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BANDS & PERFORMERS:

Rush
(Canada) / November 24, 2013

Latest News:

As Rush releases their new "Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD this week, guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard that the band will be on hiatus for most of 2014, but assures fans it will only be a short break and they will return. "We've committed to taking about a year off," says Lifeson. "We all agreed when we finished this tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment." That said, Lifeson acknowledges that he and singer/ bassist/ keyboardist Geddy Lee - who both live in the Toronto area, while drummer Neil Peart resides in California - "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing." "It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next," he continues. "You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go."

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Azazello
(Russia) / November 24, 2013

Forthcoming release:

The Russian band Azazello releases their new album “MegaDream” on December 3 through Melodic Revolution Records.

Track Listing: 

1.  Zero Hour 01:01
2.  A Losing Game 09:20
3.  MegaDream 03:30
4.  Across the Frontier 07:36
5.  Between Two Worlds 01:50
6.  Nothing But a Shade 08:58
7.  Live to See Tomorrow 05:15
8.  Carnal Caravan 07:39
9.  On the Other Side 05:20
10. Run in Parallel Leo 04:35
11. Guardians in the Garden (b/t) 07:24

Band members:

Alexandr Kulak – guitars; keyboards; flute; vocals 
Yan Zhenchak – lead and backing vocals; violin
Vladimir Kulak – keyboards
Vladimir Demakov – drums (R.I.P. 12.10.11)
With:
Arina Kiryushina – vocals (2, 3, 5)
Bill Berends (Mastermind) – lead guitar (2, 9)
Kerry Chicoine (Mars Hollow) – bass (2, 3, 10)

Artwork by Ed Unitsky. 

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Threshold
(UK) / November 24, 2013

Latest News:

Threshold is at work on what will be their tenth studio album, and guitarist Karl Groom hopes the change of pace between new albums will be permanent. Their previous studio outing was 2012's “March of Progress”, their first with vocalist Damian Wilson since his return in 2009.

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Transatlantic
(USA) / November 24, 2013

Forthcoming release:

Progressive rock super-group Transatlantic, featuring Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt and Pete Trewavas, will release their brand new fourth studio album “Kaleidoscope” on January 27, 2014, on InsideOut Music.

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Mike Oldfield
(UK) / November 24, 2013

Forthcoming release:

Virgin EMI are delighted to announce Mike Oldfield‘s first album of new material since 2008. Featuring 11 brand new tracks, ”Man on the Rocks” is a deeply personal song-based album that reflects many of Mike’s different influences. Recorded in the Bahamas, Mike’s 25th studio album has been produced by Mike with legendary British producer Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox). “Man on the Rocks” features players such as legendary bassist Leland Sklar (Phil Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash) and drummer John Robinson (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton). Although Oldfield has worked with some of the world’s most famous vocalists in the past, here he has found an incredible young talent to interpret his words, Luke Spiller from the Struts. The album will be released on January 27, 2014.

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RECORDING COMPANIES:

Noble Agency
(UK) / November 24, 2013

Forthcoming release:

  • Red Dragon Cartel – “Red Dragon Cartel”

    The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, is set to release their debut album via Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 27th 2014 in the UK and on the following day in the US. Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sin” albums.

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    Parma Recordings
    (USA) / November 24, 2013

    New releases:

  • Kirk O'Riordan – “Strange Flowers”
  • Gheorghe Costinescu – “An Evolving Circle”
  • Joseph Summer – “The Fair Ophelia”
  • Roger Bourland – “Four Quartets of Songs & Arias”
  • The Bowed Piano Ensemble – “Ice and Fire”

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    Esoteric Recordings
    (UK) / November 24, 2013

    New releases:

  • Keith Emerson – “Honky”
  • Jon Anderson – “Change We Must”
  • Steve Hackett – “Bremen Tapes” DVD
  • Mike Pinder – “The Promise”/”Among the Stars” 2CD
  • Bill Nelson – “Getting the Holy Ghost Across”
  • Barclay James Harvest – “North” (new album)
  • Solstice – “Prophecy” (new album)

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    Quatermass Records
    (USA) / November 24, 2013

    Forthcoming release:

  • Regal Worm – “Use And Ornament”

    Progressive Rock band Regal Worm releases its first album “Use And Ornament” on December 2 through Quatermass Records via Burning Shed and Bandcamp. This album is the culmination of months of fevered work in Jarrod’s "Pig View" studio, beavering away on dangerous vintage machinery (including his prized Mellotron M400), to bring Prog Fans a highly detailed but accessible and colourful music, mixing prog, jazz, and folk genres with an anarchic post-¬punk strand and sensibility.

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    Metal Mind Recordings
    (Poland) / November 24, 2013

    Forthcoming releases:

  • WVMI – “WVMI”
  • Cochise – “118”
  • Turbo – “The Fifth Element”

    In the early Spring of the coming year, a project that will give new meaning to hard'n'heavy music will see the light of day – WVMI. The names associated with it are true legends on the hard rock scene: vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 15-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy (Gwadera), who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun. The album is to be mixed by the end of the year and will be released already in the early Spring!

    Metal Mind is proud to announce the release of a brand new album by the Polish band Cochise. The album is entitled “118” amd is scheduled for release on February, 24, 2014 in Europe and March, 11, 2014 in the USA (via MVD).

    The legend of Polish hard & heavy scene Turbo returns in early Spring 2014 with a brand new studio album. As the band members announce, we can expect solid heavy metal without any unnecessary intricacies. Entitled “The Fifth Element”, the album is scheduled for release in March 2014.

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