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Spiralcove

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Down-tuned guitars, energetic drum parts and clean, emotional vocals. That’s Spiralcove! Spiralcove’s music can be described as rock with a metallic edge, influenced by bands like Alter Bridge, Screaming Trees and Alice in Chains. Since the birth of the band the chosen musical path has been further refined. This results in the release of three singles in 2012.

On stage Spiralcove guarantees an energetic show and excels in a tight and enthusiastic performance.

Spiralcove’s band members have a long musical history together: before the birth of Spiralcove they met each other in a variety of other formations, for example Defcon One, Penrhyn, Mytholic, Triple 7 and 1050 Mbar. They shared the stage with bands and artists like Chuck Billy (Testament), Russell Allen, Sun Caged, Snowy White, Dead Soul Tribe, Jorn Lande, After Forever and Damian Wilson (Threshold).

Machines Dream

We’re Machines Dream, and this is our bio.

We’ll admit right up front that we wear our influences on our sleeves, finding inspiration in the progressive music of the past. Yes, we listened to groups like Pink Floyd, old Genesis, Marillion, King Crimson and Tool while we were growing up; the same way Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton listened to the blues.

However… that’s just our starting point. Our goal is to compose new music, experiment with new sounds and to write meaningful songs that are far more than just tributes to the prog bands of yesterday. We want to build on the progressive music we enjoy listening to, but not treat it like dogma.

Our sound reflects each member of the band, and explores the melodic and cinematic side of progressive and psychedelic music.

Lead guitarist Keith Conway holds a degree in classical guitar, and is also a master of slide, jazz, blues, heavy metal. In the studio or on stage, he rolls all his influences together in a unique and commanding style.

Ken Coulter is the rhythmic epicentre of the band, sitting just behind the beat, taking sometimes complicated music and performing it with a groove and soul that anyone can enjoy.

Keyboard player Brian Holmes is a one man orchestra, drenching the music with layers of strings, pianos, and virtuoso synthesizer work.

Lead vocalist, bass player and sometimes guitarist, Craig West keeps the material grounded with lyrics focusing on real life while completing the band’s live rhythm section and handling studio production.

Our first album was released in March, 2012 and is a collection of songs touching on themes such as mental illness, alienation, the importance of communication, and the desire to find a place in the world that is safe.

The music is dense and cinematic, and if we’ve done our job, then listening to Machines Dream is an experience that is intense and palpable.

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Transport Aerian

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Transport Aerian is a one man progressive-oriented project led by a multi-instrumentalist Hamlet. It has no strict genre borders, musical or spiritual limits. At the different times, the project had different line ups, and played different kinds of music, yet always staying in the shape of poetic, sharp-edged musical kind. The project’s philosophy is closest to those, calling themselves expressionists in poetry and fine arts, therefore, the musical dimension of emotional expression  is what Hamlet intends to bring via music to whoever who is willing to hear the word said.

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The project was founded in 2003 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Hamlet.

It always aimed at the wide area of progressive music, supported by vanguard lyrics. After years of live shows, in 2007, in his own recording studio, Hamlet began working on a conceptual album titled: ‘The Dream’.

The album represented a dark and gloomy mix of progressive rock, trip-hop, ambient and industrial music and was released in march 2008. He recorded all the instruments himself, following the philosophy of strictly individualistic music making approach. The Dream had a good response from the press, several good reviews and good reactions of fans. Hamlet invited his line-up to provide gigs supporting the new album.

After long twist of faith, Hamlet found himself in Belgium during the summer of 2008, where, he started working on a new conceptual album. The album came out to be a dark and artistic mix of different genres such as neo-progressive rock, industrial and avant-garde music but will keep the sound of Transport Aerian as it was known and had the name ‘blessed’.

In 2010 the album ‘Charcoal’ was digitally released, and it was the very first album of the project having the musicians from Hamlet’s live line up present on the album, which made its sound slightly more variable and less authentic, yet it became much more experimental, empowered by other musician’s minds and skills.

After almost 3 years of silence, while Hamlet was taking part in a wide area of other projects (such as, for example, avant-prog extravaganza Fabulae Dramatis), Transport Aerian came back to live with the new progressive-related music piece ‘bleeding’ which is to be released in June 2013.

Transport Aerian sets its aim in creating absolutely new and original atmospheric music.

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The Gabriel Construct is the rock solo project of Gabriel Lucas Riccio, a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Salisbury, MD. His debut album, ‘Interior City’, is a dark and atmospheric concept album featuring Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, ex-Periphery, Of Legends) on drums, Thomas Murphy (ex-Periphery) on bass, David Stivelman (ex-Debbie Does Dallas) on guitar, Soren Larson on saxophone, and frequent collaborator Sophia Uddin on violin. The album unites players from rock, metal, classical, and jazz backgrounds to create a sound which incorporates influences from a wide variety of genres, including progressive rock, 20th century classical music, extreme metal, drum-n-bass, jazz, ’90s grunge and space rock, ’80s pop and more. The album’s densely layered vocal harmonies, distorted pianos, dissonant chords, and complex rhythms envelop the listener in a hallucinatory wall of sound.

Gabriel graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2011, where he won the Melvin B. Troy Prize in composition after studying under Gerald Levinson. Levinson was a student of George Crumb and Olivier Messiaen, both of whom became large influences on ‘Interior City’. Gabriel’s rock background combined with classical training provide him with a unique perspective which allows him to create a sound entirely his own.

Just as the music of ‘Interior City’ attempts to overcome the limitations of genre boundaries, the album’s concept is concerned with overcoming the mental programming which holds each of us back. It is a story about paranoia and escapism, based on a simple idea: in a society which respects nothing, every individual learns that they are not worthy of respect. The album follows one person’s tumultuous journey to regain their self respect and their ability to fully engage with the world around them, in the process revealing the darkest thoughts that drive society as a whole.

Gabriel wanted “to create a work which encourages people to live with respect and compassion, both for the world around them and for themselves. In an increasingly globalized world, it is more important than ever to recognize how our actions and lifestyles affect others.” With ‘Interior City’, he has musically documented his personal journey towards manifesting that compassion.

‘Interior City’ was engineered by Garrett Davis (The Devil Wears Prada, Train, Shinedown) and mixed/mastered by Taylor Larson (Periphery, Life on Repeat, Conditions).

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Torso

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TORSO is a Psychedelic/70’s rock-inspired quartet from Vienna. The origin of the formation back in the summer of 2009, when met Thomas Pint (bass), Michael Jandrisevits (guitar) and Florian Giessauf (drums) for the first time in a rehearsal room,worn by the desire to music without blinkers and free of any barriers to make.

According booming amplifiers, free psychedelic improvisations and long solos were the product of this time dedicated to the music. After about five months of existence the trio was named after the Aztec King “Montezuma” (Haydn Rockt! 2009), for a compilation on the first song.

In winter 2010 it was forced to calm the gentlemen, as the drummer left the band for family reasons. A musical rethink was needed. This resulted in the spring of 2011 for filling the drums with Klaus Gulyas, while Bernard Gager took over the vocals and the second guitar.

The resulting stylistic changes forced the four musicians in a new musical direction. From seemingly endless, sometimes 50-minute jams developed structured forms and a sophisticated songwriting. TORSO was born.

In its relatively short existence, the young band already shared the stage with famous groups such as Siena Root, Karma to Burn,The: Egocentrics, Golden Void, Mars Red Sky, Glowsun, Umor, Danava or Saviours. The result of the many sweaty hours in the rehearsal room released in May 2012 in a first EP called (“Inside”) on “Stone Free Records” found  precipitation and entered TORSO transnational respect in relevant magazines, radio stations and musicblogs.

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Pike

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Since the release of To Cross The Great Divide, Pike has been raking in top points in reviews from across the globe. On the live-front the band has been laying low the past year due to scheduling conflicts caused by the bandmembers living spread out across Sweden with only rare chanses to rehearse and write. During 2012 the band played four shows; the official releasepart for the album (at which the whole album was played from start to finish without interruption), two swedish festivals as well as opening for Baroness at their Stockholm-show. The rarity of live performances makes the few shows all that more special as they are carefully picked and every show is a special one-off event.

Also during 2012, and now 2013, the band has been working on new material and have also included some of it in the recent live repertoire.

What the future holds is yet to be seen, but rest assured that Pike is ready to destroy whatever stage they may grace.

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Vy

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Vy is the solo project of Gaby Vidal, guitar player for Similar ( http://www.soysimilar.com ) & ONGO ( http://www.ongolandia.com ). At both sites you can listen to the music for free. While Similar wasn’t a prog band at the beginning, It began using prog concepts when he joined the band 2 years ago. It was even added to progarchives.com ’s list of bands on May 2013.

ONGO has been around for about 15 years and it as band that mixes heavy riffing with odd meters and lots of improv.

“After many years of recording ideas I decided to finish the best ones with many of my friends providing their talents. I used the concept of inviting musicians as a experimental tool combining musicians that normally wouldn’t work together because they “belong to different scenes” (hardcore, indie, pop, noise, etc…).”

The record took about 2 years to finish from the moment he decided to do the project. Everything was recorded at Ongolandia Studio.

To listen to other projects in which Gaby is involved go to https://soundcloud.com/gaby-vidal Be sure to check out trili, a prof project he led a couple of years a

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Pyramidal

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Pyramidal is a psychedelic rock band from Alicante, Spain. Their influences come from progressive and hard rock bands of the 70s such as Hawkwind, Can, Black Sabbath, Amon Duul II, Captain Beyond or Ash Ra Tempel.

Formed in 2010, Pyramidal’s members have a long career within the hard rock, stoner and psychedelic music scene, and played in several bands before.

Their first work came up at the end of December 2011 under the title “Dawn In Space”. A seven track LP mostly instrumental, full of otherworldly sounds, obscure psychedelia and hypnotic rhythms that will take you to the deepest end of outer space. Now they’re back with “Frozen Galaxies” a four track album that mixes their spacerock vibes with some heavyprog passages that will make the listeners get into an unforgettable odyssey of hypnotic and lysergic sounds.

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Temple of the Smoke

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“Music may be abstract, just like technology, magic, or nature. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a logic even in patterns of our abstractly created universe.

Bio-luminescence of fireflies and stellar moths will light through our eyes, melting meadows and skyscrapers in acid-like bliss. Winds will change and the Crimson dawn is just about to appear to embrace the wildlife of our karmic shells.

Birds are singing chants, summoning Mother to re-invoke our primal dreams, like echoing drums from the deep, alien slumber, mankind’s eternal sleep… Moon is just a picture, oscillating sound, materialized circle of our astral archetypes.

It was written that were many ways to make portals. We believed, as we do believe… And we have seen fractals of mana butterflies creating mountains of love and light, an island in ocean of thresholds on starlight skies, radiating color out of space to shape the dreams of mankind.

It has begone. The floods came, and the astral wave has brought an instant change.”

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Space Mirrors

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The new Space Mirrors album “The Other Gods” is the second in the “Cosmic Horror” series (and 5th in the band’s discography) inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. It is a wonderful blend of dynamic space rock, prog metal and classic hard rock with influences not only from Hawkwind but also Blue Öyster Cult, Eloy and Black Sabbath! “The Other Gods” shows a further development in terms of sound and musicians’ line-up with the recruitment of Claudio Tirincanti (Blaze Bayley, Tim “Ripper” Owens, etc.) to play all drums and Gabriel Monticello (Spaceseed, Albany Symphony Orchestra, etc.) to play bass on all songs. Sparky Simmons (Acid FM) recorded most of the guitars and Fabio Bartolini (Hate Profile) played guitars on one song. Martyr Lucifer delivered his best vocals’ performance to date. Bless (Hortus Animae) recorded some wonderful piano. Cyndee Lee Rule provided a violin string section and Dr. James Hodkinson (Shadowlight, Pre-Med) played mellotron and moog. The legendary Nik Turner (Hawkwind’s co-founder, Space Ritual, etc.) once more recorded sax and flute. Everything was done under the coordination of keyboardist Alisa Coral, the creator of Space Mirrors. Artwork and 12-page booklet were again created by Kevin SommersSpace Mirrors again confirmed its international status by having in its ranks musicians from Italy, USA, UK and Russia!

Alisa Coral about this record: “I think we have been able to successfully mix progressive space rock with classic hard rock in a modern suit here. We’ve got a very strong rhythm section with the same musicians playing on all the songs this time. Every musician gave it all to the recording and Martyr Lucifer really shows the great range of his voice. There is no programming and no triggered drums. Just old school real drumming, heavy riffs, hot leads, sax, flute, symphonic keyboards, spacey synth and vocals – all combined very nicely on this album.”

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