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An Interview with UFO Guitarist Vinnie Moore

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    News: Cats In Space: Cats Alive! live album
    Progressive Rock Cats In Space are delighted to announce that they will be releasing a live recording, 'Cats Alive!', on 23 Feb 2018. The record will be available as a CD, blue heavyweight vinyl, and download.

    The show was recorded at a particularly raucous night on the band's tour with Thunder earlier this year. Guitarist Greg Hart said, "This musical feast was recorded live in front of 4000 nutty folk at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Listen for yourself, but we think we picked the right night to record."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Nov 16 2017 @ 14:10 CST
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    News: Britrock Must Be Destroyed UK Tour May 2018
    General
    REEF / THE WILDHEARTS / TERRORVISION
    PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

    'BRITROCK MUST BE DESTROYED' UK TOUR MAY 2018

    In a glorious collision of anthemic British rock, three of the most entertaining, feel-good and party-hard bands the UK has ever produced are coming together to wage war on boredom, mediocrity and probably each other across the UK next May.

    Featuring Reef, The Wildhearts and Terrorvision, the Britrock Must Be Destroyed tour will be devastating venues, and no doubt livers as well, in five of the biggest cities in Great Britain.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Nov 15 2017 @ 14:40 CST
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    News: Iron Maiden announce Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018
    Heavy Metal SPECIAL GUEST KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

    Following the massively successful global tour of 2016-17 in support of their sixteenth studio album The Book Of Souls IRON MAIDEN will take to the road again in 2018 with a series of arena and festival shows in Europe on the Legacy Of The Beast World Tour opening in Tallinn, Estonia on May 26 and finishing at the O2 Arena, London on August 10.

    The UK dates are...
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Nov 13 2017 @ 17:30 CST
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    News: EDEN'S CURSE RELEASE THE DEMO & BOOTLEG SERIES CD & DVD's
    Heavy Metal A&D Records with permission from AFM Records are delighted to present Eden's Curse - The Demo & Bootleg Series.

    Check out the launch video promo HERE

    The Demo Series CD's 1 to 5 feature the original songwriter demos from all five studio albums starting with Eden's Curse (2007), The Second Coming (2008), Trinity (2011), Symphony Of Sin (2013) up to Cardinal (2016).
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Nov 12 2017 @ 05:10 CST
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    Concerts: King Crimson Turn Back the Clock at The Egg in Albany, NY 11/8/2017
    Progressive Rock

    Now close to 50 years in existence, the legendary progressive rock band King Crimson (who, let's be honest, started this whole 'prog' thing in the first place back in 1968) are still going strong, back once again with a tremendous new line-up and wowing audiences worldwide with a wide selection of songs from their back catalog, heavy on material from their first few albums. Perhaps with the recent passing of both Greg Lake and John Wetton, leader/founder Robert Fripp has decided to pay homage to the two 'fallen angels' by revisiting the classic era catalog, sprinkled of course with songs from the post 1980's line-ups. What we were treated to at The Egg in Albany (one of the coolest venues you'll ever see) was magical, savage, and jaw-dropping, as Crimson played a set-list for the ages for the near 1000 in attendance.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Nov 11 2017 @ 07:18 CST
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    Concerts: Power Metal extravaganza in Manchester!
    Heavy Metal

    Orden Ogan and Rhapsody of Fire at Rebellion Manchester, Wednesday 08/11/2017

    Power metal? Manchester, UK? Wednesday night? Not exactly a recipe for success one might think. One would be very, very wrong indeed for this was a magnificent night for metal with two great bands pulling out all the stops giving a pretty healthy crowd much to enjoy. I'd estimate that there were about three hundred people at least in the venue which is pretty good for a November evening by anybody's reckoning. Quite how many were in situ when Rhapsody of Fire came on bang on time at 1930 is open to question given that Rebellion's entry policy appeared to have been worked out by Noah himself (no more than two were allowed in at any one time to get their luminous orange wristbands.) Nevertheless we managed to get in during the first song proper - "Distant Sky" which was followed by a simply magnificent "Dargor", "Shadowlord of the Black Mountain" before "Flames of Revenge" confirmed what I noted when reviewing The Legendary Years album, namely that in Giacomo Voli, Alex Staropoli has found a vocalist who can carry the band forward into the next evolutionary cycle.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Nov 11 2017 @ 06:30 CST
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    News: King Crimson To Release Earthbound - 40th Anniversary Edition Expanded CD &a
    Progressive Rock King Crimson's "Earthbound - 40th Anniversary Edition" expanded CD & DVD is now available for pre-order and wll be released on November 17, 2017! "Earthbound," originally released in 1972, was one of the earliest (if not the first) "official bootleg" released by a major rock band, consisting of a series of deliberately lo-fi live recordings of King Crimson's "Islands" era line-up on tour in the USA. When issued, because of its mid-price it was excluded from the main album charts in the UK but topped the mid-price charts rubbing shoulders with Jim Reeves & Mantovani. Atlantic in the USA didn't even bother to release it. By then, the band had broken up and the label had already been alerted to the likelihood of a new King Crimson line-up promised for later in the year. Like the later live album, "USA," "Earthbound" remained unavailable in the early CD era, with both finally being released in 2002 on CD. Ironically this non-availability served to enhance interest in the album while DGM's live releases made fans aware that there was a larger story to be told of this line-up's history.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 09 2017 @ 07:41 CST
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    News: SILENT VOICES Featuring SONATA ARCTICA Members - New Live Album Available Fo
    Progressive Metal Silent Voices writes:

    SILENT VOICES Featuring SONATA ARCTICA Members - New Live Album Available For Pre-Order

    Silent Voices features Sonata Arctica members Henrik Klingenberg and Pasi Kauppinen as well as Jani Hurula of Cain's Offering.

    The finnish progressive metallers SILENT VOICES have released album teaser for the up-coming live album "Darkest Night In Europe". DARKEST NIGHT IN EUROPE will be available as CD and digital download on December 8.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Nov 01 2017 @ 06:40 CDT
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    News: New Album from Autumns Eyes
    Progressive Metal Ty Arthur writes:

    At the crossroad between a hallowed holiday and the cusp of a dead cold winter is where you'll find Autumns Eyes mastermind Daniel Mitchell. After many seasons of seclusion and intermittently hitting the studio, the recording process has finally wrapped up for the new album titled Ending Life Slowly.

    Mitchell is no stranger to the darker side of creativity, and crafts music free of constraints or label interference. Ending Life Slowly strikes a balance between somber reflections on mortality and full-force screaming metal, with cover art to reflect the album's dreary nature crafted by Indonesian artist Sorrow Grips (Gojira).

    Due out on October 31st, Ending Life Slowly serves as the first full-length album from Autumns Eyes since the 2012 release of Please Deceive Me. Halloween and the death of Fall is a perfect time to be reminded that sometimes life ends far too slowly.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Nov 01 2017 @ 06:39 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot With Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for another episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility, as he discusses new releases from Cruz Del Sur such as Mausoleum Gate, Argus, the Hands of Orlac/Wandering Midget split release, Savoy Brown, Pekka Telelman, Wingfield Reuter Sirkus, Uriah Heep, The Rolling Stones, Gentle Giant, The Who, Jeff Beck, Dirkschneider, and Forgotten Favorite from German hard rock/prog act Jane!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Nov 01 2017 @ 06:29 CDT
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    SoT Video: TSO/Savatage Guitarist Chris Caffery Guests on What's Hot With SoT!
    Heavy Metal Join host Pete Pardo and his guest Chris Caffery from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage, as Chris discusses the upcoming TSO Winter tour, his new project Spirits of Fire with Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Steve Di Giorgio, and Mark Zonder for Frontiers Records, and his upcoming solo album!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Oct 29 2017 @ 14:30 CDT
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    News: MAGNUM To Release New Album In January 2018
    General The release of their latest album Lost On The Road To Eternity sees British hard rock band Magnum celebrate a very special anniversary on 19 January 2018. It will be the 20th studio recording by the group surrounding founder members Bob Catley (vocals) and Tony Clarkin (guitar) since their 1978 debut Kingdom Of Madness. At the same time, Clarkin, Catley and bassist Al Barrow are set to introduce their current line-up featuring new additions Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (drums). Benton joined the Magnum camp in December 2016 to replace long-standing member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James only a few months ago.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Oct 27 2017 @ 18:07 CDT
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    News: Martin Eric Ain (Celtic Frost / Hellhammer) - R.I.P.
    Heavy Metal "The sands of time will never run, for an immortal dead man" Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, "Visions Of Mortality", 1984, lyrics by Martin Eric Ain.

    Martin Eric Ain. 18. July 1967 - 21. October 2017

    "I have had to draft a disconcerting number of obituaries in recent years, mourning the loss of individuals who were either very close to me or of distinct importance to my life. But this obituary is by far the most difficult one to write.

    Because Martin Eric Ain was unique beyond any description.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Oct 27 2017 @ 14:46 CDT
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    News: Rush - Announce New Expanded Edition Of A Farewell To Kings Out On Dec 1st
    Progressive Rock SAY HELLO AGAIN TO RUSH'S 'A FAREWELL TO KINGS'

    Canadian rock legends celebrate classic album's 40th anniversary with lavish expanded reissues on December 1, 2017

    On December 1, UMe/Anthem/ole label group continues its Rush 40th anniversary album celebrations with a lavish new expanded edition of the band's landmark album A Farewell to Kings.

    A Farewell to Kings, Rush's fifth studio album, was originally released in 1977, and played a major role in establishing Rush as an internationally popular and respected band. A Farewell to Kings also introduced the trio's first successful radio hit "Closer To The Heart," album tracks "A Farewell To Kings," "Madrigal," "Cinderella Man," as well as enduring fan favorites with "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 26 2017 @ 14:53 CDT
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    News: Todd Michael Hall announces Good Music for a Good Cause
    General Todd Michael Hall releases debut solo album 'Letters From India'

    Known around the world as the powerful and dynamic front man for the hard rock band Riot V, Todd Michael Hall switches gears with his new solo release, Letters From India.

    Todd and his wife met as pen pals in 1993. His new solo album, Letters From India, is a collection of songs inspired by their years of correspondence.

    Letters From India is passionate and emotional with musical styles ranging from piano-only ballads to light rock. Todd's impressive voice is on full display with him singing multi-layered vocal harmonies on every song.

    All sales proceeds support the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan, a family of Christian ministries serving in the heart of Michigan. Here is a link to Todd's first video "Ordinary People"

    The album is available in physical and digital copies through Todd's web page, HERE , and in digital formats via all major online music services. If you live in the Saginaw area you can purchase a copy at Phat Cat Guitars or Records and Tapes Galore.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 26 2017 @ 14:40 CDT
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    News: FS PROJEKT announce Kredo Tvoyo (Thy Creed)
    Heavy Metal Since its first release FS Projekt has been providing unrhymed English translations of its lyrics and posting them on all of its English resources in order for non-Russian speakers to be able to understand the meaning behind each of the project's compositions. Now FS Projekt takes this good practice to the next level by presenting a translation video for its latest single "Kredo Tvoyo" (Thy Creed). Check it out!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 26 2017 @ 14:31 CDT
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    News: Video Premier for Obscured By Clouds' new song Zoe Zolofft
    Progressive Rock Thermospheric is the forthcoming new album from psychedelic, art-rock band Obscured By Clouds, and below is the video for their song "Zoe Zolofft".

    "Zoë Zolofft" holds true as an obscure Syd Barrett-esque song in homage, a song about a girl, a sitar, and modern pharmakinetics; and concludes with the sonic imagery of the splintered spokes of a broken and wobbling wheel via Mitch Mitchell backwards Hendrix-ian backward beat.

    Read our review of Thermospheric here

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Oct 23 2017 @ 16:00 CDT
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    Concerts: The Kentucky Headhunters, Bad Touch, The Swamp Born Assassins; Glasgow 10th Oct
    Concert Reviews

    Having visited Scotland for the first time just twelve months before, blues, country, rock legends The Kentucky Headhunters were back in Glasgow once more to raise some hell. Aided and abetted in that task by up and coming English rock n' roll band Bad Touch and one of the hottest new outfits on the Scottish scene, The Swamp Born Assassins, the packed ABC2 was treated to not one, not two, but three different sides of traditional rock and roll, all delivered with power, passion and damn near perfection. There for Sea of Tranquility, was Steven Reid.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Oct 14 2017 @ 19:10 CDT
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    Interviews: Covers and Cuts an interview with UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore
    General

    For their 23rd studio album, legendary British rock outfit UFO have decided to take a break from the norm, instead piecing together a selection of their favourite tracks by other artists and UFO-itising them. The results are The Salentino Cuts, an album that delves further back in time than the band's 48 year history, while also reinterpreting some more recent songs in a surprisingly fresh style. With the album housing everything from 60s rock to 90s grunge, all delivered with a sound that could only belong to UFO, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid took the chance to ask the band's long serving guitarist, and solo artist in his own right, Vinnie Moore, all about his band's covers and cuts.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Oct 03 2017 @ 14:05 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot With Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views on the latest from Black Country Communion, Arch Enemy, Eden's Curse, Jared James Nichols, Wobbler, Kissin' Dynamite, Mobius Strip, Carl Verheyen, Marnix Busstra, and Alice Cooper, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Jim Weider's Project Percolator!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

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