odetosun is a progressive metal project from augsburg, germany. Formed in 2008, the project was known until 2012 as odensraven and released the album tod der welt.
odetosun is composed of guitarist and songwriter benny stuchly, his brother luke stuchly on vocals and the marvelous gunther rehmer on drums.
Among numerous acts of modern Prog Rock scene VISIONS PROJECT (Ukraine) is definitely band not to be missed! Formed in 2012 by keyboardist Oleg Polyanskiy and guitarist Dmytro Zhinkin, VP offers some of the best Ukrainian instrumental skills and entirely reflects its leaders’ variety of music interests and tastes – from Classical and Jazz to cutting-edge Fusion and Prog Metal. Oleg Polyanskiy, VP mastermind, is a “Classical virtuoso equally at home in improvising music of any genre; most especially, in Classical, Jazz, Fusion and Progressive Rock” (Larry A. Russell, CEO, Eroica Classical Recordings, USA). Dmytro Zhinkin, whose contribution in the album was not only playing but also sound engineering and mastering, surprises with wide range of acoustic and electric guitar techniques, and his individual melodic approach. The other band members – Shirhan Agabeyli (bass), Sergey Balalaev and Vadim Samosyuk (drums), Vlad Volovikov and Zhanna Smolego (vocals) – fit into the music context, bringing up their professional mastery. Overall, VISIONS PROJECT is an exciting and technical blend of Prog Metal, Jazz Fusion and Classical Crossover, full of bright melodies, changing meters and blazing instrumental solos.
Germany based Art-pop-outfit “starfish64″ was formed in 2006 by singer-songwriter Dieter Hoffmann and has since been accompanied by various musicians from all over europe. After extensive touring in 2007 – 2008 with Hoffmanns buddy “kass|ühlke”, starfish64 turned more into a “recording”-act than a band. As of now Hoffmann is working on his 4th yet untitled album.
“The Fall Of Bliss” is the debut solo album by Methexis, a musical project conceived and created by Nikitas Kissonas (ex-Yianneis, ex-Verbal Delirium)
The music is in the mood of the 70’s progressive rock with rich harmonies and dark attitude along with conceptual lyrics.
TwoDeadBands are a solid unit of Fuzz from Berlin.
The description of the name is very easy. Two bands broke up and parts of it united to a new Band with a new sound – TwoDeadBands.
They started in 2011 with jamming and developed there first songs. In November 2012 they recorded their first four tracks with Rainer Lauer. The mixing and editing took longer then expected but in June 2013 the first EP -1- was mixed and mastered.
In January 2013 they started to play live. The Line Up is Mario Willing on Drums his characteristics are to keep it simple but very punchy. Frederick Rudawski on Guitar is always good for a new riff and brings his Orange Dark Terror to the edge of its capacity. Maximilian Behrendt plays the Bass sometimes with chords more like a deep fuzzy rhythm guitar and also started to sing and writes the lyrics.
The next shows are planned for October and also a release of the EP on tape in the next months.
OUTLIER is a highly contagious 2-piece Progressive Rock band from St. Catharines Ontario, Canada. Formed in 1995, the boys have survived numerous drummer changes, near death experiences and gear-destroying fires in their pursuit of epic rocking. Sometimes it is ambient soundscapes and other times hard-rocking. Inspired by the highest peaks and the lowest lows, a deep collection of vinyl, musical underdogs and basements where analogue synths peel the paint off the walls, OUTLIER has released two albums, “The Difference Engine” and “Shallow Kingdom”. The EP “The Strength of One Hundred Armies” has just been released, July 2013. With drummer Anthony Goodman new music and performances are in the works.
In 2007 after 22 years working for the same company I found myself out of work and looking for something to engage my mind. I started playing with a cheap piece of music software and in no time I was hooked. By 2008 I was back in employment but decided to take a break in order to concentrate on producing a first album of original songs and in the end wrote & produced two albums (Under the name Relocate to Heathrow) before heading back to earn some money on project work in 2009 for a year. Once that assignment finished and with my first child born I decided to pack in work and concentrate on his upbringing and devoting more hours to my music.
My first 3 albums were recorded as Relocate to Heathrow but ‘Reason to Believe’ in 2012 and the current album ‘This Long Night’ 2013 have been released under my own name.
My music is definitely Prog rock inspired but I leave myself free to explore wherever I choose and to that end have been told it’s difficult to categorise what I do. I am fine with that as I have no desire to sound like anyone else or to be pigeonholed but I think it’s fair to say that my themes, song structures and lengths mean that only the Prog community are interested in my work.
I do try and create something fresh and different every time and strive to find that combination of songs that give an album an identity. I’m already working on the follow up to ‘This Long Night’ which will be completed sometime in the first half of 2014.
Troy Redfern is a UK based guitarist and producer currently fronting blues rock power trio The Troy Redfern Band featuring ex Freddy King/Paul Rogers bass player Stuart MacDonald. Troy is also involved with several recording and live projects that he produces at his studio, Dark Horse Studios in the welsh borders including ‘Blue Mountain Station’ and ‘The Electric Blues Reaction’
Back in 2008 Troy began recording the first part of a trilogy of albums based on a sci fi odyssey entitled ‘…And the Gods Came Down’. Featuring the talents of Nick Smith on vocals and live drums, the album is a kaleidoscopic montage of prog rock, electronica and future psychedelics. Part one of the trilogy will be released August 2013 with the recording of part two commencing February 2014.
For updates please check www.facebook.com/TroyRedfern and http://troyredfern.bandcamp.com/
Marching Mind is a completely new musical experience than you’re likely to have heard before. They combine elements from a vast range of influences such as metal, classical, progressive rock and even grunge music…yet seem to avoid sounding derivative of any one genre. In the early days, the band jokingly referred to themselves as “grog” or “grunge-prog” when asked to describe their sound. Somehow this label seemed to stick over the years and became the best way to describe this enigmatic band. Known for their energetic live show and complex yet melodic arrangements, Marching Mind has created a signature sound that is nearly impossible to emulate.
The band’s current lineup came together in Vancouver, BC in 2008 with members hailing from all across Canada. After releasing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2009 and subsequent 2010 cross-country tour, Marching Mind was signed by Fivebyfive Records and headed back to the studio in fall of 2011 to record their 70 minute follow up album “The Sickness and the Theory”. In summer of 2012 they headed out on a U.S. tour and are currently writing their third album.
Darkened, tortured and gloomy: These 3 words describe my artistic universe. Being self-taught since the beginning, allowed me to compose music and let my inspiration flow without giving any attention to music boundaries.