Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius are celebrating the release of their long awaited new Double Live CD / DVD and Blu-ray Box set, “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock)” with their first headline show at the Iridium.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Tickets are $30. Iridium is located at 1650 Broadway, New York, NY. Iridium phone number 212-582-2121 Website is https://www.theiridium.com/
Bill Hubauer, who has is playing keyboards for the group’s next studio album, will be sitting in with the band.
Guitarist/singer/songwiter Randy McStine is opening the show with a solo set.
Composers Now are co-sponsoring this concert and celebration of the release of Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ upcoming Double CD / DVD &Blu-ray box-set, “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock)” due out May 19 on Melodic Revolution Records. “(Live at ProgStock)” features live performances of Stratospheerius at ProgStock’s 2019 and 2021 music festival, which is the top progrock event of the year in the NorthEast. The band performs songs that will be on their 2024 release, “Impostor” as well as songs from his previous 5 albums. The new live record includes covers of King Crimson’s “Frame by Frame, muse’s “Hysteria,” and Chick Corea’s “Spain” with guests: pianist/flutist Rachel Flowers and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament) who was a member of Stratospheerius in their earlier incarnations.
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ most recent album, “Guilty of Innocence” reached #4 on the Jamband/Relix charts in North America, and broke the European Top 200 Indy releases at 72. The group, which has 5 albums out, are signed to Melodic Revolution Records. Joe and his bandmembers (Jason Gianni-drums (The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages, Neal Morse Band), Michaelangelo Quirinale-guitar (Thrilldriver), and Paul Ranieri-bass (Mark Wood, Riot Act), have streamed over 3 million times on Spotify and other streaming services.
A multi-instrumentalist hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Bill is most well known for his work with The Neal Morse Band (NMB) and in particular, for his keyboard, writing, and vocal contributions for their two landmark albums “The Similitude of a Dream,” and “The Great Adventure.” More recently Bill’s Prog/Pop band We Came From Space is starting to get a lot of attention with their release “Overlords.” https://www.facebook.com/billhubauer/
Randy McStine is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer whose diverse career as a solo artist and side-man has led to collaborations with members of King Crimson, Joe Satriani, UFO, Tears For Fears, Miles Davis, King’s X and many more. Randy’s solo work embraces genres such as Rock, Progressive, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop, and Ambient music. In 2020, he formed McStine & Minnemann with acclaimed drummer and composer, Marco Minnemann. The duo has recorded and released two albums, and made their live debut in 2022. Randy is currently working on new solo music, while serving as a touring member of Porcupine Tree, who returned in 2022 with a new album and world tour after a 12-year hiatus. https://www.randymcstine.com
Flor de Loto is happy to announce that, after much effort, their new album Eclipse is finished and is ready for pre-order. The album will be released in many formats including CD and digital (Vinyl is coming soon) through Melodic Revolution Records on November 16th, in a private concert with limited seats in the CAFAE auditorium in San Isidro, Lima. The band is very proud of the final result and they hope that everyone will enjoy the most important album they have released to date. During the pre-order, there will be a limited amount of autographed Eclipse CDs
01. El Cóndor pasa/Locomotive
05. Esclavitud de tu ser
08. Almas Perdidas
09. Eterna Proyección
10. Líneas de Nazca
11. Bonus track: El Cóndor pasa/Locomotive (Live at Rosfest 2018)
Additional Album Information
Produced and Mixed by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Judas Priest, Driver, Sebastian Bach, Helloween, W.A.S.P, etc) at Mountain View Studios, Los Ángeles CA
Pre-production by Roy Z
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum
Recorded by Roy Z and Eddie Plegue at Dragón Verde Studios, Perú.
Digital Editing by Caverao
Additional Recording by Kenneth Quiroz at Lunch Box Studios, Perú.
Album Cover and Booklet Artwork by Estefania Fernandez “Fania”
Band Photo: Soledad Cisneros
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering – California – USA www.maorappelbaum.com
Flor de Loto is:
Alonso Herrera: Vocals and guitar
Alejandro Jarrin: Bass
Sergio Checho Cuadros: Quena
Gabriel Iwasaki: Keyboards
Alvaro Escobar: Drums
Time Horizon will be performing a free live show Saturday June 10th 2017 at the Cornerstone Community Church in Manteca, CA. The band plans on performing new and yet unreleased music as well as music from their latest release “Transitions” and music from the debut album “Living Water”
This is the first show since releasing the album “Transitions” in late 2015. “Transitions” also features some very special guest by members of Yes, Michael W. Smith, Glass Hammer and Proto-Kaw. Time Horizon plans on filming live footage from the concert for a future release in one format or another. This show is also a kickoff introducing fans the two new members.
Time Horizon 2017
New Comer – David Bradley Mau: Lead Vocals.
New Comer – Roy Faria: Support Guitar Handling Rhythm Electric & Acoustic Guitars.
Allen White: 5 String Electric Fretted and Fretless Bass also Electric Upright Bass.
Bruce Gaetke: Drums, Backing & Lead vocals.
Dave Miller: Lead Guitar.
Ralph Otteson: Keyboards & Vocals
Date: Saturday June 10th 2017
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM PDT
Venue: Cornerstone Community Church
Location: 17900 Comconex Rd, Manteca, CA 95336-8102
All Ages Welcome
Celebrate the release of Land of the Blind: a new Half Past Four album!
Date: September 17th 2016
Where: Hard Luck Bar
Location: 772a Dundas St W. Toronto, ON M6J 1V1 Cover: $1008:30PM – Doors
09:00PM – Chromatica
10:15PM – Half Past Four Set 1
11:30PM – Half Past Four Set 2
Progressive Hard Rock band Chromatica will open the night at 9PM, followed by two 50-minute sets from Half Past Four! This is a rare occasion to see Half Past Four deliver almost two hours of energetic, fiery prog that would please even the most snobbish prog connoisseur in the city!Half Past Four is one of the best progressive rock bands to have emerged from Canada. Over nearly two decades, they have developed a unique sound, employing traditional prog-rock music laiden with folk, country, jazz, heavy metal and classical genres, among others.
Half Past Four has been compared to early-80s King Crimson. Yet any comparisons can only truly function on a per-track basis. While one piece might sound reminiscent of late-70s Yes, listeners might feel the influence of early Pink Floyd in the next piece, followed by a piece that harkens Primus in the 1990s. Or Kate Bush in the mid-80s. Like the best of progressive rock music, the listener cannot predict where the band will take them next.
It is this shifting flow of sound and feeling that distinguishes Half Past Four. They are an aural tapestry, weaving 50+ years of musical influences into mellifluous melodies and rhythmic resonances that take their listeners on a journey to states that are both fresh and familiar.
For the better part of 17 years now Hammers of Misfortune have been one of progressive metal’s best kept secrets. Always carrying critical acclaim, the band continue to carve there own unique path within the progressive metal and metal community in general. No matter what label they have been on or promotion they have had behind them, Hammers of Misfortune have certainly never compromised their musical philosophy.
Hammers of Misfortune have created a very vintage progressive sound with all the elements of late 1960’s to early 1970’s progressive and stoner elements. They have done this by adding very modern and relevant metal elements and passages instrumentally. Lyrically they have ventured into conceptual realms of politics, war and even fantasy. This remains the case with their newest 2016 offering off Metal Blade Records titles Dead Revolution.
Hammers Of Misfortune’s Dead Revolution carries a little piece of every album from their debut The Bastard until now. On Dead Revolution the band certainly gets to the point of their message both instrumentally and lyrically. Dead Revolution is just not well written it is well crafted paying attention to detail on melody and harmony, a signature that Hammers Of Misfortune have built a career out of. Now to some highlights from every track of Hammers of Misfortune’s Dead Revolution.
The Velvet Inquisition is the first track on the album. It starts as a straight away blistering prog metal delight in the galloping vein of early NWOBHM with progressive elements before settling into a more mellow progression on the opening verse. It opens with very warm harmonies that are soon joined with lush backing vocals. The solo’s and time signatures are wicked more in the vein of a bands like later Enslaved and Ulver. The band are real super tight on the rhythm section as if it comes second nature to them. The old school Hammond style synth is insanely tight with the rhythm section.
Dead Revolution the title namesake of the track stays right on course with the straight away tight rhythm section. It is another blistering track. This track is more on a progressive thrash level. The Hammond style synth takes it up to a whole other level with a very 1970’s style atmosphere with modern hooks and melodies. The harmonies are really smooth even to the most discriminating of audio pallets. The solo’s remind me a lot of early Iron Maiden meets Diamondhead with a twist of current Opeth, (post growls). There are some beautiful echo backing vocals as well as a perfect compliment to the main lead vocal.
Sea Of Heroes starts off with a really blistering rhythm guitar intro. This is followed by an thunderous bass/drum rhythmic section. This is a slower but far darker track on the album. The vocal harmonies are even presented in a more ghostly, yet haunting fashion. The band still remains on point with the main objective towards the vision for Dead Revolution. Towards the end the band employ almost a choral theme for the vocal harmony as if a mini choir is present in studio live while recording.
The Precipice ( Waiting For The Crash) opens up with a very thunderous drum solo that is quickly followed my the rhythms of bass and riffs of guitars with beautiful keyboard atmospheres to accent the intro. The track then takes a break and drop where a beautiful harmony of the lead vocal and keyboard set the table for the rest of the composition. The lead and backing vocals echoing in and out of one another keep the listener hooked and mesmerized at once. Their echoes beautifully exchange between one another. Instrumentally the time signatures are a perfect compliment with the complexity of the vocal structures. The guitar solo towards then end reminds me very much of the trade off between Dave Murray and Adrian Smith for Iron Maiden.
Here Comes The Sky begins with a subtle yet beautiful acoustic passage. The vocal harmonies sound more like a choir. This is one of the more symphonic and orchestral tracks off of Dead Revolution. The vocal harmonies play quite well to the drum section. The song takes a more progressive angle and continues to climb toward a climatic apex. The rhythm section of drums/bass and guitar are wicked and brooding. This contains a wonderful horned section towards the end on the outro.
Flying Alone rips into a progressive NWOBHM frenzy almost in the vein of Motorhead with a Rick Wakeman playing beautiful keyboard atmosphere. This track makes it quite clear that Hammers of Misfortune wanted to return with a straight up heavy progressive metal album after a 5 year absence since 2011’s 17th Street. The blistering assault continues on this one as well as the other tracks before it on Dead Revolution.
Days Of ‘ 49 ends Dead Revolution in a more stoner doom metal vibe. You can clearly hear bands like Trouble, Black Sabbath and Candlemass influence all over this track. The band still remains on its progressive metal mission however with a more tuned down melody instrumentally and lyrically. The keyboard turns towards a actual piano giving this track a even darker sound.
Hammers Of Misfortune have certainly returned with a total masterpiece. This is a band that has remained very criminally under rated their entire career. This is also a band that deserves European Summer Festival invitation and treatment and even acknowledgement for festivals such as Prog/Power USA and Prog/Power Europe and even Cruise To The Edge . They are one of the best progressive metal bands of the last 20 years and hopefully Dead Revolution will finally garner them the respect by both peers and industry promoters worldwide. I am giving Hammers Of Misfortune’s Dead Revolution a very solid 5/5. This is definitely in my top 10 if not top 5 for 2016 already.
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