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An Interview with Mike Howe of Metal Church

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    News: Threshold announce new album & reveal epic first single Lost In Translation
    Progressive Metal British Progressive icons THRESHOLD have announced their new album 'Legends Of The Shires' will be released via Nuclear Blast on 8th September.

    Today the band unveiled the first single from the release, the ultra-Prog epic ' Lost In Translation' which has a song length of over ten minutes!

    Commented Threshold's Richard West "We've made a monster of an album so we thought we should release a monster of a single! This epic really showcases the many sides of our sound and is a great prelude to our album release"

    Watch the lyric video for 'Lost In Translation' exclusively on Prog
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jul 15 2017 @ 09:54 CDT

    News: MORITZ About Time Too Out in July/August
    General UK AOR/Classic Rock band, MORITZ, have announced the release of their long-awaited follow-up 'About Time Too' to the successful 'SOS' album. The album consists of 13 new songs, including two instrumental intros, due for release on 31 July 2017 via Shadows of a Dream and 25 August, 2017 via Cargo Records. A video teaser can be viewed here

    The album was recorded over the last four years at a number of studios. It was produced by MORITZ and mixed and mastered by MORITZ bass/keyboard player Ian Edwards.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jul 13 2017 @ 18:17 CDT

    Interviews: Progressive Metal Upstarts Anthriel Score Big with Transcendence
    Progressive Metal

    With their latest release for Lion Music, Transcendence, wowing fans & critics alike, Finnish progressive metal act Anthriel seem poised to enter into the big leagues. Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Mark Antony Rossi recently caught up with members Simo Silvan (vocals) and Timo Niemistö (guitars) to discuss the stellar new album, their songwriting style, influences, and the Finnish music scene.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 12 2017 @ 19:40 CDT

    News: Life After Mars
    Progressive Rock Frontman From Progressive Rock Band Mars Hollow Announces New Album, New Line-up, and New Name – Life After Mars

    Progressive rock band Mars Hollow has announced that they will be recording a new album after a nearly 5-year hiatus. The announcement was made during a semi-reunion show and subsequent radio interview in June, and came on the heels of a show billed as "John Baker and Steve Mauk Perform the Music of Mars Hollow" in Chicago. The show was the first time Mars Hollow has performed live since May, 2012. The most recent studio effort from the group was the track "So Far Away," which also had a video release and was included on the Mars Hollow Live album. The album, also available on DVD, documented the band's 'Church of Prog' spot at RosFest, 2011 and was released in Fall of 2012.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 12 2017 @ 07:41 CDT

    News: Joe Bonamassa returns to the UK in March 2018


    Following Joe Bonamassa's successful tour including two sold out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, the celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce that he will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts.

    Dates include Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (March 9), Manchester Arena (March 10), Carlisle Sands Centre (March 11), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (March 13), Gateshead Sage (March 14), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (March 17).
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jul 10 2017 @ 14:11 CDT

    News: Status Quo: 2017 Winter Tour News
    General If the term 'Status Quo' can be defined as representing 'the existing state of affairs' then maybe the band, despite being known for 50 years for their no-nonsense winning formula, need a name change. For nothing has stayed the same for this iconic band over the last year. Francis Rossi and the band have faced the retirement from live performance of the iconic Rick Parfitt, followed late last year by his tragic death, and have kept the flag flying, to honour his memory and the band's commitments, and to bring the fans what they want and deserve.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jul 07 2017 @ 07:12 CDT

    News: LEE AARON returning to the UK this July
    General Internationally-renowned vocalist and songwriter LEE AARON is returning to the UK this July to bring her 'Fire and Gasoline' tour to the rock-hungry masses.

    Fans can expect July's UK shows to be jam packed with well-loved classic and contemporary anthems like 'Barely Holdin' On', 'Whatcha Do To My Body', 'Hands On', 'Metal Queen', 'Tom Boy' and 'Fire And Gasoline', as well Aaron's soaring version of the Deep Purple classic 'Mistreated', taken from newly recorded 'Heavy Blues' album, slated for release later this year.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jul 07 2017 @ 07:07 CDT

    News: ORPHANED LAND Announce New Album Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs
    Progressive Rock ORPHANED LAND Announce New Album "Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs", January 26, 2018 Release Scheduled via Century Media Records - Band to Embark on North American Tour this Fall alongside Voodoo Kungfu & PAIN

    Oriental metal pioneers ORPHANED LAND have just announced they will release a brand new studio album on January 26, 2018 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. The album, which will be titled "Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs", is mostly recorded and has been sent, once again, to Jens Bogren who will take over mixing and mastering duties of what is to be destined to become the band's best and biggest production so far. "Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs" will feature a guest appearance from guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett and more special additions will be announced soon.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jul 06 2017 @ 11:09 CDT

    News: Status Quo release The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 - 1989
    General Status Quo release "The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984 - 1989", on 4 August 2017 via UMC [Cat No 5728752]. This carefully curated release is the third in a series of 5 limited edition Status Quo 7" singles box sets. Each set covers a decade (in the case of the Eighties there are two sets) of the band's UK singles. The music is also available via a digital download code included in the box. Classic Rock said of the first in the series, "This is Quo in their effortless, casually-exalted pomp… The singles box, complete with picture sleeves and choice B-sides, is a delight".
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jul 06 2017 @ 09:35 CDT

    News: Dan Reed releases new solo album 'Confessions' on 15 September
    General Pre-order the album now

    Dan Reed's fourth solo album 'Confessions' will be available for worldwide pre-order through the Dan Reed Store from Wednesday 5th July, before it is officially released on Friday 15th September.

    The new album will coincide with Dan's intimate solo tour in beautiful settings which kicks off at London's St. Pancras Old Church on Thursday 14th September. Tickets for Dan's solo tour can be booked from
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jul 05 2017 @ 18:16 CDT


    Disbanded 90's LA HARD ROCKERS KIK TRACEE have released the track list for BIG WESTERN SKY, a collection of B-SIDES, DEMOS, and RARITIES being released 8-18 on CD and Digital (9/22 on LP) via THC MUSIC/EMP LABEL GROUP/AMPED. BIG WESTERN SKY features early demos and rarities from the bands classic NO RULES/FIELD TRIP era, prior to disbanding in the early 90s.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jul 05 2017 @ 17:03 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from Styx, Govt Mule, Robin Trower, Iced Earth, Jorn, The Ferrymen, Hawkwind, Heart, The Who, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Alpha Centauri!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jul 01 2017 @ 09:10 CDT

    News: illustr8ors are coming back!
    General i L L U S T R 8 O R S | E X C H A N G E | B R I S T O L

    After selling out their debut Bristol show, illustr8ors are back this July for a brand new headline date!

    Bristol | Saturday 15th July | Exchange Doors 7.00pm // TICKETS
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jul 01 2017 @ 06:27 CDT

    News: Eden's Curse to release Re-Recorded Debut Album & Live DVD on August
    Heavy Metal To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse will release 'Revisited' - a two disc set featuring the debut album re-recorded in it's entirety and a bonus DVD 'Live In Glasgow - The Official Bootleg', on 25th August 2017 worldwide via AFM Records.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jun 27 2017 @ 18:51 CDT

    News: Chains Over Razors Join Forces with Carmine Appice and Rocker Records
    Heavy Metal June 27, 2017 -- Carmine Appice and Rocker Records ( is excited to announce its partnership with the Chains Over Razors.

    Chains Over Razors is an intense Rock and Metal power trio comprised of singer Franco V. Roc, guitarist Mike Vapor, and drummer Andy Vapor. The three started out together as part of the the group Beneathme in 2007. They reformed in 2014 as an intense three piece focused on edge and melody driven music pushing new ideas and concepts in the genre that many would consider against the rules. About the name drummer Andy Vapor says, "we were watching a show about taboo culture, and the art of scarring and people hanging from chains and laying on a bed of razors or nails. This kinda led to an 'aha' moment. We thought that should be the new group name, Chains Over Razors. We always think of it as being imprisoned in a cold dark room with hanging chains over a floor with razors. It's a complete separation from reality."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jun 27 2017 @ 18:45 CDT

    News: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Signs worldwide deal with NB; Announces new studio album!
    Heavy Metal Michael Schenker is one of the most significant rock guitarists in the history of music. He has mesmerised the rock community since the 70's with his characteristic guitar play and contributed not only to Scorpions classics such as 'Lovedrive', 'Coast To Coast' and 'Holiday', but also constructed himself a monument during his time in UFO by writing hits like 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Rock Bottom' amongst others. His playing has had monumental influence on several generations of guitar players.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jun 27 2017 @ 18:40 CDT

    SoT Video: The Insane Prices of Concert Tickets These Days
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he 'rants' about the ridiculous prices of concert tickets in the modern era compared to the old days.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jun 24 2017 @ 08:12 CDT

    Concerts: Metal Church, Comaniac, Glasgow Audio June 21st 2017
    Heavy Metal

    It's been many a year… too many to remember… since Metal Church last graced a Scottish stage with their presence. However, with returning singer Mike Howe reinvigorating the band and a stunning new album in the shape of 2016's XI under their belts, the veterans of the classic US metal scene didn't just put that straight, they did so by producing a set of stinging, stunning proportions to a rabid audience. Having spoken to Howe for Sea of Tranquility just a few days earlier, ready to join the congregation was SoT staff writer Steven Reid

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jun 22 2017 @ 19:03 CDT

    Concerts: Steve Hackett @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 05/01/2017
    Progressive Rock Such was the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his Genesis Revisited shows a few years back Steve Hackett must surely feel compelled to continue to delve into his previous bands history for each subsequent tour. But having stated his intention to not become a touring Genesis museum, the guitarist continues to release new and challenging material with recent album The Night Siren seeing him draw on a myriad of eclectic influences from around the world. And so the current show is divided between selections from Hackett's solo work in the first half followed by a second set in which the band are joined by enigmatic vocalist Nad Sylvan for a Genesis set that draws heavily on Wind and Wuthering, an album which has recently passed its fortieth birthday.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Jun 21 2017 @ 11:41 CDT

    Interviews: Metal Church interview with singer Mike Howe
    Heavy Metal

    Metal Church are back. Back with a new album, back with a string of live dates and festival shows across Europe and the USA, and back with singer Mike Howe. Over two decades had passed between the frontman's last outing with the band, 1993's Hanging In The Balance, and 2016's storming return, XI, but he and the rest of Metal Church picked up as though it had been a matter of months they'd been apart, not years; releasing the outfit's strongest album in quite some time. With the band's UK dates just about to begin and a host of festival and headline shows to follow, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid spoke to a clearly invigorated Mike Howe about his return.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jun 19 2017 @ 19:23 CDT

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