Tagged: Prog Rock

With only one week left until the release of their highly anticipated album ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’, GREAT LEAP SKYWARD have released ‘Kindred’ – a six and a half minute saga of progressive riffs and melancholic beauty, sure to hit the soft spot of any prog metal fan. Don’t let the intro fool you, this band means business and comes armed with blast beats in tow and riffs a plenty.

Written and produced by frontman Luke Besley and mastered by the legendary Ermin Hamidovic (Periphery, Plini, Animals As Leaders, Devin Townsend), ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’ is a refreshing, yet aggressive take on progressive metal that is sure to turn a few heads.

Great Leap Skyward is comprised of vocalist & guitarist Luke Besley, bassist Matt McConaghy, drummer David Allen and guitarist Jim Munro (who is best known as the guitarist of Australia’s past premier thrash outfit 4ARM, who toured with Slayer & Gojira in 2013 across North America).

Luke Besley speaks about ‘Map Of Broken Dreams’:

“Map of Broken Dreams is an intense, layered progressive metal album with instruments and influences from all walks of music, creating a unique aesthetic and atmosphere. The combination of sounds and features from across genres external to metal gives a unique experience unlike any metal album you’ve previously heard and defies classification or bounds to one genre.”

‘Map of Broken Dreams’ is out August 31st via Metalapolis Recrds
Pre-Order Link: http://smarturl.it/07tolw

 

The Pineapple Thief  have launched their brand new video for “Try As I Might”, the new single from their forthcoming new studio album Dissolution.

The highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Your Wilderness, is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison.

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord explains his dystopian view “The video follows the theme of the song and the album – if you sign up to this hyper connected world we live in, then you have to live with the consequences.  Try as you might to get out of it. 

The futuristic clip was created by Blacktide Phonic/Visual (www.black-tide.co.uk) director George Laycock, who expands on how he created the film “When The Pineapple Thief came to me with their track ‘Try as I might’, they had a broad basis for an idea for a music video that dealt with a social media obsessed ‘connected’ world.

This had nods to previous films and television like ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Black Mirror’, the ‘Big Brother’ landscape and its preceding shows, so it was about creating a storyline using these broad influences and encapsulating into an obscure 3 minute film on a budget.

I was interested in the concept of ‘in eye cameras’, scary technology I am sure isn’t too far away from us. We decided to go down the optical medical route and follow our character on a journey from first pre-operation, to surgery, recovery and then trying to battle the decision he has made, whilst battling with the corporation he has signed up too. The film hopefully leaves the viewer to create their own conceptions on his outcome.

We filmed it all on the Dorset/Devon coastline around where I live and were fortunate to be able to secure great locations to shoot in with a few favours, including a remote seaside post-modern house, a private beach and a real working hospital and opticians.

To keep the cast down to a minimum I decided that the camera that is watching Bruce would become the main supporting actor and his nemesis, appearing in scenes without anyone operating it. This allowed us to see the cameras point of view and tell the story to the fictional viewer. This old broadcast camera weighed an absolute ton, and carrying through remote woods, down a mile-long steep cliff path to a beach was a challenge on some of the hottest days of the year. Filming in the water at the end was a welcome refreshment. 

Many thanks to all those who helped with the film, especially everyone involved at Yeovil hospital for allowing us such amazing access, and to Bruce for being so amenable about having scalpels inches from his eyeball.”

The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood, and their new album Dissolution promises to propel the band to even greater heights. 

Dissolution will be released in the following formats – all available to pre-order now at

thepineapplethief.lnk.to/DissolutionPR

 

 

Melbourne underground noise makers YLVA released their debut album, M E T A late last year via Pelagic Records.
Following on from the release, their extreme volume contrasts and stoic patience will be on show for the band’s first Australian tour this April/May!
Drawing influences from a deep well of experience in past outfits, YLVA create patient, dark and mysterious pieces of heavy music punctuated with crushing riffs.
Starting in Hobart with locals Departé and ending in Melbourne with Norway’s Ihsahn expect an intense evening of doomed sludge that will vibrate you to the very core.

Melbourne’s progressive prodigies, The Omnific, and Perth booking agency, Beardfoot, are thrilled to announce they’re teaming up to tackle the band’s Australian bookings. Consisting of two bass players and a drummer, The Omnific has created a wave of international interest with thanks to their astonishing video content that showcases the band’s unique song writing and breathtaking performances.

They recently dropped a new single and video for Ersatz, from their Kismet EP, released in late 2017.

 

Gaining interest and endorsements from reputable industry companies such as Ernie Ball Music Man and Darkglass Electronics, The Omnific is quickly cementing themselves as one of Australia’s must-see progressive outfits.
Beardfoot director, Josh Terlick, was an instant fan after the first listen of The Omnific’s 2017 EP, Kismet. “These young gents are absolute professionals and they’re product and delivery is world class. We love all things melodic and manic here at Beardfoot and are beyond stoked to add The Omnific to the roster”, Josh explains.
The Omnific joins other Beardfoot rostered heavy acts VoyagerOsaka Punch & Statues.

Their sophomore EP ‘Kismet’, released November 2017, showcases the development of the band’s music over the year, demonstrating the cascading elements of the music they create. ‘Kismet’ walks a solid line between being an attention-commanding virtuosic release and a masterful soundscape of epic proportions.
The Omnific’s accessible style is for all music lovers; from those seeking to be challenged to those who simply wish to be blanketed by atmosphere, creating an identifiable sound and resulting in a strong, diverse international fan base.
With their online videos accumulating over one million views, and over 30,000 Facebook likes – The Omnific’s unique style is spreading like wildfire.

 

Bird’s Robe Records, in collaboration with US label Equal Vision Records, have announced they will be releasing First Temple, the cult classic debut full-length from Australian progressive rock outfit, Closure in Moscow, on vinyl for the first time on Friday March 2. The news comes alongside the announcement that the band will be playing the record in full while supporting Protest The Hero on their North American tour during March & April, as well as additional headline dates across the US.
The band have also announced an exclusive Melbourne headline show at Workers Club on Saturday March 3rd, before departing for their first North American tour in 8 years.
Closure In Moscow have received critical acclaim internationally for their stellar live performance and avant-garde sound in the decade plus since they formed in Melbourne, Australia. First Temple saw the band breaking in the United States upon its release in 2009 and has since seen them become regarded as one of the most beloved acts in the world of progressive rock.
Following high profile tours with Coheed & Cambria, The Fall of TroyMEW & The Dillinger Escape Plan in 2016-17, the band are currently working on their forthcoming third full-length album.
Pre-orders for First Temple on vinyl & tickets for their upcoming shows are available at www.closureinmoscow.com.