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Each week, carrying on faithfully in the tradition of bringing the bands that are currently simmering in the underground up to a rolling boil, we feature several quality underground bands in their respective genres. With the 'power' side of the ProgPower USA XIII festival already unearthed in October, the 'prog' side remains unspoken for.
The ProgPower USA festival has taken turns at skewing the balance toward one genre, but has been notorious for bringing in bands who straddle the line between both in the eyes of those with a more liberal view of things. The lines of demarcation are not very clear and the next year's roster often ends up surprising many. Fortunately, many prog bands are able to weave their way into the system and capture some attention. One such band hopped the ocean to pre-empt their 2nd album release, unveiling that they would be selling the CD months in advance at the show.
Few bands brought the prog with such unabashed love as Haken in the festival's history. As the openers of Day Two of 2011, a spot happily filled this year by fellow prog-heads Beyond The Bridge, the boys of Haken unleashed a set list that included one song from their upcoming album, "Visions" (reviewed here,) but focused mostly on the first album, "Aquarius." Multiple melodic themes are developed throughout the albums, with expert re-interpretations for emotional impact linking up with the storylines. Both albums are concept albums, and both involve songs that go beyond the 20-minute mark, showing their prog side.
Haken is a five-piece, with keyboardist and Haken main brain Richard Henshall performing both keyboard and guitar duties. Henshall and Diego Tejeida both focus on crafting synthesizer sounds not heard elsewhere, which often makes for multi-faceted lead tones. Haken bassist Tom Maclean heads a prog metal sideproject by the name of To-Mera with Henshall assisting, as well.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Darkwater performing at the Brainstorm Festival 2011 in Holland, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Check out some bootleg footage from our show at Brainstorm Festival in the Netherlands last weekend by checking out the link below. Thanks to you that were there, we appreciate your support so much!"
Friday began early in the day for the ProgPower crowd when US-based Creation’s End took the stage at around 2:40. Italian Guitarist Marco Sfogli got the crowd warmed up with some serious movement on his fretboard. Rhythm guitarist Rudy Albert and bassist Joe Black pulled on their best game faces for the early crowd. Vocalist Mike DiMeo had a nice stage presence and belted it out there. The set was a bit short, but as an opener, it had to be. Nevertheless, the band opened the day well without a hitch.
After the band wrapped its set, the reunited US band Sanctuary, featuring Warrell Dane and Jim Sheppard from Nevermore, was immediately in the lobby for a signing. Unfortunately, the band schedule and the signing schedule (both published in the very cool ProgPower program book given to attendees) did not see eye to eye. The bands reached a half-hour to forty-five minutes behind schedule throughout the day, so the signing sessions often took place during a band’s set. This made for tough decisions like: “Do I stay through the end of Voyager’s set or do I go get Ihsahn’s autograph?”
Darkwater had taken the stage shortly after. The Swedish group was well-received and performed their variety of progressive melodic metal to a crowd that obviously appreciated, judging by their reaction to Evergrey the night before. The band had an aesthetic that begged to be watched closely as the purple lights fell on them for certain songs. Just after, I met with Red Circuit’s keyboardist, Marcus Teske, for an interview in the adjacent club, Vinyl. For the ProgPower show, Vinyl was converted into a merchandise room with everything a progressive fan could want. I was to go broke a few hours later because of this. More...
Grayceon has issued the following announcement about the song "Shellmounds" being included on a free digital compilation album:
"We are pleased to be a part of Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness-Part V! This compilation includes bands from all over the world and is FREE to download from their site.
"Grayceon's track, 'Shellmounds,' is included in the compilation, so get over there and download it today and enjoy some great music for FREE!"
The album can be downloaded directly at this location and the track listing is as follows:
EXIVIOUS – Waves of Thought
MIOSIS – The Lucid
AGNOSIA – Adrift Into Lie
FORNOST ARNOR – The Tragedy of Delusion
AZURE AGONY – Mystic Interiors
RELOCATOR – The Alchemist
DARKWATER – Breathe
ECHOES – Despair
BLOTTED SCIENCE – Laser Lobotomy
HOOKAHTHEFUZZ – (D)Illusion
HEMINA – And Now to Find a Friend
NEUROMIST – Reason Crusade
EXIST – Writhe
ALLEY – Days for Gray
HESUS ATTOR – Senorai
A FOREST OF STARS – Raven’s Eye View
FINNR’S CANE – The Hope for Spring
ERYN NON DAE. – Existence Asleep
CHRONEIROS – Zeuhl
7th NEMESIS – Distorted Mass (of Unformed Matter)
GRAYCEON – Shellmounds
Darkwater has checked in with the following announcement about performing at the 2011 ProgPower USA festival:
"We were just confirmed for this year's edition of ProgPower USA! We'll perform at the festival together with bands like Therion, Sanctuary, Evergrey and Vanden Plas to name a few. We're looking forward to this a lot, and we hope to see many of you there!"
Check out this location for more information on the festival, which is set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia from September 14-17th, 2011.
Just For Fun
Another Christmas is just around the corner, which means jolly fat men in red suits scaring the bejeesus out of crying children and uncomfortable dinners with family members who don't actually like each other. Christmas isn't just caroling and spiked egg nog though, it's also another opportunity to rock out with some metal steeped in the holiday spirit. We already gave Christmas the metal treatment with a list of the top 10 most metal light shows, as well a new edition of the Rockstar Ramblings describing what aging rockers really want to get under the tree. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor also recently posted a Christmas music video here. To keep December heavy, we've also rounded up a list of the 2010 Christmas and Anti-Christmas rock and metal songs available online.
First off is the 2010 edition of the Misantrof AntiRecords "Holy Fucking AntiChristmas" compilation, which features 15 punk, instrumental, and metal tracks tearing the most commercial holiday of the year a new one. You can stream or download the songs here, and the track listing is as follows: More...
Darkwater has posted a music video for the song "Breathe," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Where Stories End." The clip can be viewed below. "Breathe" was directed by Radionika AB, Dino Medanhodzic, and Joacim Hammarström. "Where Stories End" will be released in Europe on November 12th, and in North America on November 23rd.
Swedish progressive metal band Darkwater has posted a promo clip of their up-coming album "Where Stories End." The album will be released in Europe on November 12th by Ulterium Records, and in North America on November 23rd by Nightmare Records.
Check out the clip below:
Darkwater has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the ProgPower Russia festival:
"We are truly sorry to say that we will not be able to play Progpower Russia. We've had some trouble getting the visas needed for us to go to Russia, and since it all has taken longer than we expected we will not receive the visas in time.
"Playing Progpower Russia was something we were really looking forward to, so this feels very sad for us all. We really hope that we'll get a chance soon again to play in Russia and meeting you all!"
Swedish progressive metallers Darkwater have posted the first full track from their new album "Where Stories End" on the band's Myspace page.
Henrik Båth of DARKWATER comments: "We're really excited to finally present 'Where Stories End' to all of you. We feel that we've created something special with this album, and I personally think that we've improved everything since 'Calling The Earth To Witness.' We hope you'll enjoy it!"
"Where Stories End" is slated for release in Europe on November 12 and in the US on November 23.
Darkwater has issued the following announcement about playing the band's upcoming album during the ProgPower Europe festival:
"'Where Stories End' pre-listening at ProgPower Europe! To those of you who are attending ProgPower Europe this weekend; At Saturday 11am at Grand Café the Swedish design master Mattias Norén will host a pre-listening of 'Where Stories End' and the album will be played in it's entirety. Don't miss out!"
Darkwater will release the new album "Where Stories End" on November 12th in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23rd in North America through Nightmare Records.
Sweden's Darkwater has issued the following update about appearing at the upcoming ProgPower Russia festival:
"We're proud to announce that we've been confirmed for ProgPower Russia! October 16th - Moscow, Russia and October 17th - St. Petersburg, Russia Links to event pages on Last fm are here and here. We're really thrilled about this, and hope to see many of you there!"
Swedish progressive metallers Darkwater have posted the cover art for their forthcoming studio album "Where Stories End" to their offficial myspace page. Darkwater will release their new album "Where Stories End" on November 12th in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23rd in North America through Nightmare Records. The band have also uploaded five song samples from the new album.
You can check out the artwork and song samples at this location.
Sweden's Darkwater will release the new album "Where Stories End" on November 12th in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23rd in North America through Nightmare Records. "Where Stories End" is the follow-up album to the band's debut album "Calling the Earth to Witness," which was released in 2007. The mixing of the album was handled by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman.
Henrik Båth of Darkwater comments; "We're really excited to finally present 'Where Stories End' to all of you. We feel that we've created something special with this album, and I personally think that we've improved everything since 'Calling the earth to witness.' We hope you'll enjoy it! We got some shows coming up for the fall, and we hope to see many of you on the road during the coming year. Thanks for your patience and support!"
The "Where Stories End" track listing is as follows:
2. Why I bleed
3. Into the cold
4. A fools utopia
5. Queen of the night
6. In the blink of an eye
7. Fields of sorrow
8. Without a sound
9. Walls of deception
Sweden's Darkwater has issued the following announcement about the release date for the band's upcoming album:
"We're proud to present to you our up-coming album 'Where Stories End!' It will be released November 12th in Europe through Ulterium Records and in North America November 23rd by Nightmare Records. Go to this location to check out the artwork, and some samples from the album. We hope you'll like it! Thanks for your patience!"
You can also catch Darkwater live on the following date:
10/2 2010 ProgPower Europe Baarlo, The Netherlands
Sweden's Darkwater has issued the following brief update about the process of the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled album:
"A couple of small updates from us; The mixing of the album is done, mastering will take place tomorrow. Band photo's are taken. Album title is 80% decided. Markus is working on the artwork at full speed. We're really excited, and we hope you'll like what we'll present to you later this year!"
Additional details on the album title and release date will be announced as they are revealed.
Sweden's Darkwater has checked in with the following update regarding the recording of the band's second full-length album:
"We're almost finished with all the guitars! Magnus has started recording keyboards, and later this week Simon will start laying down the bass. If all goes well Henrik will also start recording vocals during the coming weekend. We're thrilled about the result so far, and we can't wait to present this album to you! We'll be back soon with more updates!"
The as-yet-untitled album will be mixed this summer by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, and is planned for a fall 2010 release through Ulterium Records.
Swedish progressive metallers Darkwater will start recording their second album next week. Joining them on the album is Simon Andersson (ex. Pain of Salvation) on bass. The as-yet-untitled album will be mixed this summer by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, and is planned for a fall 2010 release through Ulterium Records.
Henrik Båth of Darkwater comments: "We're thrilled and eager to head into the studio and record our second album. Our debut album was received so much better than we could have hoped for, but still we feel that we can top it. We've got some great material ready to be recorded, and with the addition of Simon Andersson on bass as well as Fredrik Nordström for the mixing of the album everything feels right. We're definitely ready to take everything to the next level with this release."
You can also check out sample Darkwater tracks at the band's MySpace page.
Sweden's Darkwater is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Prog Power Europe festival, which takes place in the Netherlands from October 1st - 3rd. More details on the festival can be found here. The other confirmed acts in the line-up are as follows:
Oceans of Sadness
The Dust Connection
Nightmare Records have announced they are offering their "Merry Metal Christmas" album as a free MP3 download. The album can be downloaded at this location. The "Merry Metal Christmas" track listing is as follows:
1. Bethlehem (5:51) - Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls
2. A Chosen Truth (7:19) - Edgend - A New Identity
3. Kings will Come (4:02) - Narnia - Course of a Generation
4. Forsaken (6:54) - Futures End - Memoirs of a Broken Man
5. Sea of Tranquility (2:40) - Heart of Sun - Heart of Sun
6. One Silent Moment (4:32) - Cloudscape - Global Drama
7. Wicked Land of Winter (5:11) - Sacred Dawn - Christmas Single
8. Tears Of Pain (4:14) - Keith Miller - Over The Abyss
9. Silently We Fade (4:41) - Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath
10. Fall from Grace (1:11) - Avian - Ashes And Madness
11. Spiritual Path (5:47) - Scelerata - Skeletons Domination
12. Believe (6:00) - Glass Spires - Glass Spires
13. The Harem-remastered (3:35) - Gemini - Gemini
14. In My Dreams (6:09) - Darkwater - Calling The Earth To Witness
15. Ancient song (5:39) - Dimension - EGO
16. The Chronicles of Jacob Marley (8:28) - Order of Nine - Christmas Single
17. Orchestration For More Than One Horn (0:36) - Evil Masquerade - Third Act
18. FireoftheAncients (5:27) - Defyance - Transitional Forms
19. You Give Me Love (5:49) - Grimmstine - Grimmstine
20. The Calm (5:59) - Perspective X IV - Shadow Of Doubt
21. Coming Home - remastered (6:28) - Gemini - Gemini
22. Shadow Of A Lucent Moon (7:22) - Andromeda - The Immunity Zone
23. Heaven’s Gate (5:20) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules
24. From Now On (4:25) - Shining Star - Enter Eternity
25. Guitar Concierto (3:19) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules