LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT – Announce details for new album ‘LTE3’

2020 came to a close with LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT announcing their return and new album to be released on InsideOutMusic. Today, the legendary supergroup comprised of Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) are pleased to officially announce that the new album ‘LTE3’ will be released on March 26th, 2021 via InsideOutMusic, twenty-two years after the bands’ last studio album.

“After over 20 years since the last time we recorded together, the four of us stepped into the studio and it was as if no time had passed at all! All of the magic that made the first two LTE albums so special was still there and we had such a great time making this record. I’m extremely proud of what we created together and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”
-John Petrucci

“The best thing to come out of 2020 was this long-awaited reunion! And it was surely worth the wait as after all these years, the magic chemistry was still there and stronger than ever!”
-Mike Portnoy

1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)
Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.
The pre-order will start on January 22nd, 2021 and the album will be available as:
•Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 art cards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals and full band interview from the studio)
•Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
•Limited 2CD Digipak
•Gatefold black 2LP+CD
• Digital album (2CD)

Watch the recently released teaser trailer, created by Christian Rios, here:

In 1997, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, joined forces to create Liquid Tension Experiment. The foursome would release their iconic, self-titled debut album in 1998 and the dazzling follow-up, LTE2 in 1999, creating a dynamic, frantic, and inventive sound all their own. The incredible creativity between the collective would prompt Petrucci and Portnoy to invite Rudess to join Dream Theater, effectively marking the end of this side project.  However, since that time, there have been few reunions more in demand. Now, with the world in lockdown and calendars unexpectedly aligned, the inconceivable has finally happened… a new Liquid Tension Experiment album.

ONY LEVIN online:





Metallica and Anthrax pay tribute to Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula, dead at 68

MetallicaAnthrax and Testament have paid their respects to Marsha Zazula, the co-founder of respected US metal label Megaforce Records, who passed away on January 9. Zazula died at the Florida home she shared with her partner of 41 years, Jon Zazula, aged 68. The cause of death was cancer.

Together with her husband Jon, her partner in the New Jersey record shop Rock And Roll Heaven, Marsha Zazula launched Megaforce Records in 1982 in order to release Kill ’Em All, the debut album from Metallica, whose No Life ’Til Leather demo cassette was a top selling item in their store. The Zazulas welcomed the Californian quartet into their New Jersey home ahead of the recording of Kill ’Em All, and underwrote Metallica’s first national tour with labelmates Raven. Megaforce subsequently went on to release albums by Anthrax, Testament, OverkillKing’s X, Stormtroopers Of Death, and more.

After news of Marsha Zazula’s passing broke, Metallica posted a recent photo of James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich with the Zazulas, and wrote: ‘Rest In Peace Marsha. Thank you for everything.’ Drummer Ulrich also paid his own tribute, thanking Zazula ‘for making it happen’.

“For supporting us, for encouraging us, for advising us, for sheltering us, for feeding us, and most importantly for cheering us on and along with your husband Jonny, believing in the possibilities of how a gang of misfits and outsiders like ourselves could connect with a larger and likeminded audience…

You were an incredibly selfless matriarch and we’ll be forever grateful for the impact you had on our lives.”

Anthrax posted on social media: “It’s with much sadness that we hear of the passing of Marsha Zazula. A true pioneer along with Jonny Z. Those two were responsible for changing all our lives. Hard to put into words what a world this might be without their belief and dedication to metal and all of us. Our love to her family.”

In his own tribute, guitarist Scott Ian wrote: “Marsha was an integral part of our career and a force to be reckoned with – knocking down (with Jon) whatever doors stood in our way in those early days. We were like a family, a big head-banging metal family and we took care of each other.”

Alex Skolnick, Testament’s guitarist, paid tribute to Zazula in an interview with Variety.

“She kept things balanced,” he said, “She was this steady hand, a calming force, during these intense moments — and there were intense moments! Jonny and Marsha were really a team; she was there for every decision. Jonny, bless him, was the stereotypical hot-headed, East Coast label executive — patience and calm may not have been his strong suits — and she balanced him out.”

“She kept things balanced,” he said, “She was this steady hand, a calming force, during these intense moments — and there were intense moments! Jonny and Marsha were really a team; she was there for every decision. Jonny, bless him, was the stereotypical hot-headed, East Coast label executive — patience and calm may not have been his strong suits — and she balanced him out.”

All at Metal Hammer send our condolences to Jon Zazula, and the couple’s family and friends. 

New dOG Records to Release “Once Only” Debut Album by International Progressive Ambient Ensemble Eternal Return – Release Date: 2/23/21


The international progressive ambient ensemble Eternal Return is a five-piece combining various duos/trios that have previously recorded and toured together. Notably, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, NoMan, O.R.k.) on bass with his frequent collaborator, Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal (Toyah Wilcox, Fripp’s Crafty Guitar School). At the heart of the band is Dogon, the duo of Miguel Noya, (Venezuelan keyboard pioneer, Phantom Limb Recordings) and Paul Godwin, (California-based composer/singer and NEWdOG founder). Dogon have been widely celebrated and aired since the late ‘90s – “the best of progressive ambient”- WIRED Magazine. Holding down this aerial act is Miguel Toro, Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based drummer (Royal Dust.) 

Once Only

The debut album was recorded in Berlin last year by Bob Spencer at The Famous Gold Watch Studio (a former munitions factory and Stasi HQ) and mixed at Pete Townsend’s Grand Cru boat studio in London’s St. Katherine’s Docks by Jonathon Hucks. The album is concerned with “nomadism,” inspired by Noya’s status as part of Venezuelan economic and political diaspora. Musically siting seminal progressive ambient-jazz-pop influences such as Talk Talk’s “Spirit of Eden” and David Sylvian’s solo work, the album is something fresh, darkly mysterious and beguiling. 

Track Listing:

1. Nomad
2. The Void
3. The Triggering Town
4. A Medium-Sized Village
5. The Bottom of the Pond
6. The Sky 

Paul Godwin
NEW dOG Records

The Rites of Spring Festival says “Goodbye, for now”

RoSfest has been a treasure in the progressive rock world for the last 17 years and it has been my privilege to produce and host one of the best progressive rock music festivals in the world, but RoSfest will officially end its 16-year run in 2020. Dedicated to delivering the highest level of talent, production, and timing is central to what RoSfest represented; an outlet for a niche genre called Progressive Rock that provided a venue for new up and coming artists from around the globe.

Running a music festival can be breathtakingly rewarding, but also quite expensive due to production, insurance, venue rental, hotel rental, staff accommodations, band expenses, vehicle rentals, etc. Additionally, the US government has made it harder and harder to acquire permits for working artists from around the world to perform in the US. Increasing artist permit requirements and fees makes it almost impossible for young bands to travel abroad. RoSfest has been a labor of love but has been struggling financially for years and can’t survive another “Covid” crisis. Unfortunately, we are not able to keep operating the festival at a loss.

On a personal note, I feel so lucky to have been part of this organization. To work with such an incredible staff and dedicated volunteers and to interact with the best Progressive audiophiles in the world. RoSfest has been magical and could not have existed without YOU…. the best and most supportive audience anyone could hope for. Without such an incredible community, RoSfest would not have been possible. I am so thankful for all of your support and dedication throughout our festival years.

RoSfest will continue its core mission to support the art of Progressive Rock and may surprise you (at some point) with a special concert in the future. But for now, with tearful heartfelt thanks from all of us at RoSfest, it’s been an honor to interact with such accomplished and inspiring musicians and music lovers in the progressive rock community.

In the words of RoSfest’s production manager, Kevin Madrishin, “We did it right!”
George Roldan – Roldan Entertainment

The Room Release Screaming Through the Noise (Live in Nice) Single as Tribute to Joshua Willson

As you may have seen on social media, Joshua, the much-loved son of Martin and Linda Wilson passed away on the 21st of November aged just 20.  We are heartbroken.

Joshua lost his sight due to retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer) at the age of 9.  Sadly secondary cancer developed a few months ago which became too aggressive to treat.  He passed away at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Our first single “Screaming Through the Noise” taken from our debut album Open Fire was written about Joshua, his struggle through his early years, and the impact that it had on the family.

We have decided for the first time, to release a live version of the song. The recording was made at the Salle Blackbox in Nice France in 2018. All money raised from the sale of this single will be donated to Phillis Tuckwell Hospice who looked after Joshua with so much wonderful care.

You can download the track from The Room webstore and we really don’t mind how much you pay above the £1 cover price.

With this we send our love to our band brother Martin and his family and rest in peace Josh you were loved.

Andy, Martin, Steve, Chris, Eric, and Chris


The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert out on 11th March – Now In DVD/CD Format – Pre-Sale Link

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14th December 2020: Due to popular demand, The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert, which is scheduled for March 11, 2021 release, has added the DVD format to its roster. The concert will now be available in both the DVD Digipak format and also in a Blu-Ray Hi-Def downloadable version, playable on any device, both accompanied by a bonus audio version of the concert.

To be released on Cherry Red Records, this official 3-disc set brings you the historical 2016 tribute show in Los Angeles featuring a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of musical luminaries performing music from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Powell, The Keith Emerson Band and the Three Fates Project.

The 2 1/2 – hour concert film features many stellar performances by over two dozen prominent artists in rock, jazz and classical music as well as artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, tribute speeches, and a gallery of personal never-before-seen photos from the Emerson estate. 

This highly-anticipated concert captures the essence of what made Keith Emerson a pioneer of prog rock, a treasure among his many fans and friends, and a legendary keyboardist and composer with the iconic supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

“Performing ‘Tarkus’ at the Keith Emerson Tribute event was incredibly meaningful. It was truly an amazing night. Having the opportunity to pay my respects to the man who changed my life by playing my favourite piece of music with incredible musicians, made it a memory that will never be forgotten. I’m so thrilled that this incredible evening of music is now going to be shared with the world.” – Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

“It’s difficult to express what an honour it was to participate in this tribute to Keith. Surrounded by friends and heroes, it was such a privilege to be part of a group of musicians who were as affected by Keith’s life, music and friendships I was. Not surprisingly there’s a lot of us. To play Hammond on The Barbarian, the first song I ever saw him play live, is a cherished memory I’ll never forget. Many thanks to Marc and Mari for keeping this idea and dream alive.” – Steve Porcaro (Toto)


The Keith Emerson Band

(Marc Bonilla – Gregg Bissonette – Jonathan Sindelman – Mike Wallace – Joe Travers – Mick Mahan – Travis Davis – Troy Luccketta)


Eddie Jobson – Jordan Rudess – Brian Auger – Steve Porcaro – Philippe Saisse – Rachel Flowers – CJVanston – Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – Steve Lukather – Vinnie Colaiuta – Terje Mikkelsen – Rick Livingstone – Kae Matsumoto – Michael Fitzpatrick

1. PRELUDE TO A HOPE (Featuring Kae Matsumoto)

2. KARN EVIL 9 (1ST IMPRESSION, PT.2) (Featuring Jonanthan Sindelman & Gregg Bissonette)

3. THE BARBARIAN (Featuring Steve Porcaro & Rachel Flowers)

4. HOEDOWN (Ed Roth & Jeff “Skunk” Baxter)

5. TOUCH AND GO (Featuring Steve Porcaro)

6. A PLACE TO HIDE (Featuring Ed Roth & Steve Lukather)

7. TRIBUTE TO KEITH (Featuring CJ Vanston & Michael Fitzpatrick)

8. THE ENDLESS ENIGMA (Featuring Rachel Flowers & Troy Luccketta)

9. TAKE A PEBBLE (Featuring CJ Vanston, Travis Davis & Gregg Bissonette)

10. TANK (Featuring Joe Travers & Brian Auger)

11. FANFARE FOR THE COMMON BLUE TURKEY (Featuring Brian Auger, Karma Auger & Dan Lutz)

12. RIDE (Featuring Aaron Emerson)

13. FROM THE BEGINNING (Featuring Philippe Saisse)

14. BITCHES CRYSTAL (Featuring Eddie Jobson)

15. NUTROCKER (Featuring Philippe Saisse)

16. TARKUS (Featuring Jordan Rudess & Troy Luccketta)

16. LUCKY MAN (Featuring Eddie Jobson, Steve Lukather & Rick Livingstone)

17. GREAT GATES OF KIEV (Featuring Eddie Jobson)

18. FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN (Featuring Eddie Jobson, Steve Lukather & Maestro Terje Mikkelsen)

19. ARE YOU READY, EDDY? (Featuring CJ Vanston & Rick Livingstone)


All proceeds go to the The Leon Fleisher Foundation for Musicians with Dystonia. All of the artists, crew, and support personnel have kindly donated their skills and time gratis for this worthy cause, which afflicts thousands of musicians annually.

To pre-order:

You can see the entire line of Keith Emerson commemorative art at:

 • Pre-Shrunk, Medium Weight, 100% Cotton

 • Relaxed, Classic Fit

 • Hand-Dyed and Printed Using Soft, Non-Toxic Water-Based Inks

 • Reinforced Double-Stitching On All Seams

Printed directly to garment, not dye-sublimation transfers!

NEW! Commemorative T-Shirts and Posters designed by digital artist Jerry LoFaro are now available for pre-order here:

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