The Flower Kings Premieres New Single, ‘The Great Pretender’

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The Flower Kings premiered the first single from its new album this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘The Great Pretender‘ Thursday. the song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, By Royal Decree, which is scheduled for release March 4 through InsideOut Music. The pending date will mark the band’s second record in less than a year, following the release of Islands, which was released Oct. 30 through InsideOut Music.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Great Pretender’ gives audiences hints of The Flower Kings’ existing catalogs while also presenting some stylistic similarities to works from the band’s fellow pro-rockers, Spock’s Beard. The balance of the softer, flowing approach and more edgy approaches throughout the song make for a unique sound that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was noted in the press release announcing the song’s premiere.

By Royal Decree‘s track listing is noted below.

‘By Royal Decree’ Tracklisting
1.The Great Pretender (6:55) 
2.World Gone Crazy (5:04) 
3.Blinded (7:45) 
4.A Million Stars (7:11) 
5.The Soldier (5:23) 
6.The Darkness In You (5:13) 
7.We Can Make It Work (2:48) 
8.Peacock On Parade (5:15) 
9.Revolution (5:59) 
10.Time The Great Healer (6:12) 
11.Letter (2:25) 
12.Evolution (4:47) 
13.Silent Ways (5:01) 
14.Moth (4:31) 
15.The Big Funk (4:39) 
16.Open Your Heart (5:17) 
17.Shrine (1:08) 
18.Funeral Pyres (7:14) 

In other news, The Flower Kings also recently announced new live dates. According to the provided information, the band is scheduled to perform live March 30-April 1 in three cities across Sweden. Additional dates were announced in the press release distributed Friday. The band’s brief live run is noted below.

March 30th, 2022 – Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden
March 31st, 2022 – Musikens Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
April 1st, 2022 – Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden

1-7th May 2022 – Cruise To The Edge, USA
11th May 2022 – TBA, Quebec City, Canada
12th May 2022 – TBA, Montreal, Canada
14th July 2022 – Rootsfestival, Notodden, Norway
4th Sept 2022 – HRH Festival , UK

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

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The Flower Kings Announces New Album Details, Live Dates

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Fans of The Flower Kings will not have to wait long for the band’s next album.

The band announced through a news release distributed Monday, it is scheduled to release its new album, By Royal Decree March 4 through InsideOut Music. The pending date will mark the band’s second record in less than a year, following the release of Islands, which was released Oct. 30 through InsideOut Music.

The Flower Kings founding member Michael Stolt makes his return to the band on tis latest album. He will handle bass and vocals while Mirko DeMaido will take on the drums. Zach Kamins will hand keyboards on the record. Roine Stolt will also handle guitars and vocals along with Hasse Froberg.

Album pre-orders are scheduled to open Dec. 10. The record’s lead single is scheduled for release the same day.

In other news, The Flower Kings also announced new live dates in the noted press release. According to the provided information, the band is scheduled to perform live March 30-April 1 in three cities across Sweden. The band’s brief live run is noted below.

March 30th, 2022 – Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden
March 31st, 2022 – Musikens Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
April 1st, 2022 – Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden

More information on The Flower Kings’ new album and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.roinestolt.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheFlowerKings

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‘A View From The Top Of The World’ Finds Dream Theater At The Top Of Its Game

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Dream Theater is among the most well-known and respected acts in the progressive music community.  The band has spent almost four decades building that reputation, releasing 14 albums, one EP, nine live recordings and thousands upon thousands of miles of touring around the world.  Now Friday, the band will continue to cement its reputation once again when it releases its 15th album, A View from the Top of the World.  Scheduled for release through InsideOut Music, the seven-song record will be the band’s second for the label.  The 72-minute (one hour, 12 minute) presentation is aptly titled.  That is because it presents Dream Theater at the top of maybe not the world, but of its game.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements, which will be examined shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add in to the album’s appeal and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, they make A View from the Top of the World one of Dream Theater’s best works to date and one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Dream Theater’s forthcoming 15th album, A View from the Top of the World is a successful new offering from the band that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  It is a work that continues to once again, cement the band’s place in the progressive and metal communities.  Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The musical arrangements in question bring the band’s past, present, and future together in one presentation.  The musical link to the band’s past is presented right from the album’s outset in the form of the album’s opener and lead single, ‘The Alien.’  Keyboardist Jordan Rudess’ performance here works alongside guitarist John Petrucci’s riffs to immediately take audiences back to 1997’s Falling Into Infinity.  That is evidenced through the heaviness from Petrucci’s work alongside the more emotional runs that he presents.  At the same time, audiences can even hear hints of his work as a member of Liquid Tension Experiment here.  Even front man James LaBrie’s own vocal delivery sound and style here conjures those thoughts of the band’s classic record.  As the album progresses, audiences get something more akin to the band’s more recent works in the form of ‘Sleeping Giant.’  The fullness and richness from the group and the general sound and stylistic approach is so much more akin to works from the band’s most recent album, Distance Over Time.  That is evidenced through Petrucci’s often experimental approach here.  At the same time, the verses do continue to exhibit the slightest similarity to the band’s existing catalog, but it is balanced so well with the more modern influences.  The mix gives the song its own unique identity that audiences are sure to enjoy.  The album’s title track, which closes out the presentation, is a clear hint at the band’s future.  The symphonic metal arrangement alongside drummer Mike Mangini’s march style approach on the snare makes the arrangement a style of song that the band has rarely touched on.  Rudess’ keyboard line is reminiscent of the band’s more recent works, but the overall approach is something relatively new for the band.  It is engaging and entertaining in its own right, too.  Interestingly enough, as the song progresses, the band also continues to show elements of its past, too.  The mix of past and present here makes for such an immersive experience.  It will keep listeners fully engaged and entertained.  When this arrangement, the others examined here and the rest of the album’s works are considered together, the whole makes the album’s musical side such a powerful presentation in its own right.  The album’s overall musical content is just part of what makes it successful.  Its lyrical themes play their own important part to its presentation.

The lyrical themes that are featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements are important because of their own diversity.  According to information provided about the album, the topics that the band touches on throughout the album are not only diverse but fully accessible.  The album’s opener, for instance, is actually a rumination on mankind’s exploration of the cosmos.  LaBrie commented on that topic in a prepared statement, noting, “My son suggested I watch Joe Rogan’s interview with Elon Musk.  I was so inspired by what they were talking about as far as discovering other planets so we can terraform and create another home for ourselves.  In essence, we are the travelers who are creating a new world. We become the alien.”  This is hardly the first time that Dream Theater has taken the lyrical road less traveled.  Yes, there are songs out there about interstellar travel, etc. from stoner rock bands and others, but what LaBrie is talking about here is something far more intellectual and thought provoking.  It is just one example of how the album’s lyrical content proves so important to the record’s presentation.  ‘Sleeping Giant is another example of that importance.

Where ‘The Alien’ takes on a topic rarely if ever discussed in the rumination on our exploration and colonization of the cosmos, ‘Sleeping Giant’ is something more accessible.  In this case, the song takes on the matter of mental health.  More specifically, it addresses the challenge that we as people face in terms of balancing ourselves with that “darker side” that we all have inside.  People can deny all they want that they have that side, but as Petrucci is cited as saying in another, spearate statement, “We all have one.  Some people take it too far and do evil.  Other people ignore it and get taken advantage of.  Embrace your sleeping giant.  You don’t want to wake him, but know he’s there.”  Petrucci is right.  Everyone has that sleeping giant.  It is a matter of how we each handle the balance of presenting ourselves, including that side that many of us would rather hide and ignore.  This alone will resonate with listeners, especially in the way in which the subject is broached lyrically.  The musical arrangement that is paired with the song makes the composition that much more powerful, too.

The album’s title track is yet another example of the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, LaBrie stated that it was influenced by watching adrenaline junkies do what they do.

“I was thinking of people doing dangerous things like surfing 80-foot waves, slacklining across canyons, deep sea diving, scaling Everest and climbing up mountains free solo,” he said.  “I’m always like, ‘What drives you to do that?’  One wrong move and you’re dead.  Besides being addicted to the adrenaline, it makes them feel more alive – perhaps the most alive they’ve ever been.  I wrote this along the lines of when you’re on the brink of death, you’ve never felt more alive.”

Again, few if any bands or acts out there past or present can say they have ever crafted a song, lyrically, about such a topic.  If such songs exist, they are few and far between.  To that end, taking such a unique approach makes for plenty of interest.  The musical arrangement that accompanies this lyrical theme serves well to heighten the emotion of those daredevil types, too.  The whole becomes such a fully engaging and entertaining song.  When this is considered along with the lyrical content in the other songs examined here and the rest of the record’s lyrical content, the whole makes the album’s lyrical content undeniably important to the record’s presentation.  When the album’s lyrical content is coupled with its musical arrangements, the whole of that content makes the album even more successful. 

While the content featured in Dream Theater’s new album is unquestionably positive separately and collectively, it is just one part of what makes the album successful.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to the presentation.  The production is important because of everything that takes place in each song.  The transitions between movements in the longer songs, the instrumentation in each work, the balance of the instrumentation with the vocals, etc.  A lot of work went into each composition.  That is obvious in listening closely to each work.  It also means that a lot of work had to go into making sure everything was balanced and that the balance in the songs’ energies keeps listeners engaged and entertained.  That time and effort that went into balancing each line and each song’s energy paid off.  No on musician overpowered his band mate.  That includes LaBrie.  So even with so much going on in each song, it all interweaves solidly and cleanly.  The result is that audiences will never feel overwhelmed by the songs at any moment.  What’s more, the songs’ energies ensure that audiences will remain engaged, too.  Again, that is attributed to the production.  Keeping in mind the impact of the record’s production, it proves just as pivotal to this album’s presentation as the record’s content.  When the content and production are considered collectively, they make the album in whole a complete success.

Dream Theater’s latest album, A View from the Top of the World is a record that the band’s established audiences will applaud just as much as prog and metal fans.  That is proven in part through the record’s featured arrangements.  The arrangements offer audiences elements of the band’s existing catalog while also presenting influences from the group’s more recent albums that also conjure thoughts of the band’s future.  Many times, the arrangements even fluidly balance the band’s past and present in one, while ensuring each arrangement has its own unique identity within the album’s body.  The album’s lyrical content adds its own appeal to the presentation.  That is because it offers audiences a mix of original topics and more accessible items.  This is nothing new for the band, either.  What’s more, the themes are delivered in unique ways that will leave audiences really thinking deeply in the best way possible.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  It brings everything together, making sure that the album’s aesthetics are just as positive as its content.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make A View from the Top of the World a record that sees Dream Theater at the top of its game.

A View from the Top of the World is scheduled for release Friday through InsideOut Music. More information on the album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.dreamtheater.net

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/dreamtheater

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/dreamtheaternet

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Symphony X Announces 25th Anniversary Tour Schedule

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Symphony X will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a band next spring.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Monday. The band is scheduled to embark on a tour to mark the occasion starting May 10 in New York, NY. The tour, which will feature Haken as a special guest, is scheduled to run through June 12 in Montclair, NJ. The tour also features performances scheduled in cities nationwide, such as Cleveland, OH; Mesa, AZ and Carrboro, NC.

Guitarist Michael Romeo talked about the upcoming tour during a recent interview.

“After the past year and a half of tours and festivals being canceled, it looks like things are finally moving along and getting back rolling,” he said. “We are SO looking forward to the upcoming tour and getting back out there playing again! We can’t wait and we’ll see you all soon!”

Front man Russell Allen echoed his band mate’s sentiments.

“The wait is over! We are really looking forward to getting back on the road and sharing the live music experience with all of you. See you on the road my friends!”

The members of Haken spoke highly of Symphony X in a prepared statement, additionally expressing their anticipation for getting out on the road together.

“We are so excited to get out on the road again at all, but having the honour to do it alongside Symphony X will make it that much more special,” the statement reads. “We have nothing but the utmost respect for them as progressive metal pioneers and when we were starting out, Symphony X was one of the bands who inspired us to practice our instruments and strive to be better musicians – and still do! We’ve really missed the USA and the fans over there so much over the lockdown period. Getting back over there to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new friends will be an emotional ride. We can’t wait for this Odyssey to begin!”

The schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

Confirmed dates for the SYMPHONY X25th Anniversary North American Tour” with HAKEN and TROPE are:
May 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 11 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
May 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 13 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
May 14 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 15 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
May 17 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
May 18 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
May 19 – Chicago, IL – Park West
May 20 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
May 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 23 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 26 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 27 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
May 28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
May 31 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Jun 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
Jun 2 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Jun 4 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage
Jun 5 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
Jun 7 – Atlanta, GA – Heaven At The Masquerade
Jun 8 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Jun 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jun 11 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 12 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

More information on Symphony X’s upcoming tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://symphonyx.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/symphonyx

Twitter: https://twitter.com/symphonyx

More information on Haken’s tour with Symphony X is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.hakenmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Haken_Official

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Steve Hackett Debuts ‘Scorched Earth’ Video

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Steve Hackett opened the new week by premiering the video for his latest single.

Hackett debuted the video for his single, ‘Scorched Earth’ Monday. ‘Scorched Earth’ is the fourth single from Hackett’s new album, Surrender of Silence, which released Friday through InsideOut Music. Hackett premiered the video for the album’s then latest single, ‘Natalia’ late last month. Its premiere was preceded by that of the songs, ‘Fox’s Tango‘ and ‘Wingbeats.’

The ‘Scorched Earth’ video features a variety of contrasting footage that is mean to help translate the song’s message of the damage that humans are doing to Earth. The footage in question includes horses running free in sunlit fields opposite oil refineries, their smokestacks blowing plumes as they work. Fires burning forests contrast a woman running through a sunlit field in her sundress, too.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Scorched Earth’ is a mournful, subdued presentation. Hackett’s vocals form the arrangement’s foundation, with its so sad presentation. The gentle, flowing piano line that accompanies Hackett’s vocals add even more depth and emotion to the song, as does the choral effect that accompanies the pairing. The whole gives the song a sort of progressive rock sense to its presentation.

More information on Steve Hackett’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.hackettsongs.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stevehackettofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HackettOfficial

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Leprous’ New Album Available Now; Band Debuts Video For Album’s Latest Single

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Leprous’ new album Aphelion is out now.

The album released today through InsideOut Music. As part of the band’s continued push to promote the album, it debuted the video for the album’s latest single, ‘Nighttime Disguise’ Friday. ‘Nighttime Disguise’ is the album’s fourth single, following the premiere of the record’s other singles, ‘The Silent Revolution,’  ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’

The seven-minute-plus video for ‘Nighttime Disguise’ features the band in studio recording the song through a series of vignettes of the band interacting virtually with its fans. Speaking of discussing things with the fans, the band explained in a prepared statement, that the song actually came to be as a result of those discussions with its fans.

“ ‘Nighttime Disguise’ started as an experiment, where we let the fans join us virtually in the studio, and being able to vote for different parameters to write a song: Time signature(s), key(s), what kind of instruments, vocal style(s) and range, lyrical content etc.,” the band said.  “Our original plan was to have the result as a bonus track, but we ended up so happy with it that we couldn’t let it pass. Sometimes certain limitations force you to think differently and push you to new and more creative directions! This video shows a lot from the week of the songwriting, arrangement and production of ‘Nighttime Disguise’.”

Aphelion is available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Ultra Clear 2LP+CD – 500x copies via IOM Webshop & CM Distro
Bright Gold 2LP+CD – 200x copies via JPC
Transparent Light Blue 2LP+CD – 200x copies via EMP
Creamy White 2LP+CD – 400x copies via O-Merch
Deep Blood Red 2LP+CD – 200x copies via Band

LEPROUS – “Aphelion” (56:06)
1. Running Low
2. Out Of Here
3. Silhouette
4. All The Moments
5. Have You Ever?
6. The Silent Revelation
7. The Shadow Side
8. On Hold
9. Castaway Angels
10. Nighttime Disguise

In other news, Leprous has announced a series of live dates in December in support of Aphelion. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS – 20th Anniversary European Tour
01.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
03.12.2021 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
04.12.2021 London (UK) – Electric Ballroom
05.12.2021 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmartre
06.12.2021 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
07.12.2021 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
08.12.2021 Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
09.12.2021 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
10.12.2021 Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo 1
11.12.2021 Madrid (Spain) – LAB
13.12.2021 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
14.12.2021 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
15.12.2021 Munich (Germany) – Technikum
16.12.2021 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater

LEPROUS – Live 2022:
17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
25.06.2022 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) – Midsummer Prog Festival
16.07.2022 Cremona (Italy) – Luppolo In Rock
20.08.2022 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
More shows to be announced soon…

More information on Leprous’ new single, and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.leprous.net

Facebookhttps//www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/leprousband

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Steve Hackett Tells A Gripping Story In His Latest Single, Video

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Steve Hackett debuted the latest single from his new album this week.

Hackett premiered the video for his new single, ‘Natalia’ Thursday. The song is the third single from Hackett’s forthcoming album, Surrender of Silence, which is scheduled for release Sept. 10 through InsideOut Music. Its premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Fox’s Tango‘ and ‘Wingbeats.’

The animated video follows its titular character as she is reborn time and again in Russia, only to keep being killed at the oppressive hands of the nation and its powers. Stylistically, the video presents a look that is comparable to so many videos from Sabaton, though the two acts’ videos were crafted by different companies.

Hackett discussed the song and its video in a prepared statement.

“The weight of the Russian nation – my music at its most Slavic, inspired by all those stunning Russian classical composers and telling the story of that emergent nation with its struggles for power. Natalia is a Russian Everywoman, constantly thwarted by a series of oppressive regimes,” he said.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Natalia’ is interesting because for all intents and purposes it really is a concept song in itself. That is because it tells a story. The way in which it ends (which will not be revealed here) leaves the door open for a continuation, showing even more, its concept style presentation.

The musical arrangement featured in the song incorporates elements of compositions composed by some well-known Russian classical composers as part of its rich, deeply moving composition. The whole makes the song’s arrangement a unique composition that will keep audiences engaged and entertained in its own right.

More information on Steve Hackett’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.hackettsongs.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stevehackettofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HackettOfficial

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Evergrey Joins Napalm Records Roster

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Progressive metal band Evergrey has a new label home.

The band has signed a new record deal with Napalm Records. The announcement was made through a news release distributed Thursday. Specifics of the deal were not announced in the press release.

The band commented on the new deal through a statement noted below.

“We are very excited to announce that Evergrey signed with Napalm Records!,” the statement reads. “Given the success of our recent albums we feel certain that Napalm have the power that will bring us to the next level. We have lots of exciting news to share soon so stay tuned!”

Evergrey released its most recent album, Escape of the Phoenix in February through AFM Records. The record was the band’s fourth for that label, following the releases of Hymns for the Broken (2014), The Storm Within (2016), and The Atlantic (2016). Prior to the release of those records, Evergrey also release albums through Steamhammer/SPV and Insideout Music.

More information on Evergrey’s new record deal is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://evergrey.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Evrergrey

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/evergreysweden

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Leprous Announces Details For Live, Full Album Preview Of Its New Record

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Leprous’ fans will get a special preview of the band’s new album next week.

The band announced Wednesday, it will hold a livestream even Aug. 25, two days ahead of the release of its new album, Aphelion. The livestream event will preview the album live. The even will feature not one but two live full performances of the album by the band/ The first performance is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. CEST (EU time zone) and the second at 7 p.m. EDT (US Time Zone).

Tickets for the livestreams are available here. Ticket bundles (with merchandise or album) are available here.

Aphelion is scheduled for release Aug. 27 through InsideOut Music. The album has produced the singles, ‘The Silent Revolution,’  ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’ The album’s track listing is noted below.

LEPROUS – “Aphelion”
1. Running Low
2. Out Of Here
3. Silhouette
4. All The Moments
5. Have You Ever?
6. The Silent Revelation
7. The Shadow Side
8. On Hold
9. Castaway Angels
10. Nighttime Disguise

Aphelion will release through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Ultra Clear 2LP+CD – 500x copies via IOM Webshop & CM Distro
Bright Gold 2LP+CD – 200x copies via JPC
Transparent Light Blue 2LP+CD – 200x copies via EMP
Creamy White 2LP+CD – 400x copies via O-Merch
Deep Blood Red 2LP+CD – 200x copies via Band

In other news, Leprous has announced a series of live dates in December in support of Aphelion. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS – 20th Anniversary European Tour
01.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
03.12.2021 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
04.12.2021 London (UK) – Electric Ballroom
05.12.2021 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmartre
06.12.2021 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
07.12.2021 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
08.12.2021 Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
09.12.2021 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
10.12.2021 Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo 1
11.12.2021 Madrid (Spain) – LAB
13.12.2021 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
14.12.2021 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
15.12.2021 Munich (Germany) – Technikum
16.12.2021 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater

LEPROUS – Live 2022:
17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
25.06.2022 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) – Midsummer Prog Festival
16.07.2022 Cremona (Italy) – Luppolo In Rock
20.08.2022 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
More shows to be announced soon…

More information on Leprous’ new single, and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.leprous.net

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Transatlantic Reveals “The Absolute Universe 2022 Tour” Dates

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Transatlantic will hit the road next year in support of its latest album.

The band made the announcement in a news release distributed Monday. The document states the band will launch its tour, which is in support of its latest album, The Absolute Universe (2021), April 15 in Glenside, PA. The North American leg of the worldwide tour is scheduled to run through April 30 in in Cross Plains, TN before the band winds things down with the “Cruise to the Edge 2022 from May 2-7.

Following some down time after the North American leg of the tour, the band will head overseas and launch the tour’s UK/European leg on July 22 in Sibiu, Romania. That brief tour is scheduled to run through July 28 in Paris, France.

Drummer Mike Portnoy offered the following comments about the tour’s scheduling.

“Between releasing our latest album in the middle of a worldwide pandemic & shutdown, and the already difficult task of trying to align our different schedules even in the most normal of circumstances, it was uncertain if Transatlantic would ever get to play any shows in support of The Absolute Universe,” he said. “But now with the world slowly re-opening and the band already committing to a few one-off appearances in 2022 (Cruise To The Edge, Morsefest and a Festival in Romania), we’re excited to announce we were able to wrangle up some headlining shows surrounding these one-offs! (April in North America and July in EU/UK) 

Portnoy added, “These are the ONLY shows we will be doing in support of The Absolute Universe so if we can’t make it to your area, it may be worth traveling to come see us and share these special shows with us. While we wish we could do a full proper tour, getting to play ANY shows for this album is an unexpected treat that we weren’t sure would ever happen…so better late than never!”

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

North America dates:
April 15th • Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
https://www.axs.com/events/409822/an-evening-with-transatlantic-tickets
 
April 16th • Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005AFEFC0F7014
 
April 18th • Quebec City, Quebec – Palais Montcalm
https://palaismontcalm.tuxedobillet.com/main/transatlantic
 
April 19th • Montreal, Quebec – M Telus
https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/31005B03CBCC1934?lang=en-ca&brand=mtelus
 
April 21st • St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4311193/transatlantic-stcharles-the-arcada-theatre?_ga=2.14751414.123937637.1628201559-79101957.1628201559
 
April 23rd • Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09005B05AF17211D
 
April 24th • Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4360146/an-evening-with-transatlantic-berkeley-the-uc-theatre
 
April 29th & 30th • Cross Plains, TN – MorseFest 2022
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morsefest-2022-tickets-164759830087
 
May 2nd to 7th • Cruise To The Edge 2022
https://cruisetotheedge.com/book-now/
 
UK/Europe dates:
July 22nd – Sibiu, Romania – ARTmania Festival
 
July 24th – Cologne, Germany – E Werk
https://www.myticket.de/de/transatlantic-the-absolute-universe-2022-tour-tickets
 
July 25th – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
https://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/272933?CAMEFROM=013&brand=nl_013web
 
July 27th – London, England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005AFE183A8DE7
 
July 28th – Paris, France – Olympia (ON SALE ON AUG 18TH)
www.olympiahall.com/evenements/transatlantic/

More information on Transatlantic’s new tour and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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