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BANDS & PERFORMERS:

Argos
(Germany) / September 28, 2014

Forthcoming release:

The German band Argos (whose style is a blend of symphonic Art-Rock and Jazz-Fusion) will soon release its new album, titled A Seasonal Affair. Tracklist: 1. A Seasonal Affair, 2. Divergence, 3. Silent Corner, 4. Silver And Gold, 5. Lifeboats, 6. Not In This Picture, 7. Vanishing, 8. The Forbidden City, 9. Stormland. Line-up: Thomas Klarmann - bass, flute, keyboards, guitars, lead vocals; Robert Gozon - vocals, keyboards, guitars; Ulf Jacobs - drums, vocals; Rico Florczak - el. guitar; With: Andy Tillison - keyboards; Marek Arnold - sax. Release date: October/November 2014. Label: Progressive Promotion Records.

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AC/DC
(UK/Australia) / September 28, 2014

Forthcoming release:

AC/DC will release its new album, titled "Rock or Bust", on December 2. The 11-song collection is the band's first since 2008's "Black Ice". AC/DC has also now made it official that founding guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group due to ill health. A statement issued by the group's Australian record label said, "Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm's illness, he will not be rejoining the band." His replacement is Stevie Young, the nephew of Malcolm and his brother and co-founder Angus Young. Stevie played on the new album, which was recorded in Vancouver, Canada, earlier this year. This is the first AC/DC album in the band's 40-year history on which Malcolm Young will not appear. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd recently shot down reports that the band was considering retirement in the wake of Malcolm's illness, saying, "Angus Young will never retire. We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires, I won't fucking retire either."

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Pink Floyd
(UK) / September 28, 2014

Forthcoming release:

The new Pink Floyd album, titled The Endless River, will be released on November 10, 2014. The project features material recorded by Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright during the sessions for the band's 2004 release, "The Division Bell." The album is a tribute to keyboardist Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. Produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson, its being billed as a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", to include new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson. "'The Endless River' has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions," explains Gilmour. "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire." Style: Instrumental Progressive Rock/Ambient. Tracklist: 1. Things Left Unsaid, 2. Its What We Do, 3. Ebb and Flow, 4. Sum, 5. Skins, 6. Unsung, 7. Anisina, 8. The Lost Art of Conversation, 9. On Noodle Street, 10. Night Light, 11. Allonsy-1, 12. Autumn 68, 13. Allonsy-2, 14. Talking Hawking, 15. Calling, 16. Eyes to Pearls, 17. Surfacing, 18. Louder Than Words. Line-up: David Gilmour: guitars, vocals; Nick Mason: drums; Rick Wright: keyboards; With: Guy Pratt: bass; &: three females on backing vocals.

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Stewart Bell
(UK) / September 28, 2014

Forthcoming release:

The mixing of "The Antechamber Of Being", the first solo album by Stewart Bell (Citizen Cain) is complete and the album was sent off to be mastered last week. Once that is complete it will go to the pressing plant, and Stewart will get an exact release date depending on when they will have everything finalised. It is looking like it will be a little later than planned, but somewhere around mid October is very realistic. The initial draft of the album cover and the track listing is now on the bands website.
Stewart is also pleased to announce there will be a story book that will accompany the album. Sold seperately, the 28 page picture book chronicles the events from the first song on the album. Entitled 'The Cupboard of Fear', this 23 x 18 cm full-colour storybook contains 13 original drawings by Stewart and tells the story of the main character, The Dreamer, as he takes control of his dreams and becomes lucid for the first time.

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Devin Townsend
(Canada) / September 28, 2014

Forthcoming release:

"Z2", the new (double) album by Devin Townsend, will be issued by Century Media Records on October 27, 2014. Picking up right were they left off with Epicloud, Devin Townsend Project takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. Keeping it as heavy as possible at times while still mixing it up as the group is known to do, mostly to keep the audience on the edge of their seats upon first listen. Style: Prog-Metal. Tracklist: Disc-1: The Devin Townsend Project Sky Blue: 1. Rejoice, 2. Fallout, 3. Midnight Sun, 4. A New Reign, 5. Universal Flame, 6. Warrior, 7. Sky Blue, 8. Silent Militia, 9. Rain City, 10. Forever, 11. Before We Die, 12. The Ones Who Love; Disc-: Ziltoid/Z2 Dark Matters: 1. Z2, 2. From Sleep Awake, 3. Ziltoidian Empire, 4. War Princess, 5. Deathray, 6. March of the Poozers, 7. Wandering Eye, 8. Earth, 9. Ziltoid Goes Home, 10. Through the Wormhole, 11. Dimension Z. Line-up: Devin Townsend vocals, guitars; Dave Young guitars, keyboards; Brian Waddell bass; Ryan Van Poederooyen drums; With: Anneke Van Giersbergen backing vocals.

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RECORDING COMPANIES:

InsideOut Music
(Germany/USA) / September 28, 2014

Forthcoming release:

  • Kaipa Sattyg

    The Swedish veteran band Kaipa returns with a new studio album. Titled Sattyg, it will be released in Europe on November 10, 2014. The American release date is January 13, 2015; label: Century Media Records. The unique mix of Swedish folk music, rock and fusion with a tinge of medieval music has given the band a special place in many peoples heart all around the world. The magic sense of wonder that characterizes their latest albums has been taken to a new level with Sattyg. Unpredictable paths are discovered on this new expedition, and as always they take you to explore new exciting horizons, but at the same time the band returns to its roots to bring you familiar classic Kaipa music. Tracklist: 1. A Map of Your Secret World, 2. World of the Void, 3. Screwed-upness, 4. Sattyg, 5. A Sky Full of Painters, 6. Unique When We Fall, 7. Without Time Beyond Time. Line-up: Hans Lundin - keyboards & vocals; Per Nilsson - electric & acoustic guitars; Morgan Agren - drums; Jonas Reingold - basses; Patrik Lundstrom - vocals; Aleena Gibson - vocals; With: Fredrik Lindqvist - recorders & whistles; Elin Rubinsztein - violin.

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    Suburban Records
    (USA) / September 28, 2014

    Forthcoming release:

  • Kingfisher Sky "Arms of Morpheus"

    Hailing from Holland, Kingfisher Sky is a progressive metal band. Their new album, "Arms of Morpheus", will see the light of day on October 24, 2014. Tracklist: 1. Hypnos, 2. At Least You Tried, 3. King of Thieves, 4. Open Eyes, 5. Insomnia, 6. I'm Not Alone, 7. Strength of the Endless, 8. Heather, 9. The Morrigan, 10. Mercy on This Wounded Heart Maddy. Line-up: Judith Rijnveld - vocals; Ivar De Graaf - drums, bass; Edo Van Der Kolk - guitar; Chris Henny - guitar; Maaike Peterse - cello; David Rojas - keynoards; With: Kristoffer Gildenlow (ex-Pain of Salvation) - bass.

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    Metal Mind Records
    (Poland) / September 28, 2014

    Forthcoming releases:

  • Osada Vida The After-Effect
  • Exlibris "Aftereal"

    Osada Vida, one of the most interesting bands on the Polish progressive rock scene, still works on their fifth studio album. Entitled The After-Effect, it is scheduled for release on November 3 in Europe and December 2 in North America (via MVD).

    The recording sessions for the new album of the Polish heavy metal band Exlibris are in progress. The release of "Aftereal", as the album is titled, is planned for late November. The band are currently recording the guitar parts. The drum and, partly, keyboard tracks have already been recorded.

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    Nuclear Blast Records
    (USA) / September 28, 2014

    Forthcoming release:

  • Nightwish TBA

    The international (Finnish / Dutch / British) symphonic rock band Nightwish still works on their new studio album, due in the spring of 2015.

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    Gentle Art Of Music Records
    (Germany) / September 28, 2014

    Forthcoming release:

  • Phi "Now the Waves of Sound Remain"

    "Now the Waves of Sound Remain", the new album by Austrias Phi, will be issued by Gentle Art of Music on October 24, 2014. On this record the mighty walls of Tools guitar sound meet the driving rhythms of Rush and gently merge with sophisticated arrangements that resemble the delicacy of Porcupine Tree. The Jeff Buckley-esque jazzy elegance provides the music with the final ingredient that completes the fused aesthetic of the old and the new. Tracklist: 1. Buy Your Piece of Love, 2. Welcome Tomorrow, 3. Tune In Zone Out, 4. Maye Sometime Else Then, 5. Revolution by Design, 6. Behind a Veil of Snow, 7. The Liquid Hourglass, 8. Now the Waves of Sound Remain, 9. This Last Favour. Line-up: Markus Bratusa - vocals, guitar, programming; Arthur Darnhofer-Demar - bass, vocals, Gabe Cresnar - drums.

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