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This news story was originally published here: https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2020/03/31/lazuli-le-fantastique-envol-de-dieter-bohm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lazuli-le-fantastique-envol-de-dieter-bohm

Lazuli have, over the last decade and more, become one of the finest live bands in the world, thrilling audiences across Europe with their dazzling and accessible mix of melodic prog, industrial tones and ethnic musical influences. It’s a melting pot that provides a unique experience, and on stage is where they really shine, their enthusiasm and raw talent brimming over for all to see. But take away the thrill of the live show and their albums to date – excellent though they undoubtedly are – have fallen short in conveying the full Lazuli experience.

This might also be true of their ninth album, Le Fantastique Envol de Dieter Böhm, but it is, without doubt, their finest release so far.

It’s a concept piece split into six parts, but it remains concise and to the point. The idea arose from a concert where the band spotted a member of the audience so completely lost in the music that he seemed to be in a trance-like world of his own. I don’t know whether the name is real or fictionalised, but that person is the Dieter Böhm of the story. The album describes the musicians pouring their crafted sounds into bottles and casting them into the sea, hoping that some will fall into the hands of someone like Dieter, who will allow the songs in to make their world better, to allow the individual to fly on new-found wings. It’s a lovely idea, many of us will understand the power of such an awakening, and I think it underlines one of the things that is so special about Lazuli, their enthusiasm for making other people’s lives better with their music.

The story’s prologue has an industrial and brooding feel to it, possibly referring to the world before the creation of the music. The sound suddenly getting more intense and bursting out as Dominique Leonetti’s majestic voice rises to its highest registers. The music swells with keys and soaring guitars in the act of creation. It’s a breathtaking opener, leading into the first part of the story where the songs are released, like messages in bottles cast into the sea. Les chansons sont des bouteilles à la mer starts with a beautiful and sparsely supported vocal, the music gradually building with stabs of piano melody breaking through. It’s stately and well-directed, the Léode solo from Claude Leonetti a confident statement of intent for what is to come. I haven’t seen a translation of the words as yet but it seems to me that Mers lacrymales might take in the treacherous and often fraught journey that these songs have to undertake to make it through to their audience. It’s an epic piece with a real edge to it, gilded by Gédéric Byar’s angular soloing.

There’s a pause before the next Act starts, the ‘bottle’ arriving with Dieter far away, on a wave of Léode and guitar. It’s punchy and direct with a relentless drive, the breakdown and re-establishment of momentum at the end of the song underlining this. To Dieter, the song is like a balm, Baume describing that feeling in soothing tones with twinkling sounds and with a beautiful piano interlude from Romain Thorel towards the end that moves effortlessly into the dreamy tones of Un visage lunaire, the music growing in intensity, again epic in the chorus. It’s a wonderful tour de force, shot through with the unique sound of the Léode, the band’s delicate and heavier inclinations beautifully delivered as the music takes hold of Dieter’s soul.

L’envol (‘The Flight’) opens the final act on the back of the previous track as Dieter’s feet gradually leave the ground. There’s a sense of expectation that builds into a rocking instrumental interlude, you can feel the wide-eyed excitement as the music itself starts to fly. Finally, Dieter is gracefully soaring through the air in an airy piece of almost orchestral sounds, light and breezy but packed with intent, as always delivered to perfection by Dominique. The song is now ‘In the Hands of Dieter’ and enhancing his world, as the makers had hoped would happen to someone, somewhere.

It’s an uplifting end to a quite thrilling album. It might not have the jaw-dropping visual side of the band’s live performances, but it ticks all the boxes as far as a listening experience goes. The confidence displayed on this album is wonderful, and Lazuli have clearly moved to the next level. Bien fait et bien mérité!

In troubled times we could all do with music of this quality to take us somewhere better.

TRACK LISTING
Prologue:
01. Sol (4:27)
Acte 1:
02. Les chansons sont des bouteilles à la mer (6:13)
03. Mers lacrymales (5:04)
Acte 2:
04: Dieter Böhm (5:33)
05. Baume (3:31)
Acte 3:
06. Un visage lunaire (4:15)
Acte 4:
07. L’envol (2:25)
08. L’homme volant (5:37)
Epilogue:
09. Dans les mains de Dieter (5:37)

Total Time – 42:42

MUSICIANS
Vincent Barnavol – Drums, Percussion, Marimba
Gédéric Byar – Guitar
Claude Leonetti – Léode
Dominique Leonetti – Lead Vocals, 6 & 12-string Guitars
Romain Thorel – Keyboards, French Horn

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: L’Abeille Rôde
Country of Origin: France
Date of Release: 14th February 2020

LINKS
Lazuli – Website | Facebook | YouTube

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/covet-technicolor-album-release/

Covet, the Bay Area outfit featuring Yvette Young (guitar/vocals), David Adamiak (bass) and Forrest Rice (drums), return with their sophomore album, Technicolor, setting a June 5th release date for the Triple Crown Records release.

There are so many textures and types of songs that it’s a new direction for us,” explains Yvette, who, for the first time in the band’s history, lends her lyrics and vocals to songs “Parachute” and “Farewell.” “Some of them have a nostalgic feel. Others can be quite heavy. Technicolor traditionally is a technique used to colorize old film. In the same spirit, we’re taking these sounds and developing them. The word encapsulates what we set out to do.”

The album features more colors in terms of not just the effects, but the songwriting and the rhythms,” agrees David. “When you compile everything together, it’s our most diverse body of work yet. We’ve never had vocals with lyrics before. There were some vowels hummed on Currents, but it was gratifying to add Yvette’s voice like this.”

A preview of the 10-song album, which finds the band reunited with producers Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw) and Frank Mitaritonna, can be heard now as Covet release another quirky, colorful and just plain fun video, this time for the single “Nero.” The 7-minute clip was directed by Tom Flynn with visual effects by Kyle Monroe.

Albums pre-orders, which two limited vinyl variants, can be found now via the Triple Crown Records webstore as well as the standard digital service providers (https://smarturl.it/covetband). “Nero” is offered an instant download with purchase.

Technicolor Track Listing:

  1. Good Morning
  2. Atreyu
  3. Parachute
  4. Predawn (feat. Philip Jamieson)
  5. Nero
  6. Pirouette
  7. Ares
  8. Parrot
  9. Odessa
  10. Farewell

Covet - Technicolor

Cover photo by Conner Feimster

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/covet-technicolor-album-release/

Covet, the Bay Area outfit featuring Yvette Young (guitar/vocals), David Adamiak (bass) and Forrest Rice (drums), return with their sophomore album, Technicolor, setting a June 5th release date for the Triple Crown Records release.

There are so many textures and types of songs that it’s a new direction for us,” explains Yvette, who, for the first time in the band’s history, lends her lyrics and vocals to songs “Parachute” and “Farewell.” “Some of them have a nostalgic feel. Others can be quite heavy. Technicolor traditionally is a technique used to colorize old film. In the same spirit, we’re taking these sounds and developing them. The word encapsulates what we set out to do.”

The album features more colors in terms of not just the effects, but the songwriting and the rhythms,” agrees David. “When you compile everything together, it’s our most diverse body of work yet. We’ve never had vocals with lyrics before. There were some vowels hummed on Currents, but it was gratifying to add Yvette’s voice like this.”

A preview of the 10-song album, which finds the band reunited with producers Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw) and Frank Mitaritonna, can be heard now as Covet release another quirky, colorful and just plain fun video, this time for the single “Nero.” The 7-minute clip was directed by Tom Flynn with visual effects by Kyle Monroe.

Albums pre-orders, which two limited vinyl variants, can be found now via the Triple Crown Records webstore as well as the standard digital service providers (https://smarturl.it/covetband). “Nero” is offered an instant download with purchase.

Technicolor Track Listing:

  1. Good Morning
  2. Atreyu
  3. Parachute
  4. Predawn (feat. Philip Jamieson)
  5. Nero
  6. Pirouette
  7. Ares
  8. Parrot
  9. Odessa
  10. Farewell

Covet - Technicolor

Cover photo by Conner Feimster

The post COVET to Release “Technicolor” on June 5th via Triple Crown Records appeared first on Prog Sphere.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/covet-technicolor-album-release/

Covet, the Bay Area outfit featuring Yvette Young (guitar/vocals), David Adamiak (bass) and Forrest Rice (drums), return with their sophomore album, Technicolor, setting a June 5th release date for the Triple Crown Records release.

There are so many textures and types of songs that it’s a new direction for us,” explains Yvette, who, for the first time in the band’s history, lends her lyrics and vocals to songs “Parachute” and “Farewell.” “Some of them have a nostalgic feel. Others can be quite heavy. Technicolor traditionally is a technique used to colorize old film. In the same spirit, we’re taking these sounds and developing them. The word encapsulates what we set out to do.”

The album features more colors in terms of not just the effects, but the songwriting and the rhythms,” agrees David. “When you compile everything together, it’s our most diverse body of work yet. We’ve never had vocals with lyrics before. There were some vowels hummed on Currents, but it was gratifying to add Yvette’s voice like this.”

A preview of the 10-song album, which finds the band reunited with producers Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw) and Frank Mitaritonna, can be heard now as Covet release another quirky, colorful and just plain fun video, this time for the single “Nero.” The 7-minute clip was directed by Tom Flynn with visual effects by Kyle Monroe.

Albums pre-orders, which two limited vinyl variants, can be found now via the Triple Crown Records webstore as well as the standard digital service providers (https://smarturl.it/covetband). “Nero” is offered an instant download with purchase.

Technicolor Track Listing:

  1. Good Morning
  2. Atreyu
  3. Parachute
  4. Predawn (feat. Philip Jamieson)
  5. Nero
  6. Pirouette
  7. Ares
  8. Parrot
  9. Odessa
  10. Farewell

Covet - Technicolor

Cover photo by Conner Feimster

The post COVET to Release “Technicolor” on June 5th via Triple Crown Records appeared first on Prog Sphere.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/covet-technicolor-album-release/

Covet, the Bay Area outfit featuring Yvette Young (guitar/vocals), David Adamiak (bass) and Forrest Rice (drums), return with their sophomore album, Technicolor, setting a June 5th release date for the Triple Crown Records release.

There are so many textures and types of songs that it’s a new direction for us,” explains Yvette, who, for the first time in the band’s history, lends her lyrics and vocals to songs “Parachute” and “Farewell.” “Some of them have a nostalgic feel. Others can be quite heavy. Technicolor traditionally is a technique used to colorize old film. In the same spirit, we’re taking these sounds and developing them. The word encapsulates what we set out to do.”

The album features more colors in terms of not just the effects, but the songwriting and the rhythms,” agrees David. “When you compile everything together, it’s our most diverse body of work yet. We’ve never had vocals with lyrics before. There were some vowels hummed on Currents, but it was gratifying to add Yvette’s voice like this.”

A preview of the 10-song album, which finds the band reunited with producers Mike Watts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw) and Frank Mitaritonna, can be heard now as Covet release another quirky, colorful and just plain fun video, this time for the single “Nero.” The 7-minute clip was directed by Tom Flynn with visual effects by Kyle Monroe.

Albums pre-orders, which two limited vinyl variants, can be found now via the Triple Crown Records webstore as well as the standard digital service providers (https://smarturl.it/covetband). “Nero” is offered an instant download with purchase.

Technicolor Track Listing:

  1. Good Morning
  2. Atreyu
  3. Parachute
  4. Predawn (feat. Philip Jamieson)
  5. Nero
  6. Pirouette
  7. Ares
  8. Parrot
  9. Odessa
  10. Farewell

Covet - Technicolor

Cover photo by Conner Feimster

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/btbam-the-great-misdirect-2019-reissue/

Last year marked the tenth anniversary of Between the Buried and Me’s seminal sixth studio full-length The Great Misdirect. Up until 2009, the group has mostly been honing their musical identity, with Colors (2007) making significant impulses within the broad metal scene.

For The Great Misdirect, the band from North Carolina pursued what was their technically most-demanding release to date, largely relying their sound on progressive metal. That is not to say that the group’s previous releases were not technical, but it’s the scope of a release like The Great Misdirect that established the cohesion with different musical elements BTBAM had been craving for years to merge. Possibly finding themselves in a very unpleasant situation that required them to top the critically acclaimed Colors, Between the Buried and Me answered that challenge like real champions, launching an album of epic proportions.

Between the Buried and Me in 2020

Between the Buried and Me in 2020

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this epochal statement, the Los Angeles-based Craft Recordings released a remixed and remastered version of the album last year, available as standard double black and limited orange+white vinyl editions. With significantly improved mix/master by group’s longstanding producer Jamie King, The Great Misdirect has received a perfect treatment. It could easily be said that my initial impression of hearing the album for the first time 10 years ago has skyrocketed upon hearing the 2019 The Great Misdirect, what makes me say that after a decade this release has not aged a single bit; it is still very relevant and it has certainly stood the test of time.

The new life that is breathed into numbers like “Obfuscation,” “Disease, Injury, Madness,” “Fossil Genera,” and “Swim to the Moon” engages with the listener, making them a protagonist rather than a passerby. Between the Buried and Me opted for a more album-centered approach on The Great Misdirect than the song-by-song impression of the previous releases. Although this arguably resulted in fewer standout pieces than other releases, the choice to approach the album as a single piece of work served the end result well. Each song flows from one to another in an intuitive stream. At the potential cost of melodic hooks, the band placed more emphasis on texture. It is so obvious in these six songs that Between the Buried and Me didn’t rush anywhere.

The fact that many fans lauded and decried The Great Misdirect as the best and worst BTBAM album in different places should testify to its significance in their career. The purpose of experimental music should be to provoke and divide. While preceding releases like The Silent Circus, Alaska and Colors had great charm, The Great Misdirect is the album where Between the Buried and Me really legitimized themselves as a “serious” act.

The remastered vinyl edition of The Great Misdirect is available from Craft Recordings here.

BTBAM - The Great Misdirect

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/btbam-the-great-misdirect-2019-reissue/

Last year marked the tenth anniversary of Between the Buried and Me’s seminal sixth studio full-length The Great Misdirect. Up until 2009, the group has mostly been honing their musical identity, with Colors (2007) making significant impulses within the broad metal scene.

For The Great Misdirect, the band from North Carolina pursued what was their technically most-demanding release to date, largely relying their sound on progressive metal. That is not to say that the group’s previous releases were not technical, but it’s the scope of a release like The Great Misdirect that established the cohesion with different musical elements BTBAM had been craving for years to merge. Possibly finding themselves in a very unpleasant situation that required them to top the critically acclaimed Colors, Between the Buried and Me answered that challenge like real champions, launching an album of epic proportions.

Between the Buried and Me in 2020

Between the Buried and Me in 2020

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this epochal statement, the Los Angeles-based Craft Recordings released a remixed and remastered version of the album last year, available as standard double black and limited orange+white vinyl editions. With significantly improved mix/master by group’s longstanding producer Jamie King, The Great Misdirect has received a perfect treatment. It could easily be said that my initial impression of hearing the album for the first time 10 years ago has skyrocketed upon hearing the 2019 The Great Misdirect, what makes me say that after a decade this release has not aged a single bit; it is still very relevant and it has certainly stood the test of time.

The new life that is breathed into numbers like “Obfuscation,” “Disease, Injury, Madness,” “Fossil Genera,” and “Swim to the Moon” engages with the listener, making them a protagonist rather than a passerby. Between the Buried and Me opted for a more album-centered approach on The Great Misdirect than the song-by-song impression of the previous releases. Although this arguably resulted in fewer standout pieces than other releases, the choice to approach the album as a single piece of work served the end result well. Each song flows from one to another in an intuitive stream. At the potential cost of melodic hooks, the band placed more emphasis on texture. It is so obvious in these six songs that Between the Buried and Me didn’t rush anywhere.

The fact that many fans lauded and decried The Great Misdirect as the best and worst BTBAM album in different places should testify to its significance in their career. The purpose of experimental music should be to provoke and divide. While preceding releases like The Silent Circus, Alaska and Colors had great charm, The Great Misdirect is the album where Between the Buried and Me really legitimized themselves as a “serious” act.

The remastered vinyl edition of The Great Misdirect is available from Craft Recordings here.

BTBAM - The Great Misdirect

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/airbag-announce-new-album/

Four years since the release of Disconnected, Prog Rockers Airbag are set to release their fifth full-length album. Titled A Day At The Beach, the album will be released on the 19th June on Karisma Records, and today the label has given the band’s many fans a taste of what they can look forward to by releasing a track from the album.

The track is titled “Machines and Men,” and Airbag describe it thus: “This was one of the very first songs written for the album. The initial demo was basically just guitars, drums and vocals and during a period of working in the studio, rehearsing,  and playing the song live, it slowly evolved into something new and fresh that defined most of the material we were working on. The lyrics describe the facts of war in a cold and objective fashion, only to turn to the spectator  with a warning and a chance to look away.

Stream “Machines and Men” below.

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, Airbag was formed in the mid 2000’s by five high school class mates, which included two of today’s members Asle Tostrup (vocals) and Bjørn Riis (guitars). Airbag is a band that is able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, with a strong narrative listening experience. Today’s lineup also includes Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and A Day at the Beach will be Airbag’s first album as a trio, and will also feature talented guest musicians including Wobbler’s Kristian Hultgren.

Featuring six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, A Day at the Beach sees Airbag  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock. The result is a stunning selection of songs revealing a mature band looking forward from its already impressive legacy.

Once again teaming up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard SleipnesA Day at the Beach was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo and  produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Cover design, is, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.

Track listing is as follows:

1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

Airbag explains: “The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, A Day at the Beach is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance.

A Day at the Beach will be available in CD, black and coloured vinyls and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach

More information about Airbag can be found here:

Website: wwww.airbagdisconnected.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://instagram.com/airbagsound
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no

Airbag - A Day at the Beach

The post AIRBAG Reveal Details and First Single from Upcoming Album appeared first on Prog Sphere.

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

Four years since the release of Disconnected, Prog Rockers Airbag are set to release their fifth full-length album. Titled A Day At The Beach, the album will be released on the 19th June on Karisma Records, and today the label has given the band’s many fans a taste of what they can look forward to by releasing a track from the album.

The track is titled “Machines and Men,” and Airbag describe it thus: “This was one of the very first songs written for the album. The initial demo was basically just guitars, drums and vocals and during a period of working in the studio, rehearsing,  and playing the song live, it slowly evolved into something new and fresh that defined most of the material we were working on. The lyrics describe the facts of war in a cold and objective fashion, only to turn to the spectator  with a warning and a chance to look away.

Stream “Machines and Men” below.

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, Airbag was formed in the mid 2000’s by five high school class mates, which included two of today’s members Asle Tostrup (vocals) and Bjørn Riis (guitars). Airbag is a band that is able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, with a strong narrative listening experience. Today’s lineup also includes Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and A Day at the Beach will be Airbag’s first album as a trio, and will also feature talented guest musicians including Wobbler’s Kristian Hultgren.

Featuring six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, A Day at the Beach sees Airbag  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock. The result is a stunning selection of songs revealing a mature band looking forward from its already impressive legacy.

Once again teaming up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard SleipnesA Day at the Beach was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo and  produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Cover design, is, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.

Track listing is as follows:

1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

Airbag explains: “The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, A Day at the Beach is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance.

A Day at the Beach will be available in CD, black and coloured vinyls and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach

More information about Airbag can be found here:

Website: wwww.airbagdisconnected.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://instagram.com/airbagsound
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no

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I assume by that comment you mean this is kind of retro sounding, but just to confirm this is a new release and the CD features prog luminaries such as Andy Tillison and Theo Travis, although it is mainly the work of Ryan Stevenson and Andrea Moneta.

You can listen to a sample track on Bandcamp and it is kind of retro sounding and should appeal to those who like Canterbury-ish sort of things.