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    News: Def Leppard - Announce The Def Leppard EP 22nd April 2017 - Record Store
    General
    12" Single
    Label: UMC/Mercury
    Record Store Day 22nd April 2017

    "This is the EP that shone a light on this fledgling bunch of wannabes and set us on our way to international stardom (eventually…)! Recorded at Fairview Studios, just outside Hull in North Yorkshire, a studio we were extremely happy to frequent as it had been used on numerous occasions by the late great Mick Ronson. It took 2 days to record and cost £148.50 - money borrowed from my Dad (a feat financially and time wise we would never get close to achieving again, EVER!!!!)"

    – Joe Elliott, Def Leppard
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 23 2017 @ 17:23 CDT
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    News: METAL CHURCH Announce support for upcoming tour dates
    Heavy Metal Heavy metal titans Metal Church recently announced a string of European tour dates for this summer, which includes UK and Irish dates.

    They will be touring in celebration of latest studio album 'XI', which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Australian metallers MESHIAAK have been announced as support act on this trek.

    Masterful METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said regarding the tour: "The METAL CHURCH fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 23 2017 @ 17:03 CDT
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    News: Ayreon - Four Videos For "The Source Will Flow" Go Live Via Fan Cr
    Progressive Rock On February 7th, Ayreon revealed a contest on Facebook directed towards "all creative Ayreonauts who like making music videos". The mission was to create a clip for 'The Source Will Flow,' the third instant gratification track from THE SOURCE, the exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga. Today, the four best creations are revealed.

    Arjen Lucassen elaborates, "About a month ago we asked the fans to make a video for the atmospheric track 'The Source Will Flow' from the new Ayreon album, and we received positive reactions from over a hundred applicants. We chose the best artists and they sent us four excellent videos! We felt it would be a great idea to have the fans choose the winner. So please check them out and vote for your favorite video, I'm very curious! And of course... I hope you enjoy the music as well :-)"
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Mar 22 2017 @ 13:29 CDT
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    News: Cheap Trick announce UK tour - June 2017
    General Iconic US-rockers Cheap Trick have announced a special three date UK tour, with the band visiting London, Manchester and Bristol in June 2017.

    The Illinois quartet, who originally formed in 1973, will delight fans with their huge back catalogue of rock classics, including hits 'Surrender', 'I Want You To Want Me', 'Dream Police' and 'The Flame'. The tour comes on the back of their most recent 2016 album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, their 17th studio release and first for 7 years, which includes the single 'When I Wake Up Tomorrow'.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Mar 21 2017 @ 18:24 CDT
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    News: The Interactive Metal Genres Graph
    General The Interactive Meta writes:

    Heavy Metal has been with us since 1968. Since then, Metal has experienced many transformations and stages of evolution. Metal has developed into many stylistic forms, fused with other musical genres, and influenced and shaped legions of musicians and people. But how and when did all the developments happen that led to the numerous and versatile metal genres we know today? This is the question I wanted to pursue.

    Through weeks of research, I analyzed the precise dates of the emergence of each known Metal genre, including all sub-genres. I was also interested in the question which influences led to the development of each metal genre and how each genre influenced the development of other genres.

    The result is an interactive graph that depicts all these elements as clearly as possible, taking into account aspects of musical and cultural history. I have placed greatest value on historical accuracy. As far as I know, there is no other graphical source which shows the development of the Metal genres so clearly and with such a high level of detail and completeness.

    And here is the Metal genres graph: https://www.boundbymetal.com

    I think this topic is very interesting for many Metal fans. Of course, I will be excited if you like "The Interactive Metal Genres Graph" and share it with your readers.

    Feedback, suggestions for improvement, and of course, criticism are highly welcome. The best way is to use the discussion module directly on the page, where it is visible to everyone.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Mar 18 2017 @ 09:41 CDT
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    News: Second Release From Life To Those Shadows
    Progressive Metal Igor Almeida writes:

    Good afternoon, dear friends of "Sea Of Tranquility" Website!


    We are Igor Almeida and Thiago Viana and we hereby present Life To Those Shadows' second release! "Drain The Blue" and its Official Lyric Video were released on February 15TH, 2017. It is the second single of the upcoming Life To Those Shadows' first album and features:


    Thiago Viana – Electric Guitars, Bass, Clean and Lead Vocals
    Igor Almeida - Drums

    + Special Guests - Arthur Bergamaschi - Harsh Vocals, Danilo Marques - Clean Vocals, Luiz Camporez - Synthesizers and Pedro Cruz - Clean Vocals
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Mar 18 2017 @ 09:39 CDT
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    News: Michael Schenker announces MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST 2017 UK TOUR
    Heavy Metal MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST "LIVE" NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR - FEATURING THE ORIGINAL MSG VOCALISTS GARY BARDEN, GRAHAM BONNET AND ROBIN MCAULEY AND MSG MUSICIANS - STEVE MANN (GUITAR, KEYS), CHRIS GLEN (BASS), TED MCKENNA (DRUMS).

    In recent memory, Michael Schenker's endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of 'Michael Schenker Fest' does not disappoint one bit. The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

    Since the first Michael Schenker Fest concert at Sweden Rock in June 2016 the project has gained serious momentum. Performing at a SOLD-OUT Tokyo show in August 2016 they recorded a live DVD, which has gathered critical acclaim worldwide.

    Today, Schenker is proud to announce that he will be touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017, including four UK concerts taking in O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Thursday 2nd November), O2 Academy Sheffield (Friday 3rd November), O2 Ritz, Manchester (Saturday 4th November) and Hull City Hall
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Mar 17 2017 @ 13:43 CDT
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    News: Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino of Angel together for the first time in 30 years
    General

    Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino of Angel came together for the first time in over 30 years to perform "Tower" at the Backstage Bar and Billiards in Las Vegas, on March 8, 2017.

    For the visual/sonic proof, check this out!

    "Just finished playing Backstage Bar and Billiards in Vegas and Frank Dimino came to the show jumped up on stage and we played the 'Tower'," says Punky. "It felt just like it did in Angel. The band kicked ass and Frank felt it and sang his ass off. We didn't miss a beat and the fans went crazy!! We blew the roof off the house. It was really awesome to jam with Frank again!!"

    Remaining Punky Meadows tour dates include:

    April 21st at The Chance (Poughkeepsie) and April 29th at BB Kings (New York City).

    Photo, Leah Burlington
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 16 2017 @ 15:51 CDT
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    News: BOB KULICK TO RELEASE 'SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET'
    Heavy Metal GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER / GUITARIST BOB KULICK TO RELEASE 'SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET' - ENLISTS ALL STAR CAST

    Throughout his forty year music career Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: From Meat Loaf to Motorhead. From KISS to Michael Bolton. WASP to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Mar 13 2017 @ 17:18 CDT
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    News: Ash Wilson launches the brand new music video for the single Broken Machine
    General Lincolnshire's Ash Wilson launches the brand new music video for the single 'Broken Machine' taken from his critically acclaimed debut album Broken Machine.

    The single is released on Friday 17th March and the album on Friday 21st April 2017.

    Ash will also be playing a forthcoming show with Sari Schorr and appearing on the UK tour with Dan Patlansky.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Mar 13 2017 @ 15:02 CDT
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    News: Edge Of Paradise return with new music video, Alive from upcoming EP
    Heavy Metal Edge Of Paradise Return With New Music Video, "Alive," From Upcoming EP Due Friday, March 10th - Pre-order starts today.

    "Alive" is taken from EDGE OF PARADISE's upcoming release, ALIVE, a 5 song EP produced by Chuck Johnson and mixed by Jay Ruston, Mike Plotnikoff and Michael Wagener! Available for pre-order March 3rd, via ILS/Universal.

    View "Alive" video

    Spotify
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Mar 10 2017 @ 11:29 CST
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    News: RIVERSIDE - Successful comeback shows; European tour starting next month!
    Progressive Rock After a longer break from any live performances due to the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudzinski on February 21st, 2016, Progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE have just successfully completed their return to stages with two very special sold-out tribute shows in their hometown of Warsaw, Poland in front of more than 4,000 people.

    The band has checked in with the following comment:

    "Two amazing, cathartic, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evenings with a one-of-a-kind audience. Now we know. We are definitely moving on. And our tour in April and May will also be cathartic and unforgettable - The opening of the new chapter."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Mar 08 2017 @ 16:31 CST
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    Interviews: From Mu to Meek - an interview with Barry Cleveland
    Progressive Rock

    A respected music journalist and solo recording artist, guitarist Barry Cleveland has recently joined forces with composer, guitarist and 'electronics innovator' Richard Pinhas for Mu. An album where a dreamy, if still hard hitting, selection of avant-garde world music is presented through lush instrumental pieces that constantly move and sway with atmospheric mystery. It's a challenging, deep album which constantly evolves while staying true to its core ideals and messages. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid delved deep into the music and motivations of Cleveland as they discussed everything from Mu to Joe Meek and much, much more…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Mar 06 2017 @ 16:44 CST
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    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 Kreator, Sepultura, Persefone, Ghost Avenue, Crimson Fire, Debackliner, Arrayan Path, Al Atkins, Richard Barbieri, All Them Witches, Chicago, John Wetton, Shoot, and a Forgotten Favorite from Titanic!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Feb 20 2017 @ 16:08 CST
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    Concerts: Mayhem, Inquisition, & Black Anvil @ Rock Fantasy's 31st Anniv. Party
    Heavy Metal

    The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY was the host to the 31st Anniversary party for Rock Fantasy, the long running heavy metal & hard rock shop owned by Middletown native Steve Keeler. With a huge selection of CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, patches, posters, as well as smoke items and pinball, Rock Fantasy has been a mainstay of the Hudson Valley heavy music scene now for over three decades. To celebrate this occasion, around 500 metalheads (including many of the Hudson Valley metal illuminati) packed The Chance for a night of black metal, featuring the legendary Norwegian act Mayhem, who on this tour are playing their iconic De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album in its entirety, alongside popular international act Inquisition and New York's very own Black Anvil. (2/17/2017)

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Feb 19 2017 @ 09:46 CST
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    Concerts: Soto, Bigfoot, Vanadine – Edinburgh Bannerman's 14th Feb 2017
    Concert Reviews

    I've seen Jeff Scott Soto in a couple of guises before. Once as the show stealing frontman of W.E.T. when they bossed the stage at the much missed Firefest and once as the most energetic, charismatic frontman Journey has ever had. Tonight in Edinburgh is different, he's here with his band to highlight his latest, and for his more melodically rock minded fans, controversially heavy outfit Soto. Although we were also to be treated to so much more. First up however were the Swiss outfit Vanadine, a band JSS has long been championing, and UK lads Bigfoot, who have in recent times begun creating a buzz almost as large as their shoe size. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid was there.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 15 2017 @ 16:22 CST
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    News: Fates Warning wins our Reader's Poll for Best Album of 2016!
    General Congratulations to the veteran band from Connecticut, as their album Theories of Flight nudged out Kansas' The Prelude Implicit and The Similitude of a Dream by The Neal Morse Band to win Sea of Tranquility's Best Album of 2016 Reader's Poll. Thanks to everyone who voted, and once again, congrats to Fates Warning on a super 2016 release!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Feb 03 2017 @ 10:10 CST
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    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 Pain of Salvation, Tygers of Pan Tang, Infinite Spectrum, Sacred Steel, Fatal Fusion, Lucid Dream, Church of Hed, Tohpati Ethnomission, Tower, and Gordon Giltrap/Paul Ward, with a Forgotten Favorite from JPT Scare Band!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Feb 01 2017 @ 06:31 CST
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    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility Pays Tribute to the Late John Wetton
    Progressive Rock Join host Pete Pardo as he looks at the music & career of the late vocalist/bassist John Wetton, as well as Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks & Black Sabbath/Quartz keyboard player Geoff Nicholls.

    Click here to watch the tribute

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Feb 01 2017 @ 06:10 CST
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    News: Rock Music Legend John Wetton Dies (12th June 1949 – 31st January 2017)
    Progressive Rock Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.

    John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band's 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.

    John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 31 2017 @ 15:06 CST
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