Melodic Revolution Records and Marco Ragni are thrilled to announce that Oceans of Thought will officially be released in both CD & Digital formats and available worldwide June 21st, Pre-orders will go on sale on June 1st and will includ 5 digital-only bonus tracks with all pre-orders
About the album “Oceans of Thought” was originally called “The Merchant of Eternal Youth” but during the time of the recordings I had some personal problems and I was a little depressed. So the songs, the cover but above all the lyrics, have undergone a change because my music comes from what I have inside of my mind and soul.
So this album talks about the difficulties that life sometimes brings us, but also talks about how to try to overcome them. It’s a record that I care a lot about, because it talks a lot about me. Because great musicians have played there, from Norwegian guitarists Bjørn Riis founder of the band Airbag and Marius Halleland (Wobbler), Peter Matuchniak (Kinetic Element), Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow) and Maurizio Antonini the beating heart of this record. The precious woodwinds arrangements by Dave Newhouse (The Muffins) and the beautiful voice of JoJo Razor (Gekko Projekt) and last but not the least, Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) playing Sitar.
This year I turned 50, an important and very significant milestone for me. Half a century on Earth! What a wonderful journey up to here. First of all I want to thank my beautiful and wonderful Wife because She made my life happier and more dynamic. Then all the supporters who allowed me to record this album and in particular Jon Hawkins for having produced it. I am proud and very happy to present it to you today. I hope it will reach your heart and your mind. Entertaining you, relaxing and making you think about life, its beauties and sometimes its inconsistencies.
The album will be released on June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. The most important day of my life.
Have a good trip folks! Marco Ragni
Track Listing 1 Flashlights 2 Dizziness 3 Hammil’s Thoughts 4 The Wind Blows Anyway 5 Regain Control 6 Oceans of Thought 7 Under a Big Red Sun 8 Voice in the Dark 9 Open My Arms
Pre-Order Bonus Tracks 1 Abstract Dreams 2 Fifty Years on Earth 3 Nocturne #7 (piano sessions) 4 Hammil’s Thoughts (JoJo’s vocals) 5 Open My Arms ( demo strings arrangements)
Music and lyrics by Marco Ragni Produced by Jon Hawkins Album Art by Marco Ragni
Featuring: Marco Ragni: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keys, bass Peter Matuchniak: Electric guitar Dave Newhouse: Woodwinds Jeff Mack: Five string fretted and fretless bass & Chapman Stick. Maurizio Antonini: Drums JoJo Razor: Backing vocals
Special Guests Bjørn Riis: Lead guitar on No. 9 Open My Arms Marius Halleland: Lead Guitar on No 2 Dizziness & No 5 Regain Control Charlie Cawood: Sitar On No 8 Voice in the Dark
Melodic Revolution Records and Wings of Destiny are thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated new concept album Revelations will officially be released worldwide via all Digital platforms on June 7th
This will be Wings of Destiny’s 4thfull length album, the new production features the participation of x – Mayan and current Firewind vocalist Henning Basse (Germany), ex-Helloween and leader of Masterplan the extraordinary guitarist Roland Grapow (Germany & Czech Republic), in addition, virtuoso keyboardist & guitarist Bob Katsionis (Greece) of Firewind & Outloud performs on the release.
All the songs of the album is interconnected in a single story about a young man who dives into an incredible vision, being his dark inner journey, in which he must face the demons and save the world, sacrificing his own life, in the event described as ” Revelations “, facing the supreme evil, represented by an entity called ” Chaos “.
During this incredible story, the young man, with the help of the guardian angels, who accompany him in the battle that occurs inside him, delivers his life and his body, being possessed, in order to destroy the immortal enemy of humanity… will the story continue?… you will know when listening to the full album, this is a true fantasy story that is developed through the songs.
“It was decided to take it to another level with this one, adding a lot of musical styles, memorable melodies, orchestration, ripping solos and vocals. Also, the lyric content was profound, there are references to Lord Byron “My Soul is Dark” poem in the song “Lost in the Dark” and Robert Louis Stevenson “Requiem” poem in the song “Requiem.”
Each song on the album stands on its own, but it should be taken as a whole conceptual work. International artists such as Roland Grapow, Bob Katsionis, and Henning Basse certainly gave it additional artistic punch and spin. There is also one completely acapella piece “Divine?” that is a prelude to the song “Rising Chaos” that includes a completely new element to the band`s sound showing the versatility of what can be done without instruments whatsoever. It can be considered as our most ambitious and complex work so far.”, says Anton Darusso, leading man, composer, and producer of the band.
REVELATIONS TRACK LISTING 1. Revelations 2. Divine? (chaos theme) 3. Rising Chaos ** 4. Here We Go 5. Facing the Beast* 6. Stand and Fight 7. Under the Moon 8. Free Fall 9. Lost in the Dark 10. Wake me Up*** 11. Possessed 12. Requiem 13. Post Mortem
Features Bob Katsionis on keyboards * Features Roland Grapow on guitar & Bob Katsionis on keyboards ** Features Henning Bass ***
Wings of Destiny Anton Darusso (Vocals & Keyboards) Cristian “Mythos” Jiménez (Guitars) Daniel Chaves (Guitars) Emil Minott (Bass) Roberto Ulloa (Drums)
Album production: Anton Darusso & Juan Pablo Calvo Wings of Destiny is produced by Anton Darusso & Cristian Jiménez. Arrangements: Anton Darusso & Wings of Destiny All music written by Anton Darusso, except “Free Fall” by Daniel Chaves & Anton Darusso and except “Lost in the Dark”, music written by Anton Darusso & Emil Minott. All lyrics and concept developed & written by Anton Darusso.
Sound Engineers: Juan Pablo Calvo & Aleksey Stetsyuk Recorded, mixed and mastered at: Bushido Audio Productions [Costa Rica] & Grave Town Productions [Belarus]
Artist Tour & Booking Management: Eduardo Marenco Chase, email@example.com phone: 00521 5513395898 Metal Union Productions (Mexico) Press contact [Costa Rica]: Jairo Delgado Vargas, firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (506)609-10220 Wings of Destiny contact e-mail: email@example.com
Following the success of IAMTHEMORNING’s two studio albums for Kscope – Belighted, the award winning Lighthouse and their most recent live studio film Ocean Sounds, the Russian duo, comprising of virtuoso classical pianist Gleb Kolyadin and charismatic vocalist Marjana Semkina are releasing their new album entitled The Bell on 2nd August.
Their dedication to writing forward-thinking and thought-provoking music sees the duo create a new album of impressive depth and playability. A modern blend of rock, classical and folk, The Bell makes use of 19th Century song cycles – a style established by Schubert – that cohesively tells 10 individual stories.
Vocalist Marjana Semkina explains in more detail “The Bell is divided into two parts but each song is a story in its own right, all of them are fuelled by human cruelty and pain caused by it. Cruelty is the central theme of the album – together with all the different ways we respond to it and cope with it. This album is multi-layered and is, in many ways, a journey inwards, taking us inside of a mind of a person suffering from abuse or neglect or open hostility of the society or a specific person.
“Aesthetically, the album is based on themes taken from Victorian England’s art and culture, but more in a way of turning our attention to the fact that at its core, humankind isn’t making much progress in terms of emotional maturity.”
The Bell was recorded in March 2019 across Russia, the UK and Canada in several studios: Mosfilm in Moscow; Lendoc and Red Wave in St Petersburg; Noatune in London; The Studio at Sunbeams, Penrith; and Union Sound Company in Toronto. With engineering and mastering handled by Vlad Avy.
The beautiful album artwork for The Bell was created by the band’s favoured collaborator Constantine Nagishkin. Marjana explains the imagery “on the cover is a safety coffin bell – it’s a 19th century idea born from people’s obsessive fear of being buried alive, having been provoked by a lot of press attention to supposed cases of premature burials across the country. and the fact that Edgar Allan Poe frightened many readers by vividly describing the premature burial phenomenon in his short stories.
“One of the inventions to escape such a terrifying ordeal was a so called “safety coffin” that existed in many different configurations, including the one that had a bell attached to the gravestone with a thread that was attached to it and went all the way underground into the coffin so that the when the poor soul awoke and on realizing he’s been buried alive, could ring to let the people outside know what has happened.
“Although the idea is a bit morbid I feel there is hope in the artwork too – no matter how low you are or desperate you think your situation is, you can still call for help, but more than that you have to call for help if you need it”
1. Freak Show [07:09] 2. Sleeping Beauty [03:42] 3. Blue Sea [03:08] 4. Black And Blue [03:58] 5. Six Feet [03:56] 6. Ghost Of A Story [03:58] 7. Song Of Psyche [03:20] 8. Lilies[04:28] 9. Salute [07:27] 10. The Bell [05:04]
Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available and additional details will be announced in the coming months.
In anticipation of the impending release, OPETH will be performing shows around the world through the end of the year. Dates are and ticketing info can be found here: www.opeth.com/tour-dates or on the “Dates, Tickets’ tab on this Facebook page. Additional touring will be announced soon.
In Cauda Venenum Tracklisting: 1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights (Intro) 2. Svekets Prins / Dignity 3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand 4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin 5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime 6. Charlatan 7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth 8. Banemannen / The Garroter 9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum 10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass
The long-awaited fifth full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers MAGIC PIE is on its way. Titled “Fragments of the 5th Element” it is set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 30th of August in CD, Gatefold LP and Digital formats.
“Fragments of the 5th Element” finds MAGIC PIE steering clear of the sterile perfection so often found amongst modern Prog bands in order to create an album with a slightly more unpolished sound, and a “rough around the edges” feel that gives it an added bite. From the genre-defying opener, to the epic 23 minute closer, MAGIC PIE clearly demonstrate just why they have become a household name amongst Prog Rock fans, and why this album has been worth the long wait.
Mixed & Mastered by Rich Mouser (SPOCKS BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC) at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, drums for “Fragments of the 5th Element” were recorded at Lionheart Studio & Production, where Øyvind Voldmo Larsen also worked his magic as engineer. All other recordings were made at Kim Stenberg’s Studio Basement.
With artwork and design by Kim Stenberg, based on original paintings by Eva Stenberg, tracklisting on “Fragments of the 5th Element” is as follows:
1 – The Man Who Had It All 2 – P & C 3 – Table For Two 4 – Touched By An Angel 5 – The Hedonist
More information about MAGIC PIE, whose lineup is comprised of Kim Stenberg on Guitars and Vocals, Lars Petter Holstad on Bass and Vocals, Eirikur Hauksson on Lead Vocals, Jan Torkild Johannessen on Drums, Eirik Hanssen on Vocals and Erling Henanger on Keyboards and Vocals, can be found at http://www.magicpie.net/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MagicPieOfficial/
The Greek progressive rock and metal artist Oh. (Olivia Hadjiioannou) was honored by a prestigious international jury in Cannes for her music video “Red Lion” from the album, “Metallia.”
ATHENS, Greece — May 21, 2019 – Greek multi-instrumentalist and composer Olivia Hadjiioannou won the Best Music Video award for “Red Lion” in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France this week. The two-day festival held during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes included screenings, VIP receptions, an awards ceremony and closing gala party. The award was presented by Gotham Chandna, founder of Cloud 21 International and Nicole Muj, founder of Kultura PR International.
In accepting the award, Olivia stated, “I am truly honored to receive this award and to have represented Greece at the French Riviera Film festival in Cannes. Today’s commercial music and film industries present difficult challenges to indie composers, musicians and directors if they are to succeed and be profitable. I am grateful to film festivals like FRFF, which welcome new works, celebrate originality and promote creative freedom.”
The prestigious advisory board and jury panel of the festival included Michael Benoraya, Founder, International Film Trust; Larry Namer, president/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group; Ana B. Remos, founder, Azure Azure; Daphna Edwards Ziman, president, Cinémoi USA; Monica Baca, CEO at B Team Media Group Corp.; Lena Basse, journalist, Hollywood Foreign Press; Claude Brickell filmmaker, Bruno Chatelin, founder of FilmFestivals.com; Paul Cruz director, Palm Springs Int. Comedy Festival; Anna Marie de la Fuente, journalist, Variety; Mick Garris, filmmake; Laura Powers producer, Healing Powers; Ana Remos co-founder, Azure Azure; Eileen Tasca founder, Alien Pictures; Sue Vicory Award Winning Filmmaker, Heartland Films; and Dr. Laura Wilhelm, journalist, The Hollywood Times.
Director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, “Trials” in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single “Love of Avalanches”, mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.
Besides winning Best Music Video in the French Riviera Film festival in Cannes, “Red Lion” is presently a winner and official selection in 10 film festivals worldwide including the Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film Festival in New York, the Cosmocinema Film Festival in the UK, the Lost World Film Festival in Greece and winner of the Independent Talents International Film Festival in the US. The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.