This year’s Generation Prog Festival (November 20+21) will feature a performance by an exclusive band: MacLean / Schetter / Tinge brings together an international team of prog/fusion specialists from England, the Netherlands and Germany. They are preparing an exciting setlist with tracks by Planet X, On the Virg, Toto, Los Lobotomys, Alessandro Bertoni and more. The core trio will be supported by keyboardist Sebastian Halbig and Indian percussionist PV Bhaskar.
* Tom MacLean (To-Mera, ex-Haken) – guitar
* Michael Schetter (Relocator) – bass
* Frank Tinge (Relocator) – drums
+ Special Guests:
* Sebastian Halbig (Time Shift Accident) – keyboards
* PV Bhaskar – percussion
Check out the full line-up for the two-day festival:
Sergej Schamber played his last gig with Relocator at the Generation Prog Festival 2014. As usual, he came impeccably prepared, played stuff that should not be possible with just two hands, and was kind and professional throughout – we could not have wished for a better keyboardist and bandmate. Sadly, Sergej’s priorities lie elsewhere. As became obvious back in 2013 and even more so in the last few weeks, Sergej cannot commit to Relocator’s live activities – rare and often just hypothetical as they may be – as much as would really be necessary, so he decided to stop holding us back. We’re all sad to see him leave and we thank him for the great times and successful gigs with Relocator since he joined the live band in early 2011. We wish him all the best for the future with his electro pop project Exploding Head Syndrome!
We already have a potential replacement in mind, but with no live gigs on the horizon it might be a while before anything is decided. We’re going to focus on creating the 2nd Relocator album for now!
Our friends at Prog Sphere have just released a free download compilation featuring all bands performing at this year’s Generation Prog Festival – including an exclusive edit of a brand-new Haken song from their upcoming EP Restoration! And more: Since the festival bands would only amount to about 30 minutes of music, we’ve added songs by bands from our label Generation Prog Records to make for a total playing time of 76 minutes – yes, you can burn your own CD! Among them a song from the new Cea Serin album that came out last week and an exclusive advance track from THEO, a prog rock project that we expect to be talked about quite a bit when its debut album is released in November. Download the free compilation “The New Generation of Prog 2014″ here: https://prog-sphere.bandcamp.com/album/progstravaganza-special-the-new-generation-of-prog-2014
We are quite proud to announce our 10th Anniversary concert – celebrate with us at the Generation Prog Festival 2014 in Nürnberg on November 15th!
For this very special show, we will perform some songs with vocals for the first time – half of the set will be covers of prog classics! Lending us his amazing voice for the evening will be Paul Adrian Villarreal (Sun Caged)! Another guest musician whom we’re excited about is Indian percussionist P.V. Bhaskar, who will join us playing the Mridangam. So make sure you don’t miss this unique show!
If you’re wondering why Bartek Strycharski is only listed as a guest, don’t worry – everything is fine with him, he just cannot play the full set with us this time around. And we’re certainly not removing the violin from our sound! Taking Bartek’s place in the core live band will be multi-instrumentalist Meinte Boersma, doubling on electric violin and guitar (and whatever else we can find for him). Meinte already played with us in February 2011, so he is very familiar with the Relocator material!
And if that alone isn’t reason enough to make the trip to Nürnberg, consider that the rest of the festival lineup includes these fantastic artists:
Our first 2013 gig: On April 12 we will join the mighty Panzerballett and the great Hungarian band Special Providence for a new Generation Prog live event!
Generation Prog live – Jazz meets Metal
April 12, 2013 Luise – The Cultfactory, Nürnberg
As an addition to the vague announcement of a second Relocator album below, we can share with you that Stefan is working on a total of six new Relocator tracks at the moment. The working titles: Kangaroo Jump, Lost in Space, Xmas, Chains in Chains, The Tell-Tale Heart, Calm Entropy.
Effloresce’s “Coma Ghosts” to be the label’s first release on February 10, 2012
German record label startup Generation Prog Records is proud to announce the first two members of its band roster: The international prog fusion project Relocator and the Nürnberg-based prog metal quintet Effloresce. From jazz fusion to death metal—the stylistic diversity between the two bands is a perfect example of the modern prog approach the new label wants to showcase.
The first Generation Prog Records release will be the upcoming Effloresce album “Coma Ghosts”, scheduled for February 10. Label founder Michael Schetter comments: “It’s both a pleasure and an honor to be working with Effloresce on this album. I’ve been following the band’s career from the very start and it makes me proud to hear them finally unleash their potential with this CD.”
Coma Ghosts will be released on February 10, 2012
Effloresce combine an exciting blend of influences—ranging from the atmospheric death metal stylings of Opeth to the melodic playfulness of Dream Theater, but with female vocals and even a sprinkling of flute—into a style entirely their own. The new album’s songs, carefully crafted over the past two years, greatly profit from the epic sound courtesy of metal legend Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Opeth and many more), who mixed and mastered the project.
Effloresce are a female-fronted prog metal band from Nürnberg
The band had this to say: “The last couple of months were extremely intense and exciting, and being signed to a label created by a talented and capable guy like Michael now tops it all. We cannot wait to show our thirst for action and our gratitude. We think that Generation Prog Records is the perfect home for us, it just feels very natural.” Effloresce will celebrate their new CD’s release on February 10 with a concert at the Nürnberg venue MUZclub, performing the full album live in sequence.
Several minutes of samples from Coma Ghosts are available on YouTube:
Label mates Relocator turned quite a few heads when their self-titled 2010 debut featured former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian throughout. The album was praised by critics all over the world and nominated for “best debut album” at the Progawards. The project has since taken to the stage, playing two 2011 gigs with a multinational live band. Guitarist and principal composer Stefan Artwin is currently working on material for the as yet untitled second Relocator album.
Relocator: An international prog fusion project founded by Stefan Artwin (guitar) and Michael Schetter (bass)
The Generation Prog brand first gained international attention with the eponymous 2011 festival which saw both Effloresce and Relocator sharing the stage with some of the finest artists in modern prog: Andromeda, Subsignal, Haken and Exivious. The event drew an international audience from as far away as the UK, Sweden, Italy and the Eastern-most corner of Slovakia. It entailed a barrage of fan requests and band applications for a possible 2012 edition of the festival. The new label extends the Generation Prog brand to provide a home and promotional support for artists operating in the modern progressive music scene.