British progressive rock band, Galahad, has just released its new album, called "Seas Of Change", which follows the "Quiet Storms" album (2017). As the band says, "The "Quiet Storms" album contained fifteen short(ish) tracks and was a much more mellow affair whereas "Seas of Change" is the polar opposite and consists of just one forty-three minute track, which twists and turns creating, what we think is, a full on no holds barred prog/rock rollercoaster of an album. "Seas of Change" is also the first album to feature Lee Abraham on all guitars following his re-joining of the band in the Spring of 2017. As ever the album was pulled together mixed and mastered by engineer/producer extraordinaire Karl Groom (Threshold/Dragonforce/Pendragon/Arena etc.) at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey".
Bob Katsionis, who is on tour now with Firewind across Europe, announced some days ago some details about his new solo album. His fifth solo album will be entitled “Prognosis & Synopsis: An Instrumental Exploration by Bob Katsionis” and will be released by Katsionis’ own record label, Symmetric Records, on February 17th, 2018. As implied by the album title itself, Bob Katsionis makes a statement for his own music; acts both as a "Synopsis" (summary) of his career and art so far, while it makes a "Prognosis" (prediction) of where Katsionis' music will be in the near future. “Prognosis & Synopsis …” was recorded at Katsionis’ Sound Symmetry Studio, Athens, Greece, was produced and mixed by him and mastered by Nasos Nomikos at VU Productions. All instruments are played by the Greek virtuoso, apart from the drums by Vangelis Moraitis (recorded at "The Van”). The beautiful layout is designed by Aurelien Police.
But there are also some other, very interesting news from the Bob Katsionis camp. The much-talented keyboardist/guitarist of Firewind and Outloud introduced a new format for releasing albums and listening to music, as an application for smartphones and tablets. It’ s called Icon-Disc and is compatible with both all iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro etc.) and Android devices. In order to test the new app, Katsionis decided to re-release a re-mixed/mastered version of his latest solo instrumental album [“Rest In Keys” (2012)] along with a bonus track, called “Age Of The Icons”, which can be downloaded for free. In his own words: “Exclusively for this version and to highlight one of the cool features of the Icon-Disc, I have included a part-by-part detailed analysis of every song/track, to help the listener get really in-depth inside my music and help them make the most out of it. Of course you can imagine how useful would that be if a band has a concept album, or wants to tell a story; along with the different artwork-per-song of the unlimited “digital booklet” they can take the listener on an entire new journey, way easier and cheaper than a CD or Vinyl, which would anyway be more difficult to get their hands on and them find the time (and player) to listen to it thoroughly”.
Such initiatives from inspired artists are welcome and hopefully, the new app will become popular in this digital age of music. We wish Bob Katsionis good luck and wait for his upcoming album with much anticipation (judging by the two tracks available at Bandcamp, his upcoming album must be a masterpiece)!
Almanac, the band led by Victor Smolski (guitar, ex-Rage), announced that its vocalist, Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm, Ivanhoe), has left the band. Andy B. Franck posted the following statement on his Facebook page:
"Andy B. Franck is leaving Almanac!
After nothing less than three exciting and very interesting years in Almanac, playing several tours and festivals in Europe, I decided to leave Almanac. The project started with much promise and pleasure, but due to remaining private time-schedule problems I think it’s time for me to move on, not to stand in their way. So I’d like to thank all the bandmates very much for a great time and wish’em nothing but joy, health and success for all their upcoming plans in the future!
To those who became friends of mine and supported me over the years and to all metalheads around the planet, THANK YOU so much: you’re amazing… YOU ARE THE BEST! See you soon, stay wild and metal up your ass!
Andy B. Franck"
We wish Almanac and Andy B. Franck the best for the future!
Doom metal lords Candlemass have just announced that they are going to participate in the In Flammen Open Air Festival in July 2018. They also posted on Facebook that they are in the studio, but it's still unknown what they are recording exactly. Below you can see the poster of the In Flammen Fest along with a photo of Leif Edling at the studio.