French multi-instrumentalist (bass, piano, guitar, drums, etc.) and composer Franck Carducci has revealed his new video for the song “Closer to Irreversible”, coming off his 2015 album “Torn Apart”, which features a guitar solo by none other than Steve Hackett. You can watch the video below:
Franck says about the song: “I co-wrote ‘Closer to Irreversible’ with my friends Francesca Laneri and Toff ‘Crazy-Monk’ a few years ago when I was living in Amsterdam. It ended up in my second album “Torn Apart” and was thrilled when Steve Hackett offered me to play the final guitar solo, especially because of its psychedelic bluesy feel which is a bit unusual for him. And I totally loved the final result!
“I wanted to make a music video for it after that, but never got the opportunity until I met the team of La Koloc Production in my hometown of Lyon, France. They’re a gang of youngsters all passionate about video making, and they brought a truly fresh touch to the song. The video contains a fictional part and a live part with the band performing on a TV and a smartphone screen. When looking for someone to play the main female character in the fiction, it was rather obvious it had to be our own backing-vocalist, and tiny dancer: Mary Reynaud. I have to say, I was totally blown-away by her performance”
Carducci rose in a family where music is a way of life. He produced his first melody on the keyboard of an organ at age 5, and between the ages of 20 and 30 he played with upwards of 20 different bands, and got involved in the recording of 15 different albums, including 2 with French female folk singer Yanne Matis. In 2008, Franck moved to Amsterdam and in 2010 he opened a gig for one of his heroes, Steve Hackett, opportunity that finally propelled him to pursue his own career and record his first album. His debut “Oddity” was widely acclaimed by the specialists of the genre, as well as a lovely discovery for the neophytes. Following the release of his sophomore effort “Torn Apart”, Franck embarked in a very successful European tour entitled “Tearing the Tour Apart”. His two high-energy and utterly addictive performances at Climax Club Legend near St. Etienne in his native France were filmed and later released on Blu Ray and DVD in May 18th of this year.
You can pick up a copy of the Blu Ray or the DVD here:
Canadian instrumental prog metal trio THE DEAD CENTURIES are premiering their track “Overdrive” exclusively on The Prog Report. The song is off their upcoming debut album “Race Against Time.”
“Overdrive is a very melodic, upbeat song, with the focus being on fun singable melodies. Starting with a half tempo clean theme, the song then picks up, keeping the melody, but adding heavier rhythm and more energy. There are several guitar harmonies throughout, a staple of the album. The song also features the album’s second guest, James Krul (Mandroid Echostar), again by way of a guitar solo trade off.” comments guitarist Adam Tremblett.
“Race Against Time” is due out Jan 26th, 2018 and available for pre-order here:
About the band:
Visionary and highly influential writer Michael Moorcock, who worked with the bands Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult, memorably stated that ‘it is the business of the future to be dangerous.’
Ottawa three-piece The Dead Centuries are both futuristic and dangerous…which is as it should be. Influenced by Protest The Hero, Periphery, Paul Gilbert, Sithu Aye and Intervals, The Dead Centuries can easily hold their heads up in such exalted company.
In their current form, The Dead Centuries compose and perform technically precise instrumental music, rich in virtuosity, melody, compositional skills, and most importantly…they create superb music to listen to. This isn’t the sound of three musicians showing off their undoubted skills, rather they are serving their songs above all else, with every fibre of their beings, every neuron firing in their minds, every tendon in their bodies. In a sense it is as if the three musicians that make up The Dead Centuries have become one mind in their own music!
Adam Tremblett describes the sound of The Dead Centuries as “technical, melodic, energetic, heavy, precise.” Indeed The Dead Centuries are so precise, they are like some kind of cosmic clock; they are always on time.
The Dead Centuries had a natural evolution into the special band they are now, originally consisting of two guitarists, a bassist, female vocalist, and drummer; as members left over time, those that remained rose to the occasion and created more technical and original music.
Adam feels the fans will love their new album “Race Against Time”, they should expect ten tracks of “melodic, high energy, refreshing material.”
Live, though, The Dead Centuries music evolves into different forms.
“We perform at a very high technical level, with the emphasis on accuracy, precision and energy. Live shows are light hearted and fun, a welcome change from most heavy bands. The Dead Centuries take their music very seriously…but not themselves!”
Release Date: Jan 26, 2018
1. Freddy Lounds (4:07)
2. Gotham (4:18)
3. Reboot (3:33)
4.Tree Fort (5:49)
5. Blood Dragon (4:34)
6. Attack of the Mutant (3:57)
7. Venus Gospel (4:52)
8. Overdrive (4:29)
9. Attack of the Mutant Pt. II (4:40)
10. Souvenir (5:14)
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