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Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock Dies at 66

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock

 

German progressive rock and electronic music guitarist, keyboardist and composer Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock died October 14th, 2017 of kidney failure.

Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock was born January 30, 1951 in Duisburg, Germany. In 1971 he formed a psychedelic rock band called Impuls. During the 1970s, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock experimented with electronic keyboards and built his own studio.

In the early 1980s, Hoffmann-Hoock co-founded the band Cosmic Hoffmann. In 1982, Hoffmann-Hoock traveled to India. His music started to incorporate Asian influences from India and Bali.

 

 

In 1986, Hoffmann-Hoock founded Mind Over Matter, an iconic band that mixed electronica with music of the Far East. Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock played electric guitar and keyboards, as well Indian sitar.

Mind Over Matter released 12 recordings with various lineups.

 

Martigan Pursues the Distant Monsters

Martigan – Distant Monsters (Progressive Promotion records PPRCD036, 2015)

The first two tracks of this album would lead you to believe that Martigan is strictly a prog metal band. Throughout “Theodor’s Walls”, and “Lion,” the band uses the tired chugga chugga of heavy metal. However, on “Lion” guitarist Björn Bisch finally delivers the goods, by playing a superb electric guitar solo.

On track 3, “Simplicius”, Martigan finally starts to show its true progressive rock side with expressive vocals inspired by Fish and other second generation prog rock singers and another great epic guitar solo.

“Complicius,” track 4, is even better, with outstanding vocals and creative drum work that progresses very nicely into an instrumental section where Björn Bisch’ guitar stands out once more.

The longest track on the album is “The Lake,” where you get a well balanced mix of vocals and remarkable instrumental work spearheaded by the guitar that takes you into an epic grand finale.

Track 6, “On Tiptoe,” has a dreamy and cinematic nature with notable vocal work, light percussion and plenty of symphonic keyboards.

“Fire on the pier” has echoes of Genesis and Pendragon, with more delectable guitar goodness.

The albums ends with an anthemic song titled “Take me or leave me.”

The lineup includes Kai Marckwordt on lead and backing vocals and guitar; Oliver Rebhan on keyboards and backing vocals; Alex Bisch on drums and backing vocals; Björn Bisch on guitars and ebow; and Mario Koch on bass and clarinet.

Buy Distant Monster in the Americas and rest of the world

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Profound Epistrophobia

T – Epistrophobia (Progressive Promotion Records PPRCD044, 2016)

Epistrophobia is the new album by the enigmatic artist named T. The brains behind the project is multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist Thomas Thielen. He plays all the instruments. This includes keyboards, guitars, drums, bass, saxophone, sound effects and whatever else.

Stylistically, T borrows from the poetry of Van Der Graaf Generator, the intensity of neoprog bands like Pendragon and others, plus elements of post rock, hard rock and jazz.

Epistrophobia is an introspective album where T explores profoundly the depths and uncertainties of a modern-day individual in the midst of populism, neocapitalism, and digital secrecy.

There is slow paced nuance, sudden intensity, great progressions and epic conclusions in Epistrophobia demonstrating superb progressive rock craftsmanship. Certainly, one of the most interesting progressive music artists in Europe.

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Klaus Schulze Re-Releases Another Green Mile

Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze has re-released Another Green Mile (Mig Music). This album was originally released in 2002 as part of the strictly limited and sold out 5 CD boxed set “Contemporary Works II”. The bonus track ‘Voice ‘n’ Harmony’ is from the 10th CD ‘Adds & Edits’ of the Limited Wooden boxed set ‘Contemporary Works I’.

Kraftwerk 3-D at the Hollywood Bowl

Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk

Pioneering German electronic music band Kraftwerk is set to perform on Sunday, September 18, at 7:00 PM at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Kraftwerk continue their series of highly acclaimed 3-D concerts by undertaking their first Hollywood Bowl appearance.

Bringing together music, computer animations and performance art, their 3-D concerts are a total work of art. Los Angeles act Lyris Quartet will open with ambient adaptations of rare Kraftwerk compositions.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/kraftwerk-3-d/2016-09-18