Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD continue to promote their newest and much acclaimed studio effort “The Wake”, which was released via Century Media Records worldwide last September and ranked high in various year-end polls by international media outlets.
Currently underway for shows in Japan and Australia starting today, VOIVOD have recently announced a North American tour with YOB and Amenra for March/April and a return to Europe for a few selected Summer festival events. Here is a list of all upcoming VOIVOD shows announced so far:
VOIVOD – Live 2019: 01-18 Tokyo (Japan) – Tsutaya O-West 01-23 Brisbane (Australia) – Crowbar 01-24 Canberra (Australia) – The Basement + Contrive 01-25 Melbourne (Australia) – Max Watts + Contrive 01-26 Sydney (Australia) – Crowbar + Contrive
YOB, VOIVOD, Amenra – North American Tour: 03-26 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line 03-27 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall 03-28 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups 03-29 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop 03-30 Toronto, ON – Phoenix 03-31 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom 04-02 Portland, ME – Geno’s 04-03 Boston, MA – Royale 04-04 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw 04-05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer 04-06 Richmond, VA – Broadberry 04-07 Raleigh, NC – Kings 04-09 Knoxville, TN – Concourse 04-10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell) 04-11 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s 04-12 Houston, TX – Warehouse 04-13 Austin, TX – Barracuda 04-14 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
23.05. Baltimore (US) – Ram’s Head Live / Maryland Deathfest 07.-10.08. Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival 09.-11.08. Kortrijk (Belgium) – Alcatraz Hard Rock & metal Festival And many more shows to be announced soon…
In regards to the North American tour, VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away“ Langevin commented as follows: “We are very proud to be part of the YOB-Voivod-Amenra North American tour in March and April 2019. It has been a couple of years since we toured USA, aside from a festival here and there. In the meantime, we are getting ready for the upcoming Japanese and Australian shows in January. See you all in 2019!“
Next to a standard jewelcase CD edition and a Digital Album release, “The Wake“ is also available as limited 2CD Mediabook edition with a bonus disc of 11 tracks featuring the 5 songs off 2016’s “Post Society” EP as well 6 live tracks from 2018’s 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, alternate artwork, an expanded booklet of 32 pages and a set of 3 stickers. The 2LP release of “The Wake” comes on either black or various limited runs of coloured 180gr. vinyl with an etching design on Side D, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a double-sided poster.
VOIVOD’s “The Wake” is the successor to 2013’s “Target Earth” album as well as the 2016 mini-album “Post Society”. The album was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada and its artwork was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin. It entered sales charts in various countries upon release as follows: Germany: # 26, Switzerland: # 51, Belgium (Wallonia): # 94, USA Current: # 97, USA New Artist: # 8 and USA Overall: # 148.
While Y&T was on tour in Japan last weekend, Dave & Jill’s Meniketti Wineswon two awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! This was their first-ever wine competition. Congratulations Jill & Dave!
• 2017 Temptation Rosé won a Silver medal • 2016 Forever Pinot Noir won a Bronze medal
London – With The Pineapple Thief’s Dissolution Tour Part 2, due to begin on 21st February in Italy, the band have released a new video for the track “Threatening War”, from their critically acclaimed studio album Dissolution.
Frontman, composer and guitarist, Bruce Soord on seeing director George Laycock’s interpretation of the song reflects “When I wrote the words for ‘Threatening War’, I had in my mind the journey from despair to hope, and how we need a physical connection with people in our lives to complete that journey, if and when it happens. When I saw how ‘Blacktide’ had tackled this visually it really hit home in a way I wasn’t quite prepared for. It captures the emotion of the song perfectly.”
The Pineapple Thief are due to begin the second leg of their European & UK Dissolution tour in February, have confirmed they will be taking new label mates O.R.k out as main support. The first leg of the tour in September included many sold out shows and their biggest show to date at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and will once again be joined by now full-time member Gavin Harrison on all dates.
21.02 Firenze (Italy) – Viper 22.02 Roma (Italy) – Largo Venue 23-02 Milano (Italy) – Santeria Social Club 24.02 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7 26.02 Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA – Longhorn 27.02 Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp 28.02 Strasburg (France) – La Laiterie 1.03 Zoetermeer (Holland) – Boerderij 2.03 Hamburg (Germany) – Grosse Freiheit 36 3.03 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Vega 5.03 Stockholm (Sweden) – Nalen 6.03 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller 20.03 Newcastle (UK) – O2 Academy 21.03 Glasgow (UK) – Saint Luke’s 22.03 Manchester (UK) – o2 The Ritz 23.03 Birmingham (UK) – o2 The Institute 2 24.03 Bristol (UK) – SWX
The Pineapple Thief will be supported by new Kscope label mates O.R.k
The Pineapple Thief have an extensive live campaign planned for 2019, including a return to London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to headline HRH Prog on 26/27th October (http://www.hrhprog.com/ ) so look out for further dates to be announced.
The band’s 2016 album, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood. Their recently released album Dissolution has seen the band propelled to even greater heights, having gained a #1 position in the UK Rock Charts and #22 in the German national album charts. The band have garnered high praise across the worldwide media as can be seen in the small selection of review quotes below…
Prog Magazine – Album Of The Month – “a varied album that pulls together the band’s diverse styles into nine cerebral but very accessible songs” Kerrang Magazine – “Its existence makes the world a slightly better place” Total Guitar – “this is essential listening for fans of contemporary prog” Slam (DE) – “Just a beautiful, melancholy record, powerful and full of hymn-like harmonies” Lust for Life (NL) – “Dissolution ticks all the boxes” RockTribune (BE) – “an album to cherish” Rockerilla (IT) – “a beautiful album from the beginning to the end, where every track is a piece of a mosaic of enchanted sounds”
Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
For more than a decade the Adrian Belew Power Trio stunned audiences around the world. Now Adrian is ready to re-invent his live show with a new quartet which includes Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and bassist extraordinaire Julie Slick. The tour dates will be in support of Adrian’s newest release “POP-SIDED”, coming March 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy master musicians playing great songs and having a ball!
Adrian describes the show as, “a more complete picture of most things I’ve done. More songs, new songs from the award-winning FLUX app, King Crimson material I haven’t played for years, and a dose of classic Power Trio. It’s my intention to make this the best Adrian Belew show ever!”
Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian’s signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to the Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie, Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!
Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has officially announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for March 29th, 2019.
In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in this video:
Devin comments: “Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished Empath. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way. Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series.”
Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.
On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.
Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.
‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album.
The full track-listing is as follows: 1.Castaway 2.Genesis 3.Spirits Will Collide 4.Evermore 5.Sprite 6.Hear Me 7.Why 8.Borderlands 9.Requiem 10.Singularity Part 1 – Adrift 11.Singularity Part 2 – I Am I 12.Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters 13.Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods 14.Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists 15.Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun
Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.
The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out: 7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT 8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT 29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT 1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT 2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark 4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany 5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland 6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT 7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT 9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT 10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany 11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT 13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel 24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT 27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT 29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT 30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here: https://devintownsendproject.lnk.to/ErasIII