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Last updated on September 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM ET
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5 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Italian extreme progressive act Adimiron announced that the upcoming fourth studio release will be entitled "Timelapse." The album is set to be released on November 4th via Scarlet Records.
This new "dark and sinister effort" combines all the elements that made Adimiron’s sound so distinctive: rhythmic spasms and asymmetric textures embedded in a progressive and dramatic scenario. Focusing on the concept of synthesis, "Timelapse" reveals fascinating and obscure musical landscapes, with no boundaries of any kind.
The cover artwork (shown below) was made by American contemporary visual artist Lindsey Wakefield, who commented: "Our identity is made up of our experiences and emotions that are often described through the words we give them. My painting for this new Adimiron chapter are there to try to capture the vague visual identity of those feelings and make the unidentifiable to identifiable."
A preview clip for the release can be viewed/heard below. More...
Italian hard rock act Planethard released a music video for the new track "Play Harder." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Now," which is set to drop on October 14th via Scarlet Records.
Known for their powerful melodic rock sound and fierce stage presence, Planethard are ready to unleash a new, exciting chapter in their career. Having acquired a unique vocal talent and frontman in the person of new singer Davide Merletto, Planethard have pushed their musical limits in multiple directions, still keeping faith to their roots. "Now" displays a renovated sound made of heavy guitars, a solid rhythm section and addictive vocal lines, tightened together by the most powerful and modern production they have ever benefited from.
The 12 new songs (13 in the Digipack version of the album) sound fresh and regenerating, having been inspired by their authors’ souls and spirituality and handled with deep attention to every little detail. ‘Now’ was produced by Matteo Magni and co-produced by the band’s own guitarist Marco D’andrea.
Check out "Play Harder" here:
Dutch progressive rock act Knight Area will release the new album "Hyperdrive" on October 14th via Lasers Edge in North America. The album marks a new era for the band, which had previously released four studio albums and toured Europe and USA extensively. In 2012, the band welcomed guitarist Mark Bogert as well as legendary bassist Peter Vink (Q65, Finch, Ayreon) into the fold.
With the newcomers onboard, Knight Area introduced heavier elements for a fuller sound into the repertoire. All the classic symphonic rock traits of previous releases are clearly evident, but the songs on "Hyperdrive" are described as "more immediate and concise."
The band invited noted prog guitarist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) to participate as a special guest on one track. Joost van den Broek, who is known for his production work with Epica, Mayan, and After Forever, mixed the album. Rounding out the package is artwork by Gustavo Sazes (shown below).
The track listing is as follows:
1. Afraid of the Dark
2. The Lost World
4. This Day
5. Crimson Skies
6. Avenue of Broken Dreams
7. Living in Confusion
8. Stepping Out
9. Running Away
10. Songs From the Past
11. Hypnotized More...
German speed metal act Warrant, who released the cult classic debut album "The Enforcer" in 1985, announced the sophomore full length release "Metal Bridge" will be released this Halloween (October 31st) worldwide via Pure Steel Records, nearly 30 years later.
Not to be confused with the American glam metal act, Warrant, plays an early Germanic style of power and speed. The band's latest single, "All the Kings Horses" (and b-side "Come and Get It"), which were written as a special edition for the 2011 installment of the world famous Wacken Festival, will appear on the release.
"Metal Bridge" is generally characterized by a "happier, more positive vibe" than in the days of "The Enforcer." Original members Jörg Juraschek (bass/vocals) and Thomas Rosemann (drums) remain along with guitarist Dirk Preylowski (ex-Downstroke), who joined in 2011.
The track list for "Metal Bridge" is:
3. Come And Get It
4. You Keep Me In Hell
5. Blood In The Sky
6. Face The Death
7. All The Kings Horses
9. Helium Head
10. Don't Get Mad Get Even
11. Eat Me Alive
13. Ordeal Of Death (2014 Re-Recording)
14. The Enforcer (2014 Re-Recording)
15. Labyrinth Of The Lost More...
The fact that Friday’s ProgPower events went off without a hitch despite numerous technical issues that the audience generally wasn’t aware of and bands weren’t very delayed from their assigned time slots was a real credit to the ProgPower crew. Unfortunately, Saturday would bring its share of more obvious challenges. Waking up on Saturday had Friday’s attendees feeling as if they’d just collectively experienced the same dream for the entire day before. For some, that dream had lasted until dawn clawed its way overhead. As difficult as it was to believe, the festival was already half over. A full writeup on day one’s shows can be read here.
Saturday’s shows were to kick off with two of Norway’s more progressive bands - the young upstarts in Withem and the veterans of Divided Multitude. Divided Multitude’s drummer wasn’t available to come to America due to postal delays in getting him his visa, which forced the band to cut down their set and bring in the talents of two experts playing off the cuff: Withem’s Frank Røe and Pagan’s Mind’s Stian Kristoffersen. Following them would be Germany’s Voodoo Circle, whose vocalist would cause instant pregnancy among several of the female -- and male -- fans in the audience. Germany’s MasterPlan would round out the last of the power metal for the festival in huge fashion afterward, followed by a passionate full album performance by Sweden’s Pain of Salvation. Jon Oliva’s Pain would close out the festival with rare fire and what will surely be noted as one of the strongest performances of Oliva’s second half of his musical career - Savatage’s “Streets” performed in its entirety.
First, however, as is the tradition at ProgPower each year, gold badge holders were treated to a special additional set of music -- this time, by Seventh Wonder, performing non-Mercy Falls songs exclusively bright and early. More...