Video directed and edited by ofrin (www.ofrin.com)
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Written by Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto
Tony Levin: Stick and Voice
Markus Reuter: U8 and AU8 Touch Guitars (www.touchguitars.com) and Voice
Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Percussion
Mix and post-production by Benjamin Schäfer and Markus Reuter for www.unsung-productions.com
Mastered by Lee Fletcher
The Wizard of Altai Mountains is taken from from the CD/DVD Release Night of the Demon
Night of the Demon was filmed when the band embarked upon the Demon album tour in spring 2014. The band were aware that many countries were missing out on the tour and many fans across the world would be unable to attend so they brought in Dutch filmmaker Jon Vis to film their show in April at Boerderij in Zoetmeer in Holland and is due for release on April 27 (May 15 in Germany)
Night of the Demon captures the band as they are on stage and showcases band’s raw and honest performance that will appeal to anyone with a taste for inventive and different music.
The show saw Gazpacho playing songs from across their catalogue including tracks from Tick Tock, Night, Missa Atropos, Firebird, March of Ghosts and the majority of the songs from their recent 2014 album Demon.
The audio CD features 9 tracks coming in at an impressive 80 minutes whilst the DVD features the full performance of 14 tracks and will be packaged as a 2 disc CD/DVD digipack.
Members: Jan Henrik Ohme (vocals) Jon-Arne Vilbo (guitars) Thomas Andersen (keyboards, programming) Lars Erik Asp (drums) Kristian Torp (bass) Mikael Krømer (violin, mandolin)
A Visit To Chigwick is taken from the album Cocoon by Tiger Moth Tales.
Cocoon is a concept album on the subject of Childhood, and coming to terms with the loss of childhood. The journey goes through stages of Innocence, joy, imagination, stories, friendship, love, nature, nostalgia, grief, acceptance and rebirth.
“I would often write songs or instrumentals around a story or event. Sometimes these could be quite long pieces with unconventional structures. I suppose I always had a free form approach to composing, and although I didn’t know it at the time, I was writing music with progressive leanings from the age of eight well in to my teens.” (Pete)
Tiger Moth Tales is essentially the brain child of Nottinghamshire based composer, multi – instrumentalist and musician Peter Jones, who has been involved in the music industry performing around the UK and recording his own material since the late 90s At fifteen months old Pete lost his sight due to Retinoblastoma.
Naked is taken from Elephant Plaza’s debut album Momentum – a story of empathy, emotions and redemption
Lead Guitars, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals.JOHN KAMPHAUG
JOHN PETTER SÆTERDAL
JAN FREDRIK HEIER
Big Big Train is an English progressive rock band, founded in 1990. Based in Bournemouth, England, the band members are Nick D’Virgilio, Dave Gregory, Rachel Hall, David Longdon, Danny Manners, Andy Poole, Rikard Sjöblom and Gregory Spawton.
Having released eight studio albums and four EPs, they were an independent band for most of their career (although they were signed to the Giant Electric Pea record label from 1993 to 1998, distributing releases through their own website.
Up to 2009, Big Big Train worked mostly as a studio project band headed by Spawton and Poole with changing line-ups and guest musicians.
Since their sixth album The Underfall Yard, which received critical acclaim from the progressive rock community, a more stable lineup has been established, and the band performed their first live concerts in seventeen years at Kings Place, London, in August 2015. The gigs were voted Event Of The Year by the readers of Prog magazine.
Stone & Steel, a Blu-ray featuring the 2014 rehearsals at Real World Studios and four of the songs performed at Kings Place, was released on 21 March 2016. Big Big Train were the winners of the Breakthrough Award at the Progressive Music Awards held at Kew Gardens, London on 3 September 2013, and have been nominated in several other categories in recent years.
The band’s latest album, Folklore, was released in May 2016.
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Bard – (2002)
Headspace is an English progressive metal band formed in 2006 by keyboardist Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Nolan Wakeman, King Friday) singer Damian Wilson (Threshold, Maiden United, Landmarq).
HEADSPACE – The Science Within Us (OFFICIAL VIDEO). Taken from the album “All That You Fear Is Gone”. Inside Out Music 2016.
Damian Wilson: Vocals
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Lee Pomeroy: Bass
Rich Brook: Drums
The Dear Hunter is a progressive rock band from Providence, Rhode Island. It began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens. The band’s sound features a wide variety of instruments and styles.
Gloria is a brand new video from the bands latest release ACT V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional
The Dear Hunter
Casey Crescenzo // Vocals & Guitar
Rob Parr // Guitar
Nick Sollecito // Bass
Max Tousseau // Keys
Nick Crescenzo // Drums
About The Aaron Clift Experiment
Just as scientists conduct experiments by using their knowledge to explore the unknown, The Aaron Clift Experiment combines elements of classic and cutting-edge music into an innovative whole.
The band’s unique songs draw from a wide range of influences – from classic progressive rock acts like Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Rush to modern groups like Porcupine Tree and Opeth to classical and jazz composers like Beethoven, Schubert, and John Coltrane. Aside from its diversity, The Aaron Clift Experiment is dedicated to producing soulful, powerful music and an intense live show.
In 2012, the band released its debut album, “Lonely Hills,” to rave reviews from both fans and the music press and was named one of the best unsigned bands of 2013 by Prog Magazine.
With the release of its critically-acclaimed 2015 album, “Outer Light, Inner Darkness,” the band continued its ascension. The album was called “an impressive sophomore outing” by Prog Magazine, “gorgeously emotive” by Progression Magazine, and named one of the best releases of 2015 by Progradar. In 2016, The Aaron Clift Experiment was nominated for a Progressive Music Award in the Limelight category by Prog Magazine.
Today, The Aaron Clift Experiment continues to lead the way in fusing the sophistication and depth of classical music with the passion and raw power of rock and roll.
What began as an idea of how to create music has now blossomed into a full-fledged experiment. We invite you to join us in this experiment as we embark on our new path.
Aaron Clift: Vocals & Keyboards
Eric Gutierrez: Guitar
Devin North: Bass
Tim Smith: Drums
Ray Wilson, recognized as one of the UK’s finest ever vocalists by Classic Rock Magazine, is renowned across the music world as an exceptional singer/songwriter, and is acclaimed for his charismatic stage presence, and his ability as an extraordinary entertainer.
A native Scotsman, Ray founded his first professional band GUARANTEED PURE with his brother Steve in the early nineties, releasing three albums, and touring constantly around the UK and Europe.
In 1994 Ray joined the Scottish band STILTSKIN as their front-man. Their debut single “Inside” was an immediate success, reaching number one in several European countries, and to this day “Inside” remains one of the most recognizable rock songs ever recorded, being used of course by “ Levi’s “ as the soundtrack to one of their legendary jeans commercials.
Due to the amazing success of STILTSKIN, Ray was brought to the attention of one of rock’s biggest ever bands, GENESIS, and was given the job of lead vocalist after the resignation of Phil Collins in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 Ray was singer/songwriter with the rock giants, and in the process, they recorded the fourth best-selling album in the band’s history – “Calling All Stations”, following this up with a European Tour, and headlining the world famous Rock am Ring/Park festivals in 1998. In March 2010 GENESIS were inducted into the “Rock’n‘Roll Hall of Fame” being recognized as one of rock’n’roll’s most important and influential bands.
After the rock legends split, Wilson went back to his roots, and in 1999 released the album “Millionairhead” with his new band CUT_, the songs being written by him and his brother Steve, the band being made up of the former members of GUARANTEED PURE, along with GENESIS drummer Nir Z. A stadium support act tour followed, CUT_ supporting the SCORPIONS in arenas all over Europe and WESTERNHAGEN on a football stadium tour of Germany, playing to over a million people in the summer of 2000.
In 2001 Ray Wilson began his solo career in earnest, playing 12 sold out Acoustic shows at the world famous Edinburgh International Festival. Ray followed this up by recording his first solo album “ Change “ in 2003, touring with his band all over Europe, and appearing as special guest, on tour with JOE JACKSON and SAGA. In 2004 his second solo album “ The Next Best Thing “ was released, again followed by tours of Europe and South / Central America, as well as performing on tours with Dolores O’Riordan from the CRANBERRIES, and SUPERTRAMP front-man Roger Hodgson. Proving his diversity, Ray also collaborated with the Dutch DJ-star ARMIN VAN BUUREN; recording a remix of his own song “ Yet Another Day “ the song strolled to the Number 1 spot in the Dance Charts in 2005.
In late 2006 STILTSKIN returned, Ray going back to his “rock roots “ with the studio album “SHE”. Together with his new band line-up, Ray toured the critically acclaimed album to audiences all over Europe, with a live album being produced from the tour. Ray followed this with his album “Propaganda Man “ in 2008, and coupled with endless touring, quickly established himself as a “must see ” performer.
In 2009, another of Ray’s live projects GENESIS CLASSIC, brought together 10 musicians from across Europe, with the members of his band STILSKIN being joined on stage by the Berlin Symphony Ensemble. GENESIS CLASSIC celebrates the music of Genesis, and its members, taking classical interpretations of world famous songs, and airing them in a form never heard before. A Triple live CD/DVD of the Genesis Classic show, recorded at the Poznan Philharmonic Hall, was released in 2011, featuring songs from all across the Genesis spectrum, and of course songs from Ray’s solo career, the album box set achieving major chart success reaching Number 2 in Poland, and Number 21 in Germany, with sell out shows all across Europe, and as far afield as Moscow, Russia.
In September 2011 Ray Wilson & STILTSKIN released their long-awaited new studio album, “Unfulfillment”. With typical Scots calm, Ray combined the energy of rock music, with lyrics of great depth, alongside complex string arrangements. All of the songs were written by Ray, Uwe Metzler, and Peter Hoff, one of Stuttgart’s most successful producers (Die Fantastischen Vier, Beth Hart, Lou Bega). The video for the single “First Day Of Change” was produced by the renowned German company “Camelot”, directed by Robert Broellochs (Xavier Naidoo, La Bouche, Mel C., Shaggy). Cameraman on the shoot was none other than the famous Englishman Joe Dyer (Kylie Minogue, Take That, Bryan Adams etc.). Ray followed the release with an extensive European tour, taking in countries from Poland to Portugal, and Romania to Spain.
Next up, in the Spring of 2013, Ray released his new solo album, “Chasing Rainbows”. Ray aired 12 brand new songs, again joined by his band, and touring string section, and a surprise new addition to the lineup in the form of saxophone player Marcin Kaiper. The album mixed Ray’s acoustic roots, with his love for Rock music, culminating in an array of songs which pleased fans old and new alike. An extensive tour followed throughout 2013, with the highlights being a main support slot with Rock legend STING, at the Life Festival in Oswiecim, Poland, and the year finishing on a major high, as the band headlined the Wroclaw New Year’s Eve celebrations, playing to over 150,000 fans.
2014 promised to be a big year for Ray and the band. First up, came the release of “Up Close and Personal“, a double live CD recorded in Mainz, Germany, at the legendary SWR 1 Studios. It featured Ray backed by his acoustic quintet, and presented the first ever recording of Ray’s full acoustic show, beautifully showcasing the classical arrangements of songs from both Ray’s solo career, and the world of Genesis.
2014 saw Ray release his first ever full length DVD, combined with a Double CD. “20 Years and More” was captured live on stage at the Polish Radio Music Hall, part of the iconic Radio Troika Studios in Warsaw, Poland.
“20 Years and More“, was truly the first complete retrospective look at Ray’s career in the music business. A fascinating journey through his early days with Guaranteed Pure, via Stiltskin, Genesis, Cut – and, of course, Ray’s extensive solo career – the DVD highlights Ray’s depth and diversity as a performer, backed as always by his band, and a 4 piece string quartet.
The DVD features various milestones from Ray’s career, including the songs: Inside (the European wide No 1 smash hit from 1994), Another Day (remixed by world ranked number 1 DJ, Armin Van Buuren, the song going on to become No 1 in the European dance charts), and Congo, from the last ever Genesis studio album, Calling All Stations, the album going on to reach No 2 in both the UK and German Charts.
More info about Ray Wilson can be found at: http://www.raywilson.net/
”The new album “Sorceress” is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!”
For Sorceress, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked Pale Communion in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band’s celebrated career.
Official title track from Swedish progressive legends OPETH’s twelfth studio album, SORCERESS, out September 30, 2016 via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
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2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, Opeth. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike.
OPETH’s new album, Sorceress, their first for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album’s opener ‘Persephone’ to ‘The Wilde Flowers’ and ‘Strange Brew’ to the album’s counterpart title tracks ‘Sorceress’ and ‘Sorceress II’, OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly.
Sorceress Track List:
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
11. Persephone (Slight Return)