Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Knifeworld Annouce London Album Launch

London-based psychedelic octet Knifeworld recently announced that their third studio album Bottled Out of Eden, will be released on InsideOut Music on the April 22nd, 2016. You can now view the new teaser trailer for the record.

The band have also announced a special album launch show at London's Bush Hall on Thursday, May 12th, which will feature their biggest production yet plus a lot of surprises from the Knifeworld back catalogue. Tickets on sale 10am UK time Wednesday, Feb 17th, here:

Bottled Out of Eden full track-listing:
1. High/Aflame
2. The Germ Inside
3. I Am Lost
4. The Deathless
5. Foul Temple
6. Vision of the Bent Path
7. I Must Set Fire to Your Portrait
8. Lowered Into Necromancy
9. A Dream About a Dream
10. Secret Words
11. Feel the Sorcery

The follow-up to 2014's The Unravelling, described by The Guardian as "an ingenious, joyful exercise in exploratory zeal", Bottled Out of Eden fuses elements of English psychedelic pop, folk and art rock, with NY minimalist-inspired horn arrangements and typically unconventional song structures that take full advantage of the bands 8-piece line-up. The tail end of last year saw that full band out on tour in the UK with their friends in Vennart where they road-tested several songs from the album.

The full line-up of Knifeworld is as follows:
Kavus Torabi
Melanie Woods
Emmett Elvin
Chloe Herington
Charlie Cawood
Oliver Sellwood
Ben Woollacott
Josh Perl

Tour dates will be announced in the coming months!

Knifeworld online:

Monday, February 15, 2016

Heliopolis Announce Live Album on BEM Label

Heliopolis was conceived in the summer of 2012 by bassist Kerry Chicoine following his departure from his previous band Mars Hollow. Joined by former Mars Hollow drummer Jerry Beller and Gabble Ratchet keyboardist/vocalist Matt Brown, the three musicians set out with the intent of forming an Emerson, Lake and Palmer style trio. Those plans were quickly derailed after guitarist Michael Matier (formerly of Ten Jinn) and vocalist Scott Jones (formerly of Rocket Scientists) signed on, and Heliopolis was officially born.

They soon achieved widespread critical acclaim with the release of their first album, City of the Sun. Quickly establishing a powerfully progressive style, their sound  was an instant classic, as was made clearer than ever in a coruscating performance at RoSFest 2015 – a performance which is  immortalised in a new live album, Epic at the Majestic: Heliopolis Live at RoSFest.

Bassist Kerry Chicoine had this to say:
"All of us are excited to be partnering with Bad Elephant Music for the release of our live album. For a relatively new label with an incredibly diverse and unquestionably talented roster, BEM have forged their own unique path and they're now at the forefront of the progressive rock music scene. We're hoping this is the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership."
Epic at the Majestic: Heliopolis Live at RoSFest is slated for a June 2016 release. Mixed by Michael Matier and mastered by Mike Bozzi at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Los Angeles), the album is intended to act as a calling card indicating the band’s formidable performance skills and ability to execute complex material in front of a live audience with passion, skill, enthusiasm and humour.

The band are spending 2016 writing the follow-up to City of the Sun with the intent of a mid-2017 release date.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Enid Announce Trilogy's End with Dust

The Enid have announced the release of new album Dust, the third and final chapter of their trilogy started in 2010 with Journey’s End and followed by Invicta in 2012. Dust, The Enid’s 14th studio record, is out on 1st April on the band’s Operation Seraphim label, closely following 2015’s The Bridge.
Dust represents The Enid at their very best, as they distance themselves from all preconceptions associated with the early instrumental phase of their career.

Full Tracklist:
1. Born in the Fire
2. Someone Shall Rise
3. Monsters
4. 1000 Stars
5. When the World is Full
6. Trophy
7. Heavy Hearts

The current Dust Tour is an eccentric, ambitious audio-visual production directed by TV illusionist Simon Drake (Secret Cabaret), who previously worked with Kate Bush on her Tour of Life. The show is an acknowledgement to the band’s fan club The Enidi; members will receive 10% discount on tickets and access to an exclusive intimate after-show reception on the last date of the tour, at London Cadogan Hall on 2nd April.
Says The Enid founder Robert John Godfrey:
“Dust is the last in the Journey’s End trilogy, telling the story of the band’s generational voyage from the past into the . Needless to say this has been very much an evolutionary tale with many surprises along the way. This is by far the best of these albums.”

Dust Tour dates:
Jan 30: Birmingham, The Crescent Theatre
Feb 5: Bury St. Edmunds, The Apex
Feb 13: St. Helens, The Citadel
Feb 26: Leeds, Carriageworks Theatre
Mar 5: Glasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) - This show will be a standing event.
Mar 18: Bristol, The Redgrave Theatre
Apr 2: London, Cadogan Hall

The Enid on the web:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Rick Wakeman to Re-Record Myths & Legends of Arthur

As he did a couple of years ago with Journey to the Center of the Earth, Rick Wakeman has decided to re-record his popular Myths & Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. And as he did with Journey, there will be 5 new songs added to the other well-known songs.

All the music will be recorded with a full symphonic orchestra, band, choir, and vocalists.

This time around, Rick is partnering with PledgeMusic to allow pre-orders of the album, as well as other surprises.

Speaking about the project, Wakeman had this to say:

"It has always been in my mind to re-record and once again perform an extended version of King Arthur, as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic… and if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the première performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival."

Pledges start at £10 for a Digital Download of the album, up to £5,000 pounds for an Executive Producer credit, with everything imaginable in between the two. For those outside the UK, amounts automatically change to your own currency exchange.

As of this writing (February 12th) there are 87 days left to pledge, and only 27% of the goal has been reached.

Pre-order the new Myths & Legends here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Haken Announce New Album and Tour Dates

Haken are pleased to announce the release of Affinity, their fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 album The Mountain, on April 29th, 2016.  Head over to the band's website to discover a teaser for the album: http://hakenmusic.com/haken-album-four-press-release

Since releasing their highly praised EP Restoration in 2014, Haken have been making waves on the live circuit, including appearances at high-profile festivals such as Hellfest, Ramblin' Man Fair, Be Prog! My Friend and Cruise to the Edge as well as supporting the likes of Between The Buried & Me and The Neal Morse Band, a double headline UK tour with Leprous, and their first North American headline tour.

Like much of Haken's previous music, Affinity is full of surprises and The Architect, the album's centrepiece, is no exception. Blasting through a dizzying array of instrumental insanity coupled with down-tempo atmospheric tenuity, Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals! Just one of many twists and turns throughout this 60-minute musical lobotomy, Haken's Affinity will open up a new dimension in this UK sextet's trajectory.

Affinity will arrive as a Limited Edition Digipak (incl. bonus disc with instrumentals), 180g Gatefold 2 LP Edition (incl. album on CD), Standard CD Jewel Case, Digital Download and Deluxe Digital Download (incl. instrumental version of the album as bonus).

Affinity full track-listing:
1. affinity.exe [1:24]       
2. Initiate [4:16]
3. 1985 [9:09]
4. Lapse [4:44]
5. The Architect [15:40]
6. Earthrise [4:48]
7. Red Giant [6:06]
8. The Endless Knot [5:50]
9. Bound By Gravity [9:29]

The band have also confirmed their first European tour dates, and you can find those below:

26.05.16  London, The Garage [UK]
27.05.16  Zoetermeer, Boerderij [NL]
29.05.16  Paris, Divan du monde [FR]
30.05.16  Pratteln, Z7 [CH]
31.05.16  Lyon, Marché Gare [FR]
02.06.16  Barcelona, Razz 2 [ESP]
03.06.16  Madrid, Caracol [ESP]
04.06.16  Minnuendo Festival [ESP]
06.06.16  Milan, Legend Club [ITA]
07.06.16  Munich, Backstage [GER]
08.06.16  Karlsruhe, Substage [GER]
09.06.16  Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal [GER]
10.06.16  Berlin, Maschinenhaus [GER]
11.06.16  Warsaw, Progresija [POL]
14.06.16  Stockholm, Bryggarsalen [SWE]
15.06.16  Oslo, John Dee [NOR]
16.06.16  Copenhagen, Spillestedet Stengade [DEN]
17.06.16  Hamburg, Logo [GER]
18.06.16  Cologne, Gebäude 9 [GER]
19.06.16  Stone Free Festival [UK]

Look out for more information in the coming weeks.

Haken online:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Long Distance Calling Announce New Album and Tour

German Post/Math rockers Long Distance Calling have recently announced that their new album TRIPS will be released on April 29th 2016 via InsideOut Music. The album will be released as a limited mediabook CD with one bonus track, as a gatefold 2LP with etching, and as digital download with two bonus tracks.

The full track-listing for TRIPS is as follows:
1.  Getaway
2.  Reconnect
3.  Rewind
4.  Trauma
5.  Lines
6.  Presence
7.  Momentum
8.  Plans
9.  Flux

Further to this, the band would also like to announce the first European tour dates in support of the new album, and you can find those below:

28th April - Skater's Palace, Münster, Germany
29th April - Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
30th April - Mau Club, Rostock, Germany
2nd May - UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
3rd May - Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
4th May - Kulturkirche, Köln, Germany
5th May - Backstage Halle, München, Germany
6th May - Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
7th May - KiFF, Aarau, Switzerland
9th May - 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
10th May - Boston Music Room, London, UK
11th May - Exchange, Bristol, UK
12th May - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
13th May - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK

Look out for more info in the coming weeks!

Long Distance Calling online:www.longdistancecalling.de/

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Headspace Announce New Album

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.

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:

Guitarist Pete Rinaldi had this to say:
"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:
01. Road to Supremacy
02. Your Life Will Change
03. Polluted Alcohol
04. Kill You With Kindness
05. The Element
06. The Science Within Us
07. Semaphore
08. The Death Bell
09. The Day You Return
10. All That You Fear Is Gone
11. Borders and Days
12. Secular Souls

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.

Headspace Online:

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Gathering's TG25 Live Out Now

As of today The Gathering's new live album TG25: Live at Doornroosje is available for purchase.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band, they recorded this album live with the help of past and present members. This release comes as a double CD and also as a triple vinyl. The CD version is a beautiful designed digi-file with 52 page booklet filled with photo's made that day, by several photographers, among them Marcus Moonen (known for The Gathering's famous Heroes for Ghost video).

The LP version consist of a triple coloured (limited) or black vinyl, in 3 separate sleeves, all fitting nicely in a slipcase. Also included with a 30x30 cm 16 page booklet with live photo material.

2.Strange Machines
4.Nighttime Birds
5.The Mirror Waters
6.King for a Day
7.Even the Spirits Are Afraid
8.Broken Glass
9.Heroes for Ghosts

3.On Most Surfaces (Inuit)
4.Paper Waves
6.In Motion #1
8.Waking Hour
9.I Can See Four Miles

3LP Tracklisting:
side A:
2.Strange Machines

side B:
1.Nighttime Birds
2.The Mirror Waters
3.King for a Day

side C:
1.Even the Spirits Are Afraid
2.Broken Glass
3.Heroes for Ghosts

side D:
3.On Most Surfaces (Inuit)
4.Paper Waves

side E:
2.In Motion #1

side F:
1.Waking Hour
2.I Can See Four Miles

You can listen to the album and buy it as a digital download at the band's bandcamp page: https://thegathering.bandcamp.com/album/tg25-live-at-doornroosje

The Gathering on the net:

Nine Stones Close Sign to Bad Elephant Music

Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce the latest addition to their lineup: Anglo-Dutch neo-progressive outfit Nine Stones Close.

Conceived in 2008 as a solo project by guitarist Adrian Jones, Nine Stones Close quickly grew into a fully-fledged band with their acclaimed second album Traces, listed among Prog Magazine’s top 20 albums of 2011. Returning with a refreshed lineup after a four-year hiatus following their last album, 2012’s One Eye on the Sunrise, the band’s fourth studio album, Leaves, puts a new twist on an already unique and distinctive sound: rich, elegant soundscapes with a subtle psychedelic edge.

Says Jones himself:
Nine Stones Close are delighted to be joining such a vibrant and forward thinking label who are passionate about their music, their artists, and working together to deliver great music to as many people as possible. We are really excited about working together with BEM on the release of our forthcoming album!”

David Elliott of BEM adds:
Nine Stones Close are a band that really do resist pigeonholing. I’ve been following them since the beginning and I’m excited to see this latest development in their musical evolution, and overjoyed to have them joining the Bad Elephant family.”

Leaves is scheduled for release in late spring, 2016. In the meantime a digital single, Complicated is available for purchase via Bandcamp . The single comes with a ‘B side’, an acoustic version of the title track from One Eye on the Sunrise, featuring new vocalist Aio O’Shaughnessy.

Nine Stones Close on the net:
Nine Stones Close website
Facebook Twitter: @NineStonesClose