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    THE TANGENT,RITUAL & BEARDFISH


    "THE TUNGENT","RITUAL" & "BEARDFISH"

    At the end of spring, a heart-warming little festival is set to go on tour. Music fans will be ecstatic at the prospect of seeing three of the most interesting prog rock acts of recent years at one and the same event. The Tangent have earned themselves a faithful following with their mix of progressive music and neo-Canterbury and are now ready to present their latest release, “Not As Good As The Book” live. Fans will be eager to find out how The Tangent mastermind Andy Tillison will integrate into the programme the short novel that was released along with the band’s current CD. Ritual from Sweden are ready to tour at last to promote their highly acclaimed album, “The Hemulic Voluntary Band”. Vocalist Patrik Lundström is looking forward to presenting the new album in its entirety outside Sweden for the first time. Last but not least, Beardfish are interesting prog newcomers who will bring out their new album, “Sleeping in Traffic: Part Two”, on time for the tour.

    Tour Dates:
    16.05.2008 Karlsruhe, Substage
    17.05.2008 CH Pratteln, Z-7
    18.05.2008 IT Voghera, Thunderroad
    20.05.2008 UK London, The Underworld
    22.05.2008 NL Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
    23.05.2008 Bielefeld Movie
    24.05.2008 BE Verviers, Spirit of 66
    25.05.2008 NL Uden, De Pul

    Posted on 2008-02-20 21:30:40 and written by dimitris


    PROG POWER UK III press release


    In a press release from the organisers of 'Prog Power UK III', which was scheduled to be held in Bristol over the weekend of 28th/29th March, it has emerged that this year's edition of the festival has been cancelled.
    The full press release reads as follows:

    This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III. We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.

    This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are. As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.

    Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days. If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund. Please direct any enquiris to enquiries@progpoweruk.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.

    We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.

    The ProgPower UK Team

    Posted on 2008-02-18 01:11:50 and written by dimitris


    "LedBox - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute"


    'Cleopatra Records' has released a two-CD set called "LedBox - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute" on the Deadline label. This 25-song double CD set contains contributions from many great classic rock artists, including the following:

    Eric Bloom (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT)
    Brian Robertson (MOTÖRHEAD, THIN LIZZY)
    Tony Franklin (THE FIRM)
    Doane Perry (JETHRO TULL)
    Pat Travers
    Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW)
    Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (THE DOOBIE BROTHERS)
    Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE)
    Bruce Kulick (KISS)
    Manny Charlton (NAZARETH)
    Rick Derringer
    Steve Lukather (TOTO)
    Albert Lee
    Dweezil Zappa
    Rick Wakeman (YES)
    John Wetton (KING CRIMSON)
    Geoff Downes (ASIA, YES)
    Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE)
    Keith Emerson (ELP)
    Billy Sherwood
    Tony Kaye
    Alan White (Yes)
    Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN)
    Taime Downe (FASTER PUSSYCAT)
    Jani Lane (WARRANT)
    Joe Leste (BANG TANGO, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES)
    John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION)
    Marq Torien (BULLETBOYS)
    Kelly Hansen (FOREIGNER)

    Bruce Kulick plays guitar on "Dazed and Confused". Also his brother Bob Kulick plays guitar on this track, along with Jack Russell from GREAT WHITE on vocals, Tony Franklin from THE FIRM on bass, and Doane Perry from JETHRO TULL on drums. Bob Kulick produced three of the songs on this collection and plays 12-string electric guitar on the song "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You".

    "LedBox - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute" track listing:

    Disc 1:
    01. Good Times, Bad Times
    02. Houses Of The Holy
    03. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
    04. When The Levee Breaks
    05. Dazed and Confused
    06. Whole Lotta Love
    07. You Shook Me
    08. Immigrant Song
    09. Ramble On
    10. Rock And Roll
    11. D'yer Mak'er
    12. Stairway To Heaven

    Disc 2:
    01. Fool In The Rain
    02. Dancing Days
    03. Heartbreaker
    04. Black Dog
    05. All My Love
    06. Kashmir
    07. Misty Mountain Hop
    08. The Ocean
    09. Houses Of The Holy
    10. The Rover
    11. Dancing Days
    12. Nobody's Fault But Mine
    13. Stairway To Heaven

    Posted on 2008-02-18 01:09:53 and written by dimitris


    LANDMARQ newsletter


     This is the first newsletter from "LANDMARQ" in a while and we would like to apologise for this lack of communication. This has been for good reason, although the reason is not good!

    In 2006, Landmarq's singer Tracy Hitchings revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast and ovarian Cancer and would be undergoing various treatments, more of which Tracy will be writing about at a later date.

    While the band have had to contend with many and varied delays with the production of their long-awaited new album, many beyond the bands control, this was one setback that the band, and especially of course Tracy herself, was not expecting or prepared for.

    Tracy herself has undergone a very strict holistic treatment regime and, with determination and a positive attitude, she has reduced the toxins in her body down to zero. She is not, by any means, out of the woods as yet, but Tracy has said she is feeling a lot better in herself than previously and wants to resume and continue with production of the new Landmarq album as soon as possible. The band are now getting back on track and hope to return to the studio as soon as possible to continue with the new album.

    Naturally, health must come first and we know our friends and fans will understand why Tracy and Landmarq have not been as productive as they would normally like to be. Tracy would also like to thank the people who were privvy to her situation for their help, support and good wishes.

    Cheers for now,
    L A N D M A R Q
    Posted on 2008-02-18 01:08:34 and written by dimitris


    LIGHTS OVER ROSWELL


    "LIGHTS OVER ROSWELL" is an industrial/ hard rock/metal band from Houston,Texas,U.S.A.The band  was formed in 1998 by former guitarist Ronnie Morrison, Vocalist Bobby Lee , Producer Chris Carpenter and drummer Justin Kelly.After writing a handful of songs the 4 guys quickly began rehearsing for their first show.After a string of regional dates,"LIGHTS OVER ROSWELL" signed to Houston independent lable 'SolarFlare Records',which allowed them to perform in the biggest most prestigious venues in and around Houston.In 2001 their album "EXPOSED" by 'solarflare records' was released and a national tour followed.But,the lifestyle of a touring band was too much for a few of the members to handle so the band had to regroup.Since then,they have played host to a long list of transient musicians,touring regionally in there home state of Texas and have spent the better part of these years writing and recording new material."LIGHTS OVER ROSWELL" are currently finishing recording on thier forthcoming cd "BUILDING THE PERFECT MACHINE",(wich will be reviewed and get  airplay' by our site www.rockaces.com). Their music is a combination of electro and ambient sounds,together with modern rock/hard rock and metal themes,giving out an industial/metal mix.Keyboards with agressive guitars,nice vocals and a beat that keeps you alive,make "LIGHTS OVER ROSWELL" one of the future promising bands in the gerne.You can listen to their songs on our 'on line radio'.For more information you can also visit them at: www.myspace.com/lightsoverroswell  

    Posted on 2008-02-18 00:40:58 and written by dimitris


    SLAYER's Biography


    The world's first biography of American thrash metal titans SLAYER is due for publication this spring. The Bloody Reign Of Slayer is written by Joel McIver, the author of the bestselling 2004 biography Justice For All: The Truth About METALLICA and the recent BLACK SABBATH book Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (hailed by the Telegraph as "excellent" and the Sun as "brilliant").

    As the author says: "An all-encompassing biography of SLAYER is long overdue. With their profile at an all-time high thanks to their recent Grammy win and a run of critically-acclaimed DVDs and albums, there's never been a better time to tell their shocking story in full detail."

    The author, who has interviewed members of SLAYER on several occasions in recent years as well as dozens of musicians and industry personnel crucial to the band's career, added: "Whether you're a fan of the classic early SLAYER albums or their later, equally vicious material, this book is for you. I've unearthed a ton of previously-unheard stories from people close to the band and examined phenomena such as the enduring legend of Reign In Blood in enormous detail. You won't be disappointed."

    The book, McIver's eleventh, will be released globally in hardback and softback with an extensive picture section, and is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The publisher is Omnibus Press, the world's leader in the field of rock biography.
    Posted on 2008-02-16 03:53:32 and written by dimitris


    UK Composer Marvin Ayres Releases New CD Eccentric Deliquescence


    UK Composer Marvin Ayres Releases New CD Eccentric Deliquescence

    2/15/08 - London, UK - Marvin Ayres is a composer, cellist, pianist and violinist. He has recorded a diverse selection of ambient and 'string design' albums, as well as produced and composed a number of sensual jazz and film soundtracks that combine classical technique with free-form extemporization. Straddling the worlds of commercial and classical music, as composer/producer Marvin Ayres has developed a distinctive and innovative style by subjecting his instruments to electronic treatments, thereby pioneering an approach described as "Ambient Orchestral Minimalism".

    Operating somewhere between the spiritual serenity of Gorecki and Part and the electronic adventures of Brian Eno and Aphex Twin, his key features are layers of organic strings filtered through atmospheric distortions and effects, sounding at once both familiar and utterly new.

    "...like some of (Brian) Eno's best work, the atmospheres Ayres creates can comfortably blend into the sonic backdrop, they are also compelling pieces of music that can dominate and transport."

    All About Jazz A founding member of The Government, Ayres also made solo contributions to bands and artists throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, notably, Culture Club, Simply Red and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. In 1999 he was signed to the avant-garde label Mille Plateaux as composer/producer and released two ambient albums, Neptune and Cellosphere, to critical acclaim. Excerpts of these works have been performed live in an array of forums such as: London's 'Festival of Electronica'(with Groove Armada's Patrick Dawes), and the inter-media cutting edge event 'Sprawl'. His reputation as producer and performer came to the attention of Jaki Liebezeit (formerly of Can), who invited him to re-mix tracks and tour with Liebezeit's band Club Off Chaos in early 2001. Ayres was commissioned by Einsturzende Neubauten's electronica music publishers Freibank, and his compositions have featured on five 'For Films' albums.

    In addition to his work with musicians, Ayres also collaborates with visual artists on audio-visual installations, which have been exhibited in major galleries and art houses in Europe and the U.S. In 2000, the prestigious ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London commissioned him to compose and produce their first ever DVD exhibition. The two works resulting from this were 'Sensory' and 'Cycle', incorporating spatial soundscapes and psycho acoustics and were composed specifically for 5.1 Surround Sound. Marvin Ayres' collaborative film 'Scape' is to this day a permanent fixture on exhibition at The Tate Modern.

    His ongoing project with Sonja Kristina (from rock legends Curved Air) is called Mask and their 2006 hit single 'Waking The Dream' came from their debut dual-disc album 'Heavy Petal'. The new album, 'Technopia' will be released this autumn on Maroonbox, an exciting new digital platform and traditional record company.

    www.marvinayres.com
    www.myspace.com/marvinayres

    "It is beautiful, warmly crafted. Pure genius on the part of Ayres." Independent"The newest wonder producer coming out of the UK" i-vibes (US)"A serious and thoughtful composer" The Wire.

    Posted on 2008-02-16 03:52:10 and written by dimitris