Category Archives: Progstravaganza XIV: Timeshift

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My musical life began way back as an eight-year-old who fell in love with the guitar after hearing the music from bands like The Shadows etc. As a teen my guitar playing evolved listening to first of all, The Beatles, then Jimi Hendrix, The Cream, and many many others. Post high school I was interested in many other forms; Blues, Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz and all new music created as a result of these styles colliding. But to get famous was and is an utopia. But I love music, so I can’t help myself for being addicted!

I became a graphic designer and still working with the Mac for more than a decade. As a long-time (bass)guitarist I also like to write and play blues-based rock, progressive rock and make videoclips. I’m also a synthesizer aficionado. In a nutshell; when ELP and Wendy Carlos with the MOOG Synthesizer came along I wanted to play keyboards as well. In 1969, with (school)friends, I founded Bluesgroup Crusade which later on in 1971 became Progressive Rockgroup Crusade. We split up in 1974 and my fellow musicians start playing in famous dutchgroups like; Cuby & The Blizzards, Livin’ Blues, Finch and later on in The Urn, Ayreon etc. In 1980 Due to my growing interest in the facets of production, engineering, arranging and composing I started in a spare bedroom my own studio as a side business for graphics, photography and writing commercial music for audio visual media.

In 1985 I recorded with the help of musical friends my first soloproject ‘DIFFERENT PLACES, DIFFERENT FACES’, still available on iTunes and many other internet stores. The follow up ‘Trains, Plains and Automoblies’ never saw the daylight but will be finished someday.

In 1990 the original blues line-up started up again and was renamed ‘Bluesgroup Crusade+Friends’. In 2000 I left Crusade to join the Precious Time Project. After a silent period for about 25 years three members of Precious Time, John Geel, John Havermans and Reno de Bruin starts to reunite in 2000. My good old friend John Havermans (keyboards) asked me to participate in playing and recording to capture and revive their typical seventies sound. We released the first album ‘DID I EVER TELL YOU’ in 2003. In 2005 Precious Time released their second album ‘IF THE GODS KNEW’.

http://philhelmon.bandcamp.com/

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Relinquished

Relinquished started in the year 2004 as a project of Sebastian Bramböck (Bass) and Anton Keuschnick (Guitar). After some months of arranging Martin Bramböck joined the Band and played the drums for 2 years. In this time, a second guitar-player named Simon Dettendorfer became member of the band and added different ideas that perfectly fitted in the sound.

Even though the former sound varied a lot to what kind of music they are making nowadays. It was a lot more Core-based and had more simple structures, then the latest work of them. Main Reason is the drummer of this period, Ivan Prosenic. Sadly there isn´t any record of the music of that time…

Four years and several Bass players later Relinquished finally found the perfect members. Sebastian the former Bass-player became the new and final singer of the band, and an old schoolmate of him, Patrick Kösselbacher took the bass-part. Also on the drums another new member was found: Florian Vonach. This constellation of musicians grew a complete new sound arrangement in short time and recorded the Demo EP “Rehearsal Doom” – as an allusion for their still remaining roots in Doom Metal.

With the CD the band started to get more and more offers to play all over Austria and some foreign cities as well. After collecting a huge amount of live experience, they settled a bit down and began the work for their first Long-player.
In that time Relinquished got signed by Noisehead Records, and recorded “Susanna Lies In Ashes”, their first Concept-Album and debut at the same time.

After the release many critics saw the potential in their music and for that reason Relinquished released a Music video for the Song “Padded Cell”. The Video brought them even more attention and nowadays, they have a well known status in the Austrian Metal Scene.

In 2011 Bassist Patrick Kösselbacher left the band and was substituted by Dominik Steffan (Former INZEST member) and with him they recorded their 2nd Studio-album“Onward Anguishes” and also 2nd Chapter of their Storyline.
Just a few weeks before the new album was released Relinquished made another Music Video for “In Ashes” to demonstrate the connection of the two records.

This step made clear that the Story of “Susanna Lies In Ashes” isn´t told fully, and there are going to be much more angles of the whole concept, and that this Story will be the main Discography. The whole music was seen different after that. It showed people that all the varied genres influencing the sound weren’t just about being Progressive, the interest of the band was creating the most perfectly fitting atmosphere for each scenario, which made the idea of this concept once more a lot deeper then on first sight.

http://www.relinquished.at/

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One Second Hotel

One Second Hotel is a European progressive metal / ambient / electronic project from Slovakia, which was founded several years ago by young guitar player and diverse songwriter Jakub Tirco and their current bass player Dusan Labuda. Yet it wasn’t until 2011 that their occasional weekend jam sessions started becoming a full-time band.

Over the years of jamming, the band started rehearsing with talented drummer Jano Huljak, which almost immediately led to the search of their fourth and final member, the voice of One Second Hotel, Mayo Petranin.

In fall 2012 they came up with a name for their project and initialized the recording process of what would later become band’s self-titled debut EP. For the first time, in spring 2013, they publicly appeared as attendants of Slovak version of Wacken Metal Battle where they eventually reached 2nd place.

On August 12, 2013 the band unofficially released their long-awaited four-track debut, titled One Second Hotel EP, via their website for free. The band also began working on visuals and rehearses a wide variety of new materials for their upcoming shows later in the year.

A full-length album is planned to be released in 2014.

www.onesecondhotel.com

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Anxtron

Instrumental Progressive Rock band based in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Anxtron is influenced by different styles, such as hard rock, heavy metal and even pop music, bringing a great variety of “climates” to the listeners. Formed in 2003, Anxtron has more than 30 written songs. In 2011 they recorded the album “Brainstorm”, which was officialy released in 2013. In 2012 the band opened for British prog-rock legend Marillion in Rio de Janeiro.

Anxtron is:
Eduardo Marcolino (guitar)
Gabriel Aquino (keyboards)
Rafael Marcolino (drums)
Gabriel “GG” Souza (bass guitar)

“Brainstorm” album: http://cdbaby.com/cd/anxtron
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Persona Grata

Persona Grata is a progressive rock group formed in Bratislava, Slovakia. The band, known for their signature sound and original material, is bringing a new quality to the Progrock Genre. Influenced by groups such as Yes, Dream Theater and contemporary Muse, the band has developed a sound focused on melody and complex rhythms, which has evolved from the above inspirations.

The band was formed in 1999 and since that time it went through various stages; members were changing, technology was changing and most of all the musical taste of band members was evolving in different directions.

Persona Grata started to work on the debut album Reaching Places High Above couple of years ago.

Once the whole concept was finished, the band was constantly rethinking arrangements, adding and removing layers, minimizing and expanding different parts until finally a demo version was finished from a production standpoint. Professional mix and master gave a final touch to the current sound of the album, which was officially released in August 2013.

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Shepherds of Cassini

Shepherds Of Cassini are a space metal quartet from Auckland, New Zealand.

Vitesh Bava, bassist of Pilgrim’s Pyre, first met Omar Al-Hashimi in Auckland via the University of Auckland Rock Club when Omar joined Pilgrim’s Pyre to play drums in 2008. While the band were actively gigging, Vitesh met guitarist Brendan Zwaan from the band Flood, also through the Rock Club, after attending a Flood show in Auckland.

As Pilgrim’s Pyre began winding up in 2011, Vitesh and Omar were keen to start a new musical project. Around this time, Vitesh met violinist Felix Lun from An Emerald City through mutual friends. While Felix was finishing off the last set of shows with An Emerald City at the start of 2012, Vitesh got back in contact with Brendan and the first jam was quickly lined up in February 2012 at Brendan’s old flat in Newton, Auckland.

Jams soon moved to Brendan’s new flat in Freeman’s Bay, which eventually evolved into Pins & Needles Audio, the regular jamming base for the band. The name Shepherds Of Cassini was soon chosen, and the band landed their first gig in July during the same year at Lucha Lounge in Newmarket.

Since then, Shepherds Of Cassini have continued to play numerous gigs in, around and beyond Auckland. The band released their début album in August 2013, and are currently working on new material.

https://www.facebook.com/shepherdsofcassiniband/

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A Cosmic Trail

A COSMIC TRAIL is an instrumental band that composes haunting and outstanding music influenced by elements from rock, prog, metal, jazz, folk and soundtracks. Combined and interweaved with beautiful melodies, stirring rhythms and lots of twists and changes all this creates a very unique and distinctive atmosphere. There’s absolutely no room for typical post rock clichés in this band!

According to the motto musical barriers are there to tear them down A COSMIC TRAIL came out of nowhere and released their debut “The Outer Planes” in 2010. The album was sent to a small number of exclusive magazines. Reviews were overwhelming! “The Outer Planes” became a no-brainer and enjoyed popularity in all musical styles. The CD is completely sold out in the meantime!

Two years of intense songwriting sessions resulted in the new album “II: Mistral”.
A COSMIC TRAIL worked on every little detail in the arrangements but still there’s enough space for improvisation in the new tracks.
With the addition of drummer Klaus Engl (7for4) the new album sounds more rhythmic, organic and even more diversified. A COSMIC TRAIL kept their sound and style but are eager for constant progression and the urge to discover new musical territories.

Their slogan widescreen cinema for your ears is still true!
“II: Mistral” is a listening experience you won’t often find in these days.
The album will be released in spring 2013 as CD and in limited white vinyl with gatefold cover + download code.

http://acosmictrail.com/

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Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side

Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side is a Swedish Progressive rock/AOR project started in Stockholm 2012 by bassplayer, songwriter and producer Jonas Lindberg.

The band is now actual with a new CD called “The Other Side”, released thru Jonas’s own label ModeMusic in 2013. The music is all new material written and produced by Jonas himself and has been influenced by many bands in the progressive genre like “The Flower Kings”, ”Spock’s Beard” and “Toto”. Some people has described the band’s sound as being “a crossing between Pink
Floyd, Sting and Genesis”.

It all started back in 2008 when a first EP “In Secret Pace” was recorded by Jonas as an exam-project at the School of Music in Piteå, Sweden. The first EP featured a large lineup of musicians, and when it was released in 2012 time came to record a new one. This time Jonas felt the need to do it with a 5 piece band and the bandname ”Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side” didn’t surface until 2013 when the new CD was released. The Other Side features a group of friends and very talented musicians, all of them having a proffessional career and playing alongside some of the biggest musical acts in Sweden.

The Other Side is available at the band’s website and as download at all the online music stores as iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp!

http://www.lindbergmusic.com/

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ifsounds

The mad man is the happiest one but he frightens the right-minded world”

ifsounds are the images of our dreams and our nightmares. Music is just the shape we give to our stories, our hopes and our fears.

The ifsounds project brings together the talents of a group of musicians, all very different from each other, whose idea is to create a sound that is able to express an emotion, to describe a state of mind, to recount a story, to make a journey into the realms of inner consciousness.

The aim of ifsounds is to reproduce not only the world around us, but above all the world inside us, because each of us is the author of his own reality and his own existence.

http://www.ifsounds.com/