BREAKING NEWS: Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of legendary rockers NAZARETH to the label for the release of a brand new studio album in 2018!
The current line-up of the band consists of Jimmy Murrison (longest serving guitarist in the band’s history), Lee Agnew (drummer since Darrel Sweet’s death in 1999), Pete Agnew (founding member, on bass) and new singer Carl Sentance (who joined the band in 2015 after Dan McCafferty had to retire due to illness).
Pete Agnew says, “[w]ith Carl as our brand new singer and Frontiers as our brand new record company, the buzz surrounding us right now is the same as it was when we went in to record our very first album. Can’t wait for the sparks to fly!“
Originally coming together as The Shadettes in 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland, the entity known as Nazareth came together in spring 1970 and released their eponymous debut album in 1971. The band came to prominence after the release of the Roger Glover (Deep Purple, Rainbow) produced “Razamanaz” in 1973. Two more successful releases, “Loud ‘n’ Proud” and Rampant, followed before the release of “Hair of the Dog” in 1975, which was an unqualified success. The title track was a staple of ’70s rock radio and the ballad “Love Hurts” is a worldwide hit.
Nazareth mantained a solid sales history during the ’80s, particularly in Germany, where “Dream On” became a hit single. A tribute of note to the band came in 1993 when Guns N’ Roses covered “Hair of the Dog” on their “The Spaghetti Incident?” album.
To date, Nazareth has recorded 23 studio albums, earning them platinum, gold, and silver awards around the world. Their latest release, “Rock n’ Roll Telephone” was released in 2014 and generally hailed by music critics as another masterpiece in a long line of them from the band.
Frontiers is honored to be part of this legendary band’s rock ‘n roll legacy and looks forward to releasing another great slice of classic hard rock from Nazareth!
New York based prog band EDENSONG, recently called “a great example of contemporary Progressive Rock” by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, is heading out on a North American tour next week with Detroit’s Imminent Sonic Destruction. This will be EDENSONG’s first tour in support of their newest album, the critically acclaimed Years in the Garden of Years(2016, Laser’s Edge).
Ian’s quote, which appears in the News Section of JethroTull.com, is “Edensong are a great example of the contemporary face of Progressive Rock. Detailed and energetic performances with heavy guitars, which give way to subtle blends of dynamic variation.”
Fresh off a successful appearance at ROSfest in Gettysburg, PA on May 7th, the band heads next to the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City, QC on May 20 before meeting up with ISD in Toronto on May 22 to kick off the official tour. The two bands join forces with a variety of popular, local support acts, including Half Past Four in Toronto, District 97 in Chicago, and Next to None in New York City.
“Each show is like its own miniature festival,” says guitarist/singer James Byron Schoen. “We’re teaming up with some of our favorite bands in each city we’re stopping. There’s gonna be a ton of variety at these shows so the nights should appeal to fans of progressive rock and metal alike.”
TRYO (Chile) is considered one of the most important and influential Chilean and Latin American Progressive bands in the last decades. They recently published their new acclaimed acoustic album “Ofrenda” and conceptual album “Órbitas”, and will soon celebrate 3 decades of extraordinary artistic career (1987 – 2017) with their upcoming 2017 Anthology album (with bonus material) and a “30th Anniversary World Tour”.
Their unique sound is the result of the creativity and virtuosity of the band´s multi-instrumentalists, with electric and acoustic compositions, and fusing Prog with other various musical genres (e.g., Metal, Rock, Jazz, Latin American folklore, World and Classical Music), providing great variety to their discography
Some of the TRYO´s career highlights are: a) Opening acts for amazing international artists, such as: “Yes”, “Adrian Belew”, “Kansas”, “Hermeto Pascoal”, “Flairck”, “Joe Satriani” (Satriani, Minnemann, Beller & Keneally) and “Marillion” (Marillion Weekend Chile, May 2017); b) That their musicians were invited to play with “Jimmy Page & Robert Plant” (Led Zeppelin), “Congreso”, “Los Jaivas”, “Focus” and “Luz de Riada” (Ramsés Luna); and c) Have composed the soundtrack of the successful application of the city – port of Valparaiso (Chile) as “World Heritage” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
During these three decades of music, “TRYO” (Chile) has received many awards and excellent specialized music press reviews in Chile and abroad. Last year was one of the best in the band´s trajectory: a) Recently named “Chilean Artist of the Year 2016” (by Rockaxis – Vanguardia); and b) Their “Órbitas” album was recognized as “Best Chilean Album of 2016” (by ChileanSkies), “Surprise Album of 2016” (by Rock at Night´s Progressive Rock Extravaganza U.S.A.), while the album´s songs were included in important prog compilations and radio programs worldwide (e.g., “Music for Relief” – There is Hope Records U.S.A.).
The band has maintained its original line up to these days, and is composed by the famous Chilean academics and musicians Ismael Cortez A. (electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards and lead vocals), Francisco Cortez A. (fretted & fretless electric bass guitar, bass pedals / station, cello and backing vocals) and Felix Carbone K. (drums and various acoustic- electric-hybrid percussion instruments, such as Mallet Kat, marimba, vibraphone, Handsonic, Wavedrum, Octapad, djembe, derbake, kultrun, udu, tabla, gong, quartz and tibetan bowls).
Argentinian Tango Prig Metal act Bandolirium, led by bandoneon player Amijai Shalev, are set to release their self-titled debut album this Friday, May 12.
Although there were tries in the past to blend Tango and Progressive Metal together, Bandolirium’s approach to this idea goes a few steps further by including a bandoneon—a type of square concertina popular in Argentina—in their music.
About the idea to create Prog Metal music with the inclusion of the instrument, Shalev commented: “I feel it’s a natural result of the music I listen to and my personal background. Great part of being a composer is finding the unique combination that we are and the way we see our environment. Living in Buenos Aires, this combination seems obvious to me, it hasn’t been done before just because people have a tendency to keep on doing the same stuff. In Prog Metal you hear very often rhythms and melodies from different cultures, so if we want to do Argentinian Prog Metal, Tango is a great inspiration, also using the bandoneon in metal parts is interesting because the sound is similar to keyboards but you can work the dynamics of an acoustic instrument, and of course for Tango audience the metal sound is something new.”
Progressive Metal and Tango have a lot in common, the intensity and drama especially, but even specific rhythms that are used in metal are found in tango.
Bandolirium has previously released a cover of Metallica’s classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Shalev said: “I think that our version of ‘For whom the Bell’ tolls is an example how close tango and metal (in this case thrash) can get.”
About the creative process of the self-titled album, Amijai said: “I composed all the parts with scores at home, a very intimate process, for the drums I only wrote a reference and our drummer, Marcos Edwards, composed the real drums. While rehearsing we made the changes and corrections; there were many of them. It was a very interesting work, we learned a lot doing it.”
Bandolirium is out on May 12th.
Amijai Shalev – bandoneon
Marcos de Cristobal – guitars
Matias Brandauer – bass
Marcos Edwards – drums
Los Angeles based Rock Fusion trio, King Llama, is hitting some big stages this year with their album, RETURN TO OX. Happening right now is a South American tour. Look out as King Llama performs at a few notable festivals, including 2 days at Summer Camp Festival in Chillicothe IL this Memorial Day weekend, and Progtoberfest in Chicago on Saturday 10/21.
As the band is now touring in Argentina and Chile, they will also be recording a new live music video in the historical studio “Zanezi” in Mendoza. Look out for these releases this summer!
RETURN TO OX – recorded and produced with Dave Schiffman at East West Studios in Los Angeles – is available in all mediums including a double LP (vinyl), and can easily be found through the band’s website: www.kingllama.com
Canada’s profilprog.com says it best: “The album is a great success. Each title is deploying a multiplicity of environments covering a broad stylistic spectrum (from jazz to metal) and offers many variations of dynamic, alternating saturation and its clear epileptic breaks, harmonic progressions in black textures and air.“
Relix Magazine hits home with this: “King Llama draw from an impressive range of musical styles to forge their own brand of acid-jazz and prog-rock.”
King Llama has certainly forged their own style of fusion, and each show they perform more than demonstrates their ability to surprise the ear with fresh and clever approaches towards composition.
KING LLAMA on the Road:
May 4 Willys Bar, Chacras, Mendoza, Argentina
May 5 Al Toque, San Martin, Mendoza, Argentina
May 6 Sala Hugo del Carril, San Luis, Argentina
May 7 N8 Studio, Mendoza, Argentina
May 11 Maal Wines, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
May 12 Centro Cultural Rojas Magallanes, Santiago, Chile
May 13 Alfonsi, San Felipe, Chile
May 14 Bar 1, Santiago, Chile
May 18 Estudio Locatel, Zona Norte, Buenos Aires
May 19 Centro Cultural Leon Leon, Buenos Aires
May 20 Detroit, Morón, Buenos Aires
May 21 Quetzal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
May 25 Summer Camp Festival, Chillicothe, IL (Campfire Stage pre-party)
May 26 SummerCamp Festival, Chillicothe, IL
July 8 Casa, Costa Mesa, CA
September 16 Casa, Costa Mesa, CA
October 20 Sonic Voyage Fest, Wisconsin w/ Aisles, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
October 21 ProgtoberFest, Chicago, IL