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Edition 143 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

Bomber Goggles – Uneasy Truce (from Gyreland)
The C:Live Collective – This City Is London (from The Age Of Insanity)
Mirror of Dreams – Broken Memory; Desolation (from Broken Memory; Desolation)
A Perfect Circle – Eat the Elephant (from Eat the Elephant)
Halo Tora – Always The Last To Know (from Man Of Stone: First Chapter)

Connect 4:
John Wetton – Arkangel (from Arkangel)
No-Man – Animal Ghost (from Flowermouth)
Memories Of Machines – Something In Our Lives (from Warm Winter)
Fates Warning – Theories of Flight (from Theories of Flight)

Porcupine Tree – Russia On Ice (from Lightbulb Sun)

Jurassic Prog:
Imagine – Castles of Sand (from Images, Clear Skies and Rainbows)
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (feat. Stéphane Grappelli) (from Wish You Were Here (Experience edition)

The Skys – Is This The Way (from Colors of the Desert)
The Reasoning – Dark Angel (from Dark Angel)
3 – The Last Day (from The End Is Begun)
Chickn – Omens (from Chickn)
Black Bonzo – War Machine (from Guilotine Drama)
Archive – Words on Signs (from Controlling Crowds (Parts I-III))

Monsters of Progzilla:


Mew – The Zookeeper’s Boy (live)
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (live)
Peter Gabriel – Not One Of Us (live)
Queen – Keep Yourself Alive (live)
Cardiacs – Is This The Life? (live)
Rammstein – Mein Herz Brennt (live)

Galahad – Seize The Day (from Battle Scars)

Edition 132 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Liquid Tension Experiment – Universal Mind
John Arch – Cheyenne
Adrenaline Mob – Undaunted

Live at 11: Dream Theater live at Le Bataclan, Paris on June 25, 1998

Metropolis (live)
Ytse Jam (live)
Mike Portnoy Drum Solo (live)
Lie (live)

Haken – Crystallised

Album of the Week: O.S.I. – Office Of Strategic Influence

O.S.I.
Horseshoes And B-52’s
The New Math (What He Said)

Sons Of Apollo – Coming Home

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22290&IdCompany=8

Spanish instrumental rockers Toundra release their new fifth studio album ‘Vortex today, following on from their previous record ‘IV’ which reached number 2 in the Spanish charts. 


On the Wednesday the band played live on ‘Late Motiv’, the most important late night TV show in Spain, and tonight the band celebrate the release of the album with a special show at Vortex in Siegen, Germany. Watch a clip from their TV appearance here:
https://www.facebook.com/toundra/videos/10156486329455799/ 


‘Vortex’ has been receiving some fantastic reviews and you can find a selection of them below:


“expansive, emotive music, appealing to our hearts as much as our heads.” – Prog


“a bombardment of claustrophobia & ecstasy, often within the same song, Vortex is a breathtaking piece of work.” – Metal Hammer


“It’s inspiring, highly energetic, full of riffs, hooks, melody. What else do you need?” – Echoes & Dust


a voyage of discovery in an enthralling album. Never heard of what the Spanish have to offer in terms of cutting edge rock before? Sit back, relax and turn it up loud.”Louder Than War


The album is available on special edition CD digipak, gatefold black LP + CD & as digital download. Order the album now here: https://toundra.lnk.to/Vortex 


Watch a video for the track ‘Kingston Falls’ here: https://youtu.be/I2y0NOiyDKI 


Their previous video for ‘Cobra’ was created by Jorge Escalona using photographic material from Pulitzer Prize winner Manu Brabo and video material from well-known Spanish journalist Gonzo.  


Watch that now here: https://youtu.be/eFNLm380Uzg 


As mentioned previously, the title of the album is ‘Vortex’, as the band explain:


“On September 19th in 2012 we arrived at a venue called ‘Vortex Surfer Musiklub’ in Siegen, a small town in Germany. We played there, the venue got packed and everything about that night, including the warm welcome from everybody working there, was incredible. We fell in love with that small venue and the house next to it where we slept that night.


Since then, we played Vortex five or six times and there has always been that same great fond feeling from the people there. So, this upcoming album is called ‘Vortex’. We leave behind the roman numbers and want to use this as a way to thank all the promoters, people working in venues, labels, agencies, fans… and everyone who has helped us over the years to live this dream. We can’t wait for you to hear some of the music”


You can find the beautiful cover artwork and track-listing below:


  1. Intro Vortex
  2. Cobra
  3. Tuareg
  4. Cartavio
  5. Kingston Falls
  6. Mojave
  7. Roy Neary
  8. Cruce Oeste


The first run of European tour dates were recently announced and tickets are on sale now.


27.04.2018 Spain Secret Show
28.04.2018 Spain Villarrobledo, Viñarock 
03.05.2018 Spain Donosti, Doka Antzokia
04.05.2018 France Bordeaux VOID
05.05.2018 France Paris Supersonic
06.05.2018 Netherlands Amsterdam Melkweg Upstairs
07.05.2018 France Nancy The Riveter
08.05.2018 Switzerland Geneva L’Usine
09.05.2018 Belgium Gent DOK
10.05.2018 United Kingdom London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
12.05.2018 United Kingdom Leeds Temple of Boom
13.05.2018 United Kingdom Glasgow Nice ‘n Sleazy
14.05.2018 United Kingdom Bristol The Fleece
16.05.2018 Germany Köln JUNGLE
17.05.2018 Germany Stuttgart Keller Club

18.05.2018 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rocas
19.05.2018 Germany Hamburg Molotow
20.05.2018 Danmark Copenhagen KB18
23.05.2018 Germany Berlin BiNuu
24.05.2018 Germany Dresden Groovestation

25.05.2018 Czech Plzen Papirna
26.05.2018 Hungary Budapest A38
27.05.2018 Austria Vienna Viper Room
29.05.2018 France Lyon Le Farmer
30.05.2018 France Marseille Molotov
31.05.2018 France Toulouse Les Pavillons Sauvages
23.06.2018 Spain Salamanca Tres Acordes Fest. 
29.06.2018 Spain S. de Compostela, O Son Do Camiño SOLD OUT
12.07.2018 Spain Madrid, MadCool Festival SOLD OUT
29.09.2018 Spain Bilbao, Kafe Antzokia 
13.10.2018 Spain Barcelona, AMFest
10.11.2018 Spain Córdoba, Sala Ambigú Axerquía 
17.11.2018 Spain Saarlamand, Gloomaar Festival 
23.11.2018 Spain Valencia, Sala Moon 
28.12.2018 Spain Gran Canaria, La Choza
29.12.2018 Spain Tenerife, Aguere Cultural


It has been an intense 3 years since the band got signed with Superball/Century Media in 2014, with whom they put out their most recent a lauded album, ¨IV¨, (January 2015), after the first 3 albums that were released independently. Since then the band has performed over 100 concerts in 17 different countries with their instrumental sound combining progressive and post rock making them one of the leaders in there genre.



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On the 22nd September 2017, Devin Townsend Project played a special show at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the landmark Ocean Machine album in full, as well as a set of fan-requested tracks alongside the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. This concert was filmed, and on 6th July 2018 it will see the light of day as ‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’.  


Devin comments: “Plovdiv and this live package represents a lot to me, it signifies the end of one era, and the celebration of another. Amidst a gruelling touring year, this show came together with much blood, sweat, and tears, and the result is the culmination of many aspects of my work on one stage. 


Ocean machine was released 20 years ago, and though Marty (drums) is no longer with us, I was able to finally perform the album in its entirety with the original bassist John ‘Squid’ Harder on this night. On a cold evening in an old city in the ancient theatre, many lifelong milestones came to a conclusion on this night and I’m exceptionally proud of it.


I am currently writing, writing, and writing some more for the next stage of my life and work, and the team of individuals who contributed to this project, from the musicians in the band and orchestra, to the crews locally and with this, management, artists, filmographers and most importantly, the audience… made this night a powerful and strangely bittersweet moment I am proud to have documented with this work.


This is a very special live recording of a very special night, and I hope you enjoy it as a monument to the things that inspired it all in the first place.


Love and light,
Devin Townsend”


‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’ will be available as a limited deluxe 3CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray artbook (with liner notes from Devin and a special documentary dubbed ‘Reflecting The Chaos’ on the second DVD & Blu-Ray), Special Edition 3CD/DVD Digipak, standalone Blu-Ray and as digital audio download.

Pre-order now here: https://DevinTownsendProject.lnk.to/OceanMachineLive



The full track-listing is as follows:


By Request with Orchestra



  1. Truth
  2. Stormbending
  3. Om
  4. Failure
  5. By Your Command
  6. Gaia
  7. Deadhead
  8. Canada
  9. Bad Devil
  10. Higher
  11. A Simple Lullaby
  12. Deep Peace


Ocean Machine



  1. Seventh Wave
  2. Life
  3. Night
  4. Hide Nowhere
  5. Sister
  6. 3 A.M.
  7. Voices in the Fan
  8. Greetings
  9. Regulator
  10. Funeral
  11. Bastard
  12. The Death of Music
  13. Things Beyond Things



The first in a series of special vinyl boxes was also recently announced. ‘ERAS – Vinyl Collection Part 1’ compiles the albums ‘Ki’, ‘Addicted’, ‘Deconstruction’ & ‘Ghost’ in a sturdy box all on 180g heavyweight vinyl. You can pre-order your copy, including various coloured vinyl versions, now here:
https://devintownsendproject.lnk.to/Eras 



Devin Townsend Project released the much acclaimed ‘Transcendence’ in late 2016, before embarking on one of their biggest world tours ever. This new live release marks the end of an era, as Devin Townsend Project was disbanded in early 2018 to pave the way for Devin to focus on numerous other creative, musical endeavours of which he is currently hard at work on.



DEVIN TOWNSEND online:
www.hevydevy.com 
www.facebook.com/dvntownsend
www.omerch.com 
https://twitter.com/dvntownsend
www.instagram.com/dvntownsend 
www.youtube.com/user/poopynuggeteer



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www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV 
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic 
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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/alice-cooper-interested-facts/
AC

If you think “The Godfather of Shock Rock” can no longer shock you, think again.

Famed as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most legendary musicians, Alice Cooper pioneered the subgenre “shock rock” commanding stages with his blood, guts and gore performances that matched scenes straight out of a horror film.

But, despite the deadly snakes, guillotines and electric chairs we’ve come to expect from Alice Cooper, this heavy metal rock star may just be the kindest man in your parent’s record collection. Here are ten interesting facts you may not know about Alice Cooper.

  1. He’s The Son Of A Preacher

Cooper’s onstage antics paint a far darker picture of the rock star’s church boy childhood. Born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948, the son of Ella and Ether Furnier, preachers in the Church of Jesus Christ. Cooper himself was an active child of the Church and remains a born-again Christian who occasionally fills in as a Bible teacher at his local Sunday School.

  1. He has his own Alice Cooper slot game

In 2017, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer launched a slot game called Alice Cooper School’s Out For Summer. While the Alice Cooper slot game doesn’t feature any demonic baby dolls or scary decapitations, fans can expect plenty of the rock star’s gritty humour and horror, plus some shockingly good deals!

  1. He’s An Avid Golfer

While heavy metal and sport don’t usually go hand-in-hand, the Godfather of shock rock happens to be a force to be reckoned with on the golf course. The singer reportedly plays six times a week, and his passion is clearly reflected in the title of his 2007 autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster. His love for the game has also led to the Alice Cooper Celebrity AM Golf Tournament, a charity competition. Maybe, he’ll come out with his own line of golf balls soon!

  1. He Appeared On The Muppet Show

Cooper entertained/frightened kids around the world when he appeared on The Muppet Show alongside Kermit the Frog in 1978. Dressed as a vampire in an episode themed around “ghoulies and ghosties” and “four-legged beasties” Cooper, the most controversial figure in music at the time performed “Welcome To My Nightmare,” “Schools Out” and “You And Me” with his entourage of monsters. The performance is remembered as one of the greatest music moments on The Muppet Show, and Cooper has been commended for his ability to be light-hearted and fun.

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  1. He’s Been Running For President For Over Three Decades

It’s a peculiar world. Alice Cooper has (jokingly) run for president in every election since 1972. Over the years he’s campaign slogans have ranged from “Alice Cooper—A troubled man, for troubled times” and  “Alice Cooper—I can do nothing as well as they can do nothing.” He even re-released his 1972 single “Elected” to promote his presidential campaign in 2016 featuring the lyrics “We’re gonna rock to the rules that I make, I wanna be elected.”

  1. He Owns His Own Kids Theme Ride

Living up to his thrilling reputation, Alice Cooper brought nightmares to life in 2011 when he launched his own theme park ride at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The appropriately named “Welcome to My Nightmare” was a spooky maze featuring giant spiders, guillotines, and deadly pythons. The attraction formed part of the park’s Halloween celebrations and was a huge hit with Alice Cooper fans.

  1. He Accidentally Revolutionised “Shock Rock”

Now, this might shock you—the “Godfather of Shock Rock” accidentally invented the genre in 1969, when performing at the Toronto Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Festival. As legend has it, a fan threw a chicken onstage, and Cooper responded by throwing it back into the audience who in excitement trampled the animal. News of the incident spread like wildfire, with varying degrees of embellishment that marked the birth of shock rock.

However, in a recent tell-all “Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group”, bass player Dennis Dunaway revealed the incident was a planned onstage stunt gone horribly wrong! The chicken was actually one of the band’s two travelling pet chickens, named Larry and Pecker.

  1. He Jams With Johnny Depp

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp formed the Hollywood Vampires in 2015 to honour the music of the rock stars past away in the 70s due to excessive lifestyles. The all American rock group released a studio album in 2015 featuring Paul McCartney, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh among others.  The star-studded rock group is set to tour the UK this summer, including a performance at Wembley Stadium in London in June 2018.

  1. He Was Once Keanu Reeves’ Babysitter

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Keanu Reeves revealed that Alice Cooper was once his babysitter. Keanu Reeves was so young that he barely remembers his famous carer. Although he does oddly recall “a fake poo in the fridge.”

  1. He’s Not As Tough As He Looks

Despite his powerful onstage presence and frightening face makeup, Cooper is actually a big old softy: “Put my head in a guillotine, fine, but put a needle near me and I’m passed out on the floor.” He’s also known for helping many other rock stars overcome their battles with alcohol and drug addiction. After beating his own substance abuse battles, he went on to support Megadeth’s front man, Dave Mustaine, who today considers Cooper to be his “godfather.”

Cover photo: Alice Cooper by Ralph Aversen via Flickr

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/alice-cooper-interested-facts/
AC

If you think “The Godfather of Shock Rock” can no longer shock you, think again.

Famed as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most legendary musicians, Alice Cooper pioneered the subgenre “shock rock” commanding stages with his blood, guts and gore performances that matched scenes straight out of a horror film.

But, despite the deadly snakes, guillotines and electric chairs we’ve come to expect from Alice Cooper, this heavy metal rock star may just be the kindest man in your parent’s record collection. Here are ten interesting facts you may not know about Alice Cooper.

  1. He’s The Son Of A Preacher

Cooper’s onstage antics paint a far darker picture of the rock star’s church boy childhood. Born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948, the son of Ella and Ether Furnier, preachers in the Church of Jesus Christ. Cooper himself was an active child of the Church and remains a born-again Christian who occasionally fills in as a Bible teacher at his local Sunday School.

  1. He has his own Alice Cooper slot game

In 2017, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer launched a slot game called Alice Cooper School’s Out For Summer. While the Alice Cooper slot game doesn’t feature any demonic baby dolls or scary decapitations, fans can expect plenty of the rock star’s gritty humour and horror, plus some shockingly good deals!

  1. He’s An Avid Golfer

While heavy metal and sport don’t usually go hand-in-hand, the Godfather of shock rock happens to be a force to be reckoned with on the golf course. The singer reportedly plays six times a week, and his passion is clearly reflected in the title of his 2007 autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster. His love for the game has also led to the Alice Cooper Celebrity AM Golf Tournament, a charity competition. Maybe, he’ll come out with his own line of golf balls soon!

  1. He Appeared On The Muppet Show

Cooper entertained/frightened kids around the world when he appeared on The Muppet Show alongside Kermit the Frog in 1978. Dressed as a vampire in an episode themed around “ghoulies and ghosties” and “four-legged beasties” Cooper, the most controversial figure in music at the time performed “Welcome To My Nightmare,” “Schools Out” and “You And Me” with his entourage of monsters. The performance is remembered as one of the greatest music moments on The Muppet Show, and Cooper has been commended for his ability to be light-hearted and fun.

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  1. He’s Been Running For President For Over Three Decades

It’s a peculiar world. Alice Cooper has (jokingly) run for president in every election since 1972. Over the years he’s campaign slogans have ranged from “Alice Cooper—A troubled man, for troubled times” and  “Alice Cooper—I can do nothing as well as they can do nothing.” He even re-released his 1972 single “Elected” to promote his presidential campaign in 2016 featuring the lyrics “We’re gonna rock to the rules that I make, I wanna be elected.”

  1. He Owns His Own Kids Theme Ride

Living up to his thrilling reputation, Alice Cooper brought nightmares to life in 2011 when he launched his own theme park ride at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The appropriately named “Welcome to My Nightmare” was a spooky maze featuring giant spiders, guillotines, and deadly pythons. The attraction formed part of the park’s Halloween celebrations and was a huge hit with Alice Cooper fans.

  1. He Accidentally Revolutionised “Shock Rock”

Now, this might shock you—the “Godfather of Shock Rock” accidentally invented the genre in 1969, when performing at the Toronto Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Festival. As legend has it, a fan threw a chicken onstage, and Cooper responded by throwing it back into the audience who in excitement trampled the animal. News of the incident spread like wildfire, with varying degrees of embellishment that marked the birth of shock rock.

However, in a recent tell-all “Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group”, bass player Dennis Dunaway revealed the incident was a planned onstage stunt gone horribly wrong! The chicken was actually one of the band’s two travelling pet chickens, named Larry and Pecker.

  1. He Jams With Johnny Depp

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp formed the Hollywood Vampires in 2015 to honour the music of the rock stars past away in the 70s due to excessive lifestyles. The all American rock group released a studio album in 2015 featuring Paul McCartney, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh among others.  The star-studded rock group is set to tour the UK this summer, including a performance at Wembley Stadium in London in June 2018.

  1. He Was Once Keanu Reeves’ Babysitter

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Keanu Reeves revealed that Alice Cooper was once his babysitter. Keanu Reeves was so young that he barely remembers his famous carer. Although he does oddly recall “a fake poo in the fridge.”

  1. He’s Not As Tough As He Looks

Despite his powerful onstage presence and frightening face makeup, Cooper is actually a big old softy: “Put my head in a guillotine, fine, but put a needle near me and I’m passed out on the floor.” He’s also known for helping many other rock stars overcome their battles with alcohol and drug addiction. After beating his own substance abuse battles, he went on to support Megadeth’s front man, Dave Mustaine, who today considers Cooper to be his “godfather.”

Cover photo: Alice Cooper by Ralph Aversen via Flickr

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/remark-interview-video-premiere/
Remark

Moscow’s alternative rock quintet Remark released an EP titled ‘Keep Running‘ earlier this month. We have teamed up with the band to premiere a studio performance video of the song ‘Purple Haze’; watch it below. Remark‘s guitarist Denis Novikov tells us about the EP, the artwork, gear, and more.

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Describe the musical vision propelling your new EP Keep Running.

We tried to make something new but understood that we must to be in our genre. To be honest we think that musical industry is in stagnation and it is provoked us to create our personal sound which includes the classic rock features and ideas. I will say, Keep Running sounds like I want. I hear the echoes of my musical tastes in it, and I think the rest of the band will agree with me.

What made this the right time to pursue that vision?

Previous self-titled album was mostly heavier. So, we decided to make more diversity in our new work, but it is not mean that we follow new music tendencies.

Tell me about what you’re communicating with the album cover.

Our friend and excellent designer Denis Rekun suggested us his view of the cover, which based on the contain of the first song and the name of the EP Keep Running. The main idea is moving on and searching yourself in music and life.

How do you think the music interacts or reflects on the themes you’re touching on in this EP?

Firstly, music was more important than texts for us and we focused on it. It mirrors our feelings better than words and it is the main idea of our creativity. Therefore, our texts based on our musical mood. Songs “Too Close” and “Shout” are known by all, so we decided to arrange the songs by our vision and sound, hope that our covers will find feedbacks of our listeners!

What was the creative process for Keep Running like?

To be honest, there was nothing out of the ordinary, we had a lot of material and it was just the right time we wanted to release our songs. We chose the worthy songs and released only that songs which reflect our feelings at the moment. We hope that we got it.

Remark - Keep Running

Speaking of the EP’s creative process, provide some insight into it. How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Keep Running for me, and for the other guys is the new level. This is expressed both in the musical component, and in the technical. We’ve done a lot of work on the overall sound, ranging from arranging, working through the parts, to directly searching for the sound. I also want to note that we used new ways of organizing our own work, which turned out to be quite effective.

Did the environment in any way influence the vibe the album transcends?

We try to exclude the impact of political or social problems on our lyrics and music, we are an apolitical band. But our personal moods sometimes effect on various events in our lives and experiences, it indirectly affecting on moods of our songs. So, we can say that we honest with our listeners.

How does Keep Running compare to your self-titled debut album, in your opinion?

Remark was our first studio work. First of all, we need to say a few words about the format of EP. Nowadays is quite difficult for a young artist to release a full album, because he’s limited in money and time, so he cannot afford to release new material often. Mini-album of a few songs you can release more often without losing quality of the work.

There are a couple of surprises on our new EP, but in general I would name it the logical continuation and growth of idea what we have on the first album. We worked again with our friend, coolest sound producer and sound engineer we’ve ever had Andrew Konoplev. Naturally, we took our mistakes into consideration, and the experience gained over this time, helped us to make a high-quality release. We tried to make the most honest sound with a minimum of production and only live instruments, I hope our fans and new listeners will appreciate it!

Tell me about the gear you used for creating Keep Running. How did you achieve all these tones?

Firstly, we wanted to achieve the most honest sound – the minimum production, only live instruments, microphones and other old-school stuff. Therefore, everything that you hear is the result of the sound searching, which includes the arrangement and setting the drums setup and ending with competent work with plugins. We had a great vintage Yamaha drums and best microphones. For the guitar sound big thanks goes to Fortress Amps, it is a small Moscow company that makes gorgeous sounding amplifiers, cabinets and pedals. But the most important element is our sound producer and sound engineer Andrew Konoplev, he helped us to sound exactly as we want, he organizes the recording process as comfortable and professional as possible.

Remark

Speaking of gear, what is your view on technology in music?

We are a disappointed that in our time even professionals record music using only computer, digital processing and plugins. Truly “live” remains only vocals (with reservations). Yes, this is an expensive process and we can talk about the financial component for a long time – that sometimes musicians have not an opportunity to pay for the record and generally that the music is difficult way to earn money. But in the pursuit of money we forget about the main thing – the honest dialogue between the musician and the fans.

How do you usually go about creating a new song? Is there something like “usual” when it comes to writing new music or, to paraphrase Hans Zimmer, do you have to break rules in order to move forward?

This is a different process every time. Sometimes Yanas or me bring an idea and together we develop it and make an arrangement, sometimes we jam and in the process, a new song is born. Often it is a painful process, when the idea seems to be there and it is good, but we cannot make the final version that would suit everyone. Many ideas are still only ideas I have on my computer and they wait to be the songs. Isn’t your original musical ideas a step forward? They are individual and unique, and the process of denouncing them in songs and arrangements – this is more technical point.

Which bands or artists influence your work?

It is very complicated issue. There are no one particular source of inspiration, moreover, we (members of the band) like different music, oddly enough. All in all, I think there are the grunge bands of the 90s and post grunge bands of the 2000s mixed up with our desires and strangeness, which poured to this EP.

With the EP out, what else do you have in the pipeline?

We prepared live videos for each of new songs from the EP and plan to release them soon. This is a great reason to watch us in action, of course you will see that we are good not only on recording but also live!

For more information about Remark visit their website, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and stream / download Keep Running EP from Bandcamp.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/remark-interview-video-premiere/
Remark

Moscow’s alternative rock quintet Remark released an EP titled ‘Keep Running‘ earlier this month. We have teamed up with the band to premiere a studio performance video of the song ‘Purple Haze’; watch it below. Remark‘s guitarist Denis Novikov tells us about the EP, the artwork, gear, and more.

[embedded content]

Describe the musical vision propelling your new EP Keep Running.

We tried to make something new but understood that we must to be in our genre. To be honest we think that musical industry is in stagnation and it is provoked us to create our personal sound which includes the classic rock features and ideas. I will say, Keep Running sounds like I want. I hear the echoes of my musical tastes in it, and I think the rest of the band will agree with me.

What made this the right time to pursue that vision?

Previous self-titled album was mostly heavier. So, we decided to make more diversity in our new work, but it is not mean that we follow new music tendencies.

Tell me about what you’re communicating with the album cover.

Our friend and excellent designer Denis Rekun suggested us his view of the cover, which based on the contain of the first song and the name of the EP Keep Running. The main idea is moving on and searching yourself in music and life.

How do you think the music interacts or reflects on the themes you’re touching on in this EP?

Firstly, music was more important than texts for us and we focused on it. It mirrors our feelings better than words and it is the main idea of our creativity. Therefore, our texts based on our musical mood. Songs “Too Close” and “Shout” are known by all, so we decided to arrange the songs by our vision and sound, hope that our covers will find feedbacks of our listeners!

What was the creative process for Keep Running like?

To be honest, there was nothing out of the ordinary, we had a lot of material and it was just the right time we wanted to release our songs. We chose the worthy songs and released only that songs which reflect our feelings at the moment. We hope that we got it.

Remark - Keep Running

Speaking of the EP’s creative process, provide some insight into it. How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Keep Running for me, and for the other guys is the new level. This is expressed both in the musical component, and in the technical. We’ve done a lot of work on the overall sound, ranging from arranging, working through the parts, to directly searching for the sound. I also want to note that we used new ways of organizing our own work, which turned out to be quite effective.

Did the environment in any way influence the vibe the album transcends?

We try to exclude the impact of political or social problems on our lyrics and music, we are an apolitical band. But our personal moods sometimes effect on various events in our lives and experiences, it indirectly affecting on moods of our songs. So, we can say that we honest with our listeners.

How does Keep Running compare to your self-titled debut album, in your opinion?

Remark was our first studio work. First of all, we need to say a few words about the format of EP. Nowadays is quite difficult for a young artist to release a full album, because he’s limited in money and time, so he cannot afford to release new material often. Mini-album of a few songs you can release more often without losing quality of the work.

There are a couple of surprises on our new EP, but in general I would name it the logical continuation and growth of idea what we have on the first album. We worked again with our friend, coolest sound producer and sound engineer we’ve ever had Andrew Konoplev. Naturally, we took our mistakes into consideration, and the experience gained over this time, helped us to make a high-quality release. We tried to make the most honest sound with a minimum of production and only live instruments, I hope our fans and new listeners will appreciate it!

Tell me about the gear you used for creating Keep Running. How did you achieve all these tones?

Firstly, we wanted to achieve the most honest sound – the minimum production, only live instruments, microphones and other old-school stuff. Therefore, everything that you hear is the result of the sound searching, which includes the arrangement and setting the drums setup and ending with competent work with plugins. We had a great vintage Yamaha drums and best microphones. For the guitar sound big thanks goes to Fortress Amps, it is a small Moscow company that makes gorgeous sounding amplifiers, cabinets and pedals. But the most important element is our sound producer and sound engineer Andrew Konoplev, he helped us to sound exactly as we want, he organizes the recording process as comfortable and professional as possible.

Remark

Speaking of gear, what is your view on technology in music?

We are a disappointed that in our time even professionals record music using only computer, digital processing and plugins. Truly “live” remains only vocals (with reservations). Yes, this is an expensive process and we can talk about the financial component for a long time – that sometimes musicians have not an opportunity to pay for the record and generally that the music is difficult way to earn money. But in the pursuit of money we forget about the main thing – the honest dialogue between the musician and the fans.

How do you usually go about creating a new song? Is there something like “usual” when it comes to writing new music or, to paraphrase Hans Zimmer, do you have to break rules in order to move forward?

This is a different process every time. Sometimes Yanas or me bring an idea and together we develop it and make an arrangement, sometimes we jam and in the process, a new song is born. Often it is a painful process, when the idea seems to be there and it is good, but we cannot make the final version that would suit everyone. Many ideas are still only ideas I have on my computer and they wait to be the songs. Isn’t your original musical ideas a step forward? They are individual and unique, and the process of denouncing them in songs and arrangements – this is more technical point.

Which bands or artists influence your work?

It is very complicated issue. There are no one particular source of inspiration, moreover, we (members of the band) like different music, oddly enough. All in all, I think there are the grunge bands of the 90s and post grunge bands of the 2000s mixed up with our desires and strangeness, which poured to this EP.

With the EP out, what else do you have in the pipeline?

We prepared live videos for each of new songs from the EP and plan to release them soon. This is a great reason to watch us in action, of course you will see that we are good not only on recording but also live!

For more information about Remark visit their website, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and stream / download Keep Running EP from Bandcamp.

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 239 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this Winter’s End Preview edition we heard the following music:

  1. Gordon Giltrap – Fear Of The Dark
  2. Hekz – The Devil’s Coil
  3. Mystery – Delusion Rain
  4. MultiStory – Crimson Stone
  5. Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency – Sanctuary
  6. Galahad – Seas Of Change (Extract)
  7. C:Live Collective – The Fifth Estate (Part 3)
  8. Arena – Enemy Without/Running From Damascus
  9. Robert Reed – Sanctuary III Part 1
  10. Karmamoi – Silence Between Sounds/Nashira
  11. Verbal Delirium – Aeons (Part 1 & 2)
  12. Jump – This Beach
  13. Tiger Moth Tales – Big Big Train Medley (Victorian Brick Work & Last Train)
  14. Lifesigns – Different

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://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/04/26/esp-2-0-22-layers-of-sunlight/

I enjoyed ESP’s debut album Invisible Din, so when they asked me to review their sophomore album, the recently released 22 Layers Of Sunlight, I was more than happy to do so. For this latest release the ESP 2.0 line-up once again includes composer and producer Tony Lowe (guitars and keyboards) and drummer Mark Brzezicki. New for this album are lyricist and vocalist Peter Coyle, Pete Clark on bass and Richard Smith, keyboards on selected tracks.

This band creates the perfect soundscapes with which to enjoy relaxing by the fireside on a chilly day, or closing your eyes and dreaming by the beach. The music is the type you can easily get lost within to feel relaxed and calm, evident immediately as God Of Denial opens the album with that deep step back to Pink Floyd, music many of us grew up with. Coyle’s vocals sound much like Roger Waters here, and the perfect keyboard work will have you immediately reminiscing. The best song on the album… out front. Algorithm, the second-best track, is full of Phil Collins’ drumming references and will bring In The Air Tonight to mind, along with other favourites from Collins’ solo catalogue. You can tell that Brzezicki has learned well from the drum master.

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The title track 22 Layers Of Sunlight is another fantastic piece, full of interesting vocals and deep, well-played original keyboard sounds and tunnels of synthesizer that will delight any keyboard fan. Brzezicki’s drumming powerfully drives and along with the bass and lead guitar work compliment the walls of sound. Similarly, Ride Through Reality is another fun keyboard adventure that will keep your mind well entertained, Brzezicki’s drumming once again giving the incredible guitar work and keys a run for their money.

Elsewhere, Smiling Forever will have you doing just that, especially if you enjoy walls of keyboard sounds and extended guitar solos, as I do. Butterfly Suite opens out, just like a butterfly, with wonderful electric guitar, deep bass, enchanting keys, soft drums and cymbals, whereas Sensual Earth is a little heavier, still full of fantastic key arrangements and perfect vocals, and when the keyboards and instrumental section takes over there’s a very Alan Parsons feel, another track that will bring back fond memories.

Gunshot Lips is a cool, darker track full of great drums, unique guitar and bass sounds surrounded by voluminous keyboards. That just leaves us with The Ballad of Broken Hearts, a great album closer set to those thunderous drums with great bass and many interesting guitar improvisations. Coyle’s vocals sound a little like Steve Hackett’s on this track.

This is another wonderful release from Tony Lowe and ESP. There’s not a track on 22 Layers Of Sunlight that did not sound perfect or had any missing notions. Please keep sending the new albums Tony!

TRACK LISTING
01. God Of Denial (8:03)
– a) The Code
02. Algorithm (4:06)
03. 22 Layers Of Sunlight (6:24)
04. Ride Through Reality (3:56)
05. Smiling Forever (6:35)
06. Butterfly Suite (9:04)
– a) Don’t Let Go
– b) Caught In The Net
– c) Travelling Light
07. Sensual Earth (7:44)
08. Gunshot Lips (7:28)
09. The Ballad Of Broken Hearts (6:40)

Total Time – 60:00

MUSICIANS
Tony Lowe – Guitar, Keyboards
Peter Coyle – Vocals
Mark Brzezicki – Drums
Pete Clark – Bass
~ With:
Richard Smith – Keyboards (on select tracks)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Record Label: Independent
Country of Origin: U.K.
Date of Release: 20th April 2018

LINKS
ESP 2.0 – Website | Facebook | Bandcamp

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