Ben Craven is a “cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter” from Brisbane, Australia.
He likes to make records.
Immersed as a toddler in the era of big prog rock, Craven taught himself guitar and keyboards and joined a series of bands. None of them made it and none of them remotely played the kind of music that had been burned into his mainframe as a kid.
Nonetheless, the songs he wrote accumulated steadily. In 2005, Craven dispensed entirely with the band approach and recorded his debut album, Two False Idols under the name of Tunisia. The result was a work of incredible maturity, with influences ranging from Pink Floyd and Brian Wilson to the likes of Bernard Herrmann and John Barry.
As Craven worked the album it became painfully obvious that the music business was in the midst of a sea change, and most of the old guard didn’t seem to realize they were the cause. Very quickly he took an anti-DRM stance and released the live acoustic EP Under Deconstruction as a high-quality free download.
Craven stepped up a gear for his sophomore album, Great & Terrible Potions. Delivering on the cinematic promise of Two False Idols, Potions went widescreen as Craven blurred the boundaries between conventional songs and orchestral soundtracks. Augmented by a stunning cover designed by legendary artist Roger Dean (Yes, Uriah Heep, Asia), Potions was dense, complicated and unashamedly pretentious – everything a good prog rock album should be! Or, to put it another way, Craven sounded exactly like someone reveling in the creative freedom that came only from not worrying about what others wanted, and delivering what he felt instead.
His 2016 album, Last Chance To Hear, was a stunning triumphant musical masterpiece of progressive rock. The grandness of the album suggested it was performed by a five or six-piece band. Craven explained, “In keeping with the idea of the album as an endangered species, the new album’s title is Last Chance To Hear. It’s another solo album in the true sense of the word where I play just about everything, like on Potions. The difference this time is a much greater portion has turned out to be instrumental. Not that I dislike vocals, but sometimes the music can be strong and emotional and moving enough to stand on its own without them.”
There was also a special appearance on the album by legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner, providing spoken-word vocals for the track Spy In The Sky Part 3!
Craven achieved a great accolade in 2016, winning the MusicOz Australian Independent Music Award for Best Instrumental, for the track Critical Mass Part 2.
Ben’s latest opus is the album THE SINGLE EDITS (2018).
THE SINGLE EDITS showcases Ben’s finest moments from his solo output, both rock vocals, and rock instrumentals, compiled and re-imagined as single edits. A good bet for radio as Ben takes his greatest moments and edits them timewise into bite-sized chunks of sonic majesty. Although a 24-bit, 96kHz lossless download was released in late 2017, in early 2018 a special edition of THE SINGLE EDITS is available on compact disc, complete with folder artwork and multi-page booklet.
Here’s what the press raved about Ben Craven’s previous release:
“Heavy-duty prog rock monster”
– Anil Prasad, Innerviews
“Cracking virtuoso performance by an absurdly talented individual”
– Classic Rock Society
“Craven’s one-man-band production is a prog opus for the 21st century”
“All the drama, thunder, strum, and drang you could want the spiritual grandchild of Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson to bring”
– Midwest Record
“Craven’s tremendous ability to combine memorable hooks with complex progressive rock and cinematic orchestral music is astounding”
– Sea Of Tranquility
“Press play and this album does the rest”
“Seriously well-distilled and blended”
– Van Dyke Parks
Eight years after drummer Sotiris Lagonikas (What’s The Buzz? / Double Treat) musical project SL Theory started, followed by the release of debut album titled “SL Theory – I”, SL Theory have grown to a 10- member band, with the addition of Mike Karasoulis (Dakrya / Double Treat) on lead vocals, Alex Flouros (Seduce The Heaven / Fragile Vastness / What’s The Buzz?) and Giannis Nigdelis (Double Treat) on the guitars, Manos Gavalas(Sound Of Silence / Airged Lamh / Noely Rayn) on keyboards, Chris Kollias (Seduce The Heaven / Persona Non Grata) on bass guitar, as well as Christina Alexiou, Alexandros Louziotis, Kandia Bouzioti and Margarita Papadimitriou on backing vocals.
The extended heavy prog band, along with a classical string orchestra conducted by Maestro Yiannis Antonopoulos, presented, recorded and filmed live in Athens on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at Passport Keramikos, the complete album of Sotiris Lagonikas, titled “Progressively Dark” (2012), as well as songs out of the albums “SL Theory – I” (2009) and “Different Space Different Time” (2014) and a few brand new, unreleased songs written by G.Nigdelis/S.Lagonikas, in a unique dark-prog and heavy rock audio-visual show that is scheduled for release in audio CD and DVD format in 2018.
Sotiris Lagonikas: Drums
Mike Karasoulis: Lead Vocals
Alex Flouros: Guitars
Giannis Nigdelis: Guitars
Manos Gavalas: Keyboards
Chris Kollias: Bass Guitar
Christina Alexiou: Backing Vocals
Alexandros Louziotis: Backing Vocals
Kandia Bouzioti: Backing Vocals
Margarita Papadimitriou: Backing Vocals
AeonSatori is a Progressive Rock band that captures this universality of spirit in euphoric visionary performances by a versatile family trio of music composers and performers Tyler, Jon and Jeff Timpe.
AeonSatori’s broad selection of recorded materials is a testament to their diversified styles and artistic interests.
“If you are ready for an experience that transcends beyond the limits of a closed loop, come join us as we travel the Vertical Axis to wonder beyond measure.” – AeonSator
Jeff Timpe – Bass, Vocals, Keys
Jon Timpe – EWI Guitar Leads, Keys, Vocals, Orchestration
Tyler Timpe – Drums, Vocals, additional Guitars
Antelope Valley CA
Forever Twelve is a progressive rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA who have made some inroads in the ever-growing genre of prog. Playing festivals such as Prog West and Baja Prog as well as many local venues they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Rocket Scientists and Mars Hollow.
John Baker has received favorable reviews from both journalists and fans alike for his unique voice – often likened to Geddy Lee (Rush), Jon Anderson (Yes), Burke Shelley (Budgie) and for his melodies and lyrics. Baker’s songs have also been picked up by publishers and performers around the world, including Kristi Yamaguchi. Baker has also performed and toured internationally with Mars Hollow, The Little Girls, and Harvey Sid Fisher, as well as lead vocalist for progressive rock band 2KX. He has also performed on many other artist’s releases, most recently Nikki Squire’s “Esquire.” John is also an award-winning audiobook engineer, which he has been doing for many years, and has also engineered, produced, mixed, and recorded many musical projects throughout his career.
Steve Barberic started taking music lessons when he was 8 years old, studying classical and jazz on both piano and Hammond organ. At 12 years old, he discovered and became a fan of ELP, Genesis and Yes. At 18, he started playing in various bands and began writing original music. During college, he played with various other musicians and continued his progressive rock journey. In 1993 after answering a classified ad, he formed Forever Twelve with a guitarist and bassist.
Tom Graham grew up playing in bands in his native Kansas before moving to California to pursue music. After exploring many genres, he settled-in with Forever Twelve, and progressive rock.
Fernando Martinez became interested in playing drums as a teenager, inspired by Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson and other progressive rock pioneers. Adding the influences of rock music and jazz, Martinez developed his own unique style. He has played and recorded with many musicians throughout the years.
Los Angeles, CA
Style of Music
Classic Symphonic Progressive Rock
Taking Forever (2010)
Spark of Light (2004)
Remembrance Branch (2002)
As early as Costa Damoulianos began to learn the letters of the alphabet he was learning the notes of the piano. At the age of twelve, he strived for a broader awareness of music and turned to the bass guitar and drums which eventually led to the discovery of his talent for playing guitar and singing. When Costa turned 17 he began his professional music career and attended Vanier Music School to learn jazz guitar.
However, the most crucial moment of his early adolescence was the day that his father introduced him to a tape mixer, this was the day when Costa first found his love for mixing and producing music. Multi instrumental curiosity led him to technologically advance in what he believes to be one of today’s most interesting musical techniques; electronic composition.
Costa takes influence from various styles of music such as Pink Floyd, Ott, Shpongle, Jeff Martin, Dream Theater, Argaman, Rush, Hans Zimmer, Pain of Salvation, Yanni, Devin Townsend and Koji Kondo. His love for music continued to expand and develop and he increasingly devoted his time towards a progressive direction, introducing Zoungla.
Thriving for balance, Costa paints Zoungla using ethnic sounds of the past with futuristic electronic tones, extremes from silly to sad, dark to bright, calm to intense and serious to fun.
Hans Zimmer, Shpongle, Pink Floyd, Ott, Jeff Martin, Dream Theater, Argaman, Devin Townsend, Globular, Aura, Blutech, Ozric Tentacles