Pain of Salvation
Swedish progressive rock act Pain of Salvation has kept busy working on various new recording projects ever since its latest release, the semi-acoustic album Falling Home from January 2015. Having just returned from some successful shows in Russia, Pain of Salvation also announces a next string of shows in The Netherlands and Italy:
Oct. 29, 2015 NL — Enschede at Atak
Oct. 30, 2015 NL — Apeldoorn at Gigant
Oct. 31, 2015 NL — Amstelveen at P60
Dec. 12, 2015 IT— Rome at Crossroads Live Club Dec. Dec. 13, 2015 IT — Milano at Circolo Magnolia
More dates to come ... Additionally, Pain of Salvation has started to work on material for its next studio album effort, a concept album that goes back to the band's harder and heavier roots of the early 2000s. Spokesman Daniel Gildenlow checked in with a brief status report on the band's current activities:
“We have a few gigs on the horizon, but in all honesty, our true focus is on the next studio album right now. Ragnar and I truly enjoy writing music together, and have that sort of completing-each-other’s-sentences dynamics to our writing that I have only found in very few people over the years. We have very creative writing sessions, and we can't wait for the fans to hear the new material! You'll see a hungry and strong Pain of Salvation, confidently returning to a harder and heavier form, musically. Still, as always, without losing the intimacy and originality that has been the trademark of the band ever since the first album. Anyone who has witnessed on stage what today's Pain of Salvation are capable of, will understand how much I am looking forward to show them what we can do in a studio.”
At the same time new material is being prepared, Pain of Salvation also is wrapping up work on some special live and DVD recordings, which will see release in 2016. Look forward to a busy year for Pain of Salvation.
The MoonJune label gives this report on the new album by Italy’s Slivovitz: The masters of progressive gypsy electro-ecletic jazz from Naples, Italy, return to the table after a four-year studio absence. Their previous effort for MoonJune, the rousing Bani Ahead, saw Slivovitz raise its game to new heights: pushing the envelope of modern jazz in the post-Zappa era in joyous, effervescent fashion. Fans of the Italian septet will find their craving for a follow-up richly rewarded, with the band's circumspect, third-person view of American culture (and, perhaps, overindulgence), All-You-Can-Eat.
As its title might indicate, the musicians, both individually, and collectively, push proceedings well into the realm of excess—cooking up a diverse menu of brilliantly conceived examples of the finest in Italian sonic cuisine, performed with a commensurate level of excellence. Hurdling complex arrangements and dramatic compositional shifts and transitions with deft skill and grace, the group displays an unparalleled level of polish, inventiveness and unity throughout this eight-course feast for the ears. Not unlike its namesake, the fun-loving high-octane progressive jazz-rock combo becomes ever silkier and more delectable with age. All-You-Can-Eat is one sizzling, satisfying musical meal you won't stop craving—one taste and you'll have to have another helping! For those who thought Bani Ahead was Slivovitz's magnum opus, perhaps you left the dining hall too soon: this chef-d'oeuvre is the pièce de résistance, packed with robust flavors and a zestful essence that will keep you coming back for more!
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Fabrizio Piccolo at Trail Studio, Naples, Italy in May and
The Mute Gods
InsideOut Music recently announced the signing of The Mute Gods, a brand-new band from the mind of bassist, Chapman Stick player and vocalist Nick Beggs alongside drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson), and long-time Steve Hackett collaborator and keyboardist Roger King. Now it has been revealed that their debut album Do Nothing Till Your Hear from Me will be released Jan. 22 2016, and you can find the enigmatic artwork for the record, created by Lars Zeituhr Tellmann, above.
Beggs had this to say: “The record has a number of moods. But overall, it's a rather disgruntled rant at the dystopia we've created for ourselves and our children. The song ‘Swimming Horses’ is a warning about the passing of time and the rising of tides. ‘Feed the Troll’ is a dedication to all those who have too much time on their hands.
“The person who has helped me realize this record is Roger King. We worked together for quite a few years in the Steve Hackett Band and when I approached him last year about producing, I was honored and surprised when he agreed. His strengths are my weaknesses and I believe we complement each other rather well. But the public will have the final word on that.
“After working extensively with the Steven Wilson band, I invited Marco Minnemann to play drums for me. Although I have a couple of other guest drummers like Nick D'Virgilio and Gary O'Toole, Marco is playing on the majority of tracks. He also added his genius with some sound modeling and guitar. Sonically, you can expect an album that tips its hat in the direction of alternative rock and pop, due for release in early 2016.”
Nick has most recently been involved with Steven Wilson's solo band, both in the studio and on tour, while also playing live with legendary guitarist Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited run of shows. In recent years he has contributed to projects such as Lifesigns, Fish On Friday & Lonely Robot, as well as playing live with Rick Wakeman.