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Following last years disbanding of Sweden’s much-loved progressive rockers Beardfish, vocalist and driving force Rikard Sjöblom has turned his attention to his solo project Gungfly, and today sees the release of their next album ‘On Her Journey To The Sun’.

To celebrate, a brand new animated video for the track ‘He Held The Axe’ has been launched, and you can watch that here:

“It’s been almost a year now since I started working on the songs that would become the new album ‘On Her Journey to the Sun’ with Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly. I found myself going more towards prog rock territory than on earlier Gungfly releases but it felt natural and so I just went with it. Some of the songs were written with Beardfish in mind, but when things went the way they did I still wanted to use those songs with Gungfly. I worked hard to make this album the best I possibly could with what I had, and also with the musicians I know and love to play with. Today was actually the first time we rehearsed some of the new songs together – we’re getting ready to take this on the road and it will be great!
The artwork was made by Spencer Keala Bowden who also did ‘Destined Solitaire’ and ‘Mammoth’ for Beardfish. He’s a great artist and I’m happy to be working with him again.
One of the first songs I wrote for the album is a ballad called ‘He Held an Axe’. In Sweden there’s this old grand (and to some extent lost) tradition among troubadours to write “murder ballads” – beautiful ballads about gruesome killings in dark alleys, think of Jack the Ripper and you get the picture. I wrote this one with a twist. It’s about a lonely guy who’s accused of murder by the town folk. Did he do it? Nobody knows. The great Peter Callow made an animated video for this song and I’m very proud to be able to present this to you today! It’s not for kids though, so please beware! Enjoy.
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Watch the lyric video for the track ‘Old Demons Die Hard’ here:
Watch the previously released live video for the title track here:

‘On Her Journey To The Sun’ is available as a special edition 2CD digipak, including a second ‘best-of’ disc featuring a hand-picked selection of tracks from earlier Gungfly releases. It will also be available as gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download. Buy your copy here:

“I recorded what was to become the first album between 2007 – 2008 and it was released in 2009. The name Gungfly is a Swedish word meaning unsecure ground, and it came from a novel I read where it was used to describe that someone didn’t have grounds to back up their statements, so I liked it and chose to call the project that!” Rikard continues: “I’ve always been writing and recording lots of music and when I formed the live band to perform these songs for the first time I got to pick some of my oldest friends to play with and thankfully they wanted to be part of it! Petter and Rasmus Diamant (yes, they’re brothers) on drums and bass have always been the backbone foundation in this line-up and sometimes we actually do gigs as the Gungfly trio. Sverker Magnusson has been behind the keys since the start and was recently joined by Martin Borgh too to be able to cover all of the keyboard work on the albums, so sometimes we do three keyboard players on stage at the same time! This is made possible by the fact that guitarist David Zackrisson (Beardfish) is in the band as well. Me then? I do what I’ve always done; sing, play guitars and a bunch of vintage keyboards (mainly Hammond organ) – and I have lots of fun.”

Rikard Sjo¨blom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of Beardfish, who established themselves as one of the most consistently brilliant modern-day progressive rock bands over the course of eight studio albums. In recent years, he has also become known for his work with English progressive collective Big Big Train, playing live with them as well as performing on their 2016 album ‘Folklore’. That year also marked the release of his most recent solo album under his own name, ‘The Unbendable Sleep’.

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Norway’s Leprous are pleased to announce their much-anticipated new fifth studio album ‘Malina’ for release on the 25th August 2017, the follow-up to their acclaimed record ‘The Congregation’. To coincide with this, they have also announced an extensive European tour with special guests, Iceland’s Agent Fresco, plus Australia’s AlithiA & fellow Norwegian’s Astrosaur.

Following a hugely successful EU tour as support to label-mates Devin Townsend Project, the band started the recording of the follow-up to 2015’s ‘The Congregation’. Front-man and keyboard player Einar Solberg comments: “This album is the perfect example of how you can start with a vision and end up with a result that has nothing to do with the original idea. The writing of the album started out with the idea to perfect the sound and working method we began with on ‘The Congregation’. While the writing process was actually pretty similar (30 sketches, elimination process etc etc) we gradually started noticing stuff with the sound and the songwriting on the previous album that we wanted to sound different. Gradually we realized what needed to be done. This album needs to sound more alive, more organic and more dynamic.” The band entered the studio with David Castillo at Ghostward in Sweden, while mixing duties were once again taken care of by Jens Bogren. “David immediately understood where we wanted to go. We spent probably 4 times as many days in the studio as with any other recording we’ve done, for we’ve come to learn that if you want to sound unique that is primarily done during recordings, not the mix. We wanted it to sound like it sounded. We did not want to ‘digitalize’ the sound.”

With ‘Malina’, Leprous have made every effort to try new ways of working, and push the boundaries of their sound in ways they had not originally set out to do. “We feel with ‘Malina’ that we’ve managed to achieve a natural sounding organic album with great songs that still sounds modern. Organic doesn’t necessarily equal ‘retro’. While we still very much sound like Leprous, I believe that with this album we more accurately define as a rock band than a metal band. We’re insanely proud of this album, and can’t wait to share it with you all.” This feeling is reflected in the stunning cover artwork too, which you can see above. Einar continues: “We wanted to try something new this time, and work with a new artist. Some good musician friends of ours recommended Corey Meyers. I checked him out, and damn he’s good. This is the first time we’ve ever received the perfect cover on the first attempt. It represents the album perfectly and looks pretty amazing!”

As mentioned, Leprous will head out on an extensive European tour this Autumn with Agent Fresco as special guests, including an appearance at the UK’s Damnation Festival. The band comments:
“We’re super excited to announce that we’re heading out on a European tour this fall to celebrate the new album. And guess what!? We’re bringing one of our generations greatest with us: the amazing Agent Fresco! In addition to that we’re bringing AlithiA from Australia, as well as Astrosaur – the band featuring our great step-in guitarist from the Devin tour. This is a dream tour for us, to be able to perform in all of these great places for our fantastic fans, listen to amazing music every night and also travel Europe with really good friends!”

You can find the full list of dates below. Tickets go on sale on Friday 19th May at 10am local time. Full details can be found on their Facebook page:

28.10.17 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
29.10.17 – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
30.10.17 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
31.10.17 – Rockhal, Esch, Luxembourg
1.11.17 – Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
2.11.17 – The Dome, London, UK
3.11.17 – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Ireland
4.11.17 – Damnation Festival, Leeds, UK
5.11.17 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
6.11.17 – Trabendo, Paris, France
7.11.17 – Barakason, Nantes, France
8.11.17 – Rocher Palmer, Bordeaux, France
11.11.17 – Le Metronum, Toulouse, France
12.11.17 – Le Moulin, Marseille, France
13.11.17 – Magnolia, Milan, Italy
14.11.17 – CCO Villeurbanne, Lyon, France
15.11.17 – Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
16.11.17 – Grillen, Colmar, France
17.11.17 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
18.11.17 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
19.11.17 – A38, Budapest, Hungary
20.11.17 – Rock Café, Prague, Czech Republic
21.11.17 – Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
22.11.17 – Musik & Freiden, Berlin, Germany

(German dates presented by: ECLIPSED, LAUT.DE, GUITAR, METAL.DE)

Last year the band released ‘Live at Rockefeller Music Hall’, their first ever live document recorded at a hometown show in Oslo. You can watch three tracks from that, demonstrating what a potent live act they are below:
‘Contaminate Me’:
‘Third Law’:

Leprous’ previous album ‘The Congregation’ entered the official national sales charts in several European countries upon release, as follows: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.

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Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett and Agents Of Mercy, is set to release his new solo album ‘The Bride Said No’ on the 26th May 2017. The album sees Nad joined by a myriad of guests including Roine Stolt, Steve Hackett, Guthrie Govan, Tony Levin, Jonas Reingold, Nick D’Virgilio, Doane Perry & more.

Today sees the launch of the first in a series of track by track videos with Nad, recorded during the current Steve Hackett European tour.

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He also recently launched a new video for the brand track ‘When The Music Does’, watch it now here:
Watch the video for his previous single ‘The Quartermaster’ here:

The album is available on special edition CD digipak, gatefold 2LP vinyl (incl. etching + CD) & digital download. Pre-order digitally at iTunes & Amazon MP3 and receive ‘When The Music Dies’ & ‘The Quartermaster’ immediately:

The full track-listing for the new album is as follows:

1. Bridesmaids
2. The Quartermaster
3. When The Music Dies
4. The White Crown
5. What Have You Done
6. Crime Of Passion
7. A French Kiss In An Italian Café
8. The Bride Said No

In 2015, Nad Sylan impressed everyone with his fine conceptual solo album ‘Courting The Widow’. A vampiric tale wrapped in a 17th century atmosphere, this definitively marked out the talented Swede as a surging star in the progressive rock world.

Now, Sylvan is back with ‘The Bride Said No’, an album that continues the fascinating plot, albeit with a far more extravagant musical palette. “I didn’t originally have the idea of going on with this story on the new album. But what happened was that I revisited a song called ‘The Bride Said No’, which I began to write in 1989. I kept a few of the early ideas I had for the verses and also that title, but the rest of the song is brand new. However, the title itself got me thinking that it made sense if this were used in relation to the Vampirate character from ‘Courting The Widow’. And the whole thing developed from there.”

On the creative side, what the new album does is to expand Sylvan’s horizons, as he explains. “Musically, the previous record was very much located in the 1970s, and you can still hear a little of that here. But this one is a lot more modern sounding and diverse. In fact, I would say it’s closer to musical theatre than anything else.”

‘The Bride Said No’ takes what Sylvan has done before and elevates it with a new creative sensibility. He has plans for a final chronicle of this ‘Vampirate’ trilogy. But that’s for the future. Right now, we can all revel in the delights of this eight track masterpiece.
“I set out to take things even further than before. I believe I have succeeded.”

Nad has most recently been seen performing alongside the legendary Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett tour, which continues across the world during 2017.

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Genre-bending art-rock band Bent Knee have revealed a gripping live video for their single ‘Holy Ghost’. The track is the second to be released from their forthcoming album, ‘Land Animal’, out 23rd June via InsideOutMusic/Sony. The collection combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole.

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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.”

The band previously released a video for the album’s title track and you can find that here:

‘Land Animal’ will be released as CD, LP+ CD & digital download.Pre-order the album now via iTunes or Amazon MP3 and receive the title track immediately:

“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 begin a headline tour in the US on the 1st June.

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Rising young metallers Next To None have announced the release of their forthcoming second album ‘Phases’ through InsideOutMusic in Europe on the 7th July 2017. This comes off the back of the band’s first ever European tour alongside label-mates Haken, as well as forthcoming dates supporting Mike Portnoy’s much anticipated Shattered Fortress show.

The band comments: “We’re so excited to finally be releasing our new album. We feel it’s a huge step forward for the band and shows a much heavier and much more technical side.

This album is very special to us because it’s the first time we recorded and self-produced our entire album. We were able to create music that it completely our own. Every note, every sound, every word, came from us and we can’t wait for you all to hear it.

Working with Adam Nolly Getgood on the mix has been one of the highlights of this recording for us. He captured the exact sound we wanted right from the start.

Doing this upcoming tour with The Shattered Fortress will be a great opportunity to premiere this new material to an audience that will surely get where we’re coming from”

You can find the full track-listing below and artwork below:

2. Answer Me
3. The Apple
4. Beg
5. Alone
6. Kek
7. Clarity
8. Pause
9. Mr Mime
10. Isolation
11. Denial
12. The Wanderer

The full list of upcoming tour dates alongside Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress are as follows:
28th June – Koko, London, UK
1st July – Trianon, Paris, France
2nd July – Slagthuset, Malmo, Sweden
3rd July – Kulturfabrik, Esch Sur Alzette, Sweden
4th July – Teatro Della Luna, Milan, Italy
5th July – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6th July – 013, Tilburg, Holland
8th September – Prog Power USA, Atlanta GA, USA
10th September – El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico
24th September – Irving Plaza, New York City NY, USA

Formed in 2012, and based in Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, the foursome released their well-received debut ‘A Light In The Dark’ during 2015 on InsideOut. But if this set a template for the band’s style, then this has now been excitingly stretched.

“We actually began to write songs for the new record as soon as we finished the first one,” explains drummer Max Portnoy. As previously, this involved the duo of Portnoy and vocalist/keyboard player Thomas Cuce collaborating in this part of the process. And, also to some extent mirroring ‘A Light In The Dark’, there’s a partial concept here. “On the previous album we had six tracks which were lyrically linked. But it did not stretch throughout all the
songs. This time, we have four tracks which deal with the idea of grief. However, that isn’t reflected on the entire record.”

The new 12-track album (including two short instrumental passages) marks the recording debut of new guitarist Derrick Schneider who replaced Ryland Holland last year, (the line-up is completed by bassist Kris Rank). “Ryland wanted to go to college, and is now going to Berklee College Of Music, whereas the rest of us wanted to be in the band full-time. So, there was no way that he could carry on with us. And we were very lucky to find someone immediately to take over. He was recommended to us by Bumblefoot (the ex-Guns N Roses guitarist who guested on the first record) and he was the only guy we tried out that fit perfectly. Musically and personally he fit straight in with us. One of the things he does so well is shred on guitar but he also has great voice and plays very heavy which has made a difference to our style and sound.”

Although the album was mixed by the Grammy nominated Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery), the band have produced themselves this time, a decision Portnoy insists has been of immeasurable help. “It’s a collective production, with all of the band having their say. We had strong ideas as to how we wanted this album to turn out, and if we’d brought in an outside producer, then this could have changed. So, it was best for us to stick together and follow our own vision.” The recording process started early last October, with the drum parts being recorded at Neal Morse’s Radiant Studios in Nashville; these sessions were engineered by Jerry Guidroz. “We then spent about four months at Thomas’ home studio (Battery Powered Studios) doing the rest of the work; Thomas was the engineer for those sessions. We were in there every day until 3am. I don’t know how Kris coped, because he was going to school after we’d finished in the studio and getting just a couple of hours’ sleep.

Portnoy believes Next To None have become a sharper and more challenging band with ‘Phases’. “I suppose you could say that we’ve done here is do more of everything we did before, but the greater experience we now have has helped us become better at what we want to do. This time around, there are no guests featured, as was the case on ‘A Light In The Dark’, and as it’s just the four of us you are getting more of what we want to express to everyone, musically and lyrically.”

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Long Distance Calling are set to head out on a German ‘An Evening With’ tour where they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Satellite Bay’. To celebrate, the band have launched a play through video of the tracks ‘Aurora’ & ‘Fire In The Mountain’, filmed during the bands rehearsals.

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“Satellite Bay” was recently re-released as double vinyl plus CD as well as Special Edition 2CD Digipak / digital album, which both include “DMNSTRTN” as extra. “DMNSTRTN” is also available as wonderful, stand-alone vinyl edition and has been remastered by the band’s own David Jordan in November 2016.

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The full list of upcoming tour dates, including two Russian shows, can be found below:
18.05.2017 – Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
19.05.2017 – Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
20.05.2017 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
21.05.2017 – Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
22.05.2017 – Lido, Berlin, Germany
23.05.2017 – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
28.05.2017 – Gleis 22, Muenster, Germany
16.08.2017 – Summer Breeze Open Air, Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
29.09.2017 – Opera Concert Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2017 – Moskva Hall Club, Moskow, Russia

Check out two tracks from the early recordings below:

“Fire In The Mountain” (from “DMNSTRTN”)
“Aurora” (from “Satellite Bay”)

In April 2016, Germany’s post-rock/alternative act LONG DISTANCE CALLING released its fifth studio album “TRIPS” to massive acclaim resulting in a fabulous #23 in the German charts, topping the #33 achieved in 2013 with “The Flood Inside”. Watch the video for ‘Trauma’ here:

But right now, it is time to lean back and delve into the entirely instrumental sonic cosmos of LONG DISTANCE CALLING (well, except for “Built Without Hands” off “Satellite Bay”, which features Peter Dolving on vocals), and enjoy the beginnings of one of Germany’s finest, forward-thinking rock bands.



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Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released their much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ just over a week ago, reaching number 6 in the UK Rock Album chart. Now they are pleased to announce 3 Prog Magazine-sponsored, UK headline dates in August. Joining them on all 3 dates will be TILT, featuring Lonely Robot live band member Steve Vantsis and fellow Fish collaborator Robin Boult, and in London only they will be joined by Southampton’s melodic, progressive trio Kepler Ten.

The full list of dates can be found below:
18th August – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester w/ TILT
19th August – Islington Assembly Hall w/ TILT & Kepler Ten
20th August – Thekla, Bristol w/ TILT

Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards (pictured above).

Prior to that tour, Lonely Robot will headline Trinity Live at Leamington Spa Assembly on the 27th May, alongside Touchstone, Ghost Community, Kim Seviour, Dec Burke Band & A Formal Horse.

A stunning new video for the most recent single ‘Sigma’ has recently launched here:

He also recently sat down to discuss each track on the album in detail, and you can find the latest of these chats here:

‘The Big Dream’ has been receiving a great response, and you can find some of the reviews below:
“heavy on drama, big on hooks…quite literally out of this world.” – Prog Magazine
“John won’t be restricted by formula, convention and normalcy. Not with his abundant imagination.” – Powerplay

Pick up the album on all formats, including special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download here:

Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”

Mitchell explains more about his Lonely Robot concept: “I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”

“The key inspiration for Lonely Robot comes from my love of science fiction films, and the atmospheric soundtracks that often accompany them – such as Alan Silvestri’s compositions for ‘Contact’ and Clint Mansell’s work for ‘Moon’.”

The album once again features drums by Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), with all other instrumentation on the album delivered by Mitchell himself.