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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HAKEN release 'The Endless Knot' lyric video




HAKEN are set to release their fourth full-length studio album 'Affinity', on April 29th, 2016. With just a few short weeks to go, the band are pleased to launch a lyric video for brand new track 'The Endless Knot'. 

Check it out here: https://youtu.be/IVZHNPyMhMo


The band had this to say: 
"The Endless Knot explores ideas of human survival instinct and the power of unity in the face of extinction. Musically, you could say this is new territory for us as we've taken sounds from dance and electronica music and blended them with our own brand of rock/metal. The end result hopefully gives the song a nice and upbeat, energetic feel. The visuals loosely follow the life-cycle of a star and Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight did an awesome job with the animation on this one!"


They also recently released a video for the track 'Initiate' which you can see here:



You can now digitally pre-order the album here: http://www.insideoutmusicshop.com/b/haken/

Preorder the album on iTunes or Amazon and receive this track immediately: 


Recorded during the winter months of 2015, 'Affinity' marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains; "It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken's sound."

The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties. "He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception," remarks keyboardist Diego Tejeida.

Like much of Haken's previous music, 'Affinity' is full of surprises and 'The Architect', the album's centrepiece, is no exception. Blasting through a dizzying array of instrumental insanity coupled with down-tempo atmospheric tenuity, Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals! Just one of many twists and turns throughout this 60-minute musical lobotomy, Haken's 'Affinity' will open up a new dimension in this UK sextet's trajectory.




'Affinity' will arrive as a Limited Edition Media Book (incl. bonus disc with instrumentals), 180g Gatefold 2 LP Edition (incl. album on CD), Standard CD Jewel Case, Digital Download and Deluxe Digital Download (incl. instrumental version of the album as bonus).


The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
1. affinity.exe [1:24]       
2. Initiate [4:16]
3. 1985 [9:09]
4. Lapse [4:44]
5. The Architect [15:40]
6. Earthrise [4:48]
7. Red Giant [6:06]
8. The Endless Knot [5:50]
9. Bound By Gravity [9:29]

The band has also confirmed their first European tour dates, and you can find those below:
25.05.16  Bristol, The Fleece [UK]
26.05.16  London, The Garage [UK]
27.05.16  Zoetermeer, Boerderij [NL]
28.05.16  Verviers, Spirit of 66 [BE]
29.05.16  Paris, Divan du monde [FR]
30.05.16  Pratteln, Z7 [CH]
31.05.16  Lyon, Marché Gare [FR]
02.06.16  Barcelona, Razz 2 [ES]
03.06.16  Madrid, Caracol [ES]
04.06.16  Peralta, Minnuendo Festival[ES]
06.06.16  Milan, Legend Club [IT]
07.06.16  Munich, Backstage [DE]
08.06.16  Karlsruhe, Substage [DE]
09.06.16  Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal [DE]
10.06.16  Berlin, Maschinenhaus [DE]
11.06.16  Warsaw, Progresja [PL]
12.06.16  Gdynia, Klub Atlantic [PL]
14.06.16  Stockholm, Bryggarsalen [SE]
15.06.16  Oslo, John Dee [NO]
16.06.16  Copenhagen, Spillestedet Stengade [DK]
17.06.16  Hamburg, Logo [DE]
18.06.16  Cologne, Gebäude 9 [DE]
19.06.16  London, Stone Free Festival [UK]
25.06.16  Tel Aviv, Gagarin [IL]
26.06.16  Tel Aviv, Havana Club [IL]
17.07.16  Joensuu, Ilosaarirock [FI]


Look out for more information in the coming weeks.

LONG DISTANCE CALLING - launch video for 'Getaway' featuring German actor Ralf Richter









Long Distance Calling are set to release their new album 'TRIPS' on April 29th, 2016 via InsideOut Music. With just a few weeks to go, the band have launched the brilliant 80's-inspired video for the albums opening track 'Getaway', featuring German actor Ralf Richter (Das Boot, Bang Boom Bang). 

You can watch the video here: 


The band had this to say: "Ladies and Gents, here´s the brand new video clip for the song ´GETAWAY´. It was great fun to work with German actor Ralf Richter (Bang Boom Bang, Das Boot, etc), who played in a lot of cool movies which we really like and which we grew up to. We are big fans of movies from the 80ties and you might get a taste of that in the clip. The video shoot was fun and as you can see in the video, it was probably more fun for him than for us, haha. ´Getaway´ is the opening track on 'TRIPS' and we can´t wait to play it live. Tell all your friends!"
Love LDC

The band also recently launched a lyric video for 'Lines', featuring Norwegian vocalist Petter Carlsen. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/13KVmcUp9r0

You can pre-order the album from the InsideOut Music Shop.
and iTunes:



The album has already been receiving some great reactions, and you can find a selection of them below:

"This is a group that can swell with the range of an orchestra in terms of tone, texture and volume...How Long Distance Calling progress from here remains to be seen, but they couldn´t have asked for a better start." - PROG Magazine

"Incredible! Long Distance Calling at their very best!" - Boris Kaiser/Rock Hard

"... Long Distance Calling defy all expectations and deliver yet another masterpiece" - Metal Hammer Germany

"Germany's most exciting band transcending prog and metal!" - VISIONS

"Moving and intense! The best album of their career!" - eclipsed

"Fascinating hooks, spheric melodies and great songs - an exciting trip to the dark side of the moon" - GUITAR

Further to this, the band also recently announced the first European tour dates in support of the new album, and you can find those below:
Presented by VISIONS, ROCK HARD, GUITAR, GITARRE&BASS, ECLIPSED, AMPYA, METAL.DE
28th April - Skater's Palace, Münster, Germany
29th April - Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
30th April - Mau Club, Rostock, Germany
2nd May - UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
3rd May - Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
4th May - Kulturkirche, Köln, Germany
5th May - Backstage Halle, München, Germany
6th May - Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
7th May - KiFF, Aarau, Switzerland
8th May - Le Batofar, Paris, France
9th May - 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
10th May - Boston Music Room, London, UK
11th May - Exchange, Bristol, UK
12th May - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
13th May - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK

Support on all dates comes from Pil & Bue (featuring Petter Carlsen) plus Tiny Fingers (April 28th - May 6th) & Rendezvous Point (May 7th - May 13th).



LONG DISTANCE CALLING online:


 

 
  

Upcoming Strawbs Hero And Heroine 2016 Tour

(Electric Strawbs) Strawbs are: frontman/guitarist David Cousins, guitarist/singer Dave Lambert, bassist Chas Cronk, drummer Tony Fernandez AND new member—keyboardist Dave Bainbridge.
In June 2015, ROLLING STONE named the Strawbs’ HERO AND HEROINE one of the 50 Greatest Prog albums of all time.  The magazine’s insightful writer Ryan Reed noted HERO AND HEROINE, as the bands “heaviest, most symphonic album,” and cited leader Dave Cousins’ “ambitious prose” as some of the album’s power.
Inspired by this new intention, ROSFest invited the Strawbs to headline its Festival on Friday, May 6 (the fest runs May 6-8), and the band’s booked a tour around it.  North America has an amazing relationship with Strawbs, as the group has sold more records in the USA and Canada than anywhere. In the USA the band had seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200.  
Dave Cousins, founder member, has been described by All Music Guide as: “the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England.”  He recently released his long awaited, and critically acclaimed, autobiography Exorcising Ghosts: Strawbs and Other Lives. It was listed by ALLMUSICGUIDE writer Richie Unterberger in his “Top 10 of 2014 rock books.” 
Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues.  It is well-documented that Rick Wakeman left Strawbs for Yes. Rick was followed by Blue Weaver - who left Strawbs to join the Bee Gees, John Hawken – from the original Renaissance, Don Airey - now with Deep Purple, Adam Wakeman, and Oliver Wakeman, who, like his father, left Strawbs to join Yes!
Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass. They moved into the mainstream in 1967 by making the first Strawbs album, All Our Own Work, with Sandy Denny, a full year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. The album attracted the attention of A&M Records in Hollywood who signed Strawbs as the first British band on the label.
Strawbs albums Hero & Heroine, Bursting At The Seams, Ghosts, and Grave New World define the music. The current Strawbs line-up comprises Dave Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who has been in the Strawbs for the last 10 years and was first in the band in the 1970s (and Rick Wakeman’s drummer for 35 years). They are joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years. 
STRAWBS U.S. TOUR DATES
May 5  Towne Crier, Beacon NY
May 6   ROSfest –  Gettysburg PA
May 7   Sellersville Theater, Sellersville PA (afternoon show added) 
May 10  BB King’s, New York City, NY 
May 11  Strand Centre for Arts, Lakewood NJ
May 12  Mohegan Sun/Wolf Den, Uncasville CT
May 13  YMCA Boulton Centre, Bay Shore NY
May 14  St Ann’s Hall, Wilmington DE
May 15  Ukranian Cultural Center, Whippany NJ
May 17  Rams Head, Annapolis ML
May18   AMP by Strathmore, N. Bethesda ML
May 20  Arcade Theater, St Charles IL
May 22  Turner Hall, Milwaukee MN
May 24  Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland OH
May 25  Lovin Cup, Rochester NY
May 26  Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA

Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183

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:  http://www.themutegods.com


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:

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Live 2016:
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: http://youtu.be/tvi2V6mFlYM


SPIRITUAL BEGGARS online:


INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 



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.

HEADSPACE Online:

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 

 

 
  

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gary Lucas And Jann Klose's STEREOPTICON Out Friday

GARY LUCAS AND JANN KLOSE’S STEREOPTICON ALBUM OUT FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
(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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stereopticon/id1065240432 and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018ZPIXGE.
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.