Saturday, June 25, 2011

INTO ETERNITY To Release New Song Next Month

"Sandstorm", a brand new song from Regina, Saskatchewan-based Canadian extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY, will be released in July via iTunes. A one-minute audio sample of the track, which features "death" vocals by Rob Doherty, can be heard in the YouTube clip below.

INTO ETERNITY in March announced the addition of drummer Brian Newbury from Edmonton, Alberta. Newbury is known in the western Canadian metal scene as a member of Edmonton-based DEATH TOLL RISING.

INTO ETERNITY has been writing new material as a follow-up to the well-received 2008 Century Media release "The Incurable Tragedy". Guitarist Tim Roth commented back in March about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the new CD, "This will be our sixth album, so we have to make sure all the songs are perfect. I have over 60 minutes of music demoed now on my iPod, so things are slowly getting done. The music is all there now, so the rough arrangement of the songs has started."

French Fusion/Metal Project Morglbl To Tour US With Freak Kitchen And Mattias E Eklundh

Blue Mouth Promotions, LLC (BMP) is thrilled to announce the return of the French jazz/metal
fusion masters known as Mörglbl, to the United States after a
more than two year absence! Mörglbl returns with an updated catalogue of hard-driving and
humorous metallic jazz to tease and tantalize audiences.
And joining Mörglbl on select dates for their very first US tour will be Sweden’s own Freak
Kitchen ( featuring Mattias ‘IA’ Eklundh!! Freak Kitchen’s long
awaited presence in the U.S. is sure to leave unaccustomed audiences wondering what hit them ~
and when they can get more!
Don’t miss this rare chance to see two of the world's most breathtaking guitarists individually or
on stage together!**
Also, don’t forget to check out the Southeastern Guitar & Amp Show in Raleigh, NC on
September 24 & 25 for some more amazing musicians! (
Thursday, August 25 Fountainhead - Florence, SC
Friday, August 26 Uncle Slayton’s - Louisville, KY
Sunday, August 28 46th Annual Orton Park Festival - Madison, WI
Tuesday, August 30 Atlanta Institute of Music – Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, August 31 Atlanta Institute of Music – Atlanta, GA
Thursday, September 1 Boone Saloon - Boone, North Carolina (with Cameron Allen
Friday, September 2 Canyons - Blowing Rock, NC
Saturday, September 3 Prog Day - Chapel Hill, NC (
Thursday, September 1 Double Door – Charlotte, NC (with Andy Wood
Friday, September 2 Prog Day Pre-Show at Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC (with
Cameron Allen and Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
Saturday, September 3 The Hangout – Florence, SC
Monday, September 5 Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC (with Andy Wood)
Tuesday, September 6 Jewish Mother - Norfolk, VA (with Andy Wood)
Wednesday, September 7 Venue TBD - Philadelphia, PA (with Consider the Source
Thursday, September 8 The Drom - New York City (with Consider the Source)
Friday, September 9 NJ Proghouse – TBD (
Saturday, September 10 Orion Studios - Baltimore, MD
Sunday, September 11 The Hangout - Florence, SC
**Additional shows may be added in this date range.


Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will set sail from Miami, Florida to Cayman Islands on January 23, 2012 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts will perform on the cruise.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


Ticket prices start at $666 plus $289 taxes and fees per person and include all onboard entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24-hour room service.

For more information, visit

Adrenaline Mob Show Review

The metal world’s newest supergroup debuted in New York City last night, choosing the Hiro Ballroom to introduce their music to excited fans in a roaring, highly anticipated live performance.

Drummer Mike Portnoy has drawn much of the attention to this new band, following the drama surrounding his leaving Dream Theater and playing with Avenged Sevenfold. But many fans last night were equally excited to see vocalist Russell Allen from Symphony X fronting the group, and with only snippets of songs released through Facebook teasers, no one in the crowd really knew what to expect.

Further fueling the intrigue was a supposedly strict rule against any form of photography or videography, even for press. In addition to signs posted virtually everywhere, Eddie Trunk, host of the night, personally came out to plead with the crowd not to take any pictures or videos, in a way that suggested the band was perhaps afraid of losing control of their music and image. Other professional photographers and videographers were present the entire time, but in keeping with the band’s wishes as personally expressed to me in an email, I took no pictures of the group. While the caveat was unprecedented for any concert in this Examiner’s experience, the entire night was unique in other ways as well, considering that none of the few hundred people in attendance knew any of the band’s music, and in fact this was the first ever metal concert at the Japanese-themed Hiro Ballroom, generally a club hotspot on Friday nights.

The band kicked off the night with a cover of Dio-era Black Sabbath’s Mob Rules, instantly getting the crowd moving with the classic anthem. In interviews, members of Adrenaline Mob have compared their sound to bands like Disturbed and Black Label Society but with Dio singing, and while that seemed like a tall order, in fact Adrenaline Mob truly does sound like some BLS riffs mixed with Disturbed’s radio-friendly production and songwriting, and Russell Allen’s powerful voice allowed him to both cover and emulate Ronnie James Dio’s distinct power metal sound.

Running through their entire upcoming record, the band played songs with titles like Hit The Wall, Feeling Me, and Hit The Gas, chugging hard rock with crushing Mike Portnoy percussion giving it extra drive. Lead guitarist Mike Orlando sizzled on his solos, shredding on almost every song alongside fellow axeman Rich Ward, from Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. But despite a heavy presence of Mike Portnoy fans filling the crowd, Allen made the biggest impact, singing, roaring, and vividly gesturing as he sang typical metal lyrics about fighting, driving cars, and other generic aggressive subjects.

While most tracks had a powerful groove and catchy riff, it’s hard to say that any of the material really jumped at this first listen. A song entitled Angel Sky had a distinct Symphony X vibe, and one likely titled PsychoSane, which saw Portnoy whispering backup vocals, reminded this reviewer of the Disturbed track Get Psycho, both in substance and style. A power ballad was enjoyable as well, but like the rest of the music, seemed to lack a chorus or lick catchy enough to stay in your head once the song ended.

Fans seemed to enjoy the show for the most part, nodding their heads to the beat and throwing up the occasional devil horns for particularly slamming passages, but there was never a chance of a mosh pit breaking out or true metal carnage, perhaps due to the fact that no one was able to have a favorite song or breakdown yet. The band themselves certainly enjoyed themselves, and as they should - the group was incredibly tight, and clearly has a great musical connection among themselves

After playing an unexpected cover of Duran Duran’s Come Undone, the supergroup’s potential was to become more apparent once Portnoy stood up from behind his drum kit and shouted “That’s it! That’s the whole album!” It was now cover time, and that’s where the band truly shined. They blasted out High Wire by The Badlands, followed by Dio’s Stand Up and Shout, neatly wrapping their own record between the night’s first and last Dio covers. The show ended with an encore of War Pigs, which was truly crushing from start to finish, as Allen belted out the classic tune and alternated verses with the crowd, who were more than happy to sing along to a song they finally knew the words to.

In the end, it’s hard to judge Adrenaline Mob based on last night’s show alone. Without a doubt, the musicians are all spectacular, both in their own right as well as a cohesive unit. Russell Allen proved he can do much more than power metal, and Mike Orlando’s guitar work was truly ferocious. Mike Portnoy needs to prove nothing at this point in his career, and while in fact his drumming was noticeably less “proggy” than Dream Theater fans might have expected, even playing more basic straight up hard rock the drummer still laid down a crushing, heavy impact base for the rest of the band to go to town on. The music, both original and covers, all gelled in the way that speaks to the immense talent in the supergroup.

But like other supergroups, the music itself might not equal the sum of its parts. It’s not fair to judge a song off of a single listen, and the riffs, beats, and vocals were all quality, but with the possible exception of a song called Indifferent, nothing really jumped out as a kick-you-in-the-head instant favorite. The songs are radio-friendly, easy metal listening, but that’s not necessarily what most metal fans want to hear, and this Examiner suspects that by merging such diverse raw talent, the finished results may lack any room for those raw talents to do what they do best on their own.

The band took an interesting chance by insisting on debuting their music live, ensuring that all the power and energy were delivered as loudly and in-your-face as possible, but the flip side is that no one could replay a song or take their time to let it grow on them. The band puts on a fantastic live show, but only time, and the official release of music, will tell if their songwriting meets the high level of expectation that fans have been developing.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

MIKE PORTNOY Schedules Massachusetts in-Store Appearance

Drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) will take part in an in-store meet-and-greet Sunday, July 10 at Daddy's Music in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross for the victims of the 2011 Massachusetts tornado.. Everyone attending is being asked to make a $10 donation at the door.

Sunday, July 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Daddy's Music
935 Riverdale St.
West Springfield MA

ADRENALINE MOB — the new band featuring Portnoy, SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP), bassist Paul DiLeo and STUCK MOJO/FOZZY axeman Rich Ward — will make its live debut tonight (Friday, June 24) at The Hiro Ballroom (16th Street and 9th Avenue) in New York City. The group will play songs from its upcoming CD as well as a few classic covers.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

IAN GILLAN Talks About WHOCARES Project In New Video Interview

Artisan News recently spoke to DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan about WHOCARES — the renewed musical union between Gillan and legendary heavy metal guitarist Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL). You can now watch the chat below.

WHOCARES will release its debut CD single in North America on June 27 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The single was made available in Europe on May 24 through earMUSIC. The digital release for both territories was May 6.

The single features two brand new studio tracks "Out Of My Mind" and "Holy Water", which will raise funds for the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. The CD single also contains the video clip of "Out Of My Mind" (see below) and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan's and Iommi's involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.

Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988.

The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the SABBATH album "Born Again", is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band: None other than Jon Lord ("Mr. Hammond", partner with Gillan on all the DEEP PURPLE classics), IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and HIM guitarist player Mikko "Linde" Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.

"Out Of My Mind" recording lineup:

* Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) - Guitar
* Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) - Vocals
* Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) - Drums
* Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) - Keyboards
* Mikko "Linde" Lindström (HIM) – Guitar


PRESTO BALLET, the progressive rock band featuring former METAL CHURCH members Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar) and Ronny Munroe (vocals), will release a new EP, "Love What You've Done With The Place", on Saturday, July 2. It will be available for download on iTunes and other major online sites, but if you want a CD that includes a bonus track, it will only be available on the group's official web site.

"Love What You've Done With The Place" track listing:

01. King Of The Stars
02. The Clock
03. A Distant Heart
04. Deep Dark Blue
05. Looking Glass
06. The Faith Healer (THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND cover) (bonus track; only available on CD)

In other news, PRESTO BALLET has parted ways with drummer Jeffrey McCormack. Bassist Bobby Ferkovich says, "[Jeffrey] is unfortunately going through some rough times right now and felt couldn't commit enough of his time and effort to us. Although he was only with us a short time, Jeffrey is one of my dearest friends and I'm sad to see him go."

PRESTO BALLET has launched a massive search for a permanent replacement drummer, so if you are interested or know anyone who is, please send an email to

PRESTO BALLET released its latest album, "Invisible Places", on February 4, 2011 via SAOL / H'Art / Zebralution.

PRESTO BALLET's current lineup consists of Vanderhoof, Munroe, keyboardist Kerry Shacklett and Ferkovich.

PRESTO BALLET's music was previously described as "highly reminiscent of '70s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as YES and KANSAS."

FATES WARNING To Begin Work On New Album

Progressive metallers FATES WARNING will play a handful of shows in Europe this summer, including a support slot at DREAM THEATER's August 2 concert at Terra Vibe in Athens, Greece.

Commented guitarist Jim Matheos: "We're looking forward to playing in Europe again this summer, particularly Headbangers Open Air in Germany and, of course, returning to Greece for shows in Athens and Larissa. These will most likely be our last shows before beginning work on a new FATES WARNING [album] for 2012, so we hope to see a lot of you there."


Ray Alder (vocals)
Jim Matheos (guitar)
Frank Aresti (guitar)
Joey Vera (bass)
Bobby Jarzombek (drums)

The "Parallels" lineup of FATES WARNING played a number of shows in 2010 in support of the recently released special edition of the album, which was made available through Metal Blade Records. In addition to remastered audio, there is a second audio disc of live and demo material. The package also includes a DVD with nearly three hours of material, including a complete live show from the 1992 "Parallels" tour and a documentary on the making of "Parallels" which includes live, studio, and current day interview footage with all the band members, Terry Brown (producer) and Brian Slagel (CEO of Metal Blade Records).

InsideOut Music in 2005 released a FATES WARNING DVD entitled "Live In Athens". The DVD shot was on February 20, 2005 at Gagarin in Athens, Greece and was mixed by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).

FATES WARNING's latest CD, "X", was released in 2004 on Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Disconnected" was recorded at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut and features cover artwork by renowned record-cover artist Ioannis (DREAM THEATER, SEPULTURA, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KING CRIMSON, BIOHAZARD, VOIVOD, UFO, OVERKILL).

The Rebel Wheel To Play ProgDay With Guy LeBlanc

From Ottawa, Canada, THE REBEL WHEEL began in the early 1990s out of a
shifting cooperative of musicians working in a myriad of styles producing both
improvised and arranged music. Early work tended towards neo-prog, but
over the years the band pursued a more aggressive and edgy direction that
eventually evolved into the sound they have today. Steeped in dark,
cinematic soundscapes and complex turn-on-a-dime arrangements, sometimes dissonant,
sometimes mellow, always eclectic, their musical landscape has been
compared to WETTON-era KING CRIMSON, ZAPPA, RUSH, PINK FLOYD, and at times even
YES and GENESIS. But in the end their personality is all their own.

Recently working and gigging as a three-piece while ANGIE MACIVOR is on
hiatus with the birth of her first child, THE REBEL WHEEL have expanded their
lineup for ProgDay to include guest keyboardist-extraordinare GUY LeBLANC,
acclaimed for his work with NATHAN MAHL and CAMEL. We're sure this special
show will be a treat for fans of both THE REBEL WHEEL and Guy LeBlanc.

(Germany), QUANTUM FANTAY (Belgium) and FIBONACCI SEQUENCE (US) at this year's
ProgDay, the longest running progressive rock festival in the world.
ProgDay's 17th edition will take place on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday,
September 4 at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more
information, and to hear music from all of this year's bands, please visit Progday at

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DREAM THEATER Keyboardist: New Drummer MIKE MANGINI 'Adapted To Our World So Wonderfully'

David Brinn of The Jerusalem Post recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy's change of mind and request to be reinstated after leaving the band last September:

"Mike wanted to come back after we had gone through all the emotional turmoil and pain of losing a friend, and the effort we went through to get back on our feet. We were well past our recovery phase and had made a commitment to [new DREAM THEATER drummer] Mike Mangini."

On Portnoy's decision to leave the band he co-founded and led for 25 years:

"His leaving was unbelievable, it was so emotional. He's a close friend of mine and we've been through so much together — it basically brought me to tears. But being a positive person and around guys who love what they're doing, we had to figure out how to move forward."

On Mike Mangini, a former Berklee College of Music teacher and holder of five World's Fastest Drummer records:

"Mike adapted to our world so wonderfully. He's not only a great drummer, but a great guy. He came into the audition and locked in with us and nailed it. We were amazed.

"We were looking for someone who could walk onstage with us and not throw us off in the least, and we found him in Mike. As painful and said as the situation was over not being able to work with Mike Portnoy, life goes on — this kind of thing, unfortunately, happens in bands and we're interested in keeping a positive direction and making really good music. And now, I'm no longer the new guy."

PROG EXHIBITION: 40 Years Of Imaginific Music Box Set To Come out

is proud to present:


9 hours of live music, 7 CDs + 4 DVDs, a must have box set!

with PFM, Ian Anderson, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, David Cross, Thjis Van Leer, Osanna and many others...

After two sold out shows in Rome last year, comes the long-awaited box set PROG EXHIBITION. 9 hours of live music, 7 CDs and 4 DVDs, a booklet full of photos exclusive to live again the event which celebrated forty years of imaginific music, with the greatest mythical figures of Italian and international progressive rock.

On 5 and 6 November 2010, in fact, for the first time in the progressive history played on the same stage heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow: PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi, the Italian rock band's most popular with special guest Ian Anderson, leader of Jethro Tull. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, one of the best examples of global contamination. Aldo Tagliapietra, Tony Pagliuca and Tolo Marton had their live debut together for the first time after 35 years with the participation of the violinist David Cross, formerly in King Crimson. The Trip, making their debut on stage in the aftermath of the announced reunion that saw them reform after decades of separation.

Osanna, representatives of the Neapolitan prog with Gianni Leone (Balletto di Bronzo histrionic leader), David Jackson (formerly Van Der Graaf Generator), laNuova Raccomandata Ricevuta di Ritorno with Thijs Van Leer, leader of dutch band Focus. At this prestigious line up also young italian progressive heroes Sinestesia, Maschera di Cera, Periferia del mondo and Abash played on the same nights.

40 years after the birth of progressive genre, the box set is meant to become a collector's item for all lovers of progressive rock: the wonderful opportunity to live again not just a concert, but an unforgettable live music show that could enter in the history of music.




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Ex-Yes Singer Jon Anderson Says Roger Dean Should Receive Credit For 'Avatar'

From Sterling Whitaker Of The Examiner

Fans of the superstar British progressive rock group Yes have pointed out many visual similarities between the blockbuster movie Avatar and the artwork of Roger Dean, who provided the cover art for such classic Yes albums as Fragile, Close to the Edge and Tales From Topographic Oceans. In a new interview with former Yes front man Jon Anderson commented on the matter for the first time, saying, "He should have gotten a name check on the movie."
The debate exploded in online forums as soon as Avatar hit theaters, with longtime Roger Dean fans noting the similarities between Dean's floating islands and dragons and those depicted throughout the film. Fans have even made YouTube videos set to Yes music, and several web sites have written articles about the controversy. Other fans have noted the body paint in the film resembles that in Dean's book Magnetic Storm. Still others have pointed out that the film's eco-friendly plot mirrors many of the themes contained in Jon Anderson's own lyrics, particularly from his landmark solo album Olias of Sunhillow, which featured an indigenous culture whose life centers around a tree - another major theme of Avatar.
Asked directly if he saw any Yes or Roger Dean influence in the film, Anderson replied, "For sure Roger Dean. For sure. He should have gotten a name check on the movie.
"The movie is ginormous," Anderson added. "The movie is glorious, I cried all the way through it twice."
The singer explores many of the same themes in his new album Survival & Other Stories, for which he collaborated with a diverse group of musicians via the Internet. Anderson's concerns for spirituality and ecology provide the basis for many tracks, especially "Big Buddha Song," with its pointed references to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and last year's oil spill disaster.
"People always say, 'Oh, Jon Anderson, the lyrics are all light and dreamy,'" Anderson said. "No, I go for the jugular all the time, but people don't quite get it sometimes."Continue reading on