Drum Music” is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric, and musical performance on the largest tuned drum & percussion set in the world. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is “a storyteller,” able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.

Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show at the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!

An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO North American Tour Dates:

Aug 15, 2014 - Mexicali, BC, Mexico - Lob Bar (Bol Bol)
Aug 17, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ - MIM Music Theater
Aug 23, 2014 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove
Aug 26, 2014 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
Aug 28, 2014 - Conroe, TX - Dosey Doe
Aug 29, 2014 - Fort Worth, TX - McDavid Studio
Aug 31, 2014 - Austin, TX - One World Theater
Sept 04, 2014 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Live
Sept 05, 2014 - Largo, FL - Largo Cultural Center
Sept 10, 2014 - Washington, DC - The Hamilton
Sept 11, 2014 - Wilmington, DE - World Café
Sept 13, 2014 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
Sept 14, 2014 - New York City, NY - Iridium (2 shows – 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 15, 2014 - New York City, NY - Iridium (2 shows - 8pm & 10pm)
Sept 16, 2014 - Stafford Springs, CT - Stafford Palace Theater
Sept 19, 2014 - Richmond Hill, ON, Canada - Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Sept 21, 2014 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzches
Sept 24, 2014 - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
Sept 26, 2014 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival
Sept 30, 2014 - Little Rock, AR - Juanitas
Oct 05, 2014 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs
Oct 06, 2014 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs
Oct 14, 2014 - Calgary, AB, Canada - Orpheus Theatre
Oct 16, 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Imperial
Oct 17, 2014 - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada - Tidemark Theatre
Oct 19, 2014 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
Oct 20, 2014 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Oct 23, 2014 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi´s
Oct 25, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Catalina´s
Oct 26, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Catalina´s

In other news, Over the last four decades, drummer Terry Bozzio has built an extraordinary legacy based on his unique approach to rhythm and the diverse and acclaimed recordings to which he's contributed. On April 18, 2014 he'll go beyond genres into new mediums with the release of an art collection titled [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH]. Available exclusive at www.terrybozzioart.com, the collection is a fusion of artwork crafted over the last three decades mixed with new abstract visuals made from capturing rhythm.

A project that began a year ago, [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] is a highly limited release of artwork on canvas. The collection's visuals are a unique fusion of ink sketches Bozzio has made throughout his career, as well as his take on the new medium of rhythm-on-canvas, a process of creating abstract artwork through the documentation of rhythmic performance and light movement. To build the collection, Bozzio joined Los Angeles art team SceneFour in the creation process. SceneFour is the team responsible for the rhythm-on-canvas movement, working exclusively with the world's finest drummers to craft abstract artwork from performance. “Terry's collection is a remarkable step forward. His style is so unique that once captured the arcs and techniques he's mastered become crystal clear to a discerning viewer,” SceneFour's Co-Founder Cory Danziger states. “The fusion of Terry's sketches into the rhythmic creations is a natural. His work behind the kit has similarities to the artwork done by hand. It's very telling of how his creativity is consistent even as it crosses platforms.” In total, twelve different works are featured in Bozzio's collection, with a limited number of each piece available to the public on April 18, 2014. Each piece is numbered and signed individually by Bozzio. To join the interest list to learn more and see it before the release, sign up at www.terrybozzioart.com. Terry's stage setting for his upcoming solo drum tour will include large pieces of his [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] work as a backdrop on the stage.

"I just want to make music on the drums." - Terry Bozzio

For more information: www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio Biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/



TERRY BOZZIO 2014 Press Photo photo by André Ozga - med res.jpg