Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tinyfish To Play Rosfest 2011


Tinyfish is a five-piece band based in South London (and Reading and Maidstone and Gothenburg, Sweden) with a deep and abiding interest in all forms of progressive music. The group formed in 2005 as part of an informal collective of musicians who enjoyed playing the acoustic open mic spots of London (UK).

Although profoundly influenced by the UK progressive scene, the band was keen to break from as many of the traditional prog clichés as possible. "I would die of boredom if I thought we were just recycling the songs and sound of the 70's" said lead singer and songwriter Simon Godfrey. To that end, Tinyfish chose to write and perform without the aid of a keyboard player, using guitar synths, electronic percussion and a myriad of special effects to obtain their distinctively melodic sound. "It forces us to think differently and keep away from musical comfort zones" adds lyricist Robert Ramsay.

Upon releasing their eponymous debut album in 2007, Tinyfish undertook their first UK tour to promote the release. Both the tour and the album were hailed as a great success with Classic Rock magazine naming it as one of the top 15 albums of the year.

In 2008 the band signed to respected progressive label F2 Records worldwide and they began work upon on their follow up album "The Big Red Spark". In 2009 they released an EP of rare material and a live DVD filmed in Poland.

2010 has now seen the release of "The Big Red Spark" which has already garnered critical acclaim, prompting an unprecedented (for a Progressive Rock album) 9/10 from Classic Rock Magazine's Geoff Barton. There has also been a welcome return to the Summer's End festival and finally the confirmation that drummer Leon Camfield has joined the band as a full-time and permanent member.

Guitarist Jim Sanders sums up Tinyfish so far: "We've come a long way from a bunch of friends jamming in a loftspace for fun. We're very pleased by how much success the band has encountered in such a short period of time but the only important goal for Tinyfish is whatever comes next."

Tinyfish are thrilled and flattered to have been asked to play at RoSfest in May 2011 and can't wait to perform in front of a North American audience for the first time.

THRESHOLD Begins Work On New Album

U.K.-based progressive metallers THRESHOLD have started writing material for the follow-up to 2007's "Dead Reckoning" for a 2011 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD will once again be recorded at Thin Ice Studios in the U.K. with producers Karl Groom and Richard West.

"Dead Reckoning" enjoyed chart success in the U.K., Germany and Holland. THRESHOLD has since released a double album compilation, "The Ravages Of Time", and a box set entitled "Paradox - The Singles Collection".

THRESHOLD has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 24 - The Rock Temple - Kerkrade, Holland
Mar. 25 - Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Holland
Apr. 02 - Fused Festival - Lydney, UK


Damian Wilson - Vocals
Karl Groom - Guitar
Richard West - Keyboards
Johanne James - Drums
Steve Anderson - Bass
Pete Morten - Guitar


Friday, November 5, 2010

Carl Palmer States No More Reunion Shows For ELP


Carl Palmer has told Classic Rock that, so far as he is concerned, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 40th anniversary reunion gig at this summer’s High Voltage Festival will be the trio’s final appearance together.
We asked the drummer whether, after 12 years away, it was difficult to reactivate the beast.

“Well, for reasons I won’t go into it’s always hard to rev it up. We rehearsed for it for a month, which almost killed me. Not the physical side of it, just keeping interested. Me personally, I didn’t need a month. But that’s what we did, and when it came to the gig what you saw was what you got. That’s as good as it will ever be (again). Everyone seemed pretty happy with it, and I think that gig will be far as the three of us can take things.”

After so long away, standing at the side of the stage how did it feel to go on there and do it again? Was there some anxiety?

“Not from me, I’m not the nervous type. I play all the time,” Palmer responded. “Greg (Lake) and Keith (Emerson), on the other hand, were highly nervous and that was part of the problem though they both did the best they could. I looked at it not exactly as just another festival, but well… Asia have played more than 200 gigs since the reunion, and of course I’ve also got my own band. For me, like I said, it was the month’s rehearsal and not the gig that really frustrated me.”

If you missed the band’s High Voltage farewell then do not panic. A DVD of the event is being put together.

“We’ve been doing some overdubs and there will also be an audio CD, but it’s looking really good,” reveals Palmer. “And that’s about it, really. There are no plans to do anything else, not from my perspective anyway. I’ve let the other two know that. Being the 40th anniversary, it seemed a great way to finish things. Let’s just leave it there.”

Palmer tours the UK with Asia throughout December. For details go to:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

THERION: 'Sitra Ahra' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Sitra Ahra", the new album from Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 44 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Sitra Ahra" was released in North America on October 26 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm by Lennart Östlund (LED ZEPPELIN, ABBA). The cover artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard, who worked on all of the band's most recent releases in addition to collaborating with EDGUY, AVANTASIA, RAGE and HAMMERFALL, among others.

"Sitra Ahra" was mastered in New York and it features the following track listing:

01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
05. Hellequin
06. 2012
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
10. Din
11. After The Inquisition: Children

THERION recently recruited Christian Vidal from Argentina as the band's new guitarist.

Vidal made his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City.

Christofer Johnsson announced in May 2009 that Vikström had become a permanent member of THERION.