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THOUGHT CHAMBER – Sophomore album “Psykerion” via InsideOutMusic; Reveal cover artwork!

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, New Music, News, Previews, Releases with tags , , on August 8, 2013 by Randy
THOUGHT CHAMBER – Sophomore album “Psykerion” via InsideOutMusic; 
Reveal cover artwork! 
 
 Progressive Metallers THOUGHT CHAMBER are finally back with a new release, following up on their acclaimed debut album “Angular Perceptions” from 2007. The U.S. based group named their second album release “Psykerion” and it will be released on September 16th, 2013 in Europe and on October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Next to guitarist and composer Michael Harris as well as vocalist Ted Leonard (also in Enchant, Spock’s Beard and Affector), THOUGHT CHAMBER’s ranks of skilled players now also feature Bill Jenkins (also in Enchant) on keyboards, Jeff Plant on bass and Mike Haid on drums.

THOUGHT CHAMBER’s mastermind Michael Harris checked in to comment about the new album as follows:

“We’re all very excited about finally releasing “Psykerion”! A lot of changes have occurred in the band since our first record. Beyond Ted & I, we now have Mike Haid on drums, Jeff Plant on bass and Bill Jenkins on keyboards, who all did a stellar job and are all great guys on top of that, so our chemistry is perfect.
“Psykerion” is a concept record – a sci-fi human drama – musically yielding everything from prog-metal to jazz-fusion to acoustic.”

“Psykerion” contains 16 tracks / 64 minutes of superb true progressive metal with a technical sci-fi twist, likely to appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Yes, Rush or Planet X. The album’s cover artwork, which can be seen above, was designed by John E. Holland / MistyMountainGraphics.com. The album was recorded in various locations between 2012 and 2013 and finally mixed and mastered by Tom Size

(Y&T, Aerosmith, Mr. Big, Enchant) at Tomland Studios, Pacheco, CA.
More details about “Psykerion” and some first music samples will follow in the coming weeks…

THOUGHT CHAMBER Line-Up:
Ted Leonard – Lead vocals
Michael Harris – Guitars, keyboards, harmony vocals
Jeff Plant – Bass
Bill Jenkins – Keyboards
Mike Haid – Drums

THOUGHT CHAMBER Online:
https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtChamber

 

JOLLY reveal moving new video for ‘As Heard On Tape’

Posted in Artist Watch, New Music, News, Releases with tags , , on August 5, 2013 by Randy
This year so far, Jolly have not only released the stunning second part of ‘The Audio Guide To Happiness’, they’ve also toured Europe and the US with Polish progressive legends Riverside and released two music videos. Now the band are extremely pleased to reveal the moving new video for the beautiful track‘As Heard On Tape’, which can be viewed here:
The band had this to say about the video: “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

Sometimes the only way to deal with true pain is to just feel it head on.  At the height of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster, David Roya, the father of JOLLY drummer/producer Louis Abramson, decided to walk to the beach for the sole purpose of letting his pain take him over.  This was a particularly hard time for David, living for months in what seemed like a post-apocalyptic world, with no power, limited food, cloudy polluted air, and all the time in the world to think.  Beyond the immediate trauma of the disaster, he now began to face his own mortality and feel the repressed pain of his entire life.

David walked to the beach, and spent about an hour crying, laughing, screaming, and just running through all the emotions that arose.

When he was finished, he felt a surge of relief, and energy.  When he returned back home, JOLLY was over finishing up a day of filming the video for Dust Nation Bleak, and discussing ideas for further videos.  David came bursting into the room and began to tell JOLLY all about his experience on the beach and how profound it was.  He was oozing with excitement and elation.
After he left, bassist Anthony Rondinone turned to the rest of the band and said “this should be a music video..”

Soon after, Louis approached his father about the possibility of filming him while he went through this intense catharsis.  He said at first it might be strange, but eventually he would be able to forget the camera was there.  So off they went, father and son, to the dismal desolate beach, and there began a rather strange and beautiful experience.  While trying to get artistic camera angles, Louis is simultaneously experiencing his father get completely overtaken by his emotions.  This was a completely new experience for him, as his father had always proved to be a “tough” guy.

What may seem like a crazy man ranting on the beach is actually something quite beautiful, profound, and totally real.  At the darkest time in a mans life, he was courageous enough to feel his emotions, and let the world see him in his most raw and vulnerable state.  And you are witnessing this all through the eyes of his son.
JOLLY loves you.’

The band also recently announced two dates in the US with label-mates Spock’s Beard Sound of Contact, as well as two shows with The Winery Dogs, details of which can be found below:

August 3rd – New York, NY – BB King’s Blues Club & Grill
w/ The Winery Dogs

August 7th – Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
w/ The Winery Dogs

August 21st – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
w/ Spock’s Beard & Sound of Contact

August 22nd – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
w/ Spock’s Beard & Sound of Contact

September 7th – New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall
w/ Sound of Contact, Francis Dunnery, Edison’s Children

September 8th – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
w/ Sound of Contact, Francis Dunnery, Edison’s Children, Bolus

September 9th – Dunellen, NJ – Roxy & Duke’s
w/ Sound of Contact, Francis Dunnery, Edison’s Children

If you didn’t catch the bands last video for ‘Firewell‘, check that out here: http://youtu.be/bn6TFRrcYEA

JOLLY 
“The Audio Guide To Happiness, Part II”
Out Now 
 

 

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