2018 Lineup Announced By ProgPower USA, Tarja, James Labrie and Angra To Healine; Redemption Reveals Major Lineup Change

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land’s performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath’s performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey’s Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 – DAY 2:

Angra – 25th Anniversary “fans pick the set list” Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 – DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) “Return to Heaven Denied” part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway)

The reveal video for Days 1-2 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX – Days 1&2 Roster from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

The reveal video for Days 3-4 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX Roster Video from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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2018 Lineup Announced By ProgPower USA, Tarja, James Labrie and Angra To Healine; Redemption Reveals Major Lineup Change

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land’s performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath’s performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey’s Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 – DAY 2:

Angra – 25th Anniversary “fans pick the set list” Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 – DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) “Return to Heaven Denied” part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway)

The reveal video for Days 1-2 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX – Days 1&2 Roster from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

The reveal video for Days 3-4 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX Roster Video from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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Dez Fafara Launches The Oracle Management With Mark Vieira

DevilDriver/Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara has announced the launch of The Oracle Management and brought in the expertise of artist manager Mark Vieira, formerly of Good Fight Management and Prosthetic Records.

Together, Fafara and Vieira hold more than 45 years of combined experience and share a vision and mission to create an artist-driven environment for growing acts as well as established talent to persevere in an ever-changing industry. Vieira’s bands, 1349 (North America only), Black Tusk, The Casualties, Ringworm, Silver Snakes, Tombs, and Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar), join the existing roster of DevilDriver, Amigo The Devil, Wil Ridge, and Made From Stars.

The Oracle CEO Dez Fafara states, “It’s my great pleasure to welcome Mark Vieira and his roster of bands to The Oracle Management. When synergy happens, it’s often a lightning-strike moment. In my first meeting with Mark, we had an instant connection. We both had a common mission with our artists to provide total attention to every detail – whether it be as mundane as tour routing or marketing or out-of-the-box ideas that often notch an artist up overnight due to a well-executed plan of attack on multiple fronts. We quickly formed an infrastructure from all the sources we had together which makes for a powerful combination. We get shit done and in a timely manner… that’s just the facts!”

He continues, “It just made total sense joining forces with Mark. Here’s a guy who’s driven, who like me, doesn’t mind picking up the phone late at night or early in the morning and doesn’t mind working 15 hours a day to better his clients’ careers. Together we leave no stone unturned. Get ready. This is just the beginning of The Oracle Management and where we will be taking the company into the future. There will be many more announcements coming on the horizon, including announcements of other managers joining the team, as well as other bands joining the roster. Looking forward to the work!”

Vieira adds, “Our paths have crossed a few times over the years, but Dez and I would’ve otherwise never had the opportunity to really get to know one another. Upon sitting down and discussing ideas and our philosophies, it was pretty apparent we were on the same page. About an hour after leaving our first meeting, we were already on the phone a couple times, and everything clicked. Dez has a unique vision of the industry from having been in two bands that were built from the ground up and both became successful worldwide. With our combined backgrounds and experiences, The Oracle Management offers something truly unique to both established and developing artists, and I am looking forward to being in on the ground floor of a growing company with other like-minded individuals who work as a team on every project.”

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Survive This! Announces New Album Release

Survive This! – hailing from Las Vegas and formed in 2009 – combines post hardcore with electronic metal to raise hell across the nation. The band just inked a deal with Alpha Omega Management and will release a new album shortly. The book agency comments:

“We’re truly glad to welcome Survive This! into our roster family! These guys are pure energy and post hardcore attitude, killing the stages that get in their way! Their live performance is a must to see, and you will, soon and everywhere! Next month will come out their new album, and this summer the guys will be touring hard! So just stay tuned for next announcements!”

Survive This! will headline a “Reality” album release show on May 6th at the Hard Rock. Full details are available here.

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Mutiny Within Working On New Material

Mutiny Within just checked in with the following band update and announcement about working on new material:

“Things are moving along a lot, lot quicker than we anticipated. We’ve already got songs coming together and being demoed. The chemistry that made this band so special when we started out has never been stronger and we’re literally tripping over new ideas and we’re so excited to be doing this again.

“Things have been really quiet for us for so many years but that break seems like it’s breathed new life into the band. We’ve got that fire back that made Mutiny Within what it was.

“Most of you know that we had a lot of dark days after we departed from the roster of Roadrunner Records and it’s hard to believe we’ve never actually been in the same room since December of 2010. We started our first tour being great friends and as time went on, more things went wrong, and our friendships became strained.

“But, here we are in 2016 working together as a whole band, all be it over an ocean but that isn’t holding us back. So thanks for sticking with us. This next release is going to be strong. We’ve incorporated those classic MW progressive elements, and most importantly we’re having the time of our lives making new music.

“Check out this video of Bill Fore rehearsing one of the heavier songs before he starts tracking in the near future.”

Bill Fore rehearsing new Mutiny Within material

Things are moving along a lot, lot quicker than we anticipated. We’ve already got songs coming together and being demoed. The chemistry that made this band so special when we started out has never been stronger and we’re literally tripping over new ideas and we’re so excited to be doing this again. Things have been really quiet for us for so many years but that break seems like it’s breathed new life into the band. We’ve got that fire back that made Mutiny Within what it was.Most of you know that we had a lot of dark days after we departed from the roster of Roadrunner Records and it’s hard to believe we’ve never actually been in the same room since December of 2010. We started our first tour being great friends and as time went on, more things went wrong, and our friendships became strained.But, here we are in 2016 working together as a whole band, all be it over an ocean but that isn’t holding us back. So thanks for sticking with us. This next release is going to be strong. We’ve incorporated those classic MW progressive elements, and most importantly we’re having the time of our lives making new music.Check out this video of Bill Fore rehearsing one of the heavier songs before he starts tracking in the near future.

Posted by Mutiny Within on Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Tiles Signs With Laser’s Edge To Release “Pretending To Run”

American progressive label collective Laser’s Edge Group has completed a deal with long-running Detroit progressive hard rock quartet Tiles for the upcoming release of the band’s sixth studio full-length, the 2xCD “Pretending To Run.”

New album “Pretending To Run” was produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning) and features a remarkable collection of guest musicians including Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Kevin Chown (Tarja Turunen, Chad Smith), Matthew Parmenter (Discipline), Mark Mikel (Pillbugs), Joe Deninzon, Max Portnoy (Next To None) and many others.

Laser’s Edge comments on the signing: “Tiles has long been one of the standard-bearers of American progressive rock. I first saw the band perform back in 1999 and they’ve been on my radar ever since. It’s a pleasure to add them to our roster and I’m looking forward to our collaboration. When I first heard Pretending To Run it was clearly and unmistakably Tiles but infused with a more expansive sound. The contributions from the guest artists take TILES into new directions that will please their fans old and new.”

Collectively issues Tiles in a statement about the signing, “We are extremely pleased to partner with the Laser’s Edge to release our long-awaited new double album, Pretending to Run. For over twenty years, progressive rock and metal aficionados have come to rely on the label’s discerning judgment for releasing the finest in new progressive music – so joining their roster is indeed a gratifying compliment! We are confident they will put the full force of their expertise into bringing Pretending to Run to the attention of progressive hard rock fans everywhere.”

“Pretending To Run” will feature artwork by Hugh Syme and is scheduled for a March 4, 2016 release through Laser’s Edge. Stand by for full details.

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Organ Dealer Releasing “Visceral Infection” Album

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes northern New Jersey’s grindcore fiends Organ Dealer to the roster with punishing debut album “Visceral Infection.” The album will drop on July 14th, with pre-orders available here, and HPGD Productions comments:

“Formed in a damp basement in June of 2013, Organ Dealer are a a flash point of sound, 100% full speed and relentless mayhem! ‘Visceral Infection’ is 20 intense minutes of pain, frustration and relief… the sum of experiences only brought on by living in a place like NJ.

“This is REAL grind with a death metal backbone and an honest representation of what fast, heavy music is when crammed into one tight space. Prepare yourself to have the back of your head splattered against the wall!”

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AFM Records Inks Deal With Burning Point

Finnish power metal act Burning Point has signed with AFM Records. Being an active part of the European power metal scene for the last 15 years, the band around mastermind/guitarist Pete Ahonen has added former Battle Beast vocalist Nitte Valo to the group’s ranks in 2014 and is set to release their new album soon. Exact details will be announced soon.

Ahonen comments: “To me AFM Records has always been a label of quality releases and the words can’t describe of how happy and excited I and we are to be a part of the AFM family! It has been very clear from the start that they have a heart full of fire and huge load of enthusiasm towards the bands in their roster. I have to say that first time in YEARS we (label and the band) work as a TEAM.”

A first song snippet (re-recorded 2015 version of the band’s track “All The Madness”) is available for streaming here:

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Crucifixion BR Streaming Full Album “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ”

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Brazil’s blasphemous black metal bulldozers Crucifixion BR to the roster with debut album “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ.”

Formed in 1996 in the Rio Grande by Lord Grave War an DarkMoon, Crucifixion BR finally unleashes this beast of brutality, a release full of pure hatred, raw energy, and intense aggression. You can stream the songs below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. War Against Christian Souls 00:39
2. Crucifixion 02:37
3. Eternal Judgement 05:00
4. Dead Generations 03:09
5. End Of A Life 06:49
6. Apocalyptic Sentence 07:23
7. Slaves Of Christ 03:53
8. Future Memories Of A Hell 03:42
9. In The Shadows Of The Obscurity 04:47
10. I’m Dead 03:17
11. Soul’s Rupture 02:16
12. Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ 04:22
13. Schizo 02:46

Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ by CRUCIFIXION BR

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Krullur Streaming “Grounds For Termination” EP Online

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Krullur to the roster with the new EP entitled “Grounds For Termination,” which can be heard below, while a new EP is also in the works. HPGD Productions also comments:

“Hailing from Houston, TX and formed in 1989, Krullur play a style that can be described as blistering death metal meets catchy blackened thrash metal, with a healthy dose of 80’s metal!

“This six track thrashcore release is a relentless assault of violent, aggressive, and crushing metal. Experience the aural torment through memorable riffs, shredding leads and thunderous drums… a slab of crossover hatred taken to the next level!”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Bringer Of Destruction 02:00
2. Necromancer Of Death 03:14
3. Designed For Failure 02:41
4. Pay By Pain 03:42
5. No Holds Barred 02:42
6. Infestation 03:57

Grounds For Termination by KRULLUR

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