Almost exactly 50 years ago, on September 18, 1970 - the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' death - Black Sabbath released their second album "Paranoid". After their debut at the beginning of 1970, which in a way was the beginning of heavy metal, they cemented their reputation with their successor and created songs for eternity. Less than a decade later, after Ozzy Osbourne's temporary departure, the band reinvented themselves with new vocalist Ronnie James Dio and producer Martin Birch.
For 53 years in rock orbit, for 49 years under the name Blue Öyster Cult - you can take a 19-year studio album break. As a "tour band", however, the hard and classic rockers from Long Island, New York, were always active. Lead guitarist and singer Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, who has been directing BÖC's destiny since 1967, provides information about the new album
Already in 2015 Fish had announced that he wanted to record one last album, this one was called "Weltschmerz" and that he would go into well-deserved retirement after a final tour. Due to numerous setbacks of health and family reasons, it took five years until the album could be released. But now the double album "Weltschmerz" is here and even provokes comparisons to Fish's masterful debut album "Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors", which celebrates its 30th birthday this year.
With his wacky rock musical "Transitus" Arjen Lucassen leaves the Ayreon comfort zone for a moment and sends his renowned ensemble through a ghost story located in the 19th century.
Daniel and Abby, the two main characters of the psychic story, are played by Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans Of Slumber). Other well-known artists in the all-star cast include Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman and Johanne James (Threshold)
The past four years of motor psychology have been dominated by Håkon Gullvåg. His pictures set the framework for an album trilogy that began with "The Tower" and "The Crucible" and has now been completed with "The All Is One". We talked to the painter and the band about their work.
One would think that after successfully completing the trilogy of works, Motorpsycho would first take a break. But in Psychoverse the clocks tick differently. Guitarist Snah already announces the next album - for next winter ..
The Rolling Stones sing "Living In A Ghost Town" in their first new song in eight years and they certainly don't mean Lüchow. The small town in Lower Saxony is not a ghost town, not even in Corona times. But there's not much going on here either. There is tranquillity instead of hustle and bustle, you look in vain for pulsating life. Nobody here will see the biggest pandemic damage in the fact that the cultural life has collapsed and concerts are cancelled. Who should include this place with not even 10.000 inhabitants in his tour plan?
Five years have passed since the last album. A period in which the future of the Ozric Tentacles seemed uncertain. Now the English Psych/Space-Band is back with the new album "Space For The Earth".
Kevin Gilbert's concept album "The Shaming Of The True", which is about the rise and fall of rock musician Johnny Virgil, is one of the great unknown prog masterpieces. Since Gilbert could not complete the work on his opus magnum due to his early death - he died in 1996 at the age of 29 - his friend Nick D'Virgilio, who was drumming with Spock's Beard at the time and is now in the service of Big Big Train, stepped in. D'Virgilio helped finalize the album and set the final tracklist.
Nine years have passed since the last solo release "Oceana" - a long time, but one in which Derek Sherinian was of course anything but idle: Two albums with his band Sons Of Apollo have been produced, and the keyboard player went on tour with different formations.