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An Interview with Diego Tejeida of Haken

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    Concerts: ZZ Top @ O2 Academy, Birmingham 06/23/2016
    General Making a fleeting visit to the UK to appear at Glastonbury Festival, ZZ Top also managed to squeeze in a warm-up gig at Birmingham's O2 Academy, quickly selling out the relatively cosy venue that houses just a few thousand. And the little old band from Texas didn't disappoint with a no frills ninety minute burst of perennial crowd pleasers from their 70's blues boogie heyday right through to 2012's acclaimed return to form La Futura.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Jun 24 2016 @ 09:26 CDT
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    News: EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER: A TREASURE CHEST OF CLASSIC ALBUMS
    Progressive Rock Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of Progressive Rock. As well as creating spectacular 'live' shows that incorporated advanced technology and showmanship, they also recorded a cascade of powerful albums that sold in millions around the world. During 2016 and 2017 the band's musical legacy will be celebrated by BMG with an important and comprehensive re-issue programme that will put the spotlight on ELP's nine studio albums as well as their 'live' recordings and compilations. The trio's remarkable style, combining original compositions with rock, jazz, folk and classical influences, was performed with passion and integrity by the founder members:


    Keyboard maestro - the late great, Keith Emerson.
    Singer, guitarist and bass player - Greg Lake
    Drummer and percussionist - Carl Palmer
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jun 24 2016 @ 07:13 CDT
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    News: Kansas to release The Prelude Implicit on September 23rd
    Progressive Rock
    The First KANSAS Album in 16 Years
    The Prelude Implicit To Be Released September 23rd!

    The Prelude Implicit features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. KANSAS's signature sound is evident throughout the album. It showcases Ronnie Platt's soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale's blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi's rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion's B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart's thundering drums, and Billy Greer's driving bass and vocals.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jun 21 2016 @ 13:06 CDT
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    News: Jazz-Fusion Legends BRAND X Reunite To Tour U.S. Fall 2016/Spring 2017
    Fusion Legendary Jazz-Rock-Fusion band BRAND X has reunited and is preparing to celebrate their reunion with a Fall 2016/Spring 2017 U.S. tour, including a headline performance at Progtoberfest in Chicago on October 21st. Also on this initial run will be shows in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland and Boston to name a few.

    BRAND X are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jun 21 2016 @ 12:40 CDT
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    News: AISLES release new single Upside Down and give away free download
    Progressive Rock AISLES release new single off of their fourth studio album The Chilean prog rock sextet have just released 'Upside Down', the second single off of their upcoming studio album, "Hawaii".

    Santiago prog rockers Aisles have just released 'Upside Down', the second single off their fourth studio album "Hawaii". Aisles' guitarist and producer, Germán Vergara explains: "Upside Down' talks about a future society that has gained awareness of the tragedy that is losing the planet Earth and decides to begin again, living life in a completely different way. Emotionally it's a song about regret, but at the same time hope, happiness, and freedom.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jun 21 2016 @ 09:18 CDT
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    News: Heart - New Album
    General Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members HEART return July 8 with Beautiful Broken, their sixteenth album and their first on Concord Records. HEART has sold over 35 million records, and this anticipated album is their first in four years. Beautiful Broken finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, but taking some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog and rerecording and rethinking them. The title track and first single features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica's James Hetfield with Ann Wilson.

    "There is really a seventies feel to this record both in the sound, and the way we got to the emotional core of each song," says Nancy Wilson. "We picked songs that we always wanted to re-do, plus we've added three new tracks. On both new and old, we have the band playing together the way we used to. This is classic Heart."
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Jun 20 2016 @ 10:48 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from The Golden Grass, Brutus, Hawkwind, Grand Magus, Thunderstone, The Black Explosion, Greg Lake, and a Forgotten Favorite from Incredible Hog!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jun 17 2016 @ 13:54 CDT
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    News: ERIK NORLANDER GETS SURREAL
    Progressive Rock Veteran California artist releases new solo album June 21st featuring keyboard-heavy prog rock

    Surreal is the new full-length visionary album from California keyboardist Erik Norlander. A landmark event, it was nineteen years ago on June 21st that Norlander released his very first album Threshold. After two recent highly-acclaimed releases with his Rocket Scientists project, Norlander now presents the follow-up to his 2009 solo epic The Galactic Collective released in several forms including a live DVD/CD set. Surreal continues in that spirit with traditional rock band instrumentation fronted by Norlander's own timeless, signature keyboards. Surreal gives both a nod to the past and puts an eye on the future with lush analog soundscapes, real living human grooves, and unforgettable melodic lead work that will keep the songs playing in the listener's head long after the music stops.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jun 14 2016 @ 12:48 CDT
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    News: Paradigm Shift news
    Progressive Rock Jim McCraig writes:

    UK progressive rock group Paradigm Shift release their album Becoming Aware on June 10th through Bad Elephant Music.

    Mixed by Rob Aubrey (Big Big Train, IQ) and mastered by Acle Kahney (TesseracT), the album is a bold mixture of prog, jazz and metal that reviewers have described as 'truly worthy.'

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 12 2016 @ 10:01 CDT
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    News: ELP news
    Progressive Rock julianHuntly writes:

    ELP pre-order campaign launches on PledgeMuisc

    http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/elpreissues

    Considered by many to be one of rock's original first super-groups, Emerson, Lake & Palmer helped to broaden the audience for the genre from hundreds of thousands into tens of millions. ELP formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals.

    Pre-order the re-issues of "Emerson, Lake & Palmer", "Tarkus" and "Pictures at an Exhibition" and you can also get strictly limited collectable Test Pressings.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 12 2016 @ 10:01 CDT
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    News: Cornerstone news
    General TSM PROMOTION/ Micha writes:

    CORNERSTONE: PRE-RELEASE OF THE NEW ALBUM 'REFLECTIONS'

    Now the time has come: the new album 'Reflections', which was produced in collaboration with Harry Hess (SIMPLE PLAN, BILLY TALENT, MUSE, ...) in Canada, has been finished. The new songs were first shown to the public on Friday 05/20/2016 in the Viper Room in Vienna, and the feedback was more than great: many long-time fans say that 'Reflections' is by far the best album of the band. The official release in trade and the media will take place in fall, because Cornerstone is engaged in negotiations with a major record label at the moment. You can find all other tour dates on the website at the tour-area.

    More infos about the Tour:
    http://www.cornerstone.co.at/en/tour/
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 12 2016 @ 09:59 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Flotsam and Jetsam, Suidakra, Iron Savior, Human Fortress, Bloodbound, Myrath, Chaos Frame, Divided Multitude, Artillery, Sourvein, Accuser, Abnormality, Death Angel, Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash, and a Forgotten Favorite from Head Machine!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 06 2016 @ 19:59 CDT
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    News: Gothic Prog Metal Debut Album
    Progressive Metal Gothic Prog Metal De writes:

    London based Gothic Progressive Metal band Orpheum have announced their theatrical debut album "Darkness and Decay" is set for release on 24th June 2016. They shall be performing at venues and festivals around the UK to promote the album, including supporting Canadian Gothic Metal band The New Jacobin Club ahead of release, on 8th June at The Black Heart in London.

    Special Pre-Order Giveaway As a thank you to supporters, when anyone pre-orders the album through the band's official store http://store.orpheum.co they will automatically be entered into a signed giveway of exclusive goodies, which one person chosen at random will receive on release day.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 06 2016 @ 06:04 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Diamond Head, Haken, Fallujah, Four By Fate, Poverty's No Crime, Tiles, Arcana 13, Lucifer's Friend, Sindrome, and a Forgotten Favorite from Grim Reaper!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 31 2016 @ 18:53 CDT
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    Interviews: Frost*: An interview with Jem Godfrey
    Progressive Rock

    It doesn't matter what line of work your in, an eight year absence is a risk. However in the music world, leaving that length of gap between studio releases is as good as saying 'thanks, but no thanks'. Hence, the clamour of excitement that has greeted the first Frost* studio album in just under a decade, is both heartening and a ringing endorsement of the fabulous music this progressive rock have long been known for. The album is Falling Satellites and it sees the core members of Frost*, Jem Godfrey, John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena, Lonely Robot), Nathan King (Level 42) and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) reunited for what might just be the best album they've recorded. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid caught falling satellite, keyboard player and Frost* mainman Jem Godfrey to find out more…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, May 20 2016 @ 18:46 CDT
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    Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/06/2016
    Progressive Rock Yes returned to Symphony Hall for their first visit in some two years but far more importantly their first time since the passing of Chris Squire. A fitting and touching tribute is paid before the band take the stage with Squires 'Onward' from 1978 played over the PA set to a photo retrospective of the man himself down the years. And whilst it may be inconceivable for some to think of Yes without their illustrious leader he personally chose his replacement and the gargantuan Squire-shaped hole on stage is now filled by alumnus Billy Sherwood.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, May 08 2016 @ 12:09 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Metal Church, Circus Maximus, Mondo Drag, Mangrove, Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore, the new Yes book from Martin Popoff, and a Forgotten Favorite from Savage!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Apr 28 2016 @ 18:06 CDT
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    Interviews: HAKEN interview with keyboard player Diego Tejeida.
    Progressive Rock

    Having scaled the heights with album number three, The Mountain, it would have been easy for UK based multi-national progressive outfit Haken to simply produce an obvious follow-up that merely repeated the style and shape of a release that brought the band to a wider audience. Never an outfit to take the easy way out, follow up, Affinity, seeks a different starting point from the 70s prog with a modern twist the band have built their reputation on. Instead the shimmer and sheen of the 80s is neatly infused into a progressive sound that is quickly becoming the band's signature. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid asks keyboard player Diego Tejeida to take us on a trip into the past that somehow sounds like the future.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 21 2016 @ 18:01 CDT
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    Interviews: LONG DISTANCE CALLING an interview with guitarist Flo Füntmann
    Progressive Rock

    Long Distance Calling are promising you one of the TRIPS of your life, the German sometime instrumental, sometime vocal led act upping the ante in a variety of ways with their fifth full length release. With a new singer on board and an ever broadening musical landscape to explore, Long Distance Calling haven't been afraid to stretch and expand their sound, yet somehow they always stay true to their roots. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid stops LDC guitarist Flo in his tracks to delve deep into the inner working of his band and the creation of the quite wonderful TRIPS…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 19 2016 @ 17:54 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Spiritual Beggars, Blood Ceremony, Beastmaker, Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Tarot, Black Stone Cherry, Magnum, and a Forgotten Favorite from Ted Nugent!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 17 2016 @ 10:21 CDT
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