Fromuz's second album, "Awaluk", is currently being mixed and should be out either late spring or early summer.
The band is extremely pleased to have been alerted to the Top-50 list at the Sea of Tranquility review site. Fromuz is honored to have been ranked so highly with their debut album ("Audio Diplomacy") amongst so many talented artists. Sea of Tranquility has posted all 14 of their critics' lists of "best of" for 2007 in various categories. Fromuz factored very well, even ending up as the #7 best release of the year when all of their reviewers' lists were weighted and averaged together!
Danish prog adventurers, Art Cinema, will be busy recording their debut album this winter. Art Cinema was formed in the autumn by singer/songwriter Jesper Harrits together with veterans Michael Denner (guitars, Mercyful Fate / King Diamond) and Robin Taylor (keyboards, guitars, Taylor's Universe). The rest of the line-up consists of Karsten Vogel (saxophones, Secret Oyster, Taylor's Universe), Bjarne Holm (drums, Mercyful Fate), Flemming Muus (bass, one of DK's highest rated session players), and the lovely voices of Jytte Lindberg and Louise Nipper. Robin Taylor is in charge of producing the album, which will hopefully be due in late spring of 2008.
Fourty years ago this year, four lads from Birmingham got together, formed a band named The Polka Tulk Electric Blues Band. That band later changed its name to Earth, and then later on Black Sabbath. How will this anniversary be marked? It was announced late last year that the current incarnation of the band (under the name Heaven & Hell) will record their first album (fourth in fact, keeping in mind "Mob Rules", "Live Evil" and "Dehumanizer"). A new studio album hasn't happened since 1995's "Forbidden". It's about time. Heaven & Hell are: Tony Iommi (guitars), Geezer Butler (bass), Ronnie James Dio (vocals) and Vinnie Appice (drums). In 2007, they did a full world tour with a vibrant set list, something Black Sabbath hasn't really done in frigging ages.
The XII International Art Rock Festival BajaProg will be held from March 26 to 29 2008 in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Confirmed bands: Le Orme (Italy), Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso (Italy), New Trolls (Italy), Riverside (Poland), Abarax (Germany), Omni (Spain), Circa (UK/USA), Rocket Scientists (USA), Alonso Arreola (Mexico), Cast (Mexico/Chile), Octopus (Chile), Platurno (Chile).
Swedish heavy prog band The Divine Baze Orchestra present their debut CD "Once We Were Born". The album has a charming '70s sound, musically following the path of legends like Uriah Heep, King Crimson and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Expedition Delta is a new project from AlogiA co-founder Srdjan Brankovic. AlogiA is one of the most popular bands in Serbia and Srdjan has opened for many famous acts such as Whitesnake and Savatage. Srdjan set out to make an incredible progrock album with some of the best players he could find, and the result is "Expedition Delta with guests such as Gary
Wehrkamp, Erik Norlander, Joost van der Broek, Torsten Roehre and many others.
Chainsaw (Poland) - "The Journey Into The Heart Of Darkness"
Totem (Poland) - "Day Before The End"
Thy Disease (Poland) - "Rat Age"
Osada Vida (Poland) - "Three Seats Behind A Triangle"
Kat (Poland) - "1985 - 2005" (Box)
The 22nd edition of the Metalmania Festival, the biggest metal fest in Central-Eastern Europe, will take place on the 8th March 2008 in Katowice, Poland. Confirmed bands: Megadeth (USA), Overkill (USA), Flotsam and Jetsam (USA), Immolation (USA), The Dillinger Escape Plan (USA), Poison The Well (USA), Vader (Poland), Satyricon (Norway), Artillery (Denmark), Marduk (Sweden), Primordial (Ireland), Inside You (Russia).