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January 31, 2017 

PROCOL HARUM To Release First New Studio Album In 14 Years

The brand new studio album “Novum” (on CD and 2LP) by PROCOL HARUM will be released on April 21 via Eagle Records. The band’s first studio album in fourteen years, and thirteenth overall, follows 2003’s “The Well’s On Fire”“Novum” is released as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary, while also undertaking a European tour. The album release is preceded by that of the single “Sunday Morning” on April 7.

Half a century ago, powered by the huge and ongoing success of their debut single “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”PROCOL HARUM went on to help define the progressive rock genre while at the same time embracing their roots in blues and soul. “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” continues to be one of the best-selling singles of all time. The cover artwork of “Novum” by Julia Brown references elements of the sleeve of that album — the band’s eponymous debut album in 1967.

PROCOL HARUM has been an evolving musical force from the first performance in ’67, but always led by founding member, singer, pianist and composer Gary Brooker. Most of today’s lineup has been playing together since the early ’90s and it includes bassist Matt Pegg (JETHRO TULLIan Brown), drummer Geoff Dunn (Jimmy PageDave StewartVan Morrison), guitarist Geoff Whitehorn (Roger ChapmanPaul RodgersRoger Daltrey) and Hammond organ player Josh Phillips (Pete Townsend and Midge Ure), but to all their fans, they are the real PROCOL HARUM.

“Our last studio album was in 2003, and with 2017 being 50 years of PROCOL HARUM, something special was needed, which has resulted in a new album of new songs with the band as we’ve stood for the past decade, all contributing with producer Dennis Weinreich to make what I believe to be one of the finest PROCOL HARUM albums ever — ‘Novum’ — just listen,” states Gary Brooker, with most songs featuring words by Pete Brown, most famous for his songwriting collaboration with the members of CREAM. This has given a different feel to the songs, retaining the thought provoking content for which the band has always been known but with a different slant and elements of humor.

“Novum” marks not only an incredible fifty years of amazing music, but also the next step for this seminal band. This long-awaited collection of brand new songs is sure to be welcomed by PROCOL HARUM‘s devoted fanbase.

“Novum” track listing:

01. I Told On You
02. Last Chance Motel 
03. Image Of The Beast 
04. Soldier 
05. Don’t Get Caught 
06. Neighbour 
07. Sunday Morning 
08. Businessman 
09. Can’t Say That 
10. The Only One 
11. Somewhen

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Edited by SteveG – 8 hours 33 minutes ago at 14:35

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/compilations/progotronics-2-out-now/
Progotronics 2 compilation

The wait is over! Progotronics 2 digital compilation compiled by Prog Sphere is out now, and can be downloaded or streamed from Bandcamp for free.

The new sampler includes 16 songs, one more than the Progotronics 1 compilation which was released back in February. The previous sampler was more focused on the Progressive Metal genre with a few exceptions. On Progotronics 2 Progressive Metal is present, but the new compilation is more diverse stylistically, with songs ranging from Psychedelic / Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, RPI to Jazz Fusion. We are sure that everyone will find something interesting, and discover something new and to your taste.

Below you can find the full track listing of the Progotronics 2 sampler, with links to the artists’ web and social pages, so make sure to click, check and follow them, because they do need any kind of support.

The next compilation, Progotronics 3, will be released on April 28th. Having said that, we are currently accepting your submissions for that chapter, so if you want to get in touch and submit your work send us an email. Download Progotronics 2 from here.

Progotronics 2 Track Listing:

1. Scars Divide – Sons of Terminator (Part I & II) [Facebook, Bandcamp]
2. Sleeping in Traffic – Listen Up! [Facebook, Bandcamp]
3. Septa – 11th: Omen [Facebook, Bandcamp]
4. Epic Mind – The Voyage [Facebook, Bandcamp]
5. Hyaena – The Only Constant [Facebook, Bandcamp]
6. Auracle – King Citrus [Bandcamp]
7. CGSW – Ritual [Bandcamp]
8. Nahima – Au Souffle Du Vent [Facebook, Bandcamp]
9. Andre LaFosse – Show Me The Longest Route Home [Bandcamp]
10. Daughters of Kilimanjaro – Kilimanjaro [Facebook, Bandcamp]
11. Teller Ulam – El Primer Paso [Facebook, Bandcamp]
12. Hoverflo – Plane Mane [Facebook, Bandcamp]
13. ENINE – Lost Seabird [Bandcamp]
14. zagwuan – Un Día Como Hoy [Facebook, Bandcamp]
15. Space Juice – Stole Me [Facebook, Bandcamp]
16. Kylver – The Feast of the Mountain Ghost [Facebook, Bandcamp]

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/compilations/progotronics-2-out-now/
Progotronics 2 compilation

The wait is over! Progotronics 2 digital compilation compiled by Prog Sphere is out now, and can be downloaded or streamed from Bandcamp for free.

The new sampler includes 16 songs, one more than the Progotronics 1 compilation which was released back in February. The previous sampler was more focused on the Progressive Metal genre with a few exceptions. On Progotronics 2 Progressive Metal is present, but the new compilation is more diverse stylistically, with songs ranging from Psychedelic / Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, RPI to Jazz Fusion. We are sure that everyone will find something interesting, and discover something new and to your taste.

Below you can find the full track listing of the Progotronics 2 sampler, with links to the artists’ web and social pages, so make sure to click, check and follow them, because they do need any kind of support.

The next compilation, Progotronics 3, will be released on April 28th. Having said that, we are currently accepting your submissions for that chapter, so if you want to get in touch and submit your work send us an email. Download Progotronics 2 from here.

Progotronics 2 Track Listing:

1. Scars Divide – Sons of Terminator (Part I & II) [Facebook, Bandcamp]
2. Sleeping in Traffic – Listen Up! [Facebook, Bandcamp]
3. Septa – 11th: Omen [Facebook, Bandcamp]
4. Epic Mind – The Voyage [Facebook, Bandcamp]
5. Hyaena – The Only Constant [Facebook, Bandcamp]
6. Auracle – King Citrus [Bandcamp]
7. CGSW – Ritual [Bandcamp]
8. Nahima – Au Souffle Du Vent [Facebook, Bandcamp]
9. Andre LaFosse – Show Me The Longest Route Home [Bandcamp]
10. Daughters of Kilimanjaro – Kilimanjaro [Facebook, Bandcamp]
11. Teller Ulam – El Primer Paso [Facebook, Bandcamp]
12. Hoverflo – Plane Mane [Facebook, Bandcamp]
13. ENINE – Lost Seabird [Bandcamp]
14. zagwuan – Un Día Como Hoy [Facebook, Bandcamp]
15. Space Juice – Stole Me [Facebook, Bandcamp]
16. Kylver – The Feast of the Mountain Ghost [Facebook, Bandcamp]

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/event-horizon-a-nightmare-of-symmetry-review/
A Nightmare of Symmetry

Event Horizon is a progressive death metal band from Los Angeles, founded by guitarist and composer Max Sindermann. 2013 brought the release of a debut EP The Emancipation of Dissonance. The EP was fully written by Sindermann, with the help of vocalist Brandon Leigh.

Event Horizon returned this February with the release of sophomore EP titled A Nightmare of Symmetry. This time in a full band line-up comprised of Sindermann as guitarist and singer, guitarist David Cortes, bassist Vincent Medina and drummer Jacob Alves, the quartet has made a step further in what was the original mission of the band: creating progressive death metal with tons of classical influences. It has to be mentioned that Sindermann is trained in classical music, so that also speaks about the influences that can be heard in the music.

A Nightmare of Symmetry showcases more complex riffs and more originality due to the fact that the band is made of entirely permanent members. Many of Event Horizon‘s songs here enter incredibly melodic acoustic passages and give the listener a break from the huge metal riffs that pound eardrums. Sindermann screams intense, powerful metal growls and still shows his ability to sing clean, beautiful vocals when needed. Jacob Alves never falls into the metal stereotype of relying on double bass. While he does kick the double bass sixteenth in the climatic moments, he knows how to make a great metal drum feel without it. However, he and Vincent Medina serve as background and an undercurrent for the guitar riffing, which is nearly always the instrumental theme.

Event Horizon

As far as the death metal section of the Event Horizon formula goes, the riffing is original, powerful, and tight. Often, the bass will follow the guitar riff if it isn’t a chordal riff. Lead guitar parts harmonize and create an extremely evil and dissonant aura about them. The harmonizations are mixed much better and often sit on top of the guitar riff, not heard unless the listener tries to find them. Typically, Event Horizon allows the riff to be heard by itself for a few repetitions with the lead guitar soloing before Sindermann enters with his powerful metal growling. When it is time for a full out guitar solo, whoever is soloing lets all hell break loose. He covers the entire fretboard and plays tastefully. Unlike so many metal guitarists, both guitars know how to make an enjoyable solo rather than playing as many notes as possible within 3 seconds. They usually extend the color tones (3rd, 7th, 9th, etc) of the chords and create jazzy melodies, or as close to a jazzy melody that a death metal band can get.

The melodic acoustic side of Event Horizon is in some ways better than their metal sound. The guitar patterns, again, are the instrumental theme, but the bass often creates a hidden countermelody with the guitar. Vincent Medina makes a much better bassist in this style than the metal, holding his own melodies and never succumbing to the guitar lines. Sindermann sings beautifully, and if Event Horizon produced an album entirely made of these dark, brooding acoustic passages, he would never be expected to be able to scream, let alone scream well. His tone is dark, warm, and round, like the perfect euphonium or tuba sound. The chord progressions are often dissonant and dark. The passages are reminiscent of riding horseback in a dark, quiet night.

Putting these two formulas together creates a full, epic release that sets the stage for the follow up and breakthrough album. There are no long songs on A Nightmare of Symmetry; two tracks clock around two minutes, and three songs are between 5 and 8-minute marks. Each song comes with a new energy and aura about them. Song formats never follow anything typical, and listening for the first time is often mind-blowing because of the unexpected climaxes, transitions, and virtuosity in every second of the EP. The acoustic passages make a much larger appearance on the record, being mostly the entire song in opening “Assymetrical” and “The Light That Carries Me.” Prog Death Metal mini-epic “Beyond the Fourth Wall” opens with a series of riffs, just to be intersected with another acoustic passage in the verse, followed with the opening melody.

“The Red Waltz” comes as yet another acoustic interlude. “First World Phenomenon” builds up to a sweet metallic end, but it has extremely gripping vocal lines, especially the chorus.

A Nightmare of Symmetry has a potential to put Event Horizon in the direction of becoming one of the greatest metal bands  in the coming years. My recommendation would be to treat the EP as a single unit, under which circumstances it plays best, although individual songs can be satisfying. Each time I listen there is something new to discover — all in all, a story worth rereading.

Tracklist:

1. Asymmetrical
2. The Light That Carries Me
3. Beyond the Fourth Wall
4. The Red Waltz
5. First World Phenomenon

Line-up:

* Max Sindermann – guitars/vocals
* David Cortes – guitars
* Vincent Medina – bass
* Jacob Alves – drums

Links:

eventhorizonmusic.com

Bandcamp

Facebook

Twitter

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/event-horizon-a-nightmare-of-symmetry-review/
A Nightmare of Symmetry

Event Horizon is a progressive death metal band from Los Angeles, founded by guitarist and composer Max Sindermann. 2013 brought the release of a debut EP The Emancipation of Dissonance. The EP was fully written by Sindermann, with the help of vocalist Brandon Leigh.

Event Horizon returned this February with the release of sophomore EP titled A Nightmare of Symmetry. This time in a full band line-up comprised of Sindermann as guitarist and singer, guitarist David Cortes, bassist Vincent Medina and drummer Jacob Alves, the quartet has made a step further in what was the original mission of the band: creating progressive death metal with tons of classical influences. It has to be mentioned that Sindermann is trained in classical music, so that also speaks about the influences that can be heard in the music.

A Nightmare of Symmetry showcases more complex riffs and more originality due to the fact that the band is made of entirely permanent members. Many of Event Horizon‘s songs here enter incredibly melodic acoustic passages and give the listener a break from the huge metal riffs that pound eardrums. Sindermann screams intense, powerful metal growls and still shows his ability to sing clean, beautiful vocals when needed. Jacob Alves never falls into the metal stereotype of relying on double bass. While he does kick the double bass sixteenth in the climatic moments, he knows how to make a great metal drum feel without it. However, he and Vincent Medina serve as background and an undercurrent for the guitar riffing, which is nearly always the instrumental theme.

Event Horizon

As far as the death metal section of the Event Horizon formula goes, the riffing is original, powerful, and tight. Often, the bass will follow the guitar riff if it isn’t a chordal riff. Lead guitar parts harmonize and create an extremely evil and dissonant aura about them. The harmonizations are mixed much better and often sit on top of the guitar riff, not heard unless the listener tries to find them. Typically, Event Horizon allows the riff to be heard by itself for a few repetitions with the lead guitar soloing before Sindermann enters with his powerful metal growling. When it is time for a full out guitar solo, whoever is soloing lets all hell break loose. He covers the entire fretboard and plays tastefully. Unlike so many metal guitarists, both guitars know how to make an enjoyable solo rather than playing as many notes as possible within 3 seconds. They usually extend the color tones (3rd, 7th, 9th, etc) of the chords and create jazzy melodies, or as close to a jazzy melody that a death metal band can get.

The melodic acoustic side of Event Horizon is in some ways better than their metal sound. The guitar patterns, again, are the instrumental theme, but the bass often creates a hidden countermelody with the guitar. Vincent Medina makes a much better bassist in this style than the metal, holding his own melodies and never succumbing to the guitar lines. Sindermann sings beautifully, and if Event Horizon produced an album entirely made of these dark, brooding acoustic passages, he would never be expected to be able to scream, let alone scream well. His tone is dark, warm, and round, like the perfect euphonium or tuba sound. The chord progressions are often dissonant and dark. The passages are reminiscent of riding horseback in a dark, quiet night.

Putting these two formulas together creates a full, epic release that sets the stage for the follow up and breakthrough album. There are no long songs on A Nightmare of Symmetry; two tracks clock around two minutes, and three songs are between 5 and 8-minute marks. Each song comes with a new energy and aura about them. Song formats never follow anything typical, and listening for the first time is often mind-blowing because of the unexpected climaxes, transitions, and virtuosity in every second of the EP. The acoustic passages make a much larger appearance on the record, being mostly the entire song in opening “Assymetrical” and “The Light That Carries Me.” Prog Death Metal mini-epic “Beyond the Fourth Wall” opens with a series of riffs, just to be intersected with another acoustic passage in the verse, followed with the opening melody.

“The Red Waltz” comes as yet another acoustic interlude. “First World Phenomenon” builds up to a sweet metallic end, but it has extremely gripping vocal lines, especially the chorus.

A Nightmare of Symmetry has a potential to put Event Horizon in the direction of becoming one of the greatest metal bands  in the coming years. My recommendation would be to treat the EP as a single unit, under which circumstances it plays best, although individual songs can be satisfying. Each time I listen there is something new to discover — all in all, a story worth rereading.

Tracklist:

1. Asymmetrical
2. The Light That Carries Me
3. Beyond the Fourth Wall
4. The Red Waltz
5. First World Phenomenon

Line-up:

* Max Sindermann – guitars/vocals
* David Cortes – guitars
* Vincent Medina – bass
* Jacob Alves – drums

Links:

eventhorizonmusic.com

Bandcamp

Facebook

Twitter