Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Merry Progmas!

We are coming close to the end of 2014, and what a year it has been. Progressive Rock has once again bettered itself, with new releases coming from every part of the world.

40 years ago, 1974 brought us Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, King Crimson's Red, Yes' Relayer, Gentle Giant's Power and the Glory as well as many other classics from The Strawbs, Peter Hammill, Magma, PFM, Focus, Gong, etc. All classic albums, and still enjoyed today.

So what did 2014 bring? And are there albums in 2014 that we will cherish as much as those from 1974? In the coming weeks I will post my Top 20 albums of 2014. And if you feel so inclined, leave me your own list of best albums, here in the comments section.

Have a great Christmas holiday!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Karnataka Announce Secrets of Angels and Tour in 2015

Karnataka are very pleased to announce the release of their new studio album Secrets of Angels in March 2015.

Recorded at Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire and Quadra Studios in London, the new album features 8 stunning new tracks including the 21 minute opus and title track Secrets of Angels.

The album features guest musicians Troy Donockley from Nightwish (Uilleann pipes and low whistles), Irish harpist Seána Davey, Rachel van der Tang (cello) and Clive Howard (viola) from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The album is now available to pre-order from the Karnataka website online shop. Pre-orders will be shipped in the latter half of February.

Available for Pre-order in the following formats:
  • CD Standard Edition: including 20 page booklet.
  • CD/DVD Special Digipak Edition: Secrets of Angels CD complete with bonus DVD. First 500 signed.Deluxe Vinyl Edition: Double vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve. The first 500 will be signed.
  • FLAC Download Version: 44.1khz 16bit audio download version. CD quality download. Includes the artwork in PDF format.
  • MP3 Download Version: 320kbps MP3 audio download version. Includes the artwork in PDF format.
The band will also be supporting the release with a UK tour!
Secrets of Angels Tour 2015
Feb 27th - The Met Theatre
Feb 28th - Lowdham Hall
March 7th - Derby Flowerpot
March 8th - Bilston Robin 2
March 13th - Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms
March 14th - Chesterfield Classic Rock Society
March 20th - Bristol BierKeller
March 22nd - Leamington Spa (special guests of Arena)
March 26th - Norwich Arts Centre
March 27th - Milton Keynes The Stables
March 29th - Southampton The Brook
April 12th - Swansea The Scene
April 17th - Leicester Y Theatre
May 9th - London Islington Assembly Hall
Full details on the new band website:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Order Pallas' "wearewhoweare" Directly from the Band

Pallas are proud to announce that wearewhoweare is now available to pre-order directly from the band for dispatch on Monday 15th December, now that they have dispatched copies to all their valued Indiegogo crowd funders who made the release possible!

Pallas have two cd versions available. Pride of place goes to the lavishly illustrated 40 page (including cover) digibook version of wearewhoweare featuring artwork from the Russian artist Anton Semenov.

Digibook orders also include a digital version of wearewhoweare. Upon pre-ordering you will instantly get the bonus Megamix featured as the soundtrack to the trailer video (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus a download of the complete album the moment it is released on Monday.

The album is also available as a value pack cd/download or just as a download.

Orders will be despatched from Monday 15th December to ensure Christmas delivery within the UK and hopefully EU.

Track List:
1. Shadow of the Sun
2. New Life
3. Harvest Moon
4. And I Wonder Why
5. Dominion
6. Wake Up Call
7. In Cold Blood
8. Winter Is Coming

Order wearewhoweare here:

And while you are at it, why not also check out the companion release itiswhatitis available as a value pack cd/download or just a download.

This is a unique chance to own instrumental versions of the tracks of the wearewhoweare album along with some demos, including an as yet to be completed track, Ghost In This House.

Upon ordering you will get an instant download of Undiscovered World a demo version of a track from the forthcoming Niall Mathewson Album Eclectic Electric” plus the complete album the moment it's released.

Track List:
1. New Life Prelude
2. Shadow of The Sun (Instrumental)
3. New Life (Instrumental)
4. Harvest Moon (Instrumental)
5. And I Wonder Why (Instrumental)
6. Dominion (Instrumental)
7. Wake Up Call (Instrumental)
8. In Cold Blood (Instrumental)
9. Winter Is Coming (Instrumental)
10. In Cold Blood Piano Demo
11. Ghost In This House Demo
12. Big City/Shadow of the Sun in Development
13. Undiscovered World - Demo from forthcoming Niall Mathewson Album

Order the itiswhatitis here:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pre-Order for The Psychedelic Ensemble New Release

Just over a year ago The Psychedelic Ensemble released The Tale of the Golden King, which found itself on many Top and Best of 2013 charts and polls worldwide, including here.

The Psychedelic Ensemble is now back with a fifth album, The Sunstone. The new release features TPE, vocalist Ann Caren, orchestra, and guest appearances from Michael Wilk of Steppenwolf and others. The Sunstone will be released in January 2015, and The Psychedelic Ensemble has just  announced that pre-orders are now available at their official website.

Visit The Psychedelic Ensemble Official Site for exciting pre-order options and savings.

Friday, November 21, 2014

King Crimson to Release Live Album of 2014 Tour

Robert Fripp has confirmed the release of a 40 minute single CD album featuring songs taken from King Crimson's 2014 North American tour.

Featuring Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, and Pat Mastelotto with Jakko Jakszyk on second guitar and vocals, the new live album will be released on the 13th of January 2015 via DGM Live.

Furthermore, the augmented King Crimson are also in the studio recording new songs. Three tracks are already in the can, as they say, with more to come. Another tour may be in the announced for 2015.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Steven Wilson Announces Completion of Album and Tour

Steven Wilson has announced that he will embark on a UK & European tour in March and April 2015 to coincide with the release of his long-awaited fourth solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. which is to be release in February 2015 on Kscope.

A special edition of the new album, recording of which was completed recently, will soon be available for pre-order.

Meanwhile, tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, the 21st of November, at 10 am. No announcements as of yet for a North American tour, but that news is surely forthcoming.

Steven Wilson had this to say:
We are currently developing a show that I hope will raise the bar both musically and visually from my previous tours, with a set list based around the new album (of course), as well as casting the net further back into my songwriting past for a few surprises.

To find out more about the UK & European tour, click here:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Beardfish Announce Release of New Album

Swedish progressive rockers Beardfish have been hard at work on the follow-up to 2013's The Void, and now they are pleased to reveal that their brand new eighth studio album, +4626-COMFORTZONE will be released in North America on the 27th of January 2015.

The band had this to say about the new album:
"The comfort zone is the invisible protective suit of negative thinking, almost like an entity of itself. It's been with you since birth: your parents and your teachers and your friends and your neighbours all teaching you the way the world works - this is how it is and will be and there's nothing you can do about it. The negative vibe is like a voice living inside of you, a companion through life. With time you start to like that voice and the place it takes you to: your comfort zone. I'm so sick and tired of it and I want to address it and maybe in that way start to work my way out of it"

The full track-listing for the album is as follows:

1.  The One Inside, Part 1: Noise in the Background
2.  Hold On
3.  Comfort Zone
4.  Can You See Me Now
5.  King
6.  The One Inside ,Part 2: My Companion Throughout Life
7.  Daughter Whore
8.  Ode to the Rock 'N' Roller
9.  If We Must Be Apart (A Love Story Continued)
10.  The One Inside, Part 3: Relief

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Pink Floyd's Louder Than Words Video Now Up

Pink Floyd have just released a video for Louder Than Words, the only song among all the instrumentals off of their new release The Endless River.

The album itself has received mixed reviews, and my take on it will be up shortly. Suffice to say that I find it is closer in spirit to older Floyd, from Wish You Were Here or Meddle.

Here is the video. Enjoy!

Pain of Salvation - Acoustic Dio cover "Holy Diver" Online

The much anticipated acoustic album Falling Home by Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation is being released today in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic. Here are the exact street days for all other territories:

Monday, November 10, 2014:
UK / Benelux / France / Greece / Denmark / Portugal / Norway / Rest of Europe.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014:
Italy / Spain / Poland.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

Friday, November 14, 2014:
Australia / New Zealand.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
North America

In order to celebrate the album's street date, another song off Falling Home has now been launched as promotional stream. Check out the pretty unique acoustic cover version of Dio's classic Holy Diver track via the website of UK's Metal Hammer magazine here:

Most recently, a very atmospheric video clip directed by Stefan Daniels for the acoustic version of the song 1979 was launched.

Falling Home is a very special album, which contains reimagined versions of favorite catalog songs, two cover versions (Holy Diver by Dio and Perfect Day by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (The title track, Falling Home).

Here is the track-listing for the US version of the release:

Pain of Salvation - Falling Home:
1. Stress
2. Linoleum
3. To the Shoreline
4. Holy Diver (Dio Cover)
5. 1979
6. She Likes to Hide (Bonus Physical-only Track)
7. Chain Sling
8. Perfect Day (Lou Reed Cover)
9. Spitfall
10. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
11. Flame to the Moth
12. King of Loss (Bonus Physical-only Track)
13. Falling Home

Pain of Salvation online:

Visit the InsideOut Shop:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

AudioPlastik's Debut Single Available for Pre-Order

Bad Elephant Music (BEM) are delighted to announce release dates for AudioPlastik’s debut album, In the Head of a Maniac, and also for a digital single, Now.

Available as a digital download from the BEM sales site and via iTunes and Amazon MP3, Now (backed with Leave Me Here) will be released on 17th November 2014. Chosen by the band as the ‘first fruits’ to be released of AudioPlastik’s many months of labour, both songs will give the listener a flavour of what’s to come.

You can pre-order Now at the Bad Elephant Music sales site at

All revenue generated by this single will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, a UK-based charity providing help to cancer sufferers and their families.

In the Head of a Maniac will be released on 2nd February 2015. Thirteen tracks of hard-hitting rock music, the album will be available on CD and as a download from the Bad Elephant Music sales site.

AudioPlastik is a collaboration between respected guitarist and vocalist Dec Burke (Darwin’s Radio, Frost* and respected solo artist), guitarist/bassist Simon Andersson (Darkwater, ex-Pain of Salvation) and Richard West, keyboard player with Threshold.  

Bad Elephant Music (BEM):
BEM on Facebook:
AudioPlastik on Facebook:

The Gentle Storm Reveal Album Art and Name

Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) have joined forces for new band The Gentle Storm, and they have now revealed the cover artwork for their debut album The Diary, which is due out early next year.

Arjen had this to say:
"I loved the front cover of the last Stream of Passion album, so I tracked down the cover artist, Alexandra V. Bach. I sent her some samples of the The Gentle Storm music, and explained the album concept. She made a moodboard that captured the feel of the story and the music. We then gave her the go-ahead to design the cover. She did an amazing job that exceeded our expectations: Alexandra's cover art represents The Gentle Storm perfectly!"
Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon's album Into The Electric Castle, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album 01011001, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.
Arjen Lucassen recently picked up the Virtuoso award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, in front of an audience that included Peter Gabriel & Rick Wakeman amongst other progressive rock legends. Last year saw the release of the latest album from his Ayreon project entitled The Theory Of Everything which featured guest appearances from the aforementioned Wakeman as well as Steve Hackett and Keith Emerson. 

Anneke Van Giersbergen has also had an extremely busy 12 months following the release of her latest solo album Drive, playing live across the world with her solo band, Devin Townsend Project, and with Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. She will also be playing a special anniversary show with former band The Gathering in November as well has having taken part in Devin Townsend's new album .

The Gentle Storm online:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Andy Jackson to Release New Studio Album

Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of Signal to Noise, the new studio album by twice Grammy nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson.

Signal to Noise is a fine, modern, progressive work, which draws on Andy Jackson’s exemplary work as an engineer and producer. Besides being an allusion to Andy’s sound engineering background, the title refers to many of the lyrical themes of the album. Andy explains: “The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album”.

Andy Jackson began his career at Utopia Studios in London, training under James Guthrie, a relationship that continues to this day with the duo being co-pilots of Pink Floyd’s sound. (on albums such as “The Final Cut”, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”, “The Division Bell”, “Pulse”, Roger Waters’ “The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking”, David Gilmour’s “About Face”, “On An Island”, “Live in Gdansk”). He is also engineer and a co-producer of the soon-to-be-released Pink Floyd album, The Endless River.

Along side his work with Pink Floyd and wider work as an engineer, he has recorded three albums, recorded with friends, as a musician in his own right: On the Surface, Obvious and Mythical Burrowing Animals.

The album will be released worldwide on November 3rd, 2014.

Track Listing:
1.    The Boy in the Forest
2.    One More Push
3.    Invisible Colours
4.    Spray Paint
5.    Herman at the Fountain
6.    It All Came Crashing Down
7.    Brownian Motion

View the Signal To Noise Video Trailer here:

Pre-order the album in CD & Deluxe CD/DVD Editions here:

Andy Jackson Official Facebook:

Esoteric Recordings:

New Video by Devin Townsend Project

With just a week to go till the release of Devin Townsend Project's on 27th October Worldwide, they are now pleased to reveal a track from the Sky Blue side of the double-album. You can check out the lyric video for Rejoice here:

Devin had this to say about the track:
Hey guys, here's the first song from Sky Blue, it's called Rejoice. The album in general is about fighting through the ugly moments, and I think this song kind of summarizes it.
Z2 was a very challenging record, but after intense personal scrutiny, I  feel very proud. It's the most accurate representation of a challenging time. rejoice! :)
Thanks for the support guys.
Devin Townsend will be in Montreal, Canada on the 1st of December. For other dates see his tour page:

Pre-orders for the album are now available from the following places:
InsideOutMusic Shop:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Haken Launch Crystallised Stream & Competition

London-based progressive metallers Haken are set to begin their UK & Ireland tour with Leprous & Maschine this week, before their new EP Restoration is released (on October 27th in Europe, November 10th in the US). To celebrate they have launched a stream of the longest track on the album Crystallised, as well as a competition to win a signed copy of the vinyl EP, a t-shirt & a poster.

Head to the band's site to hear the track and enter: 

The band also recently launched a brand new video for the track Darkest Light taken from that EP, and you can view that here:

The track list and playing times are as follows:
1. Darkest Light (6:44)
2. Earthlings (7:52)
3. Crystallised (19:23)

The final track is a no holds barred epic including guest 'cameo' appearances by Pete Rinaldi (Headspace) and Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic / Flying Colors).

The vinyl with CD is now available to pre-order:

The band is also about to embark on a run of UK & Irish dates with label-mates Leprous & Maschine. This will be the band's biggest run of dates in their own country yet and they can be found below:

Haken, Leprous & Maschine:
Presented by Prog Magazine
23rd October, 2014 - London, The Garage
24th October, 2014 - Leamington Spa, Assembly
26th October, 2014 - Bristol, The Fleece
27th October, 2014 - Wolverhampton, Robin 2
29th October, 2014 - Dublin, The Village
30th October, 2014 - Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
31st October, 2014 - Manchester, Club Academy
1st November, 2014 - Edinburgh, The Liquid Room
2nd November, 2014 - York, The Duchess

Haken online:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amplifier Release "The Meaning Of If" Lyric Video

Amplifier recently released their latest studio album Mystoria and are currently in the midst of a European tour with Knifeworld and Awooga before heading back to the UK for two big shows in London and Manchester.

To celebrate the band has launched a lyric video for the track The Meaning Of If which you can check out here:

Sel Balamir checks in from the tour with this: "This song's proving to be a live favorite already. Heavy and Groovy - that's what Amplifier are all about."

The tour dates left over are as follows:
Oct 15 Privatclub, Berlin, Germany  
Oct 16 Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands  
Oct 17 Cacaofabriek, Helmond, Netherlands  
Oct 18 Le Batofar Paris, France  
Nov 15 The Ritz, Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 16 The Forum, London, United Kingdom

The album is now available to order. The US version comes in a jewel case and is also available digitally. Imported copies of the Mediabook CD (including 2 bonus tracks) & a gatefold vinyl LP version (including the album on CD) are also available.

You can order the album physically and digitally at the links below:
Superball Music store:
Amazon MP3:

Visit Amplifier online:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

District 97 and John Wetton Release One More Red Nightmare Live CD

A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.

One More Red Night: Live in Chicago includes three songs from the iconic landmark album Red; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit 21st Century Schizoid Man. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.
“I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.” - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.
District 97's drummer and One More Red Night producer, Jonathan Schang, says “The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was Lament. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.”

Track List:
1. One More Red Nightmare
2. The Great Deceiver
3. Lament
4. The Night Watch
5. Fallen Angel
6. Book of Saturday
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man
8. Starless
9. Easy Money

To purchase District 97 & John Wetton One More Red Night: Live in Chicago:
Amazon US:
Amazon UK:
Cherry Red:
iTunes US:
iTunes UK:

District 97’s last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, The Perfect Young Man:

John Wetton’s last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson’s most iconic songs:

Official websites:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christiaan Bruin Releases Second Black Codex CD

On October 7th Christiaan Bruin (Chris, Sky Architect, Adeia, Nine Stones Close) released the second double CD in the four part series of The Black Codex.

The Black Codex tells the story of a young man (Ezio) who sets out to draw a map of the world, from a wooden flying machine. However, from the moment he meets Lev, his plans go completely awry. Lev has a mysterious insight in the patterns in which people behave and is a master of secret plans and schemes. Lev involves Ezio in his quest for an ancient book called The Black Codex. They encounter all kinds of villains, secret societies and mythic characters.

Originally setup as  a weekly digital release only the whole series will be released on 4 double CD's, packaged in a mini-album sleeve. Together with the fourth part a box and a book will become available. The series of double CD's will be released quarterly. Together with the last double CD a box and booklet will be released.

You can still subscribe and receive the weekly songs by going to The Black Codex website here:

Devin Townsend Launches Second Episode of ZTV

Two weeks ago, Devin Townsend launched the brand new Ziltoid website and the debut episode of ZTV. Today sees the release of the second episode of ZTV which you can view over at

Last week saw the release of the first track to be taken from the forthcoming album which is due out October 27, 2014 worldwide.

You can check out the video for Deathray here:

Pre-orders for the Z² album are now available from the following places:
BTW, Devin will be hitting Australia next week for a Guitar Clinic Masterclass tour
in all 5 major cities:
10/20 Brisbane @ The Princess Theatre
10/21 Sydney @ Paddington Town Hall
10/22 Melbourne @ St Kilda Town Hall
10/23 Adelaide @ The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel
10/25 Perth @ Hale School

Normal tickets and VIP packages can be purchased here:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pain of Salvation Announce Acoustic Album

Having just wrapped up a tour of North America (with dates across the USA, Canada and Mexico) and played at ProgPower Europe, Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation are now announcing their much anticipated acoustic album, Falling Home, which will released in Europe on November 10th, 2014 via the band’s longtime label partner InsideOutMusic.

Falling Home is a very special album, which contains reimagined versions of favourite catalogue-songs, two cover versions (Holy Diver by Dio and Perfect Day by Lou Reed) and a brand new song (The title track, Falling Home).

Falling Home track list:
1. Stress
2. Linoleum
3. To the Shoreline
4. Holy Diver
5. 1979
6. Chain Sling
7. Perfect Day
8. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
9. Flame to the Moth
10. Spitfall
11. Falling Home

Next to the Jewel Case CD and the Digital Download formats, Falling Home will be also available as limited edition Digipak CD with expanded artwork and two bonus tracks (She Likes to Hide and King of Loss) and also as limited Gatefold LP version on 180gr. vinyl. The pre-order for Falling Home starts on October 13th, 2014 here:

Upcoming shows for Pain of Salvation in Europe:
Nov. 10, 2014 Wroclaw (Poland) – International Drumfest
Nov. 11, 2014 Opole (Poland) – International Drumfest

More shows will be announced soon…

Pain  of Salvation are:
Daniel Gildenlöw – lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Ragnar Zolberg – acoustic guitars, vocals
Léo Margarit – drums, vocals
Daniel D2 Karlsson – rhodes, organs, vocals
Gustaf Hielm – acoustic basses, upright bass, vocals

Pain of Salvation on the

Adrian Belew Announces Massive North America Tour

Adrian Belew is happy to announce his first North American tour since the Crimson ProjeKCt tour of 2011. The tour runs from Oct 22 to Dec 21, coast to coast in the USA and hitting three Canadian Provinces.

The Adrian Belew Power Trio includes bassist Julie Slick and drummer Tobias Ralph, both virtuoso musicians, with a setlist celebrating Adrian’s massive body of work. Belew first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian’s signature tones, and his unique use of effects and whammy bar remain unique, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists.

Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans. From his first solo record The Lone Rhino to his current endeavors, his work pushes sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. His upcoming projects include his groundbreaking music app “Flux: Music that is never the same twice” and his effects suite for iPad “FLUX:fx”. The focus over the next few months however is to get out and burn onstage, city by city!

USA/Canada 2014 Tour dates below:

10/22/2014 Charlottesville, VA Southern Cafe 
10/23/2014 Vienna, VA Jammin Java
10/24/2014 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live 
10/25/2014 Boston, MA Sinclair (early show)
10/26/2014 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse 
10/28/2014 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
10/29/2014 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre 
10/30/2014 Buffalo, NY The Tralf
10/31/2014 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
11/01/2014 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music
11/02/2014 Turtle Lake, WI St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Event Ctr 
11/04/2014 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater 
11/07/2014 Vancouver, BC Rio Theatre 
11/08/2014 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater 
11/09/2014 Seattle, WA Triple Door 
11/11/2014 Sacramento, CA Harlows
11/12/2014 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
11/13/2014 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Club
11/14/2014 Santa Monica, CA McCabes Guitar Shop
11/15/2014 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave Big Bear
11/16/2014 San Diego, CA Casbah 
11/18/2014 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort Showroom
11/20/2014 Oklahoma City, OK Acadamy Of Contemporary Music @ UCO 
11/21/2014 St. Louis, MO Old Rockhouse
11/22/2014 Nashville, TN 12th & Porter 
12/03/2014 Asheville, NC New Mountain Theatre 
12/04/2014 Atlanta, GA Terminal West 
12/05/2014 Carborro, NC Cats Cradle 
12/06/2014 Annapolis, MD Rams Head
12/07/2014 Sellersville PA Sellersville Theater
12/09/2014 Dunellen, NJ NJProghouse Presents Roxy And Dukes 
12/10/2014 Bay Shore, NY YMCA Boulton Center
12/11/2014 Falls River, MA Narrows Center For The Arts 
12/12/2014 Laval, QC Salle Andre-Mathieu 
12/13/2014 Quebec City, QC Salle Sylvain Lelilevre
12/14/2014 Trois-Rivières, QC Salle J-Antonio Thompson
12/16/2014 Gatineau, QC Maison des Culture 
12/17/2014 Toronto, ON Mod Club 
12/18/2014 Ferndale, MI Magic Bag
12/19/2014 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
12/20/2014 Knoxville, TN The International 
12/21/2014 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre 

For more information:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Gentle Storm Sign Deal with InsideOutMusic

Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) recently revealed that they had joined forces for new band The Gentle Storm, and they can now reveal that they have signed a deal with InsideOutMusic for the release of their debut album early next year.

Arjen comments:
"We are thrilled to be able to strengthen our relationship with InsideOut Music as The Gentle Storm's label."
Anneke adds:
"We're in the middle of recording these amazing new songs and are very excited the label shows an equal amount of faith in this release. We can't wait for people to hear it and are happy this superb team will help us spread the word."
Having originally worked together back in 1998 on Ayreon's album Into the Electric Castle, and reconvening again for the seventh Ayreon album 01011001, The Gentle Storm sees the duo collaborate for a full double-album that will see the light of day next year. Anneke will also take the music on the road in 2015, backed by a band of Dutch musicians; however Arjen himself will not take part.

Last year saw the release of the latest album from his Ayreon project entitled The Theory of Everything which featured guest appearances from Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett and Keith Emerson, among others.

Anneke Van Giersbergen has also had an extremely busy 12 months following the release of her latest solo album Drive, playing live across the world with her solo band, Devin Townsend Project, and with Daniel Cavanagh of Anathema. She will also be playing a special anniversary show with former band The Gathering in November as well has having taken part in Devin Townsend's forthcoming new album .

The Gentle Storm online:

InsideOutMusic online:

Spock's Beard Return to the East Coast at Long Last

Spock's Beard will be performing at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Monday, October 27th. This follows their Saturday evening appearance at the first annual Progtoberfest in Chicago, IL on October 25th.

For ticket and other venue information:

For ticket and related information on Progtoberfest:

The band are soon embarking on the recording of their 12th studio album, due out in mid-2015. Their latest album, Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, was released in March 2013 on InsideOut.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Devin Townsend Project Launch Intergalactic Lyric Video for 'Deathray'‏

Devin Townsend Project are extremely pleased to reveal a very special lyric video for the track Deathray taken from the "Dark Matters" half of their forthcoming album , which is due for release on October 27 worldwide. That video can be viewed here:

Last week also saw the launch of a brand new website dedicated to Ziltoid and included the much anticipated first episode of ZTV. Head over there now to view it and look out for more episodes and content in the coming weeks:

Pre-orders for the album are now available from the following places:


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