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    News: YES begin preparations for their 2016 UK-European Tour
    Progressive Rock Grammy Award winning pioneers of progressive rock, YES have achieved worldwide success with a history spanning 47 years and 21 studio albums. The band is known for its expansive songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art and live stage sets.

    Earlier this year YES tragically lost founding member, bassist Chris Squire. Chris had a career spanning over four decades and has influenced as well as played with some of the most notable musicians in rock and pop history. "It's hard to imagine the future without Chris! He will always be in our thoughts and mind. Chris was a one-off, larger than life human being, who brought a serious amount to everything he was part of," said YES guitarist, Steve Howe.

    "It's been harder than I can say to put thoughts to words—to express the sense of loss I feel upon the passing of my cherished friend and band mate, Chris Squire. I am without one of the most important, most loved people in my life. Chris was always a gentle but strong leader; a steadfast rock of my existence," added YES drummer, Alan White.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 08 2015 @ 13:57 CDT

    News: Help THE KING LOT Soar!
    General The 3 members of The King Lot have worked incredibly hard in the last 2 years and, going back further, have paid their dues a few times over to get to this point; at times throwing everything they have at making the band a success. As some of you will know, it is an expensive business making records, videos, touring and promoting 24/7. The band has, up to this point, funded everything themselves; including the recording and pressing of the debut single and the critically-acclaimed debut album on their own Crown Jewels Records label. As the guys prepare to head out on what will be their longest UK Tour to date, first with Dan Reed Network/Electric Boys then Jizzy Pearl, they also have one eye on next year's tour dates, expenses and how it all can be done. The guys have been invited to Europe and USA and are working on material for album #2.

    The King Lot has been blessed with incredible support right from the band's inception but the band now need the help of those incredible supporters to carry on and take everything they have achieved to the next level in the next year and beyond. So, this is now your chance to further support the band on the way to achieving their goals and enjoying further success on a greater scale. You can donate as little or as much as you like; it will all be very much appreciated and go towards all the things discussed from putting fuel in the tour bus to making an amazing new record to follow the awesome debut.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 07 2015 @ 15:28 CDT

    News: The Dead Daisies Announce UK Tour In December
    General New Album "Revolución" - Out Now

    Sunday morning at Donington Park is rarely the most energetic of moments but The Dead Daisies all star cast do a sterling job of banishing hangovers with slick-as-a-Vaselined-otter classic rock. KKKK." – Kerrang! – Download live review

    Off the back of a hugely successful and critically acclaimed live performance at Download 2015, The Dead Daisies are pleased to announce full UK tour in December 2015.

    The Dead Daisies released their second full length "Revolucion" on 1st June 2015, via INgrooves. To promote the album The Dead Daisies supported KISS on their European tour.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 07 2015 @ 14:55 CDT

    General Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa fulfils a promise that he made 10 years ago and performs a special UK concert, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his first-ever UK show. On November 1st 2015, Joe will play Mr. Kyps in Poole, Dorset, the same venue where he played his first ever UK concert back in 2005.

    In 2005, venue owner Mark Kyprianou (Kyp) was approached to host Joe's first ever UK concert, As Joe was an unknown, the concert was a slow seller. In a final push, Kyp decided to offer free entry and refunds to those few who had originally paid the £10 ticket. Only around 100 people attended the concert, but those who were there were stunned by Joe's dynamic and virtuosic playing. Today, 10 years later, Joe is playing concert arenas around the globe!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Oct 06 2015 @ 16:19 CDT

    News: The Room - Beyond The Gates Of Bedlam
    Progressive Rock Album release date announcement.

    Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce that Beyond the Gates of Bedlam, the new album from UK melodic rock band The Room will be released on 20th November 2015.

    Pre-orders will open at the band's headline appearance at Progtoberfest in Balham on Sunday 25th October. Keep your eyes peeled for further details.

    The band have invested major time and energy in this impressive release, taking accepted AOR and melodic rock norms and ripping them up to start afresh with a more focused and intense take on the genre. Progressive rock elements - something of a hallmark for The Room – are still here in abundance, ensuring this release will appeal to old and new fans alike.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Oct 06 2015 @ 15:09 CDT

    News: Toseland Confirms UK Dates – Oct/Nov/Dec 2015
    Heavy Metal Returns To Studio on 12th October 2015 To Start Work On New Studio Album

    Documentary Series Filmed For BBC 2

    2015 has been a busy year for Toseland. Freshly signed to Metalville, the band released their debut album worldwide in June (the album had already been released in the UK), Toseland has played a host of festival, headline and support slots – further establishing themselves as a powerful live act.

    The band are pleased to announce these further UK dates in 2015.

    Wed 21st Oct Islington Assembly Hall, London (Special Guest to Hotei)
    Fri 13th Nov Hard Rock Hell (festival show)
    Thurs 3rd Dec Planet Rockstock (festival show)
    Thurs 17th Dec Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (Special Guest to Black Star Riders)

    Tickets are available from all usual outlets.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Oct 06 2015 @ 14:50 CDT

    Concerts: Spock's Beard, Synaesthesia, Special Providence; Glasgow 1st October 2015
    Concert Reviews

    Throughout all the changes and evolution Spock's Beard have undergone over their first two decades together one thing has remained; namely the band's ability to overcome adversity while delivering excellent albums and raved about live displays. Yes, I'll admit that I'm late to the party, this being my first encounter with the SB live beast, but rest assured, even going in with mighty high expectations, it won't be my last. With two excellent opening acts also in tow, a solid four hours of top notch, and varied prog was served up for a good sized and extremely enthusiastic Glasgow crowd, who'll be talking about many aspects of this night for a long time to come.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Oct 05 2015 @ 16:57 CDT

    Interviews: Teramaze guitarist Dean Wells discusses their new CD Her Halo
    Progressive Metal

    Now on album number five, Australia's Teremaze are set to take the progressive metal world by storm with Her Halo. Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Butch Jones recently caught up with the bands lead guitarist & chief songwriter Dean Wells to talk about the upcoming album, their new singer, guitar gear, and Teramaze's desire to expose the world to their exciting brand of metal.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Oct 04 2015 @ 17:18 CDT

    Progressive Rock Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release 'Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983', a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first 6 albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson. 'Premonitions' is released on 16th October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin.

    'Premonitions' comes in a Super Deluxe box set featuring a total of 135 songs on 10 CDs and 4 DVDs (5.1 mixes), plus an extensive booklet; included in this version are 67 previously unreleased recordings between old and new tracks, live and remixes.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Oct 02 2015 @ 02:46 CDT

    News: Reverence announce Gods Of War track listing
    Heavy Metal Detroit power metallers REVERENCE, featuring Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall, ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland and ex-Savatage drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz, will release their new album 'Gods Of War' via Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix (PRIMAL FEAR,SABATON, HYSTERIA). The track listing can be read below.

    'Gods Of War' track listing...
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 30 2015 @ 14:36 CDT

    News: Tax The Heat sign with Nuclear Blast


    Presented By Planet Rock Radio

    2015 has been an intense year for Bristol's rising stars Tax The Heat. Following the release of two critically acclaimed singles "Fed The Lions" and "Highway Home" (both of which were playlisted across rock radio – A listed on Planet Rock) the band have cemented their live reputation by supporting the likes of Cadillac 3, Reef, The Graveltones, Black Star Riders, Masters Of Reality, Virginmarys and Thunder and festival appearances such as 2000 Trees, Download and Calling. The bands unique blend of classic blues driven rock with a modern alternative twist winning them a legion of fans.

    The band is pleased to announce they have now signed a deal with Nuclear Blast (home to acts such as Blues Pills, Black Star Riders & Crobot) and they are currently putting the finishing touches to their anticipated debut album, which will be entitled "Fed To the Lions". The album is due for release in March 2016.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 30 2015 @ 14:25 CDT

    Heavy Metal UDR/Warner – Release date: Nov 13th 2015

    Legendary British hard rockers to release their 13th studio album on November 13th. No superstitution here!

    They're loud, they're hard, they're tough, they're uncompromising. Girlschool, the London-based-band, are proud to announce their 13th studio album, Guilty As Sin, to be released on November 13th in red colored vinyl gatefold, album and digipack.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 30 2015 @ 14:07 CDT

    News: Upcoming release from The Canyon Observer
    Progressive Metal Tine Kolenik, KAPA R writes:

    Three years have passed since the release of the heavy abomination called Chapter II: These Binds Will Set You Free from Slovenian eclectic post-metalers The Canyon Observer, who combine extreme spectrums of the metal genre, atmospheric noise and thundering, slowly rolling escalations. Two chapter EPs, released in 2011 and 2012, are now a part of the band's ancient lore. TCO's present lies in their upcoming full-length album, which will carry an uncompromising title – FVCK. It will saw the band in its newest experimentations with massive, drifting soundscapes, intertwining guitar complexities of Gašper Letonja, Miloš Milošević and Nik Franko with insane vocal skills of Matic Babič and more sonical de(con)struction than ever before.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Sep 28 2015 @ 06:12 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Amorphis, Riverside, David Gilmour, Unified Past, King Heavy, Magister Templi, Stone the Crows, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Wishbone Ash.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 24 2015 @ 18:56 CDT

    Galahad Autumn News Update
    Loads going on in the Galahad camp this year - their 30th!

    Singer Stu Nicholson shares news of a live release, an anniversary retrospective and Sleepers reissue....

    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to our autumn update on our latest Galahad activities in this, our rather busy, 30th anniversary year. Several projects have now been completed such as the new live album/DVD and Sleepers re-master, for which there more details below:
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Sep 24 2015 @ 18:42 CDT

    News: Votum colaborating with Opeth and Katatonia producers for :Ktonik:
    Progressive Rock Votum officially announced their 4th album.With their new vocalist (Bartosz Sobieraj) and their new guitarist (Piotr Lniany) the band had begun to work on the release just after their last European tour with Riverside.

    It's the 4th album of the band often classified as the new wave of polish progressive metal. The band's new approach and changes in the lineup pushed their music into darker and much heavier realms.

    The CD mixes were done by David Castillo of Ghost Ward Studio known for his collaboration with groups such as Katatonia, Bloodbath, Opeth, Eluveitie or InMe while mastering was in the hands of Tony Lindgren from Fascination Street Studios, known for such productions as Paradise Lost, Opeth, Soilwork, Kreator, Enslaved, Katatonia, James LaBrie and Witchcraft.

    The new album will be titled :Ktonik:

    For the latest news, concerts and info on the album make sure to visit
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 23 2015 @ 14:37 CDT

    News: Thunder announce February UK Arena Tour and 3 disc DVD

    5 UK arena dates incl SSE Arena, Wembley. With support from Terrorvision + King King.

    'All You Can Eat' – 3 disc set documenting the story of 'Wonder Days'.

    The sensational return of UK rock legends Thunder, who had a Top 10 UK album earlier this year, continues into 2016 with the announcement of five UK arena dates and a three-disc set documenting the story of the band's incredible latest, Classic Rock Award nominated album, 'Wonder Days'.

    The band will be blowing the roof off arenas around the UK in February, including a date at London's SSE Arena, Wembley. Says lead singer Danny Bowes: "The shows in March were incredible, and the new songs went down just as well as the Thunder favourites. We can't wait for February, so we can do it all over again."

    Support will come from renowned Bradford rockers Terrorvision, who have reformed for their first shows in three years, plus King King, nominees at this year's Classic Rock Awards for Best New Band.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 21 2015 @ 16:22 CDT

    News: Hardcore Superstar/Michael Monroe UK Co-Headline Tour
    Heavy Metal Hardcore Superstar are pleased to announce they will be co-headlining the European/UK tour with Michael Monroe in October 2015.

    The band released their new album "HCSS" earlier this year, via GAIN Music Entertainment.

    The album has been produced by the band and mixed by Joe Barresi (Slipknot, Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden, etc…). To reinvent themselves and find the feeling and the vibe that inspired them in the first place, Hardcore Superstar went back to their old demos form 1994. The result is a fresh and contemporary album that doesn't forget the core roots of the band's music.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 21 2015 @ 15:53 CDT

    Concerts: King Crimson @ Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK – Monday 14th September 2015
    Progressive Rock It has been some two years since Robert Fripp declared via his online diary that "The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! Mode", an announcement that ushered in the eighth incarnation of King Crimson. And after North American shows in 2014 they have returned to European shores for a run that encompasses a significant number of UK dates – bucking the trend given they had not performed outside of London since 1982. Indeed you have to wind the Crimson gig clock back to September 1973 to recall when they were last here in Birmingham with a show at the old Town Hall.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Sep 20 2015 @ 11:36 CDT

    News: Backyard Babies Announce UK Tour This November


    Backyard Babies – Peder Carlsson, Johan Blomquist, Dregen and Nicke Borg, born same year, same town, Nässjö, southern Sweden – have returned to action after a five-year hiatus.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 16 2015 @ 14:48 CDT

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