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30.VIII+ Jane Getter Premonition
30.VIII+ Operation Mindcrime
30.VIII+ Denner / Shermann
30.VIII+ Martin Barre
30.VIII+ Riverside
30.VIII+ Progressive Promotion Rcds
30.VIII+ Melodic Revolution Records
30.VIII+ Cuneiform Records
30.VIII+ Prosthetic Records
30.VIII+ Kscope Music


BANDS & PERFORMERS:

Jane Getter Premonition
(USA) / Agst 30, 2015

Forthcoming release:

Jane Getter Premonition has announced its brand new studio album and label debut for Madfish, “On”, set to release October 2. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, “On” features a stellar line up of progressive and rock musicians – keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), bass player Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani), jazz-rock drummer Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Steven Wilson) and special guests including vocalist Corey Glover (Living Colour), jazz-metal guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, Attention Deficit) and British saxophonist, flautist and clarinettist Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Gong, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp). The album was co-produced by Jane Getter and Adam Holzman. Mixing duties were handled by Adam Holzman and Anthony Ruotolo at Spin Studios in Long Island City, N.Y. Tracklist: 1. Surprised, 2. Where Somewhere, 3. Pressure Point, 4. Train Man, 5. Diversion, 6. Falling, 7. Logan, 8. Transparent.

Composer and guitarist Jane Getter has played with many jazz and rock greats while garnering increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Brother Jack McDuff. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Dance or Theatre in the mid ‘90s. Her debut CD, “Jane”, in 1998 received worldwide critical acclaim and the 2006 follow up, “See Jane Run”, was released on Alternity Records (home of Allan Holdsworth). In 2012 she released the progressive jazz-rock album, “Three”. Getter also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band. Her band has played and toured internationally and live dates for fall 2015 will be announced shortly.

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Operation Mindcrime
(USA) / Agst 30, 2015

Forthcoming release:

Operation Mindcrime, a progressive rock band led by the former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, releases its new album, "The Key", on September 18 via Frontiers Records. Actually, this is the first part of a conceptual trilogy, the second and third part of which should be finished already this coming October (at least, according to Geoff). Tracklist: 1. Choices, 2. Burn, 3. Reinventing the Future, 4. Ready to Fly, 5. Discussions in a Smoke Filled Room, 6. Life or Death, 7. The Stranger, 8. Hearing Voice, 9. On Queue, 10. An Ambush of Sadness, 11. Kicking in the Door, 12. The Fall. Line-up: Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche) – vocals; Kelly Gray – guitars; Scott Moughton – guitar; Randy Gane – keyboards; John Moyer – bass; Brian Tichy – drums; Simon Wright (ex-Dio, et al) – drums.

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Denner / Shermann
(Denmark) / Agst 30, 2015

Forthcoming release:

Former Mercyful Fate/King Diamond guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann have formed a new band called Denner / Shermann and announced they will be releasing their debut EP later this year. Both played on the many Mercyful Fate and King Diamond albums (though Denner has also played with Taylor’s Universe), and they recruited Demonica's Marc Grabowski to play bass and former Mercyful Fate/King Diamond drummer Snowy Shaw and vocalist Sean Peck of Cage fame for the new band. The new EP is entitled "Satan's Tomb", and will be released by Metal Blade Records on October 2.

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Martin Barre
(UK) / Agst 30, 2015

Forthcoming release:

To celebrate his 50-year career, guitarist Martin Barre (ex-Jethro Tull) releases his sixth solo album, “Back to Steel 2015” on September 18. The album brings together all of his influences from early blues to classic rock. It features 11 newly penned tracks together with 2 songs from the Jethro Tull repertoire and 'Eleanor Rigby' from Martin's stint with Paul McCartney. While paying tribute to Barre’s past, “Back to Steel 2015” reveals his vision of the band’s future; it brings together all of his influences, including his undying love for early blues, and follows his evolution throughout an extraordinary half century that delivered his name to classic rock history. The album features tracks 'Skating Away' and 'Slow Marching Band' from the Jethro Tull repertoire, an affectionate salute to that important portion of Barre’s career and a thank you to the fans who have supported him over the last 42 years. ‘Eleanor Rigby’ is also included as an homage to the week spent working with Paul McCartney. Continuing to share his lifetime memories and experiences, the guitarist gives us an insight on Birmingham’s ‘60s club scene with Smokestack and tells about his very first trip abroad in Calafel. Track list: 1. Back to Steel, 2. It's Getting Better, 3. Bad Man, 4. Skating Away, 5. Chasing Shadows, 6. Hammer, 7. You and I, 8. A Moment of Madness, 9. Calafel, 10. Eleanor Rigby, 11. Peace and Quiet, 12. Sea of Vanity, 13. Smokestack, 14. Without Me, 15. Slow Marching Band.

Martin Barre is currently playing some dates in the UK and Europe, and will be performing in the States for the first time in November and December. The multi-talented band sees Barre taking care of guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, flute and keyboards, with Dan Crisp on vocals, George Lindsay on drums and percussion, Alan Thomson on bass and vocals and Alex Hart and Elani Andrea contributing on vocals and backing vocals. A ‘Back to Steel’ tour is in the pipeline for 2016.

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Riverside
(Poland) / Agst 30, 2015


RECORDING COMPANIES:

Progressive Promotion Records
(Germany) / Agst 30, 2015

Forthcoming releases:

  • T – “Fragmentropy”
  • Profusion – “Phersu”
  • Quantum Fantay – “Dancing in Limbo”
  • Seven Steps To The Green Door – “Fetish”

    Progressive Promotion Records presents its forthcoming (September) releases:

    T (Germany) – “Fragmentropy” (Art-Rock, Post Rock)
    Tracklist: 1. Anisotropic Dances (27:12), 2. The Politics of Entropy (30:53), 3. The Art of Double Binding (18:43). Solo Pilot: Thomas Thielen – all instruments & vocals. Read Olav’s review of “Fragmentropy”
    here.

    Profusion (Italy) – “Phersu” (Art-Rock)
    Tracklist: 1. Snooze, 2. Free Fall, 3. Forgetful Hero, 4. Wrinkled Maiden, 5. Nomen, 6. Infinite, 7. Masquerade, 8. Veteran, 9. Vanity Fair, 10. Forbidden. Line-up: Vladimer Sichinava – drums; Gionatan Caradonna – keyboards; Luca Cambi – bass; Thomas Laguzzi –guitars; Luca Latini – vocals.

    Quantum Fantay (Belgium) – “Dancing in Limbo” (Space Rock)
    Tracklist: 1. Nimbo (11:11), 2. Rimbo (11:12), 3. Cacimbo (11:13), 4. Limbo (11:14). Line-up: Pete Mush – synthesizers, programming; Jaro – bass, djembe, didgeridoo, saz; Gino Bartolini – drums, assorted percussion, Dario Frodo – guitars.

    Seven Steps To The Green Door (Germany) – “Fetish” (Art-Rock)
    Tracklist: 1. Possible Delayed (0:39), 2. Porn (8:50), 3. Still Searching (9:55), 4. Inferior (7:03), 5. Imprisoned (9:08), 6. Bound in Chains (8:53), 7. Last Lullaby (9:01), 8. Set in Motion (8:39), 9. Ordinary Maniac (16:10). Line-up: Ulf Reinhardt – drums; Marek Arnold – keyboards, saxophone, recorder; Martin Schnella – guitars, bass, vocals; Lars Kohler – vocals; Anne Trautmann – vocals. Read Olav’s review of “Fetish” here.

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    Melodic Revolution Records
    (USA) / Agst 30, 2015

    Forthcoming release:

  • Unified Past – “Shifting the Equilibrium”

    “Shifting the Equilibrium”, the new album by the US prog-metal band Unified Past, will be issued on September 11 by Melodic Revolution Records. Tracklist: 1. Erasure Principle, 2. Smile, 3. Etched in Stone, 4. Peace Remains in the World, 5. Deviation from a Theme, 6. Today is the Day. Line-up: Steve Speelman – keyboards, guitars; Victor Tassone – drums, percussion; Dave Mickelson – bass; Phil Naro – vocals.

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    Cuneiform Records
    (USA) / Agst 30, 2015

    Latest news:

    Cuneiform Records Launches a Sister Company Devoted to Licensing Music on the Sonic Frontier!

    An Existential Question: How does a 31-year old record label that specializes in avant-garde, non-mainstream music and has released over 400 albums of high-quality music to date, survive and thrive in the 21st century digital age, an era in which all music – whether popular or avant-garde – has been devalued, and in which record stores have disappeared? How does it enable the impressive music in its back catalogue to not only live anew, but also contribute to the future survival of both itself and the international composers and musicians who create that music? And how does it make the cutting-edge music it releases be financially sustainable as the century progresses, without compromising the stylistic integrity or “edginess” of that music?

    A Visionary Answer: It re-imagines a radically new context, a parallel purpose, a fresh existence for the innovative music it also releases on albums. Cuneiform Records is proud to announce the creation of a new, sister company, called The Music Outpost, devoted to licensing cutting-edge music to various media including film/movies, dance, theatre, advertising, fashion, technology and more. The new company launches on August 17, 2015, when the website themusicoutpost.com goes live. Numerous licensing companies already exist, but all focus on mainstream music; licensing avant-garde music is not a priority for them. In contrast, The Music Outpost – “licensing music on the Sonic Frontier” – focuses on ‘outside’ music and aims to ultimately be the go-to place for creative media professionals to find music as adventurous as their projects. Its continually-expanding archive of music-available-for-licensing will not only feature music released by Cuneiform, but also music by other experimental, boundary-defying artists.

    A selection from The Music Outpost’s music archive is currently displayed on its website. The music can be explored through listening samples or various search methods (moods, music genres, film genres, instruments, etc). Search instructions are posted on the website, and users are encouraged to email themselves a list of their “Favorites”. While only a modest sampling from Cuneiform’s catalogue is currently on display, you can inquire about licensing other music on Cuneiform while new music that can be “readily licensed” is being added to the site. The Music Outpost will continually be updated, with new albums and new artists being posted regularly, so frequent visitation is encouraged. The website includes a means to contact the Outpost for queries about licensing for a specific project; licensing fees vary for size, type and nature of project. Projects of all size – from student films to blockbuster studio projects and everything in-between – are welcome to contact The Music Outpost.

    Cuneiform has long been internationally acclaimed for releasing genre-defying music, music that transforms and transcends traditional forms. Now, this innovative label has defied yet another boundary, to release music from its boundaries on turntables and iPods, and release it on dance and theatre stages, runways, and movie and other screens.

    Based in greater Washington DC (Silver Spring, MD), Cuneiform Records was founded by Steve Feigenbaum in 1984 as a record label devoted to releasing innovative music from some of the best musicians in the international avant-garde. It is the sister company of Wayside Music, a webstore and distributor originally founded in 1980 as a mail-order company devoted to internationally selling and distributing music released on small labels from around the world. The Music Outpost is the newest addition to this musically-progressive family.

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    The Music Outpost

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    Prosthetic Records
    (USA) / Agst 30, 2015

    Forthcoming release:

  • Scale The Summit – “V”

    Scale The Summit, from the States, performs instrumental progressive rock music, blending Prog-Metal and Jazz-Fusion. “V” is their new album. Tracklist: 1. The Winged Bull, 2. Soria Moria, 3. Pontus Euxinus, 4. Trapped in Ice, 5. Stolas, 6. The Isle of Mull, 7. Kestral, 8. Oort Cloud, 9. Blue Sun, 10. The Golden Bird. Line-up: Chris Letchford – guitar; Travis LeVrier – guitar; Mark Michell – bass; JC Bryant – drums. Release date: September 18. Label: Prosthetic Records.

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    Kscope Music
    (UK) / Agst 30, 2015

    Forthcoming release:

  • Tesseract – “Polaris”

    Kscope Music announces “Polaris”, a new album by the British prog-metal band Tesseract. Release date: September 18. Tracklist: 1. Dystopia 6:51, 2. Hexes 5:18, 3. Survival 4:25, 4. Tourniquet 5:59, 5. Utopia 5:34, 6. Phoenix 3:53, 7. Messenger 3:34, 8. Cages 5:29, 9. Seven Names 5:42. Line-up: Acle Kahney – guitars; Dan Tompkins – vocals; Jay Postones – drums; Amos Williams – bass; James Monteith – guitar.

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    Kscope Music

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