With the release of "Mothership" less than a month away, Led Zeppelin has announced several big updates today regarding their music and fan interaction with the band. For the first time ever, Led Zeppelin fans can purchase their music digitally through iTunes as well as ringtones through Verizon. The Led Zeppelin MySpace page is now live, so be sure to check it out.
Apple announced that a special digital boxed set containing Led Zeppelin's entire discography, "The Complete Led Zeppelin," is now available for pre-order exclusively on the iTunes Store. "The Complete Led Zeppelin" is a 165-track collection of all 13 of the legendary group's albums, including the new career-spanning "Mothership" retrospective, for only $99.
Led Zeppelin's "Mothership," a 24-track collection of the group's best-known songs, hand-picked by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, is also available today for pre-order. Touching on every studio album, the collection contains defining songs including Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll and Kashmir. In addition to "The Complete Led Zeppelin" and "Mothership," Led Zeppelin's entire catalog of songs and albums will also be available for individual purchase and download beginning November 13. Fans who pre-order "The Complete Led Zeppelin" or "Mothership" will be automatically entered to win the chance to see the band's reunion performance at London's O2 Arena on November 26 as part of the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute. The winners will receive two tickets to the show, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.
Rhino Entertainment presents "Take Cover", a tribute album by Queensryche featuring songs by their favorite artists available on November 13. Queensryche pay tribute to some of their favorite songs with an adventurous collection of covers that range from Black Sabbath and The O'Jays to Italian opera and Broadway musical. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate, guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield put their stamp on 11 classic tracks with Take Cover. The album is available November 13 at regular physical retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested price of $13.98, with a digital version also available for the suggested price of $7.99.
Take Cover also features Queensryche's distinctive arrangement of Pink Floyd's Welcome To The Machine, an acoustic version of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, and a highly charged live version of U2's Bullet The Blue Sky.
Symphonic rock icon Lana Lane proudly announces her new studio album "Red Planet Boulevard". The new album follows Lana's 2005 art rock masterpiece "Lady Macbeth", and her highly acclaimed 2006 classic rock covers album "Gemini". "Red Planet Boulevard" is a melodic rock album that showcases Lana's legendary vocals with timeless songwriting all produced in a modern symphonic rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand, soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of orchestration that is pure Lana Lane. Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, "Red Planet Boulevard" combines the feeling of European precision and old world mystery with the Bay Area's legendary style and mood that is pure Northern California magic. The melange of locations shows in the album's production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy, intimate and extroverted. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander took on bass guitar duties as well for this release continuing in the role he played on the 2007 Lady Macbeth tour. Long time collaborators, Dutchmen Peer Verschuren (guitar) and Ernst Van Ee (drums), complete the instrumental trio in what Norlander calls "a sort of 'Led Zeppelin' instrumentation where we have guitar, drums and a bass playing keyboardist". The "Red Planet Boulevard" musician lineup is indeed the most compact to appear on a Lana Lane album, but the trio does not falter in creating the massive symphonic rock sound for which Lana Lane is so well known. Walls of guitars, landscapes of keyboards and tectonic plates of bass and drums drive the arrangements with the energy and exuberance of a band that indeed went straight from the road into the studio. That touring seasoning shows in the subtle complexities of "Red Planet Boulevard". This is a band that is experienced and skilled in their craft all supporting a legendary vocalist who is at the top of her game. Twelve all original songs compose "Red Planet Boulevard". The heavy rockers Into the Fire, Capture the Sun and Angels and Magicians along with the power ballad Jessica harken back to Lana's 1995 debut release, "Love is an Illusion", while in contrast, the anthemic Shine, The Frozen Sea and No Tears Left have a distinctly 21st century sound that fits perfectly with today's iPod generation. The up-tempo Stepford USA re-tells the story of the quiet rural town with a dark secret, while The Sheltering Sorrow is a heart wrenching ballad that is epic in scale with links back to the late 60s majesty of early symphonic rock. The album concludes with the finale and title track, Red Planet Boulevard, where themes from each of the album's songs is reprised in a grand orchestral rock style. Artwork is once again provided by Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka who has painted the covers for Lana's many past masterworks. Photos for the album were shot by noted San Francisco photographer Mark Leialoha who brings his own style and vision to the Lana Lane production team. Fans of melodic rock, symphonic style and the amazing female rock voice, your light is green: Make the turn onto "Red Planet Boulevard"!
Japan - November 23, 2007 on the Avalon label
Europe - December 12, 2007 on Frontiers Records
North America - January 29, 2008 on Think Tank Media distributed by ProgRock Records
Satellite posted samples of the song taken from their new album "Into The Night". They are available on their official MySpace profile. The band's new CD "Into The Night" will be released by Metal Mind Productions on November 19, 2007, in Europe and on the 22nd January 2008 in the USA (via MVD) in two versions: as a standard CD and as a digipack CD edtion including 2 bonus tracks. "Into The Night" is the final chapter of the trilogy initiated in 2003 by "A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset" and followed by "Evening Games" in 2005. It's a must have for fans of good quality progressive rock music.
Polish progressive rock trio SBB returns with new material. Full-length album entitled "The Rock" will be released via Metal Mind Productions on November 26, 2007, in Europe and on the 22nd January 2008 in US (via MVD). As the title "The Rock" suggests, the band's new music is as powerful as a rock. The follow up to the "New Century" album from 2005 was recorded in early Autumn in a refreshed line-up: Jozef Skrzek, Apostolis Anthimos, Gabor Nemethis. Gabor is a very skilled drummer, known from his work with Hungarian bands Scorpio and P Mobil. "The Rock" is available in two formats: a standard CD and a digipak CD with 2 bonus tracks. Soon after premiere of "The Rock" album the band will hit the road to play several gigs in Poland. The highlight of the tour will take place at Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, where SBB will record the show for the purposes of their future live DVD release.
Metal Mind Productions presents "She", the Rock Opera by Caamora. The band performed "She" on October 31, 2007, at the Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland. The musical version of "She" is based on the classic novel of the same name by Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard. Ever since seeing the film version as a child, Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, Neo, Shadowland, Strangers on a Train) has carried this story in his psyche, always intending to create a musical version. Three years ago, his collaboration began with singer Agnieszka Swita, and this marked the beginning Caamora and of their first major project, "She". The cast for the four main characters looks as follows: Ayesha - Agnieszka Swita, Leo - Clive Nolan, Holly - Alan Reed (Pallas), Ustane - Christina Booth (Magenta). The concert has been filmed for the future DVD release which will accompany the 2 CD album, set for release on 21st January 2008. The "She" CD will also feature orchestral and choral material giving this Rock Opera an epic and varied appeal, featuring over two hours of music. The musicians involved in the recording of the "She" CD include: Scott Higham (Shadowkeep) on drums, Mark Westwood (Neo) on guitars, John Jowitt (IQ, Neo) on bass, Richard West (Threshold) on keyboards, Steve Williams (Power Quest) on keyboards.
In January 2008 Metal Mind Records will release "Metalmania 2007" - a live DVD featuring the footage from the 21st, particularly successful, edition of the festival. At that time, the main stage of the festival was honored by such metal stars as Korpiklaani, Crystal Abyss, Darzamat, Zyklon, Vital Remains, Destrucion, Blaze Bayley, Sepultura and the American gods of thrash metal themselves Testament. The release also includes an audio CD featuring a selection of songs by the bands that performed on the side stage of the festival (taken from their latest studio albums).
Unicorn Digital are proud to announce the release of Quebec City progressive rock band Signs Of One new CD "Innerlands" (their third). The CD will be released on November 20 2007 at the Liquor Store in Quebec City. The album contains 14 pieces for a total time of 71 minutes of great progressive music recorded between June 2006 and February 2007.
Formed in 1997, Signs Of One has released 2 albums on their own before being approached by Unicorn Digital to open the first FMPM (Le Festival des Musiques Progressives de Montreal) in September 2006.