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Hot on the heels of the 2016 debut MGT album “Volumes” (featuring the smash hit “Knowing Me, Knowing You” with guest vocalist Ville Valo of H.I.M – over 1.8M YouTube views here) – comes the new album “Gemini Nyte” on Cleopatra records. Co-written with Ashton Nyte of THE AWAKENING who handles vocal duties throughout, the new album also features drums by Big Paul Ferguson of KILLING JOKE and a guest appearance from Burton C Bell of FEAR FACTORY.

Guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite has a long storied career as an in demand guitarist. He has written, recorded and toured with THE MISSION, PETER MURPHY and TRICKY and has lent his guitar skills to wide range of artists, including GARY NUMAN, AL JOURGENSEN of Ministry and RICKY WARWICK of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders.
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter ASHTON NYTE has released 7 stylistically diverse solo albums, as well as 8 albums as gothic rock outfit The Awakening, who recently completed a European tour with The Mission.

MGT : 'GEMINI NYTE' (2017)

Cleopatra Records are proud to announce the new record deal, work with this incredible new album, and give the band a US domestic home to help launch their forthcoming tours for the release! click here for the press release: http://cleorecs.com/home/mgt-sign-to-cleopatra-records/

“You will find the who is who of goth rock on ‘Volumes’ – From Ville Valo to Wayne Hussey, Julianne Regan and Andi Sex Gang. Thwaite does what he’s doing best, playing guitar and watching the songs” SONIC SEDUCER MAGAZINE

“The Awakening front man Ashton Nyte appears on two of the album’s more instantly fetching songs, as “The Reaping” and “Jesamine” bear a particularly urgency in the rhythms, the energetic guitars, and catchy chorus melodies” REGEN MAGAZINE

“With so much original talent and so many famous friends, you can’t do a lot wrong” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“In Ashton Nyte of South African band The Awakening I believe Mark Gemini Thwaite has his ideal singer. A man with a voice that is equal parts Andrew Eldritch and his old bandmate Wayne Hussey” – UBERROCK.CO.UK

A real mix of pop sensibilities brewed with Goth fusion…An absolute masterstroke”  ALLABOUTTHEROCK.co.uk

For more info on MGT and ‘Gemini Nyte’, visit the official MGT page [here]

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ASHTON NYTE * MARK GEMINI THWAITE * PAUL FERGUSON * RICHARD VERNON

MGT band live @ WGT Festival Germany (JUne 2017)

MGT band live @ WGT Festival Germany (June 2017)

MGT recording with Burton C Bell (2017)

MGT recording with Burton C Bell (2017)

“Mark is a friend, and the stars were aligned… it was the right song at the right time”Ville Valo

MGT’s cover of ABBA classic ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ with Ville Valo of HIM was released as a single on SPV records back in April this year, with an accompanying video shot & directed by noted videographer Ville Juurikkala.. now 6 months later the video has now surpassed over ONE MILLION views! We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fans out there for enjoying the video and for buying the single and the MGT ‘Volumes’ album, which also features the full length version, given a dark brooding hard rock twist by Thwaite & Valo!

“I’d had an inspiration to record a dark and brooding version of ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ a few years ago.. the solo album was in the works during last summer, so I recorded the music for it, lovingly reconstructing the parts and melodies based on the ABBA version, and then sent the completed music demo to Ville, who came back with his fantastic vocals, perfect for the song..” Mark Gemini Thwaite

‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ single edit is available on iTunes and Amazon [HERE]

MGT ‘Volumes’ including full version of KMKY available on CD / MP3 at these links:

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Just in: MGT INTERVIEW in TONE REPORT WEEKLY

Check out this weeks issue of Tone Report Weekly magazine with a deep dive 12 page feature interview discussing  MGT’s new album & career, the Schecter Guitars MGT Signature model and the relaunched Dirty Chorus pedal by Pro Tone Pedals! Click on cover image below…

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http://www.magazine.tonereport.com/mag/0804920001474050675?page=20

MGT ENDORSED BY MESA BOOGIE AMPLIFICATION

In other news, MGT is proud to confirm his endorsement by legendary California premium amplifcation company MESA BOOGIE.. Thwaite has played various Mesa amps since the last 1990s and continues to rate them as his favourite amps bar none! Click on image..

MGT plays Mesa Boogie amplifiers

http://mesaboogie.com/artist/mark-gemini-thwaite.html

MGT is also proud to play SEYMOUR DUNCAN pickups and effects pedals.. the MGT Signature model has Mark’s choice of Duncan JB and Alnico Pro II pickups..  check out the MGT artist page on the Seymour Duncan website [here]

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Following the release of Mark Gemini Thwaite’s debut solo album ‘Volumes’ last month on SPV, & the MGT/Ville Valo video single for ABBA classic ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ surpassing over three quarters of a million views in three months, renowned USA company Schecter Guitars have announced a special limited edition MGT Signature model will go into production and will debut later this year (www.schecterguitars.com/mgt):

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The Schecter MGT Signature Solo-II Ultraviolet custom was designed with Thwaite’s own specifications on electronics, hardware, colour and choice of fretboard wood.. this includes a flip/flop ultraviolet top with stained mahogany red back, sides and neck, all gold hardware including MGT choice of USA made Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck JB custom zebra Bridge and Alnico Pro II neck coil tapping humbuckers, Bigsby B7, TonePros roller bridge, and unique custom appointments such as aged creme double binding, custom style MOP block inlays on a Rosewood neck, gold mirror pickguard and gold MGT truss rod cover (unique to MGT model), graphtech ivory nut, and Grip Tip speed knobs, CTS 500 pots and more. Schecter expect production models to be in stores later this year, click on the Schecter banner below for more images, specifications and details:

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The Mark Thwaite Signature Solo-II now available to pre-order [here]. More links soon.

In other news, noted custom pedalboard maker Pro Tone Pedals have also revealed plans for an MGT special edition chorus, which will also debut later this year.. more details here!

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MGT ‘Volumes’ is available now on CD/Digital Download at these links below:

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Some of the stellar reviews for ‘Volumes’ so far:

“Mark Gemini Thwaite is a man who should need no introduction, given the breadth of artists and musical styles he’s made his indelible mark in. Lending his skills as a composer and guitarist to the likes of goth/rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and well known in industrial circles for his collaborations in Primitive Race, Revolting Cocks, and Gary Numan” REGENmagazine

“You will find the who is who of goth rock on ‘Volumes’ – From Ville Valo to Wayne Hussey, Julianne Regan and Andi Sex Gang. Thwaite does what he’s doing best, playing guitar and watching the songs. It’s marvelous that even though so many singers joined, the result is a homogeneous debut solo album” SONIC SEDUCER MAGAZINE

“A real highlight is the dramatic singer/songwriter ballad Drive and Forget, sung by Warwick. The rest of the 13 songs are real songs (and no guitar orgies) and really deliver on diversity and bandwidth… again, with so much original talent and so many famous friends, you can’t do a lot wrong” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“It’s an ambitious project overall when you consider how much talent is spread across one hour, but it goes beyond hitting the bullseye, and tears through the dartboard and into the next room” – 4/5 PureRawk.com review

“‘Volumes’ has a very cohesive feel about it, something that in this age of single track downloads many full bands seem to struggle with and that togetherness has in part got to be down to the crystal clear and razor sharp production and mix” UBERROCK.co.uk

“Unlike many solo guitar releases, there’s an emphasis on songcraft over flashy solos, with Thwaite’s session musician chops offering a versatile, multi-faceted sound throughout” 4/5 SmellsLikeInfiniteSadness.com

“Mark Gemini Thwaite fashions a highly listenable and quite captivating collection of songs that draws more on his strengths not just as a guitarist but as a composer. In short, Volumes is quite an excellent album indeed” REGENmagazine

“MGT has out done himself.. It’s been a long wait for a solo album from this guitar player & it’s well worth it.. A real mix of pop sensibilities brewed with Goth fusion. The guest vocalists are a perfect pick…An absolute masterstroke” 8.5/10  AllAboutTheRock.co.uk

“Under the name MGT, with over 30 years and 20 albums to his credit, the currently US-based Thwaite will not slow down.. He’s still thriving in a groove of constant craft, just as he was during his formative years in Birmingham”MusicExistence.com review

“Often, guitarists’ albums are little more than an excuse for furious guitar tirades, most often at the expense of the song itself. In this case, though, Mark’s restraint has let him produce a pretty decent album full of good tracks. Definitely worth a listen” TheMidlandRocks.com review

“Contender for my album of the year. Each track on this album is a highlight.. I like when artists can show influences without directly copying them and Mark Thwaite does this in 14 different ways on this album” www.rocknreelreviews.com

“‘Volumes’ is a very surprising album, each song shines with its special charm, sometimes powerful, sometimes soft, but always wonderful” www.badblack-unicorn.de

“Mark’s musical talents shine through so well on ‘Volumes’.  He was always an asset to the bands he played in, but what I love here is how cohesive the sound is.  The vocalists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and mix up so many singing styles.  But with Mark as the constant driving force, the album works brilliantly.  I’m so pleased to finally see his name on the cover”  Ian Camfield XFM/ XS Manchester UK

“Volumes is incredibly executed album. Excellent production allows the sophisticated arrangements on these songs to take the listener on a trip from deep, dark places to bright pinnacles, and back. MGT’s first solo outing is a powerful collection of superbly crafted songs” 1340Mag.com

MGT ‘Volumes’ is available now on CD / MP3 at these links:

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Classic Rock Magazine Gmbh premiere the new MGT video ‘You Can’t Go Back (To Once Upon a Time)’ with Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff – as well as including the song on their Jul/Aug issue of the magazine! The third video from ‘Volumes’, the new album out now on digipak CD or download:   BUY ‘VOLUMES’ HERE:

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As well as Hunt and Nockalls, other guest appearances include Ville Valo of HIM on MGT’s ABBA cover of ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ (over three quarters of a million views on YouTube), Wayne Hussey of The Mission, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron of Republica, Julianne Regan & Andy Cousin of All About Eve, Ashton Nyte of The Awakening, Carlo Van Putten of Dead Guitars, Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang. Click below to stream/order!

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MGT – ‘Volumes’ out now! Available on Digipak CD / digital MP3 download

Some of the stellar reviews for ‘Volumes’ so far:

“Mark Gemini Thwaite is a man who should need no introduction, given the breadth of artists and musical styles he’s made his indelible mark in. Lending his skills as a composer and guitarist to the likes of goth/rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and well known in industrial circles for his collaborations in Primitive Race, Revolting Cocks, and Gary Numan” REGENmagazine

“You will find the who is who of goth rock on ‘Volumes’ – From Ville Valo to Wayne Hussey, Julianne Regan and Andi Sex Gang. Thwaite does what he’s doing best, playing guitar and watching the songs. It’s marvelous that even though so many singers joined, the result is a homogeneous debut solo album” SONIC SEDUCER MAGAZINE

“A real highlight is the dramatic singer/songwriter ballad Drive and Forget, sung by Warwick. The rest of the 13 songs are real songs (and no guitar orgies) and really deliver on diversity and bandwidth… again, with so much original talent and so many famous friends, you can’t do a lot wrong” CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“It’s an ambitious project overall when you consider how much talent is spread across one hour, but it goes beyond hitting the bullseye, and tears through the dartboard and into the next room” – 4/5 PureRawk.com review

“‘Volumes’ has a very cohesive feel about it, something that in this age of single track downloads many full bands seem to struggle with and that togetherness has in part got to be down to the crystal clear and razor sharp production and mix” UBERROCK.co.uk

“Unlike many solo guitar releases, there’s an emphasis on songcraft over flashy solos, with Thwaite’s session musician chops offering a versatile, multi-faceted sound throughout” 4/5 SmellsLikeInfiniteSadness.com

“Mark Gemini Thwaite fashions a highly listenable and quite captivating collection of songs that draws more on his strengths not just as a guitarist but as a composer. In short, Volumes is quite an excellent album indeed” REGENmagazine

“MGT has out done himself.. It’s been a long wait for a solo album from this guitar player & it’s well worth it.. A real mix of pop sensibilities brewed with Goth fusion. The guest vocalists are a perfect pick…An absolute masterstroke” 8.5/10  AllAboutTheRock.co.uk

“Under the name MGT, with over 30 years and 20 albums to his credit, the currently US-based Thwaite will not slow down.. He’s still thriving in a groove of constant craft, just as he was during his formative years in Birmingham”MusicExistence.com review

“Often, guitarists’ albums are little more than an excuse for furious guitar tirades, most often at the expense of the song itself. In this case, though, Mark’s restraint has let him produce a pretty decent album full of good tracks. Definitely worth a listen” TheMidlandRocks.com review

“Contender for my album of the year. Each track on this album is a highlight.. I like when artists can show influences without directly copying them and Mark Thwaite does this in 14 different ways on this album” www.rocknreelreviews.com

“‘Volumes’ is a very surprising album, each song shines with its special charm, sometimes powerful, sometimes soft, but always wonderful” www.badblack-unicorn.de

“Mark’s musical talents shine through so well on ‘Volumes’.  He was always an asset to the bands he played in, but what I love here is how cohesive the sound is.  The vocalists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and mix up so many singing styles.  But with Mark as the constant driving force, the album works brilliantly.  I’m so pleased to finally see his name on the cover”  Ian Camfield XFM/ XS Manchester

“Volumes is incredibly executed album. Excellent production allows the sophisticated arrangements on these songs to take the listener on a trip from deep, dark places to bright pinnacles, and back. MGT’s first solo outing is a powerful collection of superbly crafted songs” 1340Mag.com

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MGT DJ SET at RELEASE THE BATS (USA)

You can also catch MGT spinning a special guest DJ set tonight at RELEASE THE BATS club in Long Beach California on Friday 24th June -and to celebrate the release of ‘Volumes’! MGT with be joined by Ashton Nyte of The Awakening & will spin tracks from the new album, give away some SIGNED CDs and of course rock some exclusive remixes..

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Here’s the official video for “The Reaping” from my forthcoming debut solo album ‘Volumes’, featuring The Awakening‘s Ashton Nyte on vocals! You can finally preorder the album now on Digipak CD or Digital download, featuring the smash single ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ with Ville Valo of HIM.. Preview and order the album on CD/digital now and receive “The Reaping” as an advance instant Grat download!:

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Valo is not the only guest musician on Volumes, which has turned into a veritable all-star recording. Other appearances include Wayne Hussey of MGT’s previous band The Mission, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron (Republica), Julianne Regan & Andy Cousin (All About Eve), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Carlo Van Putten (Dead Guitars), Jorgen Munkeby (Shining Norway) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang. Click below to preview and pre order now!

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MGT Solo album “Volumes” out in late June 2016 on SPV records
Single ´Knowing Me Knowing You` out on 15 April worldwide – pre order below!
ABBA cover version featuring Ville Valo of HIM! plus additional Youth remix!

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Now it’s official: British guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite, MGT for short, has signed with Hanover record imprint SPV and is scheduled to release his first solo album “Volumes” at the end of June. The lead single, ´Knowing Me Knowing You`, a cover version of the Abba classic featuring guest vocalist Ville Valo of HIM, will be available from 15 April, complete with new video with director Ville Juurikkala, featuring Ville Valo and MGT.  Valo is not the only guest musician on Volumes, which has turned into a veritable all-star recording. Other appearances include Wayne Hussey of Mark’s previous band The Mission, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy), Raymond Watts (Pig/KMFDM), Saffron (Republica), Julianne Regan (All About Eve), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Carlo Van Putten (Dead Guitars) and Goth legend Andi Sex Gang.

Pre order links below – more links to come soon.. Digital single includes two mixes – the original rock version plus the exclusive Youth trance remix!
iTunes Finland: https://goo.gl/uIow9V
iTunes Germany: https://goo.gl/5rCvqo
Amazon Germany: https://goo.gl/QGWzzX
iTunes Italy: https://goo.gl/FdXS4v
Amazon Italy: http://goo.gl/IHtwph
iTunes Spain: https://goo.gl/CW68qZ
Amazon Spain: https://goo.gl/hsypei
iTunes France: https://goo.gl/8EnLXc
iTunes Denmark: https://goo.gl/orQN7V
Amazon France: http://goo.gl/pPsV8Q
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Originally from Birmingham UK, MGT appeared on over 20 albums. He worked with The Mission, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Tricky, Gary Numan Official, Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), P.J. Harvey, Roger Daltrey (The Who), members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Warrior Soul as well as Tommy Victor and Prong to name a few.

During his joint concert with Ricky Warwick/Black Star Riders at London’s Kentish Town Forum, Mark Gemini Thwaite, Silke Yli-Sirniö (Tough Enough Promotion) and Gero Herrde (A&R SPV) met to sign the contracts. They later spoke about the recently sealed collaboration:

Mark Gemini Thwaite: “Having been a member of The Mission for many years I have a longstanding relationship with Gero Herrde and SPV, a great independent label who have released several of our albums and live DVDs over the years. Now that I am finally releasing a solo album, I feel at home releasing the record through my friends at SPV!“

Silke Yli-Sirniö, Management Tough Enough Promotion: “When Mark first sent me the tracks last autumn, I was immediately enchanted! No doubt that I wanted to be part of this project after being asked so kindly. A big THANK YOU actually goes to Ville Valo of HIM who first brought my attention to MGT. I am happy that at least some people are still making music like this in 2016 – and that people like Gero Herrde of SPV still believe in this kind of music!“

Gero Herrde, A&R at SPV: “Mark and I have known each other for many years; we never really lost sight of each other since our work with The Mission. With such a brilliant musician it was only a question of time before he started working on his own solo album, recruiting the crème de la crème of independent rock vocalists for his project. Now the album is here at last and I’m proud to have the opportunity to release it on SPV!”  http://www.spv.de

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Happy New Year everyone! My MGT solo album is now mixed and mastered and with the record label, featuring guest vocals from a host of stars including Ville Valo of H.I.M, Wayne Hussey of The Mission, Miles Hunt and Erica of The Wonder Stuff, Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy, Saffron from Republica, Ashton Nyte of The Awakening, Raymond Watts of PIG/Primitive Race to name a few.. more news on that to come very soon.. meanwhile Check out the REGEN interview below..

In the meantime I’ll be touring the UK later this month with my good friend Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy and The Almighty.. Recently guested on his fantastic solo album, which now gets a release through Nuclear Blast on 24th Feb.. check out the latest single and video with MGT below..

The first of these two albums is entitled “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)”, which features ‘Toffee Town’ with MGT on lead guitar.. The release also boasts an array of acclaimed musicians, with guests such as Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD), Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, BLACK STAR RIDERS), Andy Cairns (THERAPY?), Billy Morrison (BILLY IDOL), Nathan Connolly (SNOW PATROL), Ginger Wildheart, Jake Burns (STIFF LITTLE FINGERS) and Richard Fortus (GUNS N’ ROSES). The second is an acoustic album called “Hearts on Trees”. Ricky & MGT have also recorded an acoustic version of the Iron Maiden classic ‘Wrathchild’, which is featured on Ricky’s ‘Stairwell Troubadour’ pledge album:  “Just when you think there couldn’t be any more surprises, he reworks Iron Maiden’s ‘Wrathchild’ into a stunning, flamenco-tinged ballad which will surely go down as one of the best cover versions ever laid down” (UBER ROCK magazine)

To support this release, Ricky has put together THE FIGHTING HEARTS, a band who pull no punches. On drums is Gary Sullivan from one of his post Almighty bands, (sic). On bass, his Black Star Riders’ band mate Robbie Crane, and Guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite completing  the lineup. “Having previously played for such luminaries as THE MISSION and Peter Murphy, Mark added that special something that made the whole band gel.” (Ricky Warwick)
Read more: [CLICK HERE] for BLABBERMOUTH.NET news feature

Ricky Warwick Fighting Hearts

To kick things off, Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts will be special guests on Belfast’s own favorite sons, Stiff Little Fingers UK tour in Feb/March . UK Tour dates as follows:

25/02/16 Oxford – Academy
26/02/16 Portsmouth – Pyramids
27/02/16 Exeter – Phoenix
28/02/16 Cardiff – University (Solus)
01/03/16 Wolverhampton – Robin 2
02/03/16 Leamington Spa – The Assembly
04/03/16 London – Forum
05/03/16 Northampton – Roadmenders
06/03/16 Bristol – Academy
08/03/16 Cambridge – Junction
09/03/16 Norwich – Waterfront
11/03/16 Nottingham – Rock City
12/03/16 Leeds – Academy
14/03/16 Aberdeen – Garage
15/03/16 Inverness – Ironworks
17/03/16 Glasgow – Barrowland
18/03/16 Newcastle – Academy
19/03/16 Manchester– Ritz

more info at The Fighting Hearts Facebook page

Also pleased to announce I guested on the new solo album by Ginger Wildheart: ‘The Year of the Fan Club’,  is a cherry pick of Ginger’s choice recordings released through his GASS subscription service over the last year.. I guested on ‘No One Smiled at Me Today’.. the album also features ‘Honour’ with Courtney Love. click [here] to get on Amazon.

For more information on Ginger and The Wildhearts go to www.gingerwildheart.net.

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