Progressive rock legends THE FLOWER KINGS are pleased to present ‘Wicked Old Symphony’, the second track from the group’s much anticipated new studio double-album ‘Waiting For Miracles’, which will be released on InsideOutMusic on November 8th, 2019. The album is comprised of 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden – a vintage studio space owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson. ‘Wicked Old Symphony’ is one of the shorter tracks on the album, with its basic fundament being worked on by Roine Stolt already a decade ago.
Disc 1: 1.House Of Cards 2.Black Flag 3.Miracles For America 4.Vertigo 5.The Bridge 6.Ascending To The Stars 7.Wicked Old Symphony 8.The Rebel Circus 9.Sleep With The Enemy 10.The Crowning Of Greed
Disc 2: 1.House Of Cards Reprise 2.Spirals 3.Steampunk 4.We Were Always Here 5.Busking At Brobank
Furthermore, the band, currently comprised of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins & Mirko DeMaio will be heading out on tour this December with Iamthemorning & Rikard Sjöblom!
1st December – Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany 2nd December – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany 3rd December – OK Andaluzia, Piekary Slaskie, Poland 4th December – Klub U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland 6th December – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands 7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands 8th December – Scala, London, UK 9th December – Piano, Dortmund, Germany 10th December – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany 11th December – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 12th December – Brewhouse, Gothenburg, Sweden 14th December – Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden
In 2020, THE FLOWER KINGS are confirmed to pay visits to Japan and Canada in January and April as well as joining the annual Cruise To The Edge in late March! 25th January – Club Citta, Tokyo, Japan 26th January – Club Citta, Tokyo, Japan 27th March – 1st April – Cruise To The Edge, Miami – Carribean 3rd April, Polyvalente de Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Canada 4th April, Theatre Plaza, Montreal, Canada
Press on “Waiting For Miracles”: “Lavish, kinetic, dynamic, majestic, catchy, complex, desolate, happy and yes, revitalised, ‘Waiting For Miracles’ is all you would expect from a genuine return to form by one of Prog’s most influential and monumental names.” – Progreport.com
“If you’re a fan of his old-school heroes – Genesis, Yes, Floyd, even Procol Harum – this is high-grade methadone.” – Prog Magazine
Here’s the world premiere video for “The Loss Inside” from the brand new Flying Colors album, Third Degree, out THIS FRIDAY!Third Degree will be available as a CD Digipak, limited edition 2LP 180 gram blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (w/ download card), a 2LP 180 gram black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (w/ download card), and a limited edition CD box set featuring CD, 40 page photobook, two coasters, and a bonus disc with six tracks. PRE-ORDER HERE!
EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER OFFER ONLY FROM RADIANT:The first 100 orders of any version will receive a small graphic signed by ALL BAND MEMBERS!
The upcoming first solo album by Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder “What The Water Wants” will be released worldwide on October 18th, 2019.via InsideOutMusic.
Today marks the release of the album’s second single “Crown Of Thorns”. You can check it out in a video clip directed by Manuel Giménez / MG Media Productions here:
Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about the song; “In doing a solo album I wanted to try and write songs that I wouldn’t normally do with Fates Warning. I wanted to show a different side of what I’m about vocally. This song “Crown Of Thorns” to me is sort of an homage to the 70’s singers and bands I Iistened to while growing up, where a lot of the focus was on the melody. From the very beginning I found this song super interesting because of the bass line that repeats throughout the entire song. Everything is written around it, so that the melody of the vocals has to flow around it as well. This is one of my favorite tracks from the solo album, and not just because it is so different.”
Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” album includes 10 melodic and versatile songs created with assistance from guitarists Mike Abdow (Fates Warning touring member) and Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) as well as drummer Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield). The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM).
RAY ALDER – “What The Water Wants” 1. Lost 2. Crown Of Thorns 3. Some Days 4. Shine 5. Under Dark Skies 6. A Beautiful Lie 7. The Road 8. Wait 9. What The Water Wanted 10. The Killing Floor 11. The Road (Acoustic Version) * Bonus Track
Ray Alder’s “What The Water Wants” will be available as limited first-pressing Digipak CD with a bonus track (An acoustic version of “The Road”) and as LP on 180gr. vinyl with the full album on CD as bonus.
Story of surrender. Day 1, I thought we had the “perfect” vocal after comping. The next day, after singing passionately for 5 hours, the producer said to me to sing one last take. I said “sure” to humor him, though thinking “there’s no way we can use it, I’m too tired.” So I let go, stood there singing effortlessly, easily, naturally, without trying. I got out of my own way, allowing the song to speak, my soul to speak. When I opened my eyes, thinking everyone would say it’s a throwaway vocal, instead they said “that was a Grammy-Award winning performance!” Stunned, I listened back, and realized magic had flowed, when I surrendered, letting go of getting an “amazing vocal.” This live vocal became our final vocal. I learned sometimes “magic” is better than “perfect.” I trust the magic now.
Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend released his acclaimed new album ‘EMPATH’ in March and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ later this year. In advance of that, he has launched a brand new animated video for the track ‘Why?’, directed by DC Turner.
Devin recently completed a run of acoustic shows in Australia, and will embark on the ‘EMPATH – European Tour Vol. 1’ beginning in November, with HAKEN along as support. Before that he will perform acoustically in Singapore, followed by an appearance at the Guitar Show in London.
The full list of dates are as follows: 18th September – Gateway Black Box Theatre, Singapore, China (acoustic) 21st September – The Guitar Show, London, UK 15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France 16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium 17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands 18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany 20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland 21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland 23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden 24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway 25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany 28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic 29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland 30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary 2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria 3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland 6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland 7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK 9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK 10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK 12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK 13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Devin comments: “After a year of intensive recording, mixing, and reflection, I have decided where I want to take the next level of my career as a live performer. I have had success and great memories from both the Devin Townsend Project as well as Strapping Young Lad, but now I am fortunate enough to be able to follow the muse where it currently leads. I am proud to announce that for the first ‘band’ tour of the Empath cycle, I am going to stretch my wings in ways I have not had the opportunity to do before and tour with a ‘backing band’ that can shift and morph as the music dictates instead of adhering to a click track. ‘Empath Europe Volume 1’ will be the first example of this, and the first tour will be in Europe (other territories to follow).
I hope you will consider joining me at these concerts. As a performer, it’s important to be able to be willing to react, and my hope is that each of these shows will be a unique experience.
Thank you for allowing me to do what I do. See you there?
Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has, fortunately, comes 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’ is out now on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Order now here: https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/Empath