Pilgrym are to release their second studio album "The Great Divide" in the autumn of this year via the Swedish Record Heaven label. It will be in full digipack format. Cover artwork by Lee Gaskins.
In the meantime Pilgrym has also just released a special edition EP CD, featuring new members Steve Watts (ex-Demon keyboard player, who has re-recorded some of the keyboard parts on various tracks included on the EP) plus local multi instrumentalist Creedy on bass. The EP will also feature unreleased and re-recorded/re-mixed tracks - nearly 30 minutes in all. The EP is available exclusively from Holyground Records.
Tempano has completed the recordings of some music from the late seventies that will be included in the forthcoming album called "Memoria Selectiva"; most of the music on the album has been released on projects like The Odyssey and The Seven Samurai, however, the songs will be edited in their original form and not in the same way as in the Suites for both projects. Three additional, never released songs will be included, two from the late 70's and one recorded during March of this year. Tempano's brand new studio album, "The Whisper of the Blade" is also on the works and will be released at the end of this year through Musea Records.
The 22nd edition of Metalmania Festival will take place on March 8, 2008, in Katowice, Poland (2 stages - over 20 bands).
In March 2007 Metal Mind Productions released "Metalmania 2006" DVD+CD. The DVD includes the best excerpts of charismatic performances by such great metal acts as Moonspell, Acid Drinkers, Anathema, Nevermore, Vesania, 1349, Hunter and Hieronymus Bosch, amongst others. The CD includes a preview of the bands that performed on the side stage of the Festival.
The second edition of Night Of The Prog Festival will take place on July 21/22, 2007, (Saturday/Sunday) in the Loreley Amphitheatre, Germany. Located high above the historical and delightful landscape scenery of the river Rhine, the Loreley Amphitheatre has become a milestone in rock history when the "Rockpalast" concerts in the '70s/'80s took place. Artists such as Genesis, U2, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, David Bowie and many more performed at the 15.000 capacity venue. The European wide Live-TV broadcasts reached millions of Rock Music lovers and showed the beauty and unique atmosphere of that venue. The Saturday schedule includes IQ, Asia, Sylvan, Jebo and Echoes. The Sunday schedule includes
Jethro Tull, Fish, Pendragon, The Merlin Bird and The Watch.
As promised, albeit belatedly, I am pleased to announce that the long deleted 5th Elegant Simplicity album "Crying to the Future" is now available as a Digital Download, exclusively from our website. You will not find this release anywhere else! Originally recorded and released in 1994, this was the first of our albums to be recorded onto multi-track reel to reel tape, so the recording quality is excellent. Each track has been lovingly re-mastered and cleaned up where appropriate and it sounds even better than the original, which, if you can find it, fetches silly money on GEMM! It even includes a previously un-released bonus track! Like the Digital Download version of "Natural Instinct", the artwork has been restored and re-rendered (20 hours of computer time just for that!) and it looks simply fabulous. The artwork is presented as high quality .PDF files, complete with crop marks etc for ease of printing. The package contains the tray/inlay card, front and back cover and CD label. Naturally, it is all in full colour with brand new sleeve notes, too. Tracks: Your Fragile Heart (4.42), Letting Go (5.47), Careless Thoughts (7.07), Virgo Intacta (5.57), Paradise Eternal (6.22), Loneliness (4.44), Osmosis (12.15), Crying To The Future (10.25), Crying To The Future (Bonus GTR Mix) (10.23). About the Bonus Track: As a bonus, this edition of the album features an exclusive, previously unreleased track! The track in question is a guitar version of the title track. This was originally ear-marked for the "Aquatorium" rare and unreleased songs CD, but there was no room for it! Like "Natural Instinct", the files are hosted at Payloadz.com, who also take care of all the security etc. Once you have made a payment, through Paypal in the normal way, you will receive an instant email with the download link. It's dead easy and really fast - once you pay, it's yours! Also, the MP3s are encoded without DRM and at 256kbs - much better than CD quality. Anyway, the full details are at the Download Shop.
Electrum guitarist Dave Kulju is releasing his debut solo CD "Abstract Expression" on May 15, 2007. Dave is an independent musician who wrote, recorded, and produced the record in his home studio working with a number of talented guest musicians. The CD features 9 instrumental compositions that explore various textures and styles within the Progressive Rock genre. This collection of music while experimental enough for most progressive music fans places a heavy focus on strong melodies and well-crafted songwriting.
Electrum has released 2 CDs, "Frames of Mind" and "Standard Deviation", both of which received critical acclaim within the Progressive Rock community. Electrum is presently on hiatus but may begin work on a 3rd CD this year.
Shadow Circus (USA) - "Welcome To The Freakroom" CD
Salem Hill (USA) - "Mystery Loves Company" DVD
"Welcome To The Freakroom" is the ProgRock Records debut release from Shadow Circus and can be found here. This album can't really be compared to anything else, but it does rock. The album is available for immediate order and will ship in late May and be available at your favorite brick and mortar retailer on June 26, 2007. Presales are discounted $2 on the ProgRock Records site until the album starts shipping. This debut release from New York City's latest entry on the prog scene pushes the genre forward with highly infectious vocal melodies and stellar instrumental performances. Classic prog ingredients are combined with modern twists, as Mellotrons blend with distorted guitars, vocal harmonies and a powerhouse rhythm section.
Salem Hill, with ProgRock Records, is proud to announce the bands first DVD, "Mystery Loves Company". Recorded over the first annual "Hillionaire's Weekend" in October 2005, Salem Hill's "Mystery Loves Company" fills the void that the band's fans have complained of for a decade: a visual document of this enigmatic group! Packed with songs spanning Salem Hill's iconic 15-year history, "Mystery Loves Company" is a sonic and visual treat for the whole family! The audio is provided in both 5.1 surround sound and 2-channel stereo. Salem Hill was formed in 1991 by Groves, bassist Pat Henry, and drummer Kevin Thomas. Michael Dearing, a childhood chum of Groves' joined a bit later. Their goal was simple: Make music of creative and artistic merit. Not an easy task in the blossoming Grunge era. Nevertheless, the band recorded and released their debut, "Salem Hill" in the spring of 1992. This album, along with its follow-up, "Different Worlds" in 1993 garnered promising reviews. "Mystery Loves Company" is available for immediate ordering from here, all pre-sale are discounted $2 until shipping starts in mid-May.