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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/devin-townsend-project-on-hiatus/
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Albums Ranked

Devin Townsend announced that Devin Townsend Project is going on an indefinite hiatus, sharing the following update through his Facebook page:

Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I’ve decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I’ve been really wanting to do for some time now.

The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we’ve shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – and in the future, I’m sure we’ll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It’s certainly my favorite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name).

Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the ‘by-request’ set and the full ‘Ocean Machine’ album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can’t wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I’m excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing.

As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years. Peace and respect, Devin Townsend

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/devin-townsend-project-on-hiatus/
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Albums Ranked

Devin Townsend announced that Devin Townsend Project is going on an indefinite hiatus, sharing the following update through his Facebook page:

Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I’ve decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I’ve been really wanting to do for some time now.

The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we’ve shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – and in the future, I’m sure we’ll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It’s certainly my favorite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name).

Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the ‘by-request’ set and the full ‘Ocean Machine’ album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can’t wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I’m excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing.

As someone whose music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years. Peace and respect, Devin Townsend

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22184&IdCompany=8

LA progressive rock outfit Perfect Beings have just released their latest album and debut for InsideOut/Sony Music, Vier.  The album finds the band at their experimental best with a diverse collection of tracks including the first two singles, “Anunnaki – Patterns of Light” and “Vibrational – Mysteries, Not Answers.”
 
In a new video, members Ryan Hurtgen and Jesse Nason, along with Sean Reinert,
(Johannes Luley does not appear in the video) talk about the new album, how Reinert joined the band and upcoming shows. 
 
You can see the video here:
https://youtu.be/a23IC8vURpU
 
“…their most adventurous record to date.”
-Prog Magazine
 
“Vier is a fascinating work. Not only does it possess astounding variety and scope internally, but it also expands the group’s formula in stunning ways.”
-The Prog Report
 
“The genre has been around for so long that you would assume that it’s all been done by now. And then a band comes along that actually pushes things forward and challenges the listener. Perfect Beings are that band.”
-Progressive Music Planet
 

Videos from ‘Vier’:
“Vibrational – Mysteries, Not Answers”  https://youtu.be/uPLs6x82VmE
“Anunnaki – Patterns of Light”  https://youtu.be/IgRYwPnHyfY

The album is available on CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP(+CD) & digital download here: https://perfectbeings.lnk.to/Vier

Vier tracklisting:

Guedra – 18:23
01. A New Pyramid
02. The Blue Lake of Understanding
03. Patience
04. Enter the Center

The Golden Arc – 16:47
05. The Persimmon Tree
06. Turn the World Off
07. America
08. For a Pound of Flesh

Vibrational – 18:17
09. The System and Beyond
10. Mysteries, Not Answers
11. Altars of the Gods
12. Everywhere at Once
13. Insomnia

Anunnaki – 18:42
14. Lord Wind
15. Patterns of Light
16. A Compromise
17. Hissing the Wave of the Dragon
18. Everything’s Falling Apart
 

About the band:
Singer Ryan Hurtgen originally met Johannes Luley as a client in Luley’s Los Angeles-based recording studio, My Sonic Temple. Luley, who was instantly impressed with his personality, song-crafting skills, and voice, asked Hurtgen to join him on a new project. This new group was going to continue the path Luley’s former band Moth Vellum had set out on. The two became fast friends and soon put together a full band which would also include founding member Jesse Nason on keyboards. After releasing Perfect Beings (2014) and II  (2015) to critical acclaim, a few personnel changes occurred that left the band without a rhythm section. The guys decided they wouldn’t be deterred, even by such a major setback. Instead, they hired Minneapolis transplant Ben Levin to play the drums on their next album, with Luley taking over the bass spot in addition to playing guitars. The result is the exhilarating double album, Vier. As the group got closer to completing the record, they approached InsideOut, whose label chief Thomas Waber had shown interest a couple of years earlier. The parties agreed to join forces and release the record in early 2018. Levin dropped out and progressive rock drumming phenom Sean Reinert joined the band to add even more life force to an already powerful and highly skilled group, which also includes Jason Lobell on bass. The band can be seen in its current lineup at RoSfest 2018, early May in Gettysburg, PA.

Perfect Beings are:
Ryan Hurtgen – vocals; piano
Johannes Luley – guitars; bass
Jesse Nason – keyboards
Sean Reinert – drums; percussion
Jason Lobell – bass
Brett McDonald – sax and flute
 
 
Perfect Beings online:
perfectbeingsband.com 
https://www.facebook.com/perfectbeingsband/
https://twitter.com/perfect_beings?lang=en
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7fJNN670oDFsmbLzd0HLCw



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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/blindboss-our-tribe-review/
Blindboss - Our Tribe

Blindboss, a one-man band from Costa Mesa in California, is set to launch a new album entitled Our Tribe on February 23.

The project, founded by multi-instrumentalist Max Histrionic, who previously released music as Chameleon Technology, ties together elements of rock and punk into his sound, and for 2018 Blindboss does it on a very high level. The transit themes of the comings and goings of everyday life are some of the motifs that spiral throughout the 12-track album. Also, rolling with the high-energized concepts, there are hints of the musician striving to fulfil a bigger sound. There are instances where it looks like Blindboss is attempting to fill their songs with a more classic rock approach to their music. In this case, this works in a more expansive way to fulfil their themes whilst melding title to track.

“Roman Coke” opens Our Tribe on a high note with sounds that don’t spiral out of control. There is an order to the pacing and everything is executed in excruciating detail. The music comes off as clear and concise, yet with a slight hesitation to let loose that comes off as a bit strained. But once the vocals come around, this seems to set the band at ease and everything comes across as more rhythmic. The piece soars with vocals of Histrionic.

“Jaguar’s Creed” comes off as rather intense, what has to do with power chords transition, courtesy of, again, Max Histrionic, and his powerful singing. Rhythm section is nothing less powerful in providing the strong backbone through the over-the-top bass lines and heavy hitting. Listeners will catch the exciting sounds of the high-powered chorus in “Kelsey Rae,” “Newport Douche,” and “Toad.”

Blindboss’ template of hard work and uplifting crossover rock music with elements of punk and metal works. This has allowed for him to own his own sound, instead of tapering off sounds from other bands that reside in the similar circles. Blindboss’ music is a great find for someone looking for more edgy take on the rock music.

Our Tribe by Blindboss is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

1. Roman Coke
2. Newport Douche
3. Ego Echo
4. R.A.L.U.
5. Matriarch
6. Jaguar’s Creed
7. Toad
8. Kelsey Rae
9. Bug’s Log
10. Our Tribe
11. Roy
12. Shade Struck

Links:

blindboss.net

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/blindboss-our-tribe-review/
Blindboss - Our Tribe

Blindboss, a one-man band from Costa Mesa in California, is set to launch a new album entitled Our Tribe on February 23.

The project, founded by multi-instrumentalist Max Histrionic, who previously released music as Chameleon Technology, ties together elements of rock and punk into his sound, and for 2018 Blindboss does it on a very high level. The transit themes of the comings and goings of everyday life are some of the motifs that spiral throughout the 12-track album. Also, rolling with the high-energized concepts, there are hints of the musician striving to fulfil a bigger sound. There are instances where it looks like Blindboss is attempting to fill their songs with a more classic rock approach to their music. In this case, this works in a more expansive way to fulfil their themes whilst melding title to track.

“Roman Coke” opens Our Tribe on a high note with sounds that don’t spiral out of control. There is an order to the pacing and everything is executed in excruciating detail. The music comes off as clear and concise, yet with a slight hesitation to let loose that comes off as a bit strained. But once the vocals come around, this seems to set the band at ease and everything comes across as more rhythmic. The piece soars with vocals of Histrionic.

“Jaguar’s Creed” comes off as rather intense, what has to do with power chords transition, courtesy of, again, Max Histrionic, and his powerful singing. Rhythm section is nothing less powerful in providing the strong backbone through the over-the-top bass lines and heavy hitting. Listeners will catch the exciting sounds of the high-powered chorus in “Kelsey Rae,” “Newport Douche,” and “Toad.”

Blindboss’ template of hard work and uplifting crossover rock music with elements of punk and metal works. This has allowed for him to own his own sound, instead of tapering off sounds from other bands that reside in the similar circles. Blindboss’ music is a great find for someone looking for more edgy take on the rock music.

Our Tribe by Blindboss is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

1. Roman Coke
2. Newport Douche
3. Ego Echo
4. R.A.L.U.
5. Matriarch
6. Jaguar’s Creed
7. Toad
8. Kelsey Rae
9. Bug’s Log
10. Our Tribe
11. Roy
12. Shade Struck

Links:

blindboss.net

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/01/30/rtfact-life-is-good/

Life wasn’t good under the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Among the many things that were banned were jokes, conducting an orchestra and Beatles moptops.

Western music was derided as imperialist and decadent, and a threat to the Soviet way of life. Donna Summer, Julio Iglesias and The Clash were among the many mainstream acts whose material could only be obtained expensively on the black market or as poor-quality flexi discs made out of discarded hospital X-rays.

Imagine then trying to find Genesis, Yes or King Crimson. But this only made Soviet music lovers more determined to track down their albums – and they were treated as precious artefacts, a musical glimpse into an exciting, forbidden world.

The result of this deprivation is that modern-day Russian prog lovers have a reverence for the music that may even exceed our own here on The Progressive Aspect. And those who have the talent to compose and play progressive rock inevitably draw heavily from the bands they worship.

Such is the case with RTFACT, whose debut album makes no secret of its classic ’70s influences. From the opening strains of what could be a Rick Wakeman medieval rock opera to the Gentle Giant-inspired vocals to the cod classical keyboards of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Life Is Good is a blatant throwback.

Luckily, it’s also chock-full of great tunes, superb playing and a generally upbeat, joyful attitude that should bring a smile to the face of all but the most hard-bitten, cynical listeners and Roger Trenwith.

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The title track is a bold, optimistic statement of intent that rocks nimbly along while packing in plenty of Yes and Jethro Tull-ish moments. Artifact is a mostly keyboard-driven instrumental that jumps between being frenetic and stately before ending on a triumphant clash of percussion.

I Got Money In My Pocket could be something Trevor Rabin might have tried out with Yes during their “let’s have a hit single” period, while Gotika only needs a knife driven through the keys of a Hammond organ to complete its tribute to ELP.

Sometimes there’s a dollop of cheese, such as the 1980s power-ballad opening of Hail To The Winner, but it is done with such a lack of pretension and an obvious love for the music they are creating that you just have to go along with it.

Everything is held together by the keyboards of Edward Tsiselsky and Dmitry Ilugdin, while drummer Joel Taylor is nimble and inventive enough to make tempo and time changes sound effortless.

And there’s a host of special guests here, including Steve Hackett’s vocalist Nad Sylvan, guitar virtuoso Oz Noy and saxophonist Gary Meek, but none of them hog the limelight. Instead they blend in nicely to give the entire album a cohesive feel.

RTFACT are not breaking any musical boundaries. But they are celebrating the music that helped them break the political boundaries that imprisoned them in their own country.

Some people credit The Beatles in helping to bring down the old Soviet Union. Perhaps prog played a part too, by inspiring young people to break their own boundaries through creativity and exploration. Life may not be good in Vladimir Putin’s Russia but it might be a little better than it was.

TRACK LISTING
01. Life Is Good (6:04)
02. Artifact (6:24)
03. I Got Money In My Pocket (6:13)
04. Gotika (5:03)
05. Hail To The Winner (Part I) (3:35)
06. Hail To The Winner (Part II – Tarantella) (3:28)
07. The King, The Master, And The Timekeeper (4:30)
08. Hollywood Walk Of Fame (6:02)
09. Life Is Good (Remix) (1:16)

Total Time – 42:35

MUSICIANS
Edward Tsiselsky – Keyboards
Dmitry Ilugdin – Synthesizers
Eugene Sharikov – Bass
Joel Taylor – Drums
~ With:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Nad Sylan – Vocals
Will Champlin – Vocals
Oz Noy – Guitar
Jeff Kollman – Guitar
Rafael Moreira – Guitar
Josh Smith – Guitar
Gary Meek – Flute, Sax

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record label: AFL Music
Country of origin: Russia/USA
Date of Release: 18th August 2017

LINKS
RTFACT – Facebook | Bandcamp

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22183&IdCompany=8

German instrumental rock powerhouse Long Distance Calling are set to release their sixth studio album ‘Boundless’ this Friday 2nd February 2018. To celebrate its imminent arrival, the band have launched an album player featuring snippets from all the albums tracks.

Listen now here: https://youtu.be/EjBVH6HiIR0
 
Watch the recently released video for ‘Ascending’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7WE1XejEk
 
Watch the video for ‘Out There’ (directed by Iconographic), here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dh5vUlQdl4
 
The album will be released as a special edition digipak CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD (incl. etching on side D) & as digital download. Pre-order & stream the singles now here:
https://longdistancecalling.lnk.to/Boundless
 
 Following the release of two albums that saw the band exploring the addition of vocals to their sound, the band have gone back to basics and created a purely instrumental record.
The band comments: “We are happy to announce our new album ‘BOUNDLESS’ which will see the light of day on February 2nd 2018. This time around the four of us locked ourselves in a room over a couple of months and pretty much got back to where we started as a band to catch this “go with the flow” feeling. This is probably the purest LDC album ever, no guests, no vocals, all instrumental.  We´re stoked how it turned out and this album got a lot of energy, heaviness, melodies and twists, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.”
 
The track-listing of the album is as follows:
1. Out There
2. Ascending
3. In The Clouds
4. Like A River
5. The Far Side
6. On The Verge
7. Weightless
8. Skydivers


 
Further to the above, the band recently announced new tour dates in support of the new album release. Two new dates have been added to the list, in bold below. See here for the full list of dates:
 
LONG DISTANCE CALLING Tour:
Presented by VISIONS, GITARRE & BASS, METAL.DE, ECLIPSED, METAL HAMMER, GUITAR

02.02.2018 – Dortmund (D), FZW (‘Boundless’ Release Show/followed by Visions Party) – SOLD OUT

23.02.2018 – Saarbrücken (D), Garage (Club)
24.02.2018 – Laufen (CH), Biomill
28.02.2018 – Hannover (D), Lux
01.03.2018 – Berlin (D), Musik & Frieden
02.03.2018 –  Hamburg (D), Indra
03.03.2018 – Kiel (D), Die Pumpe
04.03.2018 – Bremen (D), Tower
05.03.2018 – Köln (D), Gebäude 9
06.03.2018 – Wiesbaden (D), Schlachthof (Kesselhaus)
07.03.2018 – Stuttgart (D), ClubCann
08.03.2018 – München (D), Kranhalle
09.03.2018 – Wien (AT), B72
10.03.2018 – Prag (CZ), Nova Chmelnice
11.03.2018 – Dresden (D), Beatpol
12.03.2018 – Nürnberg (D), Club Stereo
 
Long Distance Calling tear everything down and let it blossom again. ‘Boundless’ sounds like freedom found again, sometimes weightless, sometimes oppressively heavy.
 
 
LONG DISTANCE CALLING online:
www.longdistancecalling.de/
www.facebook.com/longdistancecalling
www.instagram.com/longdistancecalling
https://longdistancecalling.merchcowboy.com/