Bio: Jesse: We all played together in a band for a couple years, it was a local group. We did a lot of small clubs and short weekend tours. Not really having much success, you know, aside from becoming good friends and better musicians. In late 2013 Andy started black crown and when I heard the songs I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I joined in early 2014 and we’ve been jamming it out ever since!
Seriously guys, you have to see this video.
I am blown away by the effort put in there, the great acting, the story, the two vocalists’ brilliantly convincing delivery… Song was already sublime and now the video is just a cherry on top.
Some of you would remember that Neverdream released a very strong, ambitious concept album earlier this year which got a review by our own Phoenix if you would like to check it out.
Our main source of excitement for the album was the fact that it was featuring the brilliant vocalist Andy Kuntz of Vanden Plas fame and he is in the video as well.
-Mask of Lies (February 2013) (Independent)
-Back From the Edge (October 2014) (Inner Wound Recordings)
Cover Artwork by Carl Andre Beckston (MONOWASP)
Photos by Jatzi Nieto
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.
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).
Bio: 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.
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.
Bio: 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.
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.
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.