The Brazilian neo-progressive rock band Apocalypse was formed in 1983 and was influenced by such bands as Genesis, Yes, Rush, and Marillion. Chico Casara (vocals/bass), Ruy Fritsch (guitar), Eloy Fritsch (keyboards), and Chico Fasoli (drums) perform generally accessible songs dominated by prominent keyboards and complex rhythms. Their intellectual Portuguese lyrics mark the greatest difference between them and most other neo-prog artists.
Mari Kimura (木村 まり Kimura Mari) is a Japanese violinist and composer best known for her use of subharmonics, which, achieved through special bowing techniques, allow pitches below the instrument's normal range. She is credited with "introducing" the use of violin subharmonics, which allow a violinist to play a full octave below the low G on the violin without adjusting the tuning of the instrument. Polytopia is her first CD for the Bridge label, and her first created without collaborators.
By the time Azar Lawrence released Bridge Into the New Age in 1974 - his first recording as a bandleader he had already built himself an enviable reputation as a saxophone player alongside the likes of McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. Lawrence's vigorous and emotionally multifaceted playing shines on this album which was a truly forward-looking release in the mid-1970s.
Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is the third live album by the American rock band Alter Bridge. Recorded on November 24, 2016, at The O2 Arena in London, England during the tour for 2016's The Last Hero, the album also features a disc of tracks initially released as bonus tracks on special editions of previous studio albums, as well as two previously unreleased songs that were recorded in 2004. It was released by Napalm Records on September 8, 2017.