Saturday, January 7, 2012

Former VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Singer Dies At 27

Nicole Bogner, who was the vocalist for Austrian symphonic metallers VISIONS OF ATLANTIS from 2000 to 2005, has died after fighting a "severe disease over a long period of time." Bogner, 27, sang on the band's first two albums, "Eternal Endless Infinity" (2002) and "Cast Away" (2004).

Commented VISIONS OF ATLANTIS in a statement: "In deep mourning and with highest respect we have to notify all VISIONS OF ATLANTIS fans that our former female singer, Nicole Bogner, has passed away at the age of 27 after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time. The band is shocked about the loss of an old VISIONS OF ATLANTIS family member but wants to express sincere gratitude to Nicole not only for five years of sharing a musical vision but also for more than a decade of friendship inside and outside of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Without Nicole, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS would have never been born and her unique voice and personality were a big part of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. With Nicole, a great part of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS died as well. We will always treasure your warm-hearted soul; you will never be forgotten, Nici."

An "In Memoriam Nicole Bogner" Facebook page has been launched at this location.!/inmemoriamnicolebogner?sk=wall

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will enter the studio at the end of January to begin recording its fifth album.

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS' fourth album, "Delta", was released in North America on March 15, 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded Dreamscape Studios in Munich, Germany and marked the debut of the group's new singer, Maxi Nil, who joined the group in 2009.

Friday, January 6, 2012

OhioProg 2012 Canceled

The OhioProg 2012 three-day progressive rock festival — which was scheduled to take place September 7-9, 2012 at the Canton Palace
Theatre in Canton, Ohio — has been canceled.

Commented the organizers: "OhioProg 2012 turned to crowd funding platform to make tickets available for the
three-day progressive rock festival in an attempt to ensure enough
people would attend to cover the costs and expenses of holding such a
grand event. The Kickstarter campaign ended on January 2, 2012
with only 60 tickets pledged. A total of around 400-450 tickets pledged
at the various levels would have reached the funding goal.

"The festival adopted Kickstarter's project criteria in that, it is all-or-nothing funding. So, since the goal was not reached OhioProg 2012 has been canceled. Also, because funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing, all pledges have been automatically canceled.

thank the many that did pledge and committed to attending the festival.
The support meant a lot. We'd also like to thank those at the Canton
Palace Theatre and those in the Canton area who have been very gracious
to our staff and efforts. And, of course, all of the bands who were
invited to perform at OhioProg 2012, we thank you for believing in our event!

"To join the OhioProg mailing list to be notified of future related events, please visit the OhioProg web site at"

OhioProg 2012 was slated to include a Friday pre-show, "A Tribute To The Classics,"
and a Saturday and Sunday full-day main event featuring eleven bands