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While Swedish progressive metal / rock pioneers and innovators Pain of Salvation continue to challenge and bend stylistic boundaries with their frontline albums (Most recently: “PANTHER”, 2020), InsideOutMusic continues to re-work the group’s comprehensive and ground-breaking back-catalogue…

Consequently, Pain of Salvation’s classic 2004 concept album “BE” (15 songs / 75 min.) as well as the exceptional 2004 acoustic live album 12:5 (16 songs / 60 min.) are now made available for the first time ever on vinyl, with a worldwide release date of April 30th, 2021.

Both releases come as Gatefold Double-LP’s on 180g. vinyl with insert sheet and full album on bonus CD, available in the following variations/limitations:

Pain of Salvation – “BE” (Re-issue 2021):
Gatefold black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Gatefold deep blood red 2LP+CD – 100x copies from IOM Webshop Europe
Gatefold transp. magenta 2LP+CD – 300x copies from CM Distro & IOM Webshop Europe
Gatefold transp. light blue 2LP+CD – 200x copies from EMP
Gatefold transp. sun yellow 2LP+CD – 200x copies from JPC
Gatefold lilac 2LP+CD – 200x copies from Revolver / USA
Gatefold white 2LP+CD – 100x copies from Band Webshop
Gatefold transp. petrol green 2LP+CD – 100x copies from Band Webshop

Pain of Salvation – 12:5 (Re-issue 2021):
Gatefold black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Gatefold brown 2LP+CD – 100x copies from IOM Webshop Europe
Gatefold transp. sun yellow 2LP+CD – 300x copies from CM Distro & IOM Webshop Europe
Gatefold neon orange 2LP+CD – 200x copies from EMP
Gatefold transp. petrol green 2LP+CD – 200x copies from JPC
Gatefold brick red 2LP+CD – 200x copies from Revolver / USA
Gatefold white 2LP+CD – 100x copies from Band Webshop

The pre-order for both vinyl re-issues is now available here: 
https://painofsalvation.lnk.to/Re-Issues2021PR

Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw checked in with the following comment:
So, we can’t come and play for you, but in this weird time of separation, we are all somehow closer to one another than ever. Please invite us into your hearts and homes in the shape of these two albums that are finally released on vinyl, after all these years. We know, judging from the number of questions and requests over the years, how important this day is for many of you, and it makes us very happy to be able to bring you the news. Your. Wait. Is. Over.”

At http://painofsalvation.com/store we will have signed colored versions available, 100 copies worldwide only, and the first 30 copies of each version will be numbered and have a handwritten lyric quote on the front cover. All pre-sales come with two shop-specific postcards.”

Additionally, Pain of Salvation’s drummer Léo Margarit prepared a special drum playthrough video for the “BE” song “Nihil Morari” to enhance the announcement of these vinyl re-issues. 
You can check out the clip here: https://youtu.be/94J7R5jhDVo 

Léo Margarit commented: 
I played “Nihil Morari” for the first time when I pressed “record” on my pro tools system for that video recording…While I knew all about its intricacies for having listened to it just about a million times, it proved rather difficult to perform well right away…! Nonetheless it was really fun to do and I hope I’m making Johan Langell proud!

Pain of Salvation have most recently released the studio album “PANTHER”, which managed to enter various international sales charts including the following: Germany # 19, Switzerland # 18, Austria # 43, Belgium (Wallonia) # 42, France # 125, UK Rock Album Chart # 12 as well as # 21 in the “Current Hard Music Albums” chart in the USA.

Check out these video links for an introduction to Pain of Salvation’s “PANTHER” album:
“ACCELERATOR”: https://youtu.be/5QKmOJl4GXQ
“RESTLESS BOY”: https://youtu.be/jkU564tyD5M
“PANTHER”: https://youtu.be/NmhJTkc9v8o
“UNFUTURE” Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/lZy3XoOBHTU
“PANTHER” Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/katNlRYPA9o
“RESTLESS BOY” Drum Playthrough: https://youtu.be/URYPi9Elv2g
“ACCELERATOR” Drum Playthrough: https://youtu.be/zC7qXUjYyDQ
“WAIT” Drum Playthrough: https://youtu.be/zDzrglYYVvM 
“PANTHER” Album Trailer: https://youtu.be/njgmgECkFBw

Next to the standard CD and the Digital Album formats, ”PANTHER” is also available as limited 2CD Mediabook (Including expanded artwork and the 4 bonus tracks on a separate disc) and as 180g. Gatefold 2LP (Including the 4 bonus tracks on Side D and album on CD as bonus).

You can still order “PANTHER” in its various formats here: https://PainofSalvation.lnk.to/Panther

Pain of Salvation also recently released a special re-issue edition for their “The Perfect Element, Pt. I” album from 2000. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s third album, the re-issue version is entitled “The Perfect Element, Pt. I (Anniversary Mix 2020)” and comes remixed by Pontus Lindmark as well as mastered by Thor Legvold / Sonovo. The release features slightly revised artwork, new liner-notes and is available as limited 2CD Digipak and Digital Album (with a total of 8 bonus tracks) as well as in the Gatefold 2LP format on 180g. vinyl with the entire remixed album as bonus CD.

Check out the album’s digital singles for a better idea of the new mixes:

“Ashes (Anniversary Mix 2020)”: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVblZBWE5ag 
https://open.spotify.com/track/1KsDYvXlD1Kwv8h4WQUmOv

“Used (Anniversary Mix 2020)”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwJJO2__z_U 
https://open.spotify.com/album/6bY1mKqQrw9OQ6VA2VDqS5

Watch two drum playthrough clips by Pain of Salvation’s Léo Margarit for “The Perfect Element, Pt. I” songs:
Idioglossia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyZ4NZBCpA4
Used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWH48KYM1kY

You can order the release in its various formats here:
https://painofsalvation.lnk.to/ThePerfectElementI2020

Stay tuned for more Pain of Salvation news coming soon…

Pain of Salvation online:
www.painofsalvation.com
www.facebook.com/painofsalvation
https://twitter.com/thebestofpain 
https://www.instagram.com/painofsalvationband/
http://painofsalvation.com/store/

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Lyrically, and musically, the award-winning Dutch artist lays her soul bare with the most evocative record of her career – captivating song-stories told with acoustic guitars, strings, horns, percussion, and Anneke’s hypnotic vocal harmonies.

Anneke van Giersbergen couldn’t be happier and more excited to be releasing her most personal album to date: ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ was inspired by heartbreak, but it is also a manifest of how heartbreak can lead into transformation and make way for something new and bright once the dark has been overcome. Anneke comments in her own words: “When I scribbled down some lyric ideas in 2018, I took the first steps on the long road that would lead to the release of ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of self-doubt when you’re writing and recording highly personal songs, but once the album was done, I was able to put my mind at ease. I’m so proud of what we’ve created and release day has finally arrived!

To show a yet different side of the album’s musical diversity, today sees the release of the brand-new track and video for “I Saw A Car”, which Anneke comments as follows: 
The stomps and plucky brightness might fool you into thinking this was a ditty, but the vulnerable and self-assessing lyrics actually fit the headspace that being expressed throughout the album. This song was written and produced very late in the recording process, but I just instantly knew the track had something special and needed to be included on the album.

Watch the video for “I Saw A Car” here: 
https://youtu.be/fCfoKtDs0XE 
(Music and words by Anneke van Giersbergen
Directed by Jasper van Gheluwe)

‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ is available as eco-friendly CD Digipak (plastic-free), as 180g Gatefold LP (incl. the album on CD) & as digital album. 
Click here to pre-order the album: 
https://annekevangiersbergen.lnk.to/TheDarkestSkiesAreTheBrightest 

“The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest” – Tracklist:
01. Agape
02. Hurricane
03. My Promise
04. I Saw A Car
05. The Soul Knows
06. The End
07. Keep It Simple
08. Lo And Behold
09. Losing You
10. Survive
11. Love You Like I Love You


The album’s title, ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’, refers to the idea that, when facing personal challenges, we are forced to find answers to life’s biggest questions. But, at this point in her near-three-decade-long music career, this solo album – and, crucially, the heartbreak that inspired it – was not something Anneke van Giersbergen ever anticipated writing.

In 2018, Anneke began working on new material for her metal band, VUUR. Although their debut album, ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’, was met with a mixed reception, fans were warming up to their heavy, progressive sound. Therefore, a rapid follow-up album would surely establish Anneke’s return to fronting a metal band. However, behind the scenes, these were troubled times.

Anneke shares, ”My belief in VUUR saw me spend all my savings on recording VUUR’s debut album and taking the band on the road. After completing our first touring cycle, I realized that more VUUR would mean yet more, huge financial risks.”

To make matters worse, in 2018, her long-lasting marriage, which had always been wonderful, unexpectedly saw a storm approaching. Anneke adds, “I instantly knew I needed to write music about fixing my life. This creative endeavour would be far too personal for a VUUR album. And it would also require solitude.”

With just her acoustic guitar and basic recording gear, Anneke retreated to a small house near the woods, just outside her hometown of Eindhoven. She let go of the pressures of what VUUR’s future might be, and fell into the meditative process of writing a solo album. In 2019, work continued on the new songs. In 2020, Anneke asked her friend and producer, Gijs Coolen, to help finish the album.

Throughout the completion of the album, Anneke’s fragile, acoustic song-stories were fused together with an alchemy of panoramic strings, horns, and percussion. The resulting 11-track record has all the intimacy of Anneke serenading an audience of one, combined with surprising departures into swampier, foot-stomping grooves.

The Japanese art of kintsugi has inspired Anneke to use a repaired heart as the album’s symbol. Kintsugi teaches that bringing together the pieces of a broken object – with the use of a precious metal – adds value and uniqueness to it. And, instead of giving up on their marriage, Anneke and her husband decided to take the time to mend their bond. They now cherish the repaired heartbreak as something profoundly valuable. 

Their journey through this personal storm, and the album that Anneke created in the eye of it, proves that the darkest skies truly are the brightest. 

About Anneke van Giersbergen:

‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ is Anneke’s 23rd career album. It proves, once again, that the award-winning Dutch artist defies being pigeonholed by any genre. 

After thirteen years as the front woman for melancholic metallers, The Gathering, she struck out on her own in 2007. Since then, her creativity has known no bounds. Anneke quickly solidified a successful solo career (initially under the moniker Agua de Annique), and has recorded and performed with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend multiple times. She has also lent her serene yet powerful voice to the likes of: Anathema, Icelandic folk group Árstíðir, Within Temptation, Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Amorphis, and prog legend John Wetton.

2012’s ‘Everything is Changing’ was something of a milestone in Anneke’s solo career. The album, which was the first to be released under her own name, received two Edison Award nominations – Holland’s most prestigious music prize – in the categories ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Album’.
In 2015, Anneke van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) released their collaborative album ‘The Diary’ under the name The Gentle Storm.
In October 2017, Anneke’s progressive metal outfit VUUR released their much-anticipated debut album. ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’ entered the Dutch Album Top 100 at number 2, Anneke’s highest-ever chart position.

Forever the unpredictable artist, in late 2018, Anneke released ‘Symphonized’, an 11-track live orchestral album. It was recorded at two career-spanning concerts alongside Residentie Orkest The Hague, and features rearrangements of songs from her entire back catalogue.
2019 saw Dutch music copyright organisation Buma Cultuur honor Anneke with the Buma ROCKS! Export Award. This is their award for the Most Successful Dutch Artist Abroad in Heavy Music.
In 2021, the release of her new solo album ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ will see Anneke surprise her fans all over again.

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN online
www.annekevangiersbergen.com
www.facebook.com/annekevangiersbergenofficial
https://instagram.com/annekeannique
https://twitter.com/AnnekeAnnique
www.youtube.com/AguaDeAnniqueMusic

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LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, the legendary supergroup comprised of Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) are set to return with a new album titled ‘LTE3’, due to be released March 26th, 2021 via InsideOutMusic. 

Today, the band are pleased to share the video for the album’s second single “Beating The Odds”. You can watch the video, created by Christian Rios, here: https://youtu.be/RJWTT35GhQc

This was a riff that I brought into the sessions that I thought was interesting because it’s in an odd time and phrased in a way that is hard to wrap your head around at first until you understand where the groove is. When I first presented it to the guys, their initial reaction was “how are you feeling that?” When the band enters after the opening riff it probably sounds a little ‘odd’ because the time signature is a bit unclear until the song gets going. If LTE ever had a ‘prog pop hit’ this would be it!
– John Petrucci

I remember the look of confusion on ALL our faces when JP started playing that opening riff! It’s was seemingly so straight ahead but with a bizarre rhythmic twist! Took a while to internalize that but then we all loved it! One of the great things about LTE is the fact that we just let ourselves loose and have FUN!
– Jordan Rudess

‘Beating The Odds’ is the 2nd song we wrote in the LTE3 sessions. I jokingly referred to it as “the feel-good song of the Pandemic” in the studio as it has a very upbeat happy feel to it…but also takes a few cool musical twists & turns ranging from the glorious melodic chorus & end vamp to the dark driving solo sections
– Mike Portnoy

Starts with an off-step riff, kind of like walking upstairs backward, but at the repeat you get it. Then it opens up into “anthem land.”. Later there are unison bass lines where both Jordan and John got flangy sounds that work well with the bass. Mike’s unstoppable energy is evident here, and we’ve got more fantastic J&J solos. At only five and a half minutes we start fading out… a short song by our standards. But we’re just getting warmed up.
– Tony Levin

The album will be available in the following formats:
• Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 Art-cards, Blu-ray incl. a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)
• Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
•.Limited 2CD Digipak
• Gatefold black 2LP+CD
• Digital album (2CD)

You can pre-order ‘LTE3’ now here: https://liquidtensionex.lnk.to/LTE3/ 

Tracklisting:
1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)

Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.

Watch the video for the album’s first single “The Passage of Time” here:
https://youtu.be/jWP4JLUxiqY 

Watch the ‘LTE3’ teaser trailer here: https://youtu.be/VRvCuDIMIzo

In 1997, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, joined forces to create Liquid Tension Experiment. The foursome would release their iconic, self-titled debut album in 1998 and the dazzling follow-up, LTE2 in 1999, creating a dynamic, frantic, and inventive sound all their own. The incredible creativity between the collective would prompt Petrucci and Portnoy to invite Rudess to join Dream Theater, effectively marking the end of this side project. However, since that time, there have been few reunions more in demand. Now, with the world in lockdown and calendars unexpectedly aligned, the inconceivable has finally happened… a new Liquid Tension Experiment album.

TONY LEVIN online:
https://www.facebook.com/tonylevinofficial
https://twitter.com/tonylevin
https://www.instagram.com/tonylevin/

JOHN PETRUCCI online:
https://www.facebook.com/johnpetrucciFB
https://twitter.com/JPetrucci
https://www.instagram.com/johnpetrucciofficial/

MIKE PORTNOY online:
https://www.facebook.com/mikeportnoyofficial
https://twitter.com/MikePortnoy
https://www.instagram.com/mikeportnoy/

JORDAN RUDESS online:
https://www.facebook.com/jordanrudessofficial
https://twitter.com/Jcrudess
https://www.instagram.com/jcrudess/

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After a very successful release of the first single “The Fisherman”, Nad Sylvan is now proud to be presenting the second song “The Stolen Child” off of his new album “Spiritus Mundi”, to be released on April 9th 2021. The album’s lyrics are based on poems by W.B. Yeats. 

Nad comments on the new song as follows: 
The Stolen Child” is one of W B Yeats’ most popular early poems first published in Irish Monthly in 1896. Like much of his early work, it is based on the myths and legends he heard from local people while growing up in County Sligo. 
I feel this song is a very captivating take on the lyrical content and will place you in a colorful dreamy landscape which will take you back to your own gullible childhood.
Let the fairies come and get you.

You can watch the video for “The Stolen Child” here: https://youtu.be/hpyJeTgEi2A

“Spiritus Mundi” is available as Special Edition CD Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), 180g Gatefold LP Vinyl Edition (incl. the entire album on CD) and as Digital Download. You can pre-order the album here: https://nadsylvanmusic.lnk.to/SpiritusMundi

“Spiritus Mundi” tracklisting:
1. The Second Coming (7:00)
2. Sailing to Byzantium (6:41)
3. Cap and Bells (4:47)
4. The Realists (2:18)
5. The Stolen Child (4:58)
6. To An Isle In The Water (4:36)
7. The Hawk (4:09)
8. The Witch and The Mermaid (1:57)
9. The Fisherman (5:28)
Bonus Tracks
10. You’ve Got To Find A Way (5:55)
11. To A Child Dancing In The Wind (5:08)

NAD SYLVAN Online:
https://www.facebook.com/Nadsylvanartist
http://www.nadsylvan.com/
https://twitter.com/SylvanOfficial

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After just having completed an adventurous online-songwriting real-time project, Norwegian Rock outfit LEPROUS are now launching a behind-the-scenes video for their newest single “Castaway Angels”, which was released in December worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Check out the interesting clip here: 
https://youtu.be/ZLk9ksi29AU

LEPROUS commented as follows:
2020 was a different year for everyone. After a strict lock down during the spring, we were finally allowed to work together face to face. However, the border into Sweden was still off limits for us. This meant that we had to find a studio in Norway, as opposed to recording with our good friend and producer David Castillo at Gröndahl in Stockholm. Being forced to think in new directions can be an unpleasant and challenging experience, but it can also open new opportunities and relationships. In our case, luckily, it was the latter. We got in contact with the guys from the magical ‘Ocean Sound Recordings’ at Giske, just outside the city of Ålesund. This was the start of a beautiful relationship that has added a new dimension to LEPROUS’ sound. 
Our first session at Ocean Sound resulted in the making and documentation of “Castaway Angels”, released December 4th. This video documents the making of CA and it’ll give you a “behind the scenes” look at how we worked together, as well as our individual reflections on how this session took part in shaping us as a band. Without this project, it’s likely that the idea of the “Let’s write a song together”-concept never would’ve been born. Thank you so much for your continued support of our work as musicians and artists!

“Castaway Angels” was recorded at Ocean Sound Recordings in Norway and mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves). 
You can obtain the single here: https://leprousband.lnk.to/CastawayAngels-SinglePR
Watch its video clip directed by Tobias Hole Aasgaarden / South Coast Creative here:
https://youtu.be/85drl9-lqRU

In other news, LEPROUS have announced two special live-events for this coming weekend, Saturday February 20th and Sunday February 21st, when the band will be performing both their latest albums “Malina” (2017) and “Pitfalls” (2019) in their entirety live on stage and as online stream.

Check here for further details, tickets and bundle-options:
https://www.munin.live/promo/leprous_malina_pitfalls/

And see an explanatory video teaser here: 
https://www.facebook.com/leprousband/videos/malina-pitfalls-weekend/255790612617427/

And LEPROUS added the following comment: 
We are not a band made to sit still, so we look very much forward for this weekend playing hybrid concerts on stage with both “Malina” and “Pitfalls” in its entirety. Everything will be streamed in high quality real time from the same stage as the combined stream we did with Ihsahn in December, at the Notodden Theater. Two songs from “Pitfalls” have never ever been played live, and one from “Malina” has more or less never been played live either, so it’s a nice way to step up our game!

The acclaimed latest LEPROUS album “Pitfalls” was released in October 2019 worldwide via InsideOutMusic. It marks the sixth full album release by LEPROUS and was recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Opeth, Katatonia) as well as mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves).

Check some videos related to the “Pitfalls” album here:
“Below” (video): https://youtu.be/4nPwBSaJmgI
“Alleviate” (video): https://youtu.be/12eFq16CXSU
“Distant Bells”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8HUeCKNxVw
Album Track-By-Track: https://youtu.be/XOR3xXOmk8Y
“The Sky Is Red” live-video: https://youtu.be/_nN61nW1Ly0
“The Sky Is Red” (drums playthrough video): https://youtu.be/nj6fM2KpyOA
“I Lose Hope” (bass playthrough video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lUVKD0brmQ 
YouTube comments reaction video: https://youtu.be/sBLIJgNIEn8

“Pitfalls” can still be ordered in various formats here: https://LeprousBand.lnk.to/Pitfalls

LEPROUS also recently re-issued their early albums “Coal” (2013) and “The Congregation” (2015) via InsideOutMusic as 2LP+CD on 180g. black vinyl as well as in various limited colour variants each. 
Get these re-issues from the IOM shop here:
https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Leprous/20978?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13

LEPROUS line-up:
Einar Solberg – vocals/synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar
Robin Ognedal – guitar
Simen Børven – bass
Baard Kolstad – drums

LEPROUS online:
www.leprous.net
www.facebook.com/leprousband
www.youtube.com/leprouschannel
https://www.omerch.eu/shop/leprous

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In October 2020, progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS released their new double album “Islands” on InsideOutMusic, just a year after the group’s much celebrated “Waiting For Miracles”. Today the band have launched a brand new video for the track ‘All I Need Is Love’, and you can watch it now here: https://youtu.be/YA01Sqj8pbI 

The band comments: “Hasse Fröberg – this is his contribution, ‘All I Need is Love’ – to the latest album Islands. The only member, besides Stolt, from the original first line up of The Flower Kings that started in 1994. Still with the band many moons later – vocalist, guitar-player,rock star.
This video was recorded around Christmas time – some of it outdoors!
A traditional multi-part prog-rock song penned by Fröberg – that has all the elements that put the Swedish ‘kings’ on the progressive map worldwide.

With an epic length of 92 minutes, “Islands” offers all trademark sounds and melodies, the band is renowned for including vintage keys, brilliant guitar solos, odd drum patterns and symphonic elements. Rounded off by artwork courtesy of the legendary Roger Dean (Yes, Asia, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Uriah Heep), THE FLOWER KINGS present a dynamic and complex record that is bold, bombastic and beautiful.

Watch the previously released videos below.

‘Morning News’: https://youtu.be/5ROkNn6Ng9o 
‘From The Ground’: https://youtu.be/AANDQG4R3d4 
‘Broken’: https://youtu.be/z3vktAkbeRE 
‘Black Swan’: https://youtu.be/kv3-7HDz4Mw 

You can also check out the bands YouTube channel for interviews with each of the band members as well as other content including play-throughs:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtStC94EHoYdBBbV2qsgxiQ/videos 

“Islands” is now available as massive Limited 3LP & 2CD box set with slipcase and 180 gram vinyl housed in one gatefold, one single sleeve; as Limited Edition 2CD Digipak and Digital Album. 
Order here:
https://theflowerkings.lnk.to/IslandsID

Disc One (49:40)
1. Racing With Blinders On (4:24)
2. From The Ground (4.02)
3. Black Swan (5:53)
4. Morning News (4:01)
5. Broken (6:38)
6. Goodbye Outrage (2:19)
7. Journeyman (1:43)
8. Tangerine (3:51)
9. Solaris (9:10)
10. Heart Of The Valley (4:18)
11. Man In A Two Peace Suit (3:21)

Disc Two (43:01)
1. All I Need Is Love (5:48)
2. A New Species (5:45)
3. Northern Lights (5:43)
4. Hidden Angles (0:50)
5. Serpentine (3:52)
6. Looking For Answers (4:30)
7. Telescope (4:41)
8. Fool’s Gold (3:11)
9. Between Hope & Fear (4:29)
10. Islands (4:12)

Line-Up:
Roine Stolt – Vocal, Ukulele, Guitars, Additional Keyboards
Hasse Fröberg – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Jonas Reingold – Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Zach Kamins – Pianos, Organ, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Orchestrations
Mirko DeMaio – Drums, Percussion
Guest: Rob Townsend – Soprano Saxophone

THE FLOWER KINGS online:
https://www.roinestolt.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings
https://www.instagram.com/roinestolt8112/
https://www.facebook.com/pale.rider.127

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Legendary Dutch progressive rockers Kayak recently announced they will return with their 18th studio album ‘Out Of This World’ on the 7th May 2021. Now they are pleased to reveal the first single taken from that album, and you can watch the video for ‘Mystery’ here: https://youtu.be/JHDDwyi_iPI 

Founding member Ton Scherpenzeel comments: “This song is about the, in my view, unfathomable mystery and wonder that is the world around us. No matter what stunning progress science makes, and whatever religion wants us to believe, the essence will always be that: a mystery. Which doesn’t mean we have to stop trying to figure it all out.

The album is now also available for pre-order, arriving as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD, and as Digital Album. An exclusive blood red vinyl edition is available directly from the band. Pre-order now here: https://kayak.lnk.to/OutOfThisWorld 

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Out Of This World
2. Waiting
3. Under A Scar
4. Kaja
5. Mystery
6. Critical Mass
7. As The Crow Flies
8. The Way She Said Goodbye
9. Traitor’s Gate
10. Distance To Your Heart
11. Red Rag To A Bull
12. One By One
13. A Writer’s Tale
14. Cary
15. Ship Of Theseus

Watch a short teaser for the new album here: https://youtu.be/zo-YUX4RbWM 

‘Out Of This World’, the band’s eighteenth studio album, with 15 new tracks, spanning 70 minutes of energetic and incredibly diverse material- though still very much recognizable as Kayak. It is clear that the new found energy has gained even more momentum since Hans Eijkenaar rejoined the group. Although they were forced to cancel all tours because Ton Scherpenzeel suffered a heart attack at the end of 2019, and immediately after that because of the Covid pandemic, we’re hearing a band that, since the demise of Pim Koopman in 2009, has not sounded more together, balanced and motivated. The current line-up of the band is as follows:

Ton Scherpenzeel – Keyboards, lead and backing vocals 
Bart Schwertmann – Lead and backing vocals 
Marcel Singor – Guitar, lead and backing vocals 
Kristoffer Gildenlöw – Bass, lead and backing vocals
Hans Eijkenaar- Drums

Kayak History:
KAYAK was formed in Hilversum, The Netherlands, back in 1972, by keyboard player Ton Scherpenzeel and drummer Pim Koopman who struck up a friendship in their early teens after meeting at a local volley ball club. They were committed to writing original material. With loads of melodic, symphonic songs in their pocket they recruited fellow music conservatory student Max Werner (lead vocals) and Johan Slager (guitar). After bass player Cees van Leeuwen joined, the first lineup of KAYAK was complete with the new band being signed by EMI Records being launched as a new supergroup. Their debut album ‘See See The Sun’(1973) featured a minor hit single , ‘Lyrics’, with ‘Mammoth’ and the title track also reaching the top 40. The album sold well in Holland, earning the band significant critical acclaim and developing a growing army of passionate followers. 

After a series of successful albums and several hit singles in their homeland KAYAK was on the verge of an international breakthrough in 1977 when the single ‘Want you to be Mine’, from ‘Starlight Dancer’ achieved chart success in the U.S, peaking at #55 in the Billboard Charts. KAYAK was even voted Most Promising Band of the Year by the influential American music magazine Record World. Due to the fact that charismatic lead singer Max Werner wanted to fill the vacant position of drummer meaning the band was suddenly without a lead singer, making it impossible to embark on an American tour. KAYAK focused on finding a vocalist instead. The search began with advertisements placed in British magazine ‘Melody Maker’, spotted by Edward Reekers, a huge fan of the band since the early days. Passing the audition with flying colors he became the new frontman for KAYAK and with the addition of two female singers the band returned to the recording studio to create their 6th album, the award winning ‘Phantom of the Night, which turned out to be their commercial peak. The blend of progressive rock and immaculate pop brought them phenomenal success. The album went to number one on the charts, reaching platinum status and ‘Ruthless Queen,’ became their highest charting single, (#4 in the Dutch charts). 

The next album, ‘Periscope Life’ (1980), was similar in style and recorded in Los Angeles. It consolidated KAYAK’s position as one of Holland’s most popular bands.
With their next effort, ‘Merlin’ (1981), KAYAK returned to its original progressive and symphonic rock roots, with a suite about the legendary medieval magician on side A. Many music fans considered this a milestone in the bands career. Personal and musical struggles within the band however led to a break up in 1982. The first era of KAYAK ended after the release of the semi live album ‘Eyewitness’. 

The next chapter in KAYAK’s career began in 2006 with ‘Kayakoustic’, presenting the now seven-piece band in an intimate setting.In the new millennium KAYAK was resurrected after an 18 year pause and came back with the strong symphonic crossover album ‘Close to the Fire’ (2000) with again Pim Koopman on drums and Max Werner on vocals. Unfortunately, due to ill health Max was soon forced to leave, with ex- Vandenberg singer Bert Heerink, who already joined the band on stage, taking over. With Heerink three studio albums were recorded, including the rock opera’s ‘Merlin – Bard of the Unseen’ and ‘Nostradamus – The Fate of Man’, their most ambitious efforts yet. The rock opera’s, dominated by longer, prog-based compositions, also showed KAYAK’s theatrical side with an extended cast of singers and dancers contributing to an impressive first rate live experience. It also marked the return of Edward Reekers and introduced Cindy Oudshoorn as first female lead singer. 

2008 was an important year celebrating their 35th anniversary and embarking on a large tour taking the group to the theaters and clubs. ‘The Anniversary Box’, a DVD containing the Paradiso concert as well as a collection of fan chosen tracks is released. 

The tragic, unexpected death of drummer and composer Pim Koopman one year later in the middle of the ‘Letters From Utopia’ tour almost led to KAYAK’s downfall, but two years later the group re- emerged with Hans Eijkenaar on drums and the album ‘Anywhere But Here’, dedicated to Koopman. After a period of two years preparing and recording the new rock opera ‘Cleopatra- The Crown of Isis’ was released in 2014. Shortly before the tour, lead singers Reekers and Oudshoorn unexpectedly and inconveniently announced their departure, leaving the band in disarray. But as they say “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and like the proverbial cat with nine lives – in 2018 KAYAK came back with a vengeance and ‘Seventeen’.

Look out for more information on the bands 18thstudio album ‘Out Of This World’ in the coming months

KAYAK online:
www.kayakonline.info
https://www.facebook.com/Kayak-209230952473801/
https://www.facebook.com/ton.scherpenzeel

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At the end of last year Anneke van Giersbergen announced the release of her new solo album ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’, one of the most important and personal albums in Anneke’s career to date. An album inspired by heartbreak – not something Anneke ever anticipated writing. It will be released on February 26th, 2021.

The third single “Agape” off of said album sees the light of day today and Anneke is very excited to be sharing this new piece of music with the world. She comments: “Agape refers to the highest form of unconditional love, the type of love we all yearn for. I’ve tried to create a distinct echo of a love song from the ‘70s with a meditative guitar arrangement. The lush sound of a string quartet adds a dreamy quality to the song.

Watch the lyric video for “Agape” here:
https://youtu.be/Gt9jkpdqv-0

‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ is available as eco-friendly CD Digipak (plastic-free), as 180g Gatefold LP (incl. the album on CD) & as digital album. 
Click here to pre-order the album: 
https://annekevangiersbergen.lnk.to/TheDarkestSkiesAreTheBrightest 

“The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest” – Tracklist:
01. Agape
02. Hurricane
03. My Promise
04. I Saw A Car
05. The Soul Knows
06. The End
07. Keep It Simple
08. Lo And Behold
09. Losing You
10. Survive
11. Love You Like I Love You


The album’s title, ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’, refers to the idea that, when facing personal challenges, we are forced to find answers to life’s biggest questions. But, at this point in her near-three-decade-long music career, this solo album – and, crucially, the heartbreak that inspired it – was not something Anneke van Giersbergen ever anticipated writing.

In 2018, Anneke began working on new material for her metal band, VUUR. Although their debut album, ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’, was met with a mixed reception, fans were warming up to their heavy, progressive sound. Therefore, a rapid follow-up album would surely establish Anneke’s return to fronting a metal band. However, behind the scenes, these were troubled times.

Anneke shares, ”My belief in VUUR saw me spend all my savings on recording VUUR’s debut album and taking the band on the road. After completing our first touring cycle, I realized that more VUUR would mean yet more, huge financial risks.

To make matters worse, in 2018, her long-lasting marriage, which had always been wonderful, unexpectedly saw a storm approaching. Anneke adds, “I instantly knew I needed to write music about fixing my life. This creative endeavour would be far too personal for a VUUR album. And it would also require solitude.

With just her acoustic guitar and basic recording gear, Anneke retreated to a small house near the woods, just outside her hometown of Eindhoven. She let go of the pressures of what VUUR’s future might be, and fell into the meditative process of writing a solo album. In 2019, work continued on the new songs. In 2020, Anneke asked her friend and producer, Gijs Coolen, to help finish the album.

Throughout the completion of the album, Anneke’s fragile, acoustic song-stories were fused together with an alchemy of panoramic strings, horns, and percussion. The resulting 11-track record has all the intimacy of Anneke serenading an audience of one, combined with surprising departures into swampier, foot-stomping grooves.

The Japanese art of kintsugi has inspired Anneke to use a repaired heart as the album’s symbol. Kintsugi teaches that bringing together the pieces of a broken object – with the use of a precious metal – adds value and uniqueness to it. And, instead of giving up on their marriage, Anneke and her husband decided to take the time to mend their bond. They now cherish the repaired heartbreak as something profoundly valuable. 

Their journey through this personal storm, and the album that Anneke created in the eye of it, proves that the darkest skies truly are the brightest. 

About Anneke van Giersbergen:

‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ is Anneke’s 23rd career album. It proves, once again, that the award-winning Dutch artist defies being pigeonholed by any genre. 

After thirteen years as the front woman for melancholic metallers, The Gathering, she struck out on her own in 2007. Since then, her creativity has known no bounds. Anneke quickly solidified a successful solo career (initially under the moniker Agua de Annique), and has recorded and performed with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend multiple times. She has also lent her serene yet powerful voice to the likes of: Anathema, Icelandic folk group Árstíðir, Within Temptation, Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Amorphis, and prog legend John Wetton.

2012’s ‘Everything is Changing’ was something of a milestone in Anneke’s solo career. The album, which was the first to be released under her own name, received two Edison Award nominations – Holland’s most prestigious music prize – in the categories ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Album’.
In 2015, Anneke van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) released their collaborative album ‘The Diary’ under the name The Gentle Storm.
In October 2017, Anneke’s progressive metal outfit VUUR released their much-anticipated debut album. ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’ entered the Dutch Album Top 100 at number 2, Anneke’s highest-ever chart position.

Forever the unpredictable artist, in late 2018, Anneke released ‘Symphonized’, an 11-track live orchestral album. It was recorded at two career-spanning concerts alongside Residentie Orkest The Hague, and features rearrangements of songs from her entire back catalogue.
2019 saw Dutch music copyright organisation Buma Cultuur honor Anneke with the Buma ROCKS! Export Award. This is their award for the Most Successful Dutch Artist Abroad in Heavy Music.
In 2021, the release of her new solo album ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ will see Anneke surprise her fans all over again.

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN online
www.annekevangiersbergen.com
www.facebook.com/annekevangiersbergenofficial
https://instagram.com/annekeannique
https://twitter.com/AnnekeAnnique
www.youtube.com/AguaDeAnniqueMusic

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TRANSATLANTIC – the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas – have launched fifth studio album ‘The Absolute Universe’, out today. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s ‘Kaleidoscope’, with ‘The Absolute Universe’ the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: ‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’ & ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’.

The album has been receiving fantastic reviews, find just a few of them below:

’Their proven, bountiful chemistry has allowed them to produce something as monolithic as The Absolute Universe’ – Prog Magazine

‘Both are special albums in their own rights, the sort most bands can only dream of recording. It really is a magnificent piece of work.’ – All About The Rock

‘The Absolute Universe, in its various forms, is huge. It is ambitious, it is vibrant, it is expansive, it is detailed, it is dark and it is bright.’ – The Prog Report

‘there’s no-one who does Prog quite like Transatlantic.’ – At The Barrier

Watch the previously released video clips for the album below:
‘Looking For The Light’: https://youtu.be/OvhvY-vUkLI 
‘The World We Used To Know’: https://youtu.be/xULvfo6rpvE 
‘Overture/Reaching For The Sky’: https://youtu.be/SP5HwWbCQvg

‘The Absolute Interview’ series was also launched, which saw each member of Transatlantic interviewed by one of their musical peers, with Ross Jennings (Haken), Ted Leonard (Pattern-Seeking Animals, Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nad Sylvan & John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot, Frost*) taking part. Watch the full series here:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfMBXSLZAyyf9kipocjOullLWwQyRX8Cw 

‘Forevermore’ & ‘The Breath of Life’ is available on CD, LP & Digitally. But there will also be what has been called ‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’, which collects both versions together in one lavish package that includes 5LP’s, 3CD’s & a Blu-ray that includes a special mix that combines both versions into a third unique version in 5.1 surround sound with visuals and a behind the scenes documentary. All editions have artwork created by Thomas Ewerhard featuring the airship by Pavel Zhovba.

As Mike Portnoy explains: “We’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes. However, the single CD is NOT merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.” Pete Trewavas adds: “We did write some new music for the single CD, what’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.

The full list of formats is below, and you can order now here:
https://transatlantic.lnk.to/TheAbsoluteUniverse

‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’
Available as:
Single CD Edition, Gatefold 2LP+CD, or Digital Album

 ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’
Available as:
2CD Edition, 3LP+2CD Boxset, or Digital Album

‘The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition’
Limited Deluxe Clear 5LP+3CD+Blu-Ray Box-set – contained within a foil-finished lift-off box with extended 16-page LP booklet & 60x60cm poster. Includes both versions of the album over 5LP’s and 3CD’s, plus a Blu-Ray with 5.1 mix & documentary. Watch the trailer for the box here: https://youtu.be/vqWllzuScyA 

Watch a short snippet from the making of documentary here: https://youtu.be/964kfA1EX4s 

Initial tracking began in September 2019 when the band met up in Sweden to write and arrange the new material. As Portnoy explains: “Over a period of 10-14 days, we mapped out the songs. Then we all went back to our home studios and did the recording. That’s the way we always do it. At one point, though, it was suggested that instead of doing what was by that time going to be a double album, we should just be content to do a single CD.

What happened was that everything kept expanding and expanding,” recalls Stolt. “Therefore we decided it made sense to make it a double album. It was Pete and Neal who then came out and said they felt this would be too long, and we should reduce it to one…But we were already recording, and it didn’t seem feasible to cut it back. There were so many pieces that each of us loved in what we were planning and didn’t want to lose. That’s when we ended up in discussions over the best way forward.

This album also marks a return to the concept album for Transatlantic. “Well, the idea of Transatlantic deciding to do a concept record this time around won’t shock anyone, right?” laughs Portnoy. “What we have is essentially one giant composition, split into chapters. The storyline is about the struggles facing everyone in society today.” “We didn’t start out with the idea of this being conceptual,” admits Stolt. “The way things work with us is that we have a load of ideas, and these are developed spontaneously when we meet up. Everything happens in the moment.

So, how does this new ground-breaking album compare to Transatlantic’s previous four albums?
I always try not to compare albums as much as possible,” insists Morse. “It’s very difficult when you’re trying to be creative, because your natural instinct is to constantly compare. But in order to create you have to kind of step away from that. Having said that, I would say this would have more in common with ‘The Whirlwind’ album (the band’s third, from 2009) than others that we’ve created.

For Trewavas, ‘The Absolute Universe’ is a momentous project.“I think it is right up there with the very finest albums we’ve done. As the others have said, it compares very well to ‘The Whirlwind’, which I believe represents Transatlantic at our best. As on that album, we took our time to write and arrange everything, and that shines through. I am very excited for people to hear it.

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

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Devin Townsend is currently working on new material for upcoming albums, and for a current lack of touring possibilities and encounters with fans on the road he decided to do a series of live albums, quarantine albums, and generally interesting projects that keep people entertained while he’s busy on his next larger releases.

Devin comments: 
So we bring to you the ‘Devolution Series’: a grouping of oddities and interesting material that I would like people to hear, but don’t necessarily want to present as a ‘major release’.
The series will include all the quarantine songs and concerts, as well as various live shows from the past few years.

The first release is a remixed and remastered version of the ‘Live in Leeds’ show that was originally on the ‘Empath’ Ultimate Edition. It was a cool acoustic show that deserves to be heard I think, so we can use this as an introduction to the series.

I’m am currently deep in the writing of my new projects and am very excited to be doing so. Thanks for facilitating my ability to do that, and I hope you enjoy the ‘Devolution Series’.”

The ‘Live in Leeds’ show has previously only been released in video format, and “Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live in Leeds” now marks the audio release of said show. It will be released on March 19th 2021.

As a warm-up to this release, check out the ‘Hyperdrive (Live in Leeds 2019)’ video here: 
https://youtu.be/H45yG8FzpkQ

“Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live in Leeds” will be available as Ltd. CD Digipak, 180g Gatefold 2LP (incl. the album on CD) and as Digital Album and as of now it is up for pre-order, so make sure to grab a copy here:
https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/DevolutionSeriesOne-LiveInLeedsQR

“Devolution Series #1 – Acoustically Inclined, Live in Leeds” track listing:
1. Intro (06:30)
2. Let it Roll (03:48)
3. Funeral (08:17)
4. Deadhead (07:51)
5. Ih-Ah! (04:44)
6. Love? (08:06)
7. Hyperdrive (04:27)
8. Terminal (04:58)
9. Coast (04:37)
10. Solar Winds (03:25)
11. Thing Beyond Things (04:34)


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
http://twitch.tv/devin_townsend
https://www.cameo.com/devintownsend