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US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators PSYCHOTIC WALTZ are releasing their 5th studio album, “The God-Shaped Void”, worldwide today via InsideOutMusic.

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ checked in with the following comment:
Today is a special day for us, the release of our fifth album, and first record in over two decades. It’s crazy to think that 35 years ago, the five of us started playing together in Aslan, which a few years later we re-named Psychotic Waltz. We can’t thank our fans enough for their enormous patience biding their time until the album was done. But the wait is officially over! The album basically picks up where we left off in 1997, with the added benefit of modern technology and perhaps a more mature songwriting perspective. We would also like to give thanks to Jens Bogren for his great job with the mixing and mastering, and Ulrich Wild for his tracking work. It’s definitely our best-sounding album to date, and we can’t forget the amazing work of our longtime collaborator Travis Smith for the outstanding artwork. Turn it up, and enjoy!

To further stress today’s street date of the album, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ are pleased to also launch a video clip directed by Costin Chioreanu / Twight13Media (Leprous, At The Gates, Borknagar, etc.) for the song “While The Spiders Spin”, which can now be seen here: 
https://youtu.be/mXhoWwHMp5o

And here is a comment by the band about the single/video:
The third single is ‘While The Spiders Spin’, which was the first song we played live from the new album, back when we did some shows in 2017. The acoustic intro was added later. Costin once again did a great job capturing the mood of the song, which is a commentary on the impersonal nature of modern society and how our phones and devices only seem to isolate rather than unite us.

Check out the two previously released singles/videos here:
“All The Bad Men”: https://youtu.be/O6Heqhw0Z1o
“Devils And Angels”: https://youtu.be/2u1V8G43ytE

Written and recorded with their full original line-up, “The God-Shaped Void”, showcases the first new PSYCHOTIC WALTZ music in 23 years and is receiving critical praise across the board, with some media feedback examples as follows:

“A collection of outstanding, timeless songs.” – 9/10 points review & “Album of the Month!“ Rock Hard (Germany)
“…close to a wonder“ 10/10 points review & “Album of the Month!” – Deaf Forever (Germany)
“The long wait has paid off: The new record is a complete work of art – visually, musically and lyrically!“ – 8.5/10 points review – Eclipsed (Germany)
“They still got it – and now they finally have the chance to reach a big audience.” – 6/7 points review & Soundcheck place # 3 – Metal Hammer (Germany)
“You couldn’t wish for a better return.” – 9,5/10 points review – Rocks Magazine (Germany)
“A sublime and very, very welcome return.” – Zero Tolerance (UK)
“Psychotic Waltz are a prog-metal gem waiting to be discovered.” – Kerrang! (UK)
“as detailed, precise and hook-laden as ever.” – Prog Magazine (UK)
“Album of the Month!“ – Metal Hammer (Greece)

The basic tracks for PSYCHOTIC WALTZ’s “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 was created by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Katatonia, Riverside, Nevermore).

Here is the tracklisting for “The God-Shaped Void”:

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ – “The God-Shaped Void”
1. Devils And Angels (06:29)
2. Stranded (04:49)
3. Back To Black (03:52)
4. All The Bad Men (03:59)
5. The Fallen (05:49)
6. While The Spiders Spin (05:49)
7. Pull The String (04:54)
8. Demystified (05:12)
9. Season Of The Swarm (05:57) *** Bonus Track
10. Sisters Of The Dawn (06:41)
11. In The Silence (05:16)

The album’s bonus track “Season Of The Swarm” is available on the limited Mediabook CD (which comes with expanded booklet and an exclusive logo patch), on the vinyl edition as well as on the Digital versions. A standard Jewelcase CD edition is available as well. The vinyl edition of “The God-Shaped Void” comes as 2LP on 180gr. vinyl with gatefold packaging and with the entire album on CD as bonus. Note: All limited coloured vinyl editions are sold out!

All formats (To be seen above in packshot!) can be purchased here:
https://psychoticwaltz.lnk.to/TheGodShapedVoid

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ line-up:
Devon Graves – vocals
Dan Rock – guitars & keys
Brian McAlpin – guitars
Norman Leggio – drums
Ward Evans – bass

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

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

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Progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS released their highly successful studio double-album ‘Waiting For Miracles’ on InsideOutMusic in November 2019, played an European tour in December, and will embark on the Cruise to the Edge in late March. Widely met with critical acclaim, ‘Waiting For Miracles’ offers complex and intricate compositions, which also profit from drummer Mirkko DeMaio’s impressive performance and style. 

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/EZQ2j0nj0qQ

He now invites you to check out his playthrough of the epic ‘Miracles For America’ and states:
I’ve recorded this the week right before leaving for Japan for two concerts with The Flower Kings, which have been a huge success! ‘Miracles For America’ is probably the most tricky song of the album ‘Waiting For Miracles’, but it has been for me the most easy to record, because in a total honest way, I’ve practiced this more hehehe…

It’s an edited version (basically I’ve took off a short ‘atmosphere’ part where there’s no drums, just to save a little time) and my drumming is slightly different from the album version, indeed it has more my live approach to it. Enjoy!”

“Waiting For Miracles” is available as 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album. 
Order your format of choice below:
https://theflowerkings.lnk.to/WaitingForMiracles

THE FLOWER KINGS live 2020
27th March – 1st April – Cruise To The Edge, Miami – Carribean
3rd April, Polyvalente de Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Canada 
4th April, Theatre Plaza, Montreal, Canada

Press on “Waiting For Miracles”:
“Lavish, kinetic, dynamic, majestic, catchy, complex, desolate, happy and yes, revitalised, ‘Waiting For Miracles’ is all you would expect from a genuine return to form by one of Prog’s most influential and monumental names.” – Progreport.com

“If you’re a fan of his old-school heroes – Genesis, Yes, Floyd, even Procol Harum – this is high-grade methadone.” – Prog Magazine

THE FLOWER KING’s online:
https://www.roinestolt.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings
https://www.songkick.com/artists/84715-flower-kings
https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/52676-the-flower-kings

MIRKKO DEMAIO online:
www.YouTube.com/MirkkoDeMaio 
www.Facebook.com/MirkkoDeMaiofanpage 

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TOUNDRA, are immersed in the preparation for their new adventurous album, ‘Das Cabinet Der Dr. Caligari’, in which they have composed a breath-taking original soundtrack (out on February 28th).

They have just premiered a new single and video, available in all platforms that can be watched here: https://youtu.be/cETC15mA3wQ

The band states “This track is probably the most Pink Floyd oriented we ever did. The music clashes with Alan’s disappearance, Francis’ best friend, the true main role in the movie. It’s beautiful to see that the most collective act of the movie is also the one in which we started from improvisation.

This is the third extract of the movie that has been presented already.

The film is a quintessential German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene that turns exactly 100 years old in 2020, and that the band approached it as a dialogue with the listener with the intention of questioning ideas like manipulation, freedom and human nature itself.

Additionally, there’s a preorder with exclusive packs here:
https://Toundra.lnk.to/DasCabinetdesDrCaligari

There will also be a tour, a unique opportunity to watch the movie while the band performs the album entirely.

28.02.20 Madrid, Teatros del Canal
06.03.20 Zaragoza, Las Armas
07.03.20 Barcelona, Aribau Multicines
15.03.20 Siegen, Vortex
16.03.20 Hamburg, Knust
17.03.20 Jena, Kassablanca
18.03.20 München, Backstage
20.03.20 Darmstadt, 806qm
21.03.20 Martigny, Caves Du manoir
22.03.20 Stuttgart, Club Zentral

The band stated, “‘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.

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, two more under the imprint of InsideOut/Superball and championed charts crossovering countries and genres, and even formed the project Exquirla, which blends flamenco and rock, that showcased the unlimited versatility of the band.

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

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Polish progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE are happy to share line-up news with all of you:
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Riverside are a quartet again!

Dear friends, this is an incredibly important moment in the history of our band.From the beginning of February 2020, Riverside are officially not a trio any more, we are a quartet! It is with incredible joy that we would like to announce that the fourth official member of the band is…

Well, you can’t have expected anyone else? 🙂 

He’s been with us for over three years. He let us recover from the tragic loss we have all experienced, he helped us survive and become, from year to year, a better and better live band. He has been our friend and our brother. We are welcoming him in our midst with great joy, in which we hope you will also share! 

Ladies and gentlemen, on the guitars in Riverside: Maciej Meller!

Being a good guitarist and loving music is one thing, but being able to fit in with your personality, incredible modesty and humility, that’s an incredibly important thing in our band. Maciej meets all the criteria and we are truly happy that he wants to continue our journey with us.

We still remember. And we still go back to the moment when, after we lost Piotr, in 2016, the massive amount of your support made us continue as Riverside. We were not ready to invite anyone to our family at that time. “Wasteland” had to be recorded as a trio. We simply had to cope with the loss on our own.

Now, it’s high time for Riverside to have a guitarist in the line-up again, not only during live shows but also in the studio, when working on new material. So we are really pleased to let you know that after coming back from the final, spring edition of the Wasteland Tour 2020, together with Maciek, in the new line-up, we will start working on the eighth album. 

The upcoming spring concerts will have a different character, a different tone, and Riverside will sound mightier than ever before. We would really like to see you there!

Last but not least – Piotr Grudzinski will always be in our hearts, we all still love him and we will never forget him. But we have to move on. We are on a journey, they are waiting for us. There is more to create in this life, more to see, more to know, more to save. We hope that you will decide to stay with us again and that you will let us help one another through all of this. 

We are here with you and for you.

Riverside

RIVERSIDE’s next touring run starts later this month and includes dates across Europe as well as an appearance at the Cruise To The Edge and shows in Latin America as follows:

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland 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
27.03.-01.04. Miami (USA) to Belize & Honduras – Cruise To The Edge 2020
02.04. Mexico City (Mexico) – Auditorio Blackberry 
04.04. Guadalajara (Mexico) – C3 Stage 
07.04. Santiago (Chile) – Teatro Nescafe
09.04. Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Carioca Club
16.04. Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
17.04. Gliwice (Poland) – Arena Gliwice
18.04. Kraków (Poland) – Studio
19.04. Warszawa (Poland) – Progresja / Sold Out!
25.04. Gdansk (Poland) – Stary Manez / Sold Out!
26.04. Poznan (Poland) – Sala Ziemi / Sold Out!
Ticket links: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs

RIVERSIDE most recently released a special edition 2CD+DVD version of their current and highly successful studio-album “Wasteland” via InsideOutMusic. The ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD 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 edition also contains 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions on a separate CD. 

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

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

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

Check out the singles launched for RIVERSIDE’s “Wasteland” album here:
“Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8
“River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc
“Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY
“Wasteland”:https://youtu.be/6dLf45s67hM
“Wasteland” (live clip): https://youtu.be/-ygv3BBqv3U

RIVERSIDE line-up 2020:
(From left to right on photo by Radak Zawadzki)
Piotr Kozieradzki – drums
Mariusz Duda – vocals & bass
Maciej Meller – guitar
Michal Lapaj – keyboards 

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

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Continuing the promotional campaign for their current album “Pitfalls”, Norwegian Rock outfit LEPROUS are now launching a drum playthrough video for the most epic track on the album, “The Sky Is Red”. Check it out here:
https://youtu.be/nj6fM2KpyOA

LEPROUS drummer Baard Kolstad comments:
I always like to do full honest video playthroughs of certain LEPROUS songs after the different album recording processes. A nice way to share details and a different kind of energy for the listener/viewer. There’s no secret that “The Sky Is Red” is a tough one and after 27 shows playing it live, it’s interesting to see how the interpretation of the song and performance has evolved and changed.

LEPROUS are kicking off their next European tour with support by Klone fom France and fellow Norwegians Maraton this weekend in Dortmund, Germany. The band checked in as follows:
The shows and response of the 1st leg of the “Pitfalls” European tour was mind-blowing, and we had some of the greatest moments of our career. There was no doubt we needed to play way more territories and countries for this album than “only 4 weeks”, so here we go again, with a full production, headlining for 3 more weeks in several new countries that never have seen the new live show. Klone and Maraton as guests! We cannot wait!“ 

Here is a list of the upcoming LEPROUS dates (Recent updates marked ***):

LEPROUS – European Tour 2020
Supports: Klone & Maraton
08.02. – Dortmund (Germany) – Junkyard 
09.02. – Strasbourg (France) – La Laiterie
10.02 – Grenoble (France) – l’hyliade 
11.02. – Fribourg (Switzerland) – Fri-Son 
12.02. – Graz (Austria) – Explosiv
13.02. – Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu Turkcell Stage *
14.02. – Tel Aviv (Israel) – Havanna *
15.02. – Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Club
17.02. – Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic
18.02. – Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – /Form Space 
19.02. – Budapest (Hungary) – Durer Kert
20.02. – Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat
21.02. – Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
22.02. – Gdansk (Poland) – B90
24.02. – Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje 
25.02. – Savigny (France) – l’empreinte 
26.02. – Toulouse (France) – Le Rex 
28.02. – Porto (Portugal) – Hard Club
01.03. – Lisbon (Portugal) – Lisboa Ao Vivo
* = Without Maraton

LEPROUS – Festival Appearances 2020
19/06 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
26-27/06 – Madrid (Spain) – Rock The Night
3-5/07 – Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Form Days Festival
20-22/08 – Bristol (UK) – Arctangent Festival ***

And many more international dates are to be announced soon…

Check out the singles launched off “Pitfalls” by LEPROUS here:
“Below” (video): https://youtu.be/4nPwBSaJmgI
“Alleviate” (video): https://youtu.be/12eFq16CXSU
“Distant Bells”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8HUeCKNxVw
“The Sky Is Red” today here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8vw086Ta7Y

And check out a series of LEPROUS video trailers for the “Pitfalls” album here:
Discussing “Pitfalls”: https://youtu.be/GgdhiZdT-g0
“Pitfalls” Artwork: https://youtu.be/7UvSowPwtsw
Looking Back on 10 Years of Studio Albums: https://youtu.be/0dZgn1UQIiA
Album Track-By-Track: https://youtu.be/XOR3xXOmk8Y 

“Pitfalls”, the sixth full album release by LEPROUS, was once again recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), but this time mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Deaf Havana). Upon release, “Pitfalls” entered various international sales charts as follows: Germany: # 36, Finland: # 17, Switzerland: # 46, France: # 120, Spain: # 62, Belgium (Wallonia): # 82, Austria: # 61, UK (Rock Album Chart): # 13, USA Top Current Albums Chart: # 129, USA Heatseekers Chart: # 17, USA Top Current Rock Albums Chart: # 48 and USA Top current Hard Music Albums Chart: # 18.

“Pitfalls” is available as limited Mediabook CD with two bonus tracks (“Golden Prayers” and the Massive Attack cover “Angel”), as Standard Jewelcase CD and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus (in Europe!) and an Etching on the D-Side. Next to the unlimited black vinyl version, “Pitfalls” is also available in various limited coloured editions.

“Pitfalls” can be ordered here: https://LeprousBand.lnk.to/Pitfalls

Or visit the IOM webshop for LEPROUS releases 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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Pure Reason Revolution recently announced the release of ‘Eupnea’, their first new studio album in nearly 10 years, for the 3rd of April 2020. Today they are excited to reveal the first piece of new music taken from the record, in the form of the epic 10-minute ‘Silent Genesis’, a track which Jon Courtney co-wrote alongside original PRR member Greg Jong.

The band comments: “With some tracks it’s blood sweat & tears to get them nailed, but ‘Silent Genesis’ came together really quickly. While Greg & I worked on the music, Chloe was blasting out vocals in London. We had a lot of fun making this track; mangling synths, riffing & unexpectedly outroing with funk!”

Listen to the track here: https://youtu.be/5khMXtZ6YjE 

‘Eupnea’ features the work of artist Jill Doherty on its front cover, and will be available as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD (with etching on Side D) and as a digital album. Pre-orders are now available for both physical and digital here:
https://PureReasonRevolution.lnk.to/Eupnea

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. New Obsession 05:09
2. Silent Genesis 10:20
3. Maelstrom 05:44
4. Ghosts & Typhoons 08:45
5. Beyond Our Bodies 04:28
6. Eupnea 13:23

Of the new album the band commented:
“We stuck to our manifesto of no musical boundaries and the result was ‘Eupnea’. We return to a more progressive sound with ferocious guitars, thunderous drums and the stacked harmonies that give us our signature sound. We’re excited to begin playing it live.”

You can watch an interview clip where Jon Courtney and Chloë Alper discuss the process of getting back together last year, and playing Midsummer Prog, here:
https://youtu.be/sLlKj5u_SJ8 

‘Eupnea’, the long-awaited return from the band, sees them harking back to their earliest days, while rolling in all of the musical experiments and experience they’ve gathered in the intervening years.

The cinematic soundscapes of Hammer and Anvil? Check. The dark atmosphere and synths of Amor Vincit Omnia? Check. The gauzy psych-prog of their debut? Ch-check.

It’s sprawling, with three tracks hitting the 10 minute mark and one notching up against 15 minutes. Sure, track length does not equal ambition, but still, it’s quite the statement of intent.

The band currently have two confirmed Summer festival dates, performing at Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on the 17th of July, and Ramblin Man Fair in the UK on the 18th of July.

Pure Reason Revolution originally parted ways in November 2011 following touring in support of their 2010 album ‘Hammer and Anvil’. Since then, Jon Courtney started Bullet Height and released their debut album ‘No Atonement’ in 2017, while Chloë Alper began a new band called Tiny Giant as well as playing live with the likes of Charli XCX and James.

The band originally formed back in 2003, releasing their much-loved debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in 2006 via Sony BMG. They went on to release the albums ‘Amor Vincit Omnia’ in 2009 and ‘Hammer and Anvil’ in 2010.

PURE REASON REVOLUTION online:
https://www.facebook.com/purereasonrevolution/
https://twitter.com/prr_official
https://www.instagram.com/purereasonrevolution_official/

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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 ringing in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, ‘MMXX’ (pronounced: 20/20) – out now. The album has been hitting the charts across the world, and you can find a list of them below:

#11 German Album Chart
#1 Finland Physical Album Chart
#37 Finland Album Chart
#26 Spain Album Chart
#30 Austria Album Chart
#35 France Physical Album Chart
#3 Sweden Physical Album Chart
#8 Sweden Vinyl Chart
#8 Switzerland Album Chart
#48 Netherlands Album Chart
#53 Belgium Album Chart
#84 Italy Album Chart
#2 UK Rock Album Chart
#90 UK Album Chart
#7 Japan International Album Chart
#12 Japan Rock Chart
#46 Japan Album Chart
#1 US Current Hard Music Album Chart
#3 US Top New Artist Album Chart
#3 US Current Rock Album Chart
#7 US Internet Album Chart
#15 US Billboard Top Album Chart
#15 US Top Current Album Chart
#19 US Digital Album Chart
#19 US Current Digital Album Chart

They recently launched the Christian Rios-directed video for the albums third single ‘Desolate July’, a tribute to musician David Z who tragically passed away in 2017. Watch the video now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARWOs8h7Hw

Watch the video for the second track ‘Fall To Ascend’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8K02hqnBxE

The bands video for ‘Goodbye Divinity’ has achieved over 3.5 million plays so far. Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A

Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ is available 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.

Order the album 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 21stcentury 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” is currentlty underway in North America and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also announced European tour dates for March 2020, as well as South American dates for April 2020. You can find those below:

Europe 2020
28.02.2020 – (DE) Karlsruhe, Crystal Ballroom
29.02.2020 – (DE) Karlsruhe, Crystal Ballroom
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) Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
15.03.2020 – (ES) Madrid, La Riviera
17.03.2020 – (FR) Marseille, Cepac Silo
18.03.2020 – (FR) Paris, Machine du Moulin Rouge
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 20thOctober 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. Itdebuted 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

SONS OF APOLLO online:
www.sonsofapollo.com
www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1

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After an amazingly successful first European tour for the release of their latest album “Pitfalls” last November, Norwegian Rock outfit LEPROUS are returning to European stages next month for a follow-up run of shows, visiting areas/countries that have not been exposed to the new material yet.

Here is a list of the upcoming LEPROUS dates, supported by Klone fom France and fellow Norwegians Maraton:

LEPROUS – European Tour 2020
Supports: Klone & Maraton
08.02 – Dortmund (Germany) – Junkyard
09.02 – Strasbourg (France) – La Laiterie
10.02 – Grenoble (France) – l’hyliade
11.02 – Fribourg (Switzerland) – Fri-Son
12.02 – Graz (Austria) – Explosiv
13.02 – Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu Turkcell Stage *
14.02 – Tel Aviv (Israel) – Havanna *
15.02 – Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Club
17.02 – Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic
18.02 – Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – /Form Space
19.02 – Budapest (Hungary) – Durer Kert
20.02 – Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat
21.02 – Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
22.02 – Gdansk (Poland) – B90
24.02 – Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
25.02 – Savigny (France) – l’empreinte
26.02 – Toulouse (France) – Le Rex
28.02 – Porto (Portugal) – Hard Club
01.03 – Lisbon (Portugal) – Lisboa Ao Vivo
* = Without Maraton

LEPROUS – Festival Appearances 2020
19.06. – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
26-27.06 – Madrid (Spain) – Rock The Night
03-05.07 – Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Form Days Festival
And many more international dates are to be announced soon…

Check out the singles launched off “Pitfalls” by LEPROUS here:
“Below” (video): https://youtu.be/4nPwBSaJmgI
“Alleviate” (video): https://youtu.be/12eFq16CXSU
“Distant Bells”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8HUeCKNxVw
“The Sky Is Red” today here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8vw086Ta7Y

And check out a series of LEPROUS video trailers for the “Pitfalls” album here:
Discussing “Pitfalls”: https://youtu.be/GgdhiZdT-g0
“Pitfalls” Artwork: https://youtu.be/7UvSowPwtsw
Looking Back on 10 Years of Studio Albums: https://youtu.be/0dZgn1UQIiA
Album Track-By-Track: https://youtu.be/XOR3xXOmk8Y 

“Pitfalls”, the sixth full album release by LEPROUS, was once again recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), but this time mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Deaf Havana). Upon release, “Pitfalls” entered various international sales charts as follows: Germany: # 36, Finland: # 17, Switzerland: # 46, France: # 120, Spain: # 62, Belgium (Wallonia): # 82, Austria: # 61, UK (Rock Album Chart): # 13, USA Top Current Albums Chart: # 129, USA Heatseekers Chart: # 17, USA Top Current Rock Albums Chart: # 48 and USA Top current Hard Music Albums Chart: # 18.

“Pitfalls” is available as limited Mediabook CD with two bonus tracks (“Golden Prayers” and the Massive Attack cover “Angel”), as Standard Jewelcase CD and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus (in Europe!) and an Etching on the D-Side. Next to the unlimited black vinyl version, “Pitfalls” is also available in various limited coloured editions.

“Pitfalls” can be ordered here: https://LeprousBand.lnk.to/Pitfalls

Or visit the IOM webshop for LEPROUS releases 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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The Neal Morse Band recently announced their return to the InsideOutMusic family, re-signing with the label in 2019 and announcing the release of a forthcoming new live album – ‘The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO 2019’ for the 6th March 2020.

Today they launch the second clip from the live release, and you can watch the band performing ‘Dark Melody (Live in Brno 2019)’ here: https://youtu.be/JgqUVKWGYXw 

Watch the previously released clip for ‘Welcome To The World’ here:
https://youtu.be/tFXhPGhz3tk

Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer & Eric Gillette, released their latest album ‘The Great Adventure’ at the beginning of 2019. This was the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 concept album ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’, and shortly after the band embarked on a European headline tour. ‘The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO 2019’ documents these shows, which saw them performing the album in full, and closing with the renowned ‘The Great Medley’ – featuring tracks from across Neal’s solo career and each Neal Morse Band album.

Available as a 2CD + 2Blu-Ray Digipak, the set also features two tour documentaries from both the US & European runs, as well as the official music videos for the singles taken from ‘The Great Adventure’. You can pre-order now here:
https://TheNealMorseBand.lnk.to/TheGreatAdventour2019-liveinbrno 

As Randy George explains: “After the Similitude tour, expectations were really high, and we had more people coming to these shows than ever before. People were really excited to see it, so we had to make sure that we delivered.”

Performing The Great Adventure flawlessly and in its entirety 47 times in 2019, Neal
Morse (vocals, keyboards and guitars), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals and audience cheer-leading), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards and vocals) and Eric Gillette (guitars and vocals) brought audiences to their feet night after exhilarating night: “The tour delivered every night. We never got tired of playing it, and it always paid off”, says George.

One of the countries was the Czech Republic, and it was there in Brno that the band chose to film THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO, the definitive record of the tour, as George explains: “This was our first time playing in the Czech Republic and this venue had a different look and vibe: the audience also turned out to be very ener-getic. They loved it!”

THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO shows The Neal Morse Band at the very height of their powers: extraordinary, passionate, intense and intricate rock music played to perfection by five masters of their craft, backed by dramatic video illustra-tions by Christian Rios.

THE NEAL MORSE BAND ONLINE:
https://www.facebook.com/TheNealMorseBandOfficial/ 
www.instagram.com/thenealmorsebandofficial 
www.twitter.com/nealmorseband1

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US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators PSYCHOTIC WALTZ will soon release their 5th studio album, “The God-Shaped Void”, worldwide on February 14th, 2020. Written and recorded with their full original line-up, “The God-Shaped Void”, showcases the first new PSYCHOTIC WALTZ music in 23 years and will be the band’s debut release for InsideOutMusic.

In anticipation of the release, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ are presenting a second single off the album today. Check out the song “All The Bad Men” via a video-clip created by Costin Chioreanu / Twight13Media (Leprous, At The Gates, Borknagar, etc.) here:
https://youtu.be/O6Heqhw0Z1o

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ guitarist Dan Rock says of the song:
“This started out from an old acoustic guitar riff I had back in the ’90s before we broke up. Oddly, there is no acoustic guitar in it at all! It became the heavy verse riff. This song took a while to find the right notes for the lead and the proper groove for the drums. Early versions of this song make us cringe, so persistence obviously pays off, as it is one of our favorites from the album now.”

And PSYCHOTIC WALTZ say of the video:
“For the first video we trusted visual artist Costin Chioreanu to come up with something fittingly dark, dystopian, abstract and trippy. And he really outdid himself! Besides, an animated video is a lot better than looking at a bunch of middle-aged guys rocking out in an empty warehouse.”

Previously, a first track off “The God-Shaped Void” entitled “Devils And Angels” was debuted in a lyric video by Cloud Music Typography here: https://youtu.be/2u1V8G43ytE

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 was created by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Katatonia, Riverside, Nevermore).

Here is the tracklisting for “The God-Shaped Void”:

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ – “The God-Shaped Void”
1. Devils And Angels (06:29)
2. Stranded (04:49)
3. Back To Black (03:52)
4. All The Bad Men (03:59)
5. The Fallen (05:49)
6. While The Spiders Spin (05:49)
7. Pull The String (04:54)
8. Demystified (05:12)
9. Season Of The Swarm (05:57) *** Bonus Track
10. Sisters Of The Dawn (06:41)
11. In The Silence (05:16)

The album’s bonus track “Season Of The Swarm” will be available on the limited Mediabook CD (which comes with expanded booklet and an exclusive logo patch), on the vinyl edition as well as on the Digital versions. A standard Jewelcase CD edition is available as well.

The vinyl edition of “The God-Shaped Void” comes as 2LP on 180gr. vinyl with gatefold packaging and with the entire album on CD as bonus in the following versions:
– Black 2LP + CD: Unlimited
– Lilac 2LP + CD: 200x copies from IOM Webshop – Sold Out!
– Transparent Blue 2LP + CD: 200x copies from Nuclear Blast
– Dark Green 2LP + CD: 300x copies from CM Distro

All formats are available for pre-order here:
https://psychoticwaltz.lnk.to/TheGodShapedVoid

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

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

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