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September 2, 2015

Fischer's Flicker Releases Second Album “Fornever and Never”


Chicago, IL - From the first moment of “Black Mariah,” the lead-off track to the sophomore LP from Fischer's Flicker titled “Fornever and Never”, it's clear that bandleader Scott Fischer is up to something interesting. The grandiose piano, the nimble guitars, the pounding drums - it sounds a bit like a throwback to 70's pop excess. Once the vocals come in, Fischer's decidedly modern pop sensibilities pull everything together in an unexpected way.

If “Black Mariah” is an impressive opening statement, the second track, “Dead To Me”, is the unmistakable sound of a band winning you over. The track's syncopated bounce and Fischer's languid drawl show a genuine love for the piano men of yore, simultaneously creating something as familiar as it is fresh.  “Halo of Flies” opens with an eerie, dissonant guitar riff followed by downright pummeling guitars. The Alice Cooper-penned rocker blooms with droning bass, psychedelic guitar effects and Fischer's voice taking on a sneer that is undeniably faithful to the source.

“Mrs. Rogers (& the Land of Make-Believe)” is an unnerving whirling dervish with Middle Eastern roots, “Dancin' Girl” is a smooth R&B jam, complete with a sultry guitar solo, and the title track shows off pianistic prowess before exploding into a Bat Out Of Hell-styled multi-movement epic.

But somehow - despite the completion of such an ambitious album, one showing a depth and range of musicality most artists will never achieve - Fischer still isn't satisfied. “We're actually already halfway complete with the album that will come out next, and we're aiming to have that one released within 12 months,” he said.

Here's what the press have raved about Fischer's Flicker:

“In a day and age of minimalist attitudes, Fischer strives to balance the music with musical theatrics and avant-garde mindset hearkening back to the prog rock giants of the '70s” - AntiMusic.com

“This is quite an entertaining and strong release” - Music Street Journal

“Sounds like a contemporary version of The Band, with a bit of Leon Russell and maybe Wilco thrown in. Scott Fischer has an endearingly Rick Danko styled voice, and a strong sense of melody.” - Musoscribe

“Smart orchestrations, wonderful piano themes & classy melodies.” - Grande Rock

Scott Fischer's brain is like a vast musical amusement park and he wants to take us all on a thrilling ride. Fischer's Flicker is the latest brainchild of Fischer, a Chicago native, and marks the next step in a musical evolution that began over 15 years ago. While Fischer's Flicker’s debut album, “Katmandon't” is more mature sounding than Fischer's previous efforts, it stays true to the core of Fischer's music with big melodies and ambitious composition.  Fischer’s earlier projects include Deja Voo Doo and it’s ambitious release “Carpe P.M.: Honor Comes Only After Humility”.  Notably, Deja Voo Doo performed live at Zappening 2000 (a tribute festival to Frank Zappa).   After several years of writing and performing, Deja Voo Doo evolved into Powderhouse and then into Babaganoo. After a hiatus, during which Fischer honed his skills while touring on the corporate/cover band circuit which included a stint in The Virgin Islands and large profile shows at Summerfest and Vince Lombardi Awards, Fischer returned to his passion for original composition and formed Fischer's Flicker. The band is comprised of Deja Voo Doo alumni including Mario Licciardi and Tim Kubiak on guitar, Turan Yon on bass and Tim Gavin on drums.

Scott explains, “I write about what I’m going through, and I’ve experienced a heck of a lot between 'Katmandon't' and 'Fornever and Never'.  The material, overall, is more challenging and I feel that, while it’s not a concept album, there is a definite journey involved.”

Fischer's Flicker released “Fornever and Never” on August 15, 2015

Listen to 4 tracks streaming from the album here:




To purchase Fischer's Flicker “Fornever and Never”:
iTunes: http://apple.co/1WyGIyV
Apple Music: http://apple.co/1IYdcth
Amazon MP3: http://amzn.to/1HNeGEO
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1Nw2LA9

For more information: http://fischersflicker.com/

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September 1, 2015

Hawkwind Co-Founder Nik Turner Pilots A New Video From His Groundbreaking New Album Space Fusion Odyssey!


Los Angeles, CA - “I have traveled far from another place…come to learn from your race…” Nik Turner intones at the outset of “Adjust The Future,” the lead off track from his forthcoming space-rock/jazz-fusion magnum opus Space Fusion Odyssey, scheduled for launch on October 16. The track, like the album as a whole, features Turner’s complex, jazzy improvisations on saxophone with support provided by an insanely talented and diverse group of musicians including Steve Hillage and Gilli Smyth of ‘70s prog legends Gong as well as Chris Poland of metal giant Megadeth and Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps. The video mixes footage of Turner with some mindblowing experimental video manipulations that harken back to the psychedelic backdrops Turner’s former band Hawkwind would frequently perform in front of.

Check out the video for “Adjust The Future” here:


Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time! An incredible crew of fellow musicians, dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra in a nod to the great Sun Ra, help bring Turner’s vision to life such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more! The CD comes packaged in a special mini-LP gatefold with a 12-panel poster while the vinyl comes in a deluxe 12-panel poster fold-up jacket and a gorgeous starbust colored vinyl!

In addition, this year will see the publication of The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, the definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains 300 pages of rare and unseen photos, a comprehensive discography, and Nik’s 1975 US tour diary PLUS reproductions of the 1971 “Galactic Tarot” card deck (designed by celebrated graphic designer Barney Bubbles), the 1972 “Sonic Attack” 7” promo one-sided single in a cloth bag, and the 1971 “In Search Of Space” 6x9 20-page promotional booklet! It’s a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere!

Pre-order the CD on Amazon: http://flyt.it/NikTurnerFusionCD
Pre-order the vinyl on Amazon: http://flyt.it/NikTurnerFusionLP

SPACE FUSION ODYSSEY track list:
1. Adjust The Future
2. Hypernova
3. Spiritual Machines
4. Pulsar
5. An Elliptical Galaxy
6. A Beautiful Vision In Science Forgotten
BONUS TRACKS [CD ONLY]
7. We Came In Peace
8. Interstellar Clouds
9. Spiritual Machines Chapter 2
10. Random Acts (Revisited) with The Fusion Syndicate

Press inquiries:
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August 29, 2015

Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US Fall 2015!


Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US in the Fall 2015! Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing “Song For All Seasons”, “Sounds Of the Sea” and “Northern Lights” along with favorite classics and debuting “Immortal Beloved” from their critically acclaimed “Symphony of Light” album on this tour.

Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, best known for his work with YES and the Moody Blues, as well as his innovative solo career, will be making a special guest appearance with the band at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on October 9 and 10, 2015!

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band's career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

In the early years Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn’t long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with ‘Northern Lights’, which has become a classic radio favorite, still demanding regular airplay to this day.

The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980’s at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band. More recently they have toured the UK, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Portugal, North America, Canada, Japan and South Korea and produced their first album in 13 years entitled ‘Symphony of Light’. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work, Michael died prematurely in 2012.

Renaissance toured Europe this April, the first in over 35 years! They recorded the London Union Chapel show for a ‘live’ DVD to be released soon! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute!

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Renaissance Fall 2015 US Tour Dates:
Oct 08 Landmark Theater - Port Washington, NY
Tickets http://www.landmarkonmainstreet.org/event.cfm?id=262
Oct 09 New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ
Tickets http://www.ticketmaster.com/Renaissance-tickets/artist/735960?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
Oct 10 New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ
Tickets http://www.ticketmaster.com/Renaissance-tickets/artist/735960?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
Oct 11 Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Tickets http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/877319-renaissance-songs-for-all-our-annapolis
Oct 15 Fairfield Theater Stage One - Fairfield, CT
Tickets https://fairfieldtheatre.org/shows/renaissance
Oct 16 Infinity Music Hall & Bistro - Norfolk, CT
Tickets http://www.infinityhall.com/Events/renaissance-fall-tour-2015-songs-for-all-our-times-featuring-song-for-all-seaso/
Oct 22  Shalin Liu Performance Center - Rockport, MA
Tickets http://rockportmusic.org/renaissance/
Oct 23 Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, NY
Tickets https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/ordertickets.asp?p=2208

Trailer - 


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Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

August 25, 2015

Classic Rock Legends The Lizards Feat. Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus & Riot Members Release New CD!


Special Guest Appearances By Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)!

NYC - The long awaited new album from Classic Rock legends The Lizards, featuring members of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus and Riot, will be released in September 2015 on Hyperspace Records in partnership with drumming legend Carmine Appice’s Rocker Records. Titled “Reptilicus Maximus”, the band's 7th album features guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)! Once again the breathtaking cover artwork was created by longtime Lizards artist Rick Klemann.

“These hard rockin' Lizards have slithered their way to the top of the new 'original' classic rock heap. Like their alien counterparts they are simply out of this world!” - Nightwatcher's Rock Blog

The Lizards are drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/BOC), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan), bassist Randy Pratt (who also plays harp with Cactus) and guitarist Patrick Klein (who recorded and mixed the album), and have released seven critically acclaimed albums and three live DVDs in the past 13 years. The band's 2006 release “Against All Odds”, and their covers album from 2009 “Archeology”, garnered rave reviews from fans and music press alike worldwide, catapulting The Lizards into legendary status!

“Loved hearing The Lizards when they opened for UFO. Cool riffs, grooves and musicality with Mike DiMeo's killer vocals on top. Awesome new record and I am glad to be a part of it.” - Vinnie Moore, UFO

Says bassist and band leader Randy Pratt, “On our 7th CD, 'Reptilicus Maximus', we brought in a few of our touring buddies. David Lanik, of 'Sharks' kicks ass on 'Ton on the One', the opening track on the CD. Frank Marino, of Mahogany Rush, was the headliner on our first tour and dazzles on 'Evil Eyes', the second track. Vinnie Moore and UFO were the headliners on our LAST tour (so far). Vinnie shreds beautifully on 'Crash', a song I wrote the lyrics to in the hospital after my brutal car crash that sidelined us for awhile. We did a 2 month tour with Glenn Hughes and he came to New York to record 4 songs on our 6th CD, 'Against All Odds'. 'Miracle Man' is a song that he wrote specifically for The Lizards, and I believe we slay it. He and Mike DiMeo do another one of their over the top duets on the closing number on the record. We added Scott 'The Doctor' Treibitz on keys for this CD, adding some new textures, from dark and brooding synths and majestic pipe organ to honky tonk piano and funky hammond organ.”

“Having toured with The Lizards and getting to know the band personally, I was delighted when Randy asked me to play on a track with them.  And even if I hadn't gotten to know what a great bunch of guys they are, I still would have accepted the invitation gladly, because I just loved the track and the music they make.  With me it's always been about heart, and these cats bring it... straight from the heart. ”
Frank Marino - Mahogany Rush

Says Randy, “The music runs from progressive rock to swampy blues, lyrics ranging from the sacred to the profane…all in the name of ROCK. Bobby Rondinelli told us that we got some of the best playing of his career on this record. Since he played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, you can believe the drums are world class throughout!”

“I consider it a crime not to check out these hot sounding reptiles!” - Metalliville, UK

For more information:
www.lizardswebsite.com

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Prog Rock Review: John Wetton-The Studio Recordings (Anthology)

Release Date:  17th March 2015
Label:  Primary Purpose


The Studio Recordings Anthology Volume 1 is a look back at the solo career of a man of whom it has been said “has been in more bands than many of us have had hot dinners,” and the man in question is John Wetton. A brief listing of his band involvements certainly gives a flavor of the variety of “jobs” he has had with Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, UK and Asia.

As to JW’s solo output, there are 10 studio albums listed from Caught In The Crossfire (1980) to Raised in Captivity (2011), 9 live albums from Chasing The Dragon (1995) to New York Minute (2015) and 5 compilation/box sets form Kings Road 1972-1980 (1987) to the album for review, The Studio Recordings Anthology Volume 1 (2015).

I would normally give an indication as to the band members involved in the review of an album, but as the contents of the release span 31 years, I feel it would be a thankless task, as well as taking up many pages.

The selection of tracks on Anthology Vol 1 come from his “true” solo albums, 3 tracks taken from Caught In The Crossfire (1980), 5 from Battle Lines (1994), 8 from Arkangel (1998), 7 from Sinister (2001), 6 from Rock of Faith (2003) and 3 from Raised in Captivity (2011). Although I suggested that there were 10 solo albums, 3 were collaborations with Geoffrey Downes (Icon, Icon 2 and Icon 3) and the other was a collaboration with Phil Manzanera. I must admit there is one thing that I sit on the fence with anthology albums, and that is whether the chosen tracks should run chronologically or not, as having the chance to see how the artist has evolved through the years I think is a very good thing.

Anthology Vol 1 is a double CD carrying 32 tracks with a total playing time of around 140 minutes with each CD lasting seconds under 70 minutes. The longest, and shortest, tracks on offer are “Take me To The Waterline” on disc 2, and “The Circle Of St Giles” on disc 1, playing for 6:08 minutes and 2:03 minutes respectively.

I will freely admit that John Wetton is not very high on my personal list of listening favorites, although I have been aware of him since being “blown away” by the Family releases back in the 60’s. This release is an excellent introduction to the writing and the music of John Wetton with a fantastic selection of rock ballads which effortlessly move from quiet, soft vocals and music, through some stunning guitar breaks, the addition of excellent orchestration when required, but which is never obtrusive, and at times, some blistering work from John and his myriad of guests.

Tracks that caught my attention after several plays include, “Cold Is The Night” (5:19), “Second Best” (4:01), “Where Do We Go from Here” (3:21), “Heart Of Darkness” (4:51), “The Last Thing On My Mind” (3:49), “Battle Lines” (5:25), “Raised In Captivity” (6:06) and “Take Me To The Waterline” (6:08), but there are no “fillers” on this album. The double release is a welcome addition to anyone’s CD collection, unless, of course, you already possess the original albums.

I would certainly recommend giving The Studio Recordings Anthology Volume 1 a few listens as I was extremely impressed by the material on offer, and I will dip into the music from time to time. My view on the writing and music of John Wetton has rocketed from the position it was, having recently reviewed a couple of his live releases, which were less than impressive.

This is a superb retrospective from a giant in this genre.

4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Take Me To The Waterline, The Last Thing On My Mind, Raised In Captivity


Disc 1:


The Circle Of St Giles
The Last Thing On My Mind
Hold Me Now
Where Do We Go From Here?
Another Twist of The knife
I’ve Come To Take You Home
I Can’t Lie Anymore
Lost For Words
Battle Lines
Caught In The Crossfire
Arkangel
Right Where I Wanted To Be
Nothing’s Gonna Stand In Our way
Second Best
Woman
Real World


Disc 2:


Heart Of Darkness
Say It Ain’t So
Cold Is The Night
You’re Not The Only One
Raised in Captivity
Steffi’s Ring
Walking On Air
Take Me To The Waterline
Silently
Battle Lines (Acoustic)
I Lay Down
Rock Of Faith
Who Will Light A Candle?

 
Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk
August 25, 2015
Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk