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    News: New Video From Progressive Metal Act Nascent
    Progressive Metal Jeff Briggs writes:

    ...and Bleakness Comes Through the Trees Without Sound

    watch the video:


    December 10, 2014, Boston MA

    On Dec. 10, Boston-based progressive metal band Nascent released a music video for "...and Bleakness Comes Through the Trees Without Sound."
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Dec 22 2014 @ 07:16 CST

    News: Gaillion Releases Admit One (25th Anniversary Remix and Remaster)
    Progressive Rock James Vasquenza writes:

    Gaillion, (GUY-lee-on) is a progressive rock power trio, formed in the mid-80s, in Avon, CT by Don Gunn, drums and percussion; Todd Howard, vocals, bass and keyboards; and James Vasquenza Jr., guitars and backing vocals.

    Released in December 1989 on Red Sun Records/Pow ER of 3 Music, LLC, "Admit One" was well received in the US and across Europe, and 25 years later, the eight original songs remain uncannily relevant and is undeniably classic progressive rock.

    Go to or to purchase.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Dec 22 2014 @ 07:15 CST

    Concerts: Motorhead, The Damned & The Bosshoss at NIA, Birmingham UK 11/6/2015
    Heavy Metal

    The annual Motorhead European tour took a bit of a tumble last year with its cancellation due to Lemmy's health issues. This year they have opted for fewer shows, sacrificing the smaller venues for arenas amid muttering from diehard fans. SoT caught the gig at the British home of Heavy Metal, Birmingham.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Dec 21 2014 @ 06:47 CST

    News: Arena To Release, THE UNQUIET SKY, March 2015 and tour UK and Europe
    Progressive Rock Starting in March, 2015, Arena are embarking on a 32 date tour of Europe, visiting 13 countries, all to celebrate the release of our new album in our 20th Anniversary Year!

    The First night of the tour will take place in the Borderline, London, on the 19th March, this will be the launch night for our 8th Studio album "The Unquiet Sky", as well as a celebration of 20 years since the release of "Songs from the lions cage" in 1995.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 18:18 CST

    News: Legendary pre-YES band MABEL GREER'S TOYSHOP to release new album
    Progressive Rock Legendary pre-YES band MABEL GREER'S TOYSHOP to release new album featuring ex-YES member Tony Kaye on keyboards and co-produced by Billy Sherwood.

    The psychedelic progressive rock group Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which sprouted the first shoots of YES, have reunited and announced a new album entitled New Way Of Life, which will be released on 9th March through RSK Entertainment. The opening track Electric Funeral premieres on YouTube today.

    New Way Of Life is about authenticity without compromise - a unique and very special album. At once distinctly different from all twenty-one YES studio albums, it still has unmistakeable early Mabel Greer's Toyshop (MGT) vibes from the time Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye and Jon Anderson were in the band. The album demonstrates the evolution of the group from when it was formed in the sixties to how life experiences have since shaped the music. "We hope that YES followers everywhere enjoy this offering. It's a piece of history brought to life by the technology of today. The album includes new versions of old classics like Beyond & Before, and a whole lot of new music too," says singer, guitarist and songwriter Clive Bayley.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 17:41 CST


    Two-CD Deluxe Edition Via UMC/Polydor Features Rare Mixes, B-Sides Remastered From Original Tapes, Slated For Release February 9th, 2015

    Band will tour in 2015, playing multi-platinum album front to back, featuring #1 hit "More Than Words," Top 5 "Hole Hearted" and "Get the Funk Out".

    Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) first came out on A&M Records in August 1990, the follow-up to the band's 1989 debut. The album is considered, according to the newly penned liner notes by Metal Hammer's Malcolm Dome contained in the accompanying booklet, as the "definitive album" of the band's career.

    "This was the album where we found ourselves," says vocalist Gary Cherone. "Our first album showed us to be the bastard sons of Queen, Aerosmith and Van Halen. But on the second record, we discovered our style and sound."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 17:23 CST

    News: The Almighty 'Re-F**kin'-issues!' Set for Feb 9th 2015

    The first two Almighty Re-issues – 'Blood, Fire & Love' (first released in 1989) & 'Soul Destruction' (first released in 1991) – will be made available via Spinefarm Records on February 9th 2015.

    Every effort has been made to make these new versions as complete as possible – a celebration of the early work of a band (formed in Scotland in 1988) who have long been regarded as highly influential to the UK metal scene, splicing elements of rock, punk & full-tilt metal, and notching up a Top 5 UK album and successive Top 30 singles.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 17:17 CST

    Progressive Rock California prog rockers release second video "It's Over"

    The enduring trio of Erik Norlander (keyboards), Mark McCrite (guitars and vocals) and Don Schiff (Sticks and strings) known as Rocket Scientists released their 7th studio album, "Refuel" which is now available on CD Baby and on Amazon . 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 Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 14:25 CST


    Family and friends, including many jazz greats, will come together to celebrate the life of CHARLIE HADEN (1937-2014), one of the most innovative and influential bassists in the history of jazz. A three-time Grammy winner, Haden has received many awards and accolades throughout his five-decade career including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the NEA Jazz Master Award, and was most recently bestowed the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 14:22 CST

    Concerts: Joe Elliott's Down N Outz, Vega, at Glasgow Garage, 16th December 2014
    Concert Reviews

    The celebration of Mott The Hoople and its related offshoots, that is Joe Elliott's Down N Outz, is basically a Rock n' Roll party on the move. The recipe has been simple; record two albums of criminally forgotten songs, have great fun while doing so and bring that joy to stages around the UK. Then, share with like minded souls the vibe and sounds which inspired Def Leppard frontman Elliott and his backing band, which is sprinkled with a liberal helping of The Quireboys, to play music in the first place. Does it work? Well it sure as hell served up some serious "Good Times" tonight in Glasgow!

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 18:40 CST

    News: Rainbow 'A Light In The Black' 6CD/DVD Boxset due Feb 9th 2015
    Heavy Metal 'A Light In The Black' A 6 CD/DVD disc box set from 1975-84, including Bonus live and recorded material, plus DVD footage of Iconic 1980 Donnington Concert. Release Date 9th February 2015

    As one of the cornerstones of British Rock, Rainbow, led by the never-predictable but ever-astonishing guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, became synonymous with some of the most well regarded and popular charting Rock songs of the seventies and eighties. From the mystic and quasi-religious 'Stargazer' and 'Man On A Silver Mountain' to the solid gold anthems of 'All Night Long', 'Long Live Rock And Roll' and 'Since You Been Gone', each year in the decade of Rainbow was marked by some of the best songs and performances captured both on record and in-concert.

    Passing through the band were some of the best the genre had to offer. Vocalists Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet, bass player and producer Roger Glover and drummer Cozy Powell, each brought their individual talent to the table to record some of Rock's best loved hard rock on those timeless albums and singles.

    Ritchie's modus operandi for the band seemed to be based on the mantra of 'change for the better' and in his constant pursuit for the next best thing, both the fans and even the band were never quite sure how long they were to stay in Rainbow or what plans were ever afoot. This led to a revolving door of members over the years which naturally contributed to insecurity and thus Rainbow's instability. Blackmore himself eventually seemed to lose direction and would re-join his previous band-mates in the Deep Purple reunion of 1984.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Dec 14 2014 @ 10:16 CST

    Interviews: Prog Meets Jazz-Fusion Meets Avant-Garde Meets Black Metal...Murmur!
    Heavy Metal

    Perhaps one of the most unique bands you'll likely hear, Murmur's self-titled release here in 2014 brands them one of the more eclectic groups on an otherwise very varied roster of artists on Season of Mist. Matthias Vogels (guitars, vocals, synths), Shane Prendiville (guitars, vocals, synths), Charlie Werber (drums), and Alex Perkolup (bass, vocals) seem to have bridged the gap between US black metal, vintage progressive rock, daring jazz-fusion, and the oddity that is avant-garde, into a style that is, well, simply Murmur. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with Shane Prendiville to talk about the origins of the band, the influences that make up their unique sound, and more!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Dec 13 2014 @ 09:36 CST

    Progressive Rock Mikko/ Minutian writes:

    The Finnish prog rock outfit Minutian are releasing their second album early next year. The album, titled Inwards, will be released through Secret Entertainment and is the follow-up to 2011's favourably received Repercussions.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Dec 11 2014 @ 06:00 CST

    News: Black Star Riders Reveal Tracklist For The Killer Instinct 23rd Feb 2015
    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 with Europe.

    The band toured 2013's "All Hell Breaks 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. "The Killer Instinct" will be released in different formats: CD, Limited 2 CDs Digibook, Limited Gatefold Black Vinyl and Limited Gatefold Clear Vinyl (available for mail orders only) and the band are pleased to release the album artwork.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 10 2014 @ 18:55 CST

    Heavy Metal Swedish rock legends Europe will release their 10th album, War of Kings, in March 2015 on UDR Records. Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the classic rocking quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting, classic rock'n'roll standouts for their fervent global audience. War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. The album will be released in the UK on March 2nd, Japan on March 4th (via JVC), the EU on March 6th and the US on March 10th.

    Joey Tempest: "War Of Kings is the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple and Sabbath. And after hearing Dave Cobb amazing production for Rival Sons we simply had to work with him. Our adventure is still ON!"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 10 2014 @ 18:45 CST

    Progressive Rock Music pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this "wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015."

    Wolflight is Steve's first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic. The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist's career.

    The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece (Corycian Fire) to the Far East (Wolflight), the USA and Martin Luther King (Black Thunder), but also his very own childhood memories (The Wheel's Turning) and the unresolved drama of domestic violence (Love Song to a Vampire).
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 10 2014 @ 18:24 CST

    Interviews: Threshold's Karl Groom talks about their latest CD For the Journey
    Progressive Metal

    Threshold's For The Journey will no doubt be regarded by many as one of the top releases for 2014, and rightly so as it's yet again another fine album by the UK progressive group. Sea of Tranquility's Scott Jessup recently had a chance to interview Threshold guitarist, composer and producer Karl Groom to talk in-depth about the new album (a joint release by Metallville & Nuclear Blast in North America) and much more!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Nov 30 2014 @ 09:25 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

    Past Articles

    Wednesday, November 05

    · Steve Hackett Genesis Extended @Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 11/04/2014 (0)

    Friday, October 31

    · Going Up In The World: An interview with Skyscraper (0)

    Saturday, October 04

    · The Extraordinary Sounds of Musk Ox (0)

    Tuesday, September 23

    · The Weekly 'What's Hot with SoT's Pete Pardo' video show! (0)
    · Ne Obliviscaris Premiere New Album: CITADEL (0)

    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)

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