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Karnataka live at Islington Assembly Hall, UK
22 May. 2015

Karnataka live at Islington Assembly Hall, UK


Having recently reviewed Karnataka’s excellent new album, Secrets of Angels, I had the pleasure earlier this month of getting to see them live at Islington Assembly Hall. The pleasure was greater because I also got to meet most of the band before the show, for an informal interview. Here is, to the best of my recollection, my musings on what we discussed and what I thought of the show.

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Artificial Lift
17 Aug. 2015

Artificial Lift


Artificial Lift is a 3 piece energetic rock band situated in Lloydminster, SK. They began playing together in 2013 as a jam band under the moniker: Biggs Hosan. They are a mix of Progressive Rock, Blues, Metal. The 5-track “Ominous EP” was released in 2014 and takes listeners into a sound-scape consisting of huge rock guitars, pulsating rhythm sections, and lyrics forged from experiences of living in the Canadian Mid-West. On July 16th the band released their full-length debut album Wasted Days.Bio: The band consists of three members. Deric Sheppard holds the rhythm down on drums and vocals, Trent Paterson sets the vibe on the bass guitar, and I keep it rockin’ on guitar and vocals. We have known each other for years, each playing in our own separate projects — none of them materialized much success, however. Sheppard was the drummer for Harridan, Paterson was the drummer for Ascesis and I played bass for Ascesis as well as guitar for Climhazzard. All of our previous bands had a common jam space in an old upstairs office in down town Lloydminster called ‘The Loft’. After some time apart from our respective bands we started jamming together, each switching between instruments, and eventually formed what is now Artificial Lift.

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Oriental Metal version to Opeth’s “Bleak” by Yossi Sassi
04 Aug. 2015

Oriental Metal version to Opeth’s “Bleak” by Yossi Sassi


Yossi Sassi is familiar internationally to music fans by his unique trademark sound signature, merges roots with contemporary music, while taking Oriental Rock to levels unheard before.

With over 23 years’ experience as a Producer and Composer / Arranger, as well as co-founder of “Orphaned Land, Yossi continues to soar to new horizons.

Yossi Sassi & the band have released a live video from their last show in Tel Aviv, Israel. Here is their oriental metal version to “Bleak”, one of my favourite Opeth songs :)


Make sure to check out lonestar’s review of Desert Butterflies and my interview with Mikael Akerfeldt if you haven’t already! :)

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Whitesnake – Live At Twin River Casino 7/24/2015
02 Aug. 2015

Whitesnake – Live At Twin River Casino 7/24/2015


_AAA4859On Friday July 24, 2015 David Coverdale brought his 2015 version of Whitesnake to Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Being a long time fan of Whitesnake (I first saw them in 1987 opening for Motley Crüe on the Girls, Girls, Girls tour and then again as headliners that very same year as they were supporting their MONSTEROULY successful self-titled album), I naturally jumped at the chance to review their newest line-up for Lady Obscure.

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Amadeus Awad to release “Death Is Just A Feeling” in late August.
21 Jul. 2015

Amadeus Awad to release “Death Is Just A Feeling” in late August.


Middle East’s progressive mastermind Amadeus Awad is back with “Death Is Just A Feeling”
Featuring an all star lineup: Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Ayreon, The Gentle Storm), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Stream of Passion), Elia Monsef (Ostura, Amadeus Awad), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats) and Jimmy Keegan (Spocks Beard, John Waite, Santana).

Amadeus Awad DIJAF Front CoverThe new album from Lebanese maestro Amadeus Awad will be released worldwide on the 20th of August 2015 via Melodic Revolution Records. As with previous releases from Awad, “Death Is Just A Feeling” is a concept album and contains 6 tracks clocking in at around 47 minutes with one instrumental track.

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UNEVEN STRUCTURE release ‘Funambule’, first single from sophomore album, ‘La Partition’
21 Jul. 2015

UNEVEN STRUCTURE release ‘Funambule’, first single from sophomore album, ‘La Partition’


Progressive metal band Uneven Structure have released a brand new song from their forthcoming highly anticipated, sophomore full-length album La Partition. Fans can listen to “Funambule” now by heading to youtube.com. La Partition will be released later this year via Basick Records.

Comments guitarist Igor Omodei: “We started working on La Partition around mid 2012. Back then we had no clear idea about the sound we were aiming for, we only knew we’d like something organic sounding and managing to keep its momentum through the whole album more than in Februus.

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Shaylon
20 Jul. 2015

Shaylon


We are a symphonic rock/metal band originally from San Francisco (CA), USA. The name Shaylon comes from ancient Gaelic and means “admirable”. We formed in July 2014 with the initial intent to blend together the power of rock and heavy metal with the symphonic spirit of classical music and the great melodies of modern pop. The group sees involved some of the best musicians of the Bay Area such as Tina Diggs on vocals, Charly Urso on guitars and keyboards, Alex Tamas on bass and Marco Bicca on Drums. We just finished recording our debut EP called “Forgotten Realms of Wonders“.

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GRENOUER to Release 8th Album, UNWANTED TODAY!
30 Jun. 2015

GRENOUER to Release 8th Album, UNWANTED TODAY!


Russian metal/rock innovators’ second release through Mausoleum Records.

GRENOUER, St Petersburg, Russia, release UNWANTED TODAY, their weighty follow up to their 2013 album BLOOD ON THE FACE, by Mausoleum Records worldwide.

UNWANTED TODAY was engineered, mixed and mastered by DUALIZED for dysFUNCTION Productions (Mnemic, Voodoo Highway, Fear Factory). UNWANTED TODAY includes 11 new songs as well as Intro and Outro tracks that give the album the feel of a soundtrack to an epic story of loss, struggle, and resurgence. The bands adrenaline-charging riffs are complemented by guest contributions from Eddy Cavazza (John Wetton, Anthony Phillips), playing lead guitar on “Going To Stay” and keyboards on “Clearway”, as well as Demian Von Dunkelwald (Overunit Machine, Enrico ‘Erk’ Scutti (Figure Of Six) and Dmitriy Yankovskiy (Helicaon Opera) providing guest vocals on various tracks.

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Daniel Cavanagh & Joseph Geraci – The Passage
30 Jun. 2015

Daniel Cavanagh & Joseph Geraci – The Passage


“It was then that I experienced what we call a near death experience. For me, there was nothing near about it; it was there. It was a total immersion in light, brightness, warmth, peace, security. I did not have an out of body experience. I did not see my body or anyone about me. I just immediately went into this beautiful bright light. It’s difficult to describe; matter of fact, it’s impossible to describe. Verbally, it cannot be expressed; it’s something which becomes you and you become it.

I could say that I was peace, I was love, I was the brightness; it was part of me.”

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Violent Attitude If Noticed
09 Jun. 2015

Violent Attitude If Noticed


Bio: Playing what we would like to listen to. That was always the idea and that’s what we have been doing since 2009. Giulliano P., Cristiano Pierobon, Alessandro Queler, Tercio Esperandio and Will Geraldo have been friends since forever and each one had a different band prior to V.A.I.N. so when it all started, getting all these influences together in the same project showed that we were very mature and ready to right some new and exciting music.

Genre: It’s a mixture of so many things that progressive seems to be the fittest genre. There’s hard rock, post prog, EBM, electro, jazz, post punk … that’s why we believe that ‘prog’ works as to accommodate better the stuff we do.

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