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    Interviews: Introducing...Story Of a Life

    With a history that goes back 17 years, instrumental act Story Of a Life are only just now releasing their debut, self-titled CD. Their story is a long and intricate one, but the important thing is that after many years apart, the band members found their way back to each other so their musical vision could finally be fulfilled. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Peter Pardo caught up with guitarist Sean Tonar, drummer Brian 'Thor' Coutts, bassist Stephen Cox, keyboard player Bill Graham, as well as studio magician Neil Kernon (who mixed the CD) to talk about the history of the band, their chance 'reunion', the creation of the long awaited album, progressive rock & jazz-fusion in general, and their plans going forward.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 30 2014 @ 18:41 CDT

    DOWN 'n' OUTZ Announce UK & EIRE Tour Dates
    I'm blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on 'The Journey' is one of the best I've heard. These songs really suit Joe's voice also. It's a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!" – Ian Hunter

    Down 'n' Outz are pleased to announce UK tour dates in December 2014. The dates support the recent release of the album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard's lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople. The album is available through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records

    Full UK AND Eire dates are as follows
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 17:13 CDT

    News: Upcoming Second Album From Flying Colors
    Progressive Rock Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label. The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most fascinating releases of 2012. Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting. Or, as the quintet's modus operandi was once memorably defined by founder Bill Evans, 'crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way'. has premiered an album teaser featuring all five band members here:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 15:15 CDT

    News: Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty collaboration
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 09:05 CDT

    News: New Et Moriemur on Solitude
    Heavy Metal New Et Moriemur on S writes:

    The Czech existential doomsters ET MORIEMUR are back after a three-year absence with a new album. The CD entitled "Ex Nihilo In Nihilum" will be released this autumn on the prominent doom metal label Solitude productions.

    Here is a short teaser for the upcoming record:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 29 2014 @ 09:03 CDT

    News: Virgil & The Accelerators announce new album
    General Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album "Army Of Three" on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records. The band will support the release of the album with the single and accompanying promo video "All Night Long". The new album dovetails the band's nationwide UK tour which starts Monday 29th September at London's The Borderline. Army Of Three is the band's second studio album produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The new album follows 2011's critically acclaimed debut album The Radium which claimed a Best Of Year spot in Classic Rock magazine's year round-up. The album will be released on 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital download. The band have just posted a new video on YouTube for Blow To The Head - one of the powerhouse guitar-driven tracks from the forthcoming album. VATA bassist Jack Alexander Timmis recalls when everything was cut short just before the LP was completed. Says Timmis, "Towards the end of production, the album was suddenly put on unexpected hold. Before we returned to the studio to finish the album, Chris Tsangarides was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. He was in intensive care for 3 months. He was lucky to come out of it alive."

    Read below for promo video and track listing...
    Posted by Greg Stewart on Sun, Jul 27 2014 @ 09:59 CDT

    News: New CD release from Scott Mosher/Oceans of Night
    Progressive Metal Scott Mosher writes:

    Ambient Progressive Metal Band Oceans of Night release new CD MIDNIGHT RISING.

    Dynamic, evocative and powerful, MIDNIGHT RISING is a continuation of the ambient metal style established on 2006's DEEP HORIZON , THE SHADOWHEART MIRROR (2009) and on through DOMAIN in 2011. Once again mixed/mastered by Joey Vera (Armored Saint, FatesWarning, Engine), MIDNIGHT RISING also features guest appearances by keyboardist Vivien Lalu (Lalu, Shadrane, Hubi Meisel), guitarist Chris Rifkin (EF5/F5, Eye of the Storm) and vocalist Stephanie Warren. With over an hour of music that pushes boundaries and bridges worlds, Oceans of Night remain dedicated to exploring the sonic limits of metal music by any means necessary.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:44 CDT

    News: Relayer news
    Progressive Rock Tom Burke writes:

    Relayer's four CD's now on ITunes!

    A Grander Vision -
    The Teething Fashion -
    Last Man On Earth -
    Façade -

    Relayer Facebook page -
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:44 CDT

    News: Napier's Bones
    Progressive Rock Napier\\\'s Bone writes:

    New UK proggers "Napier's Bones" release their vintage-flavoured debut album "The Wistman Tales" FREE at bandcamp here :
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:43 CDT

    News: New CD from guitarist Chris Fury
    Progressive Rock Chris Fury writes:

    Chris Fury's debut full length solo album "From Darkness" is now available! ( It features Sebastian Persini, drummer from Argentina, and Ian Underwood, a Berklee graduate on Bass. There are 13 tracks on "From Darkness" clocking in at over an hour of guitar fronted instrumental rock!!

    Chris Fury is a guitarist from Long Island, New York, a breeding ground for instrumental rock guitar virtuosos such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci. He brings a refreshing sound to the genre which reflects the grace and funk of John Fruciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers combined with the technique and virtuosity of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, creating a mixture of originality all his own. Although predominately self taught, Chris has a bachelors degree in music from Binghamton University and studied with guitar great Greg Howe.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:43 CDT

    News: Live release from Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Welcome to Manticore Hall! Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, two of the founding members of prog legends Emerson Lake & Palmer, will be releasing their highly anticipated new CD 'Live From Manticore Hall' on July 14, 2014 on Manticore Records, via Cherry Red. The duo's forthcoming live album captures their unique two-man versions of a selection of well known material from ELP's celebrated catalog, including the hit "Lucky Man". These recordings were taken from a live show during their 2010 world tour and presented here for the first time!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:42 CDT

    News: New video from Holotropic
    Progressive Metal kamil writes:

    Holotropic, a prog/extreme metal band holotropic from Slovakia have a new lyric video to the song "traveller" from their soon to be released debut record "permeate" out. you can see it here: traveller.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:40 CDT

    Heavy Metal Mastercastle band writes:

    Founded in 2008 by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, Mastercastle soon became one of the leading forces in the European Power/Neoclassical Metal scene, thanks to an addictive mix of strong riffs, virtuoso guitar solos and captivating female vocals, developed through each of their four, critically acclaimed albums. After having signed a new deal with Scarlet Records, Mastercastle are currently in the studio to complete the recordings of their fifth, upcoming album 'Enfer De La Bibliothèque Nationale', out this fall. This new work, inspired by the different meanings and aspects of "censorship", has been described by the band as their heaviest effort to date, while still maintaining their trademark sound and with a special mention for the strongest production the band have ever benefited from. A very special guest appearance by Andrea De Paoli (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) is also confirmed. Follow and for the latest news.

    Link to Photo:
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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 08:39 CDT

    News: The Graveltones - Summer/Autumn UK Tour
    General London's hotly tipped, blues soaked, garage rock 'n' rollers THE GRAVELTONES are excited to announce a new single "Bang Bang" that will be released on the 8th September 2014. The single is taken from their debut album 'Don't Wait Down', that was released through the bands own independent label Lagoon Dog Records and distributed by RSK Entertainment.

    The band will also be heading out on a full regional UK tour this August / September.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Jul 23 2014 @ 06:26 CDT

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Past Articles

    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)
    · 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)

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