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3rd Ear Experience

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3RD EAR EXPERIENCE is a new genuine space rock band recording musical improvisations in a little studio situated out in the highlands of Joshua Tree/Mojave Desert, just where some of the members live. The outfit includes Dug Pinnick of KING’S X fame, Robbi Robb of the African acid rock band TRIBE AFTER TRIBE and synth player Amritakripa, also inherently involved in Indian devotional music.

Three days of free form jams led on to the self-released debut album ‘Peacock Black’ which is comprised of four extended tracks. At times being courageously experimental they abandoned formal arrangements and allowed the music to flow in a cosmic sonic dialogue between fellow musicians and stargazers. The result is summing up trance-like and groovy excursions, Kosmische Musik in the Berlin School vein as well as dramatic and otherwordly moments.

Shortly after that Megaforce Records released another band album named ‘Boi’, this time featuring eight tunes with a more common song structure. 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE certainly will please every fan of unbounded psychedelic and space rock music.

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Thomas Gonkler

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Thomas Glönkler (born 1970) is working as school teacher in the small town of Gechingen.

For a long time he’s been working on producing art and music.

As leading man of the german progressive rock band ICU he realized 3 Music CDs during the 90s. His latest output AUSZEIT – a guitar and flute based project – was published in 2005. After that he was working on the GOLDSTADT CD.

GOLDSTADT is a concept album about the destruction of the german city of Pforzheim (nicknamed “Goldstadt”, because of its jewel industry) on Feb. 23rd,1945.

Before realizing GOLDSTADT there was a long time of intensive research about the fate of german cities during World War 2. This led to the idea of writing a 20-minute-piece about the attack and destruction of Pforzheim by the Royal Air Force. Speaking with witnesses and doing research revealed that many themes concerning Feb. 23rd,1945 are still present up to now and many wounds have never been healed.

From there new ideas developed and finally led to songs in the range from acoustic ballads and traditional progrock arrangements up to orchestral sequences.

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Wilton Said

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From his primary years of bashing on pots and pans along to The Beatles, his high school years of learning how to play Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” on viola, his study of Musical Composition at Toronto’s York University, through to his mid 20′s as a guitar player in original Art Rock bands such as Crisis Ten, Shopping Asia and Edge of Sense, Wilton has always had music inside of him.

In his late 20′s. Wilton had had enough of the guitar and band democracy and was searching for another musical outlet.  The Live Kate Bush video “Live at Hammersmith” provided the inspiration and he took up vocal lessons with the intent of starting his own solo project with himself on Vocals and Keyboards.  After developing his vocal style, he was able to gather members of previous bands to back him up on drums, bass and guitar. The project Wilton Said… was born.

While his earlier releases of “World Up my Ass” and “Broken” had a variety of musicians playing Bass and Drums (Wilton played guitar), his later releases had a more stable band oriented set of musicians with Richard Rizzo on Drums, Andrew Buntain on Bass, and Wilton giving up guitar duties to long time friend and musician Chris Reid.  This line up recorded two CD’s “The Butterfly Plague” and “The View”.  Shortly after, Bassist Andrew Buntain left the band and Frank Heisler joined as a replacement and can be heard on the most recent release of “Half Life”.

Style wise, one could group the music of Wilton Said… into the Art Rock category, but that’s still pretty vague, which is just the way Wilton likes it.

“I’m open to a variety of styles of music from Orchestral, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Prog, Goth, Alternative and Heavy Metal, all of which have had an influence on my writing and singing.  Add to that the various influences and styles of the current band members and we’ve got an interesting mix of sounds.”

“I often write with a certain sound or sonic texture in my head.  But as soon as the other guys, especially guitarist Chris Reid, get a hold of it, it changes into some other type of edgy thing which is totally unexpected and for me, original.”

The music on the most recent release “Half Life” could be considered by some as Art Rock.  Others may call it simply Alternative while others may hear it as Math Rock or Indie Rock.  I guess one could say it’s all of those things making for an unusual and interesting musical soundscape.

Enjoy at your own risk.

For information on past releases, news, shows and live appearances, please visit

www.wiltonsaid.com

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Scarlet Romeo

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Progmospheric – this neologism, a symbiosis of progressive and atmospheric, represents the musical shape of Scarlet Romeo at best. The band started off in 2006. After replacing the “Voice” and the “Bass” in summer of 2008, the new line-up of the band is complete and Scarlet Romeo is working harder than ever.

Scarlet Romeo stands for ambitious Rock- and Metalsongs, from progressive instrumentals and aggressive Heavy Metal through to atmospheric Longtracks. Sweeping Grooves merge with mighty Guitar Riffs, tuneful Keyboards and the female voice.

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Le Reverie

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Le Reverie means ”The Dream” in French (with a few spelling changes); and this Female Fronted Gothic Metal band has just released their debut  CD titled “Dark Symphony”. The long awaited 12 Song CD is a combination of Symphony, Goth Rock, Metal and Progressive Rock and will take you on an amazing journey from the symphonic musical elegance of “La Naissance” to the dark, heavy/progressive title track, “Dark Symphony” to the tender ballad “Ghost of You” and the haunting tribute to Edgar Allan Poe himself, “Raven”. Le Reverie is a combination of Evanescence and Dream Theater.  Available iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and www.lereverie.com

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Axial Lead

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We are Axial Lead!

We’re a bunch of guys who come from all walks of life and from opposite corners of the world.

Some of us met a long-long time ago, others joined more recently; some of us were born in Bucharest, others came here to study and seek a different life, across the oceans. In all these years we’ve always been friends, but with the dawn of December 22nd 2011, we found a name to unite us and a purpose to lead us.

The “Axial Lead” became our direction.

Because we love stories so much, a few months before that fateful day, we decided to mix all our experiences into one big culture-melting-pot of human thought and feeling. The result was a global picture of story-telling reflected in a musical style and sound that is in sync with who we are, combining musical genres ranging from jazz to djent, thrash, flamenco, power metal, latin-jazz and funk.

We keep an open mind towards new things and we love to experiment with our music. We don’t believe in recipes and we feel that each story has its own shape and sound.

We love to follow these stories and see how they unfold, being shaped not by one, but all of us at the same time. Such is the case of our first album, that we began recording in the summer of 2013. We started writing some songs that quickly became related by meaning and led us to a single narrative, building upon itself with words, drawings, ideas and schemes. The album will be out in the fall of 2013.

Follow the lead!

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100 Onces are a young (20 and 21) two piece math rock band hailing from Los Angeles featuring Barrett Tuttobene on guitar and Richard Ray on drums. Their sound is raw and punk influenced. The group was started in 2010, with the debut album ’100 One Is’ being released on Christmas day 2011. A live album, ‘Famous in Japan’, was released later in 2012, and a second studio album ’100 One Says’ was released May 30th, 2013. 100 Onces has gone on two west coast tours, and continues to grow their fan base in Los Angeles and all over the globe.

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New York City-based guitarist, composer and technologist Pontus Gunve’s music embraces the theory that music is a multi-dimensional experience and an adventure in wordless storytelling that fully absorbs the audience’s mind, body and spirit. Flowing through time and space, the lush sonic textures he creates evoke the ethereal landscapes of other-worldly multi-media artists such as Jean Michel Jarre and Boards of Canada while still clearly inspired by the thick, dark compositional textures of legendary heavy metal bands like Megadeath. And his energy as a guitarist celebrates numerous influences, from the technical proficiency of Steve Vai and the raw, exotic approach of Marty Friedman, to the minimalistic moments created by legendary blues performers. Gunve’s finely-tuned skills in the studio as both a producer and engineer allow him to seamlessly unify many different musical styles and a wide range of instruments into intricately-crafted, mesmerizing recordings resonating with unexpected surprises.

Gunve was first fully gripped by his passion for music when he saw Jean Michel Jarre’s Rendezvous Houston: A City in Concert on television as a child growing up in Sweden. Blown away by Jarre’s all-encompassing high-tech stage show and the endless layers of his album Oxygene, he began to explore the capabilities of computers to create different sounds and textures. His fascination with rock music led him to electric guitar, which he began to study voraciously, simultaneously imagining ways to expand its boundaries. At the same time, he experimented with sequencing and learned how to build computer and synthesizer modules that could be used practically during performances and on recordings.

Now, Gunve translates his sensual impressions of the universe into intricate, personal and melodic musical passages that vividly illustrate his life’s rich and complex journey and allow him to connect powerfully with his own musicians, the audience and with each space he performs. He has composed music and worked as a sound designer for a wide range of independent films and Web projects as well as for various large-scale art projects in Sweden. He founded his own instrumental project, PHWG in 2007, a group that combines video, electronic instruments, cello, violin, drums and tabla/darbuka and has released two albums, Great Wall of Sound (2006) and Movements (2008).

Gunve continues to record and perform with bands throughout the New York City area and is in the process of recording and producing his next album with PHWG, which will be available May 7th, 2013.

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