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Rock/Pop Review-Lunocode-C'è vita intelligente sulla terra?

Release Date: July 2014 Label: 7hard/7us Website
Lunocode is a pop rock band hailing from the cultured shores of Italy. The members are comprised of Perseo Mazzoni (Drums & percussions, backing vocals), Paride Mazzoni (Acoustic Guitars), Giordano Boncompagni (Acoustic Guitars & darbuka), Francesco Rossi (Bass Guitar) and Daphne Romano (Vocals). Other musicians the album include Francesco Briotti(Piano, Mellotron & synth), Dora Chiodini (Flute) and Narrator: Francesco Anello (actor). 

Emerging in 2011, the band has evolved with their unique blend of theatrical narrative, theological rhetoric, melancholy prose and acoustic artistry. Their unique blend of introspection on the human condition goes beyond the typical and delves into the harder questions. Is there intelligent life on earth after all? Beautiful spoken word is interspersed with “Chi vive veramente,” quickly morphs into “Idea #5” with acoustic guitar strumming, percussion and Daphne Romano’s angelic voice. Man’s unstop…

Drum Legends Carmine & Vinny Appice Release New 'Drum Wars Live' Video - “Stand Up And Shout!”

Los Angeles, CA - Drummers and music fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the new live CD track and music video by drum legends, brothers, Carmine & Vinny Appice, titled “Stand Up And Shout!” Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.

Check out the new video here:http://youtu.be/pVzzh4MDeok

Recently, these two drum virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars”, featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert e…

Symphonic Progressive Review: Rocket Scientists-Refuel

Release Date: 9thDec 2014 Label: Think Tank Media Website
Having previously reviewed Rocket Scientists, a symphonic prog band from USA, with the release of their 2 track EP, Supernatural Highways, it is with a great deal of anticipation, that I have the new full length release, Refuel, on my desk for review.
Rocket Scientists is a 3 piece outfit which is expanded by guest musicians when required, with the core trio being, Marc McCrite (vocals, guitar), Erik Norlander (keyboards, vocals) and Don Schiff (Chapman Stick, bass guitar, cello, viola, mandolin). Guesting on the Refuel album are, Greg Bissonette (drums), Emily McCrite (vocals), John Papenbrook (trumpet), Rich Hoffman (piccolo trumpet), Eric Jorgensen (trombone) with Lana Lane and Kelly Keeling providing vocals on tracks 12 and 9 respectively.
Refuel is a 16 track album with a total playing time of around 79 minutes. The final four tracks are classed as bonus tracks, being as they are tracks that are already contained in the main bo…

Melodic Rock/Heavy Metal Review: Allen-Lande-The Great Divide

Release Date: October 21, 2014 Label: Frontiers Records Website
There isn’t anything like a super group and you can never have enough super groups, especially in the rock and metal genres.Formed in 2005, Allen-Lande gets its name from its two prominent vocalists, Russell Allen of Symphony X and Jørn Lande formerly of Masterplan.The project was spearheaded by Magnus Karlsson who served as the producer, songwriter, and main instrumentalist, handling the guitars, bass, and keyboards for the group’s first three albums.Following Karlsson’s departure, former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki took over his role, with Jami Huovinen providing the drums and percussion.The Great Divide is their first album in four years, and I think that it will be a divisive one.

“Come Dream with Me” is indicative of the pros and cons of this album.On the one hand, the vocals are fantastic and really shine, and, on the other hand, the music is largely forgettable and lackluster.Though there are a few very good son…

Cleopatra Records To Release Two Rare Live Albums By UK Prog Legends Renaissance!

Los Angeles, CA - Cleopatra Records will be releasing two rare live albums by UK progressive rock legends Renaissance. The first release on February 3rd is 'DeLane Lea Studios 1973'; a captivating live-in-the-studio recording from Renaissance performing to a small gathering of friends at the historic DeLane Lea Studios in London (used by everyone from The Beatles to Queen, Jimi Hendrix & Pink Floyd). Beguiling vocalist and ingenue Annie Haslam leads her group through nearly the entire fourth album 'Ashes Are Burning' with special guest appearances by Wishbone Ash's Andy Powell and folk singer Al Stewart!

Track List:
1. Can You Understand
2. Let It Grow
3. Sounds Of The Sea
4. Carpet Of The Sun
5. At The Harbour
6. Ashes Are Burning (with Andy Powell and Al Stewart)
7. Prologue

To purchase Renaissance 'DeLane Lea Studios 1973' CD: http://geni.us/1fQp
iTunes: http://geni.us/1oAT

Renaissance's 'Academy of Music 1974' will be released on March 31st and is …

French Music Legends Magma To Play Select North American Dates Spring 2015!

Paris, France - One of music's most innovative and eclectic ensembles Magma will be performing select North American dates beginning in April 2015! Swirling riffs in odd time signatures, theatrical choir arrangements, heavy and distorted pulsing bass guitar, bombastic and minimalistic (sometimes both at the same time), dark and brooding, adventurous and angelic, jazzy or classical, but always with the highly innovative and original drums of founder and main composer Christian Vander. On the forthcoming US dates the legendary ensemble will be performing selections of new and classic Magma music!

“MAGMA is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.” - Christian Vander

Magma was founded in Paris in 1969 by Christian Vander, who derived his inspiration from a "vision of humanity's spiritual and ecological future"…

Progressive Rock/Metal Review: The D/A Method-Janissaries EP

Release Date: 24 December 2014 Label: Indie Website

While listening to The D/A Method and their EP Janissaries (that was dropped last Christmas Eve) I thought of bands like Opeth and Metallica and a few others along the way. It is like these bands had offspring and then there was The D/A Method.

Well let me tell you it works, and very well I might add. In three tracks they make their mark and I am certain if you like progressive rock and or metal you will love this music. 

This band of brother’s hails from Karachi Pakistan but they sound like they could be from New York or Boston, but that doesn’t matter because music is so universal. The only thing that separates them from where I sit is an ocean and a touch of their own culture within their music. 

If the world was like a gathering at a concert there would be world peace and harmony. No lines drawn in the sand and all prejudgments disappear in this world. I have been thinking about this a lot lately and when I heard that the band was from…

Progressive/Holiday Review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra-The Christmas Attic LP

Release Date: October 21, 2014 Label: Audio Fidelity Website
Trans-Siberian Orchestra or what I like to refer to simply as TSO, have been one of my favorite progressive rock bands over the years for their original and engaging stories and amazing live shows. I have had the privilege of seeing them live twice and realized that was the only way to really appreciate this great band. They have accumulated a nice catalog of releases over the years as well.
Their second album The Christmas Attic originally released in 1998 was made available for the first time on this stunning 2 LP 180 gram vinyl set late last year by Audio Fidelity. Last year was also the first time they brought their recording to their lavish stage sets across the globe. I am sure it was a magnificent thing to witness.
For TSO it’s all about the visuals that go with music, or the visuals that dance to the music if you will. After growing up in the age of vinyl and seeing the digital world take over its meaning has become more …

10th Anniversary CD Reissue & First Time Vinyl Release Of The Landmark Pink Floyd Tribute Album Back Against The Wall!

Los Angeles, CA - In 2005, Purple Pyramid Records released one of the most ambitious and extraordinary undertakings in music history, a monumental gathering of progressive rock superstars including members of King Crimson, ELP, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Yes, Toto, Styx and others who came together to recreate Pink Floyd’s epic art rock opera, The Wall! Produced by the multi-talented Billy Sherwood and dubbed Back Against The Wall, the project garnered tremendous praise and earned its place among discerning fans of both Pink Floyd and the prog rock genre as a whole. Now, 10 years after, on January 20th Purple Pyramid proudly presents a 10th anniversary re-issue of the CD set featuring all new artwork and 5 bonus remixes. Plus, for the first time ever, this amazing recording will be available on vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket 2LP set! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of rock music history - get Back Against The Wall!

To order the 2CD set: http://geni.us/EfM
To order the 2LP vinyl…

Featured Track: The D/A Method-Janissaries

The D/A Method hails from Karachi Pakistan and however far you may be away from where they reside, there is no distance between them, listeners, and their own brand of progressive rock. Music is universal like that, its makes us one world, a union of souls with a love for music.

With their recently released taster EP Janissaries,  which is the focus of this feature, they serve up over 9 minutes of rockin' progressive diversity.I think if they were looking to show what they bring to the table this was a good choice.

The track features marvelous instrumentation, an ever changing pace and fantastic vocals. It's the whole package.This clearly defines progressive rock in every way.

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5 

Janissaries EP by The D/A Method
More About The D/A Method:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDAMethod

The D/A Method are:
Umair Dar
Talha Alvie
Usama Siddiq
Istvan Csabai

The D/A Method is a progressive rock band from Pakistan. With its members having spent significant portions of their lives in bot…

Stoned - A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones - 14 Shining Stars Of The Neo-Psych Scene Reinterpret Classics From The Rolling Stones!

Includes performances by Clinic, The Vacant Lots, Celestial Bums, Allah-Las, Pure X, The Tulips, Tashaki Miyaki, and more!

Los Angeles, CA - EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED!…Dylan declared in ‘66 just a year or so after The Rolling Stones got their initial hit of major commercial success with arguably the most addictive song of all-time “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.” It was their first international #1 single, and a high they would chase (and catch!) for the next 4 decades as they would go on to create one of the most mind-blowingly potent canons in modern music. But if you think you've plumbed the depths of the Jagger/Richards pharmacy, just wait until you hear what the newest psych rock junkies do to these well-known tonics. From The Vacant Lots’ stimulating take on “She Smiled Sweetly” to Clinic’s hallucinogenic version of “I Know It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It),” these young bands take Stones classics to places they’ve never been before. The full album entitled St…

Metal Review: Jørn Lande and Trond Holter-Dracula Swing of Death

Release Date: January 27, 2015 Label: Frontiers Records Website
Jørn Lande is one of hard rock’s most prolific artists. With over thirty albums with varying projects, his voice and range are among the most versatile in the industry. His newest album, Dracula Swing of Death is a journey into the dark and light that haunts men’s souls and the legend behind the conflicted individual we knew as Dracula. Both in stories and in history Dracula was a figure both feared and loved for his fierce determination and vicious cruelty. Join Jørn Lande on vocals, Trond Holter on guitar, Thomas Bekkevold on bass and Christian Svendsen on drums as Jorn brings you Dracula Swing of Death.

If I were going to imagine a rock opera based on the myth and legend of Dracula, I could think of no better voice to go with the hard rock version than Jorn and his band. The gripping vocals and intense musical imagery brings the listener deep into the sometimes misunderstood world of Dracula. If you follow the legend, Drac…

Rock Fusion Review: Dave Matthews Band-Recently – Two 10” 180 Gram Vinyl EPs

Release Date: November 28, 2014 Label: Legacy Website
For the vinyl lovers of Earth, Record Store Day is an amazing time filled with limited edition vinyl releases from some of our favorite bands. And not only do we get one day in April, but we get a second day on Black Friday. The Dave Matthews Band has been a part of Record Store Day for a few years now, releasing their Live Trax series in chronological order. However, on Black Friday 2014, DMB rolled out a very special 10” 180 gram vinyl edition of their first EP Recently, along with a second disc containing the hard to find “Pumpkin Recently” Promo EP. It comes in a gatefold jacket with the two different covers, and you will find a download code on the inside so you can get MP3 version of the music as well. A nice little surprise, considering this may be one of the only ways fans will get the Promo EP in any form.

Although many of the songs found on the EP can be heard on their debut album Remember Two Things, there is still plenty to…

Space Rock Review: 3rd Ear Experience-Incredible Good Fortune

Release Date: 29thAugust 2014 Label: Indie Website
3rdEar Experience is a new band to me, but as always there is that feeling of nervous anticipation just before the music escapes from the speakers. The band has been described as a “genuine” space rock band, who record musical improvisations in a little studio in the highlands of Joshua Tree/Mojave Desert. The band has already released 2 albums, Peacock Black (2013) and BOI(2013), prior to this release, Incredible Good Fortune.

The band is currently a 6 piece group with some guests also involved in the recording of the current release. Amritakripa (synth, voice), Robbi Robb (guitars, voice), Jorge Bassman (bass), Erik Mouness (drums, percussion), Alan Swanson (keyboards) and Eric Ryan (guitars) form the basic band with John Whoolilurie (saxophone), Billy Shire (mouth organ), Roger Arnold (flute), Bobby Moses Nichols (guitar) and Don Lombardo (percussion) also helping out. In effect, 3rd Ear Experience is more of a project or collective as…

Classical/Heavy Metal Review: McCormick Percussion Group-Between Rock and A Hard Place

Release Date: January 13, 2015 Label: Ravello Records Website
The McCormick Percussion Group is headed up byRobert McCormick, who is the Director of the group and Corey Harvin plays guitar while Ciro Scotto, John Cage and Dan Senn are the composers. It is an interesting collaboration and the music they create on Between Rock and A Hard Place (Plugged & Unplugged) is fascinating.
The idea of classical music meeting heavy metal is nothing new however I felt listening to this purely instrumental take on that expression to be quite attention getting. The focus is more on the percussive side of the equation however, the use of the guitar and other instruments make for some thought provoking soundscapes, it’s like listening to a movie rather than watching it yet different things jump in and out of your mind while it’s playing. The only track under 5 minutes is “Composition for Three Voices” then at the opposite end of the spectrum is “Unplugged” clocking in at a beefy 16:24. They never bite…