Sons of Apollo release debut track “Signs of the Time”

Sons of Apollo release debut track “Signs of the Time”

SONS OF APOLLO, the highly anticipated new project featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) have announced their debut album ‘Psychotic Symphony’ for release on October 20th, 2017 via InsideOutMusic / Sony. Now they are pleased to reveal their first track titled ‘Signs of the Time’.

Mike comments: “Signs Of The Time was the very first thing myself, Derek & Bumblefoot wrote when we got together to begin writing for Sons Of Apollo in March of this year.

It starts with this heavy, brutal Bumbleriff (initally coined “Korntera”), then goes into a cool verse with a 2-Pt vocal melody that I wrote sung by Jeff and myself…which eventually opens up to a HUGE vocal hook in the chorus that Jeff wrote (sung in 3-Pt harmony by Jeff, myself and Bumblefoot)

The middle section riffs are a few things that Derek brought in and show why he is the most BADASS keyboard player in the biz (playing the keys like a guitar player on fire!) and then we have the long extended breakdown and guitar solo which shows why Bumblefoot is one of today’s greatest GUITAR HEROES! This album is going to get him the recognition he truly deserves and this particular guitar solo is one of the tastiest, most insane solos I’ve EVER heard…

So all in all, this song has a little bit of everything that makes Sons Of Apollo so special…great heavy riffs, amazing solos with individual instrumental virtuosity and a big, catchy chorus with more hooks than a tackle box!!

I figured this would be a great “first taste” to introduce the world to this amazing new supergroup…and there’s a whole lot more of different musical styles and twist & turns still to come all throughout the album…”

The debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is now available to pre-order on 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD, Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download.

Pre-order now here:
http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. God of The Sun
2. Coming Home
3. Signs of the Time
4. Labyrinth
5. Alive
6. Lost In Oblivion
7. Figaro’s Whore
8. Divine Addiction
9. Opus Maximus

Mark’s Quick Review: Amaran’s Plight – Voice of the Light

Mark’s Quick Review: Amaran’s Plight – Voice of the Light

Well I love Shadow Gallery and DC Cooper so I figured that I would love Amaran’s Plight. Unfortunately that’s quite how it worked out. I this albums is mostly average quality except for Incident at Haldeman’s Lake which is one of the strongest songs I have heard come from the wonderfully talented Gary Wehrkamp.

I just don’t think this album received the same love that the Shadow Gallery albums get. Maybe I don’t like the song writing of John W Crawford as much as the composers of Shadow Gallery.

Other fans of GW seem to like this album more than I so if I were you I would give this a spin and see of you are one of the people who like it better than I.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Incident at Haldemans’s Lake, Coming of Age

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3 Stars (3 / 5)
HEAVINESS:3 Stars (3 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review’s: Public Service Broadcasting’s – The Race for Space

Mark’s Quick Review’s: Public Service Broadcasting’s – The Race for Space

This album is a little bit techno a little bit prog and a whole lot of fun. All tracks include mission control or other such samples that surround the space programs of the soviet Union and the US.

I think ever since I heard Porcupine Tree’s Last Chance to Evacuate the Planet Before it is Recycled it has reignited my love for including samples of historic events. Something I only really seem to got in the past from Pink Floyd.

Now maybe you hear it too much but I always liked it any way. Especially on this album where the music is intertwined so well with the audio samples.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)
MELODIC:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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Mark’s Quick Review’s:  Project Creations’s – Floating World

Mark’s Quick Review’s: Project Creations’s – Floating World

So quite honestly I found out about this album due to a little blurb on Classic Rock presents prog where it got a 3 star review.

I bought it because I like SciFi concept albums which this is. I was hoping for a Portuguese Ayreon and that is exactly what I got.

The imagery is great from the first notes of the opening track I can picture the engines going on line for the floating world right to the end of the album where like Scenes from a Memory ends with two amazing back to back climatic songs.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: The Floating World, Cheops, Returning Home.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:0 Stars (0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
MELODIC:3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:5 Stars (5 / 5)
DRAMA:5 Stars (5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

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https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

Mark’s Quick Review: Bent Knee – Land Animal

Mark’s Quick Review: Bent Knee – Land Animal

So we had the pleasure of seeing this band at RoSfest and two months ago at Schuba’s in chicago. To see them live with the college crowed at a small venue is really the best way to see them.

The albums could never capture the magic of their live show. Their lead singer Courtney is just flat out amazing full of timber and range. Their performances and albums are sewn together with the love of all six members.

I understand that maybe some people may not like a distinct voice as her’s but this album is really worth a few listens. Definitely a grower.

If at all possible check out this band live then buy this album.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY:2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS:3 Stars (3 / 5)
MELODIC:3 Stars (3 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:3 Stars (3 / 5)
DRAMA:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING:4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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Key:
These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

PREVIOUS BAND RATING
0: Never heard of them or debut album.
1: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
2: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
3: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
4: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
5: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

ACCESSIBILITY EXAMPLES
1: Weather Report
2: Zappa
3: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
4: Marillion – F.E.A.R
5: Kino – Picture

HEAVINESS EXAMPLES
1: IQ – Seventh House
2: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
5: Opeth – Black Water Park

MELODIC EXAMPLES:
1: Opeth – Black Water Park
2: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
3: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
5: IQ – Seventh House

OVERALL RATING:
1: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
2: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
3: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
4: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
5: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

See if our likes are similar See my Last.fm Page

https://www.last.fm/user/mon40/library/artists

New Anneke group VUUR release trailer for debut album

New Anneke group VUUR release trailer for debut album

Anneke van Giersbergen’s new band VUUR have unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist for their forthcoming debut album, ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’. The 11-track LP is due for release on October 20th via InsideOut Music and includes ‘Days Go By – London’, which the band released early June and can be heard here:

Regarding the cover artwork, band founder Anneke says:
“The cover is designed by Black & Finch with whom I’ve previously worked on the ‘Verloren Verleden’ release.

The lyrical themes of this album revolve around cities and freedom. Exposure to big cities can be overwhelming and you can feel engulfed by everything around you. At the same time it’s easy to be a stranger in a big city and for me that brings out a feeling of freedom as well. This past year I’ve thought a lot about the virtues of rural versus urban life, since me and my family are moving back to the city. It’s very exciting, but at the same time I know that sense of urban solitude from past experiences. The cover artwork represents this duality.”

VUUR’s full length debut was produced by Joost van den Broek, who was also involved in the writing process. Others co-writing partners are Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Daniel Cardoso (Anathema), and both of VUUR’s guitar players wrote a song as well.

‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’ tracklist:
01. My Champion – Berlin
02. Time – Rotterdam
03. The Martyr And The Saint – Beirut
04. The Fire – San Francisco
05. Freedom – Rio
06. Days Go By – London
07. Sail Away – Santiago
08. Valley Of Diamonds – Mexico City
09. Your Glorious Light Will Shine – Helsinki
10. Save Me – Istanbul
11. Reunite! – Paris

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