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Eternal Journey

Eternal Journey

The “ETERNAL JOURNEY” is a Progressive Space Metal Project from german guitarist and songwriter Alex Papatheodorou. Influenced by music from artists like Pink Floyd, Dol Ammad, Ayreon or Opeth, a new musical journey will begin!

Since the beginning of his musical journey in 1999, at the age of 13, Alex started to love heavy music. His first love AC/DC brought him closer to his musical goals. After playing in bands, he started to record his own ideas in a small basement room in his house. First, there only was guitar and synthesizers, but soon, the songs started to grow and guest musicians were needed.

So the musical concept made more and more sense to him. The power of heavy metal, the melodies of folk and psychedelic music and the “spaceyness” of the analog synthesizers. This combination made totally sense to him and made clear his vision.

This is no background music. Hopefully you’ll need some spins in your CD player to “get” the music.

Forget the classic song structures and let yourself go with the music, be surprised and don’t expect nothing… take a trip on your “ETERNAL JOURNEY”!

After a first Demo recording called “A Space Metal Adventure” (2009) the first full length album was released through the own website. The first Album was called “Threshold of Pain” (2011).

Three years later, after studying and working, the new trip through space takes part. 2014 is the year for “ETERNAL JOURNEY.”

Be prepared for “NEBULAR” – out soon.

Elarcos

Elarcos

Elarcos is a relatively new progressive/metal/fusion band from Montevideo, Uruguay, formed at the beginning of 2009. After several changes of formation, the band is now consolidated by Alejandro Bravo on vocals and alto saxophone, Gustavo Ferrero on guitars, Diego Caetano on drums, Man Key on bass and Mario Rodríguez on keyboards. The main objective is to make a fusion between progressive metal, jazz and pop. The final (and not unambitious) target could be to create a new personal style. The main music influences goes back from the 70’s progressive and symphonic rock (ELP, Yes, UK, Jethro Tull) to the modern metal and progressive bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Nevermore, Muse, Ayreon or Haken, without forgetting jazz and fusion constant influences like Return to Forever, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Vital Information, Tribal Tech, Bela Fleck, etc. At the moment Elarcos is working on it’s first studio album…

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/elarcos
https://www.facebook.com/elarcos

Dream the Electric Sleep on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Dream the Electric Sleep

Dream The Electric Sleep are a progressive rock band from Lexington, KY.

Formed in 2009, guitarist/vocalist Matt Page and drummer Joey Waters recruited bassist Chris Tackett (formerly of Hyatari and Chum). The trio spent the following two years developing a unique sound characterized by an eclectic blend of influences. Although primarily rooted in progressive rock, the band employs elements of classical, folk, doom, psychedelic and pop. In early 2014, guitarist Andrew Hibpshman was introduced to reinforce the band’s live sound.

Upon its 2011 release, the self-produced debut album “Lost and Gone Forever” received positive international attention, gaining a wide variety of print and online reviews (including Classic Rock Magazine, Eclipsed Magazine and Progression Magazine), and was an underground favorite amongst many in the progressive rock and crossover/heavy rock communities. As a result, the band was asked to perform at one of the premier progressive rock festivals in the United States, the Rites of Spring Festival (RoSfest), and were given the coveted “Church of Prog” slot.

The band returned from RoSfest in May 2013 to finish recording their sophomore LP with long-time friend and engineer Jason Groves.

Released in February 2014, “Heretics” features 11 tracks and over 70 minutes of new original material, the band continues to evolve its signature genre-bending sound. Described by The Big Takeover’s Jack Rabid as “Prog-Shoegaze”, DTES have again produced an album that draws from a diverse pool of influences. Among them are the classic progressive sounds of Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and The Moody Blues – with nods to U2, Ride, Catherine Wheel, and Radiohead.

With “Heretics”, DTES continue to push the envelope – not only on the band’s album themes and subject matter, but sonically as well. Fans will discover an extremely dynamic, thought-provoking work in “Heretics” – an album that reveals a band that is more focused than ever, and becoming increasingly difficult to pigeonhole.

The band is currently rehearsing in preparation for their live European debut in July 2014, as part of the “Night of the Prog” festival in Sankt Goarshausen, Germany.

Links:

http://www.dreamtheelectricsleep.com
https://www.facebook.com/DTESBAND
https://soundcloud.com/dreamtheelectricsleep
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=8853
http://www.last.fm/music/Dream+The+Electric+Sleep
http://www.reverbnation.com/dreamtheelectricsleep
https://twitter.com/dtesband
http://instagram.com/dtesband

Destiny Potato on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Destiny Potato

Destiny Potato is an experimental project from Belgrade, Serbia. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and graduate of Berklee College of Music David Maxim Micic, Destiny Potato formed in 2010 and comprised Micic, former Idol Serbia-Montenegro & Macedonia runner-up Aleksandra Radosavljevic (vocals) and Aleksandra Djelmash (vocals).

In 2011, the group inducted Milan Jejina Yeqy on drums and announced that they were working on a debut EP entitled ‘Lun’. However in early 2012, Radosavljevic left the band due to her relationship with Micic coming to an end. Ana “Little Fog” Maglica was soon chosen to fill the empty vocal position, and Bojan Kvocka (bass) and Dusan Vanja Andrijasevic (guitar) were inducted into the band, completing the line-up.

In May 2013, Destiny Potato announced that Ana Maglica had chosen to leave the band, and that they would be continuing with only Djelmash on vocals.

Links:

http://destinypotato.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/destinypotato

David Maxim Micic on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

David Maxim Micic

David Maxim Micic is a guitar/keyboard player, composer and producer from Belgrade, Serbia, and a composition student at Berklee College of Music. He has had the privilege to study guitar with many great teachers, including Danilo Karamarkovic, Petar Jelic, Bata Kostic, Nenad Gajin Coca, Joe Musella, Thaddeus Hogarth and David Fiuczynski.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/davidmaximmicicmusic

http://davidmaximmicic.bandcamp.com/

Cold Flame on the Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Cold Flame

Cold Flame bring thirty years of solid experience and a well deserved reputation for quality musicianship in any live setting performing quality original music. The band were brought up on the classic British blues bands of the late 1960′s and early 1970′s – something clearly registered in the band’s approach to live performance and studio recording. Formed in 1984 in Derbyshire, England primarily to perform original blues music, the band has evolved and developed through the years presenting audiences with a full range of musical genres whilst still remaining close to their blues roots. Whilst performing mostly in the north of England and the Midlands, Cold Flame have performed right across the country and also in mainland Europe appearing in France, Poland, Austria, Greece and Italy mostly as a headlining act or supporting some of the premier blues acts in Britain such as Dr. Feelgood, Steve Gibbons Band, Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig , The Hamsters, Jon Amor Band as well as prog rock acts such as Uriah Heep, Curved Air, Hawkwind and Solstice. The band have extensive experience in performing indoor and outdoor shows at blues clubs, music festivals, biker rallies and real ale events. High on visuals and excellent musicianship, the band have incorporated their musical roots in covering the music of many of the giants of rock and blues music alongside their own original quality blues material some of which can be found on a number of studio and live albums released by the band throughout their career which have sold both in the UK, Europe and USA as well as guaranteeing radio slots on both radio stations in England and Wales as well as in Holland, Poland, Argentina and Italy.

This year the band celebrate their thirtieth anniversary and are about to release a new album of blues rock covers – favourite pieces performed by the band in recent years. The guys are currently recording new original material for a studio album to be released later in the year which will feature progressive rock and blues rock material.

Links:

www.coldflame.com 
www.facebook.com/coldflameuk
www.facebook.com/coldflameacoustic
https://soundcloud.com/cold-flame

Cheeto's Magazine on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Cheeto’s Magazine

In summer 2005, Esteban Navarro and Manel Orella (keys and guitar) get united to perform a series of bizarre shows as a funny and singular duet. Not really good stuff but great fun!

A year later they decided to increase the family, joining Dídac García (bass) and Joan Montané (drums). That was it, a real band! But… would they be able to face the progrock challenge?

It took a year to prepare an hour of a proggy repertoire, and in 2007, it saw the light of day. Worth saying Fat Frosties was already there.

The show was fresh and surprising, and the childish manners and image of the band, specially through their frontman, Esteban, quickly took a place on the audience hearts

In 2009 they recorded some of the best songs of that period on the EP “All the chickens in the bowl”

After two more years of shows and new stuff writing, in 2012 they got involved on their big project, the recording of a full length album, Boiling Fowls!!

2013 was a hard year, fully devoted to the studio. No playing, no shows, no fun… but it was worth it! Finally in early 2014 Boiling Fowls was ready to be presented to the prog community. An intense album, fresh, innovative and full of love for prog. Boiling Fowls was ready to eat the world!

At the end of the recording sessions, the drummer, Joan Montane, left the band, and two more members were included to complete the project, Matias Lizana on keys and vocals, and Eric Rovira on drums and vocals.

Now, in summer 2014…

Links:

https://cheetosmagazine.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cheetosmagazine
https://www.youtube.com/cheetosmagazine
https://soundcloud.com/cheetosmagazine

Cereus on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Cereus

Cereus, formed in 2012, defines its music as post-progress (Post-prog.) It is the outcome of inspiration coming from post rock music as well as post metal, with the elements of alternative and progressive climate (Caspian, ISIS, Russian Circles, Marillion). A self-contained whole forms charismatic vocal which by means of interesting timbre and melody creates in every track new different stories.

Musicians have many years’ experience acquired in various musical projects like Projekt NOD, Less Is More. In May 2013 Cereus has published EP which contains the three following tracks: Requiem, Abyss and Kraken King and realized first video.

Their latest (published in march) single “Cassiopeia” captured a real post-rock sound with  a progressive structure. The song begins with a tranquil guitar intro before exploding into a powerful and moving chorus from lead singer Michal Dabrowski. It’s a truly special track that will appeal to fans of many different genres. Cereus is currently working on their debut, full album.

Members:
Michał Dąbrowski – vocal
Paweł Sikora – guitar, ambient
Konrad Pawłowski – bass
Łukasz Gańko – percussion

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/cereusband
https://www.youtube.com/user/cereustheband
http://cereus.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/cereusband

Sonic Sky Writers

Sonic Sky Writers

Pete Cheetham

Vocals,Sax’s flutes,guitars

Former member of Maha Devs Quintessence.

Session player appearing on many recording in the 1980′s Cheshire/Liverpool music scene

Performer with Previous incarnations of

Liverpool based

bands Supercharge and

Manchesters Sad Cafe.

Guesting in on the local Jazz scene Peter

is an accomplished player and teacher of music as well as writer/composer and founder member

of Sonic Sky Writers

Dave million

Played in ‘A New Opera’ which was led by Andy Tillson now of The Tangent..

Worked with Guy Manning on the first of several studio albums in 2006. Played on 5 albums and currently working on a 6th. A live show is scheduled in Chicago with Guy Manning in August 2014.

“I am Very choosy about what I do and am captivated by the song-writing and musicianship of Sonic Skywriters – immensely pleased to be involved with the band creatively.”

Mark Hollands

piano/synths/moogs/arps/hammond organ

Performed with many original bands in the 90′s as

Part of the Bristol and later Birmingham original rock music scene (Zeptepi, Bitter Intoxication, The Traitors, Tacky Cardia)

Also performed professionally as a solo singer/songwriter.

Paul Turner Drums/Percussion

A well seasoned session player around the North West UK local music scene.

Currently performing and teaching drums in Warrington UK

Celestial Fury

Celestial Fury

Celestial Fury started about 3 years ago (2010/2011) when I started to get more into the writing/recording process. I have played guitar for about 8 years now, a mix of acoustic and electric. Coming from the Scottish highlands meant that some of my writing has been influenced by the traditional styles, particularly the clean guitar parts.
The first metal band I properly got into was Opeth, on hearing their album Still Life. I just loved the huge chords in Face of Melinda and the contrasting brutality in Serenity Painted Death. From then I started to write my own music, but had no way of recording. I even acquired a blue PRS guitar as an avid Opeth fan.

Later on I found myself listening to Meshuggah and that was where I found my passion. The first two songs I heard were Bleed and Stengah. I was very confused at first, not having had much exposure to syncopation. After I bought most of their albums, I found myself wanting more of this new down-tuned progressive metal (“djent”) and I discovered bands like Periphery, Uneven Structure, Vildhjarta (the list goes on).

I now have my own recording gear, Soundcloud, Youtube & Facebook page where I promote my own recordings, with  an album (Oblivion Walker?) in my mind for release… Sometime…

I am passionate about what I do, around studying for a Master’s in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I devote most of my free time to cultivating my internet profiles and have received largely positive feedback from like-minded people.

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Coopieification
https://soundcloud.com/alasdaircooper-1
https://www.facebook.com/celestialfurymusic