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    News: Europe And Black Star Riders Announce UK Tour - March 2015
    Heavy Metal EUROPE, Scandinavia's biggest Rock band return to the UK alongside BLACK STAR RIDERS for a tour in March 2015 taking in 14 shows. Joey Tempest "this is going to be amazing – to be playing with Black Star Riders is going to make for THE tour of the spring – just can't wait to get back on the road!'

    Starting with two nights in Glasgow and culminating with two nights at London's Shepherds Bush Empire the tour will feature classic tracks from both bands and also music from both acts forthcoming new releases. Scott Gorham "when the idea of touring with Europe was presented we jumped at the chance. This is going to be a great tour and I can't think of a better way to kick off the new album's touring schedule"
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Jul 22 2014 @ 03:21 CDT
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    Interviews: Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence
    Progressive Rock

    If you happened to get swept up in the resurgence of the progressive rock scene in the early/mid- 1990's, especially here in the US, then no doubt Maryland's Iluvatar could very well have been a band whose music hit all the sweet spots for you throughout most of that decade. The guys have been fairly quiet since the early 2000's, but they are back now with a brand new album, From the Silence, and ready to once again show the world that they are one of the must see & must hear prog acts from the last 20 years. Band members Glenn McLaughlin (vocals), Dennis Mullin (guitar), Jim Rezek (keyboards), and Chris Mack (drums) recently caught up with Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo to discuss what's been going on with the band since we've last seen them, the exciting new CD, live shows, and their take on the current prog-rock scene.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 14 2014 @ 18:48 CDT
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    News: Keyboardists/Composers Federico Fantacone, Lisa LaRue plan new CD release
    Progressive Rock Federico Fantacone, a progressive rock keyboardist and composer from Italian prog act Frigo, and Lisa LaRue, a progressive rock keyboardist and composer best known for her projects 2K9 and 2KX, have combined their talents to record the CD "Sonic Landscape" ("Paesaggi di Suono" in Italian). The Fantacone /LaRue project is a culmination of over three years of trading ideas, files, tracks, and inspirations across the Atlantic Ocean. The CD will feature 9 tracks and will have two versions: an English language package and an Italian language package each featuring a different cover illustration. The CD is scheduled for release this Fall.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 14 2014 @ 09:05 CDT
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    Interviews: Vangough's Clay Withrow discusses Between the Madness
    Progressive Metal

    Vangough are an amazing progressive metal band from Oklahoma, USA. Their first album Manikin Parade still remains an all-time favourite of mine. They also released an instrumental disc inspired by video games as well as a second full-length, Kingdom of Ruin, in 2011, which saw them blending their progressive rock sound with a heavier, more metallic drive. In 2013, complete with a new lineup, they put out Between the Madness, which hints at a more straightforward approach to songwriting, with heavy guitar lines, soaring vocals, and complex rhythm workout. Undoubtedly, their most realized effort, Between the Madness finds the bands working towards a more focused sound sonically with less keyboards. Fans are curious how the band will follow it up. The band is getting ready for their North American tour with prog metal giants Pain of Salvation in the coming months. Sea of Tranquility writer Murat Batmaz spoke to band leader Clay Withrow about their past three albums, his gig with Pain of Salvation, his views on other bands and their albums, and his plans for the future.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 14 2014 @ 06:42 CDT
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    The Dowling Poole - an interview with Willie Dowling and Jon Poole

    Any band who can boast a CV containing stints with The Wildhearts, Honeycrack, The Cardiacs, The Ginger Wildheart Band, Jackdaw4 and The God Damn Whores must be worth sitting up and taking note of. So it proves with The Dowling Poole, a band who came together when Willie Dowling and 'Random' Jon Poole sat and made google eyes with each other during the recording of Ginger Wildheart's 555% album. The result is Bleak Strategies, an album which is a million miles from bleak, instead being one of the most uplifting Power-Pop-Rock highlights 2014 has served up. With both of the mainmen in this band (NOT a project, as we'll find out!) possessing razor sharp wit and a reputation for zaniness of the highest order, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid took his life in his hands as he delved deep into the Bleak Strategies of both Willie and 'Random' Jon…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Jul 13 2014 @ 19:07 CDT
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    Interviews: RECKLESS LOVE UK HEADLINE TOUR DECEMBER 2014
    Heavy Metal Having just performed at the UK's Sonisphere festival earlier this month, flamboyant Finnish rockers RECKLESS LOVE have announced a headline run of UK dates for December 2014!

    RL frontman, Olli Herman, says;-

    "Our recent visit to the UK was very much a case of 'Flying Finns' – we were there for a headline show in Bristol, plus a festival appearance at Sonisphere – it was our first time at Knebworth, and we had an amazing show! Thanks to everyone who packed out the Bohemia tent! And now… we're delighted to announce a more extended return in December – seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further… harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher… kicks! Ha! Ha!"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jul 12 2014 @ 18:43 CDT
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    News: New CD from Hans Van Even
    Progressive Rock Hans Van Even writes:

    Hi there, my name is Hans Van Even, I'm a Belgian Guitar player ( www.hansvaneven.net) and I just released my new solo CD "Stardust Requiem" a 77 minutes CD with guest solos from Tony MacAlpine, Brett Garsed, Feodor Dosumov and many other great musicians. Hope you'll like it! thanks, Hans
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jul 11 2014 @ 06:20 CDT
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    News: Suburban Myth
    General Natasha Bennett writes:

    Suburban Myth is an alternative rock band that takes its music influences from bands such as The Goo Goo Dolls and Shine down, with lyrical influences ranging from rock legends such as Mike Peters to Paul Rodgers. However they bring their own unique individualism which together produces a melodic rock sound that surrounds and encompasses storytelling that gets the feet moving and the mind reflecting.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jul 11 2014 @ 06:19 CDT
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    News: 'Count To Ten/Messing With History' double A-side single out July 14
    Progressive Rock Natasha Bennett writes:

    Having previously performed in math rock band 'You Slut!' amongst various others, The Four Fours formed out of a creative impulse. An impulse that saw the band write and produce 'Count to Ten/Messing With History' in a matter of days. Both tracks have already gained considerable attention from the UK rock scene and momentum is building internationally.

    'Count To Ten' incorporates heavy guitar riffs, gritty vocals and an anthemic chorus. No stranger to the genre, the contagious track has infused sci-fi influences to develop a more layered piece.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jul 11 2014 @ 06:18 CDT
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    News: Hammerfest 7 announces first batch of acts for next Spring's weekender incl
    Heavy Metal Hammerfest is pleased to be able to bring a veritable smorgasbord of talent from across the globe headed by Thomas Youngblood's Symphonic Power metal band Kamelot, who bring their unique blend of monstrously epic metal to set the tone for what promises to be another cracking edition as Hammerfest celebrates its Seventh year with a Pirate Metal themed event.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Thu, Jul 10 2014 @ 07:31 CDT
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    News: Mordred announce new single and UK tour
    Heavy Metal San Francisco based ExperiMetal Thrash band Mordred are back to tour the UK (and Ireland) this summer. Its 22 years ago since the band braced our shores and the band are thrilled to announce these dates and will be releasing their new single 'The Baroness' along with their back catalogue and 'In This Live' video which documents the sold out shows at the Marquee. They will be released through believe digital 11th August 2014.

    Mordred have been on hiatus for a couple of decades and return with the recently reunited line-up responsible for "In This Life" and "Vision".
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Thu, Jul 10 2014 @ 07:28 CDT
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    Concerts: Richie Sambora at ABC in Glasgow 3rd July2012
    Concert Reviews

    Richie Sambora is a virgin, or so the ex and possibly future Bon Jovi guitarist insisted... Or at least a virgin solo performer in Glasgow and indeed Scotland anyway! Cut loose from his long standing position to the side of a certain Jon Bon Jovi, the talented fret-worker and hugely underrated singer took the chance to air a host of solo cuts, some favourite cover versions and a few fan favourites from his "other band". All making for a show that the, as packed as I've seen it, ABC thoroughly lapped up, even if there were a few signs of self indulgence in this tour ending show.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jul 05 2014 @ 20:12 CDT
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    Motörhead Aftershock Tour Edition Release date postponed
    Due to a production error the release of Motörhead's Aftershock - Tour Edition originally scheduled for early July has to be postponed to 08/04/2014. The slightly longer wait and your anticipation for this great product will be definitely worth it!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jul 01 2014 @ 15:34 CDT
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    News: Massive Wagons announce new album and UK tour
    General Two years of relentless playing and Massive Wagons have earned their reputation among the top flight live bands in the UK. Two years of putting on a show that true hard working fans deserve, taking roofs off and making friends everywhere they go. Two years and it's finally here.

    'FIGHT THE SYSTEM'

    The bands live energy impact and sexy swagger has been captured, bottled and condensed into one phenomenal album. It's the sound of the writing partnership of Adam Thistlethwaite and Barry Mills hitting its stride with a band on fire. And on 14th July, 2014 the album will be available to blast away your blues anytime you want.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Jul 01 2014 @ 07:30 CDT
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    Interviews: Abandoned Dreams and Dancehall Memories - An interview with Tim Bowness
    Progressive Rock

    Tim Bowness is a musician possibly better known for highlighting the wonderful music of others through being an integral part of Burning Shed, the online music store specialising in the many wide and varied sides of Progressive music. However as half of the duo no-man alongside Steven Wilson and part of the Jazz-Prog-Rock masters Henry Fool, Bowness has also been part of some wonderful and varied music of his own which captivates the spirit as his lyrics invigorate the mind. Abandoned Dancehall Dreams is his second solo album, arriving a decade after his first, My Hotel Year, and it doesn't disappoint. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid asks Tim all about his abandoned dreams and dancehall memories…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jun 20 2014 @ 18:21 CDT
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    Concerts: Revolver Golden Gods Tour- June 2, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Heavy Metal

    I had a blast at last night's stop of the Revolver Golden God's Tour at the Complex in Salt Lake City last night. I've been to a lot of shows at that venue and find it to be one of the better mid-sized venues in town. Even better, it hosts lots of metal bands. If any readers are ever in the area, come join me for a fun night of good music, featuring Butcher Babies, Devil You Know, and Black Label Society. On to the review--

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jun 04 2014 @ 08:16 CDT
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    Concerts: Kansas at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ 5/30/2014
    Progressive Rock

    In the midst of celebrating their 40th Anniversary, iconic progressive rock act Kansas made a stop at Englewood, New Jersey's Bergen Performing Arts Center for a night of classic material that would please any longtime fan. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo was on hand to see the band for the first time in 15 years, and brings this full concert report.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 01 2014 @ 08:56 CDT
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    Interviews: Glass Hammer Delight Once Again With Ode to Echo
    Progressive Rock

    One of the most consistent and beloved bands of the modern progressive rock scene over the last 20 years has been Tennessee's Glass Hammer, and they have once again scored a major triumph with their latest release Ode to Echo. Band founders Fred Schendel and Steve Babb recently caught up with Pete Pardo to talk at length about the new album and all that is going on in the world of Glass Hammer.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 01 2014 @ 07:59 CDT
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    Interviews: An interview with JAKE E. LEE and the RED DRAGON CARTEL
    General

    All along the comeback trail one-time Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee has retained two things; his honesty and his humour, two weapons which can serve you well in this business we call music. When Sea Of Tranquility's Steven Reid put some questions together for Jake, it was no different. Therefore when the hugely talented guitarist told us that he doesn't "need" to be famous, but does need to be making music, not only is it easy to believe him, it's borne out through his actions. That said, with a fantastic, eclectic debut disc featuring Robin Zander, Sass Jordan, Maria Brink and Paul Dianno from his excellent new band Red Dragon Cartel under his belt, it would be a real disappointment if that's how things worked out. Right now Jake and his band are in the middle of a string of European dates, which then lead into a UK tour in June. However proving that the Rock 'n' Roll life is never a straight forward one, only two days after Jake took the time to give his thoughts to SoT, it was announced that the shows in Glasgow and Newcastle had been pulled due to "urgent business matters unrelated to the tour"... Let's find out more...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, May 18 2014 @ 15:54 CDT
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    Concerts: Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014
    Progressive Rock Yes returned to Birmingham's Symphony Hall for a presentation of the "three classic albums" show that has been playing to North American audiences throughout 2013 – the three being Close To The Edge, Going For The One and The Yes Album. Their first UK tour since November 2011 the band was met by a sold out crowd many of whom were experiencing Jon Davison behind the mic for the very first time.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, May 11 2014 @ 12:29 CDT
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    Past Articles


    Tuesday, May 06

    · Primal Fear Live at Stage 48 in New York City, 4/30/2014 (0)


    Wednesday, April 30

    · Steven Wilson wins our Best of 2013 readers poll! (0)


    Tuesday, April 22

    · Brooklyn's The Golden Grass Gives '70s Heavy Rock a New York Twist (0)
    · HRH Prog 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)


    Sunday, April 20

    · Taking Control - An Interview with The Brew (0)


    Friday, April 11

    · Riverside, Votum; Edinburgh Liquid Room; 10th April 2014 (0)
    · HRH AOR 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)
    · Status Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014 (0)


    Monday, April 07

    · Blackberry Smoke + Million$Reload @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)


    Sunday, April 06

    · Foreigner/Europe/FM; Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5th April 2014 (0)


    Tuesday, April 01

    · Connecting with Disconnect - An interview with John Wesley (0)
    · The New Band in Town-Meet the UK's Messenger (0)


    Thursday, March 20

    · Voodoo Six, Santa Cruz; Buskers, Dundee 15th March 2014 (0)
    · 'Wanted' Men. An Interview With RPWL Singer Yogi Lang (0)


    Tuesday, March 18

    · The Graveltones / Cadillac Three / Buffalo Summer @ Birmingham 02/26/14 (0)
    · The Vintage Caravan @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK 03/15/2014 (0)


    Friday, March 14

    · Camel @ Town Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/10/2014 (0)


    Monday, March 03

    · Mike + The Mechanics @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)


    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

    · FERGIE FREDERIKSEN R.I.P. (0)


    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)


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