Showing posts with label progressive rock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label progressive rock. Show all posts

3.21.2015

ROCKTROPOLIS REPS MICHIGAN PROG WITH 3113 AND DOES IT VERY WELL


I am sitting here with a big ol' progressive rock grin on my face, listening to the new CD "3113" by mid-Michigan's own purveyor of this instrumental rock genre Rocktropolis ®. What this band has done is keep our state in the face of musicians and fans alike of guitar-driven prog, with a CD that soars and screams and then gently soothes you with the flying fingers of Pete Metropoulos, Sam Metropoulos and whoever the drummer is (Ed. Note: Always include liner notes on who's actually in the band). There are cuts here that would be right at home in an action movie opening sequence as well as the end credits of a sci-fi thriller.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of keyboards that grace these tunes: as a keyboard player myself, I'd like them louder because they really fit well but hey, that's me! The production is stellar and consistent across the tracks with very tight drums and bass laying a solid background where the many guitars (and apparently a whole lot of fingers) of Pete builds his own signature soloing identity.

My only beef - I understand the less expensive (and sometimes labeled "green") single sleeve packaging that this disc comes in but it leaves no room for all the extra information one might want to know: where recorded, who did the writing…and who's in the band! But that's really my only complaint and that might just be my opinion only.

Good job gents - it's apparent you know what you're doing. Highly recommend.

Submitted by Nightcrier.

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5.18.2014

AN ENDLESS SPORADIC: DERPULOUS


Los Angeles, CA - One of the most talked about up and coming prog groups of 2014, An Endless Sporadic, is releasing a new single on the heels of their appearance on the Progressive Nation 2014 cruise hosted by Transatlantic's Mike Portnoy!

The new single, featuring Zach Kamins on guitar, Eloy Palacios on bass, Tony Solis on additional guitar, and Andy Gentile on drums, is titled “Derpulous”; a short instrumental piece about the journey of an alien seahorse in treacherous seas.



Watch the video for “Derpulous' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKveX9039bM

“A wild progressive sonic ride. It's thrilling to hear progressive rock that is fresh and inspiring. These guys are obviously very skilled and their music is brimming over with youthful creativity and vitality.” - Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

Originally formed the band in 2005 in Houston, TX through a series of random jam/improv sessions by Zach Kamins and Andy Gentile. Eventually, AES's song “Sun Of Pearl” was featured in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland video game. The track “Impulse” was added as a bonus song in Guitar Hero 3, and the track “Anything” has been featured in Guitar Hero: World Tour as free Downloadable Content in the Neversoft Track Pack.

The band has a wide range of musical influences, which can be heard throughout their work, and include ELP, King Crimson, Dream Theater, The Flower Kings, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Sikth, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Primus, Mr. Bungle and Ozric Tentacles.

For more information: www.anendlesssporadic.com

To purchase the “Derpulous” single: http://bit.ly/1m32F8Y

4.08.2014

VALENTIN THE MAD: NEVER PIECE OF MIND


Hey Detroit Rock n Roll Magazine,

I'm Valentin (stage name Valentin The Mad) a lead guitarist - solo artist from Haifa, Israel. I'm currently working on my solo project on which I play all of the tracks - record the guitars, the bass and program the drums.

My latest release -- Never Peace of Mind (prog rock):



Sandstorm (heavy-thrash metal in arabian style):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8A_Ry4hisY

Lily Was Here(my all-guitar rewrite to Candy Dulfer`s and David A. Stewart`s classic):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUISi_zeYgM

Insomnia (soft rock):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGUp1s8fJrI

You can listen to the rest of the solo tracks on this playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgrDAPIq_KbvO_kfrm7XSLIhEZHKKduOZ&

Social media profiles:
https://www.facebook.com/valentinthemad
https://www.youtube.com/user/Valentintheguitarist
https://twitter.com/ValentinTheMad

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