Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Mute Gods invite you to 'Feed The Troll' in new video

The Mute Gods invite you to 'Feed The Troll' 
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The Mute Gods, a brand new band from the mind of renowned bassist, chapman stick player & vocalist Nick Beggs, are set to release their debut album 'do nothing till you hear from me' on January 22nd, 2016. Joined by drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson), and long-time Steve Hackett collaborator & keyboardist Roger King, they deliver engaging, expansive rock that bridges the gap between prog and pop. 
Following the release last year of a video for the album's title track, they are now pleased to reveal a video for the track 'Feed The Troll', once again produced by Crystal Spotlight.

Watch the video here: 

Nick Beggs had this to say:
"Some people have too much time on their hands.
Some people get what they deserve."

You can check out the aforementioned video for the album's title track here:

Further to the above, you can check out a revolutionary 4K 360 degree version of the same video here:

The enigmatic artwork for the record, created by Lars 'Zeituhr" Tellmann, 
can be viewed below. 

1.     Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
2.     Praying To A Mute God
3.     Nightschool For Idiots
4.     Feed The Troll
5.     Your Dark Ideas
6.     In The Crosshairs
7.     Strange Relationship
8.     Swimming Horses
9.  Father Daughter

Pre-orders for the album on both CD & LP formats as well as digitally, where you can receive two tracks instantly, are available below:

Nick has most recently been involved with Steven Wilson's solo band, both in the studio and on tour, whilst also playing live with legendary guitarist Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited run of shows. In recent years he has contributed to projects such as Lifesigns, Fish On Friday & Lonely Robot, as well as playing live with Rick Wakeman.

The Mute Gods have also launched a brand new website which will be updated with new content and information on how the band came together in the coming months. 
Head over there now:

The Mute Gods Online: 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Announce new studio album release and tour dates!

Swedish vintage style hard rock pioneers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS return with their 9th studio album entitled "Sunrise To Sundown", which will be released on March 18th, 2016 in Europe as well as March 25th, 2016 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Just like on their previous two album releases, "Return To Zero" (2010) and "Earth Blues" (2013), SPIRITUAL BEGGARS stellar line-up is consists of bandleader Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex Carcass) on guitars, teaming up with Apollo Papathanasio (ex Firewind) on vocals, Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) on bass, Per Wiberg (Candlemass, ex Opeth) on keyboards as well as Ludwig Witt (Grand Magus, Firebird) on drums.

After a busy couple of last years with Arch Enemy, Michael Amott and his bandmates have once again found the availability and inspiration to lay down 11 dynamic and uplifting new songs, which not only easily demonstrate how much on top of their game SPIRITUAL BEGGARS still are after over 20 years of activities, but also add a fresh and spontaneous vibe to their impressive catalogue.
Speaking about how the new album came together, Amott commented the following:
"We've been writing the album here and there over the last couple of years when our schedules have allowed us to meet up and spend a few days jamming. A few of the songs I wrote on my own, others were written by our keyboard player Per Wiberg. Our drummer Ludwig Witt submitted two tracks that are actually his first major contributions to the band as a writer - and they're great songs too!  I also co-wrote a few tunes with Per Wiberg and that was really a lot of fun as well, it's been a very collaborative process."

In counteraction to the oftentimes soulless current hi-tech digital cut/paste recordings, "Sunrise To Sundown" was tracked live off the floor and Amott added the following about the recording results: 

"I'm super excited about how the album sounds sonically, our engineer Staffan Karlsson also produced and mixed the album and the result is something we're very proud of.  I think every album we have made (this being our 9th) has had its own vibe and atmosphere. I can honestly say this band has never made the same album twice. To me, "Sunrise To Sundown" is the next chapter of the book we've been writing since we started the band over 20 years ago. Of course, the foundation of our style is heavy rock music, but we always keep evolving adding new influences and colours to the bands core sound."

Supporting the release of "Sunrise To Sundown", SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will finally also be hitting the road again in order to showcase the new material on the following club-dates as well as festivals:

28.03.2016 Köln (Germany) - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
29.03.2016 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
31.03.2016 Leipzig (Germany) - Hellraiser
01.04.2016 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
02.04.2016 Essen (Germany) - Turock
04.04.2016 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
06.04.2016 Kortrijk (Belgium) - De Kreun
07.04.2016 Rouen (France) - Le 106
10.04.2016 Paris (France) - Backstage By The Mill
12.04.2016 Munich (Germany) - Strom
14.04.2016 Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
28.04.2016 Berlin (Germany) - Desert Fest

08.07.2016 Oulu (Finland) - Jalometalli Festival
09.07.2016 Ballenstedt (Germany) - Rock Harz Festival
More dates to be announced soon...

More details a first teaser samples for "Sunrise To Sundown" will be released soon, so stay tuned....

In the meantime, feel free to check back to two videos launched for the previous album "Earth Blues":
"Turn The Tide" here:



HEADSPACE launch first track from new album 'All That You Fear Is Gone'

HEADSPACE launch first track from new album 'All That You Fear Is Gone'

Headspace, the band featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold) & Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer), recently announced the release of their second album 'All That You Fear Is Gone' on February 26th, 2016 and you can view the striking artwork above.

The band, completed by guitarist Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg) & bassist Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett), and new drummer Adam Falkner (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo) 
have also launched the first track to be taken from the album, 
and you can listen to 'Your Life Will Change' here: 


Vocalist Damian Wilson had this to say about the track:

"We have a natural need to better ourselves, our situation and future. This is part of the human survival instinct and is encouraged and fed by the world we live in. Despite being aware that the real value is in the here and now, we find ourselves brushed along. But is it truly possible to opt out from this merry go round?

'Your Life Will Change' references past civilizations to modern entertainment. We are distracted and controlled by a society. But what happens if we really break away from the group and ignore the ideal we're being sold?
Will we become gods or fallen angels?"

Guitarist Pete Rinaldi adds of the album: "This album picks up where I Am Anonymous finishes. The process of each of us adding their creativity to the tracks has made this something we are really proud of. All That You Fear Is Gone features the debut of my good friend Adam Falkner on drums who has done a fantastic job making his mark on this record, we are all looking forward to bringing it to live audiences."

The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
1.     Road to Supremacy
2.     Your Life Will Change
3.     Polluted Alcohol
4.     Kill You With Kindness
5.     The Element
6.     The Science Within Us
7.     Semaphore
8.     The Death Bell
9.     The Day You Return
10.  All That You Fear Is Gone
11.  Borders and Days
12.  Secular Souls

Adam Wakeman previously commented on the record:
"This album is the first to debut new Drummer Adam Falkner whom Pete Rinaldi and I have toured with a lot in the past. He's a superb player and he really fits with the band's sound and style. He also gets a round in, which is a plus."

Damian Wilson adds:
"The conforming individual represented in the first album that breaks away, is reflected in All That You Fear Is Gone. Free thinking, fighting against natural grouping, what appears as destructive rebellion is in fact evolution. Written to make the listener think, whilst capturing the ear with complexity and simplicity combined.

Embarking on the second Headspace album I personally had a clear vision, but by the time each band member had thrown in their piece, I thought we had produced an album that was unlistenable to.  As it progressed, the rough edges and corners seemed to settle like a good lasagne. Everyone has their own tastes, but I know this is a bloody good lasagne."

 'All That You Fear Is Gone' is the follow-up to 2012's debut album 'I Am Anonymous', once again produced by the band and mixed by Jens Bogren. Expect more information, including tour dates, in the coming months.