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Below is our complete Edensong news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Edensong Posts Festival Footage

New York City progressive outfit Edensong has issued a new live video for the epic "Down The Hours," which was filmed at the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec earlier this year.

Issues guitarist/vocalist James Schoen, "It was an honor to get the chance to return to Terra Incognita for Edenson's second performance at the festival. The audience in Quebec is so incredible and 'Down The Hours' was one of our favorite moments from the show.

"Quebec is also home to Godin Guitars who make the amazing xtSA that I use live and which enables me to quickly shift between (and combine) acoustic and electric guitar sounds. These guitars, along with our Hearback PRO monitoring rig from Hear Technologies, really help us bring this music to the stage and recreate Years In The Garden Of Years faithfully in concert." More...

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Edensong Prepares For Tour With ISD

Imminent Sonic Destruction and Edensong have been busy pulling out all the stops, hitting all your favorite progressive rock and metal news outlets to promote an upcoming North American tour.

Now, Edensong has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a very special limited edition (250 copies) anniversary edition of acclaimed album "Years in the Garden of Years" (reviewed here).

The album will be issued as a gatefold double album and any copy that is procured via this Kickstarter campaign will be signed by Edensong, numbered, and include a personalized thank you message. Check out full campaign details here.

Imminent Sonic Destruction has also been busy with pre-tour planning activities and just released a teaser video available below. Catch the bands live: More...

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Imminent Sonic Destruction Announces Tour Support

Imminent Sonic Destruction and Edensong are pleased to welcome progressive rockers Next To None (featuring Mike Portnoy's son, Max Portnoy), District 97, and Half Past Four as the local support in select markets for a forthcoming North American tour.

While Half Past Four will be the special guests on the tour's kick off at Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, District 97 can be caught at the band's Chicago, IL stop and Next To None will conclude the tour in New York City at Drom. The full itinerary is available below.

Half Past Four keyboardist Igor Kurtzman commented: "Having met the band years ago at Nearfest and later sharing the stage with them in New York, we are particularly excited to play with one of our favorite prog bands Edensong once again." More...

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Edensong Releases New Video

New York City-based progressive group Edensong just unveiled an official video for the expansive "In The Longest Of Days," which hails from the band's intense Laser's Edge-released "Years In The Garden Of Years" album (reviewed here).

Expanding on the video, the band's James Schoen delves in and says: "'In The Longest Of Days' is really the song that inspired the concept behind the album 'Years In The Garden Of Years.' It was the first song I wrote from scratch for Edensong since the 'Fruit Fallen' days and it remains one of my favorites, and one that flowed really easily for me. Conceptually, the song depicts a lifetime in the span of a single day; All our desires, aspirations, and struggles distilled into a solitary rotation of the earth on its axis.

"True to the concept, we filmed the video in the span of a single day, up in rural Vermont, where I felt the epic landscape could really complement the feel of the music. Once again, we teamed up with our good friend filmmaker Nick Fiore, and worked with an incredible local dancer Hanna Satterlee. Since just getting the guys in the band together for rehearsal can often be a challenge, I was quite nervous about our ability to pull all this off in a day (especially considering it was an outdoor shoot in Vermont in the middle of November) but things couldn't have come together more perfectly! Thanks, global warming! Both the song and the video shoot flowed pretty effortlessly, a rarity in my experience!" More...

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Imminent Sonic Destruction Announces Tour Dates

Imminent Sonic Destruction and Edensong announced a mini co-headline tour for North America this Spring.

Imminent Sonic Destruction, last seen on tour with Norwegian Prog Metal outfit Circus Maximus in 2016, has since released the critically acclaimed sophomore album "Triumphia" on Luxor Records.

Edensong's 2016 album "Years in the Garden of Years," the debut for Laser's Edge, has been dubbed "a more than worthy successor" to their acclaimed 2008 debut release "The Fruit Fallen."

Imminent Sonic Destruction's Tony Piccoli commented: "We first met the guys in Edensong as guests on Mike Portnoy's Progressive Nation at Sea, and it was clear then that we had do something together musically. Edensong's music is filled with passion, and they represent a style of progressive rock that gets me truly excited about touring together. Two bands who've worked very hard on their craft, showcasing their art, it's going to be awesome."

Edensong's James Schoen is also excited about the tour, "I saw ISD on their last tour and it melted my face. They promised it would grow back. It has not. In all seriousness, these guys have an incredible mix of energy, playing chops and taste. They can really play but always keep an eye on what suits the song. It's metal with a modern edge but it also satisfies my nostalgia for old school thrash and prog with blazing guitar harmonies and contrapuntal part writing. We're all thrilled to be joining them for this tour in May as they're also some of the nicest guys in rock and roll"

Confirmed dates are:

May 20, 2017 - Terra Incognita Festival, Quebec City, Canada (Edensong only)
May 22, 2017 - Toronto, Canada @ Sneaky Dee's
May 24, 2017 - St. Louis, Missouri @ The Firebird
May 25, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois @ Martyrs
May 26, 2017 - Detroit, Michigan @ The Loving Touch
May 28, 2017 - New York City, New York @ DROM More...

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Unearthing The Prog Rock Underground

It's been awhile since we cut through all the noise and decided to highlight three unknown bands specifically worth your while in a crowded music scene, and this week we're getting back into the swing of things with a new edition of Unearthing The Metal Underground!

We're returning with another look at progressive bands that meld opposing sub-genres, utilize very old school sounds in new and unique ways, or utterly dominate on the instrumental front. Without further ado, we now introduce you to three prog metal bands you need to hear hailing from locations as diverse as Spain, Chile, and New York City.

Bauda

A Chilean band that has flown under the radar for far too long, Bauda's latest album "Sporelights" (reviewed here) came to my attention last summer from an unsolicited review request email, which is always a dicey proposition: you might get something awesome, or you might hear some basement recordings that never should have hit the digital airwaves.

Needless to say, "Sporelights" was an unexpected treat. I had no idea what to expect going in, being totally unfamiliar with the band, and I was blown away by the juxtaposition of sounds, flirting with the line between rock and metal.

There's some dark material that plays with shoegaze (but offers a lot wider breadth of sound than you'd usually hear there), along with incredibly emotional offerings that will be right on track for fans of Anathema, all while offering a very distinct sound that is uniquely Bauda.

The entire "Sporelights" album can be heard in the Bandcamp player, and you can follow the latest on Bauda by heading over to Facebook.

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Edensong Premieres New Album Ahead Of Release

Laser’s Edge will present the second studio album by New York City-based progressive quintet Edensong this coming Friday (September 30th). You don't have to wait any longer to hear it in full though, as we're streaming the entire disc early!

Capturing over seventy minutes of new music, Edensong’s "Years In The Garden Of Years" is even more ambitious than its predecessor, and will be sure to appeal to fans of both progressive and classic metal. Dig anything from folk music to '70s prog rock? You'll want to hear this one.

The concept album features an extended song cycle on themes of time, each song a different scale and perspective. Given its subject matter, it therefore seems fitting that this project took the band over five years in the studio to complete.

Listen in below, and you can also pre-order the album right here. A record release show is scheduled for NYC on October 2nd, with Laser’s Edge kin Infinite Spectrum, and additional dates will be announced soon! The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Cold City
2. End Times In Retrospect
3. In The Longest Of Days
4. The Hollowed
5. Down The Hours
6. Chronos
7. Generations
8. The Atman Apocalypse
9. Regenerations
10. Yawn Of A Blink More...

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Edensong Posts "Cold City" Video

New York City progressive troupe Edensong today presents an official video for the track "Cold City," which hails from second full-length album, "Years In The Garden Of Years."

As the ambitious new album, nearly five years in the making, comes ever closer to release next week through Laser's Edge, the "Cold City" lyric video comes into the public domain below. Edensong comments:

"'Cold City' is the first track off the new album. We always intended it to open the album. In fact, I think we knew how we were going to start off this record even before we had written most of it! Edensong is no stranger to the classic, proggy, slow-building, acoustic intro, but here we wanted to change things up a bit and intentionally went with something that will grab you from the down beat and jostle you awake like a triple shot of espresso.

"It's not technically part of the song cycle that spans most of Years In The Garden Of Years but I think it does a good job of introducing the sound of the record and showcasing the ways in which this band has evolved since The Fruit Fallen.

"We wanted to paint a grittier reality with this tune, and wanted it to live in a different visual universe from the song cycle, so, when it came time to create the lyric video for this song, we opted to work with the dark cityscapes featured in the photography of Scott Irvine, rather than the fantasy tinged paintings of Dan May, who created our album cover and most of the other visuals for the record. I think Scott's photos, brought to life by Nick Fiore's direction, pair perfectly with the song." More...

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Edensong Streaming "The Atman Apocalypse"

As "Years In The Garden Of Years," the second full-length from NYC-based progressive ensemble Edensong, nears release through Laser's Edge at the end of the month, a new single from the record has been issued.

Check out "The Atman Apocalypse" below, which features a brief guest appearance by Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, etc.)

Considered by the members of Edensong to be "the craziest thing they've ever written," the mammoth track consumes over ten minutes, delivering some of the most bombastic elements of the entire album.

The band offers, "'The Atman Apocalypse' is a cornerstone track on 'Years In The Garden Of Years' and the climax of the song-cycle that makes up most of the album. It takes so many of the musical themes from across the record and fuses them into the most brutal and 'proggy' thing we've probably ever written.

"It's actually based on a string quartet that Tony (our drummer) wrote a few years back, which Edensong then spun out into an epic rock tune. It's even got a cameo from Adrian Belew, by way of a chance encounter. We always jokingly imagined Adrian's voice in this particular moment of the song, so it's pretty awesome (and hilarious) that it's actually there. Listen carefully or you'll miss it." More...

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Edensong Reveals New Album Details

Laser's Edge has released details for the incoming second studio album by New York City-based progressive quintet Edensong, issuing the album's cover art, track listing, and an extensive video trailer.

Capturing over seventy minutes of new music, Edensong's "Years In The Garden Of Years" is even more ambitious than its predecessor, and will be sure to appeal to fans of both progressive rock and classic metal.

The concept album features an extended song cycle on themes of time, each song a different scale and perspective. Given its subject matter, it therefore seems fitting that this project took the band over five years in the studio to complete.

"Years In The Garden Of Years" is mastered with audiophile precision by Grammy winning engineer Bob Katz, and the deluxe CD release features cover art and booklet illustrations from surrealist painter Dan May. The album is to be released on September 30th through Laser's Edge and will feature this track listing;

1. Cold City
2. Ent Times In Retrospect
3. In The Longest Of Days
4. The Hollowed
5. Down The Hours
6. Chronos
7. Generations
8. The Atman Apocalypse
9. Regenerations
10. Yawn Of A Blink More...

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