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    News: Et Moriemur
    Heavy Metal Et Moriemur writes:

    New Et Moriemur album is out

    The Czech doomsters Et Moriemur just released their second full-length album entitled "Ex Nihilo In Nihilum" on the Russian label Solitude productions. You can buy the digital or physical copy on band´s Bandcamp page or at Solitude store.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Nov 26 2014 @ 07:11 CST

    News: 'A Kiss On The Ocean' is the new single from The Dowling Poole
    General On 1 December 2014, The Dowling Poole will release 'A Kiss On The Ocean', the second downloadable single from their acclaimed album 'Bleak Strategies', which was funded through a PledgeMusic initiative which saw the artists' many fans coming together to get the project off the ground. The Sun said, "This awesome pairing results in glorious and slightly unhinged psychedelic pop rock". Mojo hailed, "A classic British rock album heavy on power pop smarts" whilst Classic Rock stated, "Flawless and exhilarating, this demands to be the soundtrack to all of our waking summer dreams".

    Formed by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling (ex Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and Jon Poole (ex Cardiacs), The Dowling Poole have created something truly special. Jon Poole says, "'A Kiss On The Ocean' was an audience favourite on our recent tour, although the jaunty pop disguises a slightly unsettling side, since it's really a song by a narcissist, singing while staring at his own reflection. When we first started recording 'Bleak Strategies', I would write Willie little messages every day in red lipstick on the bathroom mirror just to unnerve him a little. I think that's where this song started although it took us a while to get the right measure of light and shade." Willie adds, "Of course it was Whitney Houston who invented self-love when she sang her impudent, preposterous and self-indulgent nonsense, 'The Greatest Love of All'. I'm still not entirely sure what she meant but I like to think that we went one better with this one."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Nov 25 2014 @ 17:37 CST

    News: Revolution Saints featuring Aldrich, Blades and Castronovo announce debut
    Heavy Metal REVOLUTION SAINTS is the new hard rock / melodic rock eponymous debut album from Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Deen Castronovo (Journey). The new album will be released on CD, Deluxe Edition, Digital Download and 180 gram vinyl by Frontiers Records in Europe on February 20, in the UK on February 23, and in the USA on February 24.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Nov 21 2014 @ 15:20 CST

    News: H.e.a.t to release Live In London
    Heavy Metal Swedish rock band H.E.A.T are set to release their first-ever live album "Live In London" - released by earMusic in Europe on February 20, 2015 (UK release is February 23).

    H.E.A.T is one of those bands which you need to see live. Armed with a reputation of a brilliant live act, Sweden's rock sensation always delivers an energetic and passionate show. "Live In London" truly captures them at their best. The album was mainly recorded at The Garage in London on May 16, 2014 during their first-ever European headline tour.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Nov 21 2014 @ 14:57 CST

    News: Black Star Riders find 'The Killer Instinct'
    Heavy Metal Fresh from the critically acclaimed debut album "All Hell Breaks Loose" in 2013, Black Star Riders are set to release a new studio album, "The Killer Instinct", in February 2015. The album will be followed by a full UK and Eire co-headline tour

    The band toured 2013's "All Hell Break Loose" for a year – playing across the globe. October 2014 saw them gather in Nashville, TN and enter the studio with heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, The Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon) to start recording the follow up. The result is The Killer Instinct. Ricky Warwick explains, "Life's not fair, never has been, never will. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness. Because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself." Full tracklisting is as follows
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Nov 21 2014 @ 14:40 CST

    News: Ioish news
    Progressive Rock Tasha writes:

    Ioish are the Delhi-based trio, made up of Vaibhav Bhutani, who initially started the band as a studio project before meeting Abhinav Chaudhary and Anshul Iall who convinced him to start playing live. Working separately on a variety of different music projects for over seven years, after meeting each other over Soundcloud, they have finally decided to write and produce music together after playing together for a year. The EP is mostly self produced, and features the renowned Abhishek Bhatia and Arsh Sharma of the 'Circus' on some of the vocals.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Nov 21 2014 @ 05:53 CST

    News: New video from TINKICKER
    Progressive Metal TINKICKER writes:

    TIИKICKER - St John, new video

    To a dear friend who lost his way. From the album The Cup of the Lord and the Wine of Demons (Mals 2014)
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Nov 21 2014 @ 05:51 CST

    News: New release on the Premonition Tapes label
    Progressive Rock Paul Mills writes:

    November sees the rebirth of the Sheffield based label PREMONITION TAPES. The next release on the label is a digital single by The Weird & The Wonderful -entitled "Elektrogleiten (remix)" - and the release date is December 1st. The Weird & The Wonderful specialise in mixing influences from the German electronic music scene of the 1970's, with ambient and modern classical influences. "Elektrogleiten" is remixed from the forthcoming album "Nudeln II" which is due for release early in 2015. The track mixes (Mellotron) flute and cello with a pulsating synth arpeggio and motorik beat, and can perhaps be described as Central European Folk Music for the 21st Century. The single, catalogue number PREM 101, will initially be available as a download only, on Bandcamp, with streaming on Spotify and the other usual places. The track can be heard here:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Nov 21 2014 @ 05:50 CST

    News: KISS, Mötley Crüe and more confirmed for Download Festival 2015
    Heavy Metal KISS will bring Download 2015 to a close when they headline the main stage on Sunday 14 June.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have carved themselves emphatically into the pantheon of Rock mythology with their huge choruses, unmistakable visuals and extraordinary, pyrotechnical live performances. KISS return to Donington having graced Monsters of Rock in 1988 and 1996 and headlined Download, Europe's biggest rock and metal festival, in 2008.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Nov 19 2014 @ 03:22 CST

    Progressive Rock The enduring trio of Erik Norlander (keyboards), Mark McCrite (guitars and vocals) and Don Schiff (Sticks and strings) known as Rocket Scientists are delighted to release their 7th studio album, "Refuel." The full-length album combines both vocal and instrumental songs with the band's signature songwriting, performance and production style in 12 unforgettable tracks. Refuel also features stellar performances by guest musicians Gregg Bissonette (drums), vocalists Lana Lane, Kelly Keeling and Emily McCrite along with others including the brass players from the band's previous release, Supernatural Highways, and Norlander's Hommage Symphonique album which also featured Schiff and McCrite.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Nov 18 2014 @ 06:02 CST

    News: Muse announced as Download 2015 Saturday headliner + Faith No More, Manson..
    Heavy Metal Muse will make their debut at Europe's biggest rock festival as Saturday's main stage headliner at Download 2015.

    Considered by many to be the greatest live act in the world, the genre-defying trio will follow in the footsteps of Rock Gods past and present when they walk the hallowed fields of Donington Park for the first time.

    On their impending debut the band said: We're really looking forward to Download. We've never played the festival before so it's going to be really special.

    Main support will come from alt-funk-rap-metal pioneers Faith No More, returning to the festival for the first time since their long-awaited comeback in 2009. The return of the San Francisco five-piece to Donington also coincides with the release of their first album in 18 years, due in April 2015, with first single Motherf****r set to drop at the end of this month.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Nov 18 2014 @ 03:02 CST

    News: Frontiers Records announces 'Dracula' from Lande and Trond Holter
    Heavy Metal

    Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the release of a new exciting album written and performed by the two Norwegian Rock Stars Jorn Lande and Trond Holter entitled DRACULA "Swing of Death on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th in North America. This exciting concept album was inspired by the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Nov 17 2014 @ 09:59 CST

    Interviews: The 'Far Out' Sounds of My Brother the Wind
    Progressive Rock

    If you haven't yet had the chance to hear the intoxicating sounds of Swedish instrumental act My Brother the Wind, you really are missing out on some fantastic music. Their latest album for the Laser's Edge Free Electric Sound is titled Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, and it contains 9 mesmerizing tracks that blend progressive rock, krautrock, space rock, and psychedelia, created by band members Mathias Danielsson, Ronny Eriksson, Nicklas Barker, and Daniel Fridlund Brandt. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with both Nicklas & Mathias to talk about their fascinating band and the wonderful new CD.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Nov 15 2014 @ 07:24 CST

    Concerts: Pentagram, Blood Ceremony, Bang, and Kings Destroy at Gramercy Theatre, NYC 11/1
    Heavy Metal

    November 1st at New York City's Gramercy Theatre turned out to be a night of vintage heavy rock & doom not to be missed. First, I've long wanted to see US doom legends Pentagram, second, since hearing of the reunion of early '70s proto-metal legends Bang I've wanted to make sure I caught one of their rare live performances. Third, throw in modern doomsters Blood Ceremony, and you have three reasons why New York City was my destination on this rainy November evening.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Nov 09 2014 @ 17:52 CST

    Concerts: The Treatment, Buffalo Summer & Massive at Rock City
    Concert Reviews

    Rock City, Nottingham, 10 Oct 2014.

    It's not often you get a line-up of bands oozing this sort of quality yet very different for their own reasons. A Friday night at Rock City is always going to be a lively affair and tonight was a lesson in dirty Rock 'n Roll and groove.

    Posted by Mark Davies on Thu, Nov 06 2014 @ 06:39 CST

    Concerts: Steve Hackett Genesis Extended @Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 11/04/2014
    Progressive Rock

    Steve Hackett returned to Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the third and (presumably) final time as part of his mammoth global trek revisiting the music of Genesis from the 1970's. With a slightly tweaked set list and accompanied by a superb band including vocalist Nad Sylvan the show served as another spectacular journey back in time. For many fans Hackett's passion embodies the spirit of this golden era for the band and why, no matter how many documentaries may suggest otherwise, he will always be recognised as a fundamental part of its history.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Nov 05 2014 @ 09:53 CST

    Interviews: Going Up In The World: An interview with Skyscraper

    Skyscrapers are huge structures which can't just be brought to perfection in a few days and so it seems, the same is the case for the band who have taken the name of these monolithic buildings as their own. Way back in March of 2011, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid took the time to speak to the three main players in Melodic Rockers Skyscraper, singer Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena/United Nations), guitarist Tor Talle (Joe Lynn Turner/Fergie Frederiksen/Overland) and bassist Dave Boyce (Airrace/The Quireboys) about their debut album Elevation. However three and a half years down the line and this excellent debut platter is only now seeing the light of day and not through the label initially expected. So let's begin with a brief catch-up with Lee, Dave and Tor who were returning from a Skyscraper promotional visit to New York City.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Oct 31 2014 @ 20:12 CDT

    Interviews: The Extraordinary Sounds of Musk Ox
    Progressive Rock

    Musk Ox came to fans' attention when they heard the last Agalloch release The Serpent & the Sphere and particularly enjoyed the three interludes on the disc. When they found out that these pieces were composed and performed by Musk Ox guitarist Nathanael Larochette, their curiosity was piqued. The band plays amazing instrumental folk a la earlier Ulver with seas of atmosphere that brings to mind Sigur Ros as well as many other Scandinavian bands. Sea of Tranquility staff writer Murat Batmaz spoke to Larochette about his involvement with Agalloch, his musical style, and his band Musk Ox.

    Read on for the full interview.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 04 2014 @ 07:44 CDT

    News: The Weekly 'What's Hot with SoT's Pete Pardo' video show!
    General Please make sure to stop by and subscribe to our new Sea of Tranquility YouTube channel, where we will have a weekly video show titled What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility's Pete Pardo. Expect roughly a 10 minute weekly segment that takes a look at some of the hottest new releases (and some not so hot) in the world of metal, prog, jazz-fusion, and more. Pete will also talk about live events, as well as dip back into the vaults for commentary on obscure releases from the past with 'Forgotten Favorites'.

    Click here to see our YouTube page and check out the video episodes previously aired

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Sep 23 2014 @ 08:01 CDT

    News: Ne Obliviscaris Premiere New Album: CITADEL
    Heavy Metal

    Without a doubt NE OBLIVISCARIS are one of the international metal scene's most exciting new bands. Their epic, stirring arrangements are orchestral in feel; flowing effortlessly between cathartic peaks of the most explosive extremity to subtle moments of fragile beauty. With their new album 'Citadel', the wildly progressive Australian band will undoubtedly take their place in the vanguard of the genre's forerunners.

    Read More for Album Cover and Track List...

    To purchase a copy of Citadel, please click here

    Posted by Greg Stewart on Tue, Sep 23 2014 @ 07:49 CDT

    Past Articles

    Sunday, September 21

    · A Night of Space Rock with Nik Turner's Hawkwind in NYC 9-11-2014 (0)

    Monday, September 15

    · Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, UK 07/04 - 07/06 2014 (0)

    Wednesday, September 10

    · Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo, London, UK 09/06/2014 (0)

    Saturday, August 09

    · A Candid Interview with Mike Tramp (0)

    Wednesday, July 30

    · Introducing...Story Of a Life (0)

    Monday, July 14

    · Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence (0)
    · Vangough's Clay Withrow discusses Between the Madness (0)

    Sunday, July 13

    · The Dowling Poole - an interview with Willie Dowling and Jon Poole (0)

    Saturday, July 05

    · Richie Sambora at ABC in Glasgow 3rd July2012 (0)

    Friday, June 20

    · Abandoned Dreams and Dancehall Memories - An interview with Tim Bowness (0)

    Wednesday, June 04

    · Revolver Golden Gods Tour- June 2, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah (0)

    Sunday, June 01

    · Kansas at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ 5/30/2014 (0)
    · Glass Hammer Delight Once Again With Ode to Echo (0)

    Sunday, May 18

    · An interview with JAKE E. LEE and the RED DRAGON CARTEL (0)

    Sunday, May 11

    · Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014 (0)

    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


    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)

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