Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kansas - "The Light" Christmas Song

..."Looking for The Light that shines"

Kansas: Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, Robbie Steinhardt, Billy
Greer, Rich Williams

Steve Walsh and company have contributed a never before
heard original Christmas song which is certain to become
a rock Christmas classic. “The Light” is a song with the
recognizable Kansas sound of brilliant vocals, haunting
violin and instantly memorable chorus.
Written and Produced by Steve Walsh, Mixed by Phil Ehart.

Originally released as a bonus track on the "Sounds Like
Christmas" album in 2001.
Digital Single Available on:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Progressive Metal Hour Five: Keys To Progression

Some of Magna Carta's favorite Keyboardists including Trent Gardner (Magellan), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper), Josh Pincus (Ice Age), Jason Lingle (Altura), Mark Robertson (Cairo), Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard, K2) & Ken Jaquess (K2), Jordan Rudess (Liquid Tension Experiment, Dream Theater), Jim Gilmour (Glen Drover, Saga), Matt Lebofsky (MoeTar), Joel Cummins (OHMphrey, Umphrey's McGee)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Progressive Metal Hour Four: Life Can Be A Dream

Over an Hour featuring tracks that Dream Theater members have appeared on over the Years. Featuring LTE (Tony Levin, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Mike Portnoy); MullMuzzler (James LaBrie, Mike Mangini); Rush tribute tracks (James LaBrie, Mike Mangini) and many more. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Drum Nation Volumes One, Two, Three & Four


Drum Nation Volume One [2004] Featuring Exclusive Performances ByTerry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck) Bill Bruford (King Crimson, Yes) Steve Smith (Vital Information, Journey) Zakir Hussain (John McLaughlin and Shakti, George Harrison) Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) Stanton Moore (Galactic) Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto) Josh Freese (The Vandals, A Perfect Circle) Rod Morgenstein (The Dregs, Steve Morse) Tim Alexander (Primus, Blue Man Group) Brain (Primus, Buckethead, Tom Waits) Marco Minnemann (Paul Gilbert) Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) Brooks Wackerman (The Vandals, Suicidal Tendencies) 

Drum Nation Volume Two [2005] Featuring a Collection of previously available Performances ByMike Portnoy - Andy West with Rama "Rama 1" (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), Pat Mastelotto - from "Encores Legends & Paradox" (King Crimson), Dennis Chambers with Niacin "Live: Blood, Sweat & Beers" (George Clinton), Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan "Nine Short Films" (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck), Clyde Stubblefield with The Clinton Administration "One Nation Under A Re-Groove" (James Brown), Virgil Donati with Derek Sherinian "Planet X" , Tim Alexander with Attention Deficit "The Idiot King" (Primus), Keith Carlock with Oz Noy "Oz Live" (Steely Dan), Rod Morgenstein - Andy West with Rama "Rama 1" (Dixie Dregs), Simon Phillips - from "Encores Legends & Paradox" (Toto, The Who), Josh Freese with Stripsearch (Vandals, A Perfect Circle), Anton Fig and Stanton Moore (Galactic) with The Clinton Administration "Take You Higher" 


Drum Nation Volume Three [2006] Featuring Exclusive Performances ByChris Adler (Lamb Of God), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Raanen Bozzio (Stasis), Jeremy Colson (Steve Vai, Marty Friedman), Justin Foley (Killswitch Engage), Michael Justice (Unearth), Jordan Mancino (As I Lay Dying), Joe Nunez (Soulfly), Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan), Derek Roddy (Blotted Science), Kenneth Schalk (Candiria), and Tom Taitano (Totalisti) 


Drum Nation Volume Four [2017] A collection of great Magna Carta drum tracks featuring Ray Luzier (Hideous Sun Demons, Korn), Dennis Chambers (Niacin, George Clinton), Brian Ticky (Billy Idol, Steve Stevens), Thomas Pridgen (Pinnick Gales Pridgen, Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies), Daniel Adair (Nickleback, Dave Martone), Sean Reinert (Cynic), Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, James LaBrie), Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee), Laszlo Nagy (Age Of Nemesis), Dave Weckl (Chick Corea Elektric Band, Oz Noy), Anton Figg (Oz Noy, David Letterman), Keith Carlock (Oz Noy, Steely Dan, Toto) and Matt Abts (Gov't Mule).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Progressive Metal Hour Three: Cover Me


Magna Carta artists cover songs by Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Robin Trower, King Crimson, Ozzy Osbourne, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Cream, Rush and Al Di Meola

Monday, October 9, 2017

Progressive Metal Hour One & Two


A taste of some of the our favorite Prog Metal: Shadow Gallery, Magellan, Cairo, Ice Age, Points North, Fates Warning (from "Working Man" tribute to Rush) and Kevin Gilbert (w Mike Keneally & Nick DVirgilio from Genesis tribute "Supper's Ready"), Altura, James LaBrie's MullMuzzler.


A second Hour of Magna Carta featuring instrumental tracks by Terry Bozzio, Steve Stevens, Tony Levin, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Alex Skolnick, Michael Manring, Tim Alexander, Derek Sherinian, Bumblefoot, Dave Martone, Joe Satriani, Eyal Levi, Emil Werstler,  Virgil Donati, Tony Franklin & more.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It was 6 Years ago Today


Dave Martone / Glen Drover -
"Live At Metalworks"

Webcast presented by Magna Carta Records on September 25, 2011. Dave Martone and Glen Drover each performed with their bands, and guested on a song with each other. The webcast was viewed by 25,000+ people in 64 countries.

Audio CD with bonus DVD (Region Free NTSC DVD).
The DVD includes both complete sets, as well as bonus video which was never broadcast before.

"Live At Metalworks" clips on YouTube

"Live At Metalworks" at Amazon

"Live At Metalworks" at Magna Carta

Dave Martone
1) The Goodie Squiggee Song
2) Bossa Dorado
3) Angel Fish
4) The Devil Went Down To Georgia
5) Got Da Blues
6) Dinky Pinky
7) Crush Of Love (with Glen Drover)

Glen Drover
8) Frozen Dream
9) Illusions Of Starlight
10) Colors Of Infinity
11) Filthy Habits
12) Ascension
13) Ground Zero
14) Symphony Of Destruction (with Dave Martone)


Bonus Songs From Each Artist Exclusively on the DVD

Dave Martone
1) The Goodie Squiggee Song
2) Bossa Dorado
3) Angel Fish
4) The Devil Went Down To Georgia
5) Got Da Blues
6) Dinky Pinky
7) Crush Of Love (with Glen Drover)

Bonus Tracks:
8) Attack Of The Celery Crunchers (Martone)
9) Playing Between The Molecules Of Time (Martone)
10) Tone Of Darkness (Martone)

Glen Drover
1) Frozen Dream
2) Illusions Of Starlight
3) Don’t Let The World Pass You By
4) Colors Of Infinity
5) Filthy Habits
6) Ascension
7) Ground Zero
8) Symphony Of Destruction (with Dave Martone)

Bonus Track
9) Mirage

Bonus Backstage Footage

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

British Library Releases 570 Pages of Leonardo da Vinci's Manuscripts Online


The British Library Releases 570 Pages of Leonardo da Vinci's Manuscripts Online: Leonardo da Vincis manuscripts

See just some of the artwork and writings which influenced the writing of "Leonardo - The Absolute Man"

a reasoned, selective re-telling of the life of a great man, Leonardo da Vinci, the ultimate Renaissance man. It has been in the works for years, originating as the ultimate artistic dream of Magna Carta label head Peter Morticelli, who then placed the intellectual blueprints in the hands of Trent Gardner who commenced to create what is by far, the most complex, grand and magnificently sweeping collaboration the label has ever attempted.

The Cast:
Leonardo da Vinci - James LaBrie
Ser Piero da Vinci - Davey Pattison
Caterina - Michelle Young
Lorenzo de' Medici - Josh Pincus
Mona Lisa - Lisa Bouchelle
Melzi - Mike Baker
Verrochio - Trent Gardner
Salai - Robert Berry
Calco - Steve Walsh
Sforza - Chris Shryack
Francois 1 - Bret Douglas
The Musicians:
Trent Gardner - keyboards and trombone
Wayne Gardner - guitar
Jeremy Colson - drums
Patrick Reyes - guitar
Steve Reyes - bass
Joe Franco - drums and percussion on
"This Time, This Way" and "Apparition"
Luis Maldonado - guitar and bass on
"This Time, This Way"

Design and illustration by Dave McKean at Hourglass
(a beautiful 12 page booklet with lyrics)

Mixed by Terry Brown

Leonardo - The Absolute Man on Magna Carta:

Leonardo - The Absolute Man on iTunes:

Leonardo - The Absolute Man at Amazon:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Points North - Northern California Tour with Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy!



It's not often we get the opportunity to tour with great new artists, much the less one of the best new guitarists of our generation.  Mark Lettieri, best known as the lead guitarist in 3 time Grammy-winning Snarky Puppy (including Best Instrumental Album for both 2016 and 2017), is exactly that.  Touring in support of his solo album "Spark and Echo", we're joining him from 5 dates, and we couldn't be more excited.  

Here's all the details:

September 8, 2017
Fernwood Resort
47200 Highway 1
Big Sur, California 93920
10 PM
Facebook Event Page: 

September 9, 2017
Empress Theatre
330 Virginia St.
Vallejo, California 94590
9:30 PM
Advance tickets recommended and available direct from the Empress Theatre by clicking here.

Facebook Event Page:

September 10, 2017
Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way
Santa Cruz, California 95065
8:30 PM

Advance tickets recommended and available direct from Moe's Alley by clicking here.

Facebook Event Page:

September 11, 2017
The Dip
1730 California St.
Redding, California 96001
8 PM
Advance tickets recommended and available direct from The Dip by clicking here.

September 12, 2017
The Jam Arcata
915 H St.
Arcata, California 95521
8 PM
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Points North

“Points North” is the self-titled, second album by this primarily instrumental rock band. Spearheaded by guitarist Eric Barnett (a finalist in Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar competition), bassist Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake) and drummer Kevin Aiello, Points North stands on the shoulders of iconic artists Rush, Cream, The Police and Dixie Dregs - but expands upon these influences and clearly cuts its own artistic path. 

Points North

Listen Spotify: "Points North" on Spotify

Listen on Pandora: Points North on Pandora