Canada’s Hunting Giants are proud to announce their new record “Mythos”, a progressive, high-caliber album that will grab listeners and amaze them with intricate woven stories, energetic riffs, and distinctive vocals. Their first presentation from the new offering will be the single “Ancient Text” and its music video.
The single is a story about a doomsday prophecy from a long-forgotten culture. While lyrically referencing both archaeological discoveries as well as age-old myths, the listener gets to experience how a shaman from the distant past might interpret a meteor shower that destroys his tribe. The band explains further:
“Ancient Text weaves an auditory puzzle in the ear of the listener while it tells the tale. It was inspired by the Taurid meteor stream, a stretch of space densely packed with astral debris which the Earth passes through twice a year, as well as the unknown catalyst which initiated the previous ice age 12,500 years ago. This adrenaline-pumping track plays host to a soft and sensual breakdown where our shamanic protagonist bears witness to the coming end of days.”
Referencing both scientific discovery and age-old myth, “Ancient Text” is a wild ride that maintains engagement and leaves one breathless. Full of tension, and raging riffs, Hunting Giants ends the song with a rhythmic labyrinth of guitar, bass, and percussion framing the climax of their tale.
Hunting Giants is confident that new listeners, as well as those familiar with them through their previous release “Skyward Eyes”, will find an accomplished intensity and listenability in “Mythos”,which represents their musical growth and evolution. Each of the thirteen songs was specially picked for the album to contribute to the overarching story in a theatrical and energetic manner.
With riffs that will inspire and lyrics that will mystify, Hunting Giants is recommended for those who enjoy a 90s vibe and progressive elements, especially fans of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Audioslave.
The music video for the first single “Ancient Text” can be seen and heard via its premiere on Spaceuntravel at https://youtu.be/NkEQ6m8bzx4
Hunting Giants was started in 2017 with Bradley Trivett assembling the first musical themes and combining the percussive expertise of Daniel Beavington with the explosive rhythmic prowess of Corey J. Wharton into the foundation of a team set to discover and dominate the most enormous sounds and daunting massive ideas they could find. Led by the visionary passion and styling of frontman Stephen Atkey, Hunting Giants is poised to deliver an incredible auditory and visual experience.
“Hunting Giants stake their claim as a powerful new force in the Pacific Northwest metal scene…this band is absolutely one you’ll want to keep an eye on.” – Wail Magazine
Discography: 2022 – Mythos – LP 2018 – Skyward Eyes – EP Shared Stage with: Unleash the Archers, Wednesday 13, Ophelia Falling, Kayas, Vessel, Sick Logic, Dark Stone
Melodic Revolution Records is proud to announce that Potters’ Daughter will return on August 19, with a new 3-track Art-rock, pop EP “Weighted Keys” a compilation of three songs that were dear to Dyanne during three different phases of her life:
1. “Night of the Swallow” – a semi-acoustic version of Kate Bush’s dramatic song from her album, “The Dreaming” (from Dyanne’s time in NYC, when she first discovered Kate Bush)
2. “Catherine” – a solo piano rendition of Tom Kelly’s elegant song from his album, “Spinning Through Eternity” (from the present time, in honor of Nickie Harte Kelly and the entire prog community who so warmly welcomed Potter’s Daughter and Octarine Sky)
3. “That Song About the Midway” – a semi-acoustic version of Joni Mitchell’s beautiful song from her 1969 album, “Clouds.” (Dyanne first heard the song at age 16, right after joining her first professional band, and has loved the song since)
The band will debut the release live at the 2022 NJ Proghouse Summer Day Camp on August 6th Doors open at 11:00 AM
Releases Date: August 19, 2022 Catalog No. MRRCD 22214 Format: CD, Digital & Streaming Barcode No. 7 55491 24666 5
1. Night of the Swallow (Kate Bush) Dyanne Potter Voegtlin – piano, keyboards, vocals Jan Christiana – bass, percussion
2. Catherine (Tom Kelly) Dyanne Potter Voegtlin – piano
3. That Song About the Midway (Joni Mitchell) Dyanne Potter Voegtlin –piano, keyboards, vocals Jan Christiana – bass, guitar, percussion
Tracks 1 and 3: Recorded at Euphoria Labs, Recording Engineer: Jan Christiana Track 2: Recorded at SI Studios, Recording Engineer: Joseph “Wiggy” Wegleski
Produced by Jan Christiana Mixing Engineer: Jan Christiana Mastering Engineer: Tom Borthwick
Album Cover Art: Pink Glasses Girl by Joe Ganech
Releases Potter’s Daughter – The Blind Side (Full-Length Album) Self Released – 2018 Potter’s Daughter – Blood and Water (2-track Single) featuring Annie Haslam (Renaissance) Self-released – 2019 Potter’s Daughter – This Winter’s Child (Holiday Single) Melodic Revolution Records – 2019 Potter’s Daughter – Casually Containing Rage (3 Track EP) Melodic Revolution Records – 2010 Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box – Pyrrha’s Song (Single) Melodic Revolution Records – 2021 Octarine Sky – Close to Nearby (Side-project) Self-released 2021 Potter’s Daughter – Weighted Keys (3-track EP) Melodic Revolution Records – 2021
1st July 2022: Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett is pleased to announce, Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More, the visual document of his 2021 UK tour celebrating the classic Genesis live album. Set for release on the 2nd September 2022 (with vinyl following on the 25th November), it sees Steve and his band perform Seconds Out in full & in sequence, as well as a selection of solo material including tracks from his most recent studio album Surrender of Silence.
Watch the band perform the Genesis track Squonk here:
Steve comments: Im so happy to release my Seconds Out & More show… A spectacular night with a band on fire tearing into that magic music combining the true spirit of Genesis with a fresh virtuosic approach and an extraordinary sound under amazing lights. This show is a feast for both ears and eyes. The best of so many worlds!
Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More will be available as Limited 2CD + Blu-ray & Limited 2CD + DVD, both including 5.1 surround sound, behind the scenes documentary & promo videos. Steve Hackett and his band comprise Roger King, Rob Townsend, Jonas Reingold, Nad Sylvan & Craig Blundell, and they were joined by Amanda Lehmann as special guest on the night.
Steve Hackett & his band have just completed a run of shows in New Zealand and Australia, and will continue their Seconds Out & More tour in Japan, Europe and North America throughout the rest of year. In September and October 2022, they will present their Foxtrot at Fifty 25-date tour in the UK. For the full list of dates and to buy tickets go to HackettSongs.com.
About Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett joined Genesis at the beginning of 1971 and gained an international reputation as the guitarist in the bands classic line-up alongside Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. Hacketts intricate guitar work was a key element of Genesis albums from Nursery Cryme (1971) to Wind And Wuthering (1977) including the classic Selling England By The Pound.
After leaving Genesis at the end of 1977, Hacketts solo career, which now spans more than 30 albums, has demonstrated his extraordinary versatility with both electric and acoustic guitar. Hackett is renowned as both an immensely talented and innovative rock musician and a virtuoso classical guitarist and composer and this was recognised in 2010 when he was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame. He has also worked alongside Steve Howe of YES in the supergroup GTR.
Hacketts compositions take influences from many genres, including jazz, classical and blues. For his later studio works The Night Siren (2017) and At The Edge Of Light (2019) Hackett has explored the influences of world music. Recent tours have seen Hackett celebrate his time with Genesis including a spectacular 2018 tour in which he realised a long-held ambition to perform the works of Genesis live with his band and an orchestra.
The lockdown enforced by the 2020 global pandemic has proven to be a particularly creative period for Hackett. He began by releasing Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith, a live recording of 2019s hugely successful tour celebrating that Genesis classic together with the 40th anniversary of one of his most-loved solo albums. Lockdown also gave Hackett the opportunity to write and record two new studio albums, the UK Classical Chart hit Under A Mediterranean Sky and the forthcoming Surrender of Silence.
Dutch progressive rock band For Absent Friends have reunited after a hiatus of more than 10 years. They will release their new studio album Disappear on 29 September 2022.
For Absent Friends were originally formed in 1986 and released 6 studio albums between 1990 and 2006. They have been regarded – both by fans as media – as one of the best progressive rock bands from the Netherlands during the period.
After the band disbanded Ed, Edwin & Hans joined the Genesis tribute band Squonk together with two new Friends Clemens & Jan. During the rehearsals for these shows their love of progressive rock music was revived: “…it was a blast and a learning bonanza!…” Not soon after new original material started popping up during rehearsals. This culminated in releasing one new track The Poet under the moniker of SQ1.
The COVID period was a blessing in disguise for the band. What else to do than write and record new music, albeit with the challenges caused by the pandemic. But musically speaking it was magic, as is the result. However, it didn’t feel good to release the music under the name SQ1. “…We know we said goodbye to For Absent Friends. But it’s time to say hello again to old and new friends…”
The seventh studio album of the band is entitled Disappear and will be released on CD, vinyl and on all digital platforms via FREIA Music on 29th September 2022. The album will be presented at Poppodium De Boerderij in Zoetermeer where the band will perform – as special guests of Von Herzen Brothers – the album for the first time live. Tickets are already available here.
For Absent Friends are: Edwin Roes – guitars, keyboards Hans van Lint – vocals, piano, keyboards Ed Wernke – drums & percussion Clemens Steenweg – piano, keyboards, organ, backing vocals Jan Nieuwenhuis – bass guitars, bass pedal, backing vocals
Prog-Ducer Passes on Sale TODAY Saturday, June 25 at 12:00 PM ET
ProgStock 2022 Current Lineup
Orpheus Nine District 97 Rachel Flowers Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella Pattern-Seeking Animals Adam Holzman & Brave New World ProgJect Stick Men Reuter Motzer Grohowski More acts to come!
Evership Special pre-release album listening party (venue TBD) for the new album, The Uncrowned King – Act 2 The full band will join us at ProgStock 2023…but, they have some additional surprises in the works for us in 2022. Stay tuned!
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Regular 3-Day Pass: $250 USD (plus taxes & fees) Access to artist meet-and-greets each day (after Prog-Ducers) Festival Poster, Wristband, and Program (with autograph pages!) Festival T-Shirt in your chosen style and size Single-Day Pass: $75/$100 USD (plus taxes & fees) Friday: $75 USD, Saturday: $100 USD, Sunday: $100 USD Access to artist meet-and-greets that day (after Prog-Ducers) Streaming Options: Coming soon!
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