DIFFERENT LIGHT: Finding Freedom

Prague based progressive rock band with Maltese roots, Different Light returned this year with the release of their new album titled “The Burden of Paradise,” and Prog Sphere conducted an interview with keyboardist and singer Trevor Tabone. Define the mission of Different Light. It’s basically to make our music known to as many people as […]

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PAIN OF SALVATION Works On New Concept Album

Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation have kept busy working on various new recording projects ever since their latest release, the semi-acoustic album “Falling Home” from November 2014. Having just returned from some successful shows in Russia, Pain of Salvation have now also announced a next string of shows in The Netherlands and Italy. Here are…

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R40 Live to be Released: News from Prog-Sphere

Our good friends at Prog-Sphere have the following news regarding the November release of a R40 Live dvd.

Canadian rock legends Rush had both of their hometown Toronto performances — on June 17 and June 19 at the Air Canada Centre — professionally filmed and recorded for a future live DVD release. It is the first time the band had filmed a hometown concert in almost 20 years — since the recording of Rush‘s 1997 show at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the ”Test For Echo“ tour. Prior to that, they recorded the legendary ”Exit… Stage Left“ at Massey Hall in 1980.

The new Rush set will be released on CD/DVD on November 20 via Zoe / Rounder Records / Concord Music Group.

For all details, go to: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/rush-release-new-live-dvd-november/

Interview with MICHAEL TREW of AUTUMN ELECTRIC

Seattle progsters Autumn Electric have been putting out albums since 2008. The band led by multi-instrumentalist Michael Trew have grown over the years what is the best shown through the group’s latest opus – this year’s rock opera “Star Being Earth Child.” Michael talked with Prog Sphere about the band’s beginnings, but he also gives…

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Cea Serin News

a471527a-d325-4ca9-8d9e-a54f7e2bfa03CEA SERIN to Release “The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay” on October 6

Generation Prog Records is proud to announce the long-awaited 2nd album by Cea SerinThe Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is set to be released worldwide on October 6, 2014. An album ten years in the making, this collection features five songs with a total playing time of 48 minutes, sharing a sound and atmosphere that belies the songs’ vastly different origins.

The first two tracks on The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay are new recordings of two long-time staples of the Cea Serin live set: Holy Mother and The Illumination Mask, previously featured on the long-unavailable Chiaroscuro demo and often requested by fans for inclusion on a proper album. After drummer Rory Faciane joined the band, it was decided to grant the fans their wish and revisit these songs with better recording quality and a real drummer instead of the previously used drum machine.

The third track, a cover of the Sarah McLachlan song Ice, serves as a link between the revisited and the brand-new material. It features an original Cea Serin arrangement, turning the acoustic guitar ballad into a haunting, piano-backed piece, putting Jay Lamm‘s clean vocals front and center and showcasing a different side of the band.

The Victim Cult is a brand-new track. „It deals with the castigation of the creators by the people content in sitting back in languor, judging and claiming a right to the services from the very people they’ve vilified,“ says Jay Lamm, composer and lyricist of all four of the album’s originals. The song features a unique structure with two distinct choruses that lead into each other, with their order reversed at the end.

The album closes with the 20-minute epic What Falls Away, a song that deals with the suicide of a girl and how it impacts her family – her parents, who are trying to make sense of the events and what might have led to them, and her brother, who suffers from a mental disorder and cannot comprehend what has happened and why his life has changed.

The CD comes with a 12-page booklet containing the lyrics to all songs and Jay Lamm‘s comments on them.

The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay track listing:

1. Holy Mother (7:07)
2. The Illumination Mask (7:47)
3. Ice (4:55)
4. The Victim Cult (7:59)
5. What Falls Away (20:00)

Total playing time: 47:48

The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is out on October 6 via Generation Prog Records. The album is available now for pre-order from the Generation Prog Records store. Stream the album in its entirety on Bandcamp. Cea Serin is one of the participating artists on the upcoming Progstravaganza: Beyond Frontiers sampler, with the song The Victim Cult. The compilation is availably for pre-order from Progify store.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/CeaSerinMusic

http://www.ceaserin.com

MEDIA ALERT: If interested in reviewing Cea Serin’s The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay or featuring it in radio shows or podcasts, please get in touch at info@prog-sphere.com. The band is also available for interviews.

Progarchy’s take.  Very nice.  Eager to hear this.  In particular, I’m very glad to see someone take on Sarah McLachlan’s early music.  For anyone interested in a Talk Talkish form of prog, McLachlan got it about perfect on “Ice.”  A huge thanks to Prog Sphere (Nick!) for the advanced notice.

Prog Sphere PROGSTRAVAGANZA

Progstravaganza CD

 

In August 2010, Prog Sphere started a compilation series called Progstravaganza. Almost four years later, with 19 released editions (the 20th part will be released by the end of July), with over 430 bands and more than 50,000 downloads, Prog Sphere is compiling the first physical edition of the series.

Prog Sphere invites unsigned bands from all around the world to take part on the physical Progstravaganza edition. In addition to the feature on the sampler, the selected bands will receive special treatment on Prog Sphere’s main website through interviews, reviews, special articles, podcasts, radio features, lyric/photo videos, streamings, advertisements and more, with exposure of 2M views per month. The special addition to this ultimate prog bundle is accompanied with a six-month promotional campaign through Prog Sphere Promotions for each of the artists, plus features in the special Progstravaganza magazine which will be available along with the sampler. Artists are required to get in touch with Prog Sphere by sending an email to info@prog-sphere.com including a download link of the up to 7 minutes long song aimed for the sampler, short biography and links. Submissions for the inclusion on the first Progstravaganza CD release are open until September 10th, 2014.

 

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