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Progstravaganza XVIII: Transforma

Progstravaganza XVIII: Transforma Out Now

Prog Sphere’s Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation series has reached its eighteenth edition with the release of the brand new sampler titled Transforma.

Transforma brings seventeen songs, building another varied sampler of the world’s underground progressive music. Check out great tunes from Jason Rubenstein, Ethereal Riffian, Killcode and fourteen other artists, download the sampler and make sure to share it with your friends.

In the meantime, Prog Sphere is open for the music submissions for the  next Progstravaganza compilation which will be released later this month. Artists interested in submitting their music can contact Prog Sphere at the well-known e-mail address: info@prog-sphere.com

Septa on Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Septa

Septa is a four-piece alternative rock band from Odessa, Ukraine. Band was formed back in 2006, the founding members were Eugene Tymchyk and Alexander Kostuchenko. Then after long hiatus Septa surfaced again in 2010 with an addition of Alexey Sulima and Alexander Bezusov. Humbly considering themselves as ‘alternative rock’ they constantly endure their music with experiments, influenced by other genres, such as post-hardcore, noise rock and trip hop.

In 2013 band released their debut album title ‘The Lover’, record was mixed by industry legend Matt Bayles who produced genre-defining albums by Norma Jean, Isis, Mastodon and Russian Circles and mastered by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes fame. ‘The Lover’ gathered many positive reviews by the critics and got band nationally acclaimed in Ukraine. As for now Septa is preparing to record its follow-up.

Links:

http://septa.bandcamp.com

Rubik 1138 on Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Rubik 1138

Rubik 1138 is a progressive instrumental rock band formed in 2008. Originally from Metepec, México, Rubik 1138 takes its name from the Rubik cube, but with the inverse goal: instead of making six plain color faces (in this case, music), the idea is to combine the colors in every face infinitely. The number 1138 comes from the George Lucas’ film THX1138. The music travels from classic rock, to jazz, nourished with glances of funk, metal, soul, surf and electronic music. The band’s live shows are accompanied by real time video projection and lightning.

The band members impersonate as surreal characters by wearing a mask, giving more space to the audiovisual theme of the shows.

Their first album was released on January 2011, and this 2014 the second album, KAFKATIK, is going to be released during the summer.

Links:

www.rubik1138.com

http://www.reverbnation.com/rubik1138

https://soundcloud.com/rubik1138

https://www.facebook.com/Rubik1138

Stolen Memories

Stolen Memories

In 2007, Baptiste Brun (guitar) and Antoine Brun (drums) decided to form a progressive metal band. They successfully recruited some musician friends of theirs, including Najib Maftah (lead singer), Mathieu Banchet (bass guitar) and Sebastien Cenci (keyboard).

The newly founded quintet quickly elaborated their style and repertoire in order to promote their music. Before recording an album, Sebastien Cenci left the band and was replaced by Alexis Armion.

In 2010, the band started working on their first album in a studio setting. With the album finished, Stolen Memories realised its first
opus, with the help of Olivier Didillon (producing) and Alex Borel (mastering) : « The Strange Order » was born.

After making efforts to promote the album, Pervade Productions signed Stolen Memories on October 10th of 2010. « The Strange
Order » received favorable reviews and critical acclaims. Shortly after, Alexis Armion left the band and Basptiste Brun took back the
keyboard parts of the next album.

Determined to maintain the momentum, Stolen Memories started working on its second album, in order to further fine-tune its sound
and identity. By the end of 2011, the keyboard parts were recorded in a studio with the collaboration of Thomas Nemer. In the begining
of 2012, the quartet recorded « Blind Consequence » in Warm Audio Studio, with the support of Alex Borel and Chris Arnaud, and
with mastering by Mathieu Monnot in Eyemat Studio.

In March, 2013, Stolen Memories second album « BLIND CONSEQUENCE » is available on Brennus Music.

https://www.facebook.com/stolenmemoriesprog

Ethereal Riffian on Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation series

Ethereal Riffian

ETHEREAL RIFFIAN was formed in summer of 2010. After spending several years and experimenting with different musical styles, they have found sonic vibrations that sound in unison with ER’s collective consciousness. “Shaman’s Visions”, the debut work of ER, was released in 2011 and the result of the long search.

Exactly one year later, the next release “Dkyil Khor (Sand Mandala)” was added to the band’s discography. The twenty-minute meditational single was written for one of the expositions of the Arsenale-Biennale 2012 exhibition, which was devoted to the transience of time and the search of self.

The second full-length album called “Aeonian” is the band’s most mature work, which unites all the best talents of its members. The eponimous book merged as a result of their intention to fully disclose the ideas and concepts of the album. While working on the narrative, ER realized that from now on books would become an integral part of the band’s creative work, for they let reinforce the images created by the music and inculcate them in the consciousness of the listeners.

The band’s activity has two main objectives: to compose unconventional music, which is able to expand the frames of the listener’s musical perception, and to shed light on the existence of a subtler plane, whose laws if understood properly may help to perceive the reality on a deeper level. In order to achieve the abovementioned goals, ER diligently work on each new release. That is exactly why the ones who get acquainted with the creative work of ER need to be very attentive.

“We sincerely hope that the message carefully integrated in our music is able to induce our listeners, and now our readers as well, to open up the new facets of existence and kindle the light of their true self, which will not dim even in the darkest nooks of Sheol.”

Bugra Sisman on Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Bugra Sisman

Bugra Sisman started playing guitar when he was 12. After taking guitar classes from Ceyhun Saklar when he was 14, he went into Istek Belde Fine Arts high school.

When he graduated from this high school in 2005,  he got accepted to Middlesex University’s Ba Music Performance department.

In this school, he worked with the famous guitarist, Timothy Walker. He also worked on performance techniques with Raeneda Machie. He had the chance to work with one of England’s most famous composers Dr Francois  and Dr Peter Fribbins.

He graduated from this University in the year of 2005, and he went back to Turkey.  While he continues his work on stage and studio, he also gives private lessons on his own and at some private institutions.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Bugrasisman

5R6

5R6

“It is hard to list 5R6 under some particular genre. In their own words: “some say that we are playing a mixture of stoner and progressive rock, others that it is prog mixed with grunge with a pinch of alternative rock and metal seasoning for a better taste. As for us, we couldn’t care less. We’re just trying to bring all that we love about music in what we do.” And along with heavy riffs in 7/4 and 15/8 you will find catchy melodies and tender arrangements.

Their first EP “Knots & Spirals” was released in October 2010. Musically it was highly influenced by the Seattle scene of 90’s and progressive bands such as Tool, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Mastodon etc.

In august 2012 the band released their second EP “+6.5 And Brighter”, which is more proggy and even somewhat psychedelic, it has incorporated more classic rock, 90’s post-hardcore and stoner rock influences, rather than metal. The band’s intention was to create a unique sound and solid compositions remaining within heavy rock to give food for a listener imagination making his/her limbs and head moving to the rhythm while his/her mind taking a transcendental trip to the inner and outer space.

In September 2012 5R6 went to their first European tour with Stoned Jesus, a stoner-psychedelic rock band from Kiev. Currently, 5R6 is preparing to record first full-length album.”

https://5r6music.bandcamp.com/
http://www.last.fm/music/5R6
https://www.facebook.com/5R6.band

Eryn Non Dae.

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Eryn Non Dae.

France’s Eryn Non Dae. gives the metal scene exactly what is needed – something unique, groundbreaking, and a new style of extreme to follow upon. Much like fellow homeland heroes Gojira and Hacride, END. pulls off a signature sound that can immediately be picked up by the metal critics.

Read the Progstravaganza Questionnaire, answered by the band’s bassist Mickael André.

How did you come to do what you do?

Mickael André (bass): Franck and Yann, the two guitar player are making music together since a very long time, they decided to make a band and slowly Eryn Non Dae came to its actual form.

What is your first musical memory?

Personnaly it must came from my parents, and must be old french singer like Georges Brassens or Charles Aznavour, Jacques brel, this kind of singer my mother used to listen to all the time, nothing to do with metal but it’s the first music I remember having heard…

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Life and what we have inside of us, we’re always trying to express whio we are and what we have inside our heart.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

That song speaks about metamorphosis, it’s Meliora concept and this song is the final song on the album, it deals with somebody trying to rise, to evolve from its condition to something better.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

Not at all, we always try to follow what’s coming with each song, but we realised some time ago that a lot of our song can be splitted in two parts, songs like « When time elapses » or « The decline and the fall » for example and it’s completely unconscious when we write it…

How do you see your music evolving?

It’s a very hard question, I believe we all want to make it better by working even harder on each side of our music but to speak very personnaly I would love to explore new sounds and something more cinematic, something full of new elements compared to our other album, but it’s quite personnal and each of us within the band has its own will and expectations…

What is your method of songwriting?

We very often start from guitar riffs and add everything very slowly, then we record it raw and then modify everything until were fully satisfied with everything, a song is never finished until each of us is exactly pleased with everything, it’s a very long process for us, I hope we will try to work diferently on the next album, but time will tell….

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Be aware and curious. Just follow your heart, it’s the most honest way to create something, and even if what you do doesn’t interest a lot of people, I believe that it’s infinitely most rewarding producing smething that trully comes from you instead of making something that is not you. This is the way I see thing when it comes to music and even art in general.

What are you looking forward to?

Wow…writing good music, express ourselves and visiting other places.

Links:

http://www.erynnondae.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ERYNNONDAEofficial

Bands, send your music submissions for the Progstravaganza compilation series to info@prog-sphere.com

Personal Signet on Progstravaganza compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Personal Signet

Raw and uniquely sounding guitars merging with strong vocal melodies accompanied by top-level musicianship of all band members. That is Personal Signet, a group of amazing instrumentalists and gifted songwriters from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Personal Signet’s music stands somewhere in between art rock and progressive metal, often being spiced up by electronic arrangements and programming.

Check them out on the Progstravaganza XVII: Progression and read the questionnaire.

How did you come to do what you do?

We have been writing music from early days and we all met at a music workshop in Czech republic in 2003. We found out our music visions were very much alike, one thing went to another and we started playing live. The feedback was good so we figured it would be a pity not to continue and now we are about to release our second full length album already.

What is your first musical memory?

Listening to Pink Floyd – The Wall on vinyl as a 5 year old. And humming Slovak folk songs prior to discovering Pink Floyd.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

We listen to tons of new music everyday. Everything is so easy to reach and find these days which is amazing and also slightly frightening. As I said I started out listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel as a kid. Then the 90’s and the grunge period came followed by the Brit pop era. I totally fell in love with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Blur and others. Nowadays I think we are pretty open minded when it comes to music genres and we digest everything what we feel has something to say to us.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

The song Wires carries the message of conflict between humans and technology. We tend to spend too much time with electronic devices, internet and social media in a kind of twisted reality. We feel the real life is different and it’s important to preserve friendships elswhere then on Facebook or via tablets and iphones. All these devices and platforms are surely amazing but we try to keep everything in a „in moderation“ mode.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

The tracks usually come out of live rehearsals. Then we play around with ideas and the lyrics usually come last.

Personal Signet

Personal Signet

What is your method of songwriting?

See the answer above.

How do you see your music evolving?

I think it’s evolving in a less metal and more art-rock/experimental way and hopefully poeple like it.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Be open minded, be yourself and be nice to people.

What are you looking forward to?

We are really excited for our new video Wires which is about to drop soon.

Links:

http://www.personalsignet.com

https://www.facebook.com/personalsignet

Bands, send your music submissions for the Progstravaganza compilation series to info@prog-sphere.com

Basta on Progstravaganza compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Basta

Basta are instrumental progressive rock band coming from Castelfranco di Sopra in Tuscany, Italy. They answered Progstravaganza Questionnaire.

How did you come to do what you do?

We just put together the instruments we liked to play! The result is an original mix between standard-rock elements (drum’n'bass, electric guitar), classical elements (bass clarinet), and some unexpected frequencies (made by a melodion!)

What is your first musical memory?

Our first live (that’s what you’re asking about, right?) was a kind of rock jam-session. Prog riffs plus simple chords with solos. Three years ago. That’s how everything began.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Prog has always been in our DNA, like metal and classical music. So, we take inspiration from Dream Theater, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, and, in Italy, PFM and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

It’s hard to answer, because we are a totally instrumental band! Anyway, the song we chose is “Mondi Paralleli”, “Parallel Worlds”. It’s like a role-playing game between the different elements of the music: rhythm, harmony, melody. A game in which there is sometimes dialogue, sometimes fight, sometimes exchanges of parts, sometimes interpenetration, sometimes sudden detachment, always dynamic tension. Like life.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

Absolutely not. Or, to be more precise: our patterns are our lives and Chianti wine!

Basta - instrumental prog rock from Tuscany

Basta – instrumental prog rock from Tuscany

What is your method of songwriting?

In the last time we started writing all together from a zero-point, whereas before we started from an idea of one of the members.

How do you see your music evolving?

Now we have a bass player, from september 2013. So, our music is evolving towards a more defined and rich rhythmic section. On the other hand, the clarinet can develop its full melodic power, interweaving with the melodion. The guitar remains the backbone, linking all the rest and giving stability to the whole.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Be original! There are too many copies of copies. And, on the other hand, listen to all kinds of music: originality is not to create things out of nothing, but to create oneself out of the real world, the world of the others.

What are you looking forward to?

We are working on the next album, and we search for a label. But, above all, we’d like to find live dates, especially rock-prog festivals… in all the world!!

Links:

www.bastapuntoesclamativo.it

https://www.facebook.com/Bastapuntoesclamativo

Bands, send your music submissions for the Progstravaganza compilation series to info@prog-sphere.com