New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
What is NewEARS? A not-for-profit organization of progressive music lovers. The primary goal of NewEARS is to create a community of music enthusiasts dedicated to sharing and promoting progressive rock in the New England area.

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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Haken - Vector

"Vector is another solid release by Haken. While more of the same from this level of talent is not always a bad thing, it maintains the same level of high quality that made them successful. It does follow a formula that is prevalent on other albums, but it still has enough originality to keep it interesting. The musicianship is stellar of course, and there seems to be more of a Djent feel. I can hear some Meshuggah influences, and Vector sounds heavier at times. This may be the best album for Ray, as the drums sound phenomenal. Nil By Mouth is a good instrumental, and the standout tracks are Veil and A Cell Divides for me. However, there are no bad tracks, and Vector continues to grow on me with every listen. It is a good listen for all progressive metal fans, and a must for any Haken fan. There is a lot of good music on Vector, and only time will tell how it stacks up against their amazing catalog. Haken has such a solid collection of albums, that this is always a challenge for them to try to top the previous release. " jvj-PA.

"Be guided by the cover art. You are warned by a red alert. You see a Rorschach image that seems like an inhuman robot. That's the music defined. The robots are on speed and whirring out hyper-dense machine rock. The fan I would alert to this album is maybe a disaffected Opeth fan, who gave 'Blackwater Park' five stars and 'Sorceress' two stars. In 'Vector' you will definitely find the blinding, pounding heaviness you have been missing. Personally I seem to love everything this band does, they are magnificent IMO" E-PA

Essential Track: "'Veil' at nearly thirteen minutes, is one of the most intriguing Prog songs I have heard in recent times. Immensely heavy and complex, I have never quite heard instrumental sounds as cranium-shattering as this. Expect a musical lobotomy. The band may or may not agree with the following comment, but I mean it as a high compliment: Dream Theater fans will be infected by this vector, which builds on DT’s most aggressive legacy. And there is nothing wrong with that. The song is filled with musical variation, from guitar riffs that will make you feel like you’ve just had brain surgery, to morphine-like passages of sinister false security, to grand vocal climaxes and lead solos (strangely absent on the rest of the album) that will cut you like a scalpel. “Save me, take away the pain inside and teach me…” pleads Jennings, while the guitars perform surgery on him. This song is unlike anything you have heard before, because Haken are in an angry mode of experimentation, and you are the patient. Imagine a million parasites attacking your innards, only with military precision, as if conducted by a mad epileptic alien genius with a laser scalpel for a baton. Terrifying." NM-TPR

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New England Events

  • 2018-11-16
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $69

  • 2018-11-17
    Kansas - 40th Anniversary of Point of Know Return at Hanover Theater - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
    $45 - $125 (VIP)

  • 2018-11-17
    TOTO: 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour at Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2018-11-23
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve at SNHU Arena - Manchester, NH at 03:00 PM
    $47.50 - $79.50

  • 2018-11-23
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve at SNHU Arena - Manchester, NH at 08:00 PM
    $47.50 - $79.50

  • 2018-11-24
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve at DCU Center - Worcester, MA at 03:00 PM
    $43 - $77

  • 2018-11-24
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve at DCU Center - Worcester, MA at 08:00 PM
    $43 - $77

  • 2018-11-25
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 03:00 PM
    $43.50 - $72.50

  • 2018-11-25
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
    $43.50 - $72.50

  • 2018-11-28
    Steven Wilson - To The Bone Tour at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $29.50 - $49.50

  • 2018-12-04
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Merrill Auditorium - Portland, MA at 07:30 PM
    $51 - $91

  • 2018-12-05
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Capital Center for the Arts - Concord, NH at 07:30 PM
    $49 - $88

  • 2018-12-07
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Providence Performing Arts Center - Providence, RI at 07:30 PM
    $37 - $77

  • 2018-12-08
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Emerson Colonial Theatre - Boston, MA at 03:30 PM
    $55 - $134

  • 2018-12-08
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Emerson Colonial Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $55 - $134

  • 2018-12-09
    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Palace Theater - Waterbury, CT at 04:00 PM
    $55 - $105

  • Featured Show

    November 17th
    Kansas - 40th Anniversary
    Point of Know Return
    Hanover Theater - Worcester, MA

    America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS celebrates the 40th Anniversary of their massive hit album “Point of Know Return” with a new national tour. The concert includes more than two hours of classic KANSAS music, with the entire “Point of Know Return” album, hit songs, deep cuts and fan favorites.

    Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles” and “Paradox,” “Point of Know Return” peaked at number four on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.

    KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. Composing a catalogue that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums, one platinum live album and two one-million-selling gold singles. The band appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70's and ‘80's and continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. KANSAS has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero,” and through their songs’ inclusion in various television shows such as “Supernatural” and “South Park,” and with films “Old School” and “Anchorman.”

    KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi and original guitarist Richard Williams.

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