The Fierce And The Dead confirmed for RoSfest 2017 – article by Progradar

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The Fierce and the Dead have been announced as the opening band for Sunday at Rosfest 2017. This slot at the festival is often dubbed The Church of Prog; the truly dedicated audience filling these chairs on an early Sunday morning, receptive to good music and eager to spread the word about it, is the equivalent of a congregation in progressive rock circles.

I dubbed them ‘A soundtrack for the current generation’. Purveyors of ‘lovingly crafted noise’ and pioneers of what they call ‘Funny Music’, this cult band saw their latest, limited edition, E.P. ‘Magnet’ sell out before its release date on August 14th last year. The Fierce and the Dead are as hot as it gets in the underground, small label and independent world at the moment.

Blake Carpenter of RoSfest said,

“We can’t wait to see this band make their live US debut at ROSfest 2017, and we’re certain that our first-rate audience will give Matt Stevens, Kev Feazey, Stuart Marshall and Steve Cleaton a warm welcome.”

TFATD RoSfest

I spoke to the band about their first visit to America…

“We’re so pleased to be playing in America and to play our first show at RoSfest is very exciting. Everyone I’ve spoken to who has been has said what a great festival it is and we’re really happy be involved” says guitarist Matt Stevens.

“Events like RoSfest are willing to take chances and invest in the global scene they represent – we are beyond stoked to have been asked to play, a real honour” adds bass player Kevin Feazey.

“Getting the chance to play our material to a new audience in a new country is a really exciting opportunity for us, and we can’t wait to get over there and pick up the audience so they can join us on our sonic journey!”  continues guitar player Steve Cleaton.

“And all that remained were The Fierce And The Dead…..”

The three day festival begins on Friday, 5th May 2017

Tickets and information can be found at the RoSfest website.

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(TFATD at The ArcTangent Festival, photo credit Ed Sprake)

EPICA RELEASE THIRD TRAILER FOR ‘THE HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE’

Dutch symphonic metal stars EPICA are ready to release the third studio trailer for their upcoming masterpiece ‘The Holographic Principle‘. This new clip reveals a glimpse into the drum and vocal recordings and a detailed look behind the scenes.

“Only one month to go until the release!!!,” the band states. “Here is the 3rd part of the EPICA documentary. Dealing with the acoustic sessions, artwork and the concept behind ‘The Holographic Principle’! We hope you’ll enjoy watching it as much as we did by making the album.”

Catch up on the first two trailers:
Epica talk about the songwriting process: https://youtu.be/LSlEVPjG7rg
The band showcase the different instruments they worked with: https://youtu.be/HzqHyRu1oSc

Pre-order ‘The Holographic Principle’ here:
Limited Edition Earbook, Limited Edition Blue Vinyl, Limited Edition Bi-Coloured Vinyl, Limited Edition Mail Order Boxset from the Nuclear Blast UK store: http://nblast.de/EpicaNBUK
iTunes + ‘Universal Death Squad’ instant grat: http://nblast.de/EpicaTHPiTunes
Listen in the NB Novelties playlist: http://sptfy.com/2zZF
2CD Digipack, CD & Vinyl (inc signed insert) from Recordstore.co.uk : http://nblast.de/EpicaRecordstore

Track listing as follows:
01. Eidola
02. Edge Of The Blade
03. A Phantasmic Parade
04. Universal Death Squad
05. Divide And Conquer
06. Beyond The Matrix
07. Once Upon A Nightmare
08. The Cosmic Algorithm
09. Ascension – Dream State Armageddon
10. Dancing In A Hurricane
11. Tear Down Your Walls
12. The Holographic Principle – A Profound Understanding Of Reality

Don’t miss EPICA on tour!
10.08.-12.08.  Leyendas del Rock festival XII Vilenna, Spanien

The band’s own EPIC METAL FEST:
01.10.  NL        Tilburg – Epic Metal Fest Netherlands
15.10.  BR       Sao Paulo – Epic Metal Fest Brazil

EPICA + POWERWOLF + BEYOND THE BLACK
12.01.  D         Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
13.01.  D         Cologne – Palladium
14.01.  D         Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
16.01.  CH       Geneve – Salle Des Fetes De Thonex
17.01.  CH       Zurich – Volkshaus
18.01.  IT         Milan – Live Club
20.01.  D         Munich – Tonhalle
21.01.  A          Vienna – Gasometer
24.01.  PL        Warsaw – Progresja
25.01.  D         Berlin – Huxley’s
27.01.  D         Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
28.01.  CZ        Prague – Forum Karlin
29.01.  D          Hannover – Capitol
31.01.  D          Hamburg – Mehr! Theater
01.02.  BE        Brussels- Ancienne Belgique
03.02.  UK       London – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
04.02.  F          Paris – Le Zénith

London tickets available from myticket.co.uk / seetickets.com
VIP-upgrades are available from: www.soundrink.com

More on EPICA:
Lyric video for the first single, “Universal Death Squad“: https://youtu.be/P_Ys_W7ySkM

www.epica.nl
www.facebook.com/epica
www.nuclearblast.de/epica

Epica Album

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VADER – NEW LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED

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The new EP from Polish death metal legends VADER , ‘Iron Times‘, was released on August 12th. Today, the band has released the lyric video for the brand new track, “Prayer To The God Of War” via YouTube.

VADER‘s Piotr states:
“11 days ago VADER has released a new record ‘Iron Times’. This EP includes two new tracks and two bonus cover songs. Today we have the big pleasure of introducing to you the lyric-video for one of new songs – ‘Prayer to the God of War’!  The whole new album ‘The Empire’ will be out via Nuclear Blast in November and ‘Iron Times’ is the appetiser before the album. Enjoy and do not be afraid to visit us on tour in November/December!”

‘Iron Times‘ includes the following songs:

Side A
01. Parabellum
02. Prayer To The God Of War
Side B
01. Piesc I Stal
02. Overkill

The EP is available digitally here: http://nblast.de/VaderIronTimesiTunes

VADER have also announced the release of their new studio album, ‘The Empire‘. The follow-up to their highly-acclaimed 2014 album, ‘Tibi Et Igni‘, was recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland and produced byWojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.

‘The Empire’ will be released on November 04th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.

VADER live:
26.08. SK  Terchova – Terchovsky Budzogan Festival PIRO
02.09. F    Torcy – Fall of Summer Fest

Transsiberian Blitz TOUR 2016
09.09. Rus    St.Petersburg – OPERA
10.09. Rus    Kazań – „Mayakovsky”
11.09. Rus    Moscow – Brooklyn
12.09. Rus    Samara – Zvezda
13.09. Rus   Yekaterinburg  – Nirvana
14.09. Rus   Novosibirsk – „R-club”
15.09. Rus   Krasnoyarsk – „Era”
16.09. Rus   Irkutsk – Rock’n’Roll Pub
17.09. Rus  Khabarovsk – Velicano
18.09. Rus  Vladivostok –  SanRemo Hall
20.09. RC  Bejing –  Yu Gong Yi Shan
22.09. RC  Hong Kong – Hidden Agenda
23.09.  T   Taipei – The Wall
24.09. J     Osaka – Shinsaibashi Paradigm
26.09. J     Tokyo – Harajuku Astro Hall

The Empire Rising Europe 2016 pt. ONE
(w/ Hate Eternal , Threat Signal)

04.11. D  Bad Oeynhausen – Druckerei
05.11. D  Andernach – Juz-Live-Club
06.11. B  Arlon – L’Entrepo
07.11.  TBA
08.11.  TBA
09.11. CH  Zurich – Dynamo
10.11.  TBA
11.11. I   Brescia – Circolo Colony
12.11.  TBA
13.11. NL  Rotterdam – Baroeg
14.11. UK  London – The Dome
15.11.  TBA
16.11.  TBA
17.11.  TBA
18.11.  TBA
19.11. D  Essem – Turock
20.11. D  Leipzig – Taubchenthal

w/ INFERNAL WAR, INCIDIUS
22.11.  PL        Poznan – Blue Note
23.11.  PL        Torun – Od Nowa
24.11.  PL        Zabrze – Wiatrak
25.11.  PL        Wroclaw – Alibi
26.11.  PL        Katowice – Mega Club
27.11.  PL        Rzeszow – Life House
29.11.  PL        Krakow – Kwadrat
30.11.  PL        Bialystok – Zmiana Klimatu
01.12.  PL        Lublin – Graffiti
02.12.  PL        Warszawa – Progresja
03.12.  PL        Gdansk – B90
04.12.  PL        Olsztyn – Andergrant

More info:
www.vader.pl
www.facebook.com/vader
www.nuclearblast.de/vader

Vader tour

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Mothertongue release live video of Perfect Zero – recorded at The Castle Hotel launch gig

Following the succesful launch event for the release of their debut album ‘Unsongs’, Manchester band Mothertongue have released a video of them performing a track from the album – ‘Perfect Zero’ – recorded at the gig at The Castle Hotel in Manchester on the 8th of April. The video was filmed and produced by the band’s drummer John Simm.

‘Unsongs’ is 13 tracks that make up an inspirational, progressive-pop melting pot with touches of punk and ska thrown in for good measure. Along with drummer  Simm, the band consists of Louis Smith (guitar, vocals), Mark Wall (guitar), Phil Dixon (guitar), Will Holden (bass) and Andy Malbon (trumpet).

Phil Castle Ed Sprake

With its incisive, intelligent lyrics and first-class musicianship, ‘Unsongs’ is unlike anything you will have heard in recent years. The music will lead you on a roller-coaster journey of acid jazz inventiveness that’s a big heap of noisy and light and also includes a lot of brass because everyone likes brass, right?

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‘Unsongs’ was released through Bad Elephant Music 15th April 2016.

Buy ‘Unsongs’ from the Bad Elephant music store…

Band pictures by Ed Sprake Photography

Check out the rest of Ed’s great photos of the launch event, including support band We Are Kin

 

 

iamthemorning confirmed for the BE PROG! MY FRIEND festival in Barcelona

BE PROG! MY FRIEND FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FINAL BAND IAMTHEMORNING 

CO-HEADLINERS STEVEN WILSON & OPETH

MAGMA, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, THE PINEAPPLE THIEF, TEXTURES, OBSIDIAN KINGDOM, EXXASENS 

1ST – 2ND JULY

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Barcelona based festival Be Prog! My Friend have announced the final band for this year’s line-up. Russian progressive duo Iamthemorning who released their new album ‘Lighthouse’ earlier this month will join the likes of co-headliners Steven Wilson and Opeth as well as Magma, The Pineapple Thief, Between The Buried and Me and many more. Vocalist Marjana Semkina comments:

‘It’s a great pleasure for us to join the amazing line up of Be Prog! My Friend this year – such a lovely surprise at the very last moment. It’s a great pleasure, but also a great challenge. We’ll be playing the chamber set with our string duo (cello and violin) and some percussion, and you can’t get more different from other bands on the festival. So, we’ll see how the audience responds to such a huge contrast and our almost classical sound. It will be our first appearance in Spain and first big prog festival – wow, so many things for the first time. Very exciting.’

Since its inception in 2014 the Barcelona based festival Be Prog! My Friend has played host to the likes of Anathema, Devin Townsend, TesseracT, Camel, Meshuggah, Katatonia, Riverside, Isahn and Alcest.

Taking place in the beautiful open air surroundings of Poble Espanyol, the site is one of the most important landmarks of tourism in Barcelona. By day the Catalonian hotspot is an architectural museum and on the first weekend of July it will play host to some of the world’s finest progressive bands.

Sponsored by Metal Hammer and Prog Magazine, 2016 will see Be Prog! My Friend co-headlined by Steven Wilson and fellow progressive heavy weights Opeth.

Friday 1st July Is a free entry show only for those who have purchased tickets for the Saturday. This will also now take place at Poble Espanyol having been moved from the Sala Apolo concert hall to meet demand. The line-up features Steven Wilson’s label mates The Pineapple Thief who will be joined by the highly rated Icelandic band Agent Fresco and Barcelona’s very own Obsidian Kingdom and Exxasens as well as the newly added iamthemorning.

The line-up so far:

Friday 1st July, Poble Espanyol:

The Pineapple Thief, iamthemorning, Agent Fresco, Obsidian Kingdom, Exxasens

Saturday 2nd July, Poble Espanyol:

Steven Wilson, Opeth, Magma, Between The Buried & Me, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Textures

Tickets priced at 90 Euros are available here:

http://ticketmaster.es/es/entradas-musica/be-prog-my-friend/6279/

http://www.beprogmyfriend.com/

facebook.com/beprogmyfriend

Be Prog! My Friend takes place in the heart of Barcelona and with an airport only 12km away, regular, cheap flights make it an easy festival to get and from the UK. Bands will start playing from mid/late afternoon each day which will also mean visitors have plenty of time to explore the stunning city of Barcelona while they are there.

http://www.barcelonaturisme.com