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The Figurant / Great Wide Nothing / Valence / Celestial Inferno / Dope Goat

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The Figurant

The Figurant is an Atlanta base Progressive Metal band with a unique sound combining elements of jazz, rock, punk, pop, and funk.

Great Wide Nothing

Great Wide Nothing is a progressive/art rock band hailing from Atlanta, GA.

Conceived, initially, as a solo endeavor by bassist, frontman, and principal songwriter/composer Daniel Graham, the project took on a life of its own with the addition of keyboard virtuoso Dylan Porper and renowned percussionist Jeff Matthews (both graduates of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media) in the Summer of 2017, as the group collectively rehearsed, arranged, and ultimately refined Graham's original compositions.

An unconventional power trio whose unique instrumentation, colorful lyrical imagery, and symphonic leanings frequently elicit comparisons to classic 70's prog acts like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but whose accessible melodies, emotionally compelling, often spiritual and/or socially-conscious subject matter, and eclectic, somewhat more modern tonal palette lend them a contemporary edge, Great Wide Nothing successfully bridges the gap between reverent nostalgia and of-the-moment urgency, offering listeners a distinctive, relevant take on the powerful and grandiose sounds that defined one of rock and roll's oddest, boldest, and most polarizing eras.

Valence

Fans of completely unpredictable progressive metal, lend your ears! Hailing from New York, instrumental quartet VALENCE is here to feed your need for sweet technicality, masterful melody and outstanding musical genius – wrapped tight and tied with a Sci-Fi bow. Expertly fusing genres like metal, rock, jam, classical, jazz, and more, VALENCE’s varied yet cohesive influences offer every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral and emotive, while not sacrificing accessibility.

On April 12, 2019, VALENCE will make yet another epic statement, by releasing the follow up to their Independent Music Award-winning 2014 EP, Laser Baron. The ambitious new full-length album, entitled Cognitive Dissidents, was recorded and produced at Westfall Studios in Long Island, NY and clocks in over 50 minutes of tantalizing auditory storytelling.

Celestial Inferno

The Origins of Celestial Inferno

Written by Reggie Sheeblesteen of Prog-Lemur Magazine.

Beneath her bustling lattice of irrationality, Atlanta is mother to a musical paradox. Aged for a decade in her gestational juices, Celestial Inferno has only just begun to prepare its most delicious auditory dishes.

Some call the band manic purveyors of heavy progressive rock. Others call them a hallucinogenic quagmire in gravity. But better understanding of the formidable trio might be gleaned from a glance at its members.

The group’s bassist John Leeson joined the band shortly after his untimely exile from a clan of Buddhist knife fighters—it’s rumored his techniques were considered unethically “stabby.” Through means unknown, these tactics are thought to have prepared Leeson for a disciplined life of melodic meditation and self- induced metabolic cryostasis.

Though capable of speaking English, Leeson insists on verbally communicating via an obscure dialect of Cave Troll; of which, he is the only known speaker. These utterances are then telepathically conveyed to a remote tribe of Sri Lankan elephants known as the Avataãrayakas. When the Avataãrayakas hear their call, they respond in the form of ritual dance. These subsonic celebrations are recorded by Tokyo’s leading seismologists and then wired to Celestial Inferno’s practice space for further interpretation.

When discovered by Antarctic researchers, drummer Alexander Burdette was found using a pair of frozen sturgeons to perform an eerily precise cover of Tool’s Lateralus on a drum kit made from mummified seals. When asked how he survived the brutal Antarctic winters —wearing only cargo shorts and a torn Batman shirt— Burdette cryptically replied: It had to be done.

Upon his return to the continental United States, Burdette spent several years with a nomadic troupe of extremist mimes. In the years of silence, he became known for his ground breaking percussion operas performed entirely through the art of miming. Bored with the medium’s limitations, he decided to bring his unique style to more traditional acoustic kits. Lurking in the space between rock and the hardest of places, Burdette’s unconventional rhythms aim to tickle the unconscious fancy.

With an affinity for arcane trivia and an unsettling appreciation for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ hair in the 90s, Daniel Lukács serves as the group’s guitarist and vocalist. Suffering from ongoing fugue states, the oft-confused Lukács recalls nothing of how he joined the band or how he’s contributed to the group’s writing process. Despite this, fans believe his masturbatory leads and obsession with esoteric and covertly erotic themes have become a staple in the band’s evolving style.

A friend once described the eccentric musician as “a fanatic driven by countless imagined anxieties.” In fact, Lukács subsists solely on lamb vindaloo and Hawaiian Koa sap. The exotic diet is designed to fuel his rigorous practice routine while repelling Appalachian Frost Moths. Lukács fears exposure to the moths will render him vulnerable to guitartrophy —a crippling neurological condition. Legends doom those with guitartrophy to be eaten by the mighty interstellar guitar prophet known as The Garlock.

Though the integrity of their outlandish claims is presently under occultic investigation, there remains one indisputable fact about Celestial Inferno:

In the common era of our times, their sonic curiosities continue to wet the whistles of those who lust for deviant gristle. — Nikita Koalallude of the Scientific Oddities Federation.

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