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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)—released the Vicente Cordero-directed video today for ‘Alive’ from their highly anticipated debut album,’Psychotic Symphony’. 


Watch now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8VZgL_9IQ 


In touring news, SONS OF APOLLO launched their much-anticipated world tour in Tampa, FL at the beginning of February as part of the “Cruise To The Edge.” The band have also added UK & European headline dates, in addition to the already announced Summer festivals plus extensive North American shows. For more information about tickets and on sale dates, fans should visit SonsOfApollo.com 


As Mike Portnoy declares, “Ever since this line-up assembled to make PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait!”


You can find the full list of confirmed European dates below, new additions in bold:


Fri 6/22              Clisson, France; Hellfest
Sat 6/23             Dessel, Belgium; Graspop
Sun 6/24            Milan, Italy; Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
Wed 6/27           Leipzig, Germany; Hellraiser
Sat 6/30             Barcelona, Spain; Be Prog My Friend
Sun 7/1               Maidstone, England; Rambling Man Festival
Mon 7/2             Motherwell, England; Motherwell Concert Hall
Tue 7/3               Belfast, England; Limelight
Wed 7/4             Dublin, Ireland; Tivoli Variety Theatre
Sun 7/14            Eindhoven, Netherlands; Dynamo MetalFest
Fri 8/3                 Wacken, Germany; Wacken Open Air
Sat 8/18             Warsaw, Poland; Prog In Park
Sun 8/19            Budapest, Hungary; Barba Negra Track
Wed 9/19           Moscow, Russia; Glavclub
* Sat 9/22          Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Roman Amphitheater
Mon 9/24           Athens, Greece; Fuzz Club
 
* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.


The band will also play a very special show at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on the 22nd September, including a ‘By-Request’ covers set alongside the orchestra of Plovdiv State Orchestra.


22nd September – Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria


You can also watch the video for ‘Coming Home’, which recently broke the 1 million views mark here:
https://youtu.be/J_1N8kVYfkE 


PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater. Order it here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.


PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY has racked up some fantastic reviews:


“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


“God-like in conception, stellar in ambition and perfection in delivery.”Metal Talk


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

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Tim Bowness released his fourth solo album, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ last year through InsideOutMusic, garnering best solo reviews he has ever received and reaching #5 in the official UK rock chart.  Now he is pleased to announce 3 special live appearances for 2018, the first of which is an appearance at Prog Dreams Festival in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, second on the bill to Steve Rothery (Marillion) on the 3rd March. John Jowitt – IQ, Frost*, Arena – will be replacing Tim’s regular bassist Colin Edwin for the performance. This performance will be recorded with a view to releasing a live album sometime in 2018 or 2019.


On the 17th May, Tim and his band will be special guests to Irish post-rockers God Is An Astronaut at the Electric Brixton in London, and they will play Summer’s End Festival at the Chepstow Drill Hall in October. 


3rd March – Prog Dreams Festival, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
17th May – Electric Brixton, London, UK (special guests to God is an Astronaut)
4-7th October – Summer’s End Festival, Chepstow Drill Hall, UK


Find a selection of the reviews for ‘Lost in the Ghost Light’ below:


“an album of immense ambition, the scope of which is matched only by the virtuosity of its songwriting and musical performances” – Shindig! Magazine


“the narrative is bold and witty, the songs a core vision of pathos.” – Prog


“Conceptual albums of this lavish quality should come around more often.” – Daily Express


‘Lost in the Ghost Light’ was awarded with the Best Artwork prize at 2017’s Progressive Music Awards in London last year.


Watch a video for the track ‘Kill The Pain That’s Killing You’ which you can see here:
https://youtu.be/6rCXh6FAsZ0

Pick up copy of the album on CD/DVD, Gatefold LP + CD & digital download below:
http://smarturl.it/timbownesslitgl
https://www.burningshed.com/store/timbowness/


Watch videos for the two previous tracks below:
You Wanted To Be Seen: https://youtu.be/O70NAIj69SI
Distant Summers: https://youtu.be/2Aj7IRLj-Rk


 Mixed & mastered by Steven Wilson, the album utilises a core band comprising Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), Hux Nettermalm (Paatos) and Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum), and is also joined by guests including Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel), Steve Bingham (No-Man) and the legendary Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). Andrew Keeling (Robert Fripp/Hilliard Ensemble/Evelyn Glennie) arranges for string quartet and flute on three of the album’s songs.
 
‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career and features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness’s most musically ambitious work to date.
 
Lyrically, the album addresses how the era of streaming and ageing audiences affects creativity, how a life devoted to music impacts on real / family life, and how idealistic beginnings can become compromised by complacency and the fear of being replaced by younger, more vital artists. 

Jarrod Gosling (I Monster / Cobalt Chapel) provides the fantastically detailed artwork, which includes a visual history of the career of the concept’s subject. The album will be available as a limited CD/DVD mediabook – including a 5.1 surround mix by Bruce Soord – and gatefold LP + CD & digital download.


TIM BOWNESS online:
http://www.timbowness.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/timbowness
https://twitter.com/TimBowness

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Bent Knee released their latest album ‘Land Animal’ last year, to much critical acclaim, and now they are pleased to announce European tour dates. You can find the full list below:


2nd March – Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zotermeer, Netherlands
6th March – Bergkeller, Reichenbach, Germany
7th March – Das Rind, Rüsselsheim, Germany
9th March – Moods, Zürich, Switzerland
10th March – La Casa di Alex, Milan, Italy
https://bentkneemusic.com/tour/
 


The band comments: “We’re thrilled to be returning to Europe! You all have such a beautiful appreciation for music. Our first ever tour across the pond was last summer and we had an extraordinary experience. For this run, we’ll be playing a number of cities for the very first time and will be premiering new work for Bent Knee + percussion ensemble in Zürich.”
 


Watch the brilliant video for ‘Time Deer’ here:
https://youtu.be/JjAnRiMjipw 


Watch the band perform the track ‘Holy Ghost’ live here:
https://youtu.be/e9QAlYV6qsY 


‘Land Animal’ is available as CD, LP+ CD & digital download here:
http://smarturl.it/BentKneeLandAnimal



“Bent Knee deliver in a way that not many bands can.” – Louder Than War


“Throwing off shackles of genre…truly the definition of experimentalism.” – Consequence of Sound


“As an art rock record at the poppier end of the spectrum, it’s atmospheric and cinematic with hooks aplenty.” – Prog Magazine (Top 20 albums of 2017)


“It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. Bent Knee have done just that.” – Substream



Bent Knee formed in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Violinist Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch.


The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Its last two albums, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements. The group has performed hundreds of shows across the world to date. During the fall of 2016, the band played for ecstatic audiences as an opener for the U.S. leg of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s farewell tour ahead of signing with InsideOutMusic/Sony.


“We’re very excited to be working with InsideOutMusic/Sony,” said Swain. “It’s wonderful to have our music reach a lot of new ears across the globe through them. It’s an honor to join their roster of prestigious artists and we look forward to a long relationship with the label.”
 


“Mind boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table” –NPR


“The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness” – The Wall Street Journal


“Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground” – The Boston Globe



BENT KNEE online:
http://www.bentkneemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BentKneeMusic/
https://twitter.com/bentkneemusic

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German instrumental rock powerhouse Long Distance Calling released their sixth studio album ‘Boundless’ last Friday to much acclaim. Now the band have launched a special EPK interview, filmed during their trip to the Dolomites, and you can watch the first part here: https://youtu.be/cPzdKE_iQtc 


“a cinematic homecoming”Metal Hammer


“this return to first principles finds LDC sounding Boundless indeed.”Kerrang!



You can listen to snippets of each of the albums tracks here:
https://youtu.be/EjBVH6HiIR0 


Watch the recently released video for ‘Ascending’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7WE1XejEk 


Watch the video for ‘Out There’ (directed by Iconographic), here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dh5vUlQdl4 


The album is available as a special edition digipak CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD (incl. etching on side D) & as digital download. Pre-order & stream the singles now here: 
https://longdistancecalling.lnk.to/Boundless 



Following the release of two albums that saw the band exploring the addition of vocals to their sound, the band have gone back to basics and created a purely instrumental record. 


The band comments: “We are happy to announce our new album ‘BOUNDLESS’ which will see the light of day on February 2nd 2018. This time around the four of us locked ourselves in a room over a couple of months and pretty much got back to where we started as a band to catch this “go with the flow” feeling. This is probably the purest LDC album ever, no guests, no vocals, all instrumental.  We´re stoked how it turned out and this album got a lot of energy, heaviness, melodies and twists, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.”


The track-listing of the album is as follows:



  1. Out There
  2. Ascending
  3. In The Clouds
  4. Like A River
  5. The Far Side
  6. On The Verge
  7. Weightless
  8. Skydivers



Further to the above, the band recently announced new tour dates in support of the new album release. See here for the full list of dates:



Presented by VISIONS, GITARRE & BASS, METAL.DE, ECLIPSED, METAL HAMMER, GUITAR
Feb 23rd 2018 – Saarbrücken (D), Garage (Club)
Feb 24th 2018 – Laufen (CH), Biomill
Feb 28th 2018 – Hannover (D), Lux
Mar 1st 2018 – Berlin (D), Musik & Frieden
Mar 2nd 2018 –  Hamburg (D), Indra
Mar 3rd 2018 – Kiel (D), Die Pumpe
Mar 4th 2018 – Bremen (D), Tower
Mar 5th 2018 – Köln (D), Gebäude 9
Mar 6th 2018 – Wiesbaden (D), Schlachthof (Kesselhaus)
Mar 7th 2018 – Stuttgart (D), ClubCann
Mar 8th 2018 – München (D), Kranhalle
Mar 9th 2018 – Wien (AT), B72
Mar 10th 2018 – Prag (CZ), Nova Chmelnice
Mar 11th 2018 – Dresden (D), Beatpol
Mar 12th 2018 – Nürnberg (D), Club Stereo


Long Distance Calling tear everything down and let it blossom again. ‘Boundless’ sounds like freedom found again, sometimes weightless, sometimes oppressively heavy.



LONG DISTANCE CALLING online:
www.longdistancecalling.de/
www.facebook.com/longdistancecalling
www.instagram.com/longdistancecalling
https://longdistancecalling.merchcowboy.com/ 

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Spanish instrumentalist rockers Toundra are pleased to announce the release of their fifth studio album for 27th April 2018, following the success of ´IV´, which reached an historic #2 in the Spanish charts. 


This new album will be called ‘Vortex’, and the artwork was done by Fran Rodríguez from La Cabeza en Las Nubes’, who has worked with bands like Weezer.
 


The band comments about the title:


“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”
 


The album will be released on special edition CD digipak, gatefold black LP + CD & as digital download. 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.


04.05.18, VOID, Bordeaux, FR
05.05.18, Supersonic, Paris, FR
06.05.18, Kleine Zaal, Melkweg, NL 
08.05.18, Usine, Geneva, CH
09.05.18, Dok, Gent, BE
10.05.18, Hoxton Square Bar, London, UK 
12.05.18, Temple of Boom, Leeds, UK 
13.05.18, Nice ‘n Sleazy, Glasgow, UK 
14.05.18, Exchange, Bristol, UK
16.05.18, JUNGLE, Koln, DE
17.05.18, Keller Club, Stuttgart, DE 
18.05.18, Rocas, Luxembourg, LU
19.05.18, Molotow, Hamburg, DE 
20.05.18, KB18, Copenhagen, DK 
23.05.18, BiNuu, Berlin, DE 
24.05.18, Groovestation, Dresden, DE
25.05.18, Papirna, Plzen, CZ
26.05.18, A38, Budapest, HU 
27.05.18, Viper Room, Vienna, AU
29.05.18, Le Farmer, Lyon, FR 
30.05.18, Molotov, Marseille, FR



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.



TOUNDRA online:
http://toundra.es
https://www.facebook.com/toundra
https://www.instagram.com/toundra/
http://www.insideoutmusic.com/



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www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
www.myspace.com/insideoutlabel

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Last week, Kino announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on the 23rd March 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards. 


Now they are pleased to reveal ‘The Dead Club’, the first track to be taken from the album, and you can listen to it now here: https://youtu.be/KqPC7x-OmhU 


John Mitchell comments: “Ladies and gentlemen!…Welcome to the Dead Club! Here is where all the wannabe rock stars hang out. It’s a place where petulant arrested development is encouraged, and to overdose makes you an iconic martyr in a rather timeless clichéd fashion. Beware false idols and remember at all times…..it’s only music….it’s light entertainment, nothing deserving of too much merit, much less a medal ?


The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. Digital pre-orders on iTunes and Amazon receive ‘The Dead Club’ immediately. Pre-order now here:
https://kinomusic.lnk.to/RadioVoltaire 


Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals. 


Keyboard player John Beck, who is also a bandmate of Mitchell’s in It Bites, has been brought back. But while he was fully involved on the debut album, this time his role is that of a guest musician. “Yes, I am delighted to say we’ve got John on board. His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.” The task of drummer this time fell to Craig Blundell, as Mitchell explains: “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned. I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”


Of the albums direction, Mitchell illustrates: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself (the 18th century French philosopher) had a fascination with death, which appealed to me. He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics. Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”


The album cover has been designed by Paul Tippett, who is one of the most in demand artists of the modern era. “I like what he’s done with this sleeve. It reminds me of Moulin Rouge meets ‘Live And Let Die’. It is very striking, and I am sure everyone will have their own interpretation of what it reminds them of.”


The tracklisting can be found below:



  1. Radio Voltaire
  2. The Dead Club
  3. Idlewild
  4. I Don’t Know Why
  5. I Won’t Break So Easily Any More
  6. Temple Tudor
  7. Out of Time
  8. Warmth of the Sun
  9. Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields
  10. Keep The Faith
  11. The Silent Fighter Pilot


Bonus Tracks



  1. Temple Tudor (Piano Mix)
  2. The Dead Club (Berlin Headquarter Mix)
  3. Keep The Faith (Orchestral Mix)
  4. The Kino Funfair



KINO online:
www.kinomusic.com
www.facebook.com/KINObandofficial/

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This weekend sees the beginning of Steve Hackett’s North American tour, beginning with Cruise To The Edge on the 3rd February. To celebrate, Steve has rerecorded GTR’s US hit single ‘When The Heart Rules The Mind’, and you can listen to the new track here: https://youtu.be/toZKMevmz90
 
“I always loved the track ‘When the Heart Rules the Mind’. I think it is the strongest thing Steve Howe and I wrote together and I always wanted to do a version where I would sing it myself with the use of today’s production techniques. I’m also very pleased to have my friend Steve Rothery on board doing additional guitar.
I’m looking forward to taking my band on tour. It’ll be great to play both North and South America again celebrating Genesis, solo and GTR!”
Steve Hackett
 
‘When The Heart Rules The Mind’ will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon & all other digital services from tomorrow, 2nd February.
 
A full list of Steve’s upcoming tour dates can be found here, including 5 special UK shows set to take place in October alongside a 41-piece orchestra:  http://www.hackettsongs.com/tour.html
 
Steve Hackett has just released ‘Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham’, a new live packages filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett’s recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour.  Available as Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album this is a must-have for any prog fan. All video formats include 5.1 Surround Sound and various extras.
 
“The audience love every minute of it, the music is bursting with vibrancy, and Hackett’s Les Paul sings all night long.” – Prog Magazine
 
Get your copy now here: https://stevehackett.lnk.to/WutheringNights
 
Watch the band perform the instrumental ‘El Niño’ here: https://youtu.be/qYCfgBH8zz0
 
This tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album:  Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.
 
Other fan favourites from Hackett’s Genesis days were ‘revisited’: Dance On A Volcano, Inside & Out, Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and the classic Los Endos.  This mesmerising show marks the first ever live performance by Hackett & his band of the tracks One for the Vine and Inside & Out, and also includes many of Hackett’s solo fan-favourites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren.


CD1:
About Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.
 
STEVE HACKETT Online:
www.hackettsongs.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hackett/123101228589
www.twitter.com/HackettOfficial