It started as a "fun thing", but now it is a proper band. Rage's Peavy Wagner has formed a new band, Refuge, with his former bandmates in Rage, Manni Schmidt (guitars) and Chris Efthimiadis (drums). Refuge is the reincarnation of Rage's classic line-up, that released records such as "Trapped!" (1992) and "The Missing Link" (1993). Peavy's new brainchild is going to release its debut, "Solitary Men" on June 8, via Frontiers Music, and the first single ("From the Ashes") is available now and can be streamed below.
Peavy said: "The band sounds nearly the same like back then, maybe a bit more relaxed, mature, with more individual experience, but the general vibe is still the same. We know each other blindly. In order to write the songs, we created the same set-up we had 30 years ago. We rented the same rehearsal room and jammed together in a live situation and the magic was back! I'm glad that we could use and finalize some of our ideas from back then, stuff that we couldn't use in that days for several reasons. The song 'Waterfalls', for example, was always one of my unfinished favorites. I'm proud we were able to bring it to light now finally!" And he continues: "We want to continue doing this together as long as possible. It is a manifestation of our reborn old friendship and it is a 'coming from the heart' thing for us to do it".
Rotting Christ faced some problems recently in Georgia, since Sakis and Themis Tolis were arrested on charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name. This news is reported by the band's label, Season of Mist.
Sakis Tolis tells us what happened: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow the police to another area of the airport under the pretense of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism. Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time. Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"
The band was allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.
This June, a new Fates Warning live album will see the light of day. Its title is simply "Live Over Europe" and it will be released on June 29 via InsideOut Music. "Live Over Europe", mixed by Jens Bogren and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, was recorded during the recent headlining tour of Fates Warning for the promotion of the band's latest album, "Theories of Flight". It includes live recordings from the shows in eight cities (Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia) and 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time.The singer of the prog metal masters, Ray Alder, commented: "We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make "Live Over Europe". We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them".
01. From The Rooftops 02. Life In Still Water 03. One 04. Pale Fire
05. Seven Stars 06. SOS 07. Pieces Of Me 08. Firefly 09. The Light And Shade Of Things 10. Wish 11. Another Perfect Day 12. Silent Cries 13. And Yet It Moves
01. Still Remains 02. Nothing Left To Say 03. Acquiescence 04. The Eleventh Hour 05. Point Of View 06. Falling 07. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray, Pt. IX 08. Through Different Eyes 09. Monument 10. Eye To Eye
Guitar Masterclass Content: //Meet and greet // Q&A // Picking techniques from gypsy jazz to fusion Improvisation // Harmony tips Sense of groove Playing with band.
Jim Politis is the founder and lead guitarist of the Ethnic/Gypsy Jazz band The Ghost Notes. Coming from a music background that combines many different music genres (metal, jazz, rock, blues, funk) he presents a modern approach in Gypsy Jazz Music.
He has shared the stage with Stochelo Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Trio,on The Ghost Notes' first concert of their 3rd European Tour, in Athens, Greece, and collaborated with jazz pianist George Kontrafouris on The Ghost Notes' second Album, ''Secrets Of A Memory’’.
He has appeared live in mumerous venues and festivals, including The Royal Albert Hall (UK), Djangofollies Festival (Belgium), 4 times in Djangofest Festival (Greece), Brussels Jazz Marathon (Belgium), JekerJazz Festival (Netherlands), and has had 5 European tours with The Ghost Notes, as well as a solo tour in Malaysia and Singapore.
He currently lives in Athens, where he teaches music, and he performs live with The Ghost Notes all over Europe.
Jim Politis uses RM Acouctics Pre Amps,Sigletos custom made guitars and is an Ambassador of Scheltler Group.
- Founding Member and Guitarist of the bands:
THE GHOST NOTES (2012 – Present) Music Style: Gypsy Jazz Album: Jazzy-Key (2013) Album: Secrets Of A Memory (2015) Album : Dance of Colours (2017)
First European Tour - May 2013 (Athens, Florence, Bologna, Prague, Berlin, Brussels, Maastricht, London, Cardiff)
Second European Tour - May 2014 (Athens, Florence, Bologna, Zagreb, Budapest, Prague, Brussels, Maastricht, London, Cardiff, Brighton, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Llantrisant, Liverpool)
Third European Tour - February/March 2015 (Athens, Florence, Zagreb, Munich, Brussels, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool)
Performance at Djangofollies Festival (Belgium) - January 2016
''Cherokee'' – Jim Politis' The Ghost Notes feat. Stochelo Rosenberg, live in Gazarte, Athens, GR (2015): HYPERLINK "..."...
''Donna Lee'' - The Ghost Notes live video performance in Acapela, Cardiff: HYPERLINK "..."...
''Classical Adventure'' – Included in Upcoming Album ''Secrets Of A Memory'' Video: HYPERLINK "..."...
RAFFERTY RULES (1996-2012), Music Style: Metal Albums: Rafferty Rules 1, Grandma's Words, Dare To Be Different, Outburst, Name Your God, Dispossessed
TONE36 (2007 – 2010) Music Style: Progressive Rock Album: Saying Is One Thing, Doing Is Another
PRAXIS (2005 – 2008) Music Style: Jazz Fusion Album: Introduction
PERSONA NON GRATA (1999 – 2001) Music Style: Funk Rock Album: Persona Non Grata
VICIOUS CIRCLE (1998 – 2000) Music Style: Progressive Rock Album: Vicious Circle
- Founder and Organiser of the yearly GUITAR JAM FESTIVAL for 4 consecutive successful years in Volos, Greece (2008 – 2011)
- Session guitarist on Die Without's European tour (2011)
- Teacher in the HYPERLINK "http://www.kodv.gr/odio.htm" \n _blankConservatory of Arts in Volos (2008 – 2009) Tought: Music Theory (Advanced level), Improvisation, Ear Training for people with dyslexia