Tesseract release details on fourth album

Tesseract release details on fourth album

British djent/progressive metal darlings TesseracT have just revealed the details surrounding their fourth record, and follow-up to the band’s 2015 full-length offering, ‘Polaris’.

The band’s forthcoming fourth studio album, titled ‘Sonder’, is scheduled to see a release on April 20th 2018 through Kscope. For audiophiles, TesseracT have also produced a binaural version, which will provide a 360-listening experience designed by Klang: Fabrik for headphones listening.

Vocalist Daniel Tompkins has described the record as “Conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind ‘Sonder’.”

You can take a look at the album artwork, full track listing, pre-order options, and a stream of lead single ‘Luminary’ below.

01.) Luminary [stream]

02.) King
03.) Orbital
04.) Juno
05.) Beneath My Skin
06.) Mirror Image
07.) Smile
08.) The Arrow

You can pre-order the album online now from the band’s official webstore (here), iTunes (here), Amazon (here), and Google Play (here).

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Onségen Ensemble’s – Awalaï

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Onségen Ensemble’s – Awalaï

If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

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This instrumental album caught my ear almost immediately. This melodic instrumental gets better as it goes. If you do give it a spin make sure to listen to the whole album.

By the time you get into the title track (track #4). You can see how this album turns towards the dramatic and is not firmly ensconced in what I love about progressive rock.

If you are like me and never heard of them, please request a track below and have us play you a track from this wonderful album.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (4.0 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (2.0 / 5)
MELODIC: (3.5 / 5)
ARTWORK: (4.0 / 5)
DRAMA: (4.5 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (4.0 / 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

Kino release first single “The Dead Club” from upcoming album

Kino release first single “The Dead Club” from upcoming album

Last week, Kino announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on March 23rd, 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards.

Now they are pleased to reveal ‘The Dead Club’, the first track to be taken from the album, and you can listen to it now here:

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John Mitchell comments: “Ladies and gentlemen!…Welcome to the Dead Club! Here is where all the wannabe rock stars hang out. It’s a place where petulant arrested development is encouraged, and to overdose makes you an iconic martyr in a rather timeless clichéd fashion. Beware false idols and remember at all times…..it’s only music….it’s light entertainment, nothing deserving of too much merit, much less a medal ☺”

The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. Digital pre-orders on iTunes and Amazon receive ‘The Dead Club’ immediately. Pre-order now here: https://kinomusic.lnk.to/RadioVoltaire

Mark’s Quick Reviews:  Tautologic’s – Re-Psychle

Mark’s Quick Reviews: Tautologic’s – Re-Psychle

If you have never read the key for my ratings below please do so one time. I feel my ratings are tougher than my peers. Also Check my last.fm link to see how compatible our music tasts are.

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Here is another Chicago band I am excited to share with you. Their second album Re:Psychle is a diverse sounding band. Sometimes silly sometimes serious, sometimes funky, sometimes jazzy, always interesting.

They don’t particularly line up with my tastes on last.fm so if you are inclined like me to listen to the pink floyd side of prog and less the Gentle Giant side you might want to take a pass.

For fans of Gentle Giant and Caravan or other Canterbury prog you should certainly give this local band a spin.

This has special guest contributions from Grammy-winning musicians Nick Photinos (cello) and Michael Maccaferri (clarinets) of Eighth Blackbird, was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Rick Barnes.

These ratings are a little low but that is more based on my own personal likes and is not a reflection of poor work.

PREVIOUS BAND RATING: (0.0 / 5)
ACCESSIBILITY: (1.5 / 5)
HEAVINESS: (1.5 / 5)
MELODIC: (1.5 / 5)
ARTWORK & PACKAGING: (4.0 / 5)
DRAMA: (2.0 / 5)
OVERALL RATING: (2.5 / 5)

 

ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Request Tautologic Here

Click Below to purchase at Amazon US or Amazon UK and we’ll get a little referral bonus on your whole order. Even if you don’t order this album

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

Hear Steve Hackett’s rerecording of the GTR classic “When the Heart Rules the Mind”

Hear Steve Hackett’s rerecording of the GTR classic “When the Heart Rules the Mind”

This weekend sees the beginning of Steve Hackett’s North American tour, beginning with Cruise To The Edge on the 3rd February. To celebrate, Steve has rerecorded GTR’s US hit single ‘When The Heart Rules The Mind’, and you can listen to the new track below.

“I always loved the track ‘When the Heart Rules the Mind’. I think it is the strongest thing Steve Howe and I wrote together and I always wanted to do a version where I would sing it myself with the use of today’s production techniques. I’m also very pleased to have my friend Steve Rothery on board doing additional guitar.
I’m looking forward to taking my band on tour. It’ll be great to play both North and South America again celebrating Genesis, solo and GTR!”
Steve Hackett

‘When The Heart Rules The Mind’ will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon & all other digital services February 2nd.

A full list of Steve’s upcoming tour dates can be found here, including 5 special UK shows set to take place in October alongside a 41-piece orchestra: http://www.hackettsongs.com/tour.html

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Devin Townsend announces hiatus from DTP

Devin Townsend announces hiatus from DTP

Earlier today, on Facebook, Devin Townsend announced that he was stepping down from his hugely successful Devin Townsend Project to pursue other musical ventures. In the statement he mentions 4 new albums he is working on and later goes on to vouch for his band and crew, even providing their contact info so they can be reached for other proejcts. You can read the full statement below:

“Hey guys, Devin here.

So after 8 years of touring with DTP, I’ve decided to take a break from this band and focus on a number of other projects I’ve been really wanting to do for some time now. The band have been there with me through thick and thin and we’ve shared some pretty great moments – I can’t say enough good things about them – And in the future, I’m sure we’ll work again.

I have 4 new albums I am currently working on. I am currently in the finishing stages one of the grandest and most overwhelming projects that I have been fortunate to do. It’s certainly my favourite DVD release of them all and is a powerful moment, if I can say so myself. Ocean Machine Live In Plovdiv (tentative name) Mixing the orchestras, choirs, the ‘by-request’ set and the full Ocean Machine album in that magnificent setting has been hugely rewarding. Seeing this spectacle come to life is a testament to this period of work and I can’t wait for you to see and hear it.

Life is short and I have a lot I need to say in some new and different avenues. I will certainly continue to play live in several new ways (starting next year) and I’m excited about some collaborative things that have also come up as well.

I salute the band, the team, and the audience for allowing us to do what we have done and the patience to accommodate my persistent morphing. As someone who’s music is connected to his personal growth, I feel an obligation to follow this muse wherever it leads. To not do so would be in direct opposition to what it is I have fundamentally done for all these years.

Peace and respect,
Devin Townsend”

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