An eerie moon with two eyes and mouth agape provided the pre-set backdrop for Steven Wilson’s show Friday night at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, just before whispers were projected in over the speakers to create a stir within the capacity crowd.
As Wilson took the stage with his on-point collective consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan, woodwind player Theo Travis, keyboardist Adam Holzman, bassist Nick Beggs and local drummer Chad Wackerman, there was a palpable sense of excitement and almost uncertainty as to what was to come.
You see, Wilson isn’t really known for creating tight four-minute tracks that are radio-ready. Instead, the Porcupine Tree frontman is known for his epic opuses, whether it is with his typical band or as a solo artist.
In fact, his latest album, the critically-acclaimed The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), is comprised of six tracks that clock in with over 50 minutes of material. Friday’s performance pulled from several of those compositions to the delight of the rapt audience.
Wilson, who carries the progressive rock banner for such acts like Yes, Genesis and King Crimson, perfectly commanded his band while regularly switching between acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keys. (more…)
Currently in the middle of their own headlining tour in Europe, Cleveland metalcore band Affiance is mere weeks away from the biggest tour of their career, as the group is set to hit the road with metal heavyweights Killswitch Engage and Miss May I this summer.
While there is certainly a lot of traveling on the docket, the chance to play tracks off their latest album The Campaign – and to be able to do it with their upcoming tourmates – marks an exciting time.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Affiance guitarist Brett Wondrak to talk about what lies ahead for the band. (more…)
Rochester, N.Y., metallers Sirens and Sailors have released a video for the recently-released song “Birthday Parties for Puppies,” in which they actually do throw a party for puppies complete with balloons, dog biscuits and a piñata.
Bringing his own band over to Europe for the first time, former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally has been playing songs of his own before he heads out on tour with Joe Satriani on May 18 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Several songs off Keneally’s setlist came from his acclaimed 2012 album Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs written by Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge, on which he collaborated with XTC’s Partridge.
For those that missed Keneally’s romp through Europe, footage of a complete concert at the The Night and Day Cafe in Manchester on March 22 has emerged.
Pennsylvania metallers This or the Apocalypse have been touring hard in support of their latest album Dead Years, and one of their recent shows in San Jose, Calif., was released online in full via Contorted Records.
Watch the show below.
In addition, This or the Apoocalypse has been raising funds for a new van via an Indiegogo campaign after their previous one caught on fire earlier this year. The band is offering several exclusive reward packages at each level of donation.