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    Currently, Sea of Tranquility is accepting resumes and sample work from experienced heavy metal & prog writers. If you have experience writing for either print magazines or internet webzines, specifically for any form of heavy metal (black metal, death metal, power metal, metalcore, progressive metal, etc), and progressive rock, we want to hear from you! Also, must be willing to accept digital download promos as the format for review.

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    Heavy Metal This year Legends of Rock The Originals will be headlined by none other than Black Star Riders. The band will be performing songs from their recent acclaimed album 'All Hell Breaks Loose' alongside classic Thin Lizzy tracks.

    Classic Rock Tours have been putting on festivals since 2005 which have attracted thousands of music folk of all ages in both Europe & the UK including the legendary Rhodes Rock in Greece. Now in their ninth year they're offering the best winter weekend line up. So far confirmed for the festival are Black Star Riders, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Alabama 3, The Quireboys, Tygers of Pan Tang, Uli Jon Roth, Voodoo Six, The Blockheads, Pat McManus Band, M. Turner (plays music of Wishbone Ash), The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Curved Air, Mostly Autumn, Bernie Torme and many more. Legends of Rock The Originals Festival is sure to be one of the highlights of 2014.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 16 2014 @ 11:08 CDT

    News: Michael Schenker announces December UK Tour
    Heavy Metal The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday 10th December. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office on 0844 478 0898 or from Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December.

    Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely," plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics. The Bridge The Gap UK tour will feature Schenker's "Temple of Rock" band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 16 2014 @ 10:02 CDT

    Concerts: Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, UK 07/04 - 07/06 2014
    Heavy Metal After a troubled couple of years when for various reasons the event was unable to go ahead Sonisphere made a triumphant return to Knebworth with a three day festival that celebrated forty years of concerts at the famous venue. The presence of metal's two big heavyweights in the shape of headliners Metallica and Iron Maiden ensured a bumper crowd but the event also showcased emerging new talent such as The Cadillac Three and the cult Japanese act Babymetal. Sea of Tranquility's tag team of Dean Pedley and Mark Davies bring this review from the festival.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 11:53 CDT

    News: Jimmy Barnes announces new 30th anniversary album "Hindsight"
    General 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Barnes' debut as Scottish born Australian rock singer-songwriter, and to celebrate this extraordinary milestone, Jimmy's recorded 'Hindsight', his 15th studio album. Provogue Records will release the album in the UK on Monday 27th October, and will be issued on limited edition 180 gram double vinyl (1,000 copies only), CD and digital download.

    The hotly tipped new album features an all-star line-up with Keith Urban, 'Little' Steven Van Zandt, Joe Bonamassa, and Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain of Journey, to name but a few.

    'Hindsight' recently debuted at the top of the Australian album charts, firmly cementing Jimmy Barnes' place in Australian's rock music's history books, chalking up his fourteenth number one album, ten of which he has earned as a solo performer and four from his time in Australian rock band Cold Chisel. Watch the official "Making Of" album trailer HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Sep 12 2014 @ 05:47 CDT

    News: Remastered edition of classic Bill Nelson album available on CD
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK - ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON's catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of ongoing releases with the release of a newly remastered edition of the album, "AFTER THE SATELLITE SINGS".

    The album was recorded in 28 days at Fairview Studios in East Yorkshire in 1995 and saw Bill push his constantly evolving musical boundaries still further. A collection of fine songs and three instrumental pieces, "After the Satellite Sings" is a fine album that remains fascinating and engaging nearly two decades on from its first release.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:18 CDT

    News: Mellow Records has released Roz Vitalis album
    Progressive Rock Ivan writes:

    New album of Roz Vitalis (Russian avant-prog band) - titled "Overcoming-up" - has been released digitally by Italian cult label Mellow Records.

    The link is here:

    This album was recorded in 2008, but is available only now.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:16 CDT

    News: Timo Rautiainen on the new Corvus Stone album
    Progressive Rock Pasi /CS writes:

    Timo Rautiainen (best known to the Rock and Metal world for his work with Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus) sings two songs on the new Corvus Stone album "Corvus Stone II" (Melodic Revolution Records). The album will be released at the beginning of October.

    The album includes other special guest singers as well. Phil Naro (ex-Talas) and Sean Filkins (ex-Big Big Train) are both showing their talents on the new album.

    The album will also feature a very special tribute to Deep Purple as there is a song called "Purple Stone" included.

    Corvus Stone musicians playing on the album: Colin Tench (guitar), Pasi Koivu (keyboards), Petri Lemmy Lindström (bass) and Robert Wolff (drums).
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:15 CDT

    News: Debut from Don't Mind the Giant
    Progressive Metal Alex Nowicki writes:

    Eastern Canadian Multi-Genre Metal band, Don't Mind the Giant, releases its 100% self-recorded, mixed, and mastered debut album, "Wandering Roots". Incorporating elements from various styles, including power metal, folk metal, and even swing, they have forged an intricate melodic metal album that transcends genre boundaries.

    "Wandering Roots" is available for full album stream and download at
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:15 CDT

    News: Hugh Hopper release news
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK - Hugh Hopper and Soft Machine fans worldwide are rejoicing to the news of the pending release of HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH, a 10-CD Archival Celebration of the music of bass guitarist, composer, Hugh Hopper comprised of previously unreleased Hi-Fidelity recordings. Compiled by Michael King, a Canadian Hugh Hopper Scholar, the CDs will be released individually, beginning with Volume One, entitled 'Memories'.

    This ten part series is to compliment a heretofore large body of work (over sixty titles) by presenting previously unreleased concert and studio recordings, with a focus on Hugh's compositions as performed by groups under his leadership. All proceeds are to benefit Hugh's Hopper's family.

    HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH 10-CD set features:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:14 CDT

    Concerts: Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo, London, UK 09/06/2014
    Progressive Rock After a thirty five year pause you would have got long odds indeed on staking a wager that Kate Bush would make a return to the stage in 2014. The announcement some six months ago of a residency at London's Apollo (more fondly remembered as the Hammersmith Odeon) was the trigger for a frenzy of ticket buying activity from her adoring fan base. The question everybody was then asking was what songs will she play? And after such a long absence would she still have the voice, presence and allure of bygone years?
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Sep 10 2014 @ 08:21 CDT

    News: New Bernie Torme Album Release
    Heavy Metal ** Rock Legend Bernie Tormé Releases Brand New Double Album**

    Former Ozzy/Gillan Guitarist 1st Solo Record For 15 Years

    Typical! You have to wait 15 years for an album, and then WTF! - TWO COME ALONG AT ONCE!!

    After a hugely successful crowd funding campaign on Pledgemusic where he reached 418% of his target, Bernie Tormé is releasing his first solo studio recordings for 15 years…and, wait for it, its a DOUBLE!

    Entitled 'Flowers & Dirt', the album will be released on 29th Sept.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Sep 09 2014 @ 19:07 CDT

    News: The Quireboys celebrate thirty years of Rock n' Roll
    General The brand new album "Black Eyed Sons" kicked off 30th anniversary celebrations. Top value package will include live CD and live DVD and will be released on Monday 16th June, via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

    Following three sold out intimate shows to mark the start of their 30th anniversary, The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August.

    They will be back mid November for the UK leg, which goes on sale this weekend. Expect new material from the forthcoming Black Eyed Sons, triple pack, rarities plus all the classics.

    Special guests for the UK will be Hispanic Blues Rock legends, Vargas Blues Band, who have recently signed to The Quireboys label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 09 2014 @ 08:10 CDT

    News: The Dowling Poole tour the UK in September
    General Following the critical acclaim heaped upon their new album 'Bleak Strategies' The Dowling Poole announce a five date UK tour in September 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

    The Dowling Poole is the band formed by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling (ex Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and Jon Poole (ex Cardiacs). On the tour they'll be joined by vocalist Givvi Flynn, who also features on the album.

    Released in August through 369 Records, 'Bleak Strategies' was funded through a PledgeMusic initiative which saw the artists' many fans coming together to get the project off the ground.

    Mojo said, "A classic British rock album heavy on powerpop smarts ****".

    Classic Rock said, "Flawless and exhilarating, this demands to be the soundtrack to all of our waking summer dreams. 8/10".

    GetReadyToRock reckoned, "Your album of the year has arrived! 4.5/5", whilst The Sun loved the "Glorious and slightly unhinged psychedelic pop rock".
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 09 2014 @ 07:58 CDT

    News: Eden's Curse return to Glasgow to record Live Album!
    Heavy Metal Greetings Cursed Ones!

    As you may or may not already know, Eden's Curse are returning to Glasgow on Friday 28th November for an extra special exclusive one off UK show at The Classic Grand to record their first ever live album for AFM Records.

    Joining illustrious names such as AC/DC, Rush, Alice Cooper, Status Quo and Gillan, as artists who have recorded live albums in Scotland's largest City, it also has an extra special meaning to bassist and local boy Paul Logue as he explains : "We are very excited about it and we love playing Glasgow! It's one of the most popular Cities on all our runs and every time we have played we have had a great reaction".

    The band have released a short announcement video on YouTube. Check it out here here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 01 2014 @ 07:34 CDT

    News: Thunder Announce UK Tour with REEF and Tax The Heat
    General British Rock Legends Thunder Announce UK Arena Tour with Special Guests REEF and Tax The Heat

    March 2015

    Thur 12th - Leeds First Direct Arena
    Fri 13th – Birmingham NIA
    Sat 14th – London Eventim Apollo

    18 Top 40 hit singles in the UK, a stack of gold and silver albums around the world, a whole host of awards and a fanbase of unswerving loyalty are accomplishments most bands can only dream of, but for British rock band Thunder these are stepping stones in a twenty-five career that have ensured that whenever they have stepped away from the limelight their legend has only grown further.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 01 2014 @ 07:24 CDT

    News: Guru Freakout debuts with Mothership
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Los Angeles, CA - Climb aboard the Mothership for one of the wildest rides into the outer reaches of experimental music! Landing September 2, Mothership is the debut album from Guru Freakout, the thoroughly avant garde side project created by percussionist, singer, and frontman of the legendary Krautrock band Guru Guru, Mani Neumeier, along with über talented multi-instrumentalist/producer Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps. With the help of bassist Scott Telles (ST 37), these two captains of the Far Out ride hypnotic, free-floating stoner rock grooves drenched in alien guitar fuzz on two epically long jams, the 30+ minute "Notre Dame (Mothership)" and the extended vinyl side-long aural hallucination "The Snows Of Mt. Bonnell," that will have audiences shouting "Take me to your leader!"

    Engler tells the story of Guru Freakout's origin:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 30 2014 @ 09:24 CDT

    News: Trey Gunn crowdfunds score book
    Progressive Rock Gabriel Riccio writes:

    From Trey's blog: "I have just launched an Indiegogo campaign to get funds together to produce a score book of my compositions. Full scores with tabs in both 4ths and 5ths versions of the tuning. Including a very special version of King Crimson's "The ConstruKction of Light." This has been in the back of my mind for many, many years; and now, it is finally coming to birth."
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 30 2014 @ 09:22 CDT

    News: Mr. Big confirm new drummer for 2014 World Tour
    Heavy Metal Following yesterday's announcement detailing the revised September 29th UK release date for Mr. Big's forthcoming studio album ...The Stories We Could Tell (Sept 30th in North America), the band have today confirmed Matt Starr as drummer Pat Torpey's replacement on their upcoming 2014 World Tour.

    Starr, currently Ace Frehley's drummer, will sit in for Torpey (who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease) throughout Mr. Big's tour in support of the new album.

    The album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK. Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London's Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website for full 2014 tour dates.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 29 2014 @ 14:44 CDT

    News: Billy Idol to release Kings & Queens Of The UndergroundN 20th October


    26th August 2014 – Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release Kings & Queens Of The Underground, his first new album in almost a decade, on 20th October. The album will be released on Idol's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. The track list for the new album is listed below.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 29 2014 @ 14:39 CDT

    News: Iron Maiden release brand new set of vinyl reissues
    Heavy Metal



    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 29 2014 @ 14:24 CDT

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