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Edition 211 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

Rise – Radio Silence (from Strangers)
IQ – Stay Down (from Resistance)
Yuval Ron – Kuiper Belt (from Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum)
Sanguine Hum – Bedhead (from Now We Have Power)
Bomber Goggles – Wistful Waves (from Gyreland)
Bjørn Riis – Lullaby in a Car Crash (from Lullabies in a Car Crash)
Focus – Hocus Pocus (from Moving Waves)
Atomic Rooster – A Spoonful Of Bromide Helps The Pulse Rate Go Down (from In Hearing Of)
La Tulipe Noire – Wanderer (from Faded Leaves)
Salem Hill – Evil One (from Puppet Show)
The Skys – Dreams (from Journey Through The Skies)
Southern Empire – Innocence & Fortune (from Civilisation)
Jethro Tull – Steel Monkey (from Crest of a Knave)
Rush – The Camera Eye (from Moving Pictures)
Karcius – Purple King (from Episodes)
RPWL – Beyond Man And Time (from Beyond Man And Time)
Galahad – Lady Messiah (from In A Moment Of Complete Madness)
Mostly Autumn – Heroes Never Die (from For All We Shared)
Phil Lanzon – 48 Seconds (from 48 Seconds)

This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2019/09/24/lee-abraham-comatose/

Comatose is Lee Abraham’s latest ambitious release in his increasingly impressive and varied solo career.  This release is a continuous flowing song cycle imagining the experience of someone in a coma following an accident, which is a world away in feel from his previous album, the more A.O.R. oriented Colours in late 2017, which included one of my favourite songs of the last few years, the brilliant The Mirror Falls. Lee Abraham rejoined Galahad in 2017 when they were well in to the writing and recording process for their truly epic and outstanding Seas of Change album which was also an extended progressive piece, and it appears that playing on such a long form album has impelled Lee Abraham to embark on a similar solo exploration of an extended format. Whilst Galahad’s clearly Brexit influenced album focused on wide scale political subjects Lee Abraham’s Comatose is on a much more personal and human scale. Lee Abraham takes us on a 47 minute ‘real time’ apparent ‘stream of consciousness’ based on the thoughts of a person in a coma floating in that twilight world of semi-consciousness.

On recent albums Lee Abraham has written songs perfectly suited to a regular range of guest vocalists, including Dec Burke (Dust & ex-Frost*), Simon Godfrey (Valdez, Shineback & ex-Tinyfish), Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf) and Marc Atkinson (Riversea & ex-Nine Stones Close). However, wisely on this song cycle he has only utilised one lead vocalist to provide a consistent voice for the protagonist undergoing this traumatic experience, and even more wisely he has employed the impeccable and wonderfully soulful voice of Marc Atkinson. Atkinson shows his vocal dexterity and touch, equally adept at handling the more rock oriented Twisted Metal & No Going Back with passion, whilst also sensitively conveying the delicate emotion of the diaphanous highlight of The Sun.

Lee Abraham has continued to develop his skills as a writer and a performer, playing all the keyboards, guitars and bass on this album. He retains the ever dependable Gerald Mulligan on drums, who is in particular a force of nature furiously powering the opening very progressive piece, Numb Pt 1. This Floydian style curtain opener begins cinematically with a deep ominous synth drone accompanying the bleeps of a heart monitor. A fragile acoustic guitar picks out a few notes interchanging with some distant electric guitar tones – there is a very real sense of the ‘near’ and the ‘far’, the feeling of an internal world set against a barely perceived wider environment. The calm is briefly broken by a dramatic keyboard, bass and drum fanfare before we return to the synth drone punctuated with subtle sound effects. An orchestral keyboard passage builds and builds until bass, drums enter and Lee Abraham’s now distinctive trademark high pitched guitar soloing soars above the piece. Heavy Porcupine Tree style riffing erupts and then takes flight into another Abraham guitar solo… and then settles down into the sounds of an ambulance siren and it feels like we are in the back of that vehicle. Long-time collaborator Rob Arnold makes his first appearance with some deftly played piano leading up to the first time we hear the vocals at nearly 8 minutes in to this opening. Marc Atkinson’s vocals evoke the sense of dislocation and disconnection the central character must be feeling in his semi-conscious  netherworld:

The Light is Drowning out the Noise,
My Mind is telling me it’s real and not Destroyed
Taken from all I Know, Memory is fading
Taken from all I Know, Just Numb and Waiting

This extended opening feels like an overture for the whole album, setting the scene with a range of evocative music and sound effects, dramatically immersing the listener deep in the experience.

Lee Abraham has previously proved himself to be a high quality song writer, particularly on my favourite Abraham album Black and White from 2009, which also features some extended pieces. Whilst this album imaginatively conveys one storyline in an extended piece, crucially he has also not lost sight of interspersing the more cinematic or atmospheric sections like Realisation with songs which could easily stand-alone outside the narrative of this album.  Twisted Metal is one such song as it throbs with a keyboard and drum opening and Marc Atkinson sings with controlled power over an insistent synth pulse, vocalising the frustration of a commuter. His words are interrupted suddenly with the implication that such pent up feelings may have led to his current predicament:

I sit and stare at the car in front of me, willing it to start
The screaming starts to fill my head like a work of art
The open road is in my head, in my head, Get out of the way before you’re…

This is a very well-crafted rock song… and probably not one to be played too loudly in traffic jams!
The listener is then suddenly thrust from the frustration of the driver in to the strange euphoria of a ‘near death’ experience in Ascend the Sky  with mellotron sounds and choral vocals, featuring Lee Abraham’s wife Diane and Abraham’s Galahad band mate Mark Spencer. Lee Abraham lays another flowing guitar solo over the piece and there is a real sense of Ascension.

One of the highlights from this outstanding album is the achingly beauty of The Sun, which rises with softly played acoustic guitar and flute sounds acting as a gorgeous bed upon which Marc Atkinson can lay down his soulfully gorgeous voice. The tempo and instrumentation increases but the sense of sweet melancholy remains as the main character remembers the love of his partner, seemingly all thrown away by ‘a momentary lapse’.  There is much beauty in that sense of regret and reminiscence.

Numb Pt 2 is a musical refrain of  Pt 1 with added power  reflecting a desperation to stay alive with Gerald Mulligan in fine form on drums. The heavy riffage and drumming continues on No Going Back, underpinning an intense vocal performance from Atkinson… before it subsides to the sound of a ventilator in a hospital ward.

The enigmatic Awaken? segues in over the ventilator with Rob Arnold’s finely judged piano introducing a contemplative feel before drums, bass and acoustic guitar gently join the piece. This final part of Comatose builds gradually in intensity before Lee Abraham’s electric guitar fluidly and emotionally solos for a gloriously extended finale – it’s a remarkable piece of guitar playing to complete an excellent album. It is left to the listener to guess whether the protagonist survives his comatose state or not … but I may be slowing down when I next drive to work.

Taking on such an extended work is an ambitious project, and calling a progressive rock album Comatose is brave due to the risks of some ironically twisting such a title negatively with regard to such a sustained song cycle! Lee Abraham has been wholly successful artistically, telling a story with great musical skill and imagination.  At the heart of his work is an understanding of the importance of great melodic song writing, whether for 3 minutes or over a longer duration. In this work Lee Abraham has probably produced one of the standout albums of 2019, filled with sweet melody and guitar power, and definitely one of the finest albums of his notable career.

TRACK LISTING
01. Comatose

I. Numb Pt 1 (11:18)
II. Realisation (3:55)
III. Twisted Metal (3:29)
IV. Ascend The Sky (5:15)
V. The Sun (4:48)
VI. Numb Pt 1 (4:28)
VII. No Going Back (6:19)
VIII. Awaken? (7:24)

Total Time – 46:58

MUSICIANS
Lee Abraham – All Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Marc Atkinson Lead & Backing Vocals (2)
Gerald Mulligan – Drums
Rob Arnold – Piano
Backing Vocals – Mark Spencer & Diane Abraham

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Record Label: Progrock Records | F2 Music
Catalogue#: 19734
Date of Release: 27th September 2019

LINKS
Lee Abraham – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Info at Progrock Records

DISCOGRAPHY
– Pictures in The Hall (2004) – (CD-R originally only – now only digital)
– A View from the Bridge (2005)
– Black and White (2009)
– Distant Days (2014)
– The Seasons Turn (2016)
– Colours (2017)
– Comatose (2019)

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23872&IdCompany=8

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett is currently busy touring North America performing his favourite Genesis album ‘Selling England by the Pound’ together with his favourite songs from his solo ‘Spectral Mornings’ album, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and tracks from the current album, ‘At the Edge of Light’. Now, he presents a previously unreleased video in support of his latest record, watch the clip for ‘Peace’ created by Paul Gosling here:
https://youtu.be/yyD-TguLf58 

This video and the ones for ‘Beasts of Our Time’ as well as ‘Under the Eye of the Sun’ will be part of the bonus section of Steve’s upcoming live release ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live’. Out on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic, this release will be available as 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak and 2CD + DVD Multibox internationally, and 2CD + Blu-Ray + DVD in North America.

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

A first track from this stunning release, ‘Dancing with the Moonlit Knight’, can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/oIcTis6KgJY

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


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

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

Encore:
The Musical Box

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

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

INSIDEOUTMUSIC ONLINE:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23871&IdCompany=8

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

The band is excited to now share a track from this record: “Here’s ‘Black Flag’. A fine example of what you can expect of the new record, yet just a glimpse at the rich variations this new opus offers. It is a huge tribute to when music was played by a real band, a time when being creative in the studio meant progress in all direction and fusing all styles – this is a band creating its very own special cinematic sound, built upon 60’s & 70’s and contemporary prog, rock and orchestral music. A fine display of instrumental and vocal interplay from all members – the trademark Flower Kings sound is back, but yet with a new twist. Full circle – and this track even has guesting from former TFK bass player Michael Stolt. This time The Kings set sail for a big adventure.

Listen to ‘Black Flag’ here:
Spotify – http://bit.ly/TFKBlackFlagSpotify
Apple Music – https://theflowerkings.lnk.to/WaitingForMiracles/AppleMusic  
Deezer: http://bit.ly/TFKBlackFlagDeezer

Furthermore, presales for physical and digital formats have started! “Waiting For Miracles” is available as 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album. Order your format of choice below:
https://theflowerkings.lnk.to/WaitingForMiracles

The following limited vinyl editions can be pre-ordered now, too:
200x light-blue plus signed post card @ Burning Shed UK: http://bit.ly/TFKBurningShed
100x orange & 200x red @ InsideOut Shop Germany: http://bit.ly/TFK-IOMShop
100x yellow @ JustForKicks Germany: http://bit.ly/TFK_JFK


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

1st December – Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
2nd December – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
3rd December – OK Andaluzia, Piekary Slaskie, Poland
4th December – Klub U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
6th December – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands
7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8th December – Scala, London, UK
9th December – Piano, Dortmund, Germany
10th December – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
11th December – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th December – Brewhouse, Gothenburg, Sweden
14th December – Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden

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


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

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23870&IdCompany=8

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend released his acclaimed new album ‘EMPATH’ in March, and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ later this year. In advance of that, he has launched a brand new animated video for the track ‘Why?’,directed by D C Turner.

Watch the video now here: https://youtu.be/fT-uWOVP5q0

Devin recently completed a run of acoustic shows in Australia, and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ beginning in November, with HAKEN along as support. Before that he will perform acoustically in Singapore, followed by an appearance at the Guitar Show in London.

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

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

Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first ‘band’ tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a ‘backing band’ that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track.  ‘Empath Europe Volume 1’ will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).
 
I have spent considerable effort think about the things I wanted to do for these shows, and one thing I came out of DTP with was the awareness that I wanted to incorporate a more improvisational element to what I do. With the best players I can find, my plan is to interpret my back catalogue, as well as the Empath material, in ways that may change nightly. less computers, and less of a rigid structure. I want to use Volume 1 as a way to bring my music to people in a potentially new way. People playing music…
 
I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.
 
Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?
 
Devin Townsend

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert Hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.


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

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

InsideOutMusic online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.insideoutshop.de


 

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23869&IdCompany=8

TRANSATLANTIC, the progressive-rock supergroup featuring Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas, have extended their deal with InsideOutMusic for their catalogue, & today launch their previous albums on digital services across Europe. This will be the first time that any of these records have been available on streaming services, and includes the below releases. Stream / download all the available albums right now below:

SMPTe
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/SMPTe

Bridge Across Forever
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/BridgeAcrossForever

Live In Europe
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/LiveInEurope

The Whirlwind
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/TheWhirlwind

Whirld Tour 2010
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/WhirldTour2010LiveinLondon2010

More Never Is Enough
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/MoreNeverIsEnoughLiveinManchester2010

Kaleidoscope
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/Kaleidoscope

Kaliveoscope
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/KaLIVEoscopeLiveinTilburg

This marks the first stage in an ongoing reissue campaign, further details of which will be revealed in due course.


Transatlantic were originally formed in 1999, releasing their debut album ‘SMTPe’ the following year as well as its follow-up ‘Bridge Across Forever’ in 2001. Following a 7-year hiatus, the band reconvened to record and release the much-acclaimed epic 77-minute, single-track album ‘The Whirlwind’ followed by a world tour in 2010 which included an appearance at High Voltage Festival in London where they were joined by legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The band’s fourth album ‘Kaleidoscope’ arrived in 2014, going on to win ‘Album Of The Year’ at the Progressive Music Awards.

TRANSATLANTIC online:
https://www.transatlanticweb.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic/
www.instagram.com/transatlanticofficial
www.twitter.com/transatlantic99

InsideOutMusic online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.insideoutshop.de

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23868&IdCompany=8

SOTO, the modern Heavy Metal / Hard Rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / ex Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), continue to promote their recently released third album and InsideOutMusic debut “Origami”.

Currently on tour across the UK and Europe, SOTO are now also launching a new video clip directed by Thiago Kiss for the track “Torn”. Check it out here:
https://youtu.be/VvxUAtwx3pE

Jeff Scott Soto checked in from on the road as follows:
JSS checking in from the Origami tour, we have completed the UK portion already and now digging into the Central Europe leg, so far the reception has been incredible, especially to the new songs and album! 3 more weeks coming up with Scandinavia next then we start working our way south eventually ending all the way down in Athens, we live for this, we look forward to seeing you all out there!

And Soto further commented about the video clip for “Torn” as follows:
While we were about to start the EU tour, we asked our video director in Brazil, Thiago Kiss, to whip us up a treatment for another Single from ‘Origami’ called “Torn”. This is an emotional song co-written with drummer Edu Cominato, myself and the same writer as our 1st video Single “HyperMania”, Luiz Portinari. We chose this track as the deep lyric and theme of the song is a double entendre that could be taken from the crumbling of a relationship between 2 people or the crumbling of society and humanity. In our videos, we try to also portray triple entendres as will be evident in this new clip. Once again, Thiago paints visually stunning lush and cinematic landscapes along with story lines that make you ‘feel’ more than just watch!

Make sure not to miss SOTO on the remaining shows of their European tour:


SOTO – European & UK Tour 2019:
12.09. Stockholm (Sweden) – Slaktkyrkan
13.09. Linkoping (Sweden) – Hell Yeah Rock Club
14.09. Copenhagen (Denmark) – High Voltage
17.09. Siegburg (Germany) – Kubana
19.09. Aarburg (Switzerland) – Musigburg
20.09. Milan (Italy) – Legend Club
21.09. Marseille (France) – Cherrydon
23.09. Barcelona (Spain) – Upload Club
24.09. Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
25.09. Valencia (Spain) – 16 Toneladas
26.09. Vitoria (Spain) – Urban Rock Concept
28.09. Athens (Greece) – The Crow Club
More touring activity to be announced soon…

Check out the previous singles/videos and an EPK for SOTO’s “Origami” album here:
“HyperMania” (video): https://youtu.be/x0hA9b-MuhQ
“Origami“ (lyric video): https://youtu.be/n6ekK2HLC4Y
“BeLie“ (lyric video): https://youtu.be/httACwv8ioI
Album EPK Pt. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UvOJIj9o74
Album EPK Pt. 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM_5eDtFCOI

“Origami” was released as a limited digipak CD with a set of 3 stickers and a bonus track, 180g vinyl LP including the entire album on CD (Available either on black vinyl or in strictly limited coloured runs as follows: 200x Light Blue vinyl from CM Distro Europe & 100x Lilac vinyl from the band themselves!), and as digital download. The album comes packaged with classy artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Machine Head, Amaranthe, Arch Enemy).

Order the album here: https://soto.lnk.to/Origami

The full track-listing of ’Origami‘ is as follows:

SOTO – “Origami”
1. HyperMania (04:05)
2. Origami (05:08)
3. BeLie (04:06)
4. World Gone Colder (03:42)
5. Detonate (04:46)
6. Torn (04:39)
7. Dance With The Devil (04:26)
8. AfterGlow (04:48)
9. Vanity Lane (04:02)
10. Give In To Me (04:39)
11. KMAG (04:16) * Bonus Track

SOTO started in 2015 derived from the ideal of Jeff Scott Soto wanting to return to his heavier roots. So far they released 2 albums, “Inside The Vertigo“ (2015) and “DIVAK“ (2016), taking a short break while Jeff embarked on the supergroup Sons Of Apollo, alongside Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan and Bumblefoot.

Now SOTO are returning under the same umbrella as Sons Of Apollo, having signed with InsideOutMusic. The new album “Origami“ contains material that continues to expand and move the band towards new heights whilst following up with their brand of Power Rock.

SOTO – Line-Up:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Jorge Salan – Guitar
Tony Dickinson – Bass
BJ – Keys/Guitar
Edu Cominato – Drums

SOTO online:
www.sototheband.com
www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial
www.twitter.com/SOTOtheBand
www.facebook.com/JeffScottSoto
www.twitter.com/jeffscottsoto

InsideOutMusic online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.insideoutshop.de

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23867&IdCompany=8

DREAM THEATER, twice Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans, are thrilled to announce the European leg of their most recent “Evening With” touring cycle; featuring a celebration of the band’s latest record, Distance Over Time, and their acclaimed milestone achievement, Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory.  The Distance Over Time Tour – Celebrating 20 Years Of Scenes From A Memory is slated for January and February of 2020, and will see the band perform their full and complete 3-hour set for audiences throughout Europe. The 28-date leg will see the band traverse 16 countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and many, many more. Full itinerary of dates are below and information on tickets for all upcoming shows, as well as VIP packages can be found at
http://dreamtheater.net/tour/.


The initial leg of this very tour garnered plenty of critical commendation and audience acclaim due in large part to its diverse setlist of fan favorites spanning the quintet’s venerable 30-plus year career. Featuring tracks from DREAM THEATER’S latest release, Distance Over Time (InsideOutMusic / Sony Music), and selections from their comprehensive discography along with a nightly celebration marking the 20th Anniversary of their seminal concept album Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory, the band has established a precedent on this tour of a nightly not-to-be-missed standout performance. DREAM THEATER will continue that trend on the European tour, creating an evening of over 2 hours and 45 minutes of iconic DREAM THEATER at their masterful best, making this a milestone concert event that long-time fans and newcomers alike will remember for years to come.


DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci comments, “The response to Distance Over Time has been overwhelmingly positive and we are really looking forward to playing some of the songs from that album live for our European audiences in an ‘ Evening With’ setting along with our full headlining show production.  


For those of you who were there when we premiered Scenes From A Memory live in Europe 20 years ago, this will not only be a trip down memory lane but also the chance to see it presented in a completely new light and the way it was always intended to be. Our updated presentation has all-new animated video content depicting the characters and storyline through the entire show as they’ve never been ‘scene’ before!


For those of our fans who were either not born yet, too young, or had not yet been introduced to DT 20 years ago, this will be a fresh opportunity to experience Scenes live for the first time in its entirety. We can’t wait to perform for all of you!”


See DREAM THEATER at the following dates:


Jan 11 – Amsterdam (NL), AFAS Live 
Jan 12 – Oberhausen (GER), Turbinenhalle 1 
Jan 14 – Stockholm (SE), Cirkus 
Jan 15 – Stockholm (SE), Cirkus 
Jan 17 – Helsinki (FI), Icehall 
Jan 18 – Oulu (FI), Teatri Oulu
Jan 20 – Trondheim (NO), Spektrum 
Jan 21 – Oslo (NO), Spektrum 
Jan 23 – Hamburg (GER), Sporthalle 
Jan 24 – Helsingor (DK), Kulturvaerftet – Hal 14
Jan 26 – Paris (FR), Seine Musicale 
Jan 27 – Lyon (FR), Tony Garnier 
Jan 29 – Barcelona (ES), St Jordi Club 
Jan 31 – Madrid (ES), Wizink Center 
Feb 01 – Porto (PT), Gondomar Pavilion 
Feb 02 – Lisbon (PT), Campo Pequeno 
Feb 05 – Ludwigsburg (GER), MHP Arena 
Feb 06 – Frankfurt (GER), Jahrhunderthalle 
Feb 08 – Budapest (HU), Arena 
Feb 09 – Munich (GER), Zenith 
Feb 11 – Rome (IT), Palazzo dello Sport 
Feb 12 – Milan (IT), Mediolanum Forum 
Feb 14 – Zurich (CH), Samsung Hall 
Feb 15 – Prague (CZ), Tipsport Arena 
Feb 16 – Wroclaw (PL), Orbita Hall 
Feb 18 – Hannover (GER), Swiss Life 
Feb 21 – London (UK), Eventim Apollo 
Feb 23 – Glasgow (UK), SEC Armadillo

DREAM THEATER also recently shared the official video animation for the song ‘Barstool Warrior’, taken from Distance Over Time, and fast becoming a live show favorite. Guitarist John Petrucci elaborates, “’Barstool Warrior’ is a fictional tale about two characters, unrelated but connected in their lament over being stuck in dead end situations.
The first is a local townie, alcoholic who never escaped the humdrum of his sleepy, maritime village. The second, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship trying to survive from day to day while questioning what makes her stay.
Both are able to reimagine their lives and find the courage to embrace a better future by embodying the person they dream of being.”
The video for the song can be seen here:
https://youtu.be/x9b-Qc8e_vk.


On their 14th full-length and first release for InsideOutMusic / Sony Music, Distance Over Time, the band recharge the brotherhood that has kept them creating music together for over 30 years. It’s DREAM THEATER at their most dynamic, direct, and definitive. After landing the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart the day it was released, the LP has gone on to be an instant classic among fans and critics alike. The album generated a #1 chart position in Germany, debuted at #12 in the UK album chart, and in the USA entered at #5 in the Top Current Album Chart as well as #24 on the Billboard 200. The band also garnered over 10 million total streams for Distance Over Time through release week, a career high for the band in the streaming age. The latest addition to Dream Theater’s impressive catalogue is available now, in various configurations including a new deluxe version featuring a Blu-Ray disc containing official animation videos for every song on the album, at:
https://dream-theater.lnk.to/DistanceOverTime.


Find Dream Theater online:
www.dreamtheater.net 
https://www.facebook.com/dreamtheater  
http://twitter.com/dreamtheaternet 
http://instagram.com/dreamtheaterofficial/ 

InsideOutMusic online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.insideoutshop.de

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23866&IdCompany=8

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

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

Now, a first track from this stunning release is available, ‘Dancing with the Moonlit Knight’ from Genesis’ iconic ‘Selling England by the Pound’ album, watch the clip here: https://youtu.be/oIcTis6KgJY

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

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

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

Encore:
The Musical Box

The Blu-Ray also includes a behind the scenes documentary plus promotional videos for ‘Under the Eye of the Sun’, ‘Beasts in our Time’ and ‘Peace’ from the ‘At the Edge of Light’ album as extra! See trailer here: https://youtu.be/hsPYRMwOW-s

2019 is a busy year for Steve. Following the success of the orchestral tour Steve released his 25th studio album ‘At the Edge of Light’ in January. He and the band then embarked on the Selling England/Spectral Mornings Tour across Europe and the USA before they return for 20 dates in the UK in November. This tour marks the first time Steve has performed the whole of his favourite Genesis album ‘Selling England by the Pound’ together with Steve’s favourite songs from his solo ‘Spectral Mornings’ album, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and tracks from his current album.

For a full list of tour dates, please visit http://hackettsongs.com/tour.html

STEVE HACKETT online:
www.hackettsongs.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589
www.twitter.com/HackettOfficial

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
http://www.insideoutmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
https://twitter.com/InsideOutUSA 
http://www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23865&IdCompany=8

PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand new group featuring the talents of current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard (lead vocals & guitar), Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals) and Dave Meros (bass) as well as long-time contributing songwriter-keyboardist John Boegehold who also produced the album.

The band’s eponymously titled debut album was released via InsideOutMusic in July 2019 and now releases a lyric video for the album’s closing epic ‘Stars Along the Way’. The clip, created by Stan Ausmus at JuzMaintain Productions, can be viewed here:
https://youtu.be/NtKpFX3Wc2U

John Boegehold has the following to say about this track:
So, let me get this straight. You’re saying that a song that’s more than ten minutes long with inscrutable lyrics, multiple key, time and tempo changes, mellotron and fretless bass with several guitar and synth solos doesn’t stand a chance of toppling Taylor Swift and BTS from the top of worldwide pop charts? Not sure I like your negative attitude, mister.

The album is available as limited CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD and on all digital platforms. Order now here: https://patternseekinganimals.lnk.to/PatternSeekingAnimals

“shiny and soulful but spiky symphonic prog…a strong, intriguing debut” – Prog Magazine
“a highly enjoyable example of modern progressive rock” – Metal Wani
“a brilliantly conceived, and superbly played album” – Maximum Volume