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Prog Ensemble Kinetic Element Releases Highly Anticipated Second Album “Travelog”

Richmond, VA – One of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2015 has finally been released by prog ensemble Kinetic Element titled “Travelog”! Kinetic Element is a neo/symphonic progressive rock band from Richmond, Virginia that harbors musical roots in classic artists like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Asia and Genesis and blends those influences with philosophical and spiritually powerful and uplifting lyrics. They are a known act in the prog rock genre.

Kinetic Element's two principal writers, keyboardist and founder Mike Visaggio and guitarist Todd Russell, began collaborating on new music for the band towards the end of 2013 following the departure of two members. Deprived of the ability to play out, they decided to focus on composing and recording KE's second CD. They began working out sketches to five grand scale pieces of prog rock with founding member and drummer Michael Murray. Soon they had a working model of the album and began recording in earnest.

Says Mike Visaggi…

Progressive Metal Review: Unified Past-Spots

Release Date: 11thJune 2013 Label: Melodic Revolution Records Website

The band, Unified Past has been around for a fair bit of time, since 1999 in fact, although they existed as an earlier band in 1990, called Labyrinth, including two members who are still part of the band today, although only one has had continuous service. Spots is the sixth release from the band following From The Splintered Present Surfaces (1999), Power of Existence (2008), Breaking Up The Atmosphere (2009), Tense (2010) and Observations (2011). Spots was originally released back in 2013 and has been revamped ahead of the expected 7th album later this year.

The band members for the recording of the album, Spots, were Steve Speelman (bass, keyboards, guitars and vocals), Victor Tassone (drums, percussion, effects and backing vocals) and Dave Mickelson (bass). I hadn’t heard of either Steve or Dave before but had come across Victor as a guest on the self-titled debut album by Corvus Stone. Unified Past certainly show t…

New Age Instrumental Review: Heidi Breyer-Letters From Far Away

Release Date: 2015 Label: Indie Website
Heidi Breyer’s first encounter with music happened when she was a mere two years old. There, dancing in a paper flower skirt, she and harmony became one. In her newest two CD set, Letters From Far Away you can still see the little girl dancing and smile. In this unique compilation, Heidi has taken two sets of songs and breathed both instrumental and piano solo sound into them. Each set of pieces has its own flavor depending on the mood of the listener. An award winning artist for many of her past works; this is Heidi’s first solo album.

The first piece on the album is “All the Good Things.” Both the instrumental and piano solo versions hold a light that shines deep into the soul of the artist. Music and beauty are one with each unwinding note. The instrumental version holds elegant multi-instrumentation that adds a splash of color I found especially appealing. The sorrowful sighs of string instruments take the listener by the hand and lead them out …

Concert Review: Huey Lewis and the News

Huey Lewis and the NewsWith Jamie Kent At Tanglewood Lenox, Mass. June 28, 2015
The unseasonable weather did not stop people from filling the grounds at Tanglewood in Lenox Massachusetts on a Sunday afternoon when Huey Lewis and his band arrived.
But before the main act hit the stage a local native named Jamie Kent entertained us. Living in Nashville now, Kent grew up in Northampton Mass. He was thrilled to be on stage and he and his partner Reese Williams performed a fine opening set. Williams played a standup bass with energy and style while Kent strummed his guitar and belted out songs like his was born to be there entertaining us all.
After Kent did his set he left the stage and we took a walk for the break. We saw he was walking around and stopped to speak to him, which many others did as well. He invited us to the merch tent to pick up his CD Embers & Ashes. He was very kind and signed the CD as well as many others for folks that were patiently waiting for him there. Along the wa…

New Age Review: Tina Malia-Bridge to Vallabha

Release Date: July 15, 2015 Label: Indie Website Tina Malia is an artist rich in voice and spiritual essence. Her first album Shores of Avalon was critically acclaimed. Her other self-produced albums include Jaya Bhagavan, The Silent Awakening, The Lost Frontier and her newest album Bridge to Vallabha.

As a child both of Malia’s parents encouraged her musical growth. She has become an accomplished singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and sound engineer focusing on the healing energies of folk, world music, dream pop and sacred sounds. In Bridge to Vallabha Malia incorporates sacred chants in Sanskrit, Hebrew, Gurmukhi and English. Instruments included in the album are nylon string guitar, Rhodes piano, charangon, vibraphone, lap steel guitar and cello.

I first heard Malia when she released Shores of Avalon nearly fifteen years ago. Her musical style and clear voice resonated with me on a deep level and the album is one I continue to play to this day. Her newest work is less in the Celtic/Go…

Men With Ven Single Review

A group of Deptford market traders have taken it upon themselves to spread awareness about prostate cancer. The 3-some were hit by a tragic loss of a friend due to the disease and were inspired to create a song in his honour.
‘Check Your Prostate’ is a comic ditty with in depth instructions relating to the preservation and defence of your prostate. At times unseemly, the track does not hold back in its intimate detail of the male anatomy. 
The tracks main quality is that it presents a serious issue in a humours way whilst also being catchy and musically astute, Men with Ven are an acquired taste but their message and their persona’s are so endearing it would be hard not to love them.
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Live: July 4: Hutstock, Whitstable
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Twisted Sister's Dee Snider Featured On New CD By Dual Female Fronted Power Trio TANG

“TANG Rocks!” - Dee Snider

NYC - One of the hottest releases of 2015 is undoubtedly the new album by dual female fronted alternative metal power trio TANG featuring a guest appearance by legendary Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider! Titled “Blood & Sand”, TANG's new CD features a duet with Dee Snider on the track “Reign of Blood”!

Says guitarist Denny Colt, “Bonnie knew Dee from back in the day when they both did the club circuit...I hooked up with Dee when I was in Van Helsing's Curse with him..so we have quite the connection. He's a really nice guy & did such a great job on the duet with Bonnie on 'Reign of Blood.'”

Hailing from New York, TANG features Bonnie Parker on Vox & Bass and Denny Colt on Vox, Lead Guitar & Keyboards, and have been trading phrases back and forth in their own ripping style since 1999. Mark Edwards, formerly of Criss Angel & Burning Star, now brings skull-splitting drum beats and a monster attitude. TANG has toured Europe,…

Rock-Pop Review: Gordon Weiss-It’s About Time

Release Date: June 8, 2015 Label: Gornpop Website
Gordon Weiss has a new album out titled It’s About Time. I find that title very appropriate considering it has been 7 years since he released his last recording. However I think there can be more than one more meaning in that song. Once again musical/studio wizard Jeff Canatta provides his talent in the production phase of the album as well as contributing musically.
Weiss is the kind of artist that wears his influences on his sleeve and those influences are ingrained in his soul, you can hear it in his music. He plays guitar, piano, bass, keyboards, balalaika and percussion throughout the album. His talent is quite apparent and his voice is very distinctive. 
The first two tracks come bursting out of the gate with energy and a decisive direction. “The Ugly Inside” is an excellent way to kick off the album showcasing the all-around talent of Weiss. Its highly energetic approach and fast pace get in you in the right frame of mind and essenti…

Progressive/Symphonic Rock Review: Karnataka-Secrets of Angels

Release Date: 30thMarch 2015 Label: Immrama Records Website
The new album from the band Karnataka, Secrets of Angels, has just landed on the review desk and is album No 5 from the band. The debut album was Karnataka(1998), followed by The Storm (2000), then Delicate Flame of Desire (2003) and finally, The Gathering Light(2010). Not the most prolific band, with 7 years between albums 3 and 4 and then a further 5 years between 4 and 5. One reason may be the ever changing personnel within the band. Ian Jones is the only original member of Karnataka from the mid 90’s, and while the same band members recorded Karnataka and The Storm, there was a change for Delicate Flame of Desire, with another female voice added (Anne-Marie Helder) as well as a female guest (Heather Findlay). The Gathering found only Ian still present, Lisa Fury as the vocalist, and new drummer, bass player and keyboard player. 
Secrets of Angels was made with Karnataka as a 5 piece group comprising, Ian Jones (bass keyboards…

Pianist and Composer Heidi Breyer Releases A Breathtaking New Album “Letters From Far Away” Featuring Legendary Will Ackerman

“The music is at once technically breathtaking and emotionally intimate. A rare and wonderful combination.” - Will Ackerman

Frenchtown, NJ - Pianist and composer Heidi Breyer has released a breathtaking new album of unparalleled beauty titled “Letters From Far Away.” The new release is a double solo and piano instrumental album and Heidi’s debut production alongside legendary Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records) and Tom Eaton. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont and Studio Sound in LA.

Says Heidi, “ 'Letters From Far Away' is my musical interpretation of a handful of experiences in the story of one couple, each from different countries, who met in 1960 and after 5 years apart, against all odds, walked the rest of their lives together. It is also about love in all it's forms, how love is the common denominator that transcends time and links the generations over the course of decades. It is the one thing that connects us all.…

Review - All This Noise – Seven Billion Like You

With a title like “Seven Billion Like You” it would be easy to assume that All This Noise are a predictable band, but then you’d be wrong. Having been compared to The Cure, Depeche Mode and Radiohead it is evident All This Noise are a force to be reckoned with!
Their new single is a heady mix of drone like electronica and squealing guitar rock. Driving bass lines and pounding strums lay the foundations for soaring vocals and ripping guitars. “Seven Billon Like You” has the infectious quality of a Brit Pop tune whilst implementing modern production techniques to create something truly original.
B-Side ‘The Return’ retains the same electro undertones that appear iin ‘Seven Billion Like You whilst also being an original product of the bands imagination. Although more monotonous and drone like than the previous track, ‘The Return’ hooks the listener on impact and is probably more of song of interest rather than something to be listened to for pleasure. All This Noise are a fantastic band an…

Deadline Music To Release Anthology By Hard Rock Legends AXE - “Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets”!

Los Angeles - Much to the excitement of rock fans worldwide, Deadline Music will be releasing a 2CD blockbuster career retrospective from one of the unsung heroes of classic hard rock who toured with every major metal act from Iron Maiden to KISS to Mötley Crüe, the indomitable AXE! The anthology includes the band's biggest hit single “Rock 'n' Roll Party In The Streets,” plus select cuts from the much sought after first 2 studio albums and much more!

AXE was formed in 1978 from the ashes of a band called Babyface and began recording their first album, “AXE” in 1979 and started a tour that lasted until 1984. Their second album, “Living On The Edge”, followed in 1980. In 1981, AXE changed labels and recorded “Offering” for ATCO Atlantic featuring the hit “Rock and Roll Party In the Streets.” The song reached #59 on the Billboard charts of the most-played-songs in 1982, and became a nationwide rock anthem. After 19 months of touring with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Prie…