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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/victor-lee-harbor-city-single/

South Korea native and Lafayette, IN based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Victor Lee has recently launched a new single and video for “Harbor City,” which features a guest appearance from Dirty Loops‘ bassist Henrik Linder. The song was mastered by Jeremy Krull. You can watch the video below.

“Harbor City” is a part of Lee‘s upcoming, second studio album. Victor commented:

The new single is a sonic representation of what I imagine a conceptual state of mind of living the “perfect life” is like. I hope that you connect with the song and enjoy it as much as I did making it. This was a hefty craft but I’m really proud of how it turned out and what it represents in my heart.

Lee released his first official single “Second Chance” in December 2016, which featured a talented Norwegian drummer Andreas Sjøen, who was also a part of Lee‘s full-length debut titled Strangely Familiar, released in 2018. Throughout 2019, Lee lined up a few live performances including support slots for Tony MacAlpine and Arch Echo.

“Harbor City” is available from all major streaming platforms. For links visit here.

Victor Lee - Harbor City

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/victor-lee-harbor-city-single/

South Korea native and Lafayette, IN based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Victor Lee has recently launched a new single and video for “Harbor City,” which features a guest appearance from Dirty Loops‘ bassist Henrik Linder. The song was mastered by Jeremy Krull. You can watch the video below.

“Harbor City” is a part of Lee‘s upcoming, second studio album. Victor commented:

The new single is a sonic representation of what I imagine a conceptual state of mind of living the “perfect life” is like. I hope that you connect with the song and enjoy it as much as I did making it. This was a hefty craft but I’m really proud of how it turned out and what it represents in my heart.

Lee released his first official single “Second Chance” in December 2016, which featured a talented Norwegian drummer Andreas Sjøen, who was also a part of Lee‘s full-length debut titled Strangely Familiar, released in 2018. Throughout 2019, Lee lined up a few live performances including support slots for Tony MacAlpine and Arch Echo.

“Harbor City” is available from all major streaming platforms. For links visit here.

Victor Lee - Harbor City

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/gone-are-the-days-show-your-temper-video/

Saint Petersburg, Russia’s metal five-piece GONE ARE THE DAYS are premiering a new video single “Show Your Temper.” Watch it below.

Written in May 2019, “Show Your Temper” initially was supposed to be an experimental humorous jingle consisting of just three notes, but it evolved into a full-fledged song with thought-provoking lyrics.

The band commented: “The story was inspired by the musicians’ observation of increasing nervousness typical for people living in the hectic 21st century society. In general, the song is about proper ways of expressing aggression and inner tension. The lyrics are presented in the form of monologic provocative challenge to the one suffering from anger convulsions.

The video for “Show Your Temper” directly reflects the gist of the song except for one feature. The video tells the story of a teenager who is extremely irritated by the hardships he has to face.

Guitarist and singer Vladimir Poruntsov said: “The figure of Tempter turns up each time the character loses his nerve. However, being a sort of incitement, the Tempter’s appeal leads to controversial issues. In other words, we decided to make the plot according to art principles – there always should be some unresolved conflict.

Back in October 2019, GONE ARE THE DAYS released their full-length debut album There. With the album and new single launched, the band is currently recording their sophomore album. But before that GONE ARE THE DAYS plan launching an EP in May this year.

About these plans, the group said: “The EP consists of 6 songs including an acoustic version of one of the tracks. Besides, a new video for the song from the EP is already shot. In addition, within 2020 the band plans to make 3 videos for the songs from the release. As for the live performances, we are planning to give several concerts to support the EP. The coverage includes not only Russia but also some neighboring countries like Finland, Estonia etc.”

Watch a video for “Show Your Temper” below. There is available from Bandcamp here. Follow GONE ARE THE DAYS on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Gone are the Days - Show Your TemperWatc

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/gone-are-the-days-show-your-temper-video/

Saint Petersburg, Russia’s metal five-piece GONE ARE THE DAYS are premiering a new video single “Show Your Temper.” Watch it below.

Written in May 2019, “Show Your Temper” initially was supposed to be an experimental humorous jingle consisting of just three notes, but it evolved into a full-fledged song with thought-provoking lyrics.

The band commented: “The story was inspired by the musicians’ observation of increasing nervousness typical for people living in the hectic 21st century society. In general, the song is about proper ways of expressing aggression and inner tension. The lyrics are presented in the form of monologic provocative challenge to the one suffering from anger convulsions.

The video for “Show Your Temper” directly reflects the gist of the song except for one feature. The video tells the story of a teenager who is extremely irritated by the hardships he has to face.

Guitarist and singer Vladimir Poruntsov said: “The figure of Tempter turns up each time the character loses his nerve. However, being a sort of incitement, the Tempter’s appeal leads to controversial issues. In other words, we decided to make the plot according to art principles – there always should be some unresolved conflict.

Back in October 2019, GONE ARE THE DAYS released their full-length debut album There. With the album and new single launched, the band is currently recording their sophomore album. But before that GONE ARE THE DAYS plan launching an EP in May this year.

About these plans, the group said: “The EP consists of 6 songs including an acoustic version of one of the tracks. Besides, a new video for the song from the EP is already shot. In addition, within 2020 the band plans to make 3 videos for the songs from the release. As for the live performances, we are planning to give several concerts to support the EP. The coverage includes not only Russia but also some neighboring countries like Finland, Estonia etc.”

Watch a video for “Show Your Temper” below. There is available from Bandcamp here. Follow GONE ARE THE DAYS on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Gone are the Days - Show Your TemperWatc

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Edition 229 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

Captain America (from Archive)
Movin’ On (from Sweets For My Sweet)
Invasion (from Kingdom of Madness)
Kingdom of Madness (from Kingdom of Madness)
Changes (from Magnum II)
So Cold the Night (from Magnum II)
Great Adventure (live) (from Magnum Live EP)
All Of My Life (live) (from Marauder)
Soldier of the Line (from Chase the Dragon)
The Lights Burned Out (from Chase the Dragon)
Sacred Hour (live) (from Back to Earth)
Back to Earth (from Back to Earth)
The Prize (from The Eleventh Hour)
Road to Paradise (from The Eleventh Hour)
Just Like An Arrow (from Just Like An Arrow)
On A Storyteller’s Night (from On A Storyteller’s Night)
All England’s Eyes (from On A Storyteller’s Night)
Vigilante (from Vigilante)
Need a Lot of Love (from Vigilante)
Days of No Trust (from Wings of Heaven)
Don’t Wake the Lion (from Wings of Heaven)
Rockin’ Chair (from Goodnight L.A.)
Shoot (from Goodnight L.A.)
The Spirit (live) (from The Spirit)
Only in America (from Sleepwaking)
The Flood (from Sleepwaking)
Rock Heavy (from Rock Art)
The Tall Ships (from Rock Art)
One Sacred Hour (live) (from The Last Dance)

#progzillaradio #stcbm #magnum

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/katatonia-announce-city-burials/

Swedish metal powerhouse Katatonia have announced a release of their new album entitled City Burials. The album is scheduled to be launched on April 24 via Peaceville Records. The first single for “Lacquer” can be streamed below.

Pre-orders of the album go live starting from January 31 at 10AM GMT.

Guitarist Anders Nyström commented: “In days and nights of black and silver, the dead end king will come. From pieces of broken mirrors there will be a crown bestowed upon his head. In reflections of shattered glass not only the seasons will turn, but also the change disguised by the lapse of time. His mind will have to come to bear the weight of everything that was left behind and forgotten. Archiving the inaccessible. Celebrating the abandoned and mourning the destroyed. The city burials.

With the winds of a new direction steering the band on their latest journey, City Burials stands as Katatonia’s new triumph of deep and enigmatic progressive rock – the fruits of a rejuvenating and profound chapter in the band’s legacy; a catalyst for its creators, with a collection of moments constructed out of the fragments of an ever-evolving life. Compiled into one of their most important modern works and statements to date, the finely-honed instrumentation provides a multi-textured backdrop with the voice of Jonas Renkse guiding us through these latest trials of loss and ruin.

Katatonia - City Burials

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=24012&IdCompany=8

SONS OF APOLLO–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)–are ringing in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, ‘MMXX’ (pronounced: 20/20) – out now. The album has been hitting the charts across the world, and you can find a list of them below:

#11 German Album Chart
#1 Finland Physical Album Chart
#37 Finland Album Chart
#26 Spain Album Chart
#30 Austria Album Chart
#35 France Physical Album Chart
#3 Sweden Physical Album Chart
#8 Sweden Vinyl Chart
#8 Switzerland Album Chart
#48 Netherlands Album Chart
#53 Belgium Album Chart
#84 Italy Album Chart
#2 UK Rock Album Chart
#90 UK Album Chart
#7 Japan International Album Chart
#12 Japan Rock Chart
#46 Japan Album Chart
#1 US Current Hard Music Album Chart
#3 US Top New Artist Album Chart
#3 US Current Rock Album Chart
#7 US Internet Album Chart
#15 US Billboard Top Album Chart
#15 US Top Current Album Chart
#19 US Digital Album Chart
#19 US Current Digital Album Chart

They recently launched the Christian Rios-directed video for the albums third single ‘Desolate July’, a tribute to musician David Z who tragically passed away in 2017. Watch the video now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARWOs8h7Hw

Watch the video for the second track ‘Fall To Ascend’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8K02hqnBxE

The bands video for ‘Goodbye Divinity’ has achieved over 3.5 million plays so far. Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A

Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ is available as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.

Order the album here: https://soa.lnk.to/MMXX

“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut,” outlines drummer Mike Portnoy. “But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better. ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”

“We did 83 shows on the last tour,” adds keyboardist Derek Sherinian. “And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”

The writing process began at the start of the year, as Portnoy, Sherinian and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal got together. “The three of us were at my home studio in Pennsylvania,” explains Portnoy. “And it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”

“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity,” continues Sherinian. “We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album’s come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”

There are eight tracks on ‘MMXX’, with variations in length totalling 60 minutes. “The final song is ‘New World Today, which is 16 minutes long,” says Portnoy. “This one has elements similar to ‘Opus Maximus’ and ‘Labyrinth’ on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”

“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with ‘Opus Maximus’ last time around,” adds Sherinian. “You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16 minute track is not a problem.”

Here’s the track listing for MMXX:
1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)
2. Wither To Black (4:48)
3. Asphyxiation (5:09)
4. Desolate July (6:11)
5. King Of Delusion (8:49)
6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)
7. Resurrection Day (5:51)
8. New World Today (16:38)

The album title was inspired by a simple chronological fact. “This will be released in mid-January 2020,” says Portnoy. “That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it ‘2020,’ except having it written in the Latin form of ‘MMXX’.” And the album’s artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (who was responsible for the cover design of ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’), which inevitably reflects the title. As Portnoy explains, “For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there’s a much more futuristic style to what we’ve got. It has a very 21stcentury appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old fashioned look.”

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument,” adds Sherinian. “And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on ‘MMXX’. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we’ve been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we’ve done.”

In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” is currentlty underway in North America and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also announced European tour dates for March 2020, as well as South American dates for April 2020. You can find those below:

Europe 2020
28.02.2020 – (DE) Karlsruhe, Crystal Ballroom
29.02.2020 – (DE) Karlsruhe, Crystal Ballroom
02.03.2020 – (NO) Drammen, Union Scene
03.03.2020 – (SE) Gothenburg, Traedgarn
05.03.2020 – (UA) Kyiy, N.A.U. Theatre
07.03.2020 – (RU) Moscow, RED
08.03.2020 – (RU) St. Petersburg, Aurora
10.03.2020 – (CH) Pratteln, Z7
11.03.2020 – (IT) Milan, Live Club
13.03.2020 – (ES) Bilbao, Santana 27
14.03.2020 – (ES) Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
15.03.2020 – (ES) Madrid, La Riviera
17.03.2020 – (FR) Marseille, Cepac Silo
18.03.2020 – (FR) Paris, Machine du Moulin Rouge
19.03.2020 – (UK) London, Islington Assembly Hall
20.03.2020 – (NL) Eindhoven, Prognosis Festival
22.03.2020 – (CZ) Brno, Sono
24.03.2020 – (SK) Kosice, Colosseum
25.03.2020 – (HU) Budapest, Barba Negra

SONS OF APOLLO have certainly enriched the music sphere since their formation in 2017. It says much that the huge talent involved immediately combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their #1 debut album, ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’, acknowledged as one of the finest releases in ’17. Praised by Loudwire as an “…impressive debut disc,”it was released 20thOctober 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. Itdebuted on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart at #1, as well as at #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart.

‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ picked up rave reviews upon its release, and got them a nomination at the Progressive Music Awards 2018 for Best International Band:

“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. SONS OF APOLLO are simply a group that are super.”– Classic Rock

“‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.”– Prog Magazine

“…’PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’, truly lives and dies by the instrumentation, which by all involved is next level…At first listen you would be remiss not to draw comparisons from previous works of all involved, though SONS OF APOLLO is not defined by past triumphs. Rather, they represent the bridging of common attractions, with the end result being an album that is fresh and daring.” – Outburn

SONS OF APOLLO online:
www.sonsofapollo.com
www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1

Edition 220 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Hitherside – Blue Lotus
Andy Gillion – Black Lotus
Nailed to Obscurity – Feardom
Odd Logic – Chance of Gods
Red Cain – Zero
Vanden Plas – Three Ghosts
Apotheus – The Darkest Sun
Aspic – Stars Collide
Aeon Zen – The First and Only
Swallow the Sun – Firelights
TREP – The Time You Have Lost
Arctic Sleep – Welcome to the Harbor Light
Hemina – Nostalgia
In Mourning – Tribunal of Suns
Kadinja – The Right Escape
Rendezvous Point – Unfaithful
Uneven Structure – Innocent
Terazmaze – Fact Resistant Human
Voyager – Reconnected
Devin Townsend – Castaway/Genesis

Requests/comments to steve@progzilla.com

#progzillaradio #heavyelements

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/leeched-premiere-new-album/

Leeched have today premiered their new album, To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse. The album is released this Friday, January 31, but an early listen is available below. To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse is available to pre-order now; Leeched are on tour in the UK, starting tonight. Scroll down for full tour dates.

Since the release of their debut full length, You Took The Sun When You LeftLeeched have honed their craft, embraced a far denser production ethos and have edged much closer to the sound they envisaged when they first formed as a band. By pushing the boundaries of their own comfort zones during the writing and recording, they have created an album that fizzes with discordance and teeters precariously on the precipice of the abyss.

Watch the video for “I, Flatline” below.

<a href=”http://leeched.bandcamp.com/album/to-dull-the-blades-of-your-abuse”>To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse by Leeched</a>

ToDullTheBladesOfYourAbuse

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