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August 21, 2014

DREAM THEATER to Release “Breaking the Fourth Wall” DVD on September 30

Dream Theater in 2014
Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans–have announced the release of Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House), a live Blu-Ray / DVD set of the band’s one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band’s own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard ChyckiBreaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) is over 2 hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir. Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) arrives September 30th.

The collection will be available in multiple configurations including Blu-Ray, a 2 DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/3 CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, Dream Theater have premiered a video of The Looking Glass (Live) taken from Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) which can be streamed on the band’s official YouTube Channel. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download The Looking Glass (Live).

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci commented on the special event saying, “In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of Dream Theater’s origins and ties with Berklee. With John and I both being alumni and Mike having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated.” He continued, “All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity. Dream Theater has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our Along For The Ride world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video. Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30 year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!

This past year Dream Theater earned a second Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for the single The Enemy Inside from their current self-titled worldwide smash album (released September 24, 2013 on Roadrunner Records). Dream Theater made a spectacular debut this past fall, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. The extraordinary chart position marked the group’s third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw Dream Theater making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway, with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia. The band recently announced new tour dates which will see them bring their spectacular live show to South America, Asia and Australia later this fall.

August 20, 2014

Prog Rock Feature: Into Orbit-Caverns

August 17, 2014

XTC Legend Colin Moulding Featured In New Video By Prog Duo Days Between Stations


Los Angeles, CA - XTC fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the new video by Prog duo Days Between Stations featuring legendary Colin Moulding titled “The Man Who Died Two Times!” The song comes from the band's critically acclaimed second album 'In Extremis'. Planning for the video began last fall. In October, producer Heidi Hornbacher traveled to the UK to film Colin at his studio. In April, the group filmed the rest of the video in Los Angeles in a small theatre. There is also a behind the scenes video that shows a bit of the 'making of' the video as well as some conversation with Colin Moulding, Paul Whitehead, Heidi Hornbacher, and Days Between Stations' Sepand Samzadeh and Oscar Frederico Fuentes Bills.

Watch the video: http://youtu.be/ar6E9t5IYeg

Behind the scenes video: http://youtu.be/5vYukKsJ-iY
(It includes conversation with Paul Whitehead, Colin Moulding, director Heidi Hornbacher and the band.)

Says Sepand, “This was our first video, and since we haven’t toured yet, 'The Man Who Died Two Times' is our first visual exposure. To me the song is the critical inflection point within the concept album -that one has to spiritually die to live again. As a group we all decided that this video would be appropriate to introduce the band. It also exposes more of our quirky and dorky side, because the other pieces are deep, long and moody. We did not have a budget for this video, everyone did this out of their goodwill and artistic integrity. There was so much energy and symbiosis and to me it felt like we were all kids again playing a game at recess. I can’t thank Heidi, Erik and Alex enough, not only for their friendship, but for their talent, integrity and inspiration. You took us to a higher realm and made this dream possible. Colin’s youthful energy, charm and boundless creativity rubbed off on us, you are an inspiration and a true gentleman. To Paul Whitehead, we are sorry you had such a terminal role…. but you played it better than Peter Sellers did in his terminal role in 'The Party'. To Billy Sherwood… none of this would have happened without you! This was one of the highlights of my life. Love to all.”

“I was so pleased to be involved in this project. It was collaborative and just kept evolving. To take a concept, develop it, and see it come to life is my favorite thing in the world. I am honored by the trust the band put in me to bring this great song to the visual world.” - Heidi Hornbacher (director and producer)

“For my part, I was pleased to be involved, having been a fan of the band from the beginning. This music has many layers and it was a fun challenge to decipher the various themes and give them visual form. This is my second music video project, the first being "Seasons Will Change" for ASIA Featuring John Payne.” - Erik Nielsen (camera and editing)

Video Credits:
Produced and Directed by Heidi Hornbacher
Filmed and Edited by Erik Nielsen (also lensed “Seasons Will Change” video for ASIA Featuring John Payne in 2012)
Costumes by Alexandre Dorriz
Executive Producers Sepand Samzadeh and Oscar Frederico Fuentes Bills

Cast
Story Teller: Colin Moulding
The Man (at death): Paul Whitehead
The Man: Fred Cross
The Woman: Annie Savage
Boss: F. Rob Latimer
Angels: Sepand Samzadeh and Oscar Frederico Fuentes Bills
Music Credits
Oscar Frederico Fuentes Bills: Synthesizer
Sepand Samzadeh: Guitars
Tony Levin: Bass
Billy Sherwood: Backing Vocals and Drums
Colin Moulding: Lead Vocals
Music written by: Days Between Stations
Lyrics by Days Between Stations and Billy Sherwood
Produced by Days Between Stations and Billy Sherwood

www.daysbetweenstations.com

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Prog Rock Review: Jethro Tull-A Passion Play- An Extended Performance

Release Date: July 1, 2014
Label: Rhino

The Jethro Tull remasters continue with A Passion Play from 1973. Steven Wilson returns to sit behind the sound board and make his magic happen yet again. This special book edition is subtitled An Extended Performance. Ian Anderson has all the faith and trust in the world for Wilson and with good reason; he has proven to be asset in restoring some of the early Jethro Tull back catalog already.

This beautifully packaged 2CD/2DVD case-bound book includes 80 pages with vintage photos. The expanded edition includes the original album, and earlier Château d'Hérouville Sessions, both mixed to amazing 5.1 surround sound and new stereo mixes by Mr. Wilson.

 
As stated on the band’s website: Like its predecessor, Thick as a Brick, A Passion Play is a concept album with a single song (which was split into two parts on the original vinyl LP release). The theme of the concept is the spiritual journey of one man in the afterlife. 

That pretty much sums up the album’s meaning on a conceptual level however the music is another matter entirely.

There was not a good reaction from the press at the time of this album’s release, but as usual they were dead wrong and this went on to be an unheralded prog rock classic and it still stands up quite well today. This is very complex music set to an interesting story (of course). And what would one expect from Ian and the boys anyway? To hear it all again now remastered in 5.1 surround sound is indeed a blessing as it brings out a lot of the original intent more clearly and concisely than the original recording.

The presentation itself is as grand as the recording and as such deserves all of this special treatment. Some great information becomes available throughout the 80 pages of text included with this book version. You get an inside look at the recording process and some of the challenges involved where they did the initial recording session. I won’t go into detail to ruin the experience for anyone that has not purchased this yet, but rest assured it is all very entertaining.

A few tracks in and the realization that Passion Play is a brilliant slice of prog rock hits home with more impact than ever. “Critique Oblique” is a classic prog rock workout reminiscent of its predecessor TAAB. “The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles” I am sure was fun to record but it still sounds very strange to me (and the short film provided is even more so but alas it was theater). It is part of the story so it couldn’t be a track that never made it to the album then reemerge as bonus track. “The Foot of Our Stairs” is a proper return to form, now with the addition of 2 extra verses found on the end of the multi-track reel. Things continue on from there with so many transitions it would make any worthy musician or intent listener’s head spin. And to that I say well done lads!

“Magus Perde” is powerful and engaging as it gets. It has some fantastic keyboard passages and the guitar sound is different than usual while standing out very well. Also found on the first DVD and your choice of remastered tracks is the intro and outro film used during the tour. I can imagine many audience members freaking out at the time watching what the ballerina does. Her starting position was laying on her back looking at you with her head upside down and moving her limbs every so slightly for several minutes until finally getting into the position to dance. Then eventually she finds a mirror and jumps into it only to come crashing back through the other side to end the show. I cannot imagine the wow effect it had on the many completely stoned audiences back then.


The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions fills the second discs (CD & DVD) and it is a new Steven Wilson stereo mix that stands out. The DVD with its different surround sound versions includes scrolling pictures of the band as the music plays. A few tracks that never made it on Passion Play but on to War Child are featured in their native form. “Skating Away” and “Solitaire” provide a window into what War Child would become. All of this music was definitely worth revisiting and I think fans will appreciate hearing it. 

The new discovery factor and then the realizations of new sounds 40 years on comes rushing at you proving it is still a big part of what these sets have to offer. After listening to this great music of the past it is reaffirmed that Jethro Tull was a unique band and Ian Anderson’s vocals and all around talent was the core driving force. I plan to continue to enjoy all of this older music coming back to life and the new music on offer from the incredible Mr. Anderson and company.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Critique Oblique (all versions), Magus Perde, Skating Away

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Prog Rock Music Talk Founder

August 17, 2014

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk


Tracks: 

CD 1 – A Passion Play (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix:

01. Lifebeats/Prelude
02. The Silver Cord
03. Re-Assuring Tune
04. Memory Bank
05. Best Friends
06. Critique Oblique
07. Forest Dance #1
08. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
09. Forest Dance #2
10. The Foot Of Our Stairs (+ 2 extra verses found on end of multi-track reel)
11. Overseer Overture.
12. Flight From Lucifer
13. 10.08 to Paddington
14. Magus Perde
15. Epilogue

CD 2 – The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions (A new Steven Wilson stereo mix:


01. The Big Top
02. Scenario
03. Audition
04. Skating Away
05. Sailor
06. No Rehearsal
07. Left Right
08. Solitaire
09. Critique Oblique (Part I)
10. Critique Oblique (Part II)
11. Animelee (1st Dance) [Instrumental] 12. Animelee (2nd Dance) [Instrumental] 13. Law Of The Bungle (Part I)
14. Tiger
15. Law Of The Bungle (Part II)

DVD 1 (Audio & Video):


Contains A Passion Play mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo. A flat transfer from the original master at PCM 96/24 stereo and video clips of The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles an intro and outro film footage used in the Passion Play tour of 1973.


DVD 2 (Audio only):

 
Contains The Chateau d’Herouville Sessions mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo.
In the 80 page book:

* An extensive article by Martin Webb on the preparation and recording of the album and the ‘Chateau disaster’ sessions that preceded it.

* Steven Wilson’s thoughts on mixing the recordings.

* Memories of the cover shoot and Hare filming by dancer Jane Eve (Colthorpe)

* The Rev’d Godfrey Pilchard’s recollections.

* 1973 tour history.

* Recollections of touring and PA systems by sound man Chris Amson.

 

August 15, 2014

Krautrockers Hedersleben Featuring UK Subs Member Nicky Garratt To Release Second Album 'Die Neuen Welten'


San Francisco, CA – Hedersleben, the cosmic Krautrock outfit from Oakland, California, featuring UK Subs member Nicky Garratt, are set to release their second album, ‘Die Neuen Welten,’ on August 26th, 2014. Hedersleben originated through the paradoxical paths of playing clubs in the streets of Oakland and The Kosmische Musik Zentrum Projekt in Hedersleben, Germany. In their first year, they have recorded two full-length albums as Hedersleben and gone on to record with the likes of Brainticket and Hawkwind’s Nik Turner. Hedersleben were featured on the new Brainticket album with founding member Joel Vandroogenbroeck (due for release later this year) co-writing a number of pieces, and various members played on Nik Turner’s acclaimed album, ‘Space Gypsy.’ In 2013 Hedersleben went on tour with Nik Turner, both as his backing band and opening act. These sonic explorers of the universe are keeping busy; late August will see them again joining Hawkwind’s Nik Turner on the late Summer/early Fall tour of North America. On the 2014 North American tour, Hedersleben will back Nik Turner as well as promote their new album, ‘Die Neuen Welten,” while introducing new pieces from their next record, ‘The Fall of Chronopolis,’ due to be recorded in 2015.

Says Nicky Garratt, "The past year has been the most musically rewarding for me since 1977. Aside from working with legendary progressive artists, it is a great sense of relief to have a universe of musical possibilities ahead."

Die Neuen Welten ( THE NEW WORLDS ) -  In 2009, Nasa launched the Kepler space telescope. Kepler discovered nearly 1,000 confirmed extrasolar planets in 76 star systems and thousands more that are yet un-confirmed. Die Neuen Welten is an aural expedition into this unveiled realm of new worlds out there in the darkness.

Hedersleben on tour with Nik Turner (Opening and backing band)

August

26 - Oakland, CA - Uptown
27 - Los Angeles, CA - Viper Room
28 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
29 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad

September

1 - Austin, TX- Red 7
2 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
3 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
4 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
5 - Lafayette, GA - Meltasia Fest
7 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
8 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
9 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
10 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
12 - Boston, MA - Middle East
14 - Montreal, QC - IL Motore
15 - Toronto, On - The Garrison
16 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
17 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
18 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
19 - Rock Island, IL - RIBCO
21 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
23 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
24 - Calgary, AB - Palomino
26 - Vancouver, BC - Venue (early evening show)
27 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater

Nicky Garratt - Guitar
Jason Willer - Drums/Percusion
Bryce Shelton - Bass
Kephera Moon – Keyboards/Vocals

Die Neuen Welten is due for release August 20th with a youtube video (Zu Den Neuen Welten).

Hedersleben 1 - Upgoer
Gatefold LP and CD

Hedersleben 2 - Die Neuen Welten
Gatefold LP and CD

Hedersleben Bandcamp: http://hedersleben.bandcamp.com/
Hedersleben Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hedersleben/200031440159703

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