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Mandalaband (UK) / Mandalaband - Biography
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:02:30 AM »
Mandalaband was the brainchild of David Rohl, musician, composer, producer and now eminent Egyptologist. His was the guiding spirit behind the two albums which appeared on the Chrysalis label under the Mandalaband name in the latter years of the seventies.

The first selftitled album was released in 1975.



The main theme on the first album was "Om mani padme hum" and was inspired by a Tibetan national hymn and by the Tibetan people's brave resistance to the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation of their country.
The music was composed by David Rohl and featured musicians like the members of Sad Cafe.

For info on this album take a look at:

http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=4920

The second album The Eye of Wendor: Prophesies was released in 1978.



The album was supposed to be the first album from a trilogy based around the theme of a fabulous gemstone with mystical properties.
The first part of the trilogy, The Eye Of Wendor: Prophecies, was act in a prehistoric world peopled by characters who would not be out of place in a Tolkien bestiary.

David Roh took out a large number of musicians to help him out on this project. He was joined by artists like: Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), 10cc, Barclay James Harvest, Maddy Prior, Paul Young (Sad Cafe).

The main characters on the album are played by: Justin Hayward, who sings the pail of King AEnord, ruler of Carthilias, Maddy Prior plays his daughter, Princess Ursula, and Eric Stewart is Florian, the young hero whom the prophecies tell will retrieve the Eye Of Wendor from the evil Witch Queen, Silesandre.

Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Paul Young, describe Florian's adventures in his quest and the characters he meets, including Almar the alchemist in his laboratory, the primeval sea-serpent Elsethea and Damien, the old King's heir.

The vocalists were accompanied by a large number of musicians. For details check:

http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=4921

Unfortunatly the album wasn't a major succes, but when the years past it became a cult album, which every prog fan must have, otherwise his or her collection ain't complete.
The trilogy was never finished, which I think is a pitty.

The album was re-released on CD in 1992, with as bonus tracks the main parts from the first album.
The original album included an illustrated story sheet which has been omitted from the CD.

Greetings from Obiwan

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Nick Magnus (UK) / Nick Magnus - N’monix (2014)
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:27:58 PM »
The latest Nick Magnus album called N’monix was released on April 28th 2014. Nick Magnus is known for his work with The Enid and Steve Hackett and he allready recorded some beautiful solo albums like the 2004 Hexameron and Children Of Another God from 2010.

On his new album Nick is accompanied by Steve Hackett and Pete Hicks, which whom he played on in the early 80´s. One of the tracks called Eminent Victorians is now available through https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vStLVtXNYxc.

Also see http://www.magnus-music.com/n'monix.htm

Some details on this Nick Magnus release:

Tracklist:
 
Time (6:23)
Memory (5:24)
Kombat Kid (6:28)
Headcase (3:49)
Eminent Victorians (7:01)
Broken (8:05)
Shadowland (2:51)
Entropy (6:46)

Line-up:

Nick Magnus - keyboards, percussion, vocals on 4, voice of Richard of York (aged 6) on 3

Joined by:

Tony Patterson - vocals on 1, 3
Tim Bowness - vocals on 7
Kate Faber - soprano voice on 2
Pete Hicks - vocals on 5
James Reeves - vocals on 8
Steve Hackett - guitar on 5, 6, 7
Andy Neve - backing vocals on 5, 8
Rob Townsend - soprano saxophone and flute on 7


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Robert Reed (UK) / Robert Reed - Sanctuary (2014)
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:22:37 PM »
On July 21st 2014, Robert Reed (Magenta, Kompendium) released his solo album called Sanctuary.

Quote:

Rob Reed was inspired to become a musician and composer at the age of seven after discovering Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. So inspired was he by the album, that he learned to play not just one, but all the instruments featured on the album. Sanctuary is the fruition of a decision that Rob made in January 2013 to utilise his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and create an album in the style of Tubular Bells. Rob Reed was determined to keep his vision of Sanctuary intact and play all the instruments himself. Reed was conscious that he was treading a fine line in preventing Sanctuary becoming a pastiche of Tubular Bells. The result is an astounding piece of emotional instrumental music in two parts, featuring an astonishingly orchestral sound whilst using a comparatively small amount of instruments.

Like mentioned earlier, the album contains two tracks being Sanctuary Part I (20.41) & Sanctuary Part II (18.09). Being an Oldfield fan from the early days, I was really sceptic before listening to this release. My musical taste matured in the 70´s by listening to albums like Hergest Ridge, Tubular Bells & Omnadawn, among others.

But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised after playing Sanctuary for the first time. The music is very recognizable and it sounds like a mixture of Hergest Ridge & Tubular Bells. Some critics will entitle Sanctuary as plagiarism, but I´m glad I purchased this recording. It brings back good memories of the mid 70´s and it sounds much better than Oldfield´s recent works.

If you check Robert´s website, you will find all the details on this release and you will also have the oppertunity to listen to some soundbites.

Regards,

Obiwan


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Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith.

The album consists of a 3CD+2DVD-set, featuring Steve's London show from May 2013 at the Hammersmith Apollo. Besides Steve´s live band, consiting of ...

Steve Hackett - Guitars
Roger King - Keyboards
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Gary O'Toole - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Rob Townsend - Sax, Flute, Woodwinds
Nad Sylvan - Vocals

... this concert also features guest appearances by Nik Kershaw, John Wetton, Jakko Jakszyk, Steve Rothery & Amanda Lehmann.

The tracklist of the Cd´s and DVD´s is as follows:

CD1
1. Watcher of the Skies
2. The Chamber of 32 Doors
3. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
4. Fly on a Windshield
5. Broadway Melody of 1974
6. The Lamia - featuring Nik Kershaw on vocals & Steve Rothery on guitar
7. The Musical Box
8. Shadow of the Hierophant - featuring Amanda Lehmann on guitar & vocals
9. Blood on the Rooftops

CD2
1. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers
2. In That Quiet Earth
3. Afterglow - featuring John Wetton on vocals
4. I Know What I Like
5. Dance on a Volcano
6. Entangled - featuring Jakko Jakszyk & Amanda Lehmann on vocals
7. Eleventh Earl of Mar
8. Supper´s Ready

CD3
1. Firth of Fifth
2. Los Endos

DVD1
Full live show in 5.1 Surround Sound

DVD2
Behind The Scenes featurette

And what to tell about this album. It´s just great. People were a bit sceptic before Steve went on tour, but the sceptics were soon silenced by the quality of Steve´s band. Steve himself is at his best, handling some of his best guitar solo´s like on Firth of Fifth and the fantastic guitar duet with Steve Rothery on the closing section of The Lamia.

Actually there is nothing more to tell about this album. It´s just so good. I think every prog fan has to listen for himself to experience how good this album is.

I like to thank Steve and his band for bringing back good memories from the dark seventies.

Regards,

Obiwan


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Arena (UK) / Arena - The Unquiet Sky (2015)
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:58:52 PM »
On april 27th 2015, Arena released their 8th studio album called The Unquiet Sky

Line-up:

Clive Nolan - Keyboards
Mick Pointer - Drums
John Mitchell - Guitars
Kylan Amos - Bass
Paul Manzi - Vocals

Tracklist:

1-The Demon Strikes
2-How Did it Come to This?
3-The Bishop of Lufford
4-Oblivious to the Night
5-No Chance Encounter
6-Markings on a Parchment
7-The Unquiet Sky
8What Happened Before
9-Time Runs Out
10-Returning the Curse
11-Unexpected Dawn
12-Traveller Beware

See http://www.arenaband.co.uk/ for more.


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Steven Wilson (UK) / Steven Wilson - Hand Cannot Erase (2015)
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:56:08 PM »
Steven Wilson album called "Hand Cannot Erase", was released on March 3rd, 2015.

Tracklist:
1. First Regret (2:01)
2. 3 Years Older (10:18)
3. Hand Cannot Erase (4:13)
4. Perfect Life (4:43)
5. Routine (8:58)
6. Home Invasion (6:24)
7. Regret #9 (5:00)
8. Transience (2:43)
9. Ancestral (13:30)
10. Happy Returns (6:00)
11. Ascendant Here On... (1:54)

Line-up:

Steven Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar
Guthrie Govan - lead guitar
Nick Beggs - bass guitar
Marco Minnemann - drums
Adam Holzman - keyboards
Theo Travis - saxophone, flute

Check http://stevenwilsonhq.com/ for more.


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Steve Hackett (UK) / Steve Hackett - Wolflight (2015)
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:53:24 PM »
Steve Hackett´s latest album called Wolflight saw the light of day on March 30, 2015.

This is what Steve´s website sayed on this forthcoming release:

Music pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this "wild pack of tracks - starting with a wolf cry - will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015."

From a plaintive wolf cry to Steve embracing real wolves (see sleeve above), exploring dark caverns, ancient ruins and tropical lagoons, primal energy is at the root of this album as a springboard to an exotic and exciting adventure.

Wolflight is Steve's first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic. The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist's career.

The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece (Corycian Fire) to the Far East (Wolflight), the USA and Martin Luther King (Black Thunder), but also his very own childhood memories (The Wheel's Turning) and the unresolved drama of domestic violence (Love Song to a Vampire).

An excited Steve Hackett tells us more about the record: "My new rock album Wolflight is at the ready and lying in wait. It reflects everybody's struggle for freedom on a journey travelling through both inner and outer space. It explores sounds from as far afield as Greece, Azerbaijan, the deep American South, Sahara desert and beyond, from all our yesterdays, evoking the ancient past".

Steve Hackett's electric guitar plays a powerful role, whilst we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals. Guest Musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (Keyboards & programming), Gary O'Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals). Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on Love Song to a Vampire and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on Dust and Dreams. The innovative song writing team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and also Roger King.

Track list as follows:

Out of the Body
Wolflight
Love Song to a Vampire
The Wheel's Turning
Corycian Fire
Earthshine
Loving Sea
Black Thunder
Dust and Dreams
Heart Song

The album will be released in the following formats:

Special edition CD & Blu-Ray mediabook, 2LP & CD Gatefold vinyl, CD Standard Jewelcase & Digital Download.


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Edgar Froese (D) / Edgar Froese - Links & Info
« on: January 22, 2016, 01:11:24 PM »
Egdar Froese (1944-2015), a musical genius and founding member of Tangerine Dream.

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


Edgar Froese´s Website: http://www.edgarfroese.com/

Edgar Froese on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edgar-Froese/154537148052644?fref=ts&rf=103752502997262

Edgar Froese on German Rock: http://www.germanrock.de/lexikon_show_band.php?ID=580

Edgar Froese on Krautrock Muzikzirkus: http://www.krautrock-musikzirkus.de/de,Froese-Edgar_76,N.html

Edgar Froese on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1668

Edgar Froese on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=1779

Edgar Froese on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Froese


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UK (UK) / UK - Links & Info
« on: January 17, 2016, 07:48:36 AM »
UK are a progressive rock from the UK, which has been active in the late 70´s and several reunion tours in 2007 and 2013.

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


UK´s Website: http://www.ukreunion.com/ (page looks empty)

UK on Gibraltar Encyclopedia: http://www.gepr.net/u.html#UK

UK on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=341

UK on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=301


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Uriah Heep (UK) / Uriah Heep - Links & Info
« on: January 17, 2016, 07:31:46 AM »
Uriah Heep are a progressive hard rock band from the UK, formed in London in 1969.

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


Urian Heep´s Website: http://www.uriah-heep.com/

Uriah Heep on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uriahheepofficial

Uriah Heep on Gibraltar Encyclopedia: http://www.gepr.net/u.html#URIAHHEEP

Uriah Heep on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1157

Uriah Heep on ProgGnosis: http://melosprogbazaar.com/index.php?topic=59.0

Uriah Heep on Twitter: https://twitter.com/uriah_heep

Uriah Heep on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uriah_Heep_(band)


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Neuschwanstein (Germany) / Neuschwanstein - Links & Info
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:28:04 AM »
Neuschwanstein is a German Band, which was active in the late seventies. The band was named after the famous German Castle Neuschwanstein, which is situated somewhere in the Bavarian Alps.

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


Neuschwanstein´s Website: ???

Neuschwanstein on Gibraltar Encyclopedia: http://www.gepr.net/na.html#NEUSCHWANSTEIN

Neuschwanstein on Krautrock Musikzirkus:http://www.krautrock-musikzirkus.de/de,Neuschwanstein_469,N.html

Neuschwanstein on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=261

Neuschwanstein on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_DETAIL.aspx?AID=342


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Neuschwanstein (Germany) / Neuschwanstein - Biography
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:13:17 AM »
Neuschwanstein is a German Band, which was active in the late seventies. The band was named after the famous German castle Neuschwanstein, which is situated somewhere in the Bavarian Alps.

Their first and last release was an album called Battlement, which is a must for every proglover, who is interested in Genesis type prog. The vocals have a remarking resemblance with Peter Gabriels Genesis stuff.

At first the album was a real mystery. The first release had a cover, with absolutly no info on the band.
We had to guess where the band came from, because alltough it appeared to be a German band, there was no German accent in the vocals, like you can hear in the vocals off Frank Borneman, Eloy's singer.

The original album contains 6 tracks and there was a seventh track added on the re-release on CD:



1. Loafer Jack (4:42)
2. Ice with Dwale (6:21)
3. Intruders and the Punishment (7:34)
4. Beyond the Bugle (7:31)
5. Battlement (7:05)
6. Midsummer day (7:42)
(cd-bonus)
7. Zärtlicher Abschied (5:42)

If you listen to the music on this album, you can clearly hear that the band was influenced by Genesis, Camel and you can hear some touches of Eloy.

Years later we finally discovered more info on the band through the internet. It seems the toured in Germany as a support-act to Novalis, another German Prog Band.

Finally we found a line-up:

Frederic Joos playing guitar
Uli Limpert playing bass
Klaus Mayer playing flute & synthesizers
Thomas Neuroth playing keyboards
Hans-Peter Schwarz playing drums
Roger Weiler playing guitar
Reiner Zimmer playing bass & doing the vocals

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5UU´s (USA) / 5UU´s - Links & Info
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:58:11 AM »
5UU´s are an avant progressive band from Denver Colorado. They started out in the early 80's doing avant slanted prog then moved to a more strongly avant/RIO sound.

More on 5UU´s can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):


5UU´s Website: http://www.5uus.com/

5UU´s on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=108

5UU´s on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=646


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7 Months (USA) / 7 Months - Biography
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:51:02 AM »
A short Bio on 7 Months:

Background:

7 Months is an LA based band combining progressive time signatures, complex progressions with sellable commericalized melodies that Kick some serious Ass, but will also stand the test of time. The band members are extremely talented with a knack for writing excellent songs but keeping the integrity and intricaces of well designed music. They refuse to write 3 or 4 chord songs that give in to the simplicity factors commonly found in the industry today. However, providing great Radio playable tunes that are both interesting and entertaining. 7 Months are thought of by the public as a progressive rock band of the millenium that walk the edge with a new sound while incorporating the famous progressive sounds of bands like Yes, Kansas, Rush and Dream Theater. The members are all well schooled and when brought together create a chemistry that forms the one and only sound of 7 MONTHS.

Musical influences:

Dream Theater, Rush, Queensryche, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Liquid Tension Experiment, Sting, Al Di Meola, Fates Warning, Triumph, Cynic, Yes, Journey, Steve Morse, The Dixie Dregs

Similar Artists:

Dream Theater, Rush, Queensryche, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Liquid Tension Experiment, Sting, The Police, Al Di Meola, Fates Warning, Triumph, Yes, Steve Morse, The Dixie Dregs, Tool

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7 Months (USA) / 7 Months - Links & Info
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:50:11 AM »
7 Months is an LA based band combining progressive time signatures, complex progressions with sellable commericalized melodies that Kick some serious Ass.

More on 7 Months can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):


7 Months´ Website: http://www.7months.com/

7 Months on Metal Music Archives: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/7-months

7 Months on My Space: https://myspace.com/7monthsmusic

7 Months on Prog Archives: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5352

7 Months on ProgGnosis: http://www.proggnosis.com/ARTIST_Detail.aspx?AID=2280


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