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An Interview with Diego Tejeida of Haken

Newest Interviews:
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    News: Saxon Announce UK Tour with FASTWAY and GIRLSCHOOL
    Heavy Metal NWOBHM icons Saxon have announced 10 dates for the UK leg of their upcoming Battering Ram World Tour. They will be joined by special guests Fastway and Girlschool for the much awaited shows, opening in Newcastle on 28th October.

    "Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool" - said frontman Biff Byford. "I think this line up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!"

    Battering Ram, Saxon's 21st studio album, was released in October 2015 reaching the UK Top 50 and #12 in Germany. It was described by frontman Biff Byford as "a natural progression from Sacrifice" with "a bit less rock'n'roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it". Following its release Saxon hit Europe with Motorhead for their 40th Anniversary tour, accompanied by Girlschool. Sadly, the tragic passing of Lemmy in December put an early end to the tour, and the UK leg planned to begin on January 16th was cancelled - bar a Saxon headlining show in Brighton.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, May 31 2016 @ 09:56 CDT
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    News: SABATON Announce First Dates of 'THE LAST TOUR' In Europe 2017!
    Heavy Metal Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON have announced the first dates for their massive European tour 2017. THE LAST TOUR is the biggest tour of SABATON yet and scheduled to kick off January 7th at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Very special guests are none other than heavy metal legends ACCEPT.

    Says SABATON's bass player Pär Sundström: "We have just finished our new album, which is titled THE LAST STAND and we know we have done a great album, which all fans of SABATON can appreciate for many years. If it is the best album of us, time will tell… But what we can tell for sure is that THE LAST TOUR will be the biggest and best tour of SABATON ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, May 30 2016 @ 03:47 CDT
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    News: PelleK, vocalist of The Anabasis; Pledge campaign for new album
    Progressive Rock PelleK vocalist of The Anabasis has a Pledge campaign running for his enigmatically named new album A Marvellous Method Of Reclusion, featuring contributions from George Andrade (The Anabasis).

    The campaign closes at the end of May, so head over to his Pledge Campaign to get involved and pre-order what is a hugely impressive, complex set of songs, both lyrically and musically.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, May 23 2016 @ 16:50 CDT
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    News: Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander, Jarle Vespestad North American June/July shows
    General Due to the excitement generated by their excellent album, What Was Said, Tord Gustavsen, Simin Tander and Jarie Vespestad are delighted to announce June/July North America tour dates, plus shows in Europe and The UK later in the year.


    Jun 16 SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA
    Jun 17 The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church Minneapolis, MN
    Jun 20 FringeArts Philadelphia, PA
    Jun 29 Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver, Canada
    Jul 01 Lutheran Church of the Reformation Rochester, NY
    Jul 03 Monument-National Montreal, Canada
    Jul 31 Vår Frue Kirke Trondheim Trondheim, Norway
    Sep 28 Kammgarn Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov 12 Milton Court London, United Kingdom
    Ticket details here.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, May 23 2016 @ 15:49 CDT
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    News: Alberto Rigoni: new metal band project - singer wanted
    Progressive Metal Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, Vivaldi Metal Project, TwinSpirits, Kim Bingham), after the release of his fifth solo album BASSORAMA, is now working on a new metal band project and is looking for a singer.

    "I'm looking for a rock/metal singer based in Italy or in Europe (e.g. Germany, Sweden, Austria) for a new metal band project. High level required (technique, English pronunciation, lyrics writing etc.) and availability for live shows. If interested please send an email to auditions@albertorigoni.net. Thanks and Stay Metal!" - Alberto Rigoni


    www.albertorigoni.net
    www.facebook.com/albertothebassrigoni
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, May 21 2016 @ 08:44 CDT
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    Interviews: Frost*: An interview with Jem Godfrey
    Progressive Rock

    It doesn't matter what line of work your in, an eight year absence is a risk. However in the music world, leaving that length of gap between studio releases is as good as saying 'thanks, but no thanks'. Hence, the clamour of excitement that has greeted the first Frost* studio album in just under a decade, is both heartening and a ringing endorsement of the fabulous music this progressive rock have long been known for. The album is Falling Satellites and it sees the core members of Frost*, Jem Godfrey, John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena, Lonely Robot), Nathan King (Level 42) and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) reunited for what might just be the best album they've recorded. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid caught falling satellite, keyboard player and Frost* mainman Jem Godfrey to find out more…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, May 20 2016 @ 18:46 CDT
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    News: RAY WILSON'S NEW SOLO ALBUM UNVEILED FOR JUNE RELEASE
    Progressive Rock Stiltskin frontman and ex Genesis lead singer Ray Wilson has announced the release of his fifth solo studio album 'Song For A Friend', dedicated to his much missed friend James Lewis who passed away in 2015. The record will be available on June 3rd and it's described by the acclaimed singer/songwriter as 'a collection of musical short stories'. Formats are CD with booklet and black vinyl LP.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, May 20 2016 @ 08:48 CDT
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    News: By Norse Music Launched
    Progressive Metal Einar Selvik (Wardruna) and Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) together with Simon Fullemann (AISA) launch record label By Norse Music and release Wardruna "Runaljod - Ragnarok" in October 2016!

    It is with great pride and excitement that we present to you our very own record label. Starting as an event project last year, launching our own beer ALU, we are finally ready to go official with part 3 - our own record label. With our network, experience and dedication in the music world, it made sense to just do it all ourselves and put our knowledge in the same pot. So we created By Norse Music!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, May 19 2016 @ 18:04 CDT
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    News: Robin George And Dangerous Music release Painful Kiss
    General Robin George returns to his power trio origins with the new Dangerous Music album 'Painful Kiss'.

    This bedrock solid band features the powerhouse drums of Charlie Morgan (Elton John), the solid, melodic, thundering bass of Charley Charlesworth (Dangerous Music) and legendary cult guitar hero Robin George (Robert Plant, Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy et al) guitars and vocals. Star performances from special guests; Robin´s faithful friends the late great Pete Haycock (The Climax Blues Band) fabulous awe-inspiring slide guitar, Mel Collins (King Crimson) virtuoso, soaring saxophone and Jacquie Williams (Sister Sledge) superb soulful backing vocals.

    The album features Robin´s original versions of many songs covered by household name artists over the years. A fascinating insight into Robin´s original writing as well as his inspired new songs.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, May 19 2016 @ 17:30 CDT
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    News: New Prog Concept Album from Chris Harris
    Progressive Rock Chris Harris writes:

    UK prog multi-instrumentalist Chris Harris has just released his latest album, The Blackest of Dogs. It's firmly rooted in concept album territory and it chronicles Chris's recovery over the past year from chronic depression. Not a promising subject for prog? Think again...

    "I set out by thinking, 'what would The Wall sound like if it had been about depression rather than alienation?'" Chris says. "I wanted a huge sound with big production values, and I think I've achieved that. I'm wearing my influences on my sleeve here, particularly with the guitar playing, which has nods to David Gilmour, Mike Oldfield, Robert Fripp, and Steve Hackett." The results feature six- and nine-string guitars, synths, bass, vocals and drum programming. "I've been doing this sort of thing for over thirty years, starting with a four-track cassette recorder. The quality of the results I can get these days never ceases to amaze me."

    The album is available to stream or download at Chris's Bandcamp page.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, May 18 2016 @ 09:21 CDT
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    Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/06/2016
    Progressive Rock Yes returned to Symphony Hall for their first visit in some two years but far more importantly their first time since the passing of Chris Squire. A fitting and touching tribute is paid before the band take the stage with Squires 'Onward' from 1978 played over the PA set to a photo retrospective of the man himself down the years. And whilst it may be inconceivable for some to think of Yes without their illustrious leader he personally chose his replacement and the gargantuan Squire-shaped hole on stage is now filled by alumnus Billy Sherwood.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, May 08 2016 @ 12:09 CDT
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    News: The Wildhearts Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung – PHUQ Live
    Heavy Metal 'Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung – PHUQ Live' June 3rd on Round Records Records.

    On June 3rd The Wildhearts release Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung – PHUQ Live on Round Records Records.

    The live album was recorded when the band reunited in September 2015 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their most commercially successful album PHUQ and Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung contains the full original album track listing.

    Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung was a phrase coined by Wildhearts fan Tom Reed and the album is named in honour of The Wildhearts' audience who are 'very loud and very thirsty!'
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, May 04 2016 @ 17:21 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Metal Church, Circus Maximus, Mondo Drag, Mangrove, Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore, the new Yes book from Martin Popoff, and a Forgotten Favorite from Savage!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Apr 28 2016 @ 18:06 CDT
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    Interviews: HAKEN interview with keyboard player Diego Tejeida.
    Progressive Rock

    Having scaled the heights with album number three, The Mountain, it would have been easy for UK based multi-national progressive outfit Haken to simply produce an obvious follow-up that merely repeated the style and shape of a release that brought the band to a wider audience. Never an outfit to take the easy way out, follow up, Affinity, seeks a different starting point from the 70s prog with a modern twist the band have built their reputation on. Instead the shimmer and sheen of the 80s is neatly infused into a progressive sound that is quickly becoming the band's signature. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid asks keyboard player Diego Tejeida to take us on a trip into the past that somehow sounds like the future.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 21 2016 @ 18:01 CDT
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    Interviews: LONG DISTANCE CALLING an interview with guitarist Flo Füntmann
    Progressive Rock

    Long Distance Calling are promising you one of the TRIPS of your life, the German sometime instrumental, sometime vocal led act upping the ante in a variety of ways with their fifth full length release. With a new singer on board and an ever broadening musical landscape to explore, Long Distance Calling haven't been afraid to stretch and expand their sound, yet somehow they always stay true to their roots. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid stops LDC guitarist Flo in his tracks to delve deep into the inner working of his band and the creation of the quite wonderful TRIPS…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 19 2016 @ 17:54 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Spiritual Beggars, Blood Ceremony, Beastmaker, Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Tarot, Black Stone Cherry, Magnum, and a Forgotten Favorite from Ted Nugent!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 17 2016 @ 10:21 CDT
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    Concerts: HRH Prog 4 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/18 & 03/19 2016
    Progressive Rock Prog fans making the annual March pilgrimage to the Welsh coastline for this now well established festival were rewarded with the usual blend of the old and the new. From up and coming psychedelic new age heroes Purson to the considerably more grizzled features of Caravan and Ian Anderson there was something here that would appeal to pretty much everyone attending. And for those in need of a break from the music the event was twinned with a Sci-Fi get together that had all of the obligatory gadgetry, gaming and cosplay attractions alongside special guest appearances from the likes of Brian 'Gordon's Alive' Blessed.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Apr 05 2016 @ 04:07 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Redemption, Destroyer 666, Wolfmother, Aunt Mary, Bridgevile, Demon, Tygers of Pan Tang, and a Forgotten Favorite from Opeth!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Mar 25 2016 @ 06:48 CDT
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    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Keith Emerson
    Progressive Rock Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to the late Keith Emerson, who passed away last week at the age of 71. Pete discusses some of his classic recordings with pioneering prog act Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 13 2016 @ 08:04 CDT
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    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 Inglorious, Last in Line, Primal Fear, Black Sabbath, Septagon, Renaissance, and a Forgotten Favorite fromEvergrey!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Mar 04 2016 @ 16:13 CST
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