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BANDS & PERFORMERS:

Stewart Bell
(UK) / September 30, 2016

Forthcoming release:

“Stories from the Antechamber” is the new release by Stewart Bell, a remarkable Scottish musician and songwriter (Citizen Cain, Solo).This is the second part of Bell’s epic trilogy of concept albums titled “The Antechamber of Being” (hence the outing’s sub-title, “The Antechamber of Being – Part 2”). Track list: 1. Early Days, 2. Time Dilation, 3. Intervention, 4. The Probability of Improbability, 5. The Cupboard of Fear. Line-up: Stewart Bell – vocals, keyboards, bass, drums; with: Phil Allen (Citizen Cain) – guitars, bass, vocals; Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) – vocals; Simone Rossetti (The Watch) – vocals; Bekah Mhairi Comrie – vocals. Genre: Progressive Rock. Format: CD, digital. Release date: October 31.

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Deep Purple
(UK) / September 30, 2016

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Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan says the band’s new album is done and that he expects it to be released in February of 2017. The group recorded the follow-up to 2013’s "Now What?" with legendary producer Bob Ezrin earlier this year.

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Deep Purple

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Neal Morse
(USA) / September 30, 2016

Forthcoming release:

“The Similitude of a Dream” is the brand (double) new album by Neal Morse, a famous US musician and composer (ex-Spock’s Beard). Tracklist: Disc 1 (52 min): 1. Long Day, 2. Overture, 3. The Dream, 4. City of Destruction, 5. We Have Got to Go, 6. Makes No Sense, 7. Draw the Line, 8. The Slough, 9. Back to the City, 10. The Ways of a Fool, 11. So Far Gone, 12. Breath of Angels; Disc 2 (55 min): 1. Slave to Your Mind, 2. Shortcut to Salvation, 3. The Man in the Iron Cage, 4. The Road Called Home, 5. Sloth, 6. Freedom Song, 7. I'm Running, 8. The Mask, 9. Confrontation, 10. The Battle, 11 Broken Sky/Long Day Reprise. Line-up: Neal Morse - vocals, guitar, keyboards; Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) – drums; Randy George – bass; Eric Gillette – guitar, vocals; Bill Hubauer – keyboards, vocals. Style: Symphonic Art-Rock. Format: 2CD, 2LP. Release date: November 11, 2016.

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Triumph
(Canada) / September 30, 2016

Latest News:

Triumph reunites on new Rik Emmett album. A Triumph reunion and guest appearances by members of Rush and Dream Theater highlight "RES9", the forthcoming album by legendary Canadian guitarist and composer Rik Emmett (Triumph, Solo). "This album represents a journey through my life”, explains Emmett, "and the idea behind a lot of these songs is me trying to figure out who I am, and why I'm doing what I'm doing. There's a common thread of positivity here that ties into the records I was making 30 years ago. What did I learn from making them? You'll hear all of that echoed in the grooves of this album." The Triumph appearance on the bonus track, ‘Grand Parade’, marks the first time the trio has reunited on record in three decades following Emmett's split from the group in 1988. "As I was developing the lyrics, I started thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if I could get Mike and Gil to play on it? Wouldn't that just bring everything full circle?', the guitarist reveals. "One thing led to another, and there we were, recording in MetalWorks. Things just lined up perfectly." Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson sits in on ‘Human Race’, and joins Dream Theater's James LaBrie on ‘End of the Line", with the vocalist also contributing to the track ‘I Sing’. "When Rik asked me to play on his new album, I didn't hesitate for a second", says Lifeson. "He's the consummate musician, a wonderful guitarist, and a terrific person, and it's always my pleasure to work with him any chance I can get. There’s a rock purity in his songwriting and performance, and it's just so much fun to get together and throw ideas around. He's always so up and open for anything – even a notoriously uncooperative Rickenbacker 12-string!" Release date: November 11, 2016.

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Rik Emmett

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ESP
(UK) / September 30, 2016


RECORDING COMPANIES:

The Laser's Edge Records
(USA) / September 30, 2016

Forthcoming release:

  • EYE – “Vision and Ageless Light”

    “Vision and Ageless Light”, the new album by the US space rock band EYE, will be released on November 18. Tracklist: 1. Book of The Dead, 2. Kill the Slavemaster, 3. Searching, 4. Dweller of the Twilight Void, 5. As Sure As the Sun I, 6. As Sure As The Sun II. Line-up: Lisa Bella Donna –keyboards, guitars, voices; Brandon Smith – drums, assorted percussion, voices; Michael Sliclen – el. and upright bass, voices; Jon Finley – el. and ac. guitars. Format: CD, LP, digital. Label: The Laser’s Edge Records.

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    Prog Promotion Records
    (UK) / September 30, 2016

    Forthcoming release:

  • Eyesberg – “Masquerade”

    The new album (CD) by the German progressive rock combo Eyesberg is titled “Masquerade”. It will be released on November 11 via Progressive Promotion Records. Track list: 1. Joke on You, 2. Come and Take a Look at My Life, 3. Faceless, 4. Here and Now, 5. Storm Flood, 6. Steal Your Thunder, 7. Wait and See. Line-up: Georg Alftes – guitar, bass; Norbert Podien –keyboards; Malcolm Shuttleworth – vocals; with: Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard) – drums; Oliver Wenzler – percussion.

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    Jolly Rogers Recordings
    (UK) / September 30, 2016

    Forthcoming release:

  • Witchwood – “Handful of Stars”

    Jolly Rogers Recordings presents: “Handful of Stars”, the new release by the Italian hard-retro-prog band Witchwood. Release date: October 31. Format: CD, LP, digital. Track list: 1. Under the Willow, 2. Like a Giant in a Cage, 3. A Grave is the River, 4. Mother, 5. Flaming Telepaths, 6. Rainbow Demon, 7. Handful of Stars Alternative. Line-up: Riccardo Dal Pane – vocals, el. and ac. guitar, mandolin; percussion; Antonino Stella - lead guitars; Andrea Palli – drums; Stefano Olivi – vintage keyboards; Luca Celotti – bass; Samuele Tesori – flute, harmonica.

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    Jolly Rogers Recordings

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    Bad Elephant Music
    (UK) / September 30, 2016

    Forthcoming releases:

  • The Gift – “Why the Sea is Salt”
  • The Far Meadow – “Given the Impossible”

    “Why the Sea is Salt”, the new album by the UK sympho-art-rock band The Gift, will be released on October 28 via Bad Elephant Music. Format: CD, digital. Track list: 1. At Sea, 2. Sweeper of Dreams, 3. Tuesday's Child, 4. The Tallest Tree, 5. All These Things, 6. At Sea Reprise. Line-up: Mike Morton – lead vocals; Dave Lloyd – guitars, backing vocals; Leroy James – guitars, backing vocals; Gabriele Baldocci – keyboards; Stefan Dickers – bass; Neil Hayman – drums; with: Anthony Phillips (Genesis) – ac. guitar; Steve Hackett (Genesis) – lead el. guitar; Peter Jones – Irish whistle.

    Bad Elephant Music presents: “Given the Impossible”, the new album by the UK progressive rock band The Far Meadow. Release date: November 4. Format: CD, digital. Track list: 1. Prove It Then, 2. Hang On, 3. Industry, 4. A Gentle Warrior, 5. Dinosaurs, 6. Himalaya Flashmob, 7. Letterboxing, 8. The Seamless Shirt. Line-up: Marguerita Alexandrou – vocals; Keith Buckman – bass; Paul Bringloe – drums; Denis Warren – guitars; Eliot Minn – keyboards, backing vocals.

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    K-scope Music
    (UK) / September 30, 2016

    Forthcoming release:

  • Blackfield – “V”

    The Israeli/British art-rock band Blackfield has finished working on their new album, titled simply “V”. It will be released by the renowned British label Kscope Music on November 18. Format: CD, LP, digital. Track list: 1. A Drop in the Ocean, 2. Family Man, 3. How Was Your Ride, 4. We’ll Never Be Apart, 5. Sorrys, 6. Life Is an Ocean, 7. Lately, 8. October, 9. The Jackal, 10. Salt Water, 11. Undercover Heart, 12. Lonely Soul, 13. From 44 To 48. Line-up: Aviv Geffen – vocals, guitar, keyboards; Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Solo)- vocals, guitar, keyboards; with: Tomer Z – drums; Eran Mitelman – keyboards; London Session Orchestra – strings.

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