VUUR Announces Debut Album In This Moment We Are Free – Cities for Release in October


Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen is easily one of the hardest working people in music, and an artist that defies being pigeonholed by genre. She will forever be known as the vocalist for melancholic metallers The Gathering, but since striking out on her own in 2007, she has solidified a solo career, recorded and performed multiple times with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend, launched the prog rock band The Gentle Storm, and recorded an album with Icelandic folk group Árstíðir. This has provided Anneke with a huge catalog to choose from as a live performer, but it has also created a certain amount of confusion amongst her fans which have led to the creation of a new band, VUUR, a new band that features some of the best heavy metal players in the Netherlands.

In early 2016, Anneke decided for the sake of clarity to narrow her musical focus, choosing to go in a folk acoustic direction as a solo artist and in a heavy progressive metal direction as a band vocalist. The name VUUR – translated from Dutch as “fire”, which can also be interpreted to mean “passion” or “drive” – was chosen as a moniker to represent Anneke’s metal side, with the idea that when fans buy a ticket with the VUUR name on it they will be getting her heavy progressive music, while an Anneke van Giersbergen show will be entirely different.

“It’s like I’m searching for contradictions,” Anneke says of splitting her focus in two. “I want the heavy to be really heavy, and the soft acoustic stuff that I can do can be almost silent and inward. I’m trying to find those outer limits. I’m still writing and collaborating with different people, so VUUR’s style is still kind of different from The Gathering and The Gentle Storm. You could say VUUR’s music has the melancholy of The Gathering and certain elements from The Gentle Storm, but it’s darker with fewer folk elements. It’s still melodic and warm, but heavy.”

The Gentle Storm proved to Anneke that fans have been waiting for her to go back to the heavy progressive style of music, which is why VUUR came to be.

VUUR will release their full-length debut in the fall of 2017 produced by Joost van den Broek, who will also be involved in some of the writing and arranging. From there the band will hit stages across Europe and beyond. Make no mistake: VUUR is a band and not a project, meaning that Anneke will focus on new material as well as the heavier side of her previous outings.

“I will always play songs from The Gathering and Devin Townsend because I love them,” she says. “I also know for a fact that people want to hear those songs, so I’ll never leave them out. I also have my absolute favorite songs from The Gentle Storm that I will keep playing. I have such a big outlet to choose from nowadays, it’s such a luxurious position to be in. We should look at VUUR as my ultimate heavy outlet. It’s not a project, which is why when we make the setlist it will include the new stuff and my favorites from my catalog.”

Anneke van Giersbergen – vocals
Ed Warby – drums
Jord Otto – guitars
Ferry Duijsens – guitars
Johan van Stratum – bass

Fans can pre-order the LP here.

Tracklist:
01. My Champion – Berlin
02. Time – Rotterdam
03. The Martyr And The Saint – Beirut
04. The Fire – San Francisco
05. Freedom – Rio
06. Days Go By – London
07. Sail Away – Santiago
08. Valley Of Diamonds – Mexico City
09. Your Glorious Light Will Shine – Helsinki
10. Save Me – Istanbul
11. Reunite! – Paris

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location Tickets
Nov 09 Klub Studio Cracow, Poland
Nov 10 Masters Of Rock Cafe Zlin, Czech Republic
Nov 12 Kesselhaus Berlin, Germany
Nov 13 Markthalle Hamburg (Altstadt), Germany
Nov 14 Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany
Nov 15 La BAM Metz, France
Nov 17 Stereolux Nantes, France
Nov 18 Krakatoa Mérignac, France
Nov 20 La Riviera Madrid, Spain
Nov 21 MEO Arena Lisboa, Portugal
Nov 22 Hard Club Porto, Portugal
Nov 24 Razzmatazz Barcelona, Spain
Nov 25 Le Moulin Marseille, France
Nov 26 LE TRANSBORDEUR Villeurbanne, France
Nov 29 Backstage Munich, Germany
Dec 01 Estragon Bologna, Italy
Dec 02 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec 03 L’Aeronef Lille, France
Dec 07 Le Trabendo Paris, France
Dec 08 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
Dec 09 The Dome, Tufnell Park London, United Kingdom
Dec 10 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Release HYSTERIA Single & Music Video From Upcoming Album

Electric Violinist & Singer Joe Deninzon Amplifies Muse’s Passionate Song

HYSTERIA is a Wagnerian/Queen-esque cover of Muse’s 2003 hit. The song is going to be on the upcoming Stratospheerius album, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE, out September 29 on Melodic Revolution Records, the leading North American progressive rock record label.

The Video was Directed by musician Dave Milone (of Radio 4), the video for HYSTERIA features a dramatic performance of the band punctuated with explosions. Deninzon says the explosions represent “Someone who has had enough! Feeling hopeless frustration with the current state of the world, breaking out of a bad relationship, or someone held back from their dreams and ambitions, a prisoner in their mind or in a literal sense…or both!”

Joe is a huge Muse and Queen fan, and pays tribute to both bands in their version of this song, “The original was so perfect that we wanted to reimagine the song entirely!” The single features singer Melanie Mitrano, the first time Stratospheerius has ever had an operatic soprano guesting on any of their recordings.

Fusing influences by artists as diverse as Tool, Tom Morello, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Jack Bruce, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius are contenders for being the biggest deal in prog that you’ve never heard! Writes Cleveland.com’s Peter Chakerian, “He may not be a ‘household name’ (yet) but he’s kind of a big deal.” Adds Progressive Rock Central’s Angel Romero, the group “combines solid songwriting and tradition with extraordinary electric violin work and the sounds of the future.”

Special guests on GUILTY OF INNOCENCE include guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, TSO), keyboardist Rave Tesar (Renaissance), and vocalist/guitarist Randy McStine (The Fringe, Stu Hamm).

For updates on digital store links such as iTunes, Amazon, visit both the Melodic Revolution Records and Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Single is Available at; | Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Amazon Japan | CD Baby |

Listen on Spotify http://spoti.fi/2v3J6re

Melodic Revolution Records “Music Is Our Voice.”


Label and Media:

Melodic Revolution Records
Nick Katona: nick@melodicrevolution.com

Introducing The Supergroup Sons Of Apollo!

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with 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).

Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ

www.sonsofapollo.com
www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

On September 29th 2017 Gentle Giant will release “Three Piece Suite.”

Gentle Giant—Three Piece Suite is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multitrack master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from each album are known to exist as multi-tracks, with the rest presumably lost.

Three Piece Suite is available in the following formats:
*A two-disc digipak containing 96/24 animated Blu-ray plus CD.
*A single disc digipak CD.
*A two-disc gatefold LP in180g high-end vinyl.
*A digital download of the two disc Blu-Ray plus CD version.

Gentle Giant’s Three Piece Suite includes the songs “Giant,” “Nothing At All,” and “Why Not” from the first album Giant.
“Pantagruel’s Nativity,” “The House, The Street, The Room” from the second album Acquiring The Taste.
“Schooldays,” “Peel the Paint,” “Mr. Class And Quality,” and “Three Friends” from the album Three Friends completes the list of the original recorded material.
The band and Steven Wilson are including a previously commercially unreleased song “Freedom’s Child” taken from the first recording sessions with legendary producer Tony Visconti.

The liner notes by Interviewer Anil Prasad include reflections from Gentle Giant’s members about the writing and recording sessions.

Steven Wilson and Tony Visconti share their incredible observations about the early days of this unique collection of timeless music from one of progressive rock’s most influential bands.

Tony Visconti recounts:
“I was a very optimistic young man in 1970…I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there is a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions.”

Steven Wilson explains:
“To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips, and old mixing desks…I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail, and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them.”

Tony Visconti continues:
“In our own way, we’ve touched the ears, minds, and hearts of thousands of true believers.”

The band members, collectively, feel there are still good reasons its fans continue to enjoy Gentle Giant’s music and why it continues to be discovered by new generations.

For fans of Gentle Giant, Three Piece Suite is a must have. For fans of great musicianship and progressive rock, this is an incredible insight into the earliest days of this legendary band.

Pre-Order Links for Amazon & iTunes to be announced at https://www.facebook.com/gentlegiantband/.

Blu-ray BD50

The Steven Wilson Remixes
Giant
Nothing At All
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child

Audio Formats:
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
96/24 5.1 LPCM
96/24 Stereo LPCM

Instrumentals
Giant
Nothing At All
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child

Audio Format:
96/24 Stereo LPCM

Original Album Mixes
96/24 Stereo LPCM

Gentle Giant
Giant
Funny Ways
Alucard
Isn’t It Quiet And Cold?
Nothing At All
Why Not?
The Queen

Acquiring The Taste
Pantagruel’s Nativity
Edge Of Twilight
The House, The Street, The Room
Acquiring The Taste
Wreck
The Moon Is Down
Black Cat
Plain Truth

Three Friends
Prologue
Schooldays
Working All Day
Peel The Paint
Mister Class And Quality?
Three Friends

CD
Giant
Nothing At All
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child
Nothing At All (Steven’s 7inch Edit)

VINYL (180g High-End Vinyl 2 disc Gatefold Sleeve)
Side 1:
Giant
Nothing At All
Side 2:
Why Not?
Pantagruel’s Nativity
The House, The Street, The Room
Side 3:
Schooldays
Peel The Paint
Side 4:
Mr. Class and Quality?
Three Friends
Freedom’s Child
Nothing At All (Steven’s 7inch Edit)

Tom Slatter, Curry Talk, Forthcoming Album and Duo Gigs

Hello, You!
I’m typing this on a Sunday, after the most epic home-cooked curry. There are bound to be typos as most of my energy is currently being put into digestion. I’ll do my best to type something coherent through the paneer induced fug. My brain is currently secondary to my stomach.

Talking of curry, I visited David Elephant, founder of my record label, in his office The Spice Inn, Stratford last week. Among other things we discussed the next new music, I’ll be releasing. Yes, the mythical ‘secret project’ will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting and indifferent world in just a matter of months. Tremble ye mighty, for it shall humble your ears.

But not yet. Patience, patience.

Anyway, gigs have started! Gigs!

Yes, that’s right, the first Tom Slatter Duo gig (we’re not calling it the Tom Slatter Duo, that’s an awful name) has taken place. It was a lovely gig in Darlington, UK. I have written a blog post about it in which i explain exactly how rock n roll Gareth and I are (hint: not very):

I first worked with Gareth when we both played on a track called Wounds from Mike Kershaw’s last album. When I mentioned online that I was gearing up to get gigging again, Gareth offered his services, which I thought sounded grand. I have a lot of songs, particularly on Happy People, that just can’t work as a solo song. …Read more 

As I mention in the blog, the gig has also been reviewed, so there’s another write-up to read over here.

What’s more, Emma the promoter has sent me a live recording. It’s just the unedited feed from the sound desk, and being an acoustic gig that means it isn’t a perfect recreation of the sound. You can hear both guitars and the vocal, however, so here is a link to the mp3 of the opening track:

Happy People Live in Darlington (MP3)

A great night, and yes I did glare at Gareth once or twice.

Anyway, the next gigs are:

1st August Supporting The Far Meadow at the Horns in Watford
5th August The Surrey Steampunk Convivial in New Malden

All the links to tickets and so on are at this link.

Midsummer Madness

Last weekend I went to see Mothertongue, and to do away with ‘fan’ Tony, who had been going far too far with bad puns over on The Tom Slatter Immoral Support Group. Alas, I was not as successful as I hope:

Tony claims he’s a fan of my music. That might be the case, though if you can decipher this sub-Joycean melange of a review you more clever than I. He is, however, guilty of the most egregious, violent punning on the internet….Read more

Still Happy

Happy People is selling quite nicely, but of course, there are still copies. You can get your mitts on a copy, or stream the whole thing over here.

Thanks for listening!

Tom Slatter
www.tomslatter.co.uk

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