‘Morsefest 2015’ Release Date, Specs Announced

Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

Courtesy: Radiant Records/Metal Blade Records/SONY

The Neal Morse Band will release its latest live recording next month.

Morsefest 2015 will be released on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The extensive concert recording will be released on separate 2 Blu-ray and 2 DVD + 4 CD sets and on digital platforms including iTunes.  Both will be released via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY.

Pre-orders are available online now here.  A trailer for the upcoming release is available here. The concert was recorded over the course of two nights in 2015 and spans more than five hours.  It features from some 38 musicians including drummer Mike Portnoy.

The show includes complete performances of Sola Scriptura and Question, songs from Morse’s time with Spock’s Beard (featuring vocal performances from Nick D’Virgillio) and Transatlantic and more.

Morsefest 2015 includes as bonus material an hour-long documentary.  It features candid footage from the band, crew and other musicians

More information on Morsefest 2015 is available online now along with all of Neal Morse’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.nealmorse.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nealmorse

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nealmorse

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Next To None Debuts Lyric Video For New Single

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Up-and-coming progressive rock band Next To None has debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Blood on My Hands.’

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The video’s premiere comes a week ahead of the band’s debut album A Light in the Dark (InsideOut Music). The song, which closes out the album, is a commentary on the recent outbreak of shootings that have plagued the country in recent months. As vocalist/keyboardist Thomas Cuce explains, “At the time [I wrote the lyrics] it seemed like every day there was a different person going crazy somewhere and shooting up a building or whatever, and I would ask myself ‘Why does this keep happening? What was that person thinking? What led them to do this?” He added, “So I tried to put myself in this person’s head. I created a character and started from the aftermath of the event, which is where we first hear about it in the news.” Of the song’s extended arrangement, he says, “It took us months to write this song and then months to learn it. We had a big dry erase board that we used to chart out all the parts with the time signatures until we had them memorized.” Audiences can check out the video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qFfHWrXyMk&feature=youtu.be. Audiences can also check out a stream of the song ‘You Are Not Me,’ online now via SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/next-to-none-you-are-not-me/s-rVJzu. ‘You Are Not Me’ is also one of the tracks included in Next To None’s upcoming album. Pre-orders for A Light in the Dark are available now online at http://www.radiantrecords.com/products/577-next-to-none-a-light-in-the-dark-cd.aspx.

Next To None is: Thomas Cuce (keyboards, vocals), Ryland Holland (guitar), Kris Rank (bass) and Max Portnoy (drums). The band’s album was produced by Max Portnoy’s famed father Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Liquid Tension Experiment). It features guest appearances from Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot on the song ‘A Lonely Walk’ and prog-rock legend Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard, Transatlatic, Yellow Matter Custard). The complete track listing for A Light in the Dark is noted below.

A Light in the Dark’ tracklist:

  1. The Edge Of Sanity
  2. You Are Not Me
  3. Runaway
  4. A Lonely Walk
  5. Control
  6. Lost
  7. Social Anxiety
  8. Legacy
  9. Blood On My Hands

Digital-only bonus tracks:

  1. Fortune Cookie
  2. Deafening

 

More information on Next To None, including its latest news, is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.nexttonone.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NextToNoneband

 

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Spock’s Beard Announces Album Release Date

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Spock’s Beard is back.  To be more exact, Spock’s beard is coming back.  The stalwart L.A. based prog-rock band will release its eleventh full length studio release this Spring.  The band’s new album, Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep is currently slated to be released April 2nd on InsideOut Music. 

The upcoming release will feature new faces as Nick D’Virgilio has been replaced by longtime member Alan Morse on vocals.  D’Virgilio had originally started out as the band’s drummer, but took over vocal duties after the departure of front man Neal Morse in 2002.  Jimmy Keegan now takes over drumming duties.  Guitarist Ted Leonard will also make his debut on the highly anticipated album.  Speaking of Neal Morse, he actually returns on this record too.  Though, it’s mainly in a songwriting capacity.  Bassist Dave Meros explains how the collaboration with Morse came about.  “Al and Neal are brothers, of course, and keep in regular contact with each other.  What happened was that Al spoke to Neal and told him he was working on some ideas.  Neal said he’d love to help, so Al went down to Nashville, where his brother’s now living, and they collaborated on the songs.”  Meros went on to explain what to expect from the new album.  He described it as being “quirky, edgy, and reminding us [the band] a little bit of older times in the band, but also taking us further forward.” 

The band currently has a performance scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, California.  The show is a CD release celebratory performance and is the only show currently scheduled.  However, more dates are sure to come.  To keep up with the latest tour news and more from Spock’s Beard, fans can follow the band online at http://www.facebook.com/spocksbeard, http://www.spocksbeard.com, http://twitter.com/spocksb and http://www.insideoutmusic.com.  Fans can also check out the band’s music online through its YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/Spocksbeard

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