Glass Hammer confirm the release of their 17th album on March 31st. ‘Breaking Of The World’ is the follow up to 2014’s ‘Ode to Echo’ and respected studio engineer Bob Katz calls it the band’s “Most progressive album yet”.
Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by Carl Groves, Kamran Alan Shikoh, Aaron Raulston and Susie Bogdanowicz.
Babb tells us, “It is certainly (IMO) the best sounding Glass Hammer album we’ve released in years. The songwriting was really focused, and our current line-up has genuine chemistry. That’s just my opinion of course. The fans will decide for themselves very soon. But I think they’ll be very happy with The Breaking Of The World.”
Artist/Band name: VIHAAN
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Format: CD / DIGITAL
Label: SELF RELEASED
Genre: PROGRESSIVE METAL
Origin: UNITED STATES (Detroit, Michigan)
TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. City (4:36)
2. Inflection (7:21)
3. Statue (7:36)
4. Episodes (3:18)
5. Smoke (3:49)
6. Valor (11:06)
7. Perception (9:04)
Vihaan was formed in 2012 by Lorenzo Piccirilli as solo project based just outside of Detroit, MI. The focus is on the music, songwriting, and a range of influences from modern progressive death metal, 70s prog rock, and jazz fusion.
Band name: NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
Title: SYNKKÄ TUULI
Release Date: March 26th, 2013 / September 2nd, 2013
Label: HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTION / INFERNAL KOMMANDO RECORDS
Genre: AMBIENT BLACK METAL
Origin: FINLAND (Helsinki), UNITED STATES (Pennsylvania)
TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (I) (6:03)
2. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (II) (7:22)
3. Itämeri Anomalia (1:26)
4. Anhedonia (3:46)
5. Arktinen Välisoitto (3:44)
6. Synkkä Tuuli (7:14)
7. Ketamiini (1:22)
LINE UP & CREDITS:
Guitar, Drum-Programming, Co-Composer: Mika Mage (Lawrence’s Creation)
Bass, Keyboard, Drum-Programming, Vocals: M.W.S. (Serpent ov Old, Shadows in the Crypt, ex-Evil Divine, ex-Wykked Witch)
Co-Composer: Manuel Rodriguez
Greetings fellow music lovers, another year has come and gone, and though we have all seen the usual ups and downs that life delivers, music is the constant up, the soundtrack that gets us through our day. 2014 was a stellar one to say the least, with some heavy hitters putting out new work, some bands coming off long hiatuses to remind us of why we love them so, and of course some obscure bands scoured from all over the world to blow our minds and eardrums.
The band started touring in 2010. The founder and leader of the band is Wojtek Balczun. During the final phase of forming the band CHEMIA recorded in Vancouver the extended play “In the Eye” that was the first presentation of the band’s true sound. Partially it was due to the fact that Chemia started its cooperation with the vocalist Luke Drapala who was the perfect complement of the band’s style. In 2012 the band was invited to the Warehouse Studio in Canada to realize their true debut – the long play album “The One Inside”. After that Chemia have launched they tour across Canada and Poland. Last year the band have signed the contracts with the Agency group and at the moment CHEMIA is represented by Ralph James. CHEMIA is one of the most successful Polish bands playing modern rock. Their music can be heard on several Polish radio stations as their singles “Bondage of love” and “Hero” went to the top of the most important rock charts in Poland. What is more CHEMIA can be seen and heard live during various music festivals across Europe and overseas.
Gabe: I moved to Cleveland for grad school in summer 2007 and by fall 2008, I was itching to get into a musical project again. I found a Craiglist ad looking to start a project with musicians interested in prog/metal bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X, and Evergrey, and that’s how I got in touch with Brian. When I answered the ad, I briefly mentioned that I was a grad student at Case Western Reserve University, and I was surprised to learn that Brian was a professor at CWRU. This allowed us to connect on a professional level, and, combined with our common musical interests, laid the groundwork for a collaboration and friendship that’s still going strong.
Karnataka are very pleased to introduce their new band member, world class drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Pallagrosi!
In recent years the band have been working with session drummers to ensure they had the best possible drummer in the drum seat and in that respect they’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some of the UK’s top musicians. However, they’ve always felt that in an ideal world it would be great to have the best possible drummer who was also a band member and part of the team, playing a full role in the song writing and arrangements. Enter Jimmy Pallagrosi!
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Karnataka recruit a world class drummer: Jimmy Pallagrosi!
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In part three of my interview with The Gift’s Mike Morton. We conclude our discussion by talking about Mike’s musical influences and the state of progressive music today. Furtjermore, we find out about The Gift playing live and Mike’s major involvement with the Resonance Festival in London later this year.
Progradar – What were your first musical influences? Who was the first artist that really connected with you?
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Mike Morton Interview Part 3 – Musical Heroes and Resonance Festival
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Welcome to part two of my interview with the enigmatic Mike Morton, front man with British progressive rock band The Gift. In this instalment we hear how Mike overcame the fallout from Awake and Dreaming and set about reforming The Gift and the agonies and ecstasies that went into the writing and recording of Land of Shadows. We also discuss the unique sound of The Gift and what goes into producing it.
Progradar – Obviously, there was a lot of time between the writing and recording of the two albums. Did you ever think you were going to write and release another record?
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Mike Morton Interview – Part Two – Recovery, Land of Shadows and Resonance
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Rufus Wainwright skips up from behind the gleaming centre stage grand piano, and declares: ‘Ok, time to talk about my outfit. I’m the Big Gay Sultan!’ – resplendent in calf-length multicolour dreamcoat – and it’s clear that the man is in chipper mood.
Central Istanbul’s Küçükçiftlik Park is tonight covered in billowing burgundy fabric, half the audience seated in the front half of the arena, with the plebs to the back (though no-one’s able to smoke – that job is left to the gusty dry-ice on stage).