Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nad Sylvan - Title Track from 'Courting The Widow' launched

Nad Sylvan - Title Track from
'Courting The Widow' launched

Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett and Agents Of Mercy, is set to release his new solo album titled 'Courting The Widow' on October 16th, 2015 in Europe and October 30th,2015 in the US. He is now pleased to reveal the brilliant title track of the album, 
which you can hear now here:  

Nad had this to say on the track:
"This was the hardest song for me to complete. I began writing it right before my mother passed away, and it took a while to gather the strength to finish it off. The last sentence of the lyric is actually about her and me, so it was a soul cleansing experience. The idea of the widow emerged from the loss, as she becomes a symbol of death for the whole album".

The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Carry Me Home
2.Courting The Widow
3.Echoes Of Ekwabet
4.To Turn The Other Side
5.Ship's Cat
6.The Killing Of The Calm
7.Where The Martyr Carved His Name
8.Long Slow Crash Landing


Nad had this to say about the album: "During these past years with Steve Hackett, I have developed a character known as the "Vampirate". I have here set him loose, and so he has invited you all on-board his great ship, to take you on a musical journey 
you have never been on before.

The main character - the widow herself, is a symbol of death - and is to be courted through every song, one way or another. It is indeed a dark album, but full of loving light"

Nad has most recently been seen performing alongside the legendary Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited show, continuing his stint into the latter part of this year. Nad adds: "In a little less than four years, I was snatched up by two iconic guitarists,
namely Roine Stolt and then Steve Hackett. That must mean something to the world, because it sure means an awful lot to me". Nad formed Agents of Mercy with Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in 2009, and have released three albums to date.

Nad is currently on tour with Steve Hackett, and the full list of dates can be found below:
October 2- Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
October 3- Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

October 6- GLive, Guildford, UK
October 7- O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
October 9- Derngate, Northampton, UK
October 10- St David's Hall, Cardiff, UK
October 11- O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
October 13- The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK
October 14- Barbican, York, UK
October 16- Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
October 17- The Sage, Gateshead, UK
October 18- Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
October 20- Town Hall, Leeds, UK
October 21- Venue Cymru, Llandudno, UK
October 23- Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
October 24- de Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
October 25- The Lowry, Salford, UK
October 27- Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK
October 28- Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
October 30- Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
October 31- Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK

Nov 8- Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY, USA
November 10- Hart Theatre (The Egg), Albany, NY, USA
November 11- The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY, USA
November 12- Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY, USA
November 13- Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, USA
November 14- FM Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre, PA, USA
November 15- The Newton Theatre, NJ, USA
November 18- Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, USA
November 19- Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, MA, USA
November 20- Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA, USA
November 21- Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ, USA
November 22- The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA
November 23- Count Basie Theatre, NJ, USA
November 26- Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, CANADA
November 27- Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, CANADA
November 28- RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens, London, ON, CANADA
 November 30- Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada

December 1- Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada
December 9- South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA
December 10- Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL, USA
December 11- The Portage Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

Nad Sylvan Online:



STICK MEN - European Tour 2015, USA/Canada Tour 2016

 is on the tour in Europe as of today, September 29, for 3.5 weeks. 

Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto have just finished the first leg of King Crimson shows and as soon as the Stick Men tour is over, King Crimson is on tour again. A very busy season for Tony and Pat.

Oct. 9 - Bergen (Norway) - Sardinen USF
Oct. 10 - Opole (Poland) - Dom Expo
Oct. 11 - Wroclaw (Poland) - Zaklete Rewiry
Oct. 12 - Prague (Czech Republik) - Lucerna Bar
Oct. 13 - Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
Oct. 15 - Bonn (Germany) - Harmonie
Oct. 16 - Zoetermeer (Netherlands) - Cultuurpodium Boerderij
Oct. 17 - Münster (Germany) - Hot Jazz Club
Oct. 18 - Hertogenbosh (Netherlands) - W2
Oct. 20 - Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit of 66
Oct. 21 - Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
Oct. 22 - Reutlingen (Germany) - Kulturzentrum FranzK

MoonJune Music is currently booking USA/Canada dates for STICK MEN in April and May 2016. The tour will start on April 14, and it will end by June 4. We plan anotehr run of the dates in different parts of the USA with Mexico in the beginning of 2017. 

Confirmed dates (venues to be announced soon):
April 14, Thu - Dunellen, NJ (USA)
April 15, Fri - New York, NY (USA)
April 16, Sat - New York, NY (USA)
April 21, Thu - Northampton, MA (USA)
April 22, Fri - Natick, MA (USA)
April 23, Sat - Schenectady, NY (USA)
April 27, Wed - Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
April 28, Thu - Québec City, Québec (Canada)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Caligula's Horse releases 'Marigold' from forthcoming album

'Bloom', the highly anticipated new album from Australian Progressive Alternative Rock group Caligula's Horse, is set for release on October 16th in EU & October 30th, 2015 in US on InsideOutMusic. In advance of the album's release, the band is pleased to present 'Marigold', an exhilarating full-length track from the new record, premiering exclusively at Revolver.  

"'Marigold' captures the essence of 'Bloom' to me. The pure energy and vibrant colour, and the powerful, uplifting message that a person can not be judged by what they earn, or what they own, but by those they love, and those that love them", says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "In that respect, I am a wealthy, wealthy man. This song is very important to me on a personal level."

'Bloom' will be available as Limited Edition Digipak CD, Vinyl LP with CD included & digital download (incl. one exclusive bonus track).    
The album is available for pre-order here:

The full track-listing can be found below:

1. Bloom
7.Daughter Of The Mountain

The band have posted a special video message, telling you a little bit about the album and introducing the band:

'Bloom' follows 2011's colourful and dynamic debut 'Moments From Ephemeral City', and 2013's critically acclaimed dark narrative concept album 'The Tide, the Thief & River's End', an album that Metal Obsession hailed as 'nearly perfect'.

"'Bloom' is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow," says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."

Equal parts grandiose and crushing, melodic and energetic, enjoy the first taste of Caligula's Horse's third record 'Bloom' right this moment.

Check out a trailer for the album here:

Having secured deals with The Agency Group for live bookings, and signing an international record deal with lauded prog/metal label InsideOut Music (home to Devin Townsend, Spock's Beard and Pain of Salvation), the band will tour Australia with UK metal heroes TesseracT this October, before embarking on an extensive month-long tour of Europe and the UK with Norwegian blackjazz innovators Shining.

Caligula's Horse are known for their energetic live show and fierce stage presence, a quality that has seen them join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero on the stage and the road. This kind of intense touring regime will see them right at home.

With TesseracT (UK)
 10/14 - Brisbane, The Zoo
10/15 - Sydney, Factory Theatre
10/16 - Melbourne, Maxx Watt's
10/17 - Adelaide, Fowlers Live
10/18 - Perth, Amplifier Bar

With Shining (Norway)
10/28 - Gothenburg, Fangelset
10/29 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega
10/31 - Dresden, Grovestation
11/01 - Krakow, Fabryka
11/02 - Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
11/03 - Wroclaw, Liverpool Club
11/04 - Prague, Podnik
11/05 - Vienna, Viper Room
11/06 - Budapest, A38
11/07 - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
11/08 - Bologna, Locomotiv
11/09 - Milan, Lo Fi
11/10 - Winterthur, Salzhaus
11/12 - Luxembourg, Sonic Visions
11/13 - Frankfurt, Nachtleben
11/14 - Stuttgart, Keller Club
11/15 - Utrecht, Tivoli de Helling
11/16 - Bochum, Matrix
11/17 - Brussels, Rotonde
11/18 - Paris, Divan Du Monde
11/19 - London, Underworld
11/20 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
11/21 - Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
11/22 - Manchester, Sound Control



FATES WARNING - Working on new album; US tour starting soon!


U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have started work on their upcoming, 12th studio album effort, to be released worldwide next year via InsideOutMusic.
FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos checked as follows to comment about the status of activities: 
"I'm happy to announce that all the music for FW12 is now written. Still some work to do on lyrics and final arrangements, but the plan is for us to start tracking in December with a release date planned for the first half of 2016. In the meantime, I hope to see and meet a lot of you on the upcoming US dates."

FATES WARNING upcoming US tour in support of their current album "Darkness In A Different Light" will start out October 9th and run up to November 2nd. Here is a full list of dates (with recent updates*):
Oct. 9 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Oct. 10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 11 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Oct. 13 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
Oct. 14 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Oct. 16 Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
Oct. 17 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
Oct. 18 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Oct. 20 Altoona, PA @ McGarveys
Oct. 21 Dayton, OH @ Oddbody's
Oct. 23 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 24. Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 25 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall *
Oct. 27 Denver, CO @ The Roxy
Oct. 29 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 30 Huntington Beach, CA @ Fuzion *
Oct. 31 San Jose, CA @ Rockbar
Nov. 1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
Nov. 2 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Special Guests:
Oct. 9 - 21: Imminent Sonic Destruction / Oct. 23 - Nov. 2: Vangough

In related live-news, FATES WARNING have also announced two special "Awaken The Guardian" 30th anniversary festival live-appearances in its original line-up (featuring John Arch on vocals) for 2016, which will take place at the already sold-out Keep It True in Germany / on April 29-30th as well as at ProgPower USA / on September 9-10th.
Upon release, FATES WARNING's acclaimed current album, "Darkness In A Different Light", entered the official sales charts in Germany on #41, in The Netherlands on #90 and in the USA on #162 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
The promotional video clip for the album's first single "Firefly", directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchyfilms, can be seen here:

A video clip for the track "I Am" produced by Oliver Barth / Visions In Fear based on European live-footage can be seen here:

"Darkness In A Different Light" purchase link:  

Fates Warning online:




(New York, NY) - World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will soon return to North America with his band for the "From Acolyte to Wolflight" tour 2015.  In celebration of his latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT and the 40th anniversary of the release of his first solo album, VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE, this tour will feature a unique blend of Hackett solo material and Genesis classics, including as-of-yet unperformed Genesis material.  The first half of the show will focus on Hackett's solo material, while the second half will highlight Genesis songs.  Along with such superb pieces as "Ace Of Wands," "Spectral Mornings" and songs from WOLFLIGHT, Hackett will conclude his two and a half hour show with Genesis material that was not part of his recent GENESIS REVISITED and GENESIS EXTENDED tours in 2013 and 2014.  Epic songs including "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway," The Cinema Show," "Can-Utility," "Hairless Heart" and "The Musical Box" will be performed. 

Of the "From Acolyte To Wolflight" tour, Steve Hackett commented, "The tour in Europe has so far gone down a storm, with fantastic reactions to both my new and classic material as well as Genesis numbers not played for many years such as 'Cinema Show' and 'Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'...I'm so looking forward to bringing this new show to  North America!"  Hackett will be joined on the tour by his incredible band: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums and percussion), Rob Townsend (saxophones and flutes), Roine Stolt (bass and guitars) and Nad Sylvan (vocals).  Please see below for tour dates.

Steve Hackett's latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT (InsideOut Music) explores a new chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").  The video for the title track can be seen here.

In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.  For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer.  He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe.

Steve Hackett FROM ACOLYTE TO WOLFLIGHT North American tour dates:

 8         Westhampton Beach, NY       Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
10        Albany, NY                          Hart Theatre/Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
11        Westbury, NY                         The Space At Westbury
12        Tarrytown, NY                          Tarrytown Music Hall
13        Washington, DC                      Lincoln Theatre
14        Wilkes Barre, PA                    FM Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
15        Newton, NJ                             Newton Theatre
18        Wilmington, DE                       The Grand Opera House
19        Lynn, MA                                The Lynn Memorial Auditorium
20        Glenside, PA                           Keswick Theatre
21        Collingswood, NJ                    Scottish Rite Auditorium
22        Fairfield, CT                            The Warehouse
23        Red Bank, NJ                         Count Basie Theatre
26        Lindsay, ON                            Academy Theatre
27        Lindsay, ON                            Academy Theatre
28        London, ON                            RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens
30        Oakville, ON                           Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
 1         Oakville, ON                           Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
 3         North Tonawanda, NY            Riviera Theatre
 4         Northfield, OH                         Hard Rock Live
 5         Munhall, PA                            Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead
 9         South Milwaukee, WI              South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10        St. Charles, IL                         Arcada Theatre
11        Chicago, IL                              The Portage Theater

First-Ever Vinyl Reissue of Chronolyse Created by Richard Pinhas, France’s Legendary Electronique Guerilla, in Tribute to Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi Classic, Dune

Cuneiform Records is proud to announce the first-ever vinyl reissue of Chronolyse, the masterwork of 1970s analogue electronics that French electronic musician and guitarist Richard Pinhas created in tribute to Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, Dune. This special reissue, pressed on 180 gram white vinyl and featuring the original album artwork, celebrates Chronolyse’s conception nearly 40 years ago as well as the 50th anniversary of Dune, the first volume of which was published in 1965.

[Richard Pinhas]

Back in 1974, Pinhas received his PhD in Philosophy from the Sorbonne, where he had studied with French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and written his dissertation, “Science-Fiction, Inconscient et Autres Machins”, on the intersections of time, time manipulation, science fiction and analogue electronic music. That same year he founded Heldon. a band that fused his searing guitar with experimental electronics to revolutionize rock music in France. By 1976 Heldon had released several albums on Pinhas’ Disjuncta label (one of France’s first independent labels), and began working on a new album, Interface. Simultaneous with the Interface sessions, Pinhas immersed himself in a highly personal and heartfelt solo project. He had been deeply affected by Frank Herbert’s Dune novels and the complete universe that they contained, and wanted to dedicate a full album to Dune. Acquiring a Moog P3 and a new Polymoog to accompany two Revox A700s he had installed in his home Heldon Studio, Pinhas now had the perfect analogue electronic arsenal to weave his own sonic and philosophical universe in response to Dune’s.

Between January and June 1976, he recorded his Dune tribute on Moog and Polymoog direct to tape; he recalls that the music flowed to him easily, “like a dream”. He used his “Big MOOG P3” and the two Revox (one for recording, one for a delay) to record side A of the album, which included 7 tracks dedicated to “Variations Sur Le Theme des Bene Gesserit” and one track named after “Duncan Idaho”. For side B, he used his Polymoog and the two Revox to record a “Tronix” base for a single, lengthy track, “Paul Atreïdes”. Originally, he had thought to do an all-Moog album. But instead, he went into the Davout Studio with his guitar and his Heldon colleagues, Didier Batard (drums) and François Auger (bass) to record their instruments over the Polymoog track. All the track names derived from Dune. "Bene Gesserit" is a name of the race of the woman who has ESP. "Duncan Idaho" is a military aide of the clan of Atreides; the name also was similar to that of one of Richard’s sons, Duncan, who was then a little more than one year old. "Paul Atreides" is a boy who corresponds to the hero of the story. But Pinhas did not want his album to be a too “commercial” Dune tribute, and thus chose his album’s name, Chronolyse, from a work by French science fiction novelist, Michel Jeury, whose writings dealt with time manipulations.

[The first-ever vinyl reissue of this classic, which has been unavailable on vinyl for 35 years]

Chronolyse came out on vinyl in 1978, released by Cobra only in France. Although it was his first solo recording, it was his second solo album release, as Rhizosphere had come out the year before.  As completed, it included one side of solo, live Moog synthesizer pieces, notable for their wide, stereo field and unique sound - a product of the weeks he spent setting up and programming the sounds on his huge Moog P3 modular synthesizer. The other side was a lengthy, stormy, drone-filled, epi of mellotrons (Polymoog), electronics, guitar, bass and drums by his Heldon colleagues. In Chronolyse, Pinhas not only explored new synthesizer technologies, new sonics and materials, but also the philosophical concepts that he held dearest, such as timeless repetition and the superimposition of events. In Chronolyse, Pinhas wove his separate worlds of music, philosophy, science fiction and literature, physical reality and family life into a single sonic and philosophical universe.

Steve Feigenbaum, Cuneiform’s founder and CEO, had long admired Pinhas’ work; he calls Chronolyseabsolutely one of Richard’s very finest works: half live Moog electronics that make fantastic use of stereo imaging and mix aggression with the repetitiveness of Phillip Glass or Terry Riley, and half with Heldon in a 30' King Crimson-ish stormy drone-epic of mellotrons, electronics, guitar, bass, & drums.”  25 years ago, after months of communicating across the Atlantic, he took the train from Washington DC, Pinhas flew from Paris, and the two met in person in New York City to discuss a collaboration. Cuneiform and Pinhas signed a contract for Cuneiform to reissue on CD and distribute internationally all of Pinhas early solo and Heldon recordings, originally released on LP in France. They decided to reissue the back catalogue in groups of two.  The first Cuneiform CD reissues, Chronolyse and East/West, came out in 1991 with a Cuneiform press release written by NYC-based science fiction novelist Norman Spinrad.  Now, Cuneiform is doing the first-ever vinyl reissue of Chronolyse, 35 years after it last appeared in that medium.

[Richard Pinhas]

Composer, electronics innovator and guitarist Richard Pinhas is one of France's major experimental musicians. He has long been recognized as a pivotal figure in the development of combining rock music with electronics. Years before MIDI existed, Richard was creating sophisticated electronic music using vast walls of the available components of the day. Both as a solo artist and with his band Heldon, he released a number of advanced and classic albums in the 70s that set the stage for much of what is thought of as 'contemporary music'. A ceaseless innovator, he continued to experiment and expand his music over the subsequent decades and into the present day, releasing dozens of solo and collaborative recordings that continue to expand the parameters of rock. In a 21st century creative surge, Pinhas has released numerous new recordings on Cuneiform in recent years, including collaborations with such artists as Merzbow, Tatsuya Yoshida and Oren Ambarchi. His work has been discovered by new generations of fans, some of whom have sampled his music (Four Tet). Pinhas also performs live, solo or in various groupings, and frequently performs at festivals of rock, experimental and electronic music. In 2015 he’ll do a three-night appearance at London’s TUSK festival.

If you'd like to share music from this release with your readers/listeners, please feel free to use the following track:
"Sur Le Theme De Bene Gesserit VII":
stream: @SoundCloud / @Bandcamp / @YouTube





October 9
8:00 pm
Paris, France
Le Triton
11 Bis Rue du Coq French
Lilas (Les), France, 93260
trio with Yoshida Tatsuya and Ono Ryoko (Sax Ruins) + with Pascal Comelade
€ 20 Normal/  €15 Reduced/ €12 Member/ €8 Junior
October 10
6:00 pm
Newcastle, UK
Tusk Festival: Day One
Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear NE1 2NP, United Kingdom
trio with Yoshida Tatsuya and Ono Ryoko (Sax Ruins)
€55 Full Weekend Pass/  €20 day pass
October 11
6:00 pm
Newcastle, UK
Tusk Festival: Day Two
Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear NE1 2NP, United Kingdom
duo with Stephen O'Malley
€55 Full Weekend Pass/  €20 day pass
October 12
7:30 pm
London, UK
Corsica Studios
4/5 Elephant Rd,
London SE17 1LB
United Kingdom
trio with Yoshida Tatsuya and Ono Ryoko (Sax Ruins)
£11 Advance
October 14
9:00 pm
Poitiers, France
Planetarium, Espace Mendés France
1 Rue de la Cathédrale,
Poitiers, France 86038
trio with Yoshida Tatsuya and Ono Ryoko (Sax Ruins)

PT: € 6; TR: € 3.50
December 17
7:00 pm
Toulouse, France
les Abattoirs, Auditorium
76 Allées Charles de Fitte,
Toulouse, France 31300
Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy

€ 7 admission