Italian Progger Massimo Pieretti To Release New Single “I dreamed of flying” on May 18th, 2024

The upcoming single from the album, “The Next Dream” serves as a precursor to the EP “Creatures of the Night.” It’s a poignant track denouncing global warfare and violence, crafted with lyrical collaboration from Patrizia Pieretti and the steadfast Gianluca del Torto.

The ensemble features Michael Trew of Moon Letters on lead vocals, with Amy Breathe providing backing vocals. Roberto Falcinelli and Luigi Pistillo handle guitars, Andrea Amici of Leviathan on synths, accompanied by the stirring strings of Ms. Lisa Green on violin and Gianni Pieri of Agorà on cello. Fabrizio Russo contributes with fretless bass, while drumming duties are expertly managed by the esteemed Mattias Olsson from Anglagard.

Francesco Mattei’s adept mixing and mastering finesse the track at the Underworld studio.

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Volapük were a somewhat unusual RIO outfit formed in 1993 by percussionist Guigou Chenevier, who was already known for being a founder of Etron Fou Leloublan, who became a charter member of the Rock in Opposition collective in 1978 along with other groups including Henry Cow, Univers Zero, Stormy Six, and Samla Mammas Manna. Bass clarinettist Michel Mandel received a master’s degree in music from the Grenoble Academy of Music while cellist Guillaume Saurel studied at the Avignon Academy of Music. Yes, what we have here is an instrumental trio bringing together instruments in a very strange indeed. This recording, taken from their 1998 Polish tour finds Guigou providing drums, saxophone, vocals and electronics, Michel is on bass clarinet, clarinets, taragot, vocal and Guillame cello and vocal.

If one could imagine a RIO avant prog chamber trio experimenting more than one could even expect from that description, then possibly one might be able to somewhat understand what is taking place in front of our ears. I can only imagine the Polish audiences were somewhat blown away by what they were experiencing as there is perfect silence during the course of each song, although they are all well received once the audience gets themselves back to reality. Influenced by Art Zoyd? Definitely, but being taken in a quite different direction. The band released four studio albums during their existence (they broke up in 2010), yet this was the only live album which was a limited release on a Polish label back in 1999. That this has now been revived by Cuneiform is wonderful, as not only is the label the logical home for this release, but this is something which will be of great interest to fans of RIO as not only is this wonderful historically but is something which is simply fascinating and exciting throughout. There is a freshness to this, a sense of no-one (including the musicians) really sure where the journey is going to take them or what the end destination may be.

All I know is that I am now intrigued and can see I need to further investigate the music of  Volapük as they walked through musical boundaries as if they did not exist. 8/10 Kev Rowland

Deep Purple announce US dates for their 1 More Time Tour


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Deep Purple, one of Britain’s most influential bands, today announced =1 More Time Tour of the U.S. with a stop at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL, to celebrate over 50 years of Smoke On The Water on Wednesday, August 14.

They will be shaking the walls of U.S. amphitheatres this summer with an explosive lineup of unforgettable hits taken from their repertoire of rock, spanning half a century. Joining Deep Purple on their US tour is YES, making each stop on the tour an unmissable event for rock fans everywhere.

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– **Meet n Greet with band member (will not include Ian Gillan)
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– 1 Personal Item autographed
– Exclusive Deep Purple VIP T-shirt
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Refestramus has unveiled their second teaser video, “Agent M vs. the Sex Lizard,” from their forthcoming album “Intouríst.”

Experience the outlandish inspiration behind Refestramus’ latest hit on their upcoming album, Intouríst. Derek Ferguson, the creative force of the Chicago-based ensemble, transforms the true life, bizarre account of a televangelist’s wife and her otherworldly seducer into a musical odyssey. “Agent M Vs. the Sex Lizard,’ the provocative second chapter of the album’s title trilogy, comes to life through a mesmerizing music video featuring the enigmatic Agent Mikrovolnovka. Dive into the intrigue before the full album drops on May 4th.

Refestramus, the progressive art rock ensemble hailing from Chicago, IL, renowned for blending influences from traditional gypsy, flamenco, and Slavic styles with a modern hard rock edge, Refestramus made waves with their debut album, “Decoupage,” in 2021. Now, in 2023, they’re teasing fans with a glimpse of the even more progressive direction they’re taking with “Intouríst.” Following the album drop, the band plans an extensive tour to support their latest musical venture.

“Refestramus is joined on this track by Colouratura members Derek Pavlic and Ian Beabout, as well as Jerry King from Moon X.”

Derek Ferguson – Drums,
Jerry King – Bass,
Derek Pavlic – Guitars, Mellotron and Viola,
Rogelio Souza – Keys
Nida – Vocals

All arrangements by Refestramus 
Produced by Ian Beabout and Derek Ferguson 
Mixed and Mastered by Ian Beabout

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UK Prog Breakouts Kyros Release Spellbinding New Album ‘Mannequin’ Via White Star Records

UK prog-synth-rockers Kyros release 4th studio album ‘Mannequin’, (February 2nd on limited edition double orange Vinyl, digipak CD and digitally – Pre-order)

Released ahead of the band’s upcoming 2024 UK tour dates, Kyros continue their meteoric rise with acclaim across UK press and radio alike. The album offers some of the bands most electrifying, fiercely unique, complex and all round breathtaking work to date.

Blending prog tendencies with elements of rock, synth pop and electronic textures, the 10 tracks display the bands musical understanding and with virtuoso musicianship and some elegantly delivered, infectiously catchy melodies.

Lead vocalist Shelby explains:
“Our upcoming album, ‘Mannequin’ is like peeling back layers of paint on an old canvas. With each track, we’re exploring the masks we all wear, the stories we tell ourselves to get by.

This album is a real heart-on-sleeve affair for us and it’s probably the most ‘us’ we’ve ever sounded. It’s about what happens when the facade cracks and you’re left with nothing but the truth. Nothing but your true self. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it and perhaps see themselves in it, just like we do.”

“80s-infused prog rock tapestry of expansive synths, vigorous drums, and driving bass” – Earmilk

“Melodic hooks of pop with the musical complexity and depth of progressive rock and metal” – Power of Prog

Mannequin’ Album Tracklisting:
1. Taste The Day
2. Showtime
3. Illusions Inside
4. Esoterica
5. The End in Mind
6. Digital Fear
7. Ghosts of You
8. Liminal Space
9. Technology Killed the Kids IV
10. Have Hope

All tracks by Shelby Logan Warne, Joey Frevola, Robin Johnson, & Peter Episcopo

Guest vocals on Illusions Inside- Dominique Gilbert, Saxophone on Esoterica – Canyo Hearmichael

Kyros are:
Shelby Logan Warne – vocals, keys and production
Joey Frevola – guitar
Robin Johnson – drums
Charlie Cawood – bass

Having built a reputation for their synth heavy prog rock sound, Kyros have gained widespread acclaim for their unique music approach, high octane live shows and fiercely DIY approach. With widespread acclaim from the likes of Prog Magazine, Planet Rock, 1883 Magazine, Total Rock, Earmilk, Music Crowns, Fame Magazine and Prog Rock Journal, the band have toured across the US and Europe, played sets at a number of UK and EU festivals and opened for the likes of Marillion, Spock’s Beard and IQ.

The new album ‘Mannequin’ see’s Kyros cement their place as one of the most exciting new bands on the UK Prog scene.

The Full Album ‘Mannequin’ is due for release February 2nd 2024


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