Three more bands confirmed for Generation Prog Festival 2011

And the band announcements continue: The Generation Prog Festival 2011 on September 23 and 24 will see the German debut of the brilliant To-Mera from England, the return of our celebrated February headliner, Relocator, and the live premiere of the new quintet lineup of our local heroes Theory of Elements. A great prog weekend is pretty much guaranteed! ūüôā

Five years after the release of their debut album Transcendental, To-Mera finally make their debut on German soil! Started as a multinational band with Hungarian involvement, the quintet around vocalist Julie Kiss has since firmly established itself on the stages of Britain – which they already got to share with legends like Dream Theater and Emperor. Musically, To-Mera are a lot more daring than most metal bands with female vocals: Rhythmically the music is reminiscent of Meshuggah and Textures and there are detours into jazz and other surprises, raising the music far above the level of the all-too-common Nightwish copycat bands.

Relocator‘s 2010 debut turned quite a few heads as it featured none other than former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian as a special guest. But the album had more to offer than just star power: Helped by Dutch drummer Frank Tinge and Polish electric Violinist Bartek Strycharski, project founders Stefan Artwin (guitar) and Michael Schetter (born Pruchnicki, bass) delivered a varied, dense mix of progressive metal and modern fusion. The album was praised by critics all over the world and nominated for “best debut album” at the Progawards 2010. The live unit retains the core band featured on the CD, with newcomer Sergej Schamber (Ocean Spout) taking the place of Derek Sherinian.

Theory of Elements have been a fixture on the N√ľrnberg prog scene since 2005. Playing countless live gigs and two editions of the Brainmusic Festival, organized by bandleader Enzo Ferrara, the Franconian quartet earned its reputation as a commanding live band. The Generation Prog Festival will see the live debut of their new quintet lineup with two guitarists and returning keyboardist Martin Koralewski. The band are currently working on a new EP that should be available in time for the festival and they can’t wait to bring some of that new material to the stage!

The three remaining bands (including the big Saturday headliner) will be announced soon.

Haken and Exivious confirmed for Generation Prog Festival 2011

The first Generation Prog Festival will be held on September 23rd and 24th at the Luise in N√ľrnberg, Germany. The event brings together some of the best young prog bands from various European countries and local talent from the N√ľrnberg area for an exciting weekend of progressive music!

The first two bands to be confirmed are perfect examples for the festival’s focus: Haken from England and Exivious from the Netherlands have released only one album each so far, but both got rave reviews from all over the world and both are not just seen as promising young talent, but already considered to be two of the best bands on the prog scene.


Haken‘s debut album combines such diverse influences as Dream Theater, Danny Elfman and Frank Zappa into a unique musical rollercoaster ride. The songs are filled with so many ideas that they never get boring despite their length and the arrangements are so elaborate that even with two guitarists and keyboardists at their disposal (main writer Richard “Hen” Henshall switches between the instruments on the fly), the six members of Haken have their hands full in a live setting. Even though the band was founded in 2007, this year marks the first time they will play live in Germany!


Exivious have dubbed their music “fusionmetal” – the purely instrumental mix of styles fuses the musical vocabulary of metal with the improv culture of jazz. Given the band’s lineup, it’s not a surprise that this happens on a stunningly high level: Drummer Stef Broks is also active in the Dutch metal band Textures while bassist Robin Zielhorst and guitarist Tymon played with legendary band Cynic until just recently. The performance at the Generation Prog Festival 2011 will be Exivous’ live debut in Germany!

More bands and further details regarding the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

Who: Haken, Exivious and six more bands
Where: Luise – The Cultfactory, Scharrerstra√üe 15, 90478 N√ľrnberg, Germany
When: Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2011, doors open at 18:00
How much: Ticket prices will be announced soon

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R√ľckblick auf das erste “Generation Prog”-Konzert

Das Team vom “Abh√∂rdienst” der N√ľrnberger Nachrichten hat unserer Veranstaltung ebenso umfangreiche wie gro√üartige Berichterstattung gewidmet:

Konzertbesprechung: “Ein Fest der schr√§gen Takte”

Interview mit Organisator und Relocator-Bassist Michael Schetter

Großartige Fotos von allen drei Bands

Herzlichsten Dank an Autor/Interviewer Christian Urban und Fotograf Tobias Stich!

Hinzugef√ľgt am 15. Februar:
Hier ein erstes Video aus Erlangen, Dante mit ihrem Er√∂ffnungsst√ľck All My Life:

Hinzugef√ľgt am 16. Februar:
Hier der Bericht von Klaus Reckert f√ľr Pop Frontal:

Die Generation Prog geht ihren Weg

Foto-Galerie: Generation Prog mit Relocator, Effloresce, Dante / 11.02.2011, Erlangen, Omega

Vielen Dank, Klaus!

Tickets jetzt erhältlich!

Eintrittskarten f√ľr Generation Prog live sind nun erh√§ltlich √ľber unseren Online-Shop. Beim VVK-Preis von 8 Euro ist das Porto innerhalb Deutschlands inklusive!

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Erstes “Generation Prog”-Konzert am 11. Februar

Relocator / Effloresce / Dante zu Gast im Omega, Erlangen

Junge Bands von internationalem Format zelebrieren die Vielfalt der progressiven Musik

Das Internet macht es m√∂glich: Wo die Sch√∂pfer progressiver Musik noch in den 90er-Jahren auf die seltene Gnade und Experimentierfreude von Plattenfirmen angewiesen waren, bietet sich heutzutage durch die weltweite Vernetzung auch ungew√∂hnlicher und anspruchsvollerer Musik eine gro√üe H√∂rerschaft. W√§hrend Bands sich fr√ľher¬†erst lokal, dann national und vielleicht zum guten Schluss¬†auch noch¬†international einen Namen gemacht haben, verkaufen sie ihre Musik heute manchmal schon direkt in die USA, nach Australien¬†oder nach¬†Japan, noch bevor die Musikszene in der eigenen Stadt sie √ľberhaupt wahrgenommen hat.

Unter dem “Generation Prog”-Banner¬†kommen nun¬†drei solche Bands zu einem¬†gro√üen Konzertabend im Jugendclub Omega Erlangen zusammen: Das deutsch-holl√§ndische Projekt Relocator, frisch nominiert f√ľr “Best debut record” bei den internationalen Progawards 2010, Dante aus Augsburg, seit 2010 unter Vertrag beim kalifornischen Label ProgRock Records, und¬†Effloresce aus dem Gro√üraum N√ľrnberg – die j√ľngste, aber deswegen nicht weniger eindrucksvolle Band im Bunde. Geboten werden √ľber drei Stunden spannender und mitrei√üend dargebotener progressiver Musik, die Einfl√ľsse von Rock und Metal √ľber Jazz-Fusion bis hin zu Klassik vereint. Auch stimmlich ist Abwechslung angesagt: W√§hrend Dante mit Alexander G√∂hs auf einem melodischen S√§nger setzen,¬†sind bei Effloresce-S√§ngerin Nicki Weber¬†auch Einfl√ľsse von so unterschiedlichen Stilen wie Oper und Death Metal zu h√∂ren. Relocator dagegen √ľberlassen das Sprechen gleich ganz ihren Instrumenten, etwa in Form des ausdrucksstarken Geigenspiels von Bartek Strycharski und der Fusion-gepr√§gten¬†Gitarrenl√§ufe von Stefan Artwin.

Der Konzertabend im Omega ist der Auftakt zu einer Reihe von Musikveranstaltungen.¬†Unter dem “Generation¬†Prog”-Banner sollen modernen Progressive-Bands durch bessere Vernetzung und¬†effektivere Promotion mehr und bessere Auftritte in Deutschland erm√∂glicht werden.

Wer: Relocator, Effloresce, Dante
Wo: Jugendclub Omega Erlangen, Michael-Vogel-Straße 1g, 91052 Erlangen
Wann: Freitag, 11. Februar 2011, Konzertbeginn 20:00
Wieviel: Abendkasse 8 Euro. Vorverkauf √ľber unseren Online-Shop!