Thursday, April 19, 2012

RUSH: 'Headlong Flight' Single Artwork Unveiled

Legendary rock band RUSH will herald the release of its new album, "Clockwork Angels", with a new single, "Headlong Flight", landing at rock radio on April 19.

The cover artwork for the single can be seen below.

RUSH's first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records, "Clockwork Angels" will be released on June 12.

The recording of "Clockwork Angels" began in April 2010 with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES) — who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007's "Snakes & Arrows". RUSH co-produced both records. The first two songs, "Caravan" and "BU2B", were completed during that first session at Nashville's Blackbird studios and performed nightly during the wildly successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on "Clockwork Angels" resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour's finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios earlier this year. Lyrically, "Clockwork Angels" chronicles a young man's quest across a lavish and colorful world of
steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story
features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a
rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.
The novelization of "Clockwork Angels" is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.

"Clockwork Angels" track listing:

01. Caravan
02. BU2B
03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
05. Carnies
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities Of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
10. BU2B2
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden


Drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), bassist Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH), guitarist Tony MacAlpine (neo classical-metal style, STEVE VAI) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, PLANET X, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) will join forces this fall, embarking on an extended tour of Europe and Asia. The virtuoso band will play an all-instrumental set consisting of material from each of their solo records and their previous
collaborations as well as classic instrumental covers and extended solo

Portnoy formed the lineup to perfom at two drum events at the NAMM show last January (footage below). Due to overwhelming response, that band has decided to take their show on the road.

knew when assembling this lineup that it would be a magical musical
experience that would be a blast for us as well as the fans! I can't
wait to play again with these tremendous musicians and share the
experience with you all at these special shows!" says Portnoy.

The dates are as follows:

Oct. 17 - [to be announced] - Opole, Poland
Oct. 18 - [to be announced] - Wroclaw, Poland
Oct. 20 - Jukebox Club - Bucarest, Romania
Oct. 21 - Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Holland
Oct. 25 - Reading 3 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Oct. 26 - Bingo Club - Kiev, Ukraine
Oct. 27 - Izvestia Hall - Moscow, Russia
Oct. 28 - Glav Club - St. Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 31 - [to be announced] - Beijing, China
Nov. 02 - [to be announced] - Shanghai, China
Nov. 04 - [to be announced] - Taipei, Taiwan
Nov. 06 - [to be announced] - Manila, Philippines
Nov. 08 - [to be announced] - Bangkok, Thailand
Nov. 10 - [to be announced] - Fort Gate, Singapore

RUSH: Unconfirmed North American Tour Dates

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site, the legendary Canadian rock trio has scheduled the following tour dates for this fall:

Sep. 07 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Sep. 09 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
Sep. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
Sep. 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Sep. 15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Sep. 18 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
Sep. 20 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
Sep. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Sep. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Sep. 26 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
Sep. 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center
Sep. 30 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Oct. 10 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
Oct. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Oct. 20 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Oct. 24 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Oct. 26 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagra Center
Oct. 28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 30 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov. 01 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
Nov. 03 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Ampitheater
Nov. 13 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Nov. 15 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion
Nov. 17 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Nov. 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
Nov. 23 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
Nov. 25 - Phoeniz, AZ - US Airways Center
Nov. 28 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Dec. 02 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

The official RUSH tour announcement is expected to made tomorrow (Thursday, April 19).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cryptic Vision Returns After 5 Years

After a 5 year hiatus, Cryptic Vision releases "Of Infinite
Possibilities" This album is part 3 of their trilogy "Moments Of Clarity
In A World Of Infinite Possibilities" and is their most ambitious CD
yet. From the opening 5/4 riff of Singularity to the bombastic ending of
the title track, Cryptic Vision takes the listener through a progressive
journey of the world we live in. From the scientific to the spiritual,
from our inner soul to the outer Universe, the CD explores the meaning
of our existence. Each song represents a different perspective of how we
try to make sense of our world and what lies beyond. Musically this
album covers all the bases, lots of odd time signatures, rich chord
progressions, intricate rhythms, melodic hooks, powerful vocals and
stunning solos.

To coincide with the new release there is a box set comprising all 3
studio albums and a bonus disk with alternate mixes from all 3 albums
and alternate solos, plus previously unreleased live and studio tracks,
demos etc.

IZZ Set To Release New Album On May 1st Featuring Guest Appearance By Gentle Giant Guitarist Gary Green

IZZ Set To Release New Album On May 1st Featuring Guest Appearance By Gentle Giant Guitarist Gary Green

4/18/12 – New York, NY – IZZ’s new studio album, Crush of Night, scheduled for release on May 1st, serves as Part 2 of a 3-part series of thematic albums that began with The Darkened Room (TDR) in 2009. Featuring a guest appearance by Gary Green of Gentle Giant on Words and Miracles (Electric guitar, Guitar solos and backing vocals) and The Crush of Night (guitar solo), IZZ brings their characteristic sense of melody to the fore on this album, while at the same time fusing high reaching emotion with the driving impact that IZZ fans have come to identify with the band.

From the opening vocal melody of You’ve Got a Time, to the guitar-driven Words and Miracles featuring the distinctive guitar sound of Gary Green, to the stirring emotion of Half the Way, culminating with the impressive 26 minute suite that shares its name with the album title, Crush of Night passionately delivers on all fronts by creating a sound that is uniquely IZZ.

“We started recording some of the tracks for this album at the same time we were working on The Darkened Room, so there is definitely a strong sense of continuity between the two albums,” notes keyboardist and vocalist Tom Galgano. “At the same time, as we developed the pieces for Crush of Night, it began to take on its own identity and in many ways is completely different from what was heard on the last IZZ record.”

The 26-minute suite, Crush of Night, is divided into two tracks, This Reality and The Crush of Night. Serving as the musical, lyrical and emotional centerpiece for the album, this piece brings together the struggle that surrounds one's search for meaning. The Crush of Night suite runs a musical panorama, weaving melodic and rhythmic themes with innovative and fresh diversity.

IZZ had the distinct pleasure of having Gary Green join them in the recording process. "Having Gary come to the studio and record with us was an amazing experience,” says IZZ bassist John Galgano. “Gary came in and not only added his signature guitar playing, but also contributed to the writing, added a few blistering solos and even sang backing vocals on Words and Miracles. It is a great honor to have Gary playing alongside us on this record and we know that fans of Gary will enjoy the guitar artistry that he’s added to this IZZ record.”

The IZZ line-up for Crush of Night is:

Paul Bremner: electric and acoustic guitar
Anmarie Byrnes: vocals
Brian Coralian: electronic and acoustic drums and percussion
Greg DiMiceli: drums and percussion
John Galgano: bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, vocals
Tom Galgano: keyboards, vocals

Special Guest on Words and Miracles and Crush of Night: Gary Green
Mixed by Grammy nominated engineer John Shyloski

In other news, IZZ will kick off the release of Crush of Night with a full-band live performance at the New Jersey Proghouse ( on April 22 and will follow up this show with an appearance at the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City, Canada on May 19. IZZ plans to announce more shows in support of Crush of Night for Fall 2012. The band will also return to the studio to continue work on the third and final chapter of this series of albums. In October 2011, IZZ released their first live DVD, IZZ LIVE. Fans can purchase the DVD from any online retailer. In addition, bassist John Galgano is in the final stages of mixing his first solo album and guitarist Paul Bremner continues recording his new solo album.

For more information on Crush of Night and for the most updated information about IZZ, please visit:

twitter: @izzmusic

IZZ’s Crush of Night will be available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes and all online music retailers.