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:

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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.  

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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: