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7 Months (USA) / Re: 7 Months - Biography
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:51:48 AM »

Each of the members had been in several other bands previous to the formation of the 7M lineup; some with recording projects under their belts, some with more focus on musical education and some with a great deal of live performance experience. 7 Months actually experienced a few beginnings and near endings. It was a band that almost wasn't. Chris and Greg went to MI (Musicians Institute in LA) together in '95-'96 and subsequently played together in a school project band. Focusing on a progressive sound, the two established not only a friendship, but also the musical foundation of what would later develop. They worked on their own ideas and material and searched for additional musicians Barry also attended MI and later connected with Chris and Greg while playing with another bassist/vocalist back in early '98. While the project didn't work out, the three found the cohesiveness that each had been seeking. A few months later, the three tried again, but Greg cancelled; Barry lost faith. A few more months later they tried again, but this time added a fourth; "The Dude". The first night's session resulted in the song later entitled "The Night". More music followed. For the next seven months the band worked on several songs and pieces of songs, and auditioned (mostly bad) vocalists. Joe had just moved to LA from Chicago in July of '99, and had been auditioning with several (mostly bad) bands and had answered the group's ad for a singer. The circle was now complete.

...And the Saga continues...Joe left the Band in 2003 to pursue other endeavors - after 7 Months without a singer - Along came Danny Veras - Now 7 Months is Back to Rockin' Hard - The New CD should be outearly 2005.

Band members:

7 Months consists of the following:

Danny Veras - Lead Vocals
Chris M. Jacobson- Guitars, Vocals
Garegin (Greg) Kalajian- Keyboards, Vocals
Barry Magnuson- Drums, Percussion
Shawn "The Dude" Richkind- Bass

Official Website:

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


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

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:

7 Months on Metal Music Archives:

7 Months on My Space:

7 Months on Prog Archives:

7 Months on ProgGnosis:

Autumn (NL) / Autumn - Links & Info
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:42:09 AM »
Autumn is a gothic metal band from the Netherlands. Autumn formed in 1995 and quickly became an important component of the blossoming Dutch gothic rock scene.

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Autumn on Facebook:

Autumn on Metal Archives:

Autumn on My Space:

Autumn on ProgGnosis:

Autumn on Soundcloud:

Autumn on Twitter:

Autumn on YouTube:

Alquin (NL) / Re: Alquin - Biogaphy
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:33:05 AM »
In 1975 there are some changes. A fulltime vocalist is added to the line up: Michel van Dijk, who sang with Brainbox and Ekseption. But also the music they make changes, less progressive. The songs are shorter, heavier and even funkier. This can be heard on the album Nobody Can Wait Forever, produced by Roger Bain. During the recordings Paul Weststrate leaves the band, and the drum parts are taken over by Job Tarenskeen. The single Wheelchair Groupie is a minor success. The album was also released in the United States, but a tour was cancelled at the last minute. A little later Hein Mars leaves the band and is replaced by Rob ten Bokum. Mars completely resigns from the music scene. In this line-up the band starts an extensive Holland-tour.

A year later the band records yet another album, Best Kept Secret, with another bass player Jan Visser. The album is recorded with the help of Vic Smith. On this album they sound funkier than ever. Later that year the band goes on a second Holland-tour, the results of this can be heard on a live album On Tour, that was released the same year.

In 1977 the readers of Oor magazine vote the band as Best Dutch Band. This doesn't, however, prevent them from breaking up. The music climate changed (punk) and there were differences about the musical direction. Job Tarenskeen and Ferdinand Bakker stay together and start another band Meteors. A double compilation album, Crash, was released, with tracks from the five albums.

This isn't the end of the story. On November 18 1995 Alquin does a successful reunion concert in youth center De Eland in Delft. The line up consists of Van Dijk, Bakker, Franssen, Tarenskeen, Ottenhof and Dick Schulte-Nordholt. A year later is involved in a short tour, where they visit some Dutch university cities. And again in 2003 they perform in several cities in the Netherlands and they have plans to release a DVD with a registration of these concerts but also with archive material. The line up this time is: Michel van Dijk (vocals), Ferdinand Bakker (guitar, vocals), Dick Franssen (keyboards), Job Tarenskeen (drums, percussion), Ronald Ottenhoff (saxophone, clarinet), Frans Koenn (bass), Trudie van Starrenburg (backing vocals) en Caroline Dest (backing vocals). In 2003 the new double cd and dvd are released as One More Night. The cd contains also a new Alquin track, Sweet Surrender. In 2004 Alquin returns with a dutch tour. This time with a new bass player, Walter Latuperissa.

Alquin (NL) / Alquin - Biogaphy
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:32:47 AM »
A short Biography on Alquin:

A few students in Delft start a group in 1968. It is called Threshold Fear and they mainly play rhytmn and blues. In 1970 the band members are: Hein Mars (bass, vocals), Job Tarenskeen (vocal, sax, percussion), Ronald Ottenhof (sax, flute), Ferdinand Bakker (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Dick Franssen (keyboards) and Bart Terlaak (drums). A single is released on Negram: Sally Saddlepain/Thank me not, the track was produced by Peter Vink who later on would form Finch.

At the end of 1971 the group changes it's name to Alquin, named after the student society and rehearsal room Alcuin. They also change the drummer Terlaak goes and Paul Westrate comes. In 1972 they perform in Paradiso for the first time with the new name. Due to their growing reputation a record deal with Polydor is closed and they record their debut album Marks, produced by Hans van Oosterhout. The album is mainly a mix of rock, jazz and classical music. As a single You always can change is released with on the flip side the non album track Hard royce.

The popularity of the band is growing in 1973. The readers of  Oor magazine vote Alquin as the most innovative band. They also give a good performance at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands. In England the band has a performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. A second album, The Mountain Queen is recorded, with the help of producer Don Lawrence. For fans of progressive rock, this is probably their best effort. In 1974 the band tours with The Golden Earring and The Who in England and Germany.

Alquin (NL) / Alquin - Links & Info
« on: January 16, 2016, 05:31:53 AM »
Alquin is Dutch progressive band sounding little like contemporaries Earth and Fire or Focus, but showing elements of Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, various fusion bands.

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Alquin on Facebook:

Alquin on My Space:

Alquin on ProgGnosis:

Alquin on YouTube:

Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:07:41 PM »
Watching & Listening, Karnataka´s New Light Live In Concert.

Hayley Griffiths, what a great voice she has.

The Mute Gods is a solo project for bassist Nick Beggs. Beggs has become a well known bassplayer in the prog scene, having played with Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Fish on Friday and Lifesigns to name a few.
The Mute Gods are Beggs along with drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson band) and keyboardist Roger King (Steve Hackett).

Do Nothing Till Your Hear From Me will be released on January 22th, 2016.

Check Progressive Music Planetfor a full review on the album

and check You Tube for some footage:

Quorum (Russia) / Quorum - Lins & Info
« on: January 13, 2016, 06:25:17 PM »
Quorum is a neo-progressive rock band from the Russian Federation, formed in 2003. The band is influenced by XIX century music and ‘70s.

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Quorum´s Website:

Quorum on Facebook:

Quorum on Prog Archives:

Quorum on ProgGnosis:

Odyssice (NL) / Re: Odyssice - Biography
« on: January 13, 2016, 06:14:46 PM »

The recording of the new album began in February 2009. Seven new songs, that were selected from the demo’s, were recorded in the new ‘Legend Studios’.

The new album ‘Silence’ was released at the end of May 2010. The release is backed-up by completely re-designed website, trailers on YourTube, Facebook/Hyves/MySpace websites, media interviews and live-performances.

On 23 May 2010 their new album, ‘Silence’ was released. It received a ‘vette krent’ (highly recommendated) noting in the Dutch progressive music magazine, ‘IO-Pages’.

Odyssice undertook a concerts in October 2010 at ‘de Boerderij’ in Zoetermeer, Netherlands.

Another Darkhole

In 2011 the rehearsal studio flooded with 5 cm of water, luckily none of the equipment was plugged in, but left the band without a usable rehearsal studio. At the end of 2011 Peter decided to leave the band to focus on other projects.

At the end of 2012 the band re-released ‘Impression’ as a remastered & expanded 2CD. The second CD contained unreleased live, demo and remixed tracks of the ‘Impression’ song.
In 2013 the re-release of ‘Moondrive’ (also remastered & expanded 2CD) and ‘Secret Showcase – Live In Amsterdam’ (CD/DVD release) will follow.

Odyssice is also invited to perform at a new festival in Siegerswoude (Friesland) on October 12th 2013. For this show the band managed to have Sven de Haan (ex-Salmon, ex-Knight of the Progs) as guest bassplayer.

More on Odyssice can be found on the bands website:



Odyssice (NL) / Re: Odyssice - Biography
« on: January 13, 2016, 06:13:31 PM »
Dark ages

Due to personal problems at the end of 2001 everything around the band became very quiet. Resulting that mid 2002 Menno, Bastiaan and Jeroen were without bass-player.

The album 'Moondrive' was well regarded by fans and there were a lot of requests for a re-release. Odyssice agreed with Cyclops records to do just that and the new re-issue contained a multimedia part with live video's and several other goodies, released June 2003.

Finding a suitable new bass-player turned out to be a more challenging task than first expected. Resulting finally at the end of 2004 the arrival of bass-player Peter Kosterman.


After a slow start in 2005 when the band moved their rehearsal room to a new location, which had to be completely re-decorated, the band was fully in action writing new material for a new album.

In 2006 Odyssice staged live in the Amsterdam TV studio of RTV-Noord- Holland, fully equipped. Backed up by a fabulous lightshow by Michael Moorthaemer, and large projection screen in the back of the stage displaying mood films and logo projection. The idea and producer of this project is Arjan van Leeuwen, who is a long time friend of the band. That same night Odyssice performed one hour set in front of a small selected group of friends and family, recorded live and non-stop by the RTV-NoordHolland for later broadcast.

The year 2007 and 2008 were mainly used for creating more new songs and for Bastiaan to realize his long-time dream; a private digital home-recording studio, which had its official premiere with the recording of the new Odyssice album.

Odyssice (NL) / Re: Odyssice - Biography
« on: January 13, 2016, 06:13:02 PM »
The Debut

In 1997 the debut CD was released. The mini-album 'Moondrive' was well received by both the prog-critics and prog-fans world-wide. The release was followed by a series of performances kicking off at the very first ProgFarm in Bakkeveen-NL. At this time Menno Boomsma joined the band on drums. Tivoli (ProgWorld), De Lantaarn (SympHel) and Hedon (with Pallas) followed shortly after.

The follow-up

After two fruitful years and a sold out album Odyssice decided to take it slow in 1999. They worked on new material for the follow up to 'Moondrive'. The new songs were finished at the end of that same year and in January 2000 the recording of 'Impression' took place.

Shortly after the contracts were signed with the English record-company Cyclops, the new Odyssice album 'Impression' was released world-wide on November 1st. Once again the album has been well received by both prog-critics and prog-fans.

Odyssice (NL) / Odyssice - Biography
« on: January 13, 2016, 06:12:30 PM »
A real nice Bio on Odyssice, taken from the bands website:

Odyssice (a fantasy name associated with Greek mythology) was founded in 1986 by Bastiaan Peeters (guitar). The group had an enormous start when 'Track One' was played on the Dutch radio-show Countdown Café in 1987. That night the phone didn’t stopped ringing. Kees Baars, host of 'Countdown Café', said he had never seen such a reaction. The music of Odyssice is quite unique and can be described as dark clouds of string-ensembles and beautiful long guitar-solos. The guitar-solos add a vocal quality to this impressive instrumental music. All these ingredients make the music colorful and illustrative.

In the beginning

In 1988 'Losing Her' was the new track on the 'Exposure'-LP from the magazine 'Sym-Info', and according to 'Sym-Info's' office 'Losing Her' was one of the best songs on the album. The huge interest lad to an invitation to perform at a 'Sym-Info's' festival at ’t Noorderligt (now called 013) in Tilburg on June 16th 1989. The Noorderligt performance was a huge success. Requests for the live recordings of that show were enormous and it was sold out in no time.

The band was musically successful but musical differences caused them to disappear from spotlight for some time. Decided was to reincarnate Odyssice with new members. After a long period of try-outs, including singers. The band completed itself with the addition of keyboard-player Jeroen van der Wiel.

Odyssice (NL) / Odyssice - Secret Showcase (2013)
« on: January 13, 2016, 06:09:58 PM »
October 2013,  Odyssice released 'Secret Showcase', a CD/DVD set of a live performance they did at the studio of RTV Noord-Holland.

The tracklists of the CD are DVD little different.

The audio CD features live version of some classis tracks like:
1. Chineses Waters
2. Anuradhapura
3. Flags Without A Heart
4. Senkan
5. Swank
6. Different Questions
7. Olympus
8. Continental Motion
9. A Prophet's Dream

The DVD features live versions of:
1. Chineses Waters
2. Anuradhapura
3. Flags Without A Heart
4. Swank
5. Continental Motion
6. A Prophet's Dream

DVD Bonus:
7. Olympus (live promo video)
8. Into The 'Secret' (documantery)
9. Different Questions (rehearsal excerpt)

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