Saturday, November 24, 2012

Djam Karet News Update

It's been awhile.....................

Herd of Instinct's New Album: Conjure ... will be released Tuesday, January
22, 2013 on Djam Karet's label Firepool Records. It features all of the
original members of the band, with Djam Karet's Gayle Ellett on keyboards,
and includes special guests Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and Joel Adair
(Legacy Brass Quintet), amongst others. You can grab an audio and visual
taste of Conjure here:

It will be a great way to start your New Year!

Djam Karet's New Album: The Trip ... will be released in March of 2013.

The Trip is a cinematic journey through time, consisting of one new
continuous piece of music clocking in at right around 48 minutes. This new
studio album features the entire extended 5 piece DK lineup from The Heavy
Soul Sessions. The final mix is being painstakingly assembled now and music
samples will be posted in the beginning of 2013.

Djam Karet have also been busy working hard in the studio, writing and
rehearsing most of the summer and fall in the hot box of White Arrow
Studios, and are now in the active process of recording even newer material.
These sessions also include original Djam Karet member Henry Osborne on
bass. The fruition of these sessions will be new albums released as a
series of projects mid-to-end of year 2013 and into 2014, the 30th
Anniversary of the band. Numerous possible live dates and touring to
coincide with the 30 Year Anniversary of Djam Karet in 2014 are currently in
the works. There is much to look forward to!

....................silence can be a good thing.

RIVERSIDE to Release New Album "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves" on February 5, 2013

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RIVERSIDE to Release New Album "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves" on February 5, 2013

[Photo Credit: Monika Grudzinska]

November 16, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) -- Poland's progressive rockers RIVERSIDE have just completed their fifth studio album, SHRINE OF NEW GENERATION SLAVES, and are proud to announce the effort will see a North American release on February 5, 2013.   Out on longtime record label InsideOut Music, the album will also be available in Europe on January 21, 2013.

SHRINE OF NEW GENERATION SLAVES was recorded at Serakos Studio in Warsaw, Poland, where Reality Dream Trilogy was also tracked.  Recorded with Magda Srzednicka and Robert Srzednicki, the album offers nearly an hour of classic RIVERSIDE music. 

Vocalist Mariusz explains, "In 2012 we've been focusing on the work on the new album, and trying to prove, mostly to ourselves, that we can still surprise with something, and what's most important - create an album that would become our showpiece, music-wise and lyrics-wise.  The title might sound a bit intricate, but the acronym will definitely explain what we did with our music this time."

Fans can read about the album's recording process on the band's blog here, and a video interview that was done with RIVERSIDE directly from the studio can be seen here.

SHRINE OF NEW GENERATION SLAVES is the follow up to the band's 2009 release, Anno Domini High Definition, which entered the Poland charts at #1 and has since hit gold album status.  In 2011, RIVERSIDE also released an EP titled Memories In My Head to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary.

RIVERSIDE Discography:
Out Of Myself - CD 2003
Voices In My Head - EP 2004
Second Life Syndrome - CD 2005
Rapid Eye Movement - CD 2007
Reality Dream - 2DVD/2CD 2008/2009
Anno Domini High Definition - CD 2009
Memories In My Head - EP 2011
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves - CD 2013

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudzi - Guitar
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums
Micha Apaj - Keyboards

For more information on RIVERSIDE, visit:


RUSH: '2112' Deluxe Edition 5.1 Reissue Cover Art Revealed

In time for 21/12 celebrations, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release deluxe editions of RUSH's landmark album "2112" that will feature 5.1 Surround Sound mixes, unreleased live tracks and the first-ever RUSH comic book, available globally starting December 18.

There will be three configurations of "2112": deluxe editions (CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray) and a special super deluxe
edition (CD/Blu-ray/hardbound book case). The deluxe editions contain a
CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray material including the remastered "2112" CD
with three live bonus tracks and a DVD or Blu-ray disc with a 5.1
Surround Sound audio mix and an interactive digital comic book, a new
album cover by original album designer Hugh Syme, liner notes and unpublished photos.

super deluxe contains the CD/Blu-Ray and is meticulously assembled in a
hardbound bookcase packed with a 40-page comic book representing every
song on "2112".

The cover artwork for the "2112" deluxe edition can be seen below.

For the complete details, visit

"Every album is a point in RUSH's history," Geddy Lee said in 1978. "And if it's not getting better, something's wrong. Every album has to be the perfect RUSH album."

"The first record," Alex Lifeson says about '2112', "where we sounded like RUSH."

Originally released in 1976, RUSH's epic, landmark release "2112" was their creative and commercial breakthrough as well as one of the
band's most highly regarded releases among both fans and critics alike.
With lyrics written by Neil Peart, and influenced by author Ayn Rand, "2112" kicks off with the ambitious seven-suite title track (side one), set in a futuristic world run by the "Priests Of The Temples Of Syrinx" who regulate "every single facet of every life," which includes books, music, work and play. "2112" conveys the story of humanity's instinctual, inner need for one's free will.

After the mythological journey through "2112", side two brings you back to the present and continues with five stand-alone tracks. From hard-rocking tracks such as "A Passage to Bangkok", "Lessons", and a trip to into the fourth dimension with "The Twilight Zone", to the album's soaring conclusion, "Something For Nothing", "2112" is the album that ushered in the next stage in their continuing evolution as artists.

MIKE PORTNOY: 'Music And Relationships And Inspiration Are Way More Important To Me Than Money'

Drum! magazine recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the differences between DREAM THEATER and his current projects FLYING COLORS, a quasi-prog/pop-rock super group, and the more hard rock-oriented ADRENALINE MOB:

Portnoy: "Nothing went through the DREAM THEATER system without going through me first. But I don't think anything I am
doing now is like that at all. I am definitely enjoying different roles
and lesser weight in everything that's going on. These guys are all used to having full control in their respective careers and bands. So when
we come together in FLYING COLORS, it's all about collaboration
and compromise and working together. It's a very, very different kind of chemistry than what I had at DREAM THEATER, and I could say the same about ADRENALINE MOB as well. They are both very different animals."

"After [playing] with AVENGED [SEVENFOLD in 2010], I realized how much fun I was having, not having to sit there with a calculator to play drums. Not that there's anything wrong with
that. I did that for all those years with DREAM THEATER and I loved that too, but, man, my brain just needed a break, and I really enjoyed that vibe with AVENGED. So when I was approached with the music for ADRENALINE MOB, it was the right music at the right time, like, 'I want to do this, man.'"

"['Bounce'] was something that I definitely started to cop with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, and when I did that album and tour I learned about sometimes just
laying down four on the floor and having that kick drum kind of going
and not always taking a left turn with the drumming. Just laying it down and staying there. And that was something I carried into ADRENALINE MOB."

On his departure from DREAM THEATER:

Portnoy: "I've seen absolutely ridiculous accusations online where people think I left DREAM THEATER to make money with AVENGED SEVENFOLD or to make more money doing more commercial music. That could not be
further from the truth. I was very secure with the world I had in DREAM THEATER and I could have just rode that out and been secure probably the rest
of my career. But I walked away from that because music and
relationships and inspiration are way more important to me than money."

On whether he would ever consider reuniting with the band he founded:

Portnoy: "Well, in the hypothetical scenario you are laying out, I would never
step in as a drummer for hire or go on board in any sort of lesser
capacity than I ever had in the band. And I never wanted to walk away
from the band. That was never my intention or my goal. I just needed a
break and hoped that they would share that same feeling and respect that feeling and that we would take a break together. I never, ever wanted
the lineup to change or for me to leave the band — that's just the way
that the cards played out. So if the opportunity ever arose to come back I would absolutely welcome it, but I am not waiting for it and I am not counting on it. I have a million other things going on in my life that
keep me very happy and very busy."

12 Days Remain in Moogfest Voyager Raffle

Time Running Out to Enter to Win One-of-a-Kind Moogfest Voyager Synthesizer
November 19, 2012 (Asheville, NC) -- There are only 12 days left to enter the Bob Moog Foundation’s raffle for the Minimoog Voyager synthesizer signed by a host of artists and panelists who performed or spoke at Moogfest 2012. The four week raffle began on November 2, 2012 and ends at 11:59pm on November 30, 2012 or until all 700 tickets are sold, whichever comes first. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100 and are available for purchase through the Bob Moog Foundation’s online store: All proceeds benefit the education and historical preservation initiatives of the Foundation. The winner will be drawn on Monday, December 3, 2012. 
Donated to the Bob Moog Foundation by Moog Music, Inc., the Moogfest Voyager is the Electric Blue Edition featuring a gorgeous electric blue backlit panel and fractal blue (black with tiny blue specks) solid ash cabinet. The retail price of this award-winning instrument is over $3,500.
The following Moogfest 2012 artists and panelists signed the Voyager, making it a one-of-a-kind collectors item:
Squarepusher, Nas, Ana Sia, Shpongle, Paul and Phil Hartnoll of Orbital, the Magnetic Fields, Santigold, Thomas Dolby, GZA, Richard Devine, Carl Craig, Miike Snow, Les Claypool of Primus, Bear in Heaven, Explosions in the Sky, Morton Subotnick, Richie Hawtin, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Alessandro Cortini, Chad Hugo, Herb Deutsch, and the team that created the Robert Moog Google Doodle, released on May 23, 2012, Moog's 78th birthday. 

Ryan Germick, Lead Designer from the Google Doodle team, crafted a miniature replica of the now infamous “Goog” browser synthesizer on the back of the Voyager.

The Minimoog Voyager, designed by Bob Moog himself and released in 2002, is an updated version of the original Minimoog with 21st century advantages to carry the archetype into the future. The Voyager is the definitive American synthesizer, a lovingly hand-crafted, monophonic, monotimbral high performance instrument with enormous sonic range and possibilities. From its famous ladder filters to its innovative Touch Surface Controller, the Minimoog Voyager is the ultimate in analog.  – Moog Music, Inc. website.