Legendary American art/prog hard rock band Kansas has revealed the details concerning its new, highly anticipated studio album.

It will be entitled "The Absence Of Presence" and it will be available on 26th of June, via InsideOut. "The Absence Of Presence" features nine all-new tracks written by the band, produced by Zak Rizvi, and co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams.

Lead vocalist Ronnie Platt said: "We are really excited for our fans to be able to get a taste of what is to come from 'The Absence Of Presence'. I think people will really be surprised by the album. 'The Absence Of Presence' shows the band firing on all cylinders".

Guitarist Zak Rizvi commented: "We are really proud of the album 'The Absence Of Presence'. Making a new Kansas album sets a very high musical standard that is expected from our fans. From rockers, to progressive epics, to ballads, there is something on this recording for everybody".

In the new Kansas album the signature sound is unmistakable throughout. The album showcases Ronnie Platt's towering vocals, David Ragsdale's searing violin, Tom Brislin's dazzling keyboards, Williams and Rizvi's electrifying guitar riffs, Ehart's powerful drums, and Billy Greer's rocking bass.

"The Absence Of Presence" will be available on CD, double LP 180-gram vinyl, limited-edition deluxe CD + 5.1 Blu-ray artbook, and digitally on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and all other streaming services.

Tracklist

01. The Absence Of Presence
02. Throwing Mountains
03. Jets Overhead
04. Propulsion 1

05. Memories Down The Line
06. Circus Of Illusion
07. Animals On The Roof
08. Never
09. The Song The River Sang

 

 

 

Lou "L.A." Kouvaris died at the age of 66. There hasn't been an announcement, but manager Giles Lavery said that Lou developed symptoms of COVID-19. 

Kouvaris, who was born in Piraeus, Greece, was the first rhythm guitarist of Riot - he played in the two first Riot albums, "Rock City" (1977) and "Narita" (1979) and penned several classic Riot tunes along with Guy Speranza and Mark Reale. 

Last year, Kouvaris joined forces with another ex-Riot guitarist, Rick Ventura, to form Riot Act.

Riot posted the following on Facebook: "Lou (LA) Kouvaris (RIP). RIOT has lost another brother. Lou played on the very 1st RIOT record 'Rock City' and performed with the current lineup many times as we are Family. We are saddened by his passing and continue in his and the RIOT family honor! Rest in Power Lou! Now start working on music with Guy Mark and Rhett! Shine on Warrior!"

 

You can now "umlaut" your name and get personalised Motörhead artwork! 

Just visit this link, enter your name and you will get your own jpg!

Lemmy admitted that the idea to put the umlaut on the second O of Motörhead was something he "pinched" from his friends in Blue Öyster Cult.

Tobias Sammet, Avantasia and Edguy mastermind, posted an announcement on Facebook, according to which he is working on a new Avantasia album and Edguy is currently on hiatus. But let's see what Sammet wrote:

"Friends, some of you have been wondering about EDGUY recently, and what I am up to next, when a new AVANTASIA album is due etc. Well, who knows what's gonna happen exactly these days and forthcoming months. First priority for all of us should be to be healthy and safe. That's all that counts right now! But you asked a couple of things, and I feel I have the time right now to set a few things straight: I have been working on a new AVANTASIA record for a while now, and not on a new EDGUY record because that's what feels right to me. It's a compliment, whenever I write an album for EDGUY people ask for AVANTASIA and vice versa. But as an artist you have a feeling about what you want to, what you're driven to do next, that inner longing is your fuel and drive, and anyone who has recently written a couple of heartfelt albums will agree with me. Ideas have to be done a certain way, and in my case if there wasn't AVANTASIA, I'd have to invent it. Sascha [Paeth, guitarist/producer] and I have started working on great ideas some time ago, and for me in art there is my way or no way, and I owe you and me that honest self determination. EDGUY has been on hiatus for a while as you all realized. Yes, it's been a while since we were out, and nothing is in the pipeline currently but we're all doing our own stuff, at least up until this mean virus stopped big parts of everyday life all over the world. The situation is, [2014's] 'Space Police' was a great album, but it felt extremely exhausting to put together and make it the great album that I was satisfied with. It's not unusual I assume, nearly 3 decades in a band, when you deliver like a clockwork, bands should be granted to run out of mutual agreement and then take a break as opposed to delivering something for the sake of putting their logo on something. Besides, I can't split myself in two. EDGUY has always been my love, and in early 1999 I started my second love — AVANTASIA. You know, I also have ideas for a solo project I so desperately would love to do, but I don't wanna get lost in too many things at once. Besides, being 42, having written 18 albums, being a family father and a prisoner in isolation (currently, no fishing for sympathy here, we all are) — I just don't want to continue to deliver like a machine according to expectations. It's impossible. So, when is the new AVANTASIA album ready? I have no idea! Who knows what the future holds, I will continue to work on my stuff and then see what comes out, and when. I wish you all strength and hope and light in these troubled times, I am fully aware there are more important things in life than the question about which of his two bands a musician is going to release an album with. It's completely unimportant in the big picture, looking at what the world is going through right now, so let's not take little things too seriously. But you asked and I wanted to answer instead of reading and responding to individual comments. It's easier that way. Be safe, I love you, Tobias". 

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