Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of BEYOND THE BRIDGE, a new Progressive Metal band from Germany, for the release of their debut album “The Old Man and the Spirit” on January 20th 2012 in Europe and January 24th in North America.
“The Old Man and the Spirit” is an ambitious concept album dealing with the polarity of human sensuousness and superhuman awareness. Two main characters interpret the music on this theatrical and challenging record: “the Spirit”, who is the personification of all wisdom and awareness that is unachievable to mankind but that lacks of the ability to feel, and her opponent “the Old Man”: a bon vivant who has lived through all highs and lows of human sensations. These two characters are interpreted by the two band singers: a female Dilenya Mar and a male Herbie Langhans.
But the operatic and cinematic setting of the album was put together by the two bands’ masterminds: guitar player Peter Degenfeld and the classically trained ivory tinkler Christopher Tarnow. “From the beginning it was our intention to do an album presenting one big piece of music” tells Degenfeld. “One of the very first things that came about were the two characters together with the basic content of the story. Basically before the notes were written, we knew what each song had to sound and feel like and what the lyrics had to say. With these restrictions we started the songwriting process. In the end writing songs under these self-imposed limits turned out to be just great”.
While “The Old Man and The Spirit” is undoubtedly a demanding musical statement, Beyond The Bridge are determined to make their steps to bring their music on tour. “We put a lot of effort into the goal of creating the studio sound on stage and we have already rearranged some parts to make them more suitable for live performances”, explains Degenfeld.
Beyond The Bridge line-up is rounded up by bass player Dominik Stotzem, Fabian Maier on drums and Simon Oberender on keyboards and guitar. Simon also took care of the album production at the famed Gate Studios (owned by the famed producer Sascha Paeth, who mastered the album).
While at first listen the album will easily appeal to the Progressive Rock / Metal audience, thanks to the virtuosity displayed in the playing and the compositional design, the album can be easily enjoyed by all who are looking for songs that can excite the listeners. “The music is touching. It will even touch you in a different way each time you listen to the album”, concludes Peter Degenfeld. “The lyrics are inspiring and ambiguous. This encourages to dig deeper into the spiritual journey of the “Old Man”.
“The Old Man and The Spirit” includes the following songs: The Call; The Apparition; Triumph Of Irreality; The Spring Of It All; World Of Wonders; The Primal Demand; Doorway To Salvation; The Struggle; The Difference Is Human; Where The Earth And Sky Meet; All A Man Can Do.
The song “The Apparition” can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio and on the band’s official website.
Portland, Maine’s By Blood Alone released their full length debut album, Seas of Blood in 2007. With a name like this, one might think this band is latest death metal act to hit the scene. As I quickly discovered, this is not the case.
By Blood Alone is a female fronted gothic metal act, led by singer Cruella. Their sound is a strong mixture of heavy guitars and celtic keyboard based rock. The music on Seas of Blood will take you on a voyage that offers quite the mixture of sounds. Each member of this band seems to be very proficient at their instrument. Although Cruella’s voice is not the strongest that I have listened to, she does add a lot of character to their sound. The keyboard melodies offer a mixture of melancholy melodies, and ethereal tones. At times, they tend to be mixed higher than the heavy guitars of John Graveside, and I think this was one of the few mistakes that the band made.
The bands’ myspace page describes their sound as progressive, gothic metal. The gothic sounds are definitely present, but I am so sure about the progressive part. I don’t think the music has the tempo, or time changes found in most of today’s progressive metal. You won’t confuse By Blood Alone with Dream Theater or Nightwish for that matter. Nonetheless, the music found here is quite good. It might take a few listens for you to fully absorb the music, as it did with me. Sea of Blood is one of the more interesting discs that I have listened to as of late.
As a whole, I think By Blood Alone has only scratched the surface of where they could take their music. The band has all of the tools to take their music to the next level. Stephen King may have put Portland, Maine on the map as far as pop culture goes, with the right producer and a little bit of luck, By Blood Alone could carry this town’s legacy well into the future.
If you would like to see what By Blood Alone is all about, check out their myspace page. You can purchase their CD, at CDBaby.com and Amazon.com.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Wants Me Dead
3. Undead Friend
5. Lovely Lies
6. Seas of Blood
7. Deny Yourself
8. Little Lady Lillit
By Blood Alone is:
Cruella – Vocals
John Graveside – Guitar
Jack Doran – Bass
Runtt – Drums
Jenny Williamson – Keys
You can download the new OPETH track ‘Lotus Eater’ for free from Roadrunner Records here.
The track comes off their upcoming new album, Watershed, which is due out on June 3rd in North America – a day earlier internationally via Roadrunner. The album will be released as a Regular Edition CD and Collector’s Edition two-disc CD/DVD and Limited Edition 180-gram Vinyl.
Watershed tracklisting: ‘Coil’, ‘Heir Apparent’, ‘The Lotus Eater’, ‘Burden’, ‘Porcelain Heart’, ‘Hessian Peel’, ‘Hex Omega’.
The Collector’s Edition two–disc CD/DVD set includes three bonus tracks – ‘Bridge Of Sighs’ from ROBIN TROWER’s 1974 album of the same title, ‘Den Ständiga Resan’ (sung in Swedish) by Marie Fredriksson as well as the classic ALICE IN CHAINS song, ‘Would?’ – 5.1 audio mix of the entire album, extensive video content, and expanded artwork.
Limited Edition 180-Gram Double LP Set includes bonus track, exclusive poster and expanded artwork and more.
Watch the new video, Porcelain Heart, below!
3 to tour with Dream Theater, Opeth, and Between the Buried and Me on the Progressive Nation tour!!!
Just off the heals of completing two very successful tours, one with the Scorpions and the other with Porcupine Tree, Woodstock NY’s 3 have now just confirmed a spot on Progressive Nation’s inaugural tour! 3 will be joining Dream Theater, Opeth, and Between the Buried and Me on the first ever run of the Progressive Nation tour and are sure to turn heads with their unique blend of pop, funk and hard rock.
The tour is the brainchild of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy who explains: “I’ve been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, I’ve been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk”
Here’s what 3 had to say about being one of the bands on this prestigious tour: “3 is very pleased to announce its participation in the PROGRESSIVE NATION tour. For well over a decade DREAM THEATER has been the vanguard of progressive rock and we are completely psyched to flex with these heavyweights, playing much of our new record “The End is Begun”. This package will rock and awe fans everywhere as one of the most important tours of the year. It’s a progressive way of music, a progressive way of life….welcome to the PROGRESSIVE NATION tour.”
ON FEBRUARY 19, METAL BLADE RECORDING ARTISTS 3 ARE SET TO RELEASE THEIR SOPHOMORE MASTERPIECE “THE END IS BEGUN” WITH BONUS TRACK AND BONUS DVD
Woodstock, NY’s progressive rock geniuses 3, proudly announce their highly acclaimed sophomore release, The End is Begun, will be re-released as a digipak on February 19, 2008. The audio CD will feature the 13 previously released explosive, mind boggling tracks as well as a bonus track; 3’s spin on the classic Pink Floyd song, “See Emily Play”…which will be track #14 on the audio disc. The bonus DVD will feature live performances of the songs: ‘Monster’, ‘Bramfatura’ and ‘Amaze Disgrace’ (all songs from the band’s previous Metal Blade records release, Wake Pig) from the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary show from Worcester, Massachusetts. Production videos of the songs, ‘All that Remains’ and ‘Alien Angel’ will also be included on the bonus DVD.
3 will partake in the ‘Progressive Nation’ tour featuring progressive rock legends, Dream Theater; Sweden’s finest death metallers in Opeth; as well as acclaimed metal act Between the Buried and Me. Dates for the tour will be announced shortly and will be just in time after the February 19, 2008 release of The End is Begun digipak.