New album ‘Terraformer’ due out June 14th; Exclusive Pre-order available now
New Spring tour kicks off April 12th in New Jersey and wraps up May 19th.
American Alt-Prog rock masters Thank You Scientist are proud to present today, “FXMLDR,” which premiered this morning via PROG, and is the lead off track from their forthcoming 84-minute full length album, “Terraformer.”
“The video is a special LIVE performance of FXMLDR, recorded using 100% solar power, courtesy of our friends at THE SUN LAB. If you’re the observant type, you may notice a few hundred extra band members. With some frantic planning (and even more frantic arranging), we were able to meet up with DCI world champions THE BLUE COATS for this very special performance.” The band started a relationship with The Blue Coats after they performed several TYS compositions for their 2017 concert season.
Last week, Thank You Scientist announced their 4th studio album, “Terraformer,” will be out June 14th on Evil Ink Records. An Exclusive Comprehensive Adult Bundle of “Terraformer” with Limited Edition 2 LP Color Vinyl, exclusive Music Score and Trading Cards is available for pre-order now at www.thankyouscientist.com
You can see the solar-powered live performance for “FXMLDR” here:
The album version of “FXMLDR” will be on all DSPS starting next week.
Guitarist Tom Monda about the album: “This album probably features some of Sal’s most personal lyrics, juxtaposed with some far reaching and topical stuff that is new for us. There are conceptual threads linking the music and lyrics but we prefer that the listeners discover and interpret them on their own. Terraforming in really general terms is taking a planet or some type of celestial body and making it inhabitable for humans. I thought this was a fitting metaphor for the band, in terms of the changes we had gone through in the past two years. I felt totally creatively renewed, and I think scope of the album speaks to that.”
Terraformer is the band’s second studio release on the label formed by Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and is the band’s most ambitious to date. The album features more than an hour and 20 minutes on a 2-disc set.
Terraformer was recorded at The Barber Shop in Hopatcong NJ and engineer Mike Ferretti’s studio in Ringwood, NJ. Main songwriter and guitarist Tom Monda oversaw production, along with contributions from the band.
The front cover was designed by Templar, who also designed the album art for the group’s previous record Stranger Heads Prevail.
Tracklisting: 1 Wrinkle 2:32 2 FXMLDR 7:56 3 Swarm 6:25 4 Son of a Serpent 8:06 5 Birdwatching 3:41 6 Everyday Ghosts 10:03 7 Chromology 9:49 8 Geronimo 6:15 9 Life of Vermin 8:11 10 Shatner’s Lament 1:13 11 Anchor 9:56 12 New Moon 2:01 13 Terraformer 8:07
Terraformer will be available 2 CD Digipak, 2 LP Vinyl, Digital, and in a Terraformer Exclusive Comprehensive Adult Bundle (For Adults)
This incredibly rare offering from Thank You Scientist and CREAM CO is available only at www.thankyouscientist.com and includes: •Limited Edition 2LP Color Vinyl •21 Page Full Color Lyric Book (illustrated by Shamfoo) •Full Score Songbook signed by all members of Thank You Scientist (Limited to the first 750 pre-orders) •Full set of Thank You Scientist Father and Son Trading Cards (Limited to the first 750 pre-orders)
“We’re really excited about this new album. We’ve put in so much work into this limited bundle to make sure it’s perfect, and we hope our fans agree and help us crush our release week. We’re a bunch of weirdos making music for weirdos that still care about weird music, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.” – Tom Monda
The album marks the first recordings of the Thank You Scientist’s new lineup, which includes Joe Fadem on drums, Sam Greenfield on Sax, and Joe Gullace on trumpet.
“The new members were all guys that myself, Ben, and Cody play with in Cody’s band ‘We Used to Cut The Grass.’ They were all a big part of the writing and arranging process for this album and I feel very lucky to be in a band with them.” – Monda
Thank You Scientistwill be on a US tour this summer with Reign of Kindo and In the Presence of Wolves from April 12th in New Jersey, ending May 19th in NY.
April 12th, Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall April 19th, Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall April 20th, Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace April 22nd, Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch April 23rd, Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music-Diner April 24th, Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village April 25th, Saint Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall April 26th, Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck April 27th, Denver, CO – Globe Hall April 28th, Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge April 30th, Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre May 1st, Seattle, WA – El Corazon May 3rd, Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone May 4th, Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater May 5th, Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge May 7th, Austin, TX – Stubb’s Downtown May 8th, Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill May 9th, Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall May 10th, Nashville, TN – Exit/IN May 11th, Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 May 12th, Oralndo, FL – The Social May 14th, Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall May 15th, Washington D.C. – Rock & Roll Hotel May 16th, Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall May 17th, Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall May 19th, Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC
In only a few years. Thank You Scientist have created a loyal and dedicated following with their unique style and indescribable sound through the albums Maps of Non-Existent Places (re-released in 2014), and Stranger Heads Prevail (released in 2016 via Evil Ink Records). The band has also toured with the likes of Periphery, Haken, Devin Townsend, as well as Coheed and Cambria, cementing themselves as a must-see live act.
Band: Salvatore Marrano Tom Monda Ben Karas Cody McCorry Joe Fadem Sam Greenfield Joe Gullace
Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to announce the release of Italian prog metal band MIND KEY’s long-awaited third album, “MK III – Aliens In Wonderland” on July 12.
Today, the first single and video, “Alien In Wonderland” has been released.
“MKIII – Aliens in Wonderland” marks the return of one of the most gifted Italian progressive metal outfits to the scene after a nine year absence. Formed in Napoli in 1999 by Dario De Cicco (keyboards) and Emanuele Colella (guitars), the two wanted to create a band that melded the sound of bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Evergrey, and Pain of Salvation with a songwriting approach inspired by ’80/’90s hard rock style.
Mind Key released their debut album, “Journey Of A Rough Diamond” in July 2004 on the Frontiers label. The band played various gigs in support of the album’s release, including shows with Dream Theater, Vision Divine, and Pendragon, among others. They then began work on their second album, “Pulse for a Graveheart”. Released in 2009, the album saw the band refining their songwriting approach and introduced their new singer, Aurelio Fierro. Fierro was truly able to showcase his vocal potential on the album, which can be described as a powerful mix of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, and Jorn Lande.
“Pulse for a Graveheart” grew the band’s fanbase along with touring for the album which included shows with Edguy, Vanden Plas, Europe, and Hammerfall. However, the band went on an unexpected hiatus afterwards. “On the one hand, you could say the delay was because we simply took the right time to write the songs and work harder on the arrangements and final product,” says Dario De Cicco “but on the other hand, we also had to face some lineup changes and with Emanuele and Lucio moving abroad for some time things became more complicated. I also had to face a severe illness in 2014, but I overcame the hurdle and I’m stronger than ever right now! Aurelio also spent some time with “The Voice” Italy TV show, which cause further delays. So, quite a lot of things happened, but our motivation and desire to accomplish this musical mission we began got the better of us and here we are!”
The band is joined on this album by new members bassist Lucio Grilli (ex-Soul Secret) and drummer Mirko De Maio (The Flower Kings, Hangarvain).
“MK III – Aliens in Wonderland” can be described as a further evolutionary step in Mind Key’s sound. “We all had a metal/hard rock/prog backgrounds, but we felt that our playing style was changing towards a more direct and concise approach,” says Lucio Grilli. “And our way to conceive the songs was influenced as well. In addition to that, we were also looking for something more suitable for Aurelio’s powerful voice, something closer to rock/metal to fully let his voice be heard. It’s more natural for us to talk about MK simply as a melodic metal band than a prog metal one.”
Guitarist Emanuele Colella concludes, “the current line-up is the best one to achieve our goal to create the perfect mix of melodic rock, progressive metal, and classic hard rock. What made everything different and better was the alchemy, walking in the same exact direction. This, I really think, makes “MKIII – Aliens in Wonderland” truly special!”
“MK III – Aliens In Wonderland” tracklisting:
1. Alien In Wonderland 2. Hank (The Blazing Eyes) 3. Hate At First Sight 4. Angry Men 5. Hands Off Cain 6. Be-Polar 7. Oblivion 8. Psycho World 9. Vertigo (Where The Cold Wind Blows) 10. Pure He/Art 11. Non-Existence
Produced by Dario De CiccoMixed and Mastered by Riccardo Piscopo Aurelio Fierro Jr. – VocalsDario De Cicco – Piano & Keyboards; Emanuele Colella – Guitars;Lucio Grilli – Bass;Mirko De Maio – Drums
Produced by Dario De CiccoMixed and Mastered by Riccardo Piscopo
Aurelio Fierro Jr. – Vocals Dario De Cicco – Piano & Keyboards; Emanuele Colella – Guitars Lucio Grilli – Bass Mirko De Maio – Drums
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of an exciting new project featuring legendary former Queensrÿche and current Operation: Mindcrime singer Geoff Tate on lead vocals, entitled Sweet Oblivion Band on June 14th.
Sweet Oblivion sees Tate teaming up with a stellar cast of Italian musicians led by Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of prog metal masters DGM. Musically, this album marks a return to the more melodic metal style for Tate and showcases a fine collection of songs highlighting the great talents of Mularoni and his cast of musicians.
Geoff Tate says, “I was approached by Frontiers to do this record and am pleased I took this chance. It’s an album filled with fun and I believe a lot of the fans who dig the old Queensryche sound will enjoy this one!”
Simone Mularoni adds, “I grew up listening to the ’70s and ’80s rock and metal bands and, of course, Queensryche’s classic albums are among my favorites ever. Having the opportunity and luck of working together with a musical giant like Geoff Tate has been a real blessing on both the human and the artistic side. I asked a few amazing musicians and friends to help me out and together we delivered a bunch of classic heavy rock songs in which I tried to fuse a more contemporary approach with a classic Queensryche vibe… the performances are amazing!”
The opening track and first video “True Colors” sets the pace for the entire release and shows what the listeners can expect from this record. Excellent musicianship and a sound that harkens back to the massive melodies and hooks of classic albums like “Empire,” “Rage For Order”, and “Operation: Mindcrime”. Enjoy!
“Sweet Oblivion” tracklisting:
True Colors Sweet Oblivion Behind Your Eyes Hide Away My Last Story A Recess From My Fate Transition Disconnec The Deceiver Seek The Light
Norwegian Prog Rockers JORDSJØ are back with “Nattfiolen”, an album filled with acoustic guitars, flutes, tape echo, analogue synths and Hammond organ. Warm and dreamy, “Nattfiolen” reflects the band’s longing for a simpler life close to nature, and an imaginary past where life is centered around music.
And today Karisma Records have released a single from the album that perfectly illustrates the folk-inspired Symphonic Prog, one could almost say Forest Prog, that typifies JORDSJØ’s musical output. The single, for the track “Stifinner” can be streamed or downloaded at https://orcd.co/stifinner
Led by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (ex-Tusmørke), JORDSJØ was formed in Oslo in 2014, and is a band that draws its inspiration from old horror movies, German 70s Synth music, Swedish Prog, fantasy novels and Norwegian nature. So much so, in fact, that when, just over a year ago, JORDSJØ first spoke about “Nattfiolen”, they referred to it as “a kind of Intermezzo that will explore more deeply the mysticism that surrounds the forest”.
“Nattfiolen” is the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed debut “Jord”. Recorded and mixed in JORDSJØ’s own studio, “Nattfiolen” is mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel, etc.) at the Dude Ranch Studio.
With cover art by Sindre Foss Skancke and band photos by Anne-Marie Forker.
Track listing for “Nattfiolen” is as follows:
01. Ouverture 02. Stifinner 03. Solens Sirkulære Sang 04. Septemberbål 05. Mine Templer II 06. Til Våren 07. Ulvenatt
Music so mature, and coming from 4 kids who are 20/21/18 and 17 years old!
Stratus Luna is a band from São Paulo consisting of the four members Gustavo Santhiago, 20 (keyboards, flutes and sitar), Ricardo Santhiago, 21 (guitars), Gabriel Golfetti, 18 (bass and keyboards) and Giovanni Lenti, 17 (drums and percussion).
The group draws from a large number of contemporary styles of music, going mainly in the direction of progressive rock, psychedelic rock and jazz, as well as traditional Brazilian and eastern music.
In 2007, brothers Gustavo and Ricardo with their cousin Giovanni, all very young at the time, played as a trio on various television programs aimed at children. Year after year, the sound of the band continuously evolved and improved, eventually converging to the current progressive style. In late 2017, bassist Gabriel joined the others to cap the formation, and introduce even more influences to the music, shaping the band’s current sound.
The band’s self titled album Stratus Luna features modern compositions on instrumental progressive, psychedelic rock, and jazz, brilliantly performed by a new generation of young musicians. This first record has been idealized by the band members for over five years, incorporating classic elements from progressive rock music with respect to instrumentation, compositional and atmospheric elements.
Consisting of seven instrumental tracks, the album introduces the listener to an imaginative journey through its soundscapes. The intense sequenced introduction and soothing flute and guitar melodies in Nimue lead perfectly to the sense of rushing adventure brought by O Centro do Labirinto. In Zarabatana, the Brazilian baião and classical Hindustani influences are very prominent through all of the track’s sections, but there’s still very much a sense of cohesion between them.
The midway point of the album then begins with a breath of fresh air, presenting the track Pandas Voadores. A fun, jazzy piece with great Wurlitzer and guitar soloing. The piece then transitions through a synth composition, NREM-1, placing the listener in a great spot for the dreamy and Moog-heavy Onírica.
The album finishes off with Efêmera, a peaceful 70s inspired composition that thunderously culminates in a climactic guitar solo. In the end, the record is an enveloping experience coming from a young band, that introduces a unique and modern approach to progressive rock.
Recorded between July 2017 and July 2018.
Ricardo Santhiago – guitars, lap steel Gustavo Santhiago – keyboards, flute, sitar Giovanni Lenti – drums, percussion Gabriel Golfetti – bass
Mixed by Alex Angeloni. Mastered by Fabio Golfetti. Artwork by Ricardo Santhiago. Photos by Lucia Esteves and Marcos Troyan Streithorst.
Released in Brazil in MusicMagick in April 2019.
1. Nimue 06:05 2. O Centro Do Labirinto 07:56 3. Zarabatana 09:34 4. Pandas Voadoras 05:53 5. NREM 02:15 6. Onirica 07:31 7. Efemera 07:34
Elliott Murphy’s latest novel TRAMPS takes place in the legendary 1980’s era New York City blues bar of the same name, where ex-punk musician Hoover has found his muse in the basement standing among the rat poison snorting cocaine with his best friend, bartender and drug dealer Jacky, while trying to make sense of a post-Elvis world, burying himself in the black shawl of the blues and looking for redemption in the rarified uptown elegance of the Frick Collection. Home is a call girl with a heart of gold as the Mafia and nihilism closes in from all sides. TRAMPS is the second in Elliott’s trilogy of rock novels, and his 3rd published novel. Available on Amazon.com and www.elliottmurphy.com.
Elliott’s previous novels include the rock tragicomedy MARTY MAY and the neo-western: POETIC JUSTICE. Other published works include the short story collection PARIS STORIES, and two collections of poetry FORTY POEMS IN FORTY NIGHTS and THE MIDDLE KINGDOM. In a career spanning over 45 years, Elliott has released 36 albums, his most recent being ELLIOTT MURPHY IS ALIVE!
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” an earlier story, has been made into the feature film Broken Poet, starring Elliott Murphy in his first major acting role. Cast members include the legendary Marisa Berenson, Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe, and acclaimed French actress Joana Preiss as well as rare cameo appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. The film is directed by award-winning Spanish Director Emilio Barrachina and is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release.
Singer-songwriting superstar Billy Joel is also a fan and in his November 2018 induction of Elliott into the Long Island Music Hall of fame, he said—“I’ve long envied his bravery and integrity, and I’ve always admired his lyric skill” and invited Elliott to join him and his band on stage at Madison Square Garden to sing Walk on the Wild Side by the late Lou Reed, a fellow Long Islander and also an early admirer of Elliott’s music.
In 2015 Elliott Murphy was awarded the Chevalier des arts et des lettres medal by the French minister of Culture.
Elliott Murphy first rose to national prominence with the release of his debut 1973 album Aquashow,