This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2019/10/22/steve-hackett-genesis-revisited-band-orchestra-live-at-the-royal-festival-hall/

Ask any seasoned Genesis fan about their favourite Genesis era and they invariably speak of those golden years in the ’70s. Inevitably much of the focus, at that time, was on charismatic frontman Peter Gabriel and then Phil Collins, who stepped out from behind his drum kit to launch himself to mega-star status.

Whilst attention is naturally drawn to the Gabriel albums, from Trespass to Lamb, the first two Collins albums, too, were classics and, Trespass aside, another common element running through this period was guitarist Steve Hackett who brought such colour and intricate patterns to the musicality, something sadly missing from the more commercial Genesis albums of later years.

With the likelihood of Genesis ever performing live again close to zero, it remains for Steve Hackett to carry the flame for this treasured musical catalogue to be experienced in a live setting. And now Steve is set to release a 2CD plus Blu-Ray digipak titled Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall, a live souvenir of his extraordinary 2018 tour.

“This is probably the one and only time I’ll ever tour with an orchestra,” Steve Hackett told me ahead of the tour. The decision to undertake the tour was cemented following the critical success of the previous year’s one-off U.S. performance and the chance to fulfil a long-held ambition of Steve’s to perform this music with an orchestra.

“I started to get interested in orchestras when I was a kid,” Steve explained. “I never wanted to go the route of the conservatory and the academy and study piano. Guitar was always a symbol of freedom, so I always came to it instinctively. Pete had something special, (when he departed) I missed him greatly, yet at the same time it gave one more space. I was starting to write more and more, and having more of a hand in the direction of the band.

“But I wanted to take it a stage further. I wanted to have a parallel solo career but that wasn’t on offer at the time. I had a choice to make and I had to see where my own personal development would lead. I was leaving not because I was at odds with the Genesis music, far from it, there was so much really great stuff. I had hoped that the band might one day become an orchestra, instead of getting smaller and smaller. You play yourself into a corner that way.”

Forty years on from his departure, Steve finally realised that ambition with an eight date U.K. tour including The Royal Festival Hall, London, where this masterpiece was recorded on 5th October 2018. The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

The tracks themselves need little introduction, this is the classic Genesis era but with a rich texture and power that could only come from a live orchestra. The album opens with Hackett’s distinctive notes from Dance On A Volcano, the first track of the post-Gabriel Genesis era, and continues with two from Hackett’s extensive solo catalogue: Out of the Body, a pacey piece augmented by some fine brass from the orchestra and Hitchcock Psycho-like strings before Rob Townsend’s measured sax solo introduces The Steppes. Gary O’Toole’s thumping beat marks the time for a thorough investigation of the power that a live orchestra can produce, yet still leaving space for Hackett’s soaring guitar as the piece marches to a triumphant conclusion.

Time to raid Hackett’s personal favourite Genesis album, Selling England By the Pound. The tone of Nad Sylvan’s voice is not unlike Gabriel’s in many ways and fits perfectly to the classic Genesis pieces. Hackett’s solo on Firth of Fifth is a highlight of one of the best tracks from that album and sounds incredible with the support of the orchestra. The orchestra again adds a richness to Dancing With the Moonlit Knight, a showcase for Hackett’s detailed guitar flurries which were such a feature of Selling England.

A brief Segovia-esque acoustic solo precedes Hackett’s lovely guitar intro to Blood on the Rooftops before Amanda Lehmann provides the vocals on Hackett’s early solo classic Shadow of the Heirophant and more stunning guitar work from Hackett.

The second set begins with the jazzy In That Quiet Earth… with Bradley Thachuk showcasing the full range of the orchestra before the piece leads, naturally, into the sedate Afterglow. The delightful Serpentine Song and the explosive El Niño are also from Hackett’s solo catalogue. The second set concludes with the epic Supper’s Ready from Genesis’ Foxtrot album. Again the orchestra adds rich textures, detail and depth to supplement the band while Sylvan’s vocal delivery is spot on.

The encore piece is The Musical Box, the very first track from Hackett’s Genesis debut album Nursery Cryme, way back in 1971. Hackett’s stunning solo reminds us of just what he brought to Genesis from the very outset.

What a wonderful souvenir of this unique tour for those who were fortunate enough to catch one of the shows, and a compelling listening for everyone who did not.

“I’m really proud to release this,” said Steve. “It was a fantastic experience for both the band and myself to play alongside an orchestra and to feel the power of the sound this extraordinary combo created. It sounds equally compelling on both film and audio.”

The Blu-Ray digipak also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for Under the Eye of the Sun, Beasts In Our Time and Peace. The DVD features the concert in stereo and 5.1 audio only.

TRACK LISTING
CD 1

01. Dance On A Volcano (6:36)
02. Out of the Body (2:30)
03. The Steppes (7:16)
04. Firth of Fifth (10:44)
05. Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (8:33)
06. Blood on the Rooftops (6:12)
07. Shadow of the Hierophant (11:27)

Time – 53:18

CD 2
01. In That Quiet Earth (5:20)
02. Afterglow (4:24)
03. Serpentine Song (7:10)
04. El Niño (4:04)
05. Supper’s Ready (28:01)
06. The Musical Box (12:08)

Time – 61:07

Total Time – 118:25

MUSICIANS
Steve Hackett – Guitars, Vocals
Roger King – Keyboards
Gary O’Toole – Drums, Percussion
Rob Townsend – Saxes
Jonas Reingold – Bass, 12-string Guitar
Nad Sylvan – Vocals
~ with:
John Hackett – Flute
Amanda Lehmann – Guitar, Vocals
Heart Of England Orchestra – Conducted by Bradley Thachuk

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: InsideOut Music
Formats: 2CD + Blu-Ray Digipak | 2CD + DVD Multibox
Date of Release: 25th October 2019

LINKS
Steve Hackett – Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett is currently finishing his North American dates and about to embark upon the UK leg of his tour performing his favourite Genesis album ‘Selling England by the Pound.’ He will also play songs from his solo album ‘Spectral Mornings’, which celebrates its 40th anniversary along with tracks from the current album, ‘At the Edge of Light’.

Today, he presents another clip from the forthcoming live release ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’, Steve comments: “The huge team with band and orchestra adds a rich beauty to the ambience of “Afterglow”, one of my favourite Genesis songs.

Watch the clip for ‘Afterglow’ here: https://youtu.be/6b_qf3W2omg

‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’ will be released on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic, this release will be available as 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak and 2CD + DVD Multibox internationally, and 2CD + Blu-Ray + DVD in North America.

The album was recorded on 5th October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra. The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

Watch the recently released clip for ‘The Steppes’ here: https://youtu.be/jxDSBKNl54I

Pre-orders for ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’ are available below:
Band store: https://store.hackettsongs.com/
InsideOutMusic store: http://bit.ly/HackettIOMshop
Buy / Stream / Download: https://stevehackett.lnk.to/GenesisRevisitedBandOrchestraLiveID

Set 1:
Dance On A Volcano
Out Of The Body
The Steppes
Firth Of Fifth
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Blood On The Rooftops
Shadow Of The Hierophant

Set 2:
In That Quiet Earth
Afterglow
Serpentine Song
El Niño
Supper’s Ready

Encore:
The Musical Box

The Blu-Ray also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for ‘Under the Eye of the Sun’, ‘Beasts in our Time’ and ‘Peace’ from the ‘At the Edge of Light’ album as extra!

Right after his North American tour, Steve Hackett will return to the UK in November with many shows sold out already, please visit http://hackettsongs.com/tour.html for a full list of upcoming dates and ticket information.

STEVE HACKETT 2019 Genesis Revisited – touring ‘Selling England by the Pound’ & ‘Spectral Mornings’ & album highlights
2 November – Waterside, Aylesbury, UK – * SOLD OUT *
3 November – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, UK – * SOLD OUT *
5 November – City Hall, Sheffield, UK
6 November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
8 November – De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK
9 November – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK – * SOLD OUT *
11 November – Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK – * SOLD OUT *
12 November – Dome, Brighton, UK
13 November – Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
15 November – City Hall, Salisbury, UK – * SOLD OUT *
16 November – Hexagon, Reading, UK – * SOLD OUT *
18 November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK – * SOLD OUT *
19 November – Barbican, York, UK
20 November – Forum, Bath, UK
22 November – Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK
23 November – The Sage, Gateshead, UK – * SOLD OUT *
25 November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
26 November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK – * SOLD OUT *
27 November – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK
29 November – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London, UK

STEVE HACKETT Online:
www.hackettsongs.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589
www.twitter.com/HackettOfficial
http://hackettsongs.com/tour.html

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After a successful run of shows in support of their current album “Wasteland” across Germany, Polish progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have announced a next European tour for February & March 2020. This is the message from the band:


“And so we are returning with the final edition of the “Wasteland Tour”. The last shows in Europe promoting our seventh studio album will take place in countries where the sun shines on a regular basis, hence the name of the tour – WASTELAND – WITH THE SUN TOUR 2020.
We’re counting on the sun to come out already in February and March 🙂

In our song “Acid Rain” you can hear the following words:


Living in a fallen land
With fallen minds
In an uncertain place without the sun
Where are we now?

Well, firstly, in this case, “without” wouldn’t make sense, secondly – if we still don’t know where we are now, we know for sure where we will be in February and March 2020 🙂 We are truly happy to be going back to Spain, Italy, the Balkans, and finally, after a few (too many) years of absence, to Greece and Turkey. We’re preparing for you: a new setlist and lots of surprises!”


Here is a list of those upcoming dates as well as a newly announced run of shows in Poland for April:


RIVERSIDE – WASTELAND
WITH THE SUN TOUR 2020

26.02. Madrid (Spain) – MON Live
27.02. Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
29.02. Milano (Italy) – Legend Club
01.03. Treviso (Italy) – New Age Club
03.03. Lubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
05.03. Zagreb (Croatia) – Tvornica Kulture
06.03. Novi Sad (Serbia) – Pozorište Mladih
07.03. Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club Theater
08.03. Athens (Greece) – Gagarin 205 Live Music Space
10.03. Istanbul (turkey) – Zorlu PAC
11.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – Music Jam Club
12.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club
13.03. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – /FORM SPACE
15.03. Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/with-the-sun-tour-2020


RIVERSIDE – “I’m Your Private Wasteland Tour 2020”
16.04. Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
17.04. Gliwice (Poland) – Arena Gliwice
18.04. Kraków (Poland) – Studio
19.04. Warszawa (Poland) – Progresja
25.04. Gdansk (Poland) – Stary Manez
26.04. Poznan (Poland) – Sala Ziemi


In other news, RIVERSIDE will soon be releasing a special edition 2CD+DVD version of the “Wasteland” album on November 29th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.


The ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD will come as Digipak format with Slipcase and includes a DVD bonus disc of “Wasteland” as Hi-Res Stereo 24bit version and as Surround Mix (4.1), plus 3 video clips. This special edition also contains 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions on a separate CD. Here is the exact tracklisting for the 3-Disc release:


CD 1 – “Wasteland” Album (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (04:24)
5. Lament (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (09:32)
7. River Down Below (05:41)
8. Wasteland (08:25)
9. The Night Before (03:59)


CD 2 – “Acoustic Session” (26:48 min.):
1. Vale Of Tears – Acoustic (05:18)
2. Out Of Myself – Acoustic (03:57)
3. 02 Panic Room – Acoustic (03:26)
4. River Down Below – Acoustic (05:01)
5. Wasteland – Live Intro (09:00)


DVD (122:20 min.): 
“Wasteland” Hi-Res Stereo (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Hi-Res Stereo) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:24)
5. Lament (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Hi-Res Stereo) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Hi-Res Stereo) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Hi-Res Stereo) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Hi-Res Stereo) (03:59)

“Wasteland” Surround Mix (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Surround Mix) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Surround Mix) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Surround Mix) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Surround Mix) (04:24)
5. Lament (Surround Mix) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Surround Mix) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Surround Mix) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Surround Mix) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Surround Mix) (03:59)


Video-Clips (20:24 min.):
1. Lament (Official Video) (06:11)
2. River Down Below (Official Video) (05:40)
3. Wasteland (Official Video) (08:33)


The 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions of the “Acoustic Session” will also made available as separate Digital EP on November 29th, 2019 as well.


The pre-order for both these upcoming RIVERSIDE releases is available here:


”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD:
https://Riverside.lnk.to/WastelandHi-ResStereoAndSurroundMix


“Acoustic Session” Digital EP:
https://Riverside.lnk.to/AcousticSessionEP


Or order “Wasteland“ in its various formats here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland


Check out the singles launched for RIVERSIDE’s “Wasteland” here:
“Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8
“River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc
“Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY
And watch a live clip for “Wasteland” here: https://youtu.be/-ygv3BBqv3U


RIVERSIDE online:
http://www.riversideband.pl
http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl
https://www.instagram.com/riversideband.pl

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Progressive rock legends THE FLOWER KINGS are pleased to present ‘Miracles For America’, the second track from the group’s much anticipated new studio double-album ‘Waiting For Miracles’, which will be released on InsideOutMusic on the 8th November 2019. The album is comprised of 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden – a vintage studio space owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson.

Roine Stolt says about the almost 10min long track:
‘Miracles For America’ was born out of some of my later demo sessions. When I started to work on the musical idea I felt it had some weird tonal and rhythmical connections to ‘West Side Story’ or even ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ – but with prog instrumentations – some of those musicals that had a true American flavor. But at the time I wrote the lyrics we’re already deep into the debate – ‘does the US have the right leadership? – What is happening there!?’
The guys in charge, the ‘big fish’ were swirling around the golden calf ’til they got dizzy.
So as I sit in my studio, I cannot disconnect from the world around – the song has to be
connected, wired into this NOW – in some ways. Furthermore – as I have told before – most of the lyrics on this disc were immediately recorded – made up in the spirit of the moment – like a conversation with another self.

Enjoy ‘Miracles For America’ here:
YouTube – https://youtu.be/vTcAXEb6amE
Spotify – http://bit.ly/TFKMiraclesForAmericaSpotify
Apple Music – https://theflowerkings.lnk.to/WaitingForMiracles/AppleMusic
Deezer – http://bit.ly/TFKMiraclesForAmericaDeezer

“Waiting For Miracles” is available as 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album.
Order your format of choice below: https://theflowerkings.lnk.to/WaitingForMiracles

The following limited coloured vinyl editions are still available:
200x red @ InsideOut Shop Germany – http://bit.ly/TFK-IOMShop
100x yellow @ JustForKicks Germany – http://bit.ly/TFK_JFK
Light blue and orange vinyl are sold out!

Furthermore, the band, currently comprised of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins & Mirko DeMaio will be heading out on tour this December with label-mates KAYAK.
The two bands will perform 12 dates across 6 countries, and you find the full list of shows below, tickets on sale now:

01.12.2019 – Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
02.12.2019 – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
03.12.2019 – OK Andaluzia, Piekary Slaskie, Poland
04.12.2019 – Klub U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
06.12.2019 – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands
07.12.2019 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
08.12.2019 – Scala, London, UK
09.12.2019 – Piano, Dortmund, Germany
10.12.2019 – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
11.12.2019 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
12.12.2019 – Brewhouse, Gothenburg, Sweden
14.12.2019 – Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden

The Flower Kings started as an outlet for guitarist/singer/composer Roine Stolt in 1994 – a time when prog-rock wasn’t mere history, nor a dirty word. The band quickly gained momentum and was one of a handful of bands helping to revive the progressive rock scene worldwide. Roine has since collaborated with a host of legendary musicians across various projects, including his acclaimed 2015 album with Yes-legend Jon Anderson, progressive-rock supergroup Transatlantic alongside Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy & Pete Trewavas, and a year as bass player with Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The Flower Kings however, has always felt like home for Roine and the other band veterans Jonas Reingold & Hasse Fröberg.

THE FLOWER KING’s online:
https://www.roinestolt.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings
https://www.songkick.com/artists/84715-flower-kings
https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/52676-the-flower-kings

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Bent Knee, the Boston-based sextet that Brooklyn Vegan called “a true powerhouse,” have released their new album, You Know What They Mean via InsideOutMusic.
To celebrate they have launched a video for the track ‘Catch Light’, watch it now here:
https://youtu.be/ACk8LBO-C3A

On this album we wanted to do more with less,” explains Vince Welch (synth/guitar/production). “For ‘Catch Light’, we traded some of the more cerebral forms and rhythms we’ve used in the past for something more guttural. We’re really happy with how director Adam Peditto and producer Katie Dvorak (of The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die) captured this approach in the video as well.

We were in the best place that we’ve been in,” says singer and keyboard player Courtney Swain of the new album. “In terms of people and as a group, where I think we learned to pick our battles and just have fun writing this. So this album really portrays us as people, in addition to our music, a lot more than any of our other records. We’re a big group with a lot of different personalities and a lot of voices, but our music brings us together. On the past albums, you could hear the music, but you couldn’t really hear who we are.

Watch the Ben Levin-created video for ‘Bone Rage’ here: https://youtu.be/8W1KaM_C7uA

Watch the video for ‘Hold Me In’, directed by Kelsey Hunter Ayres, here:
https://youtu.be/Q63OhjXmjw4

On ‘You Know What They Mean’, the outfit’s myriad influences are distilled into a deeply moving art-form that defies categorization, merging texture and style into music that’s thrilling, addictive, and unapologetically original. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals again prove to be instantly arresting whereas guitarist Ben Levin, bassist Jessica Kion, drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth, violinist Chris Baum and sound designer Vince Welch (who also mixed the album) shine with an expert performance that brilliantly fuses a vibrant selection of moods and dynamics.

‘You Know What They Mean’ is available as a Limited Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold LP + CD & as digital album, featuring the previously released single ‘Catch Light’ & artwork by Riki Nitabaru. Order now here: https://bent-knee.lnk.to/YouKnowWhatTheyMean

You can see the full track-listing below:

1. Lansing
2. Bone Rage
3. Give Us The Gold
4. Hold Me In
5. Egg Replacer
6. Cradle Of Rocks
7. Lovell
8. lovemenot
9. Bird Song
10. Catch Light
11. Garbage Shark
12. Golden Hour
13. It Happens

The band recently announced a North American tour for later this year alongside Thank You Scientist & The Tea Club, as well as an album launch show in Boston. Find the full list of shows here: https://www.bentkneemusic.com

Bent Knee formed in Boston in 2009 as a collaborative determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock, combining all their influences into a seamless, thrilling whole. The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Their last three albums, 2017’s Land Animal, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements, and the band continues to be garnished with praise for their live show, performing hundreds of concerts worldwide to date.

Mind boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table– NPR

The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness– The Wall Street Journal

Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground– The Boston Globe

BENT KNEE online:
http://www.bentkneemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BentKneeMusic/
https://www.instagram.com/bentkneemusic/

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Today, Norwegian Rock outfit LEPROUS are launching a new, third single entitled “Distant Bells” off their sixth and most ambitious studio album “Pitfalls”, which is to be released on October 25th, 2019 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Listen to “Distant Bells” here:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/r8HUeCKNxVw
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0OKxLPUTY7m87rOgnH9RPK

LEPROUS checked in to comment about the song as follows:

Simen Børven (Bass): “The instrumental part of Distant Bells is a compilation of my musical background. Influences from Nordic Jazz and Symphonic Pop infuses the attempt of stretching an extremely simple idea, from almost nothing, to an explosion towards the ending of the song. To me the composition is like an evolution from a single self-replicating cell into a complex sentient being.

Einar Solberg (Vocals/Synth): “It was both challenging and very refreshing to work on “Distant Bells”, as the main instrumental idea didn’t come from me. It opened up new doors of creativity within myself and it was very exciting to do the melody and lyrics for this track. It’s a very different LEPROUS track, and it turned out to be one of my personal favourites. Simen has a different musical background than myself, and our contradictions are probably what made this song shine so bright.

Also check out the album’s first single “Below” in a video directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz / Grupa13 (Behemoth, Kreator, Amon Amarth) here: https://youtu.be/4nPwBSaJmgI

And the album’s previous second single “Alleviate” can be checked out in a video directed by Troll Toftenes / Vardøger Story Agency here: https://youtu.be/12eFq16CXSU

“Pitfalls” was once again recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), but this time mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Deaf Havana). The cover artwork is a painting from Indonesian artist Elicia Edijanto. The album’s regular track-listing reads as follows:

LEPROUS – “Pitfalls”
Track-listing:
1. Below
2. I Lose Hope
3. Observe The Train
4. By My Throne
5. Alleviate
6. At The Bottom
7. Distant Bells
8. Foreigner
9. The Sky Is Red

“Pitfalls” will be available as limited Mediabook CD with two bonus tracks (“Golden Prayers” and the Massive Attack cover “Angel”), as Standard Jewelcase CD and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus (in Europe!) and an Etching on the D-Side. Next to the unlimited black vinyl version, “Pitfalls” will also be available in the following limited coloured editions:

Clear 2LP: 200x copies (IOM Webshop Europe)
White 2LP: 400x copies (IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Transparent Red 2LP: 200x copies (O-Merch Bandshop)
Dark Green 2LP: 200x (Band on tour)
Smoke 2LP: 200x copies (Laser’s Edge)
Golden 2LP: 200x copies (CM US Onlineshop)

The album’s pre-order is available here: https://LeprousBand.lnk.to/Pitfalls

Check out the IOM webshop for LEPROUS releases here: https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Leprous/20978?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13

Check out a series of video trailers for the “Pitfalls” album here:
Reflecting on “Malina” album: https://youtu.be/382lP86C_ZU
Below (Track-By-Track): https://youtu.be/6qmlho2-38M
Discussing “Pitfalls”: https://youtu.be/GgdhiZdT-g0
Alleviate (Track-By-Track): https://youtu.be/ffHqc7BTWG8
“Pitfalls” Artwork: https://youtu.be/7UvSowPwtsw
Looking Back on 10 Years of Studio Albums: https://youtu.be/0dZgn1UQIiA

Upon release of the new album “Pitfalls”, LEPROUS will be heading out on a comprehensive European headlining tour together with The Ocean and labelmates Port Noir. Here are the next LEPROUS live-dates for 2019:

LEPROUS – Live 2019:

LEPROUS + The Ocean & Port Noir:
01 November Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
02 November Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
03 November Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel
04 November Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
05 November Köln (Germany) – Kantine
06 November Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp
07 November Antwerp (Belgium) – Zappa
08 November London (UK) – ULU
09 November Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
11 November Zurich (Switzerland) – Plaza
12 November Paris (France) – Cabaret Sauvage
13 November Lyon (France) – CCO
14 November Biarritz (France) – Atabal
15 November Madrid (Spain) – Shoko
16 November Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo
18 November Parma (Italy) – Campus Music Industry
19 November Munich (Germany) – Freiheiz
20 November Vienna (Austria) – Szene
21 November Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
22 November Dresden (Germany) – Beatpol
23 November Wroclaw (Poland) – Pralnia
24 November Hamburg (Germany) – Uebel & Gefahrlich
25 November Copenhagen (Denmark) – Lille Vega
26 November Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik
27 November Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben

LEPROUS:
28 November Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
29 November Stavanger (Norway) – Folken
30 November Hamar (Norway) – Festiviteten

LEPROUS with Amorphis, Soilwork & The Ocean:
05 December Turku (Finland) – Logomo
06 December Rauha (Finland) – Saimaa Areena
07 December Helsinki (Finland) – Ice Hall
And many more dates to be announced soon…

LEPROUS line-up:
Einar Solberg – vocals/synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar
Robin Ognedal – guitar
Simen Børven – bass
Baard Kolstad – drums

LEPROUS online:
www.leprous.net
www.facebook.com/leprousband
www.youtube.com/leprouschannel
https://www.omerch.eu/shop/leprous

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23905&IdCompany=8

Madrid-based instrumental rockers TOUNDRA have just presented a new video for the song “Tuareg”, which represents the fourth single taken from their latest studio album, ‘Vortex’, that came out in the Spring of 2018 and made its way to an impressive #4 in the Spanish charts.

This new thrilling, uplifting and inspired visual work has been done by Carlos Pedrosa and mixes illustration with collage techniques and can be watched here:
https://youtu.be/MomVkKcPRAc

The band states: “We always felt inclined towards the music that’s rooted beyond the realms of West standards. The aesthetics of the Tuareg doesn’t belong to any particular place in the West world, furthermore their way of life is anachronistic, rare and far from any tendencies. There’s many times when it’s easy to feel connected to it when you dedicate your life to this thing we do. We are deeply honoured about seeing our humble career having the opportunity to shred light and focus into other sources of inspiration that lie on the other side of this world.
Because at times, we Europeans struggle at looking beyond ourselves.

Expansive, emotive music, appealing to our hearts as much as our heads” Prog Magazine (UK)
You can buy ‘Vortex’ here: https://toundra.lnk.to/Vortex

TOUNDRA upcoming dates:
20.10.19, Amberes @ Desertfest, BEL
02.11.19, Málaga @ Ritval Fest, SP
08.11.19, Krakovia @ Soulstone Festival, PL
30.11.19, León @ Espacio Vías, SP
*more dates to be added soon

TOUNDRA took the world by storm with their personal instrumental rock in 2007. Since then, they have toured Europe intensively to the point of being considered one of the continent’s most exciting rock acts and have also taken their challenging music to places like Mexico or the United States. They have released three albums independently and two under the imprint of InsideOut/Superball and championed charts crossing over countries and genres. They even formed the project Exquirla, which blends flamenco and rock. A new experimental work is expected to be released in the first half of 2020, so stay tuned for more news.

Watch the ‘Vortex’ documentary here: https://youtu.be/R_2MgWNiYzk

The video (directed and edited by Nacho Montero & Holy Cuervo), tells the story of that special evening and reasons that led the Spanish Instrumentalists to call the album ‘Vortex’, speaking about music, passion and life on the road.

TOUNDRA online:
http://toundra.es/
https://www.facebook.com/toundra
https://www.instagram.com/toundra/
http://www.insideoutmusic.com/

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23904&IdCompany=8

The upcoming first solo album by Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder “What The Water Wants” – will be released worldwide on October 18th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

Today marks the release of the album’s second single “Crown Of Thorns”. You can check it out in a video clip directed by Manuel Giménez / MG Media Productions here: https://youtu.be/DvzmK-X7SPw

Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about the song: “In doing a solo album I wanted to try and write songs that I wouldn’t normally do with Fates Warning. I wanted to show a different side of what I’m about vocally. This song “Crown Of Thorns” to me is sort of an homage to the 70’s singers and bands I Iistened to while growing up, where a lot of the focus was on the melody. From the very beginning I found this song super interesting because of the bass line that repeats throughout the entire song. Everything is written around it, so that the melody of the vocals has to flow around it as well. This is one of my favorite tracks from the solo album, and not just because it is so different.

Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” album includes 10 melodic and versatile songs created with assistance from guitarists Mike Abdow (Fates Warning touring member) and Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) as well as drummer Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield). The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM).

The album’s first single “What The Water Wanted” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/S98AiUmNPHU
Or stream it on Spotify here: https://rayalder.lnk.to/WhatTheWaterWants/Spotify

This is the complete tracklisting of the album:

RAY ALDER – “What The Water Wants”
1. Lost
2. Crown Of Thorns
3. Some Days
4. Shine
5. Under Dark Skies
6. A Beautiful Lie
7. The Road
8. Wait
9. What The Water Wanted
10. The Killing Floor
11. The Road (Acoustic Version) * Bonus Track

Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” will be available as limited first-pressing Digipak CD with a bonus track (An acoustic version of “The Road”) and as LP on 180gr. vinyl with the full album on CD as bonus.

You can pre-order the album in its various formats starting today here:
https://rayalder.lnk.to/WhatTheWaterWants

RAY ALDER online:
https://www.facebook.com/rayalderofficial
https://www.instagram.com/rayalderofficial 
https://twitter.com/realrayalder

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23903&IdCompany=8

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett is currently in the middle of his North American tour performing his favourite Genesis album ‘Selling England by the Pound’ together with songs from his solo ‘Spectral Mornings’ album, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and tracks from the current album, ‘At the Edge of Light’. Now, he presents another clip from the forthcoming live release ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’, Steve comments: “I think this is the most powerful version of ‘The Steppes’ so far. The combination of group and orchestra sounds like “Iron Man Cometh”…An unstoppable force.

Watch the clip here: https://youtu.be/jxDSBKNl54I

‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’ will be released on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic, this release will be available as 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak and 2CD + DVD Multibox internationally, and 2CD + Blu-Ray + DVD in North America.

The album was recorded on 5th October 2018 at The Royal Festival Hall, London, during the 2018 Genesis Revisited Tour which fulfilled a long held ambition of Steve’s: to perform the music of Genesis with a live orchestra. The concert featured Steve’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes) with Nad Sylvan on vocals and Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) on bass, together with special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann, and augmented by the 41-piece Heart Of England Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

Pre-orders for ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’ are available below:
Band store: https://store.hackettsongs.com/
InsideOutMusic store: http://bit.ly/HackettIOMshop
Buy / Stream / Download: https://stevehackett.lnk.to/GenesisRevisitedBandOrchestraLiveID

Set 1:
Dance On A Volcano
Out Of The Body
The Steppes
Firth Of Fifth
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Blood On The Rooftops
Shadow Of The Hierophant

Set 2:
In That Quiet Earth
Afterglow
Serpentine Song
El Niño
Supper’s Ready

Encore:
The Musical Box

The Blu-Ray also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for ‘Under the Eye of the Sun’, ‘Beasts in our Time’ and ‘Peace’ from the ‘At the Edge of Light’ album as extra!

Right after his North American tour, Steve Hackett will return to the UK in November with many shows sold out already, please visit http://hackettsongs.com/tour.html for a full list of upcoming dates and ticket information.

STEVE HACKETT 2019 Genesis Revisited – touring ‘Selling England by the Pound’ & ‘Spectral Mornings’ & album highlights
2 November – Waterside, Aylesbury, UK – * SOLD OUT *
3 November – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, UK – * SOLD OUT *
5 November – City Hall, Sheffield, UK
6 November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
8 November – De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK
9 November – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK – * SOLD OUT *
11 November – Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK – * SOLD OUT *
12 November – Dome, Brighton, UK
13 November – Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
15 November – City Hall, Salisbury, UK – * SOLD OUT *
16 November – Hexagon, Reading, UK – * SOLD OUT *
18 November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK – * SOLD OUT *
19 November – Barbican, York, UK
20 November – Forum, Bath, UK
22 November – Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK
23 November – The Sage, Gateshead, UK – * SOLD OUT *
25 November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
26 November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK – * SOLD OUT *
27 November – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK
29 November – Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London, UK

STEVE HACKETT Online:
www.hackettsongs.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589
www.twitter.com/HackettOfficial
http://hackettsongs.com/tour.html

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23902&IdCompany=8

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend released his acclaimed new album ‘EMPATH’ in March and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ kicking off this November 15th in Paris.
Since disbanding the Devin Townsend Project Devin has been tracking down players of excellence to form a new live band which he’s now extremely pleased to present:

Watch Devin’s band announcement video here: https://youtu.be/6vWYSQGr-cw

Devin Comments: “There have been only a few times throughout my career that I can safely say I’ve taken a chance as big as I’m about to take with these new touring plans. But I believe that to not take a chance on something as important to me as this can only lead to creative stagnation.

It is with profound gratitude that I can announce this next tour. To be joined by musicians of this calibre, as well as crew and sound design of such a level, is something I am truly humbled by. As one who has been working professionally my whole career to be able to be allowed to pull something like this off, I really can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone involved.

This is a quantum leap for me, and it’s a situation that I have been very proactive in choosing a group of individuals and setlist for. 

I am thrilled and honoured to be joined on these next tours by drummer Morgan Ågren, guitarist Mike Keneally, Ambient guitarist Markus Reuter, keyboardist Diego Tejeida, singer and guitarist Ché Aimee Dorval, bassist Nathan Navarro, as well as a three-person choir comprised of Samantha & Anne Preis, and Arabella Packford.

This will be without a net. No backing tracks, no clicks, a lot of room for improvisation, and every possible avenue through musicians and production of high calibre for new and interesting things to be possible each night.

Though this is the first of my upcoming plans for touring, and I don’t want to be limited in the future, my gut feeling is that this will be a truly unique and fascinatingly colourful organization that will yield wonderful things. I truly hope it can be received well enough to be brought to a lot of different territories.

In a wonderful turn of events, the tour is selling out quickly, so please don’t delay and miss the opportunity to see this unique band.

Thank you again for allowing me to do these sorts of things. Truly.
Devin Townsend”

Several shows have already sold out land most others have just a handful of tickets left on sale:

The full list of dates are as follows:
HAKEN as Special Guests on all shows

15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France – SOLD OUT
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium – SOLD OUT
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland
21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Tickets available here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/

Check out some of the band’s work here:

Mike Keneally https://youtu.be/CgyNco_JISQ
Markus Reuter https://youtu.be/LKCi8D_SbjI
Morgan Ågren https://youtu.be/1i2VK686JvA
Ché Aimee Dorval https://youtu.be/ZhgA7-_vwMI
Nathan Navarro https://youtu.be/UHDLiPDLCto
Diego Tejeida https://youtu.be/r3xDLswR12w

‘EMPATH’ is out now on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Order now here: https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/Empath

DEVIN TOWNSEND online:
http://www.hevydevy.com
http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend
http://www.omerch.com
https://twitter.com/dvntownsend
https://www.instagram.com/dvntownsend/
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