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Blodwyn Pig/Jethro Tull Original Guitarist Mick Abrahams Releases New CD/DVD “Revived” Featuring Guest Appearances By Bill Wyman, Martin Barre, Bernie Marsden and Others!

London, UK - Over the years legendary Blodwyn Pig/Jethro Tull original guitarist Mick Abrahams has recorded a number of solo albums, steeped in the delta blues DNA that had mystically been passed down to him by Robert Johnson. Mick is 71 now, and still has the heart of a bluesman - the remarkable musicianship on this gem of an album Mick Abrahams and Guests “Mick Abrahams Revived” pays testament to that!

Mick Abrahams has made what is possibly the strongest album of his career. This time he is accompanied by a whole slew of special guests including Martin Barre his successor in Jethro Tull, legendary singer Paul Jones, Steely Dan's one-time guitarist Elliott Randall, Jim Rodford drummer from The Kinks, Bernie Marsden the guitarist from Whitesnake, and Rolling Stones legend Bill Wyman!

Featuring!
Bill Wyman – bass
Martin Barre - gtr
Bernie Marsden - gtr
Graham Walker - drums
John Gordon - bass
Jim Rodford - bass
George Murayni - keyboards
Elliott Randall - gtr
Geoff Whitehorn - gtr
Emily Gardn…

Art Rock Review: Rhys Marsh-Sentiment

Genre: Art Rock Release Date: 10thNovember 2014 Label: Autumnsong Records (Burning Shed) Website

This is another of those times when items for review have links. Having recently reviewed the debut release by Kaukasus, I now find that the new release by Rhys Marsh, Sentiment, has landed on the reviewing desk. Rhys is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Trondheim, Norway. Apart from being a solo artist, Rhys is the leader of the band The Autumn Ghost and a member of both Kaukasus and Mandala.

Autumn 2013 saw Rhys debut solo release entitled Suspended in A Weightless Wind, which comprised 5 tracks of cover material including Nick Drake and King Crimson.

Sentiment is the first full length solo release by Rhys and was written and recorded in his own Autumnsongs Recording studio. The artist himself has described the material as “my darkest and noisiest album so far. That encouraged me to step away from my comfort zone and really delve into more personal matters.”

Norm…

New Age Instrumental/Meditation Review: Peter Kater & Michael Brant DeMaria-Heart of Silence

Release Date: March 31, 2015 Label: Sounds True Website
This is the first collaboration between renowned new age recording artists Peter Kater and Michael Brant DeMaria. Both men have carved out their own niche and are well respected in the genre. The combination of piano and flute coexist with a purpose and meaning on the new release titled Heart of Silence.
The duo refers to the eight tracks as sound poems. Kater’s elegant piano coupled with DeMaria’s Native American flutes is a step into solace and grace found beyond daily life and our surroundings. The tracks invite your soul to find the peace waiting to be discovered, it’s yours for the taking if you let this music look inward. Just relax and let it take you over. This is excellent meditation music however I found it quite enjoyable to listen to without any particular focus, I just took it all in with the realization that I could enjoy it for no other reason than letting the vibrations and sounds soothe my weary mind and give my soul…

Rock/Blues Review: Under The Influence: The Songs That Made Them Rock- Robert Plant & Led Zeppelin’s Jukebox

Release Date: February 10, 2015 Label: Chrome Dreams Website
Led Zeppelin are one most influential and important rock bands in the history of music. Formed out of the ashes of the rock band The Yardbirds in 1968, the four members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitars), John Paul Jones (bass, piano), and John Bonham (drums), have ascended to the realm of rock gods.Their songs are iconic, there sound is imitated, and their success is dreamed of. However, all of these things did not happen overnight.
There are always those who came before, those who have paved the way. They are shoulders these rock giants stood on, in addition to being giants themselves. And Led Zeppelin’s & Robert Plant’s Jukebox are albums about sharing the works that set them on the tracks to rock stardom. It is a brilliant compilation of some of the most talented performers across multiple genres, including blues, rock and roll, and jazz to name a few. There are some of the most electrifying perf…

Progressive Rock Review: Nth Ascension-Ascension Of Kings

Release Date: 15thDecember 2014 Label: Sonic Vista Records Website
Following on from a debut album, Frequencies Of Day And Night, which was made available as a free download on Aurovine, the band, Nth Ascension, have recently released album No 2, Ascension Of Kings. The music on the debut album, released in 2011, had been likened to such bands as Grey Lady Down, Arena and Pallas.

The band, when the 2014 album, Ascension Of Kings was recorded, was a 5 piece unit comprising Martin Walker (guitars), Gavin Walker (bass), Craig Walker (drums, percussion), Alan “Spud” Taylor (vocals) and Daniel Treece Birch (keyboards). Unless there is a huge coincidence in the names, I might hazard a guess that the first 3 band members might be related.

The album, Ascension of Kings, is an 8 track release with a total running time of around 57 minutes. The final track, “Vision,” is the longest track at 18:44 minutes and track 2, “Return Of The King” is the shortest at under 4 minutes (3:44). Tracks 4, 5 and 6, …

Bangtower Producer Jon Pomplin Signs Endorsement Deal With Conquest Sound USA

Chicago IL - Declassified Records is proud to announce that Bassist, Composer. Producer and company founder Jon Pomplin has signed an endorsement agreement with Conquest Sound USA, a leading designer and manufacturer of audio/video/data cable and wiring systems since 1977.

“Reliability accuracy and quality is required from all the gear I use, no matter the project type. Whether I’m plugging in a bass, console or HD camera, I need to know it will work and the signal will be accurate. I can always count on products from Conquest USA.”

Jon Pomplin is most recently known for his work with the band BangTower, featuring Grammy winner Neil Citron, fretless bassist Percy Jones and percussionist Walter Garces. Jon (and Neil) produced the internationally acclaimed 2010 debut record “Casting Shadows”, and the 2013 single “This is My Town”. Jon is currently recording and producing BangTower’s follow-up CD due in 2015. He has produced and directed several award winning music videos including those f…

New Age Instrumental Review: Ryan Stewart-One Journey

Release Date: October 1, 2014 Label: Ryan Stewart Music Website
Ryan Stewart was given the gift of music by his mother. At the age of thirteen, she passed away from breast cancer and the event has forever left a mark on his soul. In One Journey, Stewart’s third album, he explores the continuity of human relationships. Not the type you find online where everyone is so focused on technology, but the kind of real connection you get with the people that make an impact on our lives. This songwriter and composer has a gift of emotional resonance that fluttered through me with every song. Guest artists on the album include: Monte Belknap (violin) and Nicole Pinnell (cello). Stewart has composed works for documentaries and many others.
“Under the Willow” is a meaningful piece for Stewart for multiple reasons. It was inspired by his childhood memories at the ages of twelve and thirteen. He would lie underneath a very particular willow tree and dream. Soft and melodic, the song drifts in like a clo…

UK Prog Icons Karnataka To Release New CD 'Secrets Of Angels' Featuring Epic 21-Minute Opus!

London, UK - 'Secrets of Angels' is the eagerly anticipated new album from UK rock ensemble Karnataka. Featuring eight brand new tracks and showcasing a more dynamic and symphonic direction, the new album propels the band to powerful and majestic new highs. Recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios and Quadra Studios in London the new album explores themes from despair, anguish and the futility of war to love across cultural divides and culminates in the 21-minute opus and epic title track, “Secrets of Angels”. The music was written over a period of two years following on from the band's last tours in 2012. The new tracks showcase a more dynamic and symphonic direction.

The album embraces several interlinked themes - temptation, lust, secrets, darkness, division and betrayal but with a constant underlying message of searching for an inner strength, to battle through when hope is lost or emotions are at their weakest, 'to step free from shadows cast'…. a sen…

Progressive Rock Review: Kaukasus-‘I’

Release Date: 4thMay 2014 Label: Autumn Song Records (Burning Shed) Website
This release arrived on my desk a short while ago for review, but I was already aware of the band, Kaukasus, and indeed, had already aired a couple of tracks of ‘I’ on my radio show. The band was initially formed as an experimental project into the Krautrock style of music, but evolved into modern, dark, Nordic progressive rock, containing subtle, and sometimes, not so subtle hints at Krautrock, Art Rock and World Music. Influences have been drawn from such diverse bands as Japan, Genesis and Can, to name only a few.

Kaukasus comprises Ketil Vestrum Einarson (alto/soprano flutes, tenor horn, treated flute, hulusi, electric piano and EWI synthesizer), Rhys Marsh (voices, electric guitar, acoustic piano, bass guitar, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, drum machine and pedal steel guitar) and Mattias Olsen (drums, percussion, mellotron, orchestron, moog Taurus, VCS3 and Mother Modular System, baritone guitar and bass marimba)…

J-Pop Idol Group Momoiro Clover Z Sets Out To Win Over Western Audiences Releasing Their First Two Albums Through American Label Cleopatra!

Los Angeles, CA - Hot on the heels of the group’s history making collaboration with hard rock legends KISS, Momoiro Clover Z is looking to capitalize on the burgeoning interest of Western audiences for Japanese Pop Idol music by issuing their first two albums in select Western markets. Arriving first on April 14 is of Momclo’s most recent album, the mega-popular 5TH DIMENSION, which contains another stellar collaboration with metal royalty, superstar guitarist Marty Friedman of Megadeth who lends his six-string pyrotechnics to one of the album’s songs. Following that release just two weeks later is the Limited Edition A version of Battle And Romance, Momoclo’s astounding 2011 debut album that won the Grand Prix prize at Japan’s prestigious 4th CD Shop Awards! This version includes a bonus disc of solo recordings by each of the Momoclo members.

Founded in 2008, Momoiro Clover Z are hugely popular stars in their home country of Japan. Their albums have topped Japan’s music charts while t…

Producer Jus launches Zenith Point Records and Releases His Debut EP “Obsession” Worldwide on April 21st, 2015, Featuring Many Special Guests

New York, NY - Justin Naundros, professionally known as Jus, has been working on his debut EP Obsession for the past year. This 6-song debut will be released worldwide both physically and digitally on April 21st, 2015, through his Zenith Point Records label. Jus was inspired to create the project while thinking about his own obsessions, and after having a conversation with someone else about theirs, realized that everyone has one main thing in their life that could be considered their obsession. Jus then began to produce tracks that he believed translated his obsessions, and began looking for artists to feature that could also give voice to theirs.

The first track Jus created was a song called Legacy and he was able to get Bobby Dub (BMG artist from LA) to write and sing the hook. Jus then recorded Add-2, a Chicago rapper who is managed by producer 9th Wonder, and DaCor, who put a verse onto the track. Add-2 is also featured on another track on the EP titled Love Songs which also featu…

Instrumental New Age/Classical Review: Christine Brown-Souvenirs

Release Date: August 21, 2014 Label: Key Image Music Website
Christine Brown’s releases go back to 1997. Souvenirs is her tenth proper album.

Right from the first track “Rhythm of the Rain” I could tell that her music would evoke a strong sense of emotions and deep feelings. Although this can be positive or indifferent depending on whom you are, I can honestly say that I believe it will heal you regardless of what emerges while listening. The rhythm she captures is life itself, a heartbeat, a breath of fresh air, or morning dew dripping off a leaf. It is so quiet and delicate yet if you listen very carefully those sounds will surround you in the great outdoors. This album touches upon the beauty and wonder of nature and more.
Christine’s love for the piano started at a very early age and it’s obvious that her love has blossomed into something very special. Her gift is evident on every track of Souvenirs. The combination of classical and new age sets the stage from the outset and what the a…