Friday, May 13, 2011

Riverside returns to the Laser’s Edge with its 10th anniversary release

For the band’s 10th anniversary, Riverside has prepared a special three song EP entitled Memories In My Head. The release marks the band’s return to the Laser’s Edge, which will release the EP throughout North America on June 28.

Memories In My Head contains 33 minutes of fresh music. “This new material, concerning (for obvious reasons) the themes of the passing time, will be a pleasant surprise for those who have missed the specific kind of melodies and space known from the band's early releases,” says Mariusz Duda, lead vocalist and bassist. “We have consciously gone back to our beginnings to create a certain kind of a circle. This mini-album will contain three longer compositions most resembling those from our first two albums. The result is a quite interesting, spacious, film-soundtrackish, nostalgic, and most of all rock mixture, summing up our career's first decade quite well.”

Riverside has performed at all the major progressive rock festivals in North America and Europe. Its extensive touring as a headliner and as a support act for Dream Theater has solidified the band’s place in the progressive rock pantheon while establishing a foothold with metal fans as well.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Melodic rock legends Pendragon release new CD

Pendragon formed in 1978 and over the past 30 years have built up a fanatical fanbase around the world, releasing eight albums along with countless EPs, live and mini-albums, most of which have been available via their own Toff Records label. Their recent studio album, 2008’s Pure was named Album of the Year by Classic Rock Society and described by Classic Rock magazine as “Pendragon’s finest hour so far without a doubt” and they have returned this spring with their new album Passion, out now on Madfish, a division of Snapper Music.

Frontman Nick Barrett explains the decision to work with a label after all these years: “After the success of the last album, the obvious next step was to sign to with a label who could continue this success. Snapper/Madfish are currently the best in the field at releasing and promoting creative rock music so signing up with them seemed like the perfect option and it’s something I am very excited about.”

Passion promises to build on the exciting foundations created by Pure and further expand the band’s sound, following and profile. Nick explains: “Our new album is again another step forward for us musically, the mixes sound amazing. There has been so much activity since Pure and there are a lot of new fans now but I really think Passion will reach even more new fans too.”

The album, which will be packaged in a deluxe digibook, is accompanied by a DVD featuring a behind-the-scenes ‘Progumentary’ filmed by the band themselves while recording the album.

Following two weekend-long launch events in UK and Holland, the band will be embarking on an extensive European tour in April which will see them playing 38 dates in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the UK.