InsideOut reports that the second album by Indukti is called Idmen and will be released end of July.
"One of the most remarkable and innovative prog rock acts worldwide hails from Poland and is set to release its second album, Idmen, on 24 July 2009: the five-piece, Indukti, consists mainly of instrumentalists (Ewa Jablonska ? violin, Piotr Kocimski ? guitar/saz; Maciej Jaskiewicz ? guitar, Wawrzyniec Dramowicz ? drums, Andrzej Kaczynski ? bass), shares the vocals on its compositions between a variety of guest musicians and works with unusual instruments such as the dulcimer and trumpet. The result is an album with eight extremely intense, complex and intelligent tracks which are marked by their energy, unusual arrangements and atmospheric instrumentation.
"'Indukti is an induction of five minds, a musical conglomeration designed to stimulate the imagination and draw forth exceptional experiences and unique emotions,' violinist Ewa Jablonska explains her group?s musical parameters, adding: 'Five members, five composers. Usually we rely on improvisation when we rehearse in our practice room. The way we work takes time, but we think it?s worth the wait. We never treat music as a job to be performed within some specific, predefined period, so there?s no pressure; we take as much time for our compositions as we need.'"
The new Eureka album Shackleton's Voyage tells the true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's sensational Antarctica expedition in the years 1914 to 1916. Musical guests on this album are Billy Sherwood (ex Yes, Conspiracy, World Trade), Yogi Lang (RPWL) and Troy Donockley (Iona, Nightwish).
"Shackleton's Voyage is spectacular in every respect and sees Hamburg?s multi-instrumentalist Frank Bossert return to his musical roots. Influenced more strongly again by rock acts such as Yes and Rush [...m]usically, Shackleton's Voyage operates at the interface of prog rock, symphonic, Celtic and ? mainly in terms of his guitar style ? Mike Oldfield influences. Another sensation is the involvement of Billy Sherwood, a former member of prog rock legend Yes, who contributed the vocals on 'The Challenge' and 'Going Home.' 'I?d always dreamed of working with Billy Sherwood,' says Frank Bossert. 'Eureka came to his attention a while ago via my MySpace site. Billy sent me a message, telling me how much he liked my music, so contact was established and we decided to work together.'
Four tracks off the album can be pre-listened on MySpace: www.myspace.com/eurekashackletonsvoyage
The artist's own homepage is now available in English too.
The new Beardfish album Destined Solitaire will be released by the end of July 2009. 70s style Progressive Rock at its best. Initial pressing in digipack available.
Also, as you have probably heard by now, Beardfish - as well as Pain Of Salvation - have had to withdraw from the Progressive Nation 2009 tour. Here's the official press release:
It is with the utmost disappointment that I am forced to share the unfortunate news of both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish having to pull out of this summer's Progressive Nation tour....
Their label InsideOut just recently lost the financial funding for the tour as a result of their distributor SPV recently claiming bankruptcy... which effectively meant that both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish lost the tour support that was essential to their ability to come to North America for Progressive Nation.
All parties involved (myself, both bands, InsideOut, etc) are beyond devastated at this turn of events and are truly sorry to all of the fans that were looking forward to this lineup. We tried everything we could do to salvage the situation, but in the end it was not possible...
Well as the album title says, every Black Cloud does indeed have a Silver Lining.... so with this unfortunate news, I bring to you the good news of 2 incredible bands that will jumping on board Progressive Nation to join Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa this summer: Bigelf and Scale The Summit.
Los Angeles' Bigelf are my personal favorite new band to come along in many years... their latest CD Cheat The Gallows is my favorite album of the year and I already had positioned them onto the European run of Progressive Nation in the Fall.... with them now joining us on PN09 in North America as well, it looks like world domination is now not that far out of reach for them!
Pretty soon, everyone will hopefully be falling for their retro, psychedelic, progressive, hard rock, doom metal as hard as I have!
Houston instrumental band Scale The Summit are a recent discovery for me and their top notch musicianship will be a perfect fit to this Progressive Nation lineup stylistically falling very nicely between the musicality of Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa. They bring the instrumental elements of prog rock and fusion into today's contemporary hard rock/metal sounds and are one of the most talented group of young musicians I've seen assembled in many years.
Once again, apologies to anybody disappointed in this unexpected and unavoidable lineup change... but the circumstances were beyond our control...
In any event, PN09 will carry on and still deliver the most musical bang for its buck this summer throughout North America and we look forward to sharing the evening with you!
Your Progressive Rock Ambassador,
[Source: InsideOut Newsletter and Website]