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    News: New Song From Russell Allen & Jorn Lande
    Progressive Metal Here is the opening track from the upcoming album, THE GREAT DIVIDE from Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob)and Jorn Lande.. To listen to "Come Dream With Me", simply hit the play button in the link below.

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    Allen-Lande's new album will be released on October 17th in Europe and October 21st in the U.S. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.com/Amazon Music

    THE GREAT DIVIDE was produced and written with Timo Tolkki(Stratovarius, Timo Tolkki's Avalon).
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Aug 14 2014 @ 14:42 CDT
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    News: SUPERNAL ENDGAME Release "Touch the Sky: Volume II" on 10T Records
    Progressive Rock 10T Records will release "Touch the Sky: Volume II," the brand new studio release by SUPERNAL ENDGAME, on August 19, 2014, with a retail street date of September 16, 2014.

    Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Supernal Endgame specializes in melodic symphonic progressive rock combined with elements of hook-filled power-pop and melodic hard rock, with a touch of ambient music and Celtic folk. Lyrically, the project is infused with a strong spiritual element.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Aug 13 2014 @ 08:53 CDT
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    News: WIND ROSE
    Heavy Metal WIND ROSE writes:

    WIND ROSE, Italian power metal band that debuted with Bakerteam Records in 2012 with "Shadows over Lothadruin" album that has won several shows in the whole of Europe, with Finntroll and Wintersun. The band is now working on the second album, arriving in the coming months, just finished mix.

    This video is new Wind Rose song "Born in the Cradle of Storms", from their upcoming album. Live in Florence - Anfiteatro delle Cascine. Supporting EPICA during their "The Quantum Enigma" tour 2014 (July 30th, 2014)
    YouTube
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Aug 13 2014 @ 08:07 CDT
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    News: Voyag3r
    Progressive Rock Voyag3r writes:

    DOOM FORTRESS
    The debut album by Voyag3r

    Digital album available worldwide on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 via iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play and all other online music stores. Physical LP, CD & Cassette available September 6, 2014.

    Physical versions:
    Standard Edition - Black vinyl w/ 12x12 printed insert. (Includes digital download card)
    Limited Edition - Voyager Golden Record w/ 12x12 printed insert and 4x6 4D Lenticular print. (Includes digital download card)
    Compact Disc in full color card stock sleeve
    Limited Edition - Cassette Tape on butterscotch/tan cassette. Only 75 available.

    In celebration of this release, Voyag3r will be playing live at Small's in Hamtramck, MI on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $10 and that includes a voucher for a copy of Doom Fortress on LP. (Includes digital download card).

    Pre-Order date will be announced soon. For more information and pre-orders, please visit www.voyag3r.com and www.bellyacherecords.com

    DOOM FORTRESS preview
    http://youtu.be/nyz-_PJxUIs
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Aug 13 2014 @ 08:06 CDT
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    News: BlackWolf, The Brew and Fire Red Empress Announce UK tour
    Heavy Metal Planet Rock Radio has announced a series of shows featuring British rock bands BlackWolf, The Brew and Fire Red Empress.

    A fantastic bill with 3 of the UK's best and brightest rock bands that bring with them huge talent, BIG SOUNDS and stage showmanship second to none. Set in up close n' personal venues, tickets are limited. A tour not to be missed!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 12 2014 @ 14:32 CDT
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    News: THE PINEAPPLE THIEF TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM MAGNOLIA
    Progressive Rock The Pineapple Thief have announced details of their new album Magnolia, due for release on 15th September via Kscope. Magnolia follows acclaimed 2012 album All The Wars and marks an important turning point for the band, as they expand their musical horizons beyond the progressive sphere.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 12 2014 @ 13:29 CDT
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    News: Mr. Big confirm details of new album
    General Hard rock's original supergroup, Mr. Big are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell. The band's eighth studio album is slated for release in the UK on Monday 22nd September, followed by North American release on Tuesday 23rd September via Frontiers Music Srl. "This new album rocks," says Paul Gilbert. "I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 12 2014 @ 13:06 CDT
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    News: FISH announces a remastered classic and Scottish show
    Progressive Rock 'Internal Exile' Remastered and Available Now on iTunes along with three live albums including 'Return To Childhood' from the 20th Anniversary tour of 'Misplaced Childhood'.

    'The Moveable Feast Tour' Starts with a very special performance at The Haddington Corn Exchange - 23rd August.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 12 2014 @ 12:58 CDT
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    Interviews: A Candid Interview with Mike Tramp
    General

    Mike Tramp has been in the music business since the late-70s. He started out in his homeland with the band Mabel before moving to Spain and transforming the band's sound into a heavier force while taking on a new moniker, Studs. By the time the band moved to New York City in 1982, they had once again changed their name, this time to Lion. When the rest of the guys in the band decided to return to Denmark, Tramp decided to stay in NYC. He met Dreamer guitarist Vito Bratta in Brooklyn, and the two decided to form a band together: White Lion. After releasing their debut Fight to Survive, White Lion put out their seminal album Pride in 1987, which spawned several hits such as "Wait" and "When the Children Cry," both of which made it to the Billboard Top 10. The multi-platinum selling disc was followed by 1989's Big Game and 1991's Mane Attraction. White Lion played their last show in Boston, and Tramp and Bratta decided to go their own ways. While Vito Bratta would only play on one disc, CPR in 1992, and disappear from the scene completely, Mike Tramp would form a new band, Freak of Nature. In this interview, Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Murat Batmaz talked to Mike Tramp specifically about Freak of Nature and his solo albums. One of his most detailed interviews, Tramp discusses his post-White Lion career in great detail touching on topics such as the formation and break-up of Freak of Nature, his solo works, and his more recent semi-acoustic discs, Cobblestone Street, for which he has played more than a hundred shows, as well as his upcoming album Museum. Tramp is now getting ready for a long European tour. Just him and his guitar, and perhaps better than ever.

    Read on for the full interview.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 09 2014 @ 08:26 CDT
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    News: Enuff Z'nuff Release Their First Ever Covers Album
    General Los Angeles, CA - Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest working bands in show business, Enuff Z'nuff proudly present this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their 3 decade career! Covered In Gold, a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including Bowie's "The Jean Genie," Nirvana's "All Apologies," Prince's "When Doves Cry," Smokey Robinson's "Tears Of A Clown" and lots more, all of which showcase this group's incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes 2 rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group's 1989 hit single "New Thing" plus another cover, of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," performed live on the Howard Stern show.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Aug 07 2014 @ 15:14 CDT
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    News: Electric Mary Mini album: 'The Last Great Hope'
    Heavy Metal Release Date: 3rd November 2014

    UK Tour: November 2014

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZFz53jOURc

    Australian five piece Electric Mary are back to spread Rock 'n' Roll's genuine flavour to Europe, releasing a brand new mini album "The Last Great Hope" on 3rd November 2014. The band support the release with European dates including a full UK tour and festival performance through November 2014.

    It'd been two years since the Mary's last European gig when they received the phone call from states. Rusty had just finished a week in the studio with the legendary engineer Mike Tholen and now it was time for the band to pick up their instruments and do another ELECTRIC MARY recording. They weren't looking for an album, they just wanted to get back in the studio and smash out some tunes ... and smash them out they did. With drummer Davey Porter at the helm it was all about a new swagger for the band and they responded accordingly. The five track "The Last Great Hope" .. captures a small moment in time...a time when rock'n'roll was all that mattered. Driving riffs and attitude course through the body of the mini album – from the slide guitar of opener "Sweet May", through to the pulsing riffs of "So Cruel" and first single "Nicotine", from the punk vibe of "Welcome To The Otherside" to the slow heavy groove of "Already Gone".
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Aug 03 2014 @ 18:13 CDT
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    News: New Solo Album From Neal Morse
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, Neal Morse will be releasing his eagerly anticipated new solo album 'Songs From November' on Aug. 19, 2014! Even a style as broad and accepting as Progressive Rock has its boundaries. Prog icon Neal Morse decided to break that mold and create a challenging new album. 'Songs From November' may be his bravest outing to date. Musically, creatively, and production-wise, it's like nothing he's ever done. Can you handle it?! It's an album of "normal" songs! Songs even your friends might like!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Aug 01 2014 @ 06:19 CDT
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    News: TOSELAND UK TOUR DATES
    Heavy Metal Fresh from support to Reef's 20th Anniversary Tour as well as a host of headline dates (including a sold out Islington Academy in Dec 2013) and 2014 dates with Status Quo, Toseland have announced the release of their debut album "Renegade".

    "Renegade" is an album packed with powerful rock songs – from the balls out album opener "Life Is Beautiful" to the melodic piano lead of "Kingdoms", from the driving layered riffs of "Emergency" to forthcoming single "Singer In A Band". Previous singles "Life Is Beautiful" and "Renegade" were both A listed at Planet Rock and Team Rock radios, showing this is a band who know how to rock a melody. Pulsating rhythms are overlaid with the guitar work of Zurab Melua and the trademark distinctive vocals of James Toseland.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jul 31 2014 @ 19:04 CDT
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    Interviews: Introducing...Story Of a Life
    Fusion

    With a history that goes back 17 years, instrumental act Story Of a Life are only just now releasing their debut, self-titled CD. Their story is a long and intricate one, but the important thing is that after many years apart, the band members found their way back to each other so their musical vision could finally be fulfilled. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Peter Pardo caught up with guitarist Sean Tonar, drummer Brian 'Thor' Coutts, bassist Stephen Cox, keyboard player Bill Graham, as well as studio magician Neil Kernon (who mixed the CD) to talk about the history of the band, their chance 'reunion', the creation of the long awaited album, progressive rock & jazz-fusion in general, and their plans going forward.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 30 2014 @ 18:41 CDT
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    News: DOWN 'n' OUTZ Announce UK & EIRE Tour Dates
    General I'm blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on 'The Journey' is one of the best I've heard. These songs really suit Joe's voice also. It's a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!" – Ian Hunter

    Down 'n' Outz are pleased to announce UK tour dates in December 2014. The dates support the recent release of the album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard's lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople. The album is available through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records

    Full UK AND Eire dates are as follows
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 17:13 CDT
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    News: Upcoming Second Album From Flying Colors
    Progressive Rock Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label. The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most fascinating releases of 2012. Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting. Or, as the quintet's modus operandi was once memorably defined by founder Bill Evans, 'crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way'. GuitarWorld.com has premiered an album teaser featuring all five band members here: http://www.guitarworld.com/flying-colors-return
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 15:15 CDT
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    News: Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty collaboration
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 09:05 CDT
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    News: Virgil & The Accelerators announce new album
    General Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album "Army Of Three" on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records. The band will support the release of the album with the single and accompanying promo video "All Night Long". The new album dovetails the band's nationwide UK tour which starts Monday 29th September at London's The Borderline. Army Of Three is the band's second studio album produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The new album follows 2011's critically acclaimed debut album The Radium which claimed a Best Of Year spot in Classic Rock magazine's year round-up. The album will be released on 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital download. The band have just posted a new video on YouTube for Blow To The Head - one of the powerhouse guitar-driven tracks from the forthcoming album. VATA bassist Jack Alexander Timmis recalls when everything was cut short just before the LP was completed. Says Timmis, "Towards the end of production, the album was suddenly put on unexpected hold. Before we returned to the studio to finish the album, Chris Tsangarides was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. He was in intensive care for 3 months. He was lucky to come out of it alive."

    Read below for promo video and track listing...
    Posted by Greg Stewart on Sun, Jul 27 2014 @ 09:59 CDT
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    Interviews: Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence
    Progressive Rock

    If you happened to get swept up in the resurgence of the progressive rock scene in the early/mid- 1990's, especially here in the US, then no doubt Maryland's Iluvatar could very well have been a band whose music hit all the sweet spots for you throughout most of that decade. The guys have been fairly quiet since the early 2000's, but they are back now with a brand new album, From the Silence, and ready to once again show the world that they are one of the must see & must hear prog acts from the last 20 years. Band members Glenn McLaughlin (vocals), Dennis Mullin (guitar), Jim Rezek (keyboards), and Chris Mack (drums) recently caught up with Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo to discuss what's been going on with the band since we've last seen them, the exciting new CD, live shows, and their take on the current prog-rock scene.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 14 2014 @ 18:48 CDT
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    Interviews: Vangough's Clay Withrow discusses Between the Madness
    Progressive Metal

    Vangough are an amazing progressive metal band from Oklahoma, USA. Their first album Manikin Parade still remains an all-time favourite of mine. They also released an instrumental disc inspired by video games as well as a second full-length, Kingdom of Ruin, in 2011, which saw them blending their progressive rock sound with a heavier, more metallic drive. In 2013, complete with a new lineup, they put out Between the Madness, which hints at a more straightforward approach to songwriting, with heavy guitar lines, soaring vocals, and complex rhythm workout. Undoubtedly, their most realized effort, Between the Madness finds the bands working towards a more focused sound sonically with less keyboards. Fans are curious how the band will follow it up. The band is getting ready for their North American tour with prog metal giants Pain of Salvation in the coming months. Sea of Tranquility writer Murat Batmaz spoke to band leader Clay Withrow about their past three albums, his gig with Pain of Salvation, his views on other bands and their albums, and his plans for the future.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 14 2014 @ 06:42 CDT
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    Past Articles


    Sunday, July 13

    · The Dowling Poole - an interview with Willie Dowling and Jon Poole (0)


    Saturday, July 05

    · Richie Sambora at ABC in Glasgow 3rd July2012 (0)


    Friday, June 20

    · Abandoned Dreams and Dancehall Memories - An interview with Tim Bowness (0)


    Wednesday, June 04

    · Revolver Golden Gods Tour- June 2, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah (0)


    Sunday, June 01

    · Kansas at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ 5/30/2014 (0)
    · Glass Hammer Delight Once Again With Ode to Echo (0)


    Sunday, May 18

    · An interview with JAKE E. LEE and the RED DRAGON CARTEL (0)


    Sunday, May 11

    · Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014 (0)


    Tuesday, May 06

    · Primal Fear Live at Stage 48 in New York City, 4/30/2014 (0)


    Wednesday, April 30

    · Steven Wilson wins our Best of 2013 readers poll! (0)


    Tuesday, April 22

    · Brooklyn's The Golden Grass Gives '70s Heavy Rock a New York Twist (0)
    · HRH Prog 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)


    Sunday, April 20

    · Taking Control - An Interview with The Brew (0)


    Friday, April 11

    · Riverside, Votum; Edinburgh Liquid Room; 10th April 2014 (0)
    · HRH AOR 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)
    · Status Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014 (0)


    Monday, April 07

    · Blackberry Smoke + Million$Reload @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)


    Sunday, April 06

    · Foreigner / Europe / FM; Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5th April 2014 (0)


    Tuesday, April 01

    · Connecting with Disconnect - An interview with John Wesley (0)
    · The New Band in Town-Meet the UK's Messenger (0)


    Thursday, March 20

    · Voodoo Six, Santa Cruz; Buskers, Dundee 15th March 2014 (0)
    · 'Wanted' Men. An Interview With RPWL Singer Yogi Lang (0)


    Tuesday, March 18

    · The Graveltones / Cadillac Three / Buffalo Summer @ Birmingham 02/26/14 (0)
    · The Vintage Caravan @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK 03/15/2014 (0)


    Friday, March 14

    · Camel @ Town Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/10/2014 (0)


    Monday, March 03

    · Mike + The Mechanics @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)


    Sunday, March 02

    · An Interview with Rob 'TheWitch' from Montreal metal act NecronomicoN (0)
    · An Evening With Dream Theater-Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 2/15/2014 (0)


    Tuesday, February 25

    · Tarja + Elyose @ Rock City, Nottingham, UK 02/12/2014 (0)


    Sunday, February 23

    · The Answer, The King Lot - Edinburgh Liquid Room 20th Feb 2014 (0)


    Saturday, February 22

    · R.I.P. Francesco Di Giacomo, lead singer of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (0)


    Sunday, February 16

    · Amon Amarth/Enslaved/Skeletonwitch @ The Murray Theater, Salt Lake City 2/12/14 (0)
    · Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas join forces to create Other World (0)


    Saturday, February 15

    · The Treatment + Cage The Gods + Sinners Highway @ Nottingham UK 02/04/14 (0)


    Sunday, February 09

    · Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock at The Chance 1/25/2014 (0)


    Sunday, February 02

    · Skindred + SOiL + Viza @ Rock City, Nottingham UK, 01/24/2014 (0)
    · The Return of Legendary Heavy Rock Act Bang (0)


    Friday, January 24

    · Remembering Oliver Withöft, Co-Owner of Century Media (0)


    Monday, January 20

    · FERGIE FREDERIKSEN R.I.P. (0)


    Sunday, January 19

    · Orchid, Scorpion Child, Blues Pills, & Zodiac at Dingwalls, London UK 11/3/2 (0)


    Sunday, January 05

    · A Look Ahead to 2014 with Rocksector Records Mark Appleton (0)
    · Hard Rock Hell VII Cirque Du Rock Day 3 @ Pwllheli, Wales 11/30/2013 (0)


    Sunday, December 15

    · An Interview with vocalist Peter French of the legendary Leaf Hound (0)
    · Retro Hard Rockers The Vintage Caravan Get Set to Take Over the World (0)


    Saturday, December 14

    · Gorguts, Origin, and Nero Di Marte at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY 12/13/2013 (0)


    Friday, December 13

    · Hard Rock Hell VII Cirque Du Rock Day 1 & 2 @ Pwllheli, Wales 11/28 & 29 (0)


    Friday, December 06

    · Keeping Rock 'N' Roll Alive with The Jokers (0)


    Tuesday, December 03

    · The Return Of NWOBHM Survivors Jameson Raid (0)


    Saturday, November 30

    · Dutch act Sky Architect get 'spacey' with A Billion Years of Solitude (0)


    Wednesday, November 20

    · The Machinations of Maschine - An Interview with Luke Machin (0)


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