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Fractal Mirror (NL) / Fractal Mirror - Slow Burn 1 (2016)
« on: July 17, 2016, 09:04:58 AM »
On March 18, 2016, Fractal Mirror released their third CD called Slow Burn 1.

Slow Burn 1 consists of 11 new tracks reflecting a mix of progressive, rock, pop and indie influences.  Slow Burn 1 was produced and mixed by Brett Kull of Echolyn fame, mastered by Larry Fast (Synergy) and features a number of guest musicians to support the continuing evolution of their sound.

For more details on this new release, check out:

Fractal Mirror (NL) / Fractal Mirror - Biography
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:53:45 AM »
A short Bio on Fractal Mirror, taken from the band´s website:

The origins of Fractal Mirror can be traced back to the mid-eighties when three friends from Amsterdam started to make music together influenced by bands from the famous 4AD label and artists like David Sylvian. At the same time a new wave of progressive rock was expanding its listening audience.  Bands like IQ, Pendragon, Twelfth Night, Marillion and Pallas but especially the virtually unknown Canadian band Terraced Garden have been a big influence on Fractal Mirror music.

Fast Forward to 2012:
Two of the original members are still working together but the musical focus has shifted towards contemporary pop/rock music with progressive rock influences.  Via Facebook a drummer from the States is found and after working out recording logistics through some demos the band decides on the name Fractal Mirror.  At the end of 2012  tracks were recorded at home for a CD.  The drum tracks were recorded at a studio in New Jersey in the summer of 2013.  These tracks were then mixed and mastered in August at the Autumnsongstudios in Trondheim, Norway by Rhys Marsh from Rhys Marsh and the Autumn Ghosts (recently interviewed in Classic Rock Presents Prog).  Our music has been played on many of the leading progressive radio stations to a very positive response.  As our ability to collaborate across the ocean improves and we share our musical ideas online, look for Fractal Mirror to release some new and exciting music in 2013 which will continue to demonstrate this variety of influences in an increasingly original blend. 


Garden of Ghosts is released in November, 2014 to overwhelmingly positive response, receiving feature airplay and special full length album previews on many fine internet sites.  See our REVIEWS page for a recap of the reviews.  We also made many Best of the Year lists as well.


We have written over 70 minutes of new music, some nearly complete, some just guitar and vocals, some verse/chorus requiring some additional music.  Once again, the music is evolving.  Stay tuned for some previews in the next few months. The CD will again be co-produced and mixed by Brett Kull of Echolyn and various other quality music projects.

Fractal Mirror:

Ed van Haagen: Bass, Keyboards and Programming

Leo Koperdraat: Voice, Guitars, Keyboards and Lyrics

Frank L. Urbaniak: Drums, Percussion and Lyrics

Fractal Mirror (NL) / Fractal Mirror - Links & Info
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:50:50 AM »
Fractal Mirror is a progressive rockband from the Netherlands, which origins can be traced back to the mid-eighties when three friends from Amsterdam started to make music.

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

Fractal Mirror´s Website:

Fractal Mirror on Prog Archives:

Fractal Mirror on ProgGnosis:

Fractal Mirror on Facebook:

Fractal Mirror (NL) / Fractal Mirror - Garden of Ghosts (2014)
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:43:20 AM »
On the 11th of November 2014, the Dutch progressive rock band Fractal Mirror released their album called Garden of Ghosts.

Fractal Mirror are:

Ed van Haagen: Bass, Keyboards and Programming
Leo Koperdraat: Voice, Guitars, Keyboards and Lyrics
Frank L. Urbaniak: Drums, Percussion and Lyrics

On this album they are supported by:

Brett Kull (Echolyn) - acoustic and electric guitars, background/harmony vocals
Larry Fast - guitar
Don Fast - sitar
Jacque Varsalona - background vocals
Charlotte Koperdraat - background vocals

Check Fractal Mirror´s website for more details:
Check Fractal Mirror on Bandcamp for the album track House of Wishes:
Check Fractal Mirror on ProgGnosis:

Windchase (AUS) / Re: Windchase - Links & Info
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:36:19 AM »
Some Windchase related link(s):

Mario Millo´s Website:

Windchase (AUS) / Windchase - Links & Info
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:35:10 AM »
Windchase were an Australian prog band created in the mid-seventies by Mario Millo & Toivo Pilt, both former members of the famous Australian band Sebastian Hardie.

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

Windchase´s Website: .....

Windchase on Prog Archives:

Windchase on ProgGnosis:

Windchase (AUS) / Windchase - Biography
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:32:59 AM »
A short Bio on Windchase:

Windchase was formed by the end of 1976 by Mario Millo, after Sebastian Hardie disbanded. Millo was joined by Sebastian Hardie´s keyboard player Toivo Pilt. They were joined by Doug Bligh on drums and Duncan McGuire on bass.

They recorded an album called "Symphinity", which was released in 1977. This album still maintained a unique innovative quality and remained in the category of "progressive rock".

Towards the latter part of the seventies, it became more and more difficult to obtain radio support for anything other than "commercial/radio friendly songs" and as a consequence, Windchase disbanded late in 1977.

3RDegree (USA) / 3RDegree - Links & Info
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:08:22 AM »
3RDegree is a progressive rock band form the USA, which has been active since 1993.

More on 3RDegree can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

3RDegree´s Website:

3RDegree on Prog Archives:

3RDegree on ProgGnosis:

3RDegree on Facebook:

3RDegree on Instagram:

3RDegree on My Space:

3RDegree on Twitter:

3RDegree on ReverbNation:

3RDegree on 10T Records:

Ad Infinitum (USA) / Re: Ad Infinitum - Biography
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:57:47 AM »
Because this started and has ended as a pure recording project and not a touring band (although they could be persuaded!), certain kind-souled musicians came and went as was needed. One of the most valuable was the drummer, Don DiPaolo. Don accepted the almost insurmountable task of taking all the drum parts Todd and Craig had written, learned them as they had programmed them originally through a sequencer, and played them over music that had already been recorded! It"s just how it had to be done at the time. The actual studio recording - the only parts that weren"t recorded in Todd"s own studio - took this man just three full days. It was a long, nerve wracking weekend for everyone. Don currently plays with American pop/rock band Mach 5. Listen to how he makes it sound so easy on tracks like Overland, Physician Heal Thyself, and Ad Infinitum.

Another good friend who came in to help in their time of need was John Sullivan. John was kind enough to spend that weekend to keep the drums in tune. Between takes, he would come through as drum tech and, as needed, therapist. John currently leads his own band, Flay of Soul, in New York City.

Dave Beers gets the "Mr. Patience Award". As the bass lines were already written and pretty much set in stone, Dave simply gave us some very tasteful performances and a killer groove. Listen for Dave on tracks like Waterline, Neither Here Nor There, and Overland.

Roger Dean. Yes, well, how did Roger come to be involved in the project? As Craig says: "I"ve been a fan of Roger"s work since I was about 5 years old, around the first time I"d ever laid eyes on the Yes logo. In 1990, I was working as the copy editor of a small daily newspaper in New Mexico, when I noticed a small blurb on the wire about Roger"s work being exhibited at the San Francisco Art Exchange. In the same breath that I booked a ticket to San Francisco, I also called the Art Exchange and was able to set up an interview with Roger. I published my article soon after and didn"t speak to him until five years later when Todd suggested I approach him with the request to do our album cover and logo (farfetched, if you"d asked me). After two years of working with him, we couldn"t be any more satisfied. The members of Ad Infinitum find it very difficult to express how much it means to us that Roger is a part of our entire creative process. In addition to beautiful artwork, he has given us validation, a sense of belonging to the worldwide neo-progressive rock community, our own "Deanesque" identity, and a package design that evokes the spirit of the old-school prog ways that we wanted to capture so badly on this album. We owe you Roger. Thank you.�

There will be more. This is just the first album. We hope you enjoy it... Ad Infinitum.
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Ad Infinitum (USA) / Re: Ad Infinitum - Biography
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:57:20 AM »
Their first composition written together was Immortality, which came from an initial idea that Craig brought to the table. To Craig, the idea sounded like something the Allman Brothers would"ve written, but Todd had other ideas for it, being the mad scientist he is.

Early on in the project, a talented singer named Joe Alessi provided all the vocals. Joe was the original singer on Immortality, Physician Heal Thyself, and Rain Down. While all agreed that he had a true talent for crafting melodies and lyrics, Joe"s other commitments prevented him from spending time on the project.

Enter Ilan Goldman from Montreal. Ilan answered a similar ad and it took no time to hear that he had an intense fetish for Wakeman-style keyboard flair and a tenor that could cut through the murkiest Hammond or match up to John Wetton"s huskiest whisky-soaked wails. Ilan"s contributions to this album are undeniably positive, especially on songs like Neither Here Nor There and Waterline.

For the next year, the three of them worked away on the album as often as they could. Todd was working as an attorney, Ilan was studying to become one, and Craig was either looking for employment or working his own office job in public relations. Time was passing them by the years.

The last and final soul who entered the songwriting circle was "Goose" (Mike Seguso). Todd answered an ad that Goose had placed for musicians to form a Genesis tribute band. Goose immediately took more of an interest in what Ad Infinitum was doing instead. Craig says: "One thing I can say about him, beside the fact that he"s one of the most committed prog singers I"ve ever heard (his Gabriel is flawless), is that when all seemed dark on this project, Goose had the ability to keep us all in hysterics with jokes and impersonations of everyone from Jim Morrison to Homer Simpson. But it"s his singing, lyricism, and arrangement gifts, not so much his humor, for which we thank him on this album.� Goose shines on All Hallows Eve, A Winter"s Tale, and Immortality.

Ad Infinitum (USA) / Ad Infinitum - Biography
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:57:10 AM »
A short Bio on Ad Infinitum by Melo the Prog Goddess, taken from the old forum:

Ad Infinitum means "to infinity" in Latin, but in the four years it took to write, arrange, record, re-record, mix and master this debut album, there were times when it appeared it was going to take that long before it was finished!

Around 1993, Todd Braverman was getting restless, having just ended his relationship with Cathedral. Kinesis had just released the second Cathedral disc, There In The Shadows, and he felt it was time to move on to his own creative outlet. Then Ad Infinitum was conceived.

The underlying premise for Ad Infinitum was to recreate an early 70"s progressive rock album. As guitarist Craig Wall puts it: "We found that many neo-prog bands write great music, but don"t have that sound, talented vocalists, or write memorable songs. In other words, we wanted to write extended songs with memorable melodies and interesting arrangements, but use traditional prog sounds. In our opinion, what separates the classic prog groups from the others is that they wrote songs, not virtuosic displays merely to impress other musicians. Being aficionados of the old school ways, we wanted to hear more traditional prog sounds like Mellotrons, Hammond organs, Moogs, beautifully structured 12-string acoustic guitar duets and, most of all, songs again. Hey, just because it clocks in at 8:29, doesn"t mean it can"t have a logical song structure to hang all that musical virtuosity on.�

Craig made a call to Todd sometime back in 1994 to answer an ad Todd had posted in the Village Voice for a co-writer and guitarist. Before Craig had the chance to meet him, Todd drilled him on his knowledge of prog rock by bringing up obscure references to bands Craig had been listening to since he was 12 years old, always trying to sneak one in to stump him. But after a month of their prog banter and what seemed like a fairly elongated screening period, Todd mentioned something about a flower and Craig just said casually, "A flower?� Todd immediately picked up the Genesis Supper"s Ready reference and the next words out of his mouth were, "When can you come over?"

Ad Infinitum (USA) / Ad Infinitum - Links & Info
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:53:19 AM »
Ad Infinitum were a progressive rock band from the 90's American scene, which had researched over 6 years to finally put out their first and unique CD, with several classic prog influences (mainly Yes and Genesis) with long tracks and different moods and passages.

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

Ad Infinitum´s Website: .....

Ad Infinitum on Prog Archives:

Ad Infinitum on ProgGnosis:

Ad Infinitum on ....

Zaar (F) / Zaar - Links & Info
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:39:24 AM »
Zaar were a progressive rock band from France, playing RIO/Avantgarde type music. In 2006 they released their only selftitled album.

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

Zaar´s Website: .....

Zaar on Prog Archives:

Zaar on ProgGnosis:

Wishbone Ash (UK) / Wishbone Ash - Links & Info
« on: July 16, 2016, 06:28:16 PM »
Wishbone Ash  were formed in Torquay, England '69 by brothers Glen & Martin Turner. The bands unique twin-lead guitar lineup gave blues-based progressive rock its trademark sound.

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

Wishbone Ash´s Website:

Wishbone Ash on Prog Archives:

Wishbone Ash on ProgGnosis:

Wishbone Ash on Wikipedia:

Wishbone Ash on Facebook:

Wishbone Ash (UK) / Wishbone Ash - Biography
« on: July 16, 2016, 06:21:57 PM »
A short Bio on Wishbone Ash by Melo the Prog Goddess:

During the early- and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts. The group's roots dated to the summer of 1966, when drummer Steve Upton formed a band called Empty Vessels with bassist/vocalist Martin Turner and guitarist Glen Turner. Empty Vessels soon changed their name to Tanglewood and moved to London; during a gig at the Country Club in Hampstead, they were seen by would-be rock manager Miles Copeland, who was impressed with the jazz and progressive rock influences within the band and offered to be their manager.

Glen Turner left the band at that point, and an advertisement for a guitarist resulted in the addition of both David Alan "Ted" Turner and Andy Powell, who provided the basis for the sound of the new lineup with intertwining riffs and phrases drawn from both soul and blues, coupled with Martin Turner's melodic bass sound and Upton's jazz-influenced drumming. A new name was called for, and after several suggestions by Copeland that proved unacceptable, "Wishbone Ash" was chosen from two lists of words. The group rehearsed for weeks at Copeland's home, working out an entirely new repertoire, and played their first gig opening for the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. It wasn't too long before they were opening for Deep Purple, where a sound check jam between Powell and Ritchie Blackmore led to a recording contract with the American Decca label.

Their self-titled first album appeared in 1970; Pilgrimage and Argus followed over the next two years, and each showed a major advance in the band's sound. The release of 1973's Wishbone Four reflected a greater maturity to the group, and was their first fully developed album, with songwriting that didn't hide behind a progressive pose but luxuriated in the members' folk music inclinations, without compromising the harder edge of their music. The album also saw the departure of Ted Turner, who was replaced by Laurie Wisefield.

Locked In and New England followed; Martin Turner departed after 1979's Just Testing, to be replaced by ex-King Crimson bassist/singer John Wetton. Wishbone Ash soldiered on through the 1980s, and in 1986 even got back with Copeland, by now a major player in the recording industry by virtue of his management of the Police and his founding of I.R.S. Records. Wishbone Ash's history came full circle with the reunion of Powell, Upton, Ted Turner, and Martin Turner, and the recording of three albums for I.R.S.. They remained a working band into the 1990s, led by Andy Powell and Ted Turner and touring and recording regularly. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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