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New Video from Semantic Saturation
24 Oct. 2014

New Video from Semantic Saturation


POSSESSION, BLOOD, INSANITY AND A MUSIC VIDEO

Shant Hagopian is a very talented musician, whom we appreciate a lot here at Lady Obscure Music Magazine. Many of you would remember that he founded a progressive rock/metal project called Semantic Saturation which features world-class musicians and progressive rock icons such as drummer Virgil Donati (Steve Vai), bassist Ric Fierabracci (Planet X), with guests; keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex. Dream Theater) and vocalist Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas).

I had a very interesting chat with Shant last year and our lovely editor Rocio penned out a fantastic review of the band’s debut album Solipsistic and fascinated us all. The tasteful debut album is available in both CD and digital formats through the Semantic Saturation website.

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The Aaron Clift Experiment
22 Oct. 2014

The Aaron Clift Experiment


Bio:

The seeds for The Aaron Clift Experiment started in 2007.  Up until then, I had been composing classical music and preparing for would have likely been a career in academia.  However, around that time, I had a change of heart and realized that I preferred writing and performing rock music (I had a rock band in college and had always been a fan of rock music).

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Grus Paridae
22 Oct. 2014

Grus Paridae


03ParidaeBio: We (Grus Paridae) are a cooperative Finnish progressive/art rock collective of two composers and musicians Petteri Kurki and Rami Turtiainen with our very special guest Jarno Koivunen on violins. Jarno takes also actively part to the arrangements and production issues as well plays additional piano and guitar parts.

I think it all started during the late summer of 2011 and was originally my idea to start to do music with Petteri. I knew we shared common interests towards music and I loved Petteri’s passion for strange harmonies and knew he had a good singing voice. It was also very clear from the beginning if we would ever need some violin parts Jarno would be our number one choice.

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Simon McKechnie
22 Oct. 2014

Simon McKechnie


Bio: This album and the last have been solo projects with colleagues from my career coming in to record for me. Before these two prog rock albums I had worked for twenty years here in london UK mostly as a composer of jazz, Latin, contemporary classical and TV music. Adam Riley who plays drums on Newton’s Alchemy used to play in the jazz fusion group Azul that I used to run. He is very technical, but also very free and can rock out with the best of them. He has played with many people on the British jazz scene including playing at the Brit awards with Jamie Cullum and Katie Melua. Clare Salaman who plays the Swedish folk instrument the nyckelharpa on the new album is a very accomplished early music specialist who has collaborated with me on several previous projects. She runs her own group The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments and has directed the period instrument orchestras at the Royal Academy of Music. Jan Hendrickse who plays bass flute is a remarkable improviser who worked with a wide range of artists from Ornette Coleman and Howard Shore to Nitin Sawhney and Natasha Atlas.

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Temple of Void
22 Oct. 2014

Temple of Void


TEMPLE OF VOID band photoBio: Temple of Void started when Eric and I decided to work together. We respected each other’s guitar style and we knew if we put our heads down we could write something massive. We hand-picked a line-up of dudes we wanted to work with who we thought would share our vision and each brings something unique to the mix. As it turns out, the five of us work incredibly well together and everybody contributes an essential aspect of the Temple.

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Ibyss
08 Oct. 2014

Ibyss


Bio:
Jens: We started in 2012 just after finishing the Chord Of Souls record and initially after the break-up of our former band Godscore.
Nihil: We´re from Germany and met about ten years ago. The two of us are very different personalities but we make it work somehow.
Jens sings, shouts, growls and plays guitar and keyboard while my duties are guitar, bass and programming. There´s our first album out now, titled “Obsidian”. The band´s name is a no-brainer: “I” mixed up with “Abyss”….Here we are. Not signed and not planning to get signed.

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Shayne Leighton
02 Oct. 2014

Shayne Leighton


Bio:

The new glam rock and roll sweetheart of Spectra Music Group, Shayne Leighton has recently released her debut single, a reboot of the Pat Benatar classic, “Invincible”, which is already getting rave reviews from college radio stations and it lighting up the airwaves. Shayne will release her debut rock EP with Spectra in 2015. EP produced by Rob Roy, protege of the legendary Tony Bongiovi of Power Station Studios and Bongiovi Acoustics.

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Nathaniel Noton-Freeman
19 Sep. 2014

Nathaniel Noton-Freeman


Bio: I was born in the middle of the Maine woods without electricity or running water. Music was a huge part of my life from infancy, and it only seemed natural that I spent my time in college studying it. I released my first album, “Whorl”, at about the time that I graduated in early 2012, and I’ve released three albums since then. My most recent, “Cloud Machines”, is a reactive piece of music that loosely addresses many of my feelings about climate change and current events.

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Pet Shark
19 Sep. 2014

Pet Shark


We went through countless band names, some of them serious and some were downright comical. We decided to call it Pet Shark because we didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously at the time, and we also thought that we could create some fun graphics with a name like that. Thus, Pet Shark was born. Bio: We are a progressive rock instrumental trio from Orange County, California, USA. We released our first album in November of 2011. We’ve been out supporting the CD ever since, performing showcases all over Southern California, and as far east as Nashville, Tennessee. We are currently operating as an unsigned band, although we’re open to the possibility of a relationship with an established label. Since our inception, we’ve been selling our music on most music sites around the world in addition to our website. We’re also on several internet radio stations, with the hopes of gaining ground in the terrestrial radio market.

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Shaft of Steel
19 Sep. 2014

Shaft of Steel


Band: Shaft of Steel
Genre: Melodic Metal / AOR
Albums: ‘Shaft of Steel’ EP released on 29th September 2014
Location: Originally from Scarborough, UK. Now based in London, UK
Label: Unsigned / Independent
Websitewww.shaftofsteel.com

Shaft of Steel is:

Robert Fenning – Lead vocals
Alex Markham – Guitar
Andy Cooper – Bass & backing vocals
Adam Carruthers – Guitar
Chris Smurthwaite – Keyboards
Garth Vickers – Drums

Answers by – Alex Markham (guitar).

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