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    News: GREY SKIES FALLEN to release The Many Sides of Truth
    Progressive Metal New York City-area metal quintet, GREY SKIES FALLEN, is preparing to unveil their mammoth sixth release on April 29th 2014, as the final touches are currently being made to The Many Sides of Truth.

    The Many Sides of Truth packs a wealth of crushing cross-genre metal dynamics into a thirty-eight minute, zero-filler album, as always self-financed by the band directly. While the band's previous two releases -- 2012's Introspective and 2010's Along Came Life -- were digital-only releases, The Many Sides of Truth will see traditional physical CD and LP pressings. The vinyl release will feature black, colored, splattered, and limited glow-in-the dark versions, and alternate green cover art, with both versions of the cover artwork and layouts having been created by Travis Smith.

    Posted by Greg Stewart on Tue, Apr 15 2014 @ 15:24 CDT

    News: FISH premieres new video and Tours The UK in May
    Progressive Rock Today, Scottish singer and songwriter FISH unveils the striking video for his new single Blind To The Beautiful. Featuring breathtaking imagery, much of it courtesy of Greenpeace, the video shines a light upon the huge ecological disasters that climate change is already bringing to the world. The video and single precedes his upcoming his UK tour dates in May (dates listed below).

    The single is available to pre-order on iTunes. Blind To The Beautiful features upon the album A Feast Of Consequences, which is released through Cobalt Music in the UK on April 28. A remarkable collection that is being hailed as the finest of his long and illustrious career, the album is produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile/Prefab Sprout). Watch the stunning new video HERE.

    And details of the UK tour...
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Apr 14 2014 @ 18:41 CDT

    Concerts: Riverside, Votum; Edinburgh Liquid Room; 10th April 2014
    Concert Reviews

    Coming towards the end of their mammoth thirteen month tour to promote the fantastic Shrine Of New Generation Slaves album, Polish Progressive Rock/Metal outfit Riverside visited Edinburgh on the East coast of Scotland, after playing Glasgow in the West just over one year previously. So with promises of a few set-list surprises and an exciting support act, in the shape of Votum, the road hardened act took to the stage with the minimum of fuss to deliver a show which will live long in the memory of anyone lucky enough to have witnessed it.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 11 2014 @ 13:15 CDT

    Concerts: HRH AOR 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014
    Heavy Metal Hard Rock Hell, the leading indoor festival operation across Europe, brought a feast of AOR / Melodic Rock artists to the North Welsh coastal destination of Pwllheli. Amongst the headline attractions were Tyketto, marking the twenty fifth anniversary of 'Forever Young', one-time Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet and veteran rockers and perennial crowd favourites UFO.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Apr 11 2014 @ 07:19 CDT

    Concerts: Status Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014
    Heavy Metal "Tonight…We have the number one rock 'n' roll band in the land…Will you welcome…The magnificent STATUS QUO!"

    The classic Frantic Four line-up returns for one final fling. Sea of Tranquility reports from Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Apr 11 2014 @ 03:40 CDT

    News: Bernie Torme Tour 2014
    Heavy Metal See guitar legend Bernie Torme on tour-check below for the tour dates:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 08 2014 @ 14:50 CDT

    News: Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist, Jake E. Lee, extends June UK Tour
    General Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee has today announced that his new band Red Dragon Cartel will play The Tivoli, Buckley on Friday June 13th as part of their forthcoming UK Tour.

    The tour follows Red Dragon Cartel's eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records earlier this year. Special guests on all UK dates are Syron Vanes and Jupiter Falls. Red Dragon Cartel will also play Download Festival on Sunday June 15th. Their new single "Shout It Out" is out now.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 08 2014 @ 13:17 CDT

    Concerts: Blackberry Smoke + Million$Reload @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 03/01/2014
    Concert Reviews Since signing to Earache Records in the UK (Home of Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement) anticipation has been furious for these sold out Blackberry Smoke gigs. The Southern Sound has sure made a revival over on these shores so tonight I was about to witness what all the hullaballoo was about.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Apr 07 2014 @ 03:02 CDT

    Concerts: Foreigner/Europe/FM; Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5th April 2014
    Concert Reviews

    The last time I witnessed Foreigner play on Scottish soil, the six-piece, now expanded to seven, line-up took on the might of Styx and came out on top and simply wiped the floor with Journey. Now some three years down the line the Mick Jones led crew had new challengers in the shape of UK AOR veterans FM and a resurgent, and now frequent visitors to these shores, Europe. Could Foreigner come up trumps again? Well, they wouldn't be jukebox heroes if they couldn't, would they...?

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Apr 06 2014 @ 13:30 CDT

    News: Swedish rockers H.E.A.T announce four UK concerts
    General To dovetail the April 14th release of their new album Tearing Down The Walls, Swedish rockers H.E.A.T have today announced they will play four UK concerts in May:

    London's Garage Friday May 16
    Newcastle's O2 Academy 2 Saturday May 17
    Glasgow's Cathouse Sunday May 18
    Manchester Academy 3 Monday May 19

    Tickets for all four concerts are can be ordered from the official H.E.A.T website.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 04 2014 @ 19:25 CDT

    Heavy Metal Welcomed by the critics as: "Energy and rage combined with technique to create an original artistic vision" (Rock Hard Magazine), Diaries Of A Hero will release their self-titled second album Diaries Of Hero on 26th May 2014, via German label Dust On The Tracks. The record will be available on CD and on digital format, via iTunes and Amazon mp3 outlets.

    The new album sees the band taking a significant step forward in their songwriting; this record displays an array of compact sounds blended into a homogeneous style that shows the band's path towards musical maturity.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Apr 02 2014 @ 18:07 CDT

    Interviews: Connecting with Disconnect - An interview with John Wesley
    Progressive Rock

    Think John Wesley and you think Porcupine Tree. Or Fish, or Steven Wilson, or Sound Of Contact, or indeed Ruud Jolie's For All We Know. However the singing, songwriting guitarist has just released Disconnect - a solo album - amazingly his eighth! His standalone catalogue is an impressive one and an eclectic one, however with Disconnect, John has hit a serious vein of form and created an album that will be viewed as his best to date. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid spoke with John to discover why it is so easy to connect with Disconnect...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 01 2014 @ 14:51 CDT

    Interviews: The New Band in Town-Meet the UK's Messenger
    Progressive Rock

    From the UK comes Messenger, a band comprised of Khaled Lowe (guitar, vocals), Barnaby Maddick (guitar, vocals), Jaime Gomez Arellano (drums), Dan Knight (guitar, keyboards), and James Leach (bass). Chances are you might not have heard of these guys yet, but with the release of their fine debut for Svart Records, Illusory Blues, there's a good bet that their brand of folky, poppy, psychedelic prog will catch on with many fans who frequent this website. Khaled and Jaime Gomez sat down Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo to talk about the band, their new album, touring & future plans.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 01 2014 @ 08:13 CDT

    News: Steve Hackett Releases Live DVD of Royal Albert Hall Genesis Revisited Show
    Progressive Rock Prog pioneer Steve Hackett proudly announces the DVD release of his critically acclaimed live spectacular Genesis Revisited, filmed at the sold out show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall in October 2013. The DVD of this landmark performance will hit the stores on 30th June 2014.

    Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall - the next best thing after being there – was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound and will be available in the following formats:

    - Standard 2CD/DVD digipak
    - Limited 2CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray art-book with liner notes, photos and bonus interview features
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Apr 01 2014 @ 07:39 CDT

    Concerts: Voodoo Six, Santa Cruz; Buskers, Dundee 15th March 2014
    Concert Reviews

    It says much about the UK's live Rock and Metal scene that hot on the heels of a triumphant support slot around the enormodomes of Europe with Iron Maiden, the ever hard working Voodoo Six pulled up their tour bus in Dundee, Scotland, to find a small, smart venue which had, even though four bands were performing tonight, actually booked out its balcony for a leaving party...hats, balloons, nibbles and all...

    What the gathered throng of party goers upstairs made of being greeted on their arrival by a Santa Cruz soundcheck that genuinely went on longer than their 30 minute set, is anyone's guess. However by the night's end, even those brimming with cake, crisps and cocktails were singing Voodoo Six's name.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 20 2014 @ 18:09 CDT

    Interviews: 'Wanted' Men. An Interview With RPWL Singer Yogi Lang
    Progressive Rock

    RPWL have in recent years gone from knocking on the door of the room marked Prog big-boys, to basically smashing it down and making themselves right at home. The German outfit's last album Beyond Time And Man was a bold, ambitious statement, however 2014 finds RPWL on the run, being Wanted in a concept album which stretches the band's ambitions ever further. Musically it is another triumph. Sea of Tranquility's bounty hunter Steven Reid cornered RPWL singer Yogi Lang to bring this 'Wanted' man in for some questioning...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 20 2014 @ 16:27 CDT

    Concerts: The Graveltones / Cadillac Three / Buffalo Summer @ Birmingham 02/26/14
    Concert Reviews Headliners The Graveltones were joined by a pair of hungry young bands that both hail from the Deep South, albeit on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Openers Buffalo Summer have their roots in the rock n roll backwater of Southern Wales and have made waves with their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Following them on the bill were Nashville's The Cadillac Three, another band who are well and truly on their way up.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Mar 18 2014 @ 09:45 CDT

    Concerts: The Vintage Caravan @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK 03/15/2014
    Concert Reviews Having wowed the Welsh crowd at Hammerfest in the early hours of the morning, Icelandic teenage trio The Vintage Caravan made their first appearance on English soil in Wolverhampton on a bill that also included label mates and headliners Grand Magus.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Mar 18 2014 @ 03:37 CDT

    Concerts: Camel @ Town Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/10/2014
    Progressive Rock A band that will always be fondly associated with the golden era of prog during the first half of the 70's, Camel never went through the internal power struggles that ripped apart some of their peers during the 80's. Instead the decade found the band simply fading away, only to return at sporadic intervals with slightly altered line-ups. News of Andy Latimer's debilitating illness several years ago seemed to mark the end for Camel before they announced an unexpected return to the stage at the end of 2013. 2014 finds them back again, playing an extended set of shows around Europe with a two and half hour set including a full performance of 1975's The Snow Goose.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Mar 14 2014 @ 06:11 CDT

    Concerts: Mike + The Mechanics @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/01/2014
    Concert Reviews After lying dormant for some seven years Mike Rutherford reactivated The Mechanics back in 2011 with the release of new studio album The Road and a remodelled line-up featuring vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. Two years later they are back out on tour in support of the 25th anniversary of The Living Years.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Mar 03 2014 @ 04:57 CST

    What was the best 2013 CD in the list below?

    Alice in Chains : The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
    Amon Amarth : Deceiver of the Gods
    Anathema : Universal
    Anneke van Giersbergen : Drive
    Ayreon : The Theory of Everything
    Big Big Train : English Electric:
    Bruce Soord With Jonas Renske : Wisdom Of Crowds
    Carcass: : Surgical Steel
    Deep Purple : Now What?!
    Dream Theater : Dream Theater
    Fates Warning: : Darkness in a Different Light
    Fish : A Feast of Consequences
    Gloryhammer : Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
    Gorguts : Colored Sands
    Haken : The Mountain
    Helloween : Straight Out Of Hell
    James Labrie : Impermanent Resonance
    John Elefante : On My Way to the Sun
    Jolly : The Audio Guide to Happiness Part 2
    Kingcrow : In Crescendo
    Lalu : Atomic Ark
    Leprous : Coal
    Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock : Bridge the
    Orchid : The Mouths of Madness
    Orphaned Land : All Is One
    Queensr˙che: : Queensr˙che
    Riverside : Shrine Of New Generations Slaves
    Saxon : Sacrifice
    Scorpion Child : Scorpion Child
    Sound Of Contact : Dimensionaut
    Spocks' Beard : Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless
    Steven Wilson : The Raven That Refused to Sing
    Stratovarius : Nemesis
    SubRosa : More Constant than the Gods
    Tarja : Colours in the Dark
    Tesseract : Altered State
    The Flower Kings : Desolation Rose
    The Theander Expression : Strange Nostalgia
    Thought Chamber : Psykerion
    W.E.T. : Rise Up

    [ Results | Polls ]

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    Past Articles

    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


    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)

    Tuesday, November 19

    · Kadaver & Buffalo Summer @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 10/26/2013 (0)

    Sunday, November 17

    · Discover Black is the Colour with German Symphonic Metal Act Arven (0)
    · Peter Gabriel-Back To Front Tour, The O2, London 10/22/203 (0)

    Thursday, November 14

    · Mott The Hoople @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK, 11/11/2013 (0)

    Monday, November 11

    · Brit Floyd presents PULSE 2013 @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 10/11/2013 (0)

    Sunday, November 10

    · Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Halestorm @ Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham 10/16/2013 (0)

    Tuesday, November 05

    · Ugly Kid Joe + Skid Row @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 11/02/2013 (0)

    Sunday, November 03

    · Arjen Lucassen resurrects Ayreon for The Theory of Everything (0)
    · The Return of Bram Stoker! (0)

    Saturday, November 02

    · Take a ride on the Atomic Ark with Lalu (0)

    Friday, November 01

    · Pete Haycock founding member of Climax Blues Band dies aged 62 (0)

    Tuesday, October 29

    · Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited Live @ Royal Albert Hall, London 10/24 (0)

    Sunday, October 27

    · An Interview with vocalist Alina Dunaevskaya of the band Markize (0)
    · Symphony Novel's Rachit Sachdeva Talks About the New CD Aria (0)
    · Queensr˙che & Slam Cartel at Rock City, Nottingham UK 10/17/2013 (0)

    Saturday, October 26

    · FIREFEST X - Ten Years of Melodic Rock (0)

    Wednesday, October 23

    · Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited returns to Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 10/22/2 (0)

    Tuesday, October 08

    · New Horizons from The Answer an interview with Cormac Neeson (0)
    · Debut Release! WITHEM - The Point Of You (0)

    Sunday, October 06

    · Thomas Thielen speaks about his progressive rock opus Psychoanorexia (0)
    · Introducing Secrets of the Sky (0)
    · An intimate chat with Josh Elmore of Cattle Decapitation (0)
    · Thought Chamber discusses their sophomore album Psykerion (0)

    Tuesday, October 01

    · Joe Bonamassa @ National Indoor Arena, Birmingham UK, 09/27/13 (0)

    Friday, September 20

    · PROSPEKT to Release Début Album October 2013 (0)

    Thursday, September 19

    · Roger Waters: The Wall Live @ Wembley Stadium, London, UK 09/14/2013 (0)

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