Wicked Minds announce that the group will take a period of rest to allow individual players to concentrate on “Electric Swan” e “The Link Quartet” projects.
The band will return when they will found the inspiration and the time to be right for a new album
The members will go on to play and propose their music in different shapes,
bringing new sap and passion in projects in which they strongly believe and from which they draw inspiration and enthusiasm.
They would like to thank all fans that followed them and love their music.
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AKASHA is a Norwegian quintet who recorded one strange and fascinating album back in 1977. They are: Kjell Evensen on drums; Arild Andreasson on bass; Jens-Ivar Andreassen on guitar, mellotron, synths, piano and organ; Tor Johnny Hansen is credited for lyrics on one particular track; and Sverre Svendsen handles the mellotron as well as the English vocals - highly reminiscent of Greg LAKE, by the way. Musically speaking, comparisons aren't easy: try to imagine a blend of early GENESIS and the MOODY BLUES, albeit a much harsher, stranger version of the latter. AKASHA write dark and foreboding prog and lyrics with a strong sci-fi bent. The LP version of their album is now a collectors' item, commanding 3-digit prices on the underground market; even the small Swedish label (APM) that issued its cd version in 1995 has now ceased to be.
The music on their self-titled album (which dons an epic 11-minute opener) is loaded with synths, mellotron and spacey effects that will no doubt send fans straight to 'tron heaven (the mellotron features prominently throughout the album, relegating the guitars to a secondary role). Jens Andreassen exploits his synths to the fullest, wrenching out a variety of experimental analog sounds and noises (what he does with filters and oscillators is simply amazing). The only problem with the album is its poor sound - it was recorded in a bomb cellar of a hotel, in the town of Finnsnes. Except for this flaw, "Akasha" is brilliant and a true gem of underground Scandinavian prog.
If you fancy plenty of mellotron and spacey experimental sounds (and don't mind a 'so-so' production), no doubt you'll have your hands - and ears! - full with AKASHA.
la Passione per il Disco
"La Passione per il Disco"
I Negozi - I Collezionisti - le Fiere
a cura di Nicola Iuppariello
con interventi di Renzo Arbore,
Dario Salvatori e Giordano Sangiorgi
ZONA 2013 - pp. 200 - euro 18
ISBN 978 88 6438 346 0
Dal 20 aprile 2013 in libreria, in occasione dell'
International Record Store Day 2013
In questo libro, lo status quo della passione per il vinile in Italia: uno strumento indispensabile per incrementare le opportunità di condivisione, scambio e incontro tra gli amanti e gli addetti ai lavori, un veicolo di esperienze ed emozioni, un pratico prontuario da consultare e approfondire secondo le proprie esigenze.
I negozi che in Italia hanno resistito alla crisi del mercato discografico e a quella economica, quei punti vendita che ogni giorno diffondono il supporto vinilico e ne garantiscono la sopravvivenza.
I collezionisti, quasi personaggi mitologici - metà uomo, metà disco - in un certo senso i principali artefici di questa sopravvivenza, che fanno del culto di un artista, di un gruppo o di un genere vera e propria ragione di vita.
Le fiere, i luoghi in cui confluisce e si percepisce in tutta la sua evidenza il fermento del movimento vinilico.
Vinilici è a cura di Nicola Iuppariello, direttore di DiscoDays. Fiera biannuale del disco e della musica di Napoli e già autore nel 2012 del saggio Il vinile al tempo dell’iPod.
Questo libro è stato realizzato da Iuppiter Eventi, associazione culturale senza fini di lucro che organizza e promuove DiscoDays e si occupa in generale di mostre e iniziative legate al mondo della musica, in collaborazione con una rete di soggetti operanti sul territorio nazionale.
Hanno collaborato alla redazione: Dario Russo, Lisa Merenda, Maria Borriello, Riccardo Piccirillo, Vincenzo Russo, Anna Iuppariello.
Con l’importante consulenza di: Fernando Fratarcangeli, Pino Imparato.
Si ringraziano per la collaborazione: Franco Lastilla, Giordano Sangiorgi, Luciano Chirico, Paolo Montalbano, Stefano Leo, Ciro Maddaluno, Flavia Di Vincenzo.
Un ringraziamento particolare a Gennaro Pasquariello.
Si ringraziano per aver sostenuto l’iniziativa editoriale: Alfredo Orsini, Ferdinando Frega, La Cultura del Vinile e della Vita, Rock Bottom, Silvio Zanaboni, Dario Piana, Tommaso Lucci, Alessandro Morlino, Manlio Di Meglio, Andrea Mattioli, Salvatore De Falco, Luigi Francesco Razete, Alessandro Cappella, Pino Imparato, Dischi & Soda, Germano Barban, Massimo Pozzi, Alta Fedeltà, Giuseppe Guarino, Domenico Enrico di Napoli, Giuseppe Razzi, Antonio Clemente, Enrico Bodo, Paolo Campana, Edoardo Fracchia, Lino Santoro, Lucia Miletti.
Con il contributo di: Replay Box e Rimmel
Con il sostegno di: DiscoDays, Stereoclassic, Audiocoop
ARABS IN ASPIC - Pictures in a Drem Cd / Lp
ANTONIUS REX - Hystero Demonopathy Cd / Lp
"Hystero Demonopathy" is the result of an esoteric research, made by Antonio Bartoccetti,
on DEMONIC HYSTERIA, considered as a psychiatric event by some people and as esoteric-magic by others.
Historically a psichiatric disorder or demonic esoteric disorder is marked by excitability, irritability,
dark confusion, mystic demonomania, misbehavior and emotional extremes,
occurring mainly in possessed women. From the point of view of music "Hystero Demonopathy"
is a multisound-multistyles of concentrate fusion: gothic, classic, post-classic,dark,
doom, metal, impressionist, progressive, post-progressive, after-rock....
with micro electronic inventions and perseverant events.
The Devils Nightmare
the Fatal Letter
Possaction (integral document)
Rexample (vocals soloist & riffs pt. 1)
out on 12.12.12
MAELSTROM - Same Lp / Cd
An overlookied US band, formed in early-70's and led by guitarist/keyboardist/sax player Robert Williams aka Roberts Owen (R.I.P.).The original line-up featured also multi-instrumentalist James Larner, keyboardist Mark Knox, drummer Jim Miller, bassist Paul Klotzbier and Jeff McMullen on lead vocals/guitars.Maelstrom had a private press LP out in Canada, recorded in 1973 at Fort Walton Beach in Florida and very rare nowadays, originally released under the title ''On the gulf''.
Why this band is so overlooked remains a huge mystery to me, as Maelstrom had one of the most eclectic and intricate sounds back in the days.Every track shows a different amount of influences and musical approaches, always played under a very complicated yet well-structured musicianship, offering a huge and dramatic sound like a cross between ETHOS, CATHEDRAL and YEZDA URFA.There are strong amounts of melodies and acoustic passages in the vein of GENESIS, huge sax-based more improvised sections in the vein of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR and SOFT MACHINE, smooth electric parts with delicate vocal harmonies as tribute to CARAVAN, complex interplays as GENTLE GIANT first ever presented and YES-like adventurous symphonic orchestrations with a superb atmosphere.Heavy loads of Mellotron and organ, jazzy-flavored sax atmospheres, dramatic orchestrations with good electric parts, instrumental battles and endless changing climates can be detected constantly, leaving the most demanding proghead satisfied.
In 1997 Black Moon Records re-issued the album in CD format under the title ''Maelstrom'' and this work contains a couple of extra tracks recorded live by Maelstrom in 1980 at the ''Three Rivers Festival'' in Indiana with only Owen and Klotzbier from the original line-up along with keyboardist Kent Overholser and Rollin Wood on drums.''Opus one'' has a strong E.L.P. vibe with organs leading the way along with some dramatic synth work in a classic Symphonic Rock track, while the longer ''Genesis to geneva'' is a bit more of a loose instrumental composition again in a Symphonic Rock path but surrounded with some more Avant-Garde/Fusion atmospheres, where synths, organ and electric guitars are on the forefront.
A fantastic discovery for all fans of adventurous Classic Prog.Interesting combination of Symphonic Rock, Cantebury Prog and Jazz-Rock, where so much is going on.Definitely among the finest releases of the time in the USA/Canada and highly recommended
DEMETRA SINE DIE - A Quiet Land of Fear Cd / Lp
”A Quiet Land of Fear” è un viaggio attraverso le nostre paure.
Il suono è oscuro e visionario, cosmico e doom arricchito da sintetizzatori e trombe.
Sulla scia di gruppi quail Neurosis, Ancestors, Swans, Tool, A Storm of Light e ultimi Ulver
il suono di Demetra è oggi caratterizzato da un approccio cinematico ed emozionale.
”A Quiet Land of Fear” is a psychedelic trip through our fears.
The sound is dark and visionary, cosmic and doom supported by synths and trumpet.
On the way of bands such as Neurosis, Ancestors, Swans, Tool, A Storm of Light and last Ulver, Demetra’s sound is today characterized by a new cinematic and emotional approach.
Demetra Sine Die – Council from kaos - CD 2008
Demetra Sine Die – A quiet land of fear – LP/CD 2012
Marco Paddeu : voice , guitar
Adriano Magliocco : bass
Marcello Fattore : drums
Matteo Orlandi : synths
Preview the new album on youtube here :
WITCHES BREW - Supersonic Speedfreaks Cd / Lp
New album! Hard Blues 70s Psych (with NIK TURNER, MARTIN GRICE, STEVE SYLVESTER, PAOLO "APOLLO" NEGRI, J.C. CINEL, RICKY DAL PANE)...