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GHOST ON MARS Album Out of Time and Space Available Now on Willowtip!

Band Photo Credit: Sara Sangermano

Moreno Sangermano: Lead and backing vocals.
Fabio Valentini: Rhythm, clean and classic guitars.
Andrea Mataloni: Rhythm, lead and clean guitars.
Valerio Lippera: Bass.
Andrea Alberati: Drums.

Rome (IT) – Out of Time and Space, the new album from Italian Progressive Metal quintet Ghost on Mars, is out now on CD and digital formats via Willowtip Records! Coinciding with the release is the official video for album opener, “Beyond The Mist,” which is available here:

Click below to purchase and/or stream Out of Time and Space.

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“These Italians have created something monstrous, simply great!” 

– (9.5/10)

“A remarkable debut album!”

– (9/10)

“Out Of Time And Space is an impressive debut.”

– Heavy Music Headquarters

“Passionate Prog Metal by this up-and-coming Italian group.”

– Ghost Cult

Ghost on Mars combines dark and melancholic atmospheres with metal traditions, recreating their personal approach to prog metal. The songs are inspired by films, books and stories belonging to the science fiction and horror cultures: The Mist, They Live, The Revenant, I Robot, Dylan Dog, Rec, Arrival…

FFO: Pain of Salvation, Leprous, Katatonia, Evergrey, The Contortionist and Soen

Album art by Simon Bossert

Track Listing:

1. Beyond the Mist
2. Quarantine
3. They
4. Carbon Skin
5. Nocturnal
6. That Time I Saw The Moon
7. Under a Crescent Moon
8. Back from the Dead
9. Back to Life
10. Lost Signal


Out of Time and Space was produced by Ghost on Mars.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Di Nunzio (Francesco Di Giacomo, Astra) at NMG Recording Studios in 2022 and 2023.

Ghost on Mars on YouTube


Artisan Prog Cyber Metal Group ‘A DARK HALO’ Drop New Album “Omnibus One,” Release New Video “Thin Be The Veil”

Dave Lowmiller – Lead vocals, bass guitar
Melrose (MECHINA) – Lead vocals, guitar
Christopher M. Jones – Guitars, back-up vocals
Abe Robertson – Lead Guitar, back-up vocals
Kaye Papale – Drums

A DARK HALO, the cyber metal act with a progressive edge, has unleashed their new album delivering explosive electronics, hard hitting rhythms and delicate melodies, A DARK HALO manifest a diverse and dynamic sound that will leave you wanting more.

A Dark Halo has unleashed their highly anticipated new album, “Omnibus One.” With their unique blend of atmospheric textures, intricate song structures and crushing riffs, ‘A Dark Halo’ delivers a captivating and immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of the progressive metal genre.

Omnibus One” showcases A Dark Halo’s evolution and growth as musicians, further cementing their position as a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene. The album kicks off with an intense opener, ‘Thin Be The Veil,’ instantly setting the tone for the journey that lies ahead. From the very first moments it becomes evident that A Dark Halo has crafted a meticulously constructed piece of art that demands the listeners undivided attention.

The musicianship displayed throughout the album is nothing short of exceptional. The band effortlessly weaves byzantine guitar melodies with pulsating bass lines and thunderous drumming, creating a rich labyrinth of sound that constantly metamorphoses and surprises. The progressive elements are masterfully executed, seamlessly transitioning between complex time signatures and tempo changes without ever sacrificing coherence.

One of the stand out features of ‘Omnibus One’ is the bands ability to incorporate electronic and industrial elements into their music. The cyber metal aspect truly shines through, as haunting synthesizers and futuristic soundscapes merge with aggressive guitar- driven sections. This fusion of styles adds depth and unique flavor to the album.

“Omnibus One” is an album that requires multiple listens to fully grasp its intricacies and appreciate its brilliance. Each track stands as a testament to A Dark Halo’s creative prowess.

With the opening track, “Thin Be The Veil”, a darkness manifests with eerie vocals that elicit a feeling of uncertainty. Written about the feeling of being at the precipice of madness, contrasting harsher verses and anthemic choruses result in an enticing sound. “Starfall” featuring Kathleen Cylkowski, sees beautiful piano melodies and stunning clean vocal harmonies inject an ethereal element into the powerful metal instrumentation. An emerging sense of anticipation arises from the orchestration and lead synths in the intro to “I, Revenant”. It draws you in, before a fierce display of ludicrously heavy guitars and percussion thunders into life. Concluding Omnibus One with “The Disquiet”, this track is an acknowledgement of anxieties we face, and holds hope for a better time to come. Musically, “The Disquiet” has an impactful arrangement that ebbs and flows with heavy and light instrumentation to produce a heighten effect. A DARK HALO bring all aspects of their distinctive style into this song, and end with a bang with an utterly unapologetic breakdown.

Founded by Austin, TX, based Dave Lowmiller and Christopher M. Jones in 2005, A DARK HALO (ADH) is a cyber-metal project with an intensely hook-driven and accessible sound, a large and fiercely loyal fan base, and forward-thinking production. The name, A DARK HALO, is derived from the cosmological concept of “dark matter halos” and serves as a metaphor to remind us that much of the most important information in our universe still remains unseen. Sometimes there is light even in the darkest of places. Musically, the band draw inspiration from the likes of SCAR SYMMETRY, FEAR FACTORY, IN THIS MOMENT, and DREAM THEATER.

1. Thin be the Veil
2. Starfall
3. Vector Unknown
4. Flame Betide
5. I, Revenant
6. It Never Sleeps
7. Afterworld
8. The Disquiet

Catalyst (Album) – 2006
“Starfall” (Single) – 2019
“I, Revenant” (Single) – 2019
“Vector Unknown” (Single) – 2020
“Flame Betide” (Single) – 2021
“Afterworld” (Single) – 2021
“It Never Sleeps” (Single) – 2022
Omnibus One (Album) – 2023

All mixes have been updated and remastered by Tommie Bonajo of Tomster Studios.


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PSYGNOSIS Shoot For the Cosmos on “Öpik-Oort”

Thomas Crémier (Drums, Sound Engineer)
Elise Masliah (Guitar)
Rémi Vanhove (Guitar, Sound Design)
Raphaël Verguin (Cello)


Cover art designed by Okiko

1. Öpik-Oort (12:33) [WATCH]
2. Eclipse (10:38)
3. Sunshine (08:57)
4. Caloris Basin (08:43)
5. Uranometria (15:27)
Total 56:18

Style: Atmospheric extreme metal
FFO: Ne Obliviscaris, Opeth, Persefone, Dysrhythmia

Psygnosis started in 2009, when Rémi Vanhove began to gather all of his musical influences into one entity. The first solo EP, “Phrases”, was released in June 2009 and laid the foundation for Psygnosis: atmospheric extreme metal, with hints of electronic music. While he continued to program the drums himself, Rémi then recruited a second guitarist, a bassist and a singer.

The first Psygnosis album, ‘Anti-Sublime’ was released in January 2012, which built on the sound of the initial EP. The band released another EP in 2013 (‘Sublimation’) followed by their second album in 2014. ‘Human Be[ing]’ showed signs of maturity with tighter songwriting and more complex structures.

In 2015, Psygnosis underwent an extraordinary change. Not only did they decide to become a purely instrumental band, they also recruited cellist Raphaël Verguin. This peculiar configuration recorded the EP ‘AAliens’, followed by ‘Neptune’, an ambitious, hour-long opus that stretched all the way out to the edges of the Solar System.

The pandemic gave Psygnosis more time to work on their new album. While more subtle and accomplished, ‘Mercury’ upholds the Vanhove’s original intention: mixing nervous metal riffs, blast beats and atmospheric ambience into a music that’s as intense as it is emotional.

Cello recorded by Raphaël Verguin
All other instruments recorded by Thomas Crémier at SoundBlast Studios

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Thomas Crémier


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New proggressive supergroup TEMIC announce debut album Terror Management Theory

Fredrik Bergersen (Maraton, 22) – Vocals
Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress) – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Simen Sandnes (Shining, Arkentype) – Drums and Percussion
Diego Tejeida (Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, ex-Haken) – Keyboards and Sound Design

TEMIC are announcing their debut album today. ‘Terror Management Theory’ is an energetic, heartfelt journey through the human experience. It speaks to our fears, as well as our instinctive drive to persist. But to reach this point, all four members of this prog supergroup had to navigate quite the career path.

Guitarist Eric Gillette first hit it off with Diego Tejeida (keyboards, sound design) while the two played together in the touring band for Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress. Simen Sandness drums for Shining and Arkentype, while Fredrik Bergersen Klemp still shows off his range as the singer for Maraton.

When Gillette and Tejedia decided to start a band together while the world was shut down in 2020, their idea wasn’t necessarily simple: orchestrate their love for high-energy electronica and killer melodies into a modern prog-metal band. But on their first-ever single, Temic have no problem pulling off that whole concept.

Clocking in at just shy of six minutes, “Count Your Losses” gives TEMIC plenty of time to show off. The band roll out an arena-ready guitar solo to go along with scatting drum fills, fretless bass runs and synths built for a rave. And just think – that only covers the bridge!

Add all of that together with Bergersen Klemp’s clean, melodic tenor, and you get the perfect introduction to progressive metal’s newest sensation.

“”Count Your Losses” depicts the beginning of our journey,” says TEMIC. “It’s also the very first song that we wrote as a band. We’ve been anxiously waiting for this moment, and now it’s finally here!”

Watch the video for “Count Your Losses” HERE.

‘Terror Management Theory’ is out November 17 on Season of Mist. Pre-order the album HERE. Pre-save the album HERE.


Cover artwork: Hicham Hamzi

Track list:
1. TMT (2:02)
2. Through the Sands of Time (7:00)
3. Falling Away (4:58)
4. Count Your Losses (6:13) [WATCH VIDEO]
5. Skeletons (7:00)
6. Acts of Violence (5:52)
7. Friendly Fire (5:57)
8. Paradigm (6:33)
9. Once More (5:45)
10. Mothallah (7:27)
Total: 58:54

Style: Prog-metal
FFO: Dream Theater, Haken, Leprous, Devin Townsend, Tesseract, Periphery

Introducing TEMIC—prog’s newest, most ambitious, and most adrenaline-fueled act. TEMIC melds the creative minds of keyboardist and sound designer Diego Tejeida (Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, ex-Haken), guitarist Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress), drummer Simen Sandnes (SHINING, Arkentype), and vocalist Fredrik Bergersen Klemp (Maraton, 22).

The origins of TEMIC date back to 2017, when Tejeida and Gillette toured the world as band members of Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress. From the very first chords they exchanged, their musical chemistry both on and off stage was undeniable, leading them to discuss the prospect of starting a new band together. Unfortunately, conflicting tour and recording commitments forced them to turn their attention elsewhere for years—that is, until the world came to a standstill in 2020, and Tejeida called Gillette to ask a fateful question:
“Remember how we said we should make music together? Well, how about now?”

Thus, the first demos for what would later become TEMIC’s 2023 debut album, Terror Management Theory, began to emerge. Within a few weeks after that initial phone call, the musical vision of TEMIC had become clear: Let’s create progressive music that is heavily influenced by high-energy electronic music, but arranged and orchestrated for a 5-piece modern prog rock/metal band—where, at last, the pulse can be the focus, and the vocal melody can be king.

Eager to join forces with the very best bandmates, Tejeida and Gillette first summoned the rhythmic power of their friend and drummer Sandnes. With characteristic enthusiasm, Sandnes seized the opportunity, prepared to contribute his percussive prowess as the heartbeat of TEMIC. When it came time to find the singer that would carry TEMIC’s melodies to new heights, Sandnes recommended vocal powerhouse Klemp, whose emotive delivery and unmatched intensity left no doubt that he was destined to be the voice of TEMIC. Finally, to round out the rhythm section of Terror Management Theory, dynamic bassist Jacob Umansky (Intervals) was invited on board as a guest player, gracing the album with an unrivaled groove and a signature low-end sound.

Together, this mammoth lineup is TEMIC, a high-energy, electronic-inspired, modern melodic prog metal band for the next generation.

Recording Studio: Drums and vocals recorded at Top Floor Studios (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Producer: Produced by TEMIC. Drums and vocals engineered by Jakob Herrmann Gothenburg, Sweden)
Mix/Mastering: Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House (Los Angeles, USA)

Guest musicians:
Jacob Umansky (USA) – Bass guitar on the whole album
Mosaic Gospel Choir (Norway) – Mothallah
Garden State Threshold Choir (USA) – Mothallah


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TesseracT Announce New Album “War Of Being” Plus New Video For Title Track

Photography credit: Andy Ford



Five years since the release of Sonder, TesseracT have returned with their new album War Of Being, out September 15 via Kscope. The Dream has crash landed and ‘ex’ and ‘el’ awaken to find themselves in “The Strangeland,” facing a foe known simply as “Fear,” the two are separated and so begins the journey of War Of Being

The album opens with the reverie shattering “Natural Disaster,” followed by the pendulum swing of “Legion.” That slingshots us into the herculean title track — the album’s 11-minute centerpiece that undulates with precision and power. When coupled with the beguiling melodies of “The Grey,” or the unshielded honesty of “Burden,” the band delivers its most impassioned release to date — an album to excite and inspire. Acle Kahney, Daniel Tompkins, Amos Williams, JayPostones, and James Monteith truly have crafted a phenomenal set of immersive, absorbing sounds.

“Natural Disaster”
“The Grey”
“War Of Being”

Regarding the track, Daniel Tompkins says, “‘War Of Being’ is a fight for acceptance, a battle of existence and a resistance against ego. It’s a struggle for control as we cut through the white noise of reality. It’s the need to know and identify with oneself, to accept and understand what we stand for and who we are. There is an urgent need to ‘Tear the mask away,’ and reveal your true self.”

Leaders not followers, TesseracT exist in a sphere of their own with ambition positively written into the band’s DNA and War Of Being is no different.

War Of Being was recorded at Middle Farm Studios in the United Kingdom with Peter Miles (Architects/Sylosis/Dodie) co-producing with the band alongside Katherine Marsh of Choir Noir (Bring Me The Horizon/Architects/Marillion). Assisting with additional programming and production, the band were joined by Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend). With additional engineering by Forrester Savell (Karnivool). The artwork, which features characters ‘ex’ and ‘el’ was created in collaboration between AI and human as a means to extend the concept into its presentation.

The album will be available in a variety of formats that include the following:

— Deluxe version — “The Strangeland” – a limited edition collector’s 3 Disc, 68 page Hardback Book Edition containing the War Of Being audio CD/a DVD/a Blu-Ray that features “The Journey of Being” 40-minute documentary on the making of War Of Being, “The Strangeland,” an in-depth view of the characters of War Of Being, the 1- minute feature length video and album in 5.1 Surround — strictly limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.
— CD Digipack with 24-page booklet
— Digital (+ in Dolby Atmos)
— Gatefold 2LP ‘The Scribe” – Black and Gold Corona (TesseracT EU Store exclusive limited to 1000)
— Gatefold 2LP “Fear” – Red and Black Marble (TesseracT US/AUS Store exclusive limited to 1000)
— Gatefold 2LP – Red Vinyl ( exclusive limited to 500)
— Gatefold 2LP – Clear Vinyl ( + Euro indie stores exclusive limited to 1000)
— Gatefold 2LP – Yellow Vinyl (Kscope Store + EMP Germany Exclusive limited to 500)
— Gatefold 2LP – Black Vinyl
— Blu-Ray (5.1 Surround/”War Of Being” 11-minute feature length video / “The Strangeland” and “The Journey of Being”)
Pre-save + pre-order here.

Alongside the brand new album, the band will be embarking on a worldwide tour that will begin in 2023 running through to 2024 performing shows in throughout the U.S., Europe, the UK, Asia and Australia, with support from Intervals, Unprocessed, Alluvial, and The Callous Daoboys.

Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 14 and are available HERE.

10/5 — Charlotte, NC — The Underground
10/6 — Charleston, SC — Music Farm
10/7 — Norfolk, VA — Norva
10/8 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live!
10/10 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
10/11 — Pittsburgh, PA — Roxian Theatre
10/13 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza
10/14 — Boston, MA — Paradise
10/15 — Philadelphia, PA — TLA
10/17 — Montreal, QC — Corona Theatre
10/19 — Toronto, ON — Danforth Music Hall
10/20 — Grand Rapids, MI — Elevation
10/21 — St. Louis, MO — Red Flag
10/23 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall
10/24 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
10/26 — Seattle, WA — The Showbox
10/27 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore
10/28 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory
10/29 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre
10/31 — San Francisco, CA — Regency Ballroom
11/1 — Los Angeles, CA — The Regent Theatre
11/3 — San Diego, CA — Observatory North Park
11/4 — Phoenix, AZ — Nile Theater
11/5 — Albuquerque, NM — Revel
11/7 — Dallas, TX — The Granada Theater
11/8 — Austin, TX — Emo’s
11/9 — Houston, TX — Warehouse Live
11/11 — Tampa, FL — The Orpheum
11/12 — Atlanta, GA — Buckhead Theatre
11/13 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl