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    Heavy Metal Uriah Heep, one of the pivotal hard rock groups to emerge from England in the late 1960s, returnn with 'Outsider', the band's 24th studio album and the first since 2011's critically acclaimed 'Into The Wild'.

    "We are very proud of our history," says founder/guitarist Mick Box, "but it is equally important to keep producing new material. This new album, 'Outsider', is very much a rock album in true 'Heep' style. It shows that we still have the same passion and energy for our music that we have always had."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Apr 23 2014 @ 14:49 CDT

    General Brighton-based psych outfit Bad For Lazarus are today announcing the release of their debut album for Monday 28th July 2014. Revealing the title as Life's A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang! and unveiling brilliantly bewildering artwork, Bad For Lazarus are inviting us into their unique, kaleidoscopic world of rock and roll. After a full year of endless late nights, the band are now ready to unleash their stunning self-produced debut LP, a hot-blooded pscyh-rock assault on the senses.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Apr 23 2014 @ 11:50 CDT

    Interviews: Brooklyn's The Golden Grass Gives '70s Heavy Rock a New York Twist
    Heavy Metal

    The power trio that are calling themselves The Golden Grass seem set to throw their name into the ever expanding '70s psych/hard rock retro sweepstakes that's been going on the last few years. With their brand new self-titled debut out on Svart Records, the band is ready to show the world just how well they can flex their muscles and deliver some vintage heavy sounds. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo recently caught up with drummer/vocalist Adam Kriney to talk about this exciting new band and their hot debut CD.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 22 2014 @ 09:24 CDT

    Concerts: HRH Prog 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014
    Progressive Rock Running across the same weekend as Hard Rock Hell's AOR 2 at the firmly established HRH base camp in North Wales, Prog 2 offered a mix of old and new prog artists from established festival favourites such as Fish, The Flower Kings and The Enid to emerging talent as showcased by Purson and The Physics House Band.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Apr 22 2014 @ 02:35 CDT

    Interviews: Taking Control - An Interview with The Brew
    Heavy Metal Formed back in 2004 and with three albums, a live release and festivals and gigs with heavyweights such as Ozzy, Skynyrd, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top behind them, The Brew (Jason Barwick on vocals/guitar and the father and son rhythm section of Tim and Kurt Smith) have really hit their stride with latest release Control. Dean Pedley caught up with the band ahead of their upcoming UK tour.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Apr 20 2014 @ 04:55 CDT

    General Long Beach, California's RIVAL SONS have released a brand new track from their forthcoming new album, GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE.

    The new track, "Open My Eyes", is available immediately for everyone who pre-orders the album on iTunes, along with a previously-released track, "Electric Man". Another new track, "Good Things", will be available for instant grat download on May 17th.

    The iTunes version of the album also includes five exclusive bonus tracks which are available ONLY to those who pre-order the album, and will not be available after release date.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Apr 20 2014 @ 04:27 CDT

    News: Hero's Last Rite Release The Mirror's Face
    Heavy Metal Tim Gorman writes:

    Canadian Metal band, Hero's Last Rite, have released their sophomore album The Mirror's Face for immediate digital purchase and CD Pre-Order on their Bandcamp page ( The band finished up the recording of the album in Februrary of this year at Needlenose Studios in Fredericton New Brunswick. The release was mixed and mastered by Hero's Last Rite drummer Dan Rogers.
    EMCA nominated for Loud Recording of the Year in 2012 for their debut album Inevitable is the End, Hero's Last Rite have been building momentum and have been fortunate enough to share the stage with bands such as 3 Inches of Blood, GoatWhore and Cancer Bats.
    "We are extremely proud of this body of work and the overall growth of the band. We are excited to have it out there for metal fans and we hope they enjoy listening to it as much as we have enjoyed making it! We look forward to ripping it on tour!"

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 19 2014 @ 06:02 CDT

    News: Terry Bozzio news
    Fusion Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World“s Largest Tuned Drum and Percussion Set on Forthcoming North American Tour!

    An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO North American Tour 2014
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 19 2014 @ 06:01 CDT

    News: Sean Filkins on the next Corvus Stone album
    Progressive Rock Corvus Stone writes:

    There are great news for Corvus Stone as Sean Filkins (ex-Big Big Train and now a remarkable solo artist) is singing on at least two songs on the forthcoming Corvus Stone studio album. The songs is question are "Scandinavians In Mexico" and "Moaning Lisa". Corvus Stone includes Blake Carpenter (vocals), Colin Tench (guitar), Pasi Koivu (keyboards), Petri Lemmy Lindström (bass), Robert Wolff (drums) and Sonia Mota (artwork). The special guests on the new album include Sean Filkins, Stef Flaming and Victor Tassone. The debut album "Corvus Stone" is available - the music is often compared to the bands like Camel, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple so if you like those bands you might give a try to Corvus Stone. The second album will go into Santana territory on one song ("Scandinavians In Mexico") and there'll be hard rockers and real prog songs as well! It'll be fun! Corvus Stone's record label is Melodic Revolution Records.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 19 2014 @ 05:56 CDT

    News: Steelhouse Festival adds Sebastian Bach, Toseland, Electric Boys
    General Sebastian Bach, Electric Boys, Toseland and The Amorettes join headliners Europe and Black Star Riders at The Steelhouse Festival from Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th in the beautiful countryside at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.

    Now in its fourth year, Steelhouse continues to build its reputation as one of the best classic rock music festivals in the UK. Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach and the critically acclaimed Swedish rock band Electric Boys have been added to the Saturday July 19th line-up, headlined by Black Star Riders. Toseland and The Amorettes join Swedish rock headliners Europe on Sunday July 20th.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 17 2014 @ 12:58 CDT

    News: GREY SKIES FALLEN to release The Many Sides of Truth
    Progressive Metal New York City-area metal quintet, GREY SKIES FALLEN, is preparing to unveil their mammoth sixth release on April 29th 2014, as the final touches are currently being made to The Many Sides of Truth.

    The Many Sides of Truth packs a wealth of crushing cross-genre metal dynamics into a thirty-eight minute, zero-filler album, as always self-financed by the band directly. While the band's previous two releases -- 2012's Introspective and 2010's Along Came Life -- were digital-only releases, The Many Sides of Truth will see traditional physical CD and LP pressings. The vinyl release will feature black, colored, splattered, and limited glow-in-the dark versions, and alternate green cover art, with both versions of the cover artwork and layouts having been created by Travis Smith.

    Posted by Greg Stewart on Tue, Apr 15 2014 @ 15:24 CDT

    News: FISH premieres new video and Tours The UK in May
    Progressive Rock Today, Scottish singer and songwriter FISH unveils the striking video for his new single Blind To The Beautiful. Featuring breathtaking imagery, much of it courtesy of Greenpeace, the video shines a light upon the huge ecological disasters that climate change is already bringing to the world. The video and single precedes his upcoming his UK tour dates in May (dates listed below).

    The single is available to pre-order on iTunes. Blind To The Beautiful features upon the album A Feast Of Consequences, which is released through Cobalt Music in the UK on April 28. A remarkable collection that is being hailed as the finest of his long and illustrious career, the album is produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile/Prefab Sprout). Watch the stunning new video HERE.

    And details of the UK tour...
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Apr 14 2014 @ 18:41 CDT

    Concerts: Riverside, Votum; Edinburgh Liquid Room; 10th April 2014
    Concert Reviews

    Coming towards the end of their mammoth thirteen month tour to promote the fantastic Shrine Of New Generation Slaves album, Polish Progressive Rock/Metal outfit Riverside visited Edinburgh on the East coast of Scotland, after playing Glasgow in the West just over one year previously. So with promises of a few set-list surprises and an exciting support act, in the shape of Votum, the road hardened act took to the stage with the minimum of fuss to deliver a show which will live long in the memory of anyone lucky enough to have witnessed it.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 11 2014 @ 13:15 CDT

    Concerts: HRH AOR 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014
    Heavy Metal Hard Rock Hell, the leading indoor festival operation across Europe, brought a feast of AOR / Melodic Rock artists to the North Welsh coastal destination of Pwllheli. Amongst the headline attractions were Tyketto, marking the twenty fifth anniversary of 'Forever Young', one-time Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet and veteran rockers and perennial crowd favourites UFO.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Apr 11 2014 @ 07:19 CDT

    Concerts: Status Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014
    Heavy Metal "Tonight…We have the number one rock 'n' roll band in the land…Will you welcome…The magnificent STATUS QUO!"

    The classic Frantic Four line-up returns for one final fling. Sea of Tranquility reports from Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Apr 11 2014 @ 03:40 CDT

    Concerts: Blackberry Smoke + Million$Reload @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 03/01/2014
    Concert Reviews Since signing to Earache Records in the UK (Home of Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement) anticipation has been furious for these sold out Blackberry Smoke gigs. The Southern Sound has sure made a revival over on these shores so tonight I was about to witness what all the hullaballoo was about.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Apr 07 2014 @ 03:02 CDT

    Concerts: Foreigner/Europe/FM; Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5th April 2014
    Concert Reviews

    The last time I witnessed Foreigner play on Scottish soil, the six-piece, now expanded to seven, line-up took on the might of Styx and came out on top and simply wiped the floor with Journey. Now some three years down the line the Mick Jones led crew had new challengers in the shape of UK AOR veterans FM and a resurgent, and now frequent visitors to these shores, Europe. Could Foreigner come up trumps again? Well, they wouldn't be jukebox heroes if they couldn't, would they...?

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Apr 06 2014 @ 13:30 CDT

    Interviews: Connecting with Disconnect - An interview with John Wesley
    Progressive Rock

    Think John Wesley and you think Porcupine Tree. Or Fish, or Steven Wilson, or Sound Of Contact, or indeed Ruud Jolie's For All We Know. However the singing, songwriting guitarist has just released Disconnect - a solo album - amazingly his eighth! His standalone catalogue is an impressive one and an eclectic one, however with Disconnect, John has hit a serious vein of form and created an album that will be viewed as his best to date. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid spoke with John to discover why it is so easy to connect with Disconnect...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 01 2014 @ 14:51 CDT

    Interviews: The New Band in Town-Meet the UK's Messenger
    Progressive Rock

    From the UK comes Messenger, a band comprised of Khaled Lowe (guitar, vocals), Barnaby Maddick (guitar, vocals), Jaime Gomez Arellano (drums), Dan Knight (guitar, keyboards), and James Leach (bass). Chances are you might not have heard of these guys yet, but with the release of their fine debut for Svart Records, Illusory Blues, there's a good bet that their brand of folky, poppy, psychedelic prog will catch on with many fans who frequent this website. Khaled and Jaime Gomez sat down Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo to talk about the band, their new album, touring & future plans.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 01 2014 @ 08:13 CDT

    Concerts: Voodoo Six, Santa Cruz; Buskers, Dundee 15th March 2014
    Concert Reviews

    It says much about the UK's live Rock and Metal scene that hot on the heels of a triumphant support slot around the enormodomes of Europe with Iron Maiden, the ever hard working Voodoo Six pulled up their tour bus in Dundee, Scotland, to find a small, smart venue which had, even though four bands were performing tonight, actually booked out its balcony for a leaving party...hats, balloons, nibbles and all...

    What the gathered throng of party goers upstairs made of being greeted on their arrival by a Santa Cruz soundcheck that genuinely went on longer than their 30 minute set, is anyone's guess. However by the night's end, even those brimming with cake, crisps and cocktails were singing Voodoo Six's name.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 20 2014 @ 18:09 CDT

    What was the best 2013 CD in the list below?

    Alice in Chains : The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
    Amon Amarth : Deceiver of the Gods
    Anathema : Universal
    Anneke van Giersbergen : Drive
    Ayreon : The Theory of Everything
    Big Big Train : English Electric:
    Bruce Soord With Jonas Renske : Wisdom Of Crowds
    Carcass: : Surgical Steel
    Deep Purple : Now What?!
    Dream Theater : Dream Theater
    Fates Warning: : Darkness in a Different Light
    Fish : A Feast of Consequences
    Gloryhammer : Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
    Gorguts : Colored Sands
    Haken : The Mountain
    Helloween : Straight Out Of Hell
    James Labrie : Impermanent Resonance
    John Elefante : On My Way to the Sun
    Jolly : The Audio Guide to Happiness Part 2
    Kingcrow : In Crescendo
    Lalu : Atomic Ark
    Leprous : Coal
    Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock : Bridge the
    Orchid : The Mouths of Madness
    Orphaned Land : All Is One
    Queensr’che: : Queensr’che
    Riverside : Shrine Of New Generations Slaves
    Saxon : Sacrifice
    Scorpion Child : Scorpion Child
    Sound Of Contact : Dimensionaut
    Spocks' Beard : Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless
    Steven Wilson : The Raven That Refused to Sing
    Stratovarius : Nemesis
    SubRosa : More Constant than the Gods
    Tarja : Colours in the Dark
    Tesseract : Altered State
    The Flower Kings : Desolation Rose
    The Theander Expression : Strange Nostalgia
    Thought Chamber : Psykerion
    W.E.T. : Rise Up

    [ Results | Polls ]

    Votes 376

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