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Michael Rother (Germany) / Michael Rother - Biography
« on: January 13, 2016, 03:45:54 PM »
A short Bio on Michael Rother:

Michael Rother is a guitarplayer from Germany and came out of the Krautrock scene. He was born in 1950 in Hamburg, Germany. He grew up and went to school in Munich Germany, Wilmslow England and Karachi Pakistan.

Between 1965 and 1971 he was a member of a German band called Spirits of Sound, which originated from a town called Duesseldorf. In 1971 he became a member of Kraftwerk in the line-up with Florian Schneider, Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. With Kraftwerk he did some concerts and some TV appearances. With Conny Plank as producer they did some recordings for a second Kraftwer album, recordings which untill now have never been released.

In 1971 he and Klaus Dinger left Kraftwerk and started the band Neu, which recorded 3 LP's between 1971 and 1975.

Between 1973 and 1976 he also was a member from a band called Harmonia, together with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. They recorded 2 LP's and did severall tours in Germany and outside Germany

RPWL (Germany) / RPWL - Biography
« on: January 13, 2016, 03:38:24 PM »
A short Bio by Melo, taken from the old forum:

With their debut CD "God Has Failed" in September 2000, RPWL was greeted on all sides with great enthusiasm. Praise and excellent reviews in all the important magazines. A hugely successful tour through half of Europe and appearances at many of the major festivals. In addition, RPWL has become an appreciated part of the Progressive/Symphonic rock scene. In 2000, some of the most important and influential Scene magazines graded the band on the world-wide popularity scale under the TOP 3!

In spring 2002, RPWL released their second album "Trying to Kiss The Sun". What began in 1997 as a PINK FLOYD cover band has in the meantime developed into an effective band in its own right. The music is still typically "RPWL" and without question, belongs to the symphonic rock scene. With a well-thought out collage of sound and tone, haunting melodies and poetic texts that get under the skin and are not easily forgotten, together with a Brit-pop rock mood - RPWL has made significant steps towards their own style of music with this second album. Whether enjoyed live or on CD, the songs sometimes sound a little raw but in that they have a very sensitive and personal tone, are not only a pleasure to listen to but at times can raise the hair on your head!

Backed-up by a unique Quadrophonic-System, every concert becomes a very special experience! There were numerous opportunities to experience RPWL live at stage: The Band went on tour through out Germany and half of Europe.

RPWL (Germany) / RPWL - Links & Info
« on: January 13, 2016, 03:37:18 PM »
RPWL (named after the band members Risettion, Postl,  Wallner & Lung) is a German progressive rock band. The band was formed in 1997 as a Pink Floyd cover band.

More on RPWL can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

RPWL´s Website:

RPWL on Facebook:

RPWL on MySpace:

RPWL on ProgArchives:

RPWL on ProgGnosis:

RPWL on Reverb Nation:

RPWL on Twitter:

RPWL on YouTube:

5th Man Down (UK) / 5th Man Down - Links & Info
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:37:10 PM »
5th Man Down are loud, anthemic, and bloody good in all honesty.

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5th Man Down on Bandcamp:

5th Man Down on Facebook:

5th Man Down on My Space:

7BZH (France) / 7BZH - Links & Info
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:29:50 PM »
7BZH is an unsigned band from France delivering prog (and also not-so-prog) compositions, with influences such as Porcupine Tree, Yes, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Steve Morse Band, Office of Strategic Influence, ....
The music from 7BZH is released under Creative Commons license

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7BZH Website:

7BZH on ProgGnosis:

DeeExpus (UK) / DeeExpus - Links & Info
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:16:16 PM »
DeeExpus is a Progressive Melodic Rock Band from the UK, which has been active from 1971 - present.

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DeeExpus Website:

DeeExpus on Facebook:

DeeExpus on My Space:

DeeExpus on Prog Archives:

DeeExpus on ProgGnosis:

DeeExpus on Twitter:

Silhouette (NL) / Silhouette - Beyond the Seventh Wave (2014)
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:22:09 PM »
On the 24th of November 2014, Silhouette released their fourth studio album called "Beyond the Seventh Wave".  Beyond the Seventh Wave is a concept album of more than 60 minutes. The album also features a guest appearance by Kayak´s Ton Scherpenzeel.

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Prologue - 2:44
2. Betrayed (Instrumental) - 1:35
3. Web of Lies - 12:47
     Part I - The Vow
     Part II - The Plot
4. In Solitary - 6:16
5. Escape (Instrumental) - 5:19
6. Lost Paradise - 10:36
7. Betrayed Again (instrumental) - 0:42
8. Devil's Island - 8:53
9. Beyond the Seventh Wave - 7:33
10. Wings to Fly - 5:13


Erik Laan: Keyboard and vocals
Jurjen Bergsma: Bass Guitar
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen: Drums
Brian de Graeve: Guitar and vocals
Daniel van der Weijde: Guitars

joined by:

Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak, Camel)
Ruben van Kruistum  (Adeia, Chris): Cello
Laura ten Voorde (Adeia): Violin
Tamara van Koetsveld (Dutch Royal Airforce Orchestra)
Marjolein DeciBel: Flute

Silhouette (NL) / Silhouette - Links & Info
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:18:09 PM »
Silhouette is a Progressive Rock Band from the Netherlands, which has been active since 2005.

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Silhouette´s Website:

Silhouette on Facebook:

Silhouette on My Space:

Silhouette on Prog Archives:

Silhouette on ProgGnosis:

Silhouette on YouTube:

Harvest (Spain) / Harvest - Biography
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:03:37 PM »
Taken from Harvest´s website:

- Bio

Harvest is a Catalan-Dutch band which is the result of the passion for music that all members share. Their individual and joint musical influences (mainly prog rock and indie rock) have resulted in an unconventional, unique and emotion-packed sound.
The story of Harvest started back in February 2008 when the three original members of the band (Monique van der Kolk, Jordi Amela and Jordi Prats) started shaping up the project. The first songs took shape rapidly, and a few months later was recorded a demo with six tracks which would be the embryo of their first studio album, Underground Community.
In November 2008, Roger Vilageliu and Alex Ojea finally came on board so Harvest went from a project to a fully-fledged band. With a demo out on the streets and a meticulously-crafted live sound, they started performing their first live concerts in 2009 (with a special mention for our performance as warm-up band for the British group Marillion at the Sant Jordi Club in February 2009), and also working on recording the album.
A few months after the launching (May 2012) of the second album Chasing Time, Roger had to leave the band due to professional reasons. After weeks of auditions, in July 2012 Harvest welcomed Toni Munné as new bassist.

- Debut Album (2009) - Underground Community

We wanted our first album to contain all the elements that we admire in music or indeed any other form of artistic expression: sincerity, emotion, passion, harmony, contrast, fantasy… our objective was to put together a handful of songs that would not only sound great the first time but would grow better and better on successive plays, always seeking an individual sound that would identify Harvest, whatever the
song…a pretty ambitious goal!
As a tribute to the first ‘big’ group that entrusted us to share the stage with them at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona in February 2009, we decided to include a version of a Marillion track (Waiting to Happen), suitably adapted to our own sound.
We should also mention the collaboration of the fabulous artist Antonio Seijas, who we greatly admire, in designing the front cover and the song sheet: it was an exciting process watching how some of our songs, through music and words, were
transformed into disquieting images: true works of art.
Underground Community is a self-produced album: recorded, mixed and edited entirely by our own label (Red Phone Records) and mastered at the Musiclan studios, it contains all the elements we were looking for from the beginning. We are
proud to be able to say, following the reviews and comments from the press, forums and the general public, that all these nuances have been both perceived and appreciated on listening.

Harvest (Spain) / Harvest - Links & Info
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:00:50 PM »
Harvest is a Catalan-Dutch band whose story started back in February 2008.

More on Harvest can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Harvest´s Website:

Harvest on Bandcamp:

Harvest on Facebook:

Harvest on Prog Archives:

Harvest on ProgGnosis:

Harvest on Twitter:

Iron Butterfly (USA) / Iron Butterfly - Biography
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:02:41 AM »
A short Biography on Iron Butterfly, taken from Classic Bands:

During the progressive music revolution in the late 60s, one of the most surprising successes was that of Iron Butterfly. The band was formed by Doug Ingle, who added Ron Bushy, Lee Dorman and briefly, Danny Weiss. Together, they were arguably the first to amalgamate the terms 'heavy' and 'rock', following the release of their debut album called "Heavy" in 1968. Later that same year, Weis left the band and guitarist Erik Braunn stepped in.
When Iron Butterfly relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles, the band started to gain a live following and soon was gigging with the likes of The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.

On September 7, 1968, Iron Butterfly's second effort entered the charts with what was to become its signature album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". The 17-minute title track of that album was one of the pioneer songs that spurned the popularity of extended jams in progressive rock. The album became a multi-million-seller and was for a number of years the biggest-selling item in Atlantic Records' catalogue.
The album also became the record industry's first platinum disc, selling over 4 million copies. It contained everything a progressive rock fan could want, - neo-classical organ with Far East undertones, a solid beat, screeching guitar parts, barbed-wire feedback and an long drum solo. A singles version of the song hit No. 30 on the U.S. national charts. Magnificently overwrought at the time, the intervening years have been less kind to its standing.

The follow-up, "Ball", was less of a success, despite being a better collection of songs, notably the invigorating 'It Must Be Love' and the more subtle 'Soul Experience'. Braunn departed after a weak live album and was replaced by two guitarists: Larry 'Rhino' Rheinhart and Mike Pinera. However, no further success ensued. "Metamorphosis" was a confused collection, recorded when the band was disintegrating, and in 1971, the band split up.

Iron Butterfly (USA) / Iron Butterfly - Links & Info
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:00:58 AM »
Iron Butterfly is a Psychedelic Prog band from the USA, which was formed during the progressive music revolution in the late 60's.

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Iron Butterfly's Website:

Iron Butterfly on Prog Archives:

Iron Butterfly on ProgGnosis:

Blood, Sweat & Tears (USA) / Blood, Sweat & Tears - Biography
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:21:25 AM »
Blood, Sweat & Tears Biography taken from Classic Bands:

For a brief period at the end of the '60s and the start of the '70s, Blood, Sweat & Tears , which fused a rock & roll rhythm section to a horn section, held out the promise of a jazz-rock fusion that could storm the pop charts. The band was organized in New York in 1967 out of the remnants of the Blues Project by keyboard player/singer Al Kooper and guitarist Steve Katz of that group and saxophonist Fred Lipsius . The rhythm section consisted of bassist Jim Fielder and drummer Bobby Colomby and the horn section was filled out by trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jerry Weiss and trombonist Dick Halligan .

Al Kooper came up with the name when he was on the phone with a promoter, while gazing at a Johnny Cash album cover. The album was called, "Blood Sweat & Tears". The inspiration for the band name did not come from Winston Churchill's quote, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat", as was widely reported at the time. Their first gig was at the Village Theater (which later became the Fillmore East) as the opening act for the James Cotton Blues band.

A couple of weeks later the band opened for Moby Grape at the Cafe A Go Go. They were a huge success and three record labels were willing to sign the group. They decided to sign Columbia, a label that Kooper already had a relation-ship with. In December 1967 they began recording their first album "Child Is Father To The Man", which was released on February 21 1968. The critics loved it and compared it to the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" and the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds". The album was considered as a mile stone in rock music and was awarded a Grammy nomination, but only hit # 47 in the charts.

Al Kooper began working on the next BS&T album, searching for songs for follow-up material. On the first album, Kooper was given free hands to do what he could for BS&T. On the second album Katz and Colomby wanted to take a more active part in the development of the band and both of them wanted to get a new, better, stronger vocalist. After meeting with Kooper he decided to leave the band after their last gig at the Garrick Theatre in New York. Also Randy Brecker left the band to join the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band. He was replaced by Chuck Winfield. Jerry Weiss left as well, his place being taken by Lew Soloff. Dick Halligan took over the organ and Jerry Hyman was added on trombone.

Blood, Sweat & Tears (USA) / Blood, Sweat & Tears - Links & Info
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:18:11 AM »
Blood, Sweat & Tears was an American music group, formed in 1967 in New York City. It fused rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as "jazz-rock".

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Blood, Sweat & Tears Website: ???

Blood, Sweat & Tears Fan Page:

Blood, Sweat & Tears on Prog Archives:

Blood, Sweat & Tears on ProgGnosis:

Earth and Fire (NL) / Earth & Fire - Biography
« on: January 08, 2016, 05:19:13 PM »
A short Bio on Earth & Fire, adapted from OOR's First Dutch Pop Encyclopedia.

The group Earth and Fire (originally Opus Gainfull) was founded in 1968 in the Hague by the Koerts twins, Chris (vocals, guitar; ex-Swinging Strings) and Gerard (guitar and keyboards, also ex-Swinging Strings); bassist Hans Ziech (ex-Soul), drummer Cees Kalis, and Lisette on vocals.

All of them had had prior experience in music. Lisette soon became ill and had to leave the band; she was replaced by Jerney Kaagman in 1969.  Kaagman had only sung in school bands prior to joining.  Kalis was also replaced - by Ton van der Kleij (drums, ex-Summer) - in the following year. 
It was this line up of the band that supported Golden Earring on their tour. (George Kooymans landed Golden Earring their first hit in January 1970 with "Seasons".)  With Chris Koerts as the principal songwriter, the band forged ahead with new original material. "Ruby is the one" and "Wild and exiting" became enormous hits in the group’s homeland.
Their newfound success instantly brought so many booking requests that the band decided to turn professional.  An unbreakable string of very successful hits followed with "Invitation" (71), "Storm and Thunder" (71), "Memories" (72), "Maybe Tomorrow Maybe Tonight" (73), "Love of Life" (74), "Only Time Will Tell" (75), "Thanks For The Love" (75), "What Difference Does It Make" (76) and "7, 8th Avenue" (77), as the fans noticed the group's material deviating from the hard-edged progressive rock sound towards mainstream 70s pop.

The band’s early hit singles were distinguished by the heavy use of mellotron, and they are generally considered to be the best of the bunch in Holland, and abroad. With later LPs, Earth and Fire lost some of their charm, compared to the earlier days, by sounding increasingly more poppy, mainstream, and pretentious, thus gradually losing most of their popularity towards 1977. However, through the years, the band evolved, rather than lost its identity.

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