Thursday, 3 October 2013

Miky Bianco: Fly in a grey green dream

FLY IN A GREY GREEN DREAM, a song inspired by and dedicated to Joe Satriani, or one of the guitarists that have most contributed to my musical education ....
video clip of one of the songs from my new album - ONE - "Much ado about nothing "


Dudley Ross: Even Rock Stars Have To Wash Up

The album that I withdraw as I was unhappy with pretty much every aspect, but mainly my playing!

Guitars - Dudley Ross
Keyboards - Paul Barnes, Paul Jobson & Dudley Ross
Bass - Steve Rickwood
Drums - Jason McCluskey

This playlist contains 5 sounds, total time: 26.51

Even Rock Stars Have To Wash Up (the unreleased album)

Marcus Jidell: Loud Guitars Mike Blackburn gets to grips with the new Epic release

Marcus Jidell: Pictures from a Time Traveller
Mike Blackburn (guitar aficionado) "A superb album, truly enjoyed....You MUST check it out Laurie [Monk]"

For track by track review and insights from Marcus Jidell, check out:

Track Listing:
01. Arctica
02. Huldra (Ruler of the Forest)
03. Tesla World System
04. Rei Zan
05. El-Amarna (Ruins of Akhetaton)
06. Space Dog
07. Wedding Song

Marcus Jidell – Guitar, bass, piano ,cello, keyboards, percussion.
Svante Henryson – Cello
Andreas Johansson – Drums
Hannes Van Dahl – Drums (#4,6)
Andre’ Andersen – Keyboard solo (#3)
Rolf Jidell – Cello (#1 ,7)
Rickard Nilsson – Hammond (#3)
Johan Nieman – Bass on #1
Jennie-Ann Smith – Additional vocals (#3)

Marcus Jidell

Jikki: CD production woes scupper the Irohauta | Transient sophomore release

Announcements on Jikki 2nd Album "Irouhata | Transient" release is postponed.

I regret that I have to make this kind of announcement to all of you who are supporting Jikki all the time.

Because of some issues regarding the production, Jikki's 2nd Album "Irohauta | Transient" will need to temporary change its release date from originally schedule 23 October.

I really apologize for those who were excited to get the CD.

The new release date is not decided yet, but my team is making our best effort to make it happen as soon as possible, in a better environment.

I will update the news as soon as I know them.

Again, I really apologize for having to postpone my CD.

I appreciate it if you could wait a little more ....


[To those who already pre-oredered Jikki's "Irohauta | Transient" through stores and eCommerces - Jikki planned sending a gift]

I am sure that there are many people who used their time to make pre-orders.

You were totally excited, and you bothered to to do website/actual retailers to make such orders... and I feel so bad that I had to make this decision to postpone the release. Again, I deeply apologize.

I am sure that you will receive some kinds of information from the shore that you had placed an order.

For the system reason, the terms will be something like "this CD release was cancelled". However, I promise here that I am only postponing the release date, and never "cancel" the release.

Also, as I wrote in the title, I would like to send some small gifts to those who made pre-orders, in order to express my personally apology.

The gifts are:
(1) Full-version of "Shugoshin | The Sacred Goal Keeper" CD-R
(2) Jikki original pick (NEW design)
(3) Original message from Jikki

Those are the ones that I am planning to offer as a gift.

Those who do not mind letting Jikki know the mailing address, could you please send Jikki an email to the address stipulated in the bottom of this page, and include the following information

- Your name
- Your mailing address
- Please forward any proof to show that you placed an pre-order (such as, order confirmation email from Amazon etc.)

Jikki will send you the gift as described above.
(Please let me have time to prepare by the end of October at the latest)

Of course those are your valuable personal information, so please do so only if you are totally comfortable with sending the information to me.

Just making sure that Jikki will keep those information confidential, and will not use such information rather than this purpose and also to manage Jikki's customers.

I also assume that some people might want the package to be sent to their offices, so I will make sure that the packaging looks neat so that your colleagues or bosses will not be skeptic.

Those who are NOT comfortable with giving Jikki the mailing address, but still made the pre-order.... Jikki would like to send an apologetic email to you.

In that case, please write your

- Name (fake name is fine)
- email address
- Please forward any proof to show that you placed an pre-order (such as, order confirmation email from Amazon etc.)

and shoot and email to the address described below. I also do not use the received information other than this purpose as well as for Jikki's customer management.

Again, I apologize for such a disappointment.
I really appreciate your generosity in waiting a little bit more for the better outcome of the project.


------ Details to apply for the gift -------

[Those who would like a give to their mailing address]

- Name
- Address
- Email address
- Please forward any proof to show that you placed an pre-order (such as, order confirmation email from Amazon etc.)

As long as you could specify your country, I am more than happy to send those gifts to your address.

[Those who would like only the email from Jikki]

- Name (fake name is fine)
- email address
- Please forward any proof to show that you placed an pre-order (such as, order confirmation email from Amazon etc.)

It would be very helpful if I could receive those inquiry emails by 23 October.

Thank you very much.

Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan: The Winery Dogs - Time Machine Music Video (Official)

Official Music Video for "Time Machine"

The Winery Dogs are:
Mike Portnoy (drums/vocals)
Billy Sheehan (bass/vocals)
Richie Kotzen (guitar/vocals)

Panos Arvanitis: gives a Charvel Jake E Lee Signature the shakedown.

Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Tribute guitar to the greatest guitar Virtuoso Jake E. Lee Gear used Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Handmade POD XT pro Rack Line6 Boss OS-2 Overdirve/Distortion. Comment,rate,share and subscribe for more updates.Thank you all Watch it on HD

Michael Thompson: using SP Compressor with distortion pedals - a master class in monster toneology

You can see more video clips at the following page.

You can now select to watch this video with Japanese subtitles!

Please click on "CC" (on screen bottom-right) to turn the caption on and select Japanese.

Michael Thompson using SP Compressor with distortion pedals

Michael Thompson about his gear

Levi Clay: Easy Blues Fusion DVD

Easy Blues Fusion DVD - Guitar Lessons With Levi Clay NEW From Licklibrary! Easy Blues Fusion DVD guitar lessons by Levi Clay! Learn the basic fundamentals of Blues Fusion - mastering the scales and visualising the fretboard, mastering arpeggios, mixolydian pattern shapes, minor pentatonic shapes and a series of Blues Licks which you'll be able to use in our own playing! 'This DVD isn't about technique its about the masters of Blues Jazz & Fusion phrasing' - Levi Clay This DVD is suitable for the guitar player who has a years worth of experience, for more beginner blues lessons please see our Licklibrary beginners range. Order your copy of Easy Blues Fusion online:

Glenn Proudfoot: The official launch video for Victory Amplifiers

The official launch video for Victory Amplifiers, featuring Glenn Proudfoot. Amp used is the V100 The Duke 100-watt head and 4 x 12 cabinet

Victory Amplifiers promo video

Jacky Vincent: is that a box of pristine CD's I see before me?

Jacky C Vincent Verified account‏ @JackyCVincent

Cool! Who wants one?

A box of CD's of Mr Vincent's new Shrapnel Records release

Michael Harris: Thought Chamber - Psykerion

U.S. Progressive Metallers THOUGHT CHAMBER are finally back with a new release, following up on their acclaimed debut album "Angular Perceptions" from 2007. Their sophomore album "Psykerion" is OUT NOW worldwide (with the North American street date being today) via InsideOutMusic.

Therefor you can now check out the next album song "Kerakryps" here:

THOUGHT CHAMBER's mastermind Michael Harris checked in to comment the track as follows:

"Musically, the first half of this piece has a very infectious and driving rhythm, and the last half is instrumental and gets quite proggy & cinematic.
Lyrically, our main character Avakus has now awakened after his happy dream in "Light-Year Time" and explores the city-like inner design of the "Kerakryps" ship, expressing how much in awe he is in all of it, while also describing some of the adversity that the ship encounters and how he misses his family & friends."

A first audio sample for the album "Psykerion" was previously launched via the IOM YouTube channel, where you can check out the song "Transcend":

And you also find its lyrics via the band's Facebook profile

The album's title track, "Psykerion: The Question", can be also heard either here:

The album's tracklisting reads as follows:

Michael Harris: Thought Chamber - Psykerion

1. Inceptus
2. Exodus
3. Psykerion: The Question
4. In the Words of Avakus
5. Light Year Time
6. Kerakryps
7. The Black Hole Lounge
8. Circuits of O.D.D.
9. Behind the Eyes of Ikk
10. Isle of Bizen
11. Xyrethius II
12. Recoil
13. Breath of Life
14. Transcend
15. Planet Qwinkle
16. Inner Peace

The first pressing European CD edition of "Psykerion" will come with an O-Card packaging and two additional bonus tracks ("Isle of Bizen [acoustic version] and "Recoil [instrumental version]").
It can be ordered from the IOM webshop in Europe here:

The North American purchase link is as follows:

Next to guitarist and composer Michael Harris as well as vocalist Ted Leonard (also in Enchant, Spock's Beard and Affector), THOUGHT CHAMBER's ranks of skilled players now also feature Bill Jenkins (also in Enchant) on keyboards, Jeff Plant on bass and Mike Haid on drums.

"Psykerion" contains 16 tracks / 64 minutes of superb true progressive metal with a technical sci-fi twist, likely to appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Yes, Rush or Planet X. The album's cover artwork, which can be seen above, was designed by John E. Holland / The album was recorded in various locations between 2012 and 2013 and finally mixed and mastered by Tom Size (Y&T, Aerosmith, Mr. Big, Enchant) at Tomland Studios, Pacheco, CA.

Ted Leonard - Lead vocals
Michael Harris - Guitars, keyboards, harmony vocals
Jeff Plant - Bass
Bill Jenkins - Keyboards
Mike Haid - Drums


Roine Stolt,Hasse Fröberg: sample from the new album

Swedish progressive-rock royalty The Flower Kings are set to release their brand new studio album 'Desolation Rose' on the 28th October 2013. In advance of this, the band has released the first instalment of their studio talks which give a little glimpse into the making of the album. You can check that out here:

The album is also now available to pre-order from the InsideOut Shop, including an exclusive t-shirt bundle which you can get with either the 2LP & 2CD, or the 2CD Mediabook. Check them out here:

They also recently released the first taste of music from the forthcoming new album which you can listen to here:

The Flower Kings - Desolation Rose
Out 28th October 2013

The track-listing 'Desolation Rose' is as follows:

1 Tower ONE 13:39
2 Sleeping Bones 04:16
3 Desolation Road 04:00
4 White Tuxedos 06:30
5 The Resurrected Judas 08:24
6 Silent Masses 06:17
7 Last Carnivore 04:22
8 Dark Fascist Skies 06:05
9 Blood Of Eden 03:12
10 Silent Graveyards 02:52

Earlier this year, The Flower Kings embarked on a very special tour alongside Neal Morse & Mike Portnoy to celebrate InsideOutMusic's 20th Anniversary, playing to sold out crowds across Europe and the US. Look out for more information in the coming weeks!

For more information visit:


Tymon Kruidenier,Michel Nienhuis: Exivious - Liminal preorder

Upcoming release: "Liminal"

Release date: Fri, Nov 08 2013, US Tue, Nov 12 2013

Progressive, prog/fusion ensemble EXIVIOUS are streaming the second song from their forthcoming record, ‘Liminal’. The track, titled "Alphaform", is streaming now at the sites of media partners listed below. The forward-thinking Dutch quartet will release their Season of Mist debut, ‘Liminal’ on November 8th (November 11th in North America).

Metal Hammer (BG) (DE)
VS-Webzine (FR) (GR)
Rock Hard (IT)
Loud (PT)
Terrorizer (UK) (US)

EXIVIOUS were founded by guitarist Tymon Kruidenier (ex-CYNIC), who was joined by Robin Zielhorst (ex-CYNIC) on bass, guitarist Michel Nienhuis (DODECAHEDRON) and former PESTILENCE percussionist Yuma van Eekelen. The Dutch quartet operates in a space where metal meets jazz-fusion and post-rock, blending a wide variety of musical genres into a coherent, unified sound that’s driven by a penchant for lush soundscapes, technical precision, and sporadic time signatures. EXIVIOUS have already toured Europe, playing shows alongside bands such as OBSCURA, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and GOROD.

EXIVIOUS previously streamed the lead-off track from ‘Liminal’, "Entrust", on YouTube.

Tymon Kruidenier,Michel Nienhuis: Exivious - Liminal

  1. Entrust
  2. One's Glow
  3. Alphaform
  4. Deeply Woven
  5. Triguna
  6. Movement
  7. Open
  8. Immanent
‘Liminal’ will be available as a CD Digipak, and can now be for pre-ordered at the Season of Mist e-shop.

Mattias Ia Eklundh: in the studio working on Jazz Raj album with Jonas Hellborg

Mattias Ia Eklundh

Wrapping up the Jazz Raj album with Jonas Hellborg in Markneukirchen, Germany, using the fabulous Studer A800 2 inch tape recorder and mixed down to one of very few existing 1 inch, two-track Studer A80 machines. Analogue is beautiful. Oh boy, it is.

Jazz Raj, also featuring the stunning Ranjit Barot on drums besides Jonas and yours truly, will be released late this year through Bardo Music before taking it on the road in 2014. Two demanding, rewarding pieces of music, +30 minutes each. Not for the squeamish. Stay tuned.

Joe Nurre: Shaded Enmity - Forsaken and Forgotten limited edition Digipack 2013

We are launching the pre-order for the "Forsaken and Forgotten" cd digipack today! $20 anywhere inside the USA which also includes shipping. $26 anywhere outside the USA and this also includes shipping! We are in the process of finishing the artwork for the album and we will be sending the album off to print within the next 1-2 weeks. We are limiting this to 300 copies so make sure you pre-order NOW!!! To order, please visit our Big Cartel page (link enclosed). You can also email us at and we will give you necessary paypal information. The album features fantastic artwork from Dan Arena Dormition Designs who did an absolutely amazing job on the artwork.The album was also recorded, mixed, and mastered by Aaron Smith Envisage Audio. We also have an ultimate Shaded Enmity package that we are selling for $50 USA shipping included or $65 everywhere else shipping included and this package contains our entire discography. Order today and we will notify you as soon as we receive the digipacks from the pressing plant! We would like to thank all of you for making this possible.

Tracklist for "Forsake and Forgotten" Digipack
1. We are the Forsaken, We are the Forgotten
2. This is Federal
3. Sadness in Summer Rain
4. No Puedo Dormir
5. If Heaven's Gates are Closed, Will You Wait For Me?
6. And Life Was Great...
7. What Have You Done, Oxycontin?
8. Indica Dreams
9. It Only Hurts in December
10. Prophecies and Pain
11. They Were Only Children[The Touch of Perversion]
12. Alleviant Sativa
13. BONUS TRACK And Life Was Great... Feat. Warrel Dane

Joe Nurre: Shaded Enmity - Forsaken and Forgotten

Shaded Enmity- Forsaken and Forgotten 8 panel digipack featuring lyrics for all the songs. Includes 12 tracks and 1 bonus track featuring Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary).
Limited to 300 copies

1. We are the Forsaken, We are the Forgotten
2. This is Federal
3. Sadness in Summer Rain
4. No Puedo Dormir
5. If Heaven's Gates are Closed, Will You Wait For Me?
6. And Life Was Great...
7. What Have You Done, Oxycontin?
8. Indica Dreams
9. It Only Hurts in December
10. Prophecies and Pain
11. They Were Only Children[The Touch of Perversion]
12. Alleviant Sativa
13. BONUS TRACK And Life Was Great... Feat. Warrel Dane

Cosmo Masiello: First Warp Experiment - Alpha Centauri - Official Video


Alpha Centauri, first single from the First Warp Experiment's FWE EP
Mixed and mastered at MMS Studio, Formia (LT) Italy by Cosmo Masiello
Directed by Paolo Conte @paolodrums

All video footage done by RemX @RemoFiore

First Warp Experiment are:
Silvio Assaiante - Bass @SilvioAssaiante
Cosmo Masiello - Guitar @CosmoMasiello25
Paolo Conte - Drums @paolodrums

First Warp Experiment is an instrumental power trio based in Italy