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US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators PSYCHOTIC WALTZ return in full original line-up with their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled “The God-Shaped Void”, the upcoming new album and InsideOutMusic debut will be released on February 14th, 2020.

The basic tracks for “The God-Shaped Void” were recorded with engineer Ulrich Wild in the band’s hometown of San Diego, then the rest of the recordings at Studio D in Austria and finally the material was mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Fates Warning) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Artwork, as to be seen above, was created by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Katatonia, Riverside, Nevermore).

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ guitarist Dan Rock checked in to comment about the creation and recording process of “The God-Shaped Void” as follows:

First we’d like to thank all the fans who have supported us over the years. The new album would probably not exist if it were not for the good times and fan support we had on our reunion tours of Europe in 2011/2012. It really sunk in how cool I would be to make new music again, instead of just continually playing the first four albums. With all of us living further apart, especially Devon, it was a much slower process than having all five of us in the same room like we used to. But times change, and the Internet helped quite a bit. Normally, Brian and I would come up with guitar parts at home, whether alone or together. Sometimes we would program a basic drum beat for Norm to latch onto the vibe that we were feeling, and some of those stayed, while others were greatly improved upon by his far superior drum skills. We took our time (obviously) and went one song at a time and rehearsed it and recorded it in the jam room until we were musically happy with it. Then I would upload the individual tracks for Devon to download in his home studio so that he could remix it, and really see what each guy was doing. He was able to add vocals, make edits and rearrange parts that made for sense for him as a singer, and then send it back to us to review, retrack or punch in if needed… we did all of our pre-production mixes that way.

I think Devon did a really great job considering the process, but we all wanted to bring in a professional set of outside ears with more experience. We were fortunate enough to have Ulrich Wild come down to San Diego and do all the basic tracking in a little-known local studio called Rarefied. Even better, Jens Bogren had an opening in his schedule at Fascination Street Studios and was able to mix and master it for us. And none of this would have been possible if InsideOutMusic didn’t have the faith in us that they did to release a new record after such a long time. Many thanks go out to everybody who made it possible after all these years. We hope you find it worth the wait!

A first single and the pre-order for “The God-Shaped Void” in its various formats (Ltd. and Standard CD, 2LP on 180gr. black vinyl as well as limited coloured editions and also Digital Download) will be available as of December 13th, 2019, so stay tuned for more news soon…

Re-releases of the entire PSYCHOTIC WALTZ catalogue will follow through InsideOutMusic later in 2020 and next live activities in support of the new album will be revealed soon too.


PSYCHOTIC WALTZ line-up:
(Left to right on photo by Axel Jusseit)
Dan Rock – guitars & keys
Devon Graves – vocals
Ward Evans – bass
Norman Leggio – drums
Brian McAlpin – guitars

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ discography:
A Social Grace (1990)
Into The Everflow (1992)
Mosquito (1994)
Bleeding (1996)
The God-Shaped Void (2020)

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ online:
http://psychoticwaltz.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PsychoticWaltzOfficial/

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German instrumental-rock group LONG DISTANCE CALLING recently released their first ever live album ‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’. Filmed during a special run of dates in early 2019, it saw the band performing seated shows in some very special locations for a stunning audio-visual experience.

As a pre-holiday treat, the band have launched the clip for the track ‘The Very Last Day’, and you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/SJSsTKg3Jps

The band comments: “Here we go with a new live clip for ‘The Very Last Day’, one of our very first songs ever! It first appeared on our demo “Dmnstrtn”, made it on our debut album “Satellite Bay” and is now part of “Stummfilm – Live From Hamburg”, enhanced by the intense sound and atmosphere of a cello. The song deals with the issues of climate change so we decided to print a limited “The Very Last Day” shirt, which can be ordered in our webshop: https://bit.ly/33qS1AE , 5 Euro per shirt will be donated to Greenpeace!

Watch the previously released clips below:
Black Paper Planes: https://youtu.be/sFAf3ugFeGI 
On The Verge: https://youtu.be/GJVMqKfwz9s
Metulsky Curse Revisited: https://youtu.be/QVKF7KePGT4

‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’ is available as a limited edition Blu-Ray + 2CD, Gatefold 3LP Vinyl & as digital audio download. Order now here: https://LongDistanceCalling.lnk.to/STUMMFILM-LiveFromHamburg 

the beauty shines through.” – Prog Magazine
expansive and career-defining” – Powerplay Magazine

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Into The Black Wide Open
2. The Very Last Day
3. In The Clouds
4. Like A River
5. On The Verge
6. Interlude
7. Out There
8. Apparitions
9. Black Paper Planes
10. 359°
11. I Know You, Stanley Milgram!
12. Sundown Highway
13. Flux
14. Metulsky Curse Revisited

The band also recently announced that they would return to the ‘Seats & Sounds’ format for a German tour in September 2020, as well as an appearance at Prognosis Festival in Netherlands on the 21st March 2020.

08.09.20 Hamburg, kleine Elbphilharmonie – SOLD OUT
09.09.20 Hannover, Pavillon
10.09.20 Bochum, Christuskirche
11.09.20 Dresden, Alter Schlachthof
12.09.20 Leipzig, Parkbühne
13.09.20 Berlin, Passionskirche
15.09.20 Köln, E-Werk
16.09.20 Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Club
17.09.20 Mannheim, Capitol
18.09.20 München, St. Matthäus
19.09.20 Stuttgart, Mozartsaal

For 13 years now, the Münster-based four-piece Long Distance Calling has been famed and cherished for its weightless yet massive music. After having returned to their instrumental roots Long Distance Calling sat down to carefully ponder their next step. When they got up again, they were ready for their most extraordinary live undertaking yet: Aptly entitled “Seats & Sounds”, this string of concerts saw Long Distance Calling take to the stage in very special locations in front on a seated audience.

The band took the matter almost religiously and went to great lengths in pulling off their most daring effort. “We wanted to go one step further, highlighting the audio-visual quality of the band for the very first time”, the band states, referring to the phalanx of video screens and specially curated visuals corresponding to each song.

One of those rare performances, the one at the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg, was captured on film and tape and is now being released. More an elegant silent film (visually speaking) than an ordinary live video, Long Distance Calling deliver a stunning performance in two acts: A “normal” Long Distance Calling set with songs from all their albums, and a special ‘Avoid the Light’ set, performing the dramatic album almost in its entirety. “This is one of the most important releases of our entire career”, the band continues, “and playing it felt like time travel.”

Meticulously prepared and rehearsed, this is Long Distance Calling on another level. Backed by guest musicians Luca Gilles on cello and Aaron Schrade on percussion and electronic beats, the experimental rock veterans show their grandeur in cinemascope – elaborately filmed and monumentally staged. In the end, Janosch Rathmer (drums), Jan Hoffmann (bass), Florian Füntmann (guitar) and David Jordan (guitar) not only played their biggest Hamburg headlining show; they also peaked their stellar career.

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

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‘Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari’ is the latest musical initiative of TOUNDRA, the intrepid instrumental rock band from Spain, that once again showcases their mutable capability to approach new projects and reinvent their art. This is not just an exceptional soundtrack to the quintessential German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene that turns exactly 100 years old in 2020, it’s also a dialogue with the listener with the intention of questioning ideas like manipulation, freedom and human nature itself. The album will be released by InsideOut/Century Media on February 28th 2020.

To get a glimpse of the magic of this amazing soundtrack the band has just presented an appetizer of what’s soon going to be premiered as the first video & single, that will be available next week, https://youtu.be/r89lyYkgf4o 

The band states, “‘Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari’ is a movie with a very strong visual energy. It’s a film that takes elements of the terror movies to speak about authoritarianism. About how ideas can be controlled and eventually lead a human individual to do the worst things. It was premiered in between-war period, and it represents an advice about the real danger of some ideologies that nowadays are getting a new life across Europe; ideologies based in intolerance. That’s why we like to see this film as historical document that invites to some conscious thinking rather than let ourselves go where intolerants want to take us.

The artwork has been done by Riki Blanco and it features all the iconic elements of the movie.

There will be a tour to present the album live and dates will be announced very soon, so stay tuned.

TOUNDRA took the world by storm with their personal instrumental rock on 2007. Since then, they have toured Europe intensively to the point of being considered one of the continent’s most exciting rock acts and have also taken their challenging music to places like Mexico or the United States. They have released three albums independently and two under the imprint of InsideOut/Superball and championed charts crossovering countries and genres, and they even formed the project Exquirla, which blends flamenco and rock.

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

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Australian progressive rock titans Karnivool have bowed to demand, announcing the reissue of their celebrated catalogue vinyl via InsideOutMusic/Sony in Europe on December 6th, 2019.

Previously pressed in 2015 and released online only, vinyl editions of ‘Themata’, ‘Sound Awake’ and ‘Asymmetry’ sold out instantly, throwing all three albums back into the Australian ARIA Charts.
With these limited copies now fetching top dollar on auction sites, the band have decided to give fans the opportunity to buy their records at a reasonable price.

Vinyl editions of ‘Themata’ (2005), ‘Sound Awake’ (2009) and ‘Asymmetry’ (2013) will be available as Gatefold 2-LP editions on 180gr. black vinyl in-store for the first time worldwide and the pre-order has started now here:

IOM webshop: https://www.insideoutshop.de/Category/Karnivool/261
Sound Awake: https://Karnivool.lnk.to/SoundAwake
Asymmetry: https://Karnivool.lnk.to/Asymmetry
Themata: https://Karnivool.lnk.to/Themata
Global pre-sale: https://smarturl.it/Karnivool

Having just returned from India where they played their first international festival headline slot at NH7 Meghalaya, fans can next catch Karnivool in Australia at Good Things 2019 or at one of their warm up shows in, which includes their first trip to Tasmania since 2016. Find the full list of upcoming live dates here: https://karnivool.com/tour

More news on Karnivool soon…

KARNIVOOL online:
www.karnivool.com
www.facebook.com/karnivool/
www.twitter.com/karnivool
www.instagram.com/karnivool_official/

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DREAM THEATER, twice Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans, are set to begin the South American leg of their ‘The Distance Over Time Tour – Celebrating 20 Years Of Scenes From A Memory’ this week. To celebrate, the video for the track “At Wit’s End” has been launched, taken from the CD/Blu-Ray edition of their latest album ‘Distance Over Time’. 

Watch the video for ‘At Wit’s End’ here: https://youtu.be/pYEwb6cJYf0 

Starting 4th December Dream Theater will play several shows in South America. Find all the dates here: http://dreamtheater.net/tour/

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

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

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

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

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

See DREAM THEATER at the following European dates in 2020:
11.01.2019 – (NL) Amsterdam, AFAS Live
12.01.2019 – (DE) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle 1, Oberhausen, Germany
14.01.2019 – (SE) Stockholm, Cirkus
15.01.2019 – (SE) Stockholm, Cirkus
17.01.2019 – (FI) Helsinki, Icehall
18.01.2019 – (FI) Ooulu, Teatri Oulu
20.01.2019 – (NO) Trondheim, Spektrum
21.01.2019 – (NO) Oslo, Spektrum
23.01.2019 – (DE) Hamburg, Sporthalle
24.01.2019 – (DK) Helsingor, Kulturvaerftet-Hal 14
26.01.2019 – (FR) Paris, Seine Musicale
27.01.2019 – (FR) Lyon, Tony Garnier
29.01.2019 – (ES) Spain, Barcelona
31.01.2019 – (ES) Madrid, Wizink Center
01.02.2019 – (PT) Porto, Gondomar Pavillion
02.02.2019 – (PT) Lisbon, Campo Pequeno
05.02.2019 – (DE) Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
06.02.2019 – (DE) Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
08.02.2019 – (HU) Budapest, Arena
09.02.2019 – (DE) Munich, Zenith
11.02.2019 – (IT) Rome, Palazzo dello Sport
12.02.2019 – (IT) Milan, Mediolanum Forum
14.02.2019 – (CH) Zurich, Samsung Hall
15.02.2019 – (CZ) Prague, Tipsport Arena
16.02.2019 – (PL) Orbita Hall
18.02.2019 – (DE) Hannover, Swiss Life
21.02.2019 – (UK) London, Hammersmith Apollo
22.02.2019 – (UK) London, Hammersmith Apollo
23.02.2019 – (UK) Glasgow, SEC Armadillo 

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

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

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Polish progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE are releasing a special edition 2CD+DVD version of their current and successful “Wasteland” album today via InsideOutMusic.

Check a static video for the “Out Of Myself – Acoustic” track online here:
https://youtu.be/bCrBtc4AHLQ

A video clip for the “Wasteland” title track was launched previously here:
https://youtu.be/6dLf45s67hM

RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about the release:
I am really glad that “Wasteland”, one of our most important albums, is available as an extended release. Now, together with the surround version, videoclips and acoustic tracks, which we played when we were promoting the album in stores, it is truly complete. One might ask why this material is out a year after the original release date of the album. Well, simply because we did not have it all before. But I think it’s a nice Xmas present and a really good summary of the album before the final leg of the Wasteland tour in March and April 2020.

The ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD (as pictured above!) comes as Digipak format with an additional Slipcase and includes a DVD bonus disc of “Wasteland” as Hi-Res Stereo 24bit version and as Surround Mix (4.1), plus 3 video clips. This special edition also contains 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions on a separate CD. 
Here is the exact tracklisting for the 3-Disc release:

CD 1 – “Wasteland” Album (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (04:24)
5. Lament (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (09:32)
7. River Down Below (05:41)
8. Wasteland (08:25)
9. The Night Before (03:59)

CD 2 – “Acoustic Session” (26:48 min.):
1. Vale Of Tears – Acoustic (05:18)
2. Out Of Myself – Acoustic (03:57)
3. 02 Panic Room – Acoustic (03:26)
4. River Down Below – Acoustic (05:01)
5. Wasteland – Live Intro (09:00)

DVD (122:20 min.):
“Wasteland” Hi-Res Stereo (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Hi-Res Stereo) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:24)
5. Lament (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Hi-Res Stereo) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Hi-Res Stereo) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Hi-Res Stereo) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Hi-Res Stereo) (03:59)

“Wasteland” Surround Mix (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Surround Mix) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Surround Mix) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Surround Mix) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Surround Mix) (04:24)
5. Lament (Surround Mix) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Surround Mix) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Surround Mix) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Surround Mix) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Surround Mix) (03:59)

Video-Clips (20:24 min.):
1. Lament (Official Video) (06:11)
2. River Down Below (Official Video) (05:40)
3. Wasteland (Official Video) (08:33)

Order RIVERSIDE’s ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD here: 
https://Riverside.lnk.to/WastelandHi-ResStereoAndSurroundMix


The 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions of the “Acoustic Session” are also available as separate Digital EP as of today here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/AcousticSessionEP

Check out the singles launched for RIVERSIDE’s “Wasteland” here:
“Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8
“River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc
“Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY
“Wasteland” (live clip): https://youtu.be/-ygv3BBqv3U

The dates for RIVERSIDE’s next European tour in February & March 2020 are as follows:

RIVERSIDE – WASTELAND
WITH THE SUN TOUR 2020
26.02. Madrid (Spain) – MON Live
27.02. Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
29.02. Milano (Italy) – Legend Club
01.03. Treviso (Italy) – New Age Club
03.03. Lubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
05.03. Zagreb (Croatia) – Tvornica Kulture
06.03. Novi Sad (Serbia) – Pozorište Mladih
07.03. Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club Theater
08.03. Athens (Greece) – Gagarin 205 Live Music Space
10.03. Istanbul (turkey) – Zorlu PAC
11.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – Music Jam Club
12.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club
13.03. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – /FORM SPACE
15.03. Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/with-the-sun-tour-2020

RIVERSIDE – “I’m Your Private Wasteland Tour 2020”
16.04. Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
17.04. Gliwice (Poland) – Arena Gliwice
18.04. Kraków (Poland) – Studio
19.04. Warszawa (Poland) – Progresja
25.04. Gdansk (Poland) – Stary Manez
26.04. Poznan (Poland) – Sala Ziemi

RIVERSIDE online:
http://www.riversideband.pl
http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl
https://www.instagram.com/riversideband.pl

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Following the release of the ERAS Vinyl Collection Parts 1-4, Devin Townsend Project’s landmark ‘By A Thread – Live in London 2011’ will see its very first vinyl release on the 13th March 2020. These shows saw DTP performing each of the quadrilogy of albums – Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction & Ghost – over 4 nights in London, with each album coming as a gatefold 2LP plus a bonus 2LP featuring the encores from each evening. The set also includes an LP-booklet with brand new liner notes that see Devin reflecting back on these special shows. All LP’s are available on 180g vinyl, and mastered specifically for the format. The original CD/DVD release has long been sold out. 

Pre-order now here: https://DevinTownsendProject.lnk.to/ByAThreadLive 

Devin Townsend is currently on his Empath Vol. 1 European tour, with Haken as main support. Many of the shows are already sold out, and you can find a list of the remaining dates below.

29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
5th December – The Great Hall, Cardiff, UK
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK – SOLD OUT
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK – SOLD OUT
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK – SOLD OUT

Tickets and VIP upgrade packages available here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/ 

Devin will take the Empath Vol. 1 tour to North America in 2020, before embarking on a Summer festival run in Europe which includes a headline appearance at Bloodstock Festival in the UK.

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

Watch the video for ‘Why?’ now here: https://youtu.be/fT-uWOVP5q0 

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

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The first solo album by Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder entitled “What The Water Wants” was released worldwide on last month via InsideOutMusic and was extremely received by both listeners and media, even achieving an “Album of the Month” award in Germany’s acclaimed Rock Hard magazine and reviews/feedback as follows:


“A riveting display of modern prog rock / metal” – Powerplay


“Ray’s unmistakable vocal presence adds much gravitas to this excellent album.” – Daily Sport

“The songs are great and Alder smashes it.” – Prog


Today, Ray Alder is releasing a video directed by Manuel Giménez / MG Media Productions for the track “Wait” here: https://youtu.be/zA80VmzsCNk

Ray Alder checked in with the following comment:
“It’s been a little over a month now since ‘What The Water Wants’ came out. I truly appreciate all the great things everyone has been saying about my first solo album. Thank you! It was a lot of work but well worth it to hear such a positive response. I hope you are all still enjoying it! As a thank you for listening (and for those who may not of heard it yet) here is another video from ‘What The Water Wants’. This is a song that Tony Hernando and I wrote together. Here is the video for ‘Wait’.”


Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” album includes 10 melodic and versatile songs created with assistance from guitarists Mike Abdow (Fates Warning touring member) and Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) as well as drummer Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield). The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM). 


Check out the album’s previously released singles here:
“Crown Of Thorns” (Video): https://youtu.be/DvzmK-X7SPw 


“What The Water Wanted” (Lyric Video): https://youtu.be/S98AiUmNPHU


This is the complete tracklisting of the album:


RAY ALDER – “What The Water Wants” (50:53)
1. Lost (03:45)
2. Crown Of Thorns (04:53)
3. Some Days (04:34)
4. Shine (04:53)
5. Under Dark Skies (03:58)
6. A Beautiful Lie (04:10)
7. The Road (05:38)
8. Wait (04:36)
9. What The Water Wanted (03:46)
10. The Killing Floor (05:47)
11. The Road (Acoustic Version) (04:51) * Bonus Track


Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” is available as limited first-pressing Digipak CD with a bonus track (An acoustic version of “The Road”) and as LP on 180gr. vinyl with the full album on CD as bonus.


You can order the album in its various formats here:
https://rayalder.lnk.to/WhatTheWaterWants


RAY ALDER online:
https://www.facebook.com/rayalderofficial
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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) – are ready to ring in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, ‘MMXX’ (pronounced: 20/20).

Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ will be released on the 17th January 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.

Today they launch the Vicente Cordero-directed video for the albums lead single ‘Goodbye Divinity’. Watch it now here: https://youtu.be/wZlyaCqqZ0A

Mike Portnoy comments:
From the minute we finished writing Goodbye Divinity, I knew we had our album opener and the first release off the album. I even remember posting on social media how excited I was about the song the day I tracked it!
The song has an immediacy that grabs you right away: great riffs, flashy playing and hooky vocal melodies. All of the elements that make up the SOA sound.
The video was directed by Vicente Cordero who I have now done over 20 music videos with and its look helps catapult the band from the Greek mythological past of the last album into the 21st century with this new album.

Pre-orders are available from today, with digital pre-orders on iTunes & Amazon receiving an immediate download of ‘Goodbye Divinity’. Pre-order now here: https://soa.lnk.to/MMXX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” will launch January 24th in Pomona, CA, USA and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also just announced European tour dates for March 2020, and you can find those below:

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

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


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


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


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


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

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www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1
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Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (Kino, Frost*, Arena, It Bites), released their latest album ‘Under Stars’ in April, and now they are pleased to announce some select ‘An Evening With’ shows in Europe for February 2020.

An evening with Lonely Robot 2020 brings the Lonely Robot live experience, featuring long time Mitchell collaborator Craig Blundell on drums (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett, Frost), Steve Vantsis on bass (Fish, Tilt) and Liam Holmes on keys and memorable quotes (Inglorious, Rock Of Ages), to select and prestigious venues around Europe. Attendees can expect the cream of the crop from the Astronaut Trilogy brought fiercely to life with stunning visuals and atmospherics all delivered with as much pomp and circumstance as our four intrepid heroes can muster. It truly will be out of this world. Make sure you are on-board for this interstellar musical and visual ride!

Tickets are on sale now, and you can find the full list of dates below:
10th February 2020 – Scala, London, UK
12th February 2020 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
13th February 2020 – Riff, Bochum, Germany
14th February 2020 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
15th February 2020 – Muziekgieterij, Maastricht, Netherlands


You can get a taste of the visual accompaniment in the video for the track “Ancient Ascendant” here: https://youtu.be/zwf-bm-sd3Y

The album once again features drums by long-time collaborator Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), plus bass contributions from Steve Vantsis (Fish). All other instrumentation on the album is performed by Mitchell himself.

John comments of the album: “It is the final part in the astronaut trilogy, and was recorded over an intensive month and a half period. This time I wanted to reference my love of 80s synthwave pop a little more – so beware the 808! The title is derived from the belief that we as humans spend far too much time not noticing the beauty around us and far too much time tethered to technology.

‘Under Stars’ was released as a limited edition digipak CD (featuring 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album. Order now here: https://lonelyrobot.lnk.to/UnderStars/

‘Under Stars’ is the final album in a trilogy for Lonely Robot, John Mitchell’s visionary project. This began in 2015 with the ‘Please Come Home’ album and continued two years later with ”The Big Dream’.

I always saw this as a trilogy, and it feels like the third part of the Lonely Robot master plan has reached a natural conclusion.

As with the two previous albums, there is a theme running across the songs here, as Mitchell explains. “On ‘Please Come Home’, the theme was about the idea that life on Earth didn’t originate from this planet, while for ‘The Big Dream’, I was really giving everyone the benefit of Zen musings according to John Mitchell. This time things are a little more down to earth. What I am doing is looking the millennial generation, and the fact that kids today are so tied to their phones and to technology. They really have no clue what is actually going on around them, and I find that worrying.

John Mitchell is a man with a rich musical heritage and history – from musician and vocalist, to songwriter and producer. With bands like Arena, Frost*, Kino, It Bites and Lonely Robot, to name but a few, Mitchell has left his mark on the current progressive rock scene and has been involved in dozens of recordings. He is also a respected producer & mixer, running Outhouse Studios in the UK and working with artists as diverse as You Me At Six, Enter Shikari, Alter Bridge, Asia, Don Broco, Funeral For A Friend, McFly & much more.

LONELY ROBOT online:
https://www.facebook.com/LonelyRobotband/
https://twitter.com/LonelyRobot_UK
www.johnmitchellhq.com