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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/the-end-at-the-beginning-premiere-dissipate-video/

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Metalcore outfit The End At The Beginning, hailing from Italy, is now streaimg their brand new music video for the track “Dissipate” on CaliberTV’s YouTube channel. Watch it below.

The music video, shot by Tommy Antonini Videography, is the second single taken from the band’s full length, Revelations, due this October 14th and that features guests such as Jei from Despite Exile.

For any new fans tuning in, The End At The Beginning had previously won the Unsigned Artist Of The Month contest in April 2015 held by Artery Recordings, and it’s clear now that the group is back with a vengeance, ready to deliver crushing, brand new and incredibly catchy music to the masses.

Lorenzo, guitarist and clean vocalist of the group, has a couple of things to say about the track and upcoming album: “It’s always tough when you lose someone you particularly love. This song helped us through living the most difficult experiences a person can be related with, such as death or loss. It’s a really meaningful song for us, as a milestone that leads the album through all the lyrics written in ‘Revelations.’

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Dear Friends,

We’d like to thank you again for your friendship and support throughout this most tragic time for us and we’d like to officially announce that we have made a decision about our future.

We have decided that we are not going to do a casting for a new guitarist. Thus we have ceased to be a quartet and have become a trio. In this line-up we will prepare our new studio album. Both in the recording studio and on tour – if we get back to touring – we will be playing with session guitarists, who are our friends, whom we know and like. But the line-up of Riverside will be as shown in the picture.

Yes, we do realise that this is not going to be the same band. We know that for many of you the story of Riverside ends here, this year, and that “Eye of the Soundscape” might be the last Riverside album you’ll buy. We know that some of you can’t imagine this band without the characteristic guitar of Piotr Grudziński and for you Riverside has ceased to exist. But our story is not over yet; with a flaw, with a scar, with a wealth of new experiences, we have decided to go on.

We know stories of many bands that have survived and have been successful, in spite of all. And we want to be the living proof that giving up is not an option and that we can be an inspiration for others, too. For as long as we can, we’ll continue to do our best to create and meet with you wherever the emotions are running high. Grudzień will still be with us. We are definitely not going to forget him. He’s a part of our lives. But in order for the memory of him to survive, we have to continue. And we want to. So we’re embarking on another journey and we are thankful to everyone who will join us.

Our plans for the nearest future?
Next year we’re going to start working on a new album. Marked by the circumstances, it will probably be a return to heavier and more intense sound. But before that, in February 2017, on the anniversary of Piotr’s death, we’d like to play our first gig. A very special gig which will be an exceptional event. We’d like to play it with guests, with friends, for Piotr, for us. And for you. We’d like our music to be the hero of that day, we’d like to let it speak for itself. We’ll give you more details about it in the coming weeks.

The river will never be the same again but it doesn’t mean it has to stop flowing.

Best regards,
Mariusz Duda, Piotr Kozieradzki, Michał Łapaj

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pw-338The podcast of this week’s Prog-Watch is available HERE

This week’s show is a Proghopper episode centering on the diverse career of Mr. Damian Wilson! I tried to get Damian for an interview show, but we couldn’t get it together. So I did the next best thing…because if ever there was a person who could be called a Proghopper, it’s Damian! On the show we will be hearing music from Damian’s time with Landmarq, Threshold, Ayreon, and Rick Wakeman’s New English Rock Ensemble! We’ll also hear from Headspace, his band with Adam Wakeman, and from a few of his solo albums, including the brand new one, Built For Fighting!

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I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 166 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Donald Fagen – I.G.Y.
  2. Gong – Rejoice!
  3. Under A Banner – Snow Song
  4. Cirrus Bay – First Departure
  5. Magnum – Les Morts Dansant
  6. Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song
  7. Matt Berry – The Peach & The Melon
  8. Can – Sing Swan Song
  9. Dave Kerzner – Paranoia
  10. North Sea Radio Orchestra – The British Road
  11. Sphelm – Prince Rupert’s Drop
  12. Franck Carducci – Torn Apart
  13. Devin Townsend Project – Higher
  14. Parzivals Eye – Longings End
  15. Neil Cowley Trio – Duty To The Last
  16. Verbal Delirium – The Decayed Reflection
  17. Colin Tench Project – And So, Today

iTunes/iPod users*: Just search for ‘Progzilla’ or subscribe to: http://podcasts.progzilla.com/cliff/podcast.xml

Enjoy!

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/iron-maiden-announce-extensive-plans-protect-fans-ticket-piracy/

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IRON MAIDEN, whose first major UK arena tour for six years will be announced on Friday Sept 23, have gone to great lengths to ensure their fans are able to buy tickets at the intended price rather than at the ludicrously inflated prices prevalent on many secondary ticketing sites and also to protect them against counterfeit tickets.

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood explains,

“We do not want our fans being ripped off either by counterfeit tickets or through costly mark-ups on so called secondary ticketing websites. These problems now affect the UK more than any other country outside of the U.S.A. We believe the most successful way to prevent this is by implementing Paperless ticketing. This proved highly successful in reducing piracy at our previous London shows in 2013 and on our North American tours since 2010. This is a simple procedure and goes a long way to minimising the resale of tickets and reducing fraud by requiring the original cardholder purchaser to be present at entry.

We have been working with our UK promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster to ensure that we can operate a Paperless ticketing system, in full or in part, at all the UK venues we’ll play in 2017. We are also instigating a number of additional measures which we believe will directly help our fans to access tickets in the fairest, safest way and at the intended price.”

The actions being put in place for 2017 are:

  • Ensuring that every venue will operate Paperless ticketing, either 100% or partial.
  • Working in co-operation with Live Nation and Ticketmaster, Paperless ticketing means that the original cardholder is required to present their debit or credit card and photographic ID at the point of entry with their guest(s).
  • Setting Conditions of Purchase so that tickets are not for resale. Ensuring to the best of our abilities, in conjunction with Live Nation and Ticketmaster, that secondary ticketing sites are prevented from listing our shows and to invalidate tickets should any appear on these secondary sites.
  • Setting a maximum limit of 4 (four) tickets per person per show.
  • To use Purchaser Names on tickets where they are not paperless and to require the cardholder to be present at the show, with picture ID.
  • A dedicated team to monitor ticket sales in real-time throughout the exclusive Iron Maiden Fan Club pre-sale http://ironmaiden.com/fan-club/presales, any other presales and the general public on sale to ensure that ticket limits are being imposed and all suspicious activity is reported and investigated.
  • A dedicated customer support team on hand to deal with any issues from fans with legitimate problems.
  • Being aware of criminals and their methods to infiltrate our best practices and having the conviction to retrospectively cancel their inventory. This is especially in respect of automated bots and multiple card efforts which are used to garner large numbers of tickets at the onsale to the detriment of the fans.
  • Reinforcing the message that if you buy a ticket from an unauthorised source, it will be either invalid or counterfeit. Do not become a victim.

IRON MAIDEN has long been active in combatting the abuse of secondary ticketing websites; specifically the individuals and businesses who use digital platforms to immediately snap up and re-sell tickets at vastly inflated prices, denying the genuine fan a fair chance to purchase at face-value. The band supports The Fanfair Alliance http://fanfairalliance.org which unites music businesses, artists and fans against ticket touting and profiteering in the online secondary market.

Nigel Adams MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music and Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty adds,

“I’m pleased that Iron Maiden are taking a principled position and standing up for music fans. I’d like to think the whole industry can learn from this initiative and use technology to put a stop to the industrial level of touting that has been a blight on the live music industry for so long.” 

Please note the FAQ which will hopefully go some way to answering any queries from our fans (http://ironmaiden.com/fan-club/tickets).

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/kyros-open-pre-orders-for-vox-humana/

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London, UK based alternative progressive rockers KYROS are now taking pre-orders for the upcoming double album Vox Humana, out on November 5th, and starting today the band’s new maxi-single “Cloudburst” is also available for purchase. For both releases head over to the band’s official BigCartel store.

Optional bundle packages are also available through the band’s online store where both the double album and maxi-single can be purchased together at a special discounted price. The buyer will receive the maxi-single soon after the day of release and the double album a few days before the official release date.

The artwork for Vox Humana was created by artist, Matt Verges with graphic design by Adam Warne. Original concept by Adam WarneJoey Frevola and Matt Verges. All artwork for Cloudburst was put together by Adam Warne.

KYROS have also announced that they will be releasing a music video for “Cloudburst.”

Keyboardist and lead vocalist Adam Warne previously commented: “We have waited so long to be able to make this announcement. We are hugely excited for the release of ‘Vox Humana‘ and ‘Cloudburst‘ as we are especially proud of the work we have put into both releases – speaking from a musical, artistic and even business point of view. To say a lot of work has gone into this would be an understatement.

Vox Humana Track Listing:

CD1 / The Maker:

1. Vox Humana (0:28)
2. Technology Killed the Kids II (7:41)
3. Cloudburst (6:02)
4. Persistence of Vision (5:49)
5. The Lamb, the Badger & the Bee (6:41)
6. New Paradigm (8:58)

CD2 / The Human Voice:

1. Mind Electric (5:53)
2. Speak to Me (4:22)
3. Persistence of Perfection (4:59)
4. Monster (4:50)
5. Hounds (3:08)
6. The Darkness Grove (3:12)
7. Boiling Point (5:53)
8. Ego (5:02)
9. Dilate (8:17)

Cloudburst Maxi-Single Track Listing:

1. Cloudburst (Single Edit) (3:51)
2. Cloudburst (Album Version) (6:04)
3. Cloudburst (Instrumental Mix) (6:03)
4. Cloudburst (Feature Length Mix) (10:16)

Head over to the KYROS’ BigCartel store and pre-order Vox Humana, which is scheduled for the November 5th release.

101-dimensions-sept-2016This podcast of this past weekend’s (17 and 18 September) 101 Dimensions is available HERE

That Harvest Moon was shining in the sky telling us that fall is almost here! So join me for a few hours of cool, electronic and ambient musical entertainment as we prepare to bid adieu to Summer 2016. Here’s what I have on tap for you this month, o faithful listener:

  1. British Theater – Defeat Skeletons (from the album Dyed In The Wool Ghost, 2012)
  2. Doug Woods and Colin Powell – Rats In The Attic (from the album The Haunting Of Sally Caster, 2015)
  3. Shpongle – Shpongle Falls (from the album Are You Shpongled?, 1998)
  4. Darkroom – Some Of These Numbers Mean Something (from the album Some Of These Numbers Mean Something, 2008)
  5. Eddie Jobson – The Sojourn (from the album Theme Of Secrets, 1985)
  6. Synergy – Warriors (from the album Reconstructed Artifacts, 2002)
  7. Tangerine Dream – Cloudburst Flight (from the album Force Majeure, 1979)
  8. Vangelis – Alpha (from the album Albedo 0.39, 1975)
  9. Andreas Vollenwweider – Behind The Gardens, Behind The Wall, Under The Tree (from the album The Essential Andreas Vollenweider, 2000)
  10. George Winston – Colors /Dance (from the album Autumn, 1980)
  11. Shpongle – Around The World In A Tea Daze (from the album Tales Of The Inexpressible, 2001)
  12. Ian Boddy & David Wright – Comets (from the album Shifting Sands, 2009)
  13. Trevor Rabin – Roundabend (from the album Gone In Sixty Seconds (Original Soundtrack), 2000)
  14. Jean-Michel Jarre – Rendez-vous 2 (from the album Images, 1991)
  15. Resonant Drift – On The Edge Of Doubt (from the album Resonant Drift, 2004)
  16. Patrick Moraz – Time For A Change (from the album Out In The Sun, 1977)

Until next time…be good to each other, and remember to Prog On, brothers and sisters!

Cheers!

Tony

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Yes… you can finally hear the show that caused Progzilla Radio to ‘blow up’ for an entire hour last Friday morning!

Maybe it was a corrupt file, but I personally think it was intentional government action due to the subject matter and the music.  Hey, can you prove it wasn’t?     ;o)       Anyway, Progressive Tracks Show #176 (Downward Spiral), originally intended for broadcast on Friday September 16, 2016, is now available to download or listen to any time you desire.

PLAYLIST:

  • Aphrodite’s Child “The Four Horsemen” from 6 6 6 on Universal International Music B.V.
  • OSI “Cold Call” from Fire Make Thunder on Metal Blade Records
  • Peter Gabriel “The Veil” composed by Peter Gabriel from The Veil – Single on Peter Gabriel Ltd.
  • Jambinai “They Keep Silence” from A Hermitage on Bella Union / PIAS / Hostess
  • Deep Stare “Words of Wisdom” from Triplet – Single on Deep Stare
  • Arcade Messiah “The Four Horsemen” from ii on Stereohead Records

Enjoy!

Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack