In 2009 Karmamoi came into contact with Crisalide Edizioni, who believed in the project from the outset and together with the band began to work towards the release that summer of a single, “VENERE”, which served as an outrider to test the responses of radio stations and the public – responses that turned out more than positive. “Venere” was broadcast by many independent stations even beyond the Alps, which led to the band taking part in the JIMI Festival de Marne in Paris.
In that same year of 2009, as well as a series of concerts in the bigger live venues of Rome, Karmamoi played in the M.e.i. festival in Faenza.
In May 2010 Karmamoi featured on the soundtrack of the short film by Paolo Budassi “Cinque Note” and began recording the tracks for their debut album – meticulous work, a continual creative process, that resulted in January 2011 in the self-titled “Karmamoi”. The album was accompanied by the video of “Vivo Desiderio” directed by Paolo Budassi.
In January 2011 the band performed in the Eurosonic showcase festival in Groningen and officially launched their first album at Rising Love, one of the most popular venues of the Rome scene. From there the real ascent of Karmamoi began, with concerts (including, memorably, at the Rome Fnac), interviews and radio appearances. In September 2011 the band had a busy schedule that took in the Supersonic Festival and Naples’s AWOP Festival.
With 2012 a new EP arrived entitled “Entre Chien et Loup”, officially launched at the Teatro Elsa Morante in Rome on May 17th 2012. “Entre Chien et Loup” is a link connecting the pop proclivities of the debut album and the rock/prog direction that the band’s work is hinting at currently. The EP includes the new single “Stesa”, which epitomizes the musical changes underway.
The band is working on new songs, due for release in the summer of 2013 in the format of a concept album: “Odd Trip”. A preview of the forthcoming and anticipated work by Karmamoi is the video of a song, “Labyrinth” – a sound-maze, an embrace of notes, instruments and melody, that makes Karmamoi one of the most intriguing new acts on the contemporary music scene. Stay tuned…
Karcius is a band from Montreal, Canada, teamed with unique musical vision. Combined, they create a unique style of fusion, emanating from Rock, Pop, African, Classical, Jazz, and ambiant grooves. The group was formed in spring 2001 with Simon L’Espérance on guitars, Thomas Brodeur on drums, Mingan Sauriol on Keyboard and Sylvain Auclair, who joined the band in 2009, on bass and vocals. Each of these solid musicians are constantly active in the local and international music scene, especially in Europe. Through diverse musical projects, the quartet has acquired experience and maturity, thus enabling them to conceive and ideate unique musical blends and explore boundless opportunities within Karcius.
With every album on an international distribution system, the band was able to break into new markets. It has enabled Karcius to gain global popularity in the art-rock music scene. Their performances in some of the most important progressive music festivals in North America, South America and Europe did not go unnoticed and created a growing interest. The dynamic personality of the band on stage is matchless and leaves no one unreactive. Karcius’s strength comes from their sense of unity and cohesion, which makes them hard-hitting and determined.
The future holds many surprises as the band aims to increase their presence internationally, therefore reaching a larger audience with the addition of vocals. The band’s fourth album, The First Day, contains innumerous styles that bring out a unique and surprising personality to their music. Karcius is evolving constantly, seeking new ways to re-invent themselves musically and professionally.
Kuragari is Japanese for ’darkness’ and probably one of many ways to describe the soundscapes and haunting guitar sound of multiinstrumentalist, composer and producer Jordi Kuragari. Born in Berlin in 1980, he began very early on with singing and
piano-lessons. He started to play guitar and compose music at the age of 13 and made music his full time job in the present day. For years he played in several different bands, performed live all over Berlin and in other German cities.
He recently released his first album entitled ’Traveller’, which tells the story of someone who is always searching, contemplating, travelling. Currently he is preparing to tour with his band, while working on new material to be released within the next months.
Please, sit at the kitchen table and here, help yourself to a piece of freshly baked bread while I tell you the story of how this band came to be….
The story of Half Past Four’s current line-up starts with the guitar player, Constantin, and bassist, Dmitry, who formed a band in 1999, playing rock and folk music to mainly russian crowds. Igor, the keyboard player then joined and so did Kyree shortly after in 2005, completing the metamorphosis into a progressive rock quartet with english lyrics, original sound…. and a disappearing drummer problem a la Spinal Tap.
The first album was born in 2008. They named it Rabbit in the Vestibule after many collectively strange brainstorms and they promoted it relentlessly, playing many gigs and festivals and sharing many slightly awkward hotel rooms. When they finally joined forces with amazing PR dynamo Yana Tsipkin, their schedules filled up with interviews and their press kits saw many impressive and complimentary reviews around the world. They played to an enthusiastic crowd at Prog Day in North Carolina that September to a crowd that could sing along with their lyrics. Life was good and the cotton was high.
Then their drummer left. Once again lost without a kit-master, but armed with many new songs and the intense flame of hope eternal, they set out to renew their vows with the next percussive contender. They were introduced to Marcello in early 2012 by a good friend and comrade in music, Maurizio Guarini. Marcello was a magically perfect fit. Indeed their instantaneous connection was so smooth and organic, they began writing more songs and planning the next recording immediately. The kitchen was built. The chefs, trained and ready; the ingredients, wholesome and fresh. Their new album is due on April 13th 2013 and they couldn’t be more ready to deliver it to you, fresh from the oven.
This original music was made for the most loyal of progressive music fans but also for the newly initiated listeners hoping to find a new kind of music to fall in love with. We hope you love it right away or we hope it grows on you. Either way, we hope we created a good thing. Seconds?
Eytan is a progressive rock/metal band from Córdoba, Argentina. Since 2008 has been performing in local venues with great reception from public. The current lineup of the band established in October 2010. With these members, Eytan won in 2011, by popular vote, the bands competitions organized by the web “Comunidad fusa” and “En estado de rock” magazine.
In 2012, they were invited and participated in the third international progressive rock festival “La Plata Prog”, in the city of La Plata (Bs.As. Argentina).
Currently, the band has just released their first official EP “Between two worlds”, which consists of 5 songs and anticipates what will be the new album in late 2013. The full EP is free for download at www.eytanprog.com.ar
Eytan’s sound travels between progressive and melodic rock, metal and elaborated instrumental sections. Their influences are varied and include bands like Spock’s beard, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Nightwish, Transatlantic etc.
Mariana Poblete (Vocals)
Darío Benavidez (Electric guitar)
Ariel Contreras-Esquivel (Keyboards)
Juan Cruz Romero (Bass guitar)
Yamil Artinian (Drums)
Eyevory fuses difference to an energetic unity. The music – supported by two excellent female lead singers – combines joyful fl ute melodies and catchy hooks with hard guitar riffs and complex instrumental arrangements. In doing so, Eyevory know no limits in terms of creativity and produce their very own individual and distinctive progressive rock.
This unique band acts out their love of music on stage, which successfully transfers to the audience. The four young musicians joined together in 2009 in Bremen, Germany. Since then they are proud of having performed a respectable amount of life shows, including a tour support for the Canadian rock band „Saga“.
Formerly known as „pinK mercury“, they changed their name into Eyevory in 2012. In 2009 and 2010 the band won the German rock & pop award („Deutscher Rock und Pop Preis“) as the best progressive band. In June 2012 they released the EP The True Bequest, amongst others produced by Frank Bornemann (Eloy) at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany. In April 2013 they will fi nally release their fi rst offi cial album Euphobia.
Jonatan Piña Duluc is a composer and multinstrumentalist from the Dominican Republic. He has won the country`s most important composition competition the Premio Nacional de Música in five ocasions on three different categories: Symphonic/Choral, Chamber music and Latin Dance music. Apart from these he has interests in Jazz, Rock, Latin Troubadour, dominican folklore and everything eclectic. Influences go from Frank Zappa to Giorgy Ligueti, John Zorn, Luis dias, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Living colour, John coltrane, Slayer, Juan Luis Guerra and many artists that you wouldn`t find in the same shelf of a record store.
El Trio`s music is a genre-bending meld of influences that combines classic rock, Jazz, Prog, Latin troubadour and Afro-Dominican Folk. Their style has been called “hard to label”,”crossover-prog”,”Rock/jazz fusion”. The band is formed by Johandy Ureña on Drums, Kilvin Peña on bass and Jonatan Piña Duluc on Guitars, Voice, saxes and composition.
El Trio has remained alive in the dominican “underground” scene since 2003, playing, recording and promoting a music that is very diferent from the country’s traditional radio and tv music, diferent from the glam-rock scene in the country`s capital wich mostly influenced by american and british pop-rock and diferent from the traditional latin jazz that is played in festivals and high-class venues. The group is the only rock band from the city of Santiago that has remained active releasing albums and playing shows over the years, something wich they have achieved with no more reward than the music itself. El Trio is also is one of the few bands from the Dominican Republic that chooses to develop a style of rock that acknowledges their cultural heritage as a caribbean people.
The band has realeased three albums:
Siempre que hay un corazón, 2007
La Blanca y la Gris, 2009
Las manos, 2013
In 2012 we recorded and released our first CD. “Corvus Stone” It has 80 minutes of music on the CD and despite some saying we supplied too much music for the money, we will continue to do what we feel like doing. If we like it, it goes on the album. Also, we won’t be offering short albums any time soon.
No direction or restriction is ever placed on anything we do, it is mostly instrumental music. The result(surprisingly) is total cohesion. It is all about the music and combination of the sounds we chose. It is never about solos. It isn’t typical prog , jazz fusion, funky 70s TV music, Europorn music or Rock. It is all of those and more.
We had many guests on album 1(see list) and we will continue to invite the very best to be part of what we do in the future. In fact, Blake is fast becoming a full member of the band as we are planning on more vocals on album 2.
Celluloid Winter is a two-man project that began nearly 3 years ago around early 2011. Inspired by a multitude of artists such as Pink Floyd, Blackfield and NIN, Celluloid Winter’s Nate Hammer and John Garcia dabble in melodic, progressive and art rock.
Fueled by dreamlike images and stories, Celluloid Winter’s first EP is a sample of a near completed concept album. Currently pressing forward with a full album, Garcia and Hammer write, perform, record and mix everything in their home studios (mastering done by Kent Verderico at Blue Ribbon Studios).
Eager to share their music and stories, Celluloid Winter continues to work on a full-length album aiming to release it alongside corresponding imagery and videos 2014.
Formed In: 2012
Hometown Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Genre: Ambient / Djent / Groove Metal / Instrumental / Progressive Metal / Technical
Martin “Spacosh” Perina :: Music / Production / Recording / Programming