Canturbe, one of the most remembered urban rock band of the eighties is back. The band that covered Buenos Aires with stickers advertising its name to show songs that merge, perfectly, English and native rock with tango sounds of modernity. Canturbe manages to record their first album at the end of 1980 with “El vuelo de los olvidados” (“The fly of the forgotten”), which can’t be called that way (the song with the same name talks in poetic terms about the arrested and missing people) because of the dictatorship’s prohibition. In that album, Charly Garcia was invited, still in his symphonic days. Several songs were played in a lot of radio stations during the Malvinas war, which was a real contradiction. In 2005 the label Viajero Inmovil re-issues that album on CD in several countries of America and Europe, and in Japan. The Project was well supported by the press, independent virtual labels and progressive rock media. Because of this success, Jorge Garacotche, founder member, decides to give new life to the project, so he met with some friends and return to the studio, this time with the name Canturbe under his arm: With the accompaniment of Kike Gentile Pont on drums, Moroco Fresone on bass and Daniel Gonzalez on percussion and second voice. The album also features the singer Liliana Herrero, the stickist Guillermo Cides, Francisco Huici on sax, Eugenio Soria on tango accordion and Bruno Cecconi on flute. The new material counts with thirteen new songs composed by Jorge. Of course, it has an urban progressive ambient, returning to that old style, but focus in the present time, overall in the lyrics. Jorge Garacotche was in charge of the artistic production and Fernando Bellini was in charge of the recording. Victor Hugo Angio was the executive producer. The cover art belongs to Felipe Surkan (the manager of Viajero Inmovil Records), and Daniel Orono. The new album “Sociedad Secreta de Melancolicos” (“Melancholic’s Secret Society”) is already in stock. Canturbe?s discography: “El vuelo de los olvidados” (Polygram 1980), “Bonpland” (BMG 1983), “Clandestino” (Yeite 1986),
”Del magico mundo (Yeite 1989), “En venta” (Che Discos 1991), “Sociedad secreta de melancolicos” (Viajero Inmovil 2008).
ProgRock Records and Galileo Records are proud to announce the latest release in their strategic partnership where ProgRock Records will distribute Galileo Records titles, the latest being “The Never Ending Illusion” from Daedalus. This second album by the band is a fine mix of metal, prog and some Italian folk elements.
Pink Floyd - London 1966 / ‘67 – ltd edition heavyweight vinyl and CD Set – online exclusive – is available to pre-order now. The classic Pink Floyd line-up featuring Syd Barrett captured by Peter Whitehead as part of his legendary ‘Tonight Lets All Make Love In London’ film. These two full-length, rare tracks were recorded at the Sound Techniques studio in London in 1966 and are Pink Floyd’s first ever studio recordings. This set features the tracks on both CD and heavy weight vinyl beautifully packaged in a gatefold sleeve: A. Interstellar Overdrive (16.46), B. Nick's Boogie (11.50).
On 4 December 2008, Kerry Livgren sent out a press release: Proto-Kaw has disbanded. What a great and fun band to have played in. We didn't "break up" as such, things just sort of lapsed for us. No bookings, label troubles, and lots of other personal circumstances contributed. Our unfinished album will eventually surface as a solo project by myself, featuring members of Proto-Kaw and other guest musicians and vocalists.
Univers Zero has a new release. Titled “Relaps”, this is a set of live recordings from 1984, ‘85 and ’86 plus one never previously available composition. Info and sound samples will soon be available at the band’s official website.
Henning Pauly is most widely known for his two groundbreaking CDs under the moniker Frameshift, the first with James LaBrie, and the second with Sebastian Bach. He also released 2 albums with his band Chain and 3 solo albums. Now Henning is back with "Midnight Sky Masquerade", which was born out of an idea Pauly had one day. He heard some classic metal in the car and decided to try to write some music in this style on his own. He employed the help of singer Juan Roos to give the project the definite metal vocal sound. The music of the band is everything you would expect from the glory days of the ‘80s when guitar solos still screamed and vocals soared just like the eagles and dragons they were singing about.
Scott Von Heldt, frontman for the bands Healer and Kurai, has announced that he will be performing his first solo gig in over 16 years on Saturday December 20th at Genghis Cohen in Hollywood, CA. SVH will be performing new solo material, some Healer and Kurai favorites, a few metal covers, and discussing some of the philosophy behind his new book ”Mind Over Metal”.
Scott "SVH" Von Heldt and LuLu Publishing recently announced the release of Scott's highly anticipated book “Mind Over Metal” - “A Musician's guide to Mental Mastery”. “Mind Over Metal” is a philosophical and spiritual approach to musical mastery for the aspiring musician. As the first book in The Mystic Art of Self-Discovery series, “Mind Over Metal” offers deep insights for anyone who wants to unleash their primal essence and achieve mastery in the complex art of music. Derived from the metaphysical beliefs and traditions of Eastern Philosophies, Spiritualism, Shamanism, and the Healing Arts, Mind Over Metal has been crafted in a fashion that will awaken the mind of the reader to a deeper understanding of sound and vibrations and how they can be harnessed to transform musical expression. Whether you are a novice, a pro or even just someone who is passionate about music, “Mind Over Metal” offers you timeless wisdom that is sure to open your mind and expand your creative vision. “Mind Over Metal” is available from the publisher at the link above and will by available from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and many other fine book retailers by Thanksgiving.
According to Runaway Totem, the Second Movement of “4 Elementi 5”, titled “Manu Menes”, is finished and will be released in February 2009. Current lineup: Cahal De Betel (guitars, vocals, keyboards), Tipheret (drums, percussion, keyboards), Issirias Moira Dusatti (vocals), Giuseppe Dauno (bass), with Hor-Douati (Graphics).
Recently Rewiring Genesis, led by Nick D'Virgilio of Spock's Beard fame, did a reimaging of the classic Genesis album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". This release has been very well received, so well that Nick and the musicians involved will be doing a one off performance at "The Basement" in Nashville, TN on Sunday January 4th at 8pm.
Chris G (USA) – “Reflections: An Act of Glass"
"Reflections – An Act Of Glass" is the tribute CD dedicated to the music of the late Andrew Gorczyca, a project conceived and produced by his brother, drummer Chris G. Now Chris has teamed up with ProgRock Records to release “Reflections – An Act of Glass” featuring an all star cast that includes the likes of Adrian Belew, Nick D’Virgilio, Ryo Okomuto, Dave Meros, Randy George, Ted Leonard, Phil Keaggy, and Mike Keneally.
Soft Machine (UK) – “Drop”
Recorded live during the German tour in the Fall of 1971, original recordings edited and remastered by Mike King in October of 2008, dedicated to the memory of Elton Dean (1946-2006), CD available from Records from December 1st. Soft Machine were one of first and one of the greatest jazz rock bands of all time with their absolute pick between 1969 and 1972. This CD documents an often overlooked phase in the long and complex history of Soft Machine - Australian drummer Phil Howard's five-month interim behind the drum stool between Robert Wyatt's departure and his eventual long-term replacement John Marshall. It did last long enough to record half of the studio album "Fifth" (1972) and a couple of BBC radio sessions, but until now no official document of that line-up in its preferred environment - the stage. Howard was brought into Soft Machine by saxophonist Elton Dean, both being members of Elton's side project Just Us, and under their combined influence the band became freer and wilder than ever before (or after) in its existence, pushing longtime leaders Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper into unchartered areas of electric madness. Before long they'd decided this wasn't the way to go, but meanwhile the line-up had antagonized audiences throughout extensive tours of the UK and Europe. This CD documents the German leg of the tour and, as veteran music journalist Steve Lake notes in his detailed liner notes, is a revelation - a glimpse of a highly exciting alternative route Soft Machine decided not to explore further.
This Unique Museum (UK) – “Lost at Sea (Out-takes from the Great Lake)”
“Four Goodbyes” is the debut release from Northampton artist Katie Malco. A spine-chillingly beautiful songwriter blessed with intimate honey-drenched vocals accompanied by swells of indie folk guitar. Katie will be promoting the EP at various venues throughout the UK.
This Unique Museum is the brainchild of Ben Fitton, mixing the gentle pace of low-fi indie rock with the ambient sound of shoegazing dream pop. The band's new release features session out-takes from their most recent albums, shedding new light on their lush winter-like sound. A darker tone is apparent throughout with exclusive instrumentals and newly mastered audio. “Lost at Sea: Out-takes from the Great Lake” was released on 8th September 2008, while the follow up entitled “Chapter Two: Caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea'” is expected to be recorded later this year for a spring 2009 release.
Satellite (Poland) – “Into the Night”
Cemetery Of Scream, one of the most intriguing bands on Polish atmospheric dark metal scene returns with a new album. The band's new offering “Frozen Images” has a very different character than the band’s previous releases while still maintaining the ethereal style of their music, which fluently shifts between the worlds of reality and fiction. “Frozen Images” will be released on 26th January 2009 in Europe and 10th March 2009 in USA (via MVD).
Strawberry Fields is a rock band from Poland, formed in 2008 by Wojtek Szadkowski, a highly acclaimed musician (Collage, Satellite, Peter Pan). Strawberry Fields’ music is a blend of the old and the new, of rock guitars and soft keyboards, loops and psychedelic soundscapes. But what is most important here is the magical voice of Robin (Marta Kniewska), a female lead singer. On the band’s debut album entitled “Rivers Gone Dry” Marta is supported by Sarhan Kubeisi (guitar, Satellite), Jarek Michalski (bass, Satellite) Krzys Palczewski (keyboards, Satellite) and, of course, Wojtek Szadkowski's drums. “Rivers Gone Dry” will be released in early February 2009 (US release date is set for 10th March 2009).
Satellite revealed the cover artwork of their forthcoming album: “Nostalgia”, which will be released by on 23rd February 2009 in Europe / 10th March 2009 in USA (via MVD). Satellite was founded in 2000 by Wojtek Szadkowski, who wrote and co-wrote nearly all of Collage's music and lyrics. It was meant to be only Wojtek's solo-project but soon became a real band.