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    News: Cats In Space: September Rain - New Single Out Now!
    Progressive Rock Cats in Space are back with another smash hit song out now! The song ‘September Rain’ is a brand new recording of the track that first appeared on the chart hit album ‘Scarecrow’ in 2017. It is also the first release to feature new lead vocalist Mark Pascall who joined the band in May this year. A video to accompany the song will coincide on the same day.

    Cats' guitarist/songwriter Greg Hart, says, “We always felt that September Rain should have been a single first time around, and after Mark auditioned this tune so incredibly well we all felt it was perfect timing to re-record it and make it special. We know the fans will love this even sparklier new version. It will also be the purrr-fect introduction to something very special we have planned soon after…”
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Sep 13 2019 @ 18:41 CDT
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    News: Flying Colors Present Video For
    Progressive Rock Flying Colors have presented a lyric video for “Love Letter” from their forthcoming third studio album titled THIRD DEGREE -COMING OCTOBER 4.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 12 2019 @ 15:56 CDT
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    News: THE WILDHEARTS & BACKYARD BABIES co-headline UK & German 2020 tour
    General The Wildhearts and the Backyard Babies announce a 7 date co headline UK tour, with The Wildhearts closing and CKY opening. The UK tour starts at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Tuesday 28th January and concludes at O2 Institute in Birmingham on Tuesday 4th February. Tickets go on sale on Friday 13th. Preceding the UK dates, The Wildhearts are also playing 4 shows in Germany with the Backyard Babies & The Bones.

    "I'm surprised we haven't done this already but it's finally happening a tour with The Backyard Babies. Its gonna be full on and we are sharing a bus, what could possibly go wrong? Come out and see us, dance, drink, sing and have your faces torn off.... ROCK! " - CJ Wildheart.

    “This will be a bad ass tour. We’ve been talking about touring with The Wildhearts since the early 2000s. Finally it happens! If you don’t like loud guitars, great songs, amazing riffs and High energy Rock N’ Roll music.... Well, just don’t buy a ticket.” - Dregen / Backyard Babies.

    “CKY is beyond stoked to return to the UK with the legendary Backyard Babies and The Wildhearts! The rock and roll runs deep on this batch of shows. Don’t miss it!” - Jess Margera / CKY.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 11 2019 @ 18:40 CDT
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    News: Gone in April releases new album Shards of Light
    Progressive Metal Gone in April’s highly anticipated third album, Shards of Light, is now out! With the release of the album, the Canadian-American band also premieres the music video "Empire of Loss" taken from the new album.

    When pressed to pick a genre, Gone in April refuses to settle. The new album combines the dramatic choirs and strings of symphonic metal, the aggressive growls, drums and fretless bass of death metal, the fast-paced guitars of power metal, the energetic melodies of folk metal, and why not, a hint of progressive metal.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 09 2019 @ 19:56 CDT
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    News: Rock Legends Angel Return With New Album Risen Oct 4
    General Los Angeles, CA - Legendary rock band Angel are releasing their new album Risen on October 4th on Cleopatra Records. The album will have 17 solid tracks featuring 15 brand new songs written by original members Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino along with current member Danny Farrow and a remake of the classic track “Tower.” They describe the songs as very diverse ranging from Heavy to very Melodic with real strong hooks featuring many elements of the classic Angel sound. This album will appeal to all Angel fans of every era and previous albums.

    “I am very proud of this album and Angel fans will LOVE it! It really kicks ass and is very diverse with songs that will satisfy every Angel fan and take you on a musical journey! The band played their asses off! Play it from top to bottom, you will not want to miss a beat.” - PUNKY MEADOWS

    “This is an album that will take you on a journey to many different roads, all exciting. Enjoy it and play it loud!!!” - FRANK DIMINO
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 09 2019 @ 18:46 CDT
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    Concerts: S.O.T.O., StOp sToP, Scarlet Aura; Edinburgh 4th September 2019
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    With three albums under their belt S.O.T.O., the band led by singer Jeff Scott Soto who you might know from Sons Of Apollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, W.E.T, Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey (I could go on…) are now a fully established outfit and one keen to stand on their own two feet, rather than the extensive catalogue of their frontman. Tonight in Edinburgh they were joined by the eclectic blend of Bulgarian classic/power metal quartet Scarlet Aura and the tongue (and much else) in cheek party sleaze rock of StOp sToP, who hail from Barcelonigham…. or maybe not. Something for everyone? Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid was there to find out.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Sep 07 2019 @ 14:41 CDT
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    News: MARILLION: AFRAID OF SUNLIGHT 4CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition
    Progressive Rock MARILLION: AFRAID OF SUNLIGHT 4CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition Of the Band’s Acclaimed Eighth Studio Album Includes New Mixes, Unheard Studio Outtakes, Unreleased Live Tracks, Plus A New Documentary And Interviews With The Band About The Album Available On 1st November.

    When released in June 1995, Marillion earned critical acclaim with Afraid of Sunlight �" the band’s eighth studio album and final release on EMI. The album peaked at #16 in the U.K. and introduced fans to the Top 30 hit, “Beautiful.”

    Parlophone will revisit this neo-progressive classic on 1st November with two versions of AFRAID OF SUNLIGHT: DELUXE EDITION, a 4CD/Blu-ray set and a 5LP collection, the audio will also be available the same day through digital and streaming services.

    WATCH THE TEASER VIDEO HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 03 2019 @ 22:25 CDT
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    News: JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ALBUM
    General TWO-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED ICONIC BLUES-ROCK GUITARIST JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ALBUM RECORDED AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FEATURING SONGS PERFORMED FROM NO. 1 ALBUM BLUES OF DESPERATION

    Released: 25 October 2019 Provogue/J&R Adventures

    PRE-ORDER NOW

    NEW VIDEO LINK Watch the Live Music Video for “This Train”

    Watch the Live Music Video for 'Mountain Climbing' here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 03 2019 @ 21:15 CDT
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    News: Anathema Announce Signing to Mascot Label Group
    Progressive Rock Mascot Label Group are thrilled to announce the signing of Anathema, ahead of their performance at Space Rocks, London on 21st September.

    The Award winning Alternative Rock masters have released 11 studio albums of fearless and uncompromising beauty. Ever since their debut ‘Serenades’ in 1993, they’ve refused to be pigeonholed and have continuously evolved; all the way up to their most recent studio album, 2017s conceptual masterstroke ‘The Optimist’, which revealed some of the darkest, most challenging music they ever put their name to, as well as a series of live albums and compilations.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 30 2019 @ 22:40 CDT
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    News: ELECTRIC MARY announce ‘Gimme Love' European Tour Dates!
    General Following the release of their fourth studio album ‘Mother’ via Listenable Records in February of this year, Aussie rockers ELECTRIC MARY have confirmed dates and details of the upcoming European segment of their ‘Gimme Love’ worldwide tour!

    In the past, Melbourne’s most explosive classic rock quintet have well and truly cut their teeth on the live music scene, having shared the world’s stages with some of the most revered names in hard rock. From Whitesnake to Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Motorhead and more, even after 10 years on the road ELECTRIC MARY have consistently blown crowds off their feet with the delivery of one of the most high-octane stage shows of recent history. Now, the band have their sights planted firmly on European shores, intent to bring their latest material to the frontlines, whilst simultaneously treating fans and newcomers alike to a hand-picked selection of the heaviest songs from their extensive career.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 30 2019 @ 22:35 CDT
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    News: GONE IN APRIL Premiere If You Join Me From Upcoming Album Shards of Light!
    Progressive Metal Symphonic melodic death metal act Gone in April have released the first track of their upcoming album Shards of Light, scheduled to be released on September 6th, 2019.

    The Canadian-American ensemble created a story rooted in French Canadian folklore and gave it a spin of their own. They collaborated once again with skilled Norwegian director of photography Thomas Mortveit.

    Watch IF YOU JOIN ME
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Aug 25 2019 @ 21:54 CDT
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    News: HONEY WEST TO RELEASE VINYL EDITION OF BAD OLD WORLD
    Progressive Rock HONEY WEST, LATEST PROJECT FROM KING CRIMSON/FOREIGNER CO-FOUNDER IAN McDONALD, TO RELEASE COLLECTOR’S VINYL EDITION OF ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM, BAD OLD WORLD

    ‘Truly Perfect’ Collection to Arrive Amid 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Seminal King Crimson Debut, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’


    “One of my favorite albums of 2017” - Goldmine
    “A mix of AOR and gentle prog riding a strong rock ‘n’ roll heart. … The music is a pure joy.” - Fireworks Magazine (UK)
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Aug 22 2019 @ 21:57 CDT
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    News: BRUCE SOORD RELEASES ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS ON 25 OCT 2019
    Progressive Rock Bruce Soord, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and frontman for internationally renowned experimental rock outfit The Pineapple Thief, has confirmed the release of his second solo album. Entitled All This Will Be Yours it will be released through Kscope on 25th October 2019...

    Oh this path falls away from you.... On this path there’s just one thing I must do....

    LISTEN TO “THE SOLITARY PATH OF THE CONVICTED MAN”
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Aug 19 2019 @ 21:45 CDT
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    News: DOWN ‘n’ OUTZ ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM
    General Down ‘n’ Outz, the project headed up by Def Leppard frontman and 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Elliott, are set to release their third studio album in late 2019.

    The band, competed by The Quireboys' Paul Guerin(Guitar), Guy Griffin(Guitar) and Keith Weir(keyboards), plus Share Ross(Bass, ex Vixen) and Phil Martini(drums, Wayward Sons), take a different approach on “This Is How We Roll” to previous album. The album only features one cover version (The Tubes “White Punks On Dope) - alongside eleven original Joe Elliott penned tracks.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 16 2019 @ 00:10 CDT
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    News: GHOST TO RELEASE PREQUELLE EXALTED
    Heavy Metal GHOST TO RELEASE PREQUELLE EXALTED LIMITED DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION - Package to Include a Treasure Trove of Exclusive Extras Including Two Ghost Rarities.

    GRAMMY-winning Swedish rock band GHOST is known for special, limited edition items that have been tied to its various album releases - an 8-track edition of Ceremony & Devotion, and for Prequelle, a 7-inch die-cut-as-rats vinyl disc of the album’s first single “Rats,” offering the album on a variety of different colored cassette tapes, and the lenticular cover for Prequelle's special vinyl edition as well as five alternate covers for the retail edition. On September 27, Ghost will release a plethora of limited, exclusive items tied to the Prequelle album and world tour: the Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Prequelle Exalted, with only 5000 sets produced. Head HERE to pre-order
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 16 2019 @ 00:02 CDT
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    News: The Wildhearts announce new mini album
    General The Wildhearts are proud to announce the release of the Diagnosis mini album on October 4th through Graphite Records. This six track mini album, features five brand new songs and is released as a limited edition special white vinyl with pale blue powder splatter 10’’ (to look like a pill) and as a regular black vinyl 10” and CD. All 3 physical formats will also include an exclusive bespoke inner gatefold comic strip illustrated by the award winning Hunt Emerson, who last worked with the band on the Earth Vs’ cover and their classic logo.

    The Diagnosis mini album follows the success of Renaissance Men, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, which gave the band’s classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny, their highest chart entry since 1994’s P.H.U.Q, when it debuted at number 11.

    To coincide with the Diagnosis announcement The Wildhearts have unveiled a new video for Renaissance Men
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 13 2019 @ 00:23 CDT
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    News: Frank Marino-Live at The Agora Theatre Blu-ray/DVD
    General Recorded live at The Agora Theatre in Cleveland Ohio in 2010. This EPIC 6-hour live performance is now available and presented in an elegant box set which includes both the Blu-Ray and DVD formats in each box.

    You will receive 4 discs (1 BluRay-1080HD-Disc in its own separate case and a 3-DVD-720SD-set in its own separate case), a 180 page book that delivers an in-depth chronicle of his journey, from his early beginnings right up to this performance, as well as being filled with pictures that span Frank Marino’s career. The last 20 Chapters are written by Frank Marino in his own words and invite the reader to share intimate details about Frank’s experiences, the making of this project, his personal feelings and his outlook on his life and career. You will have a front-row-seat to witness the awe-inspiring man himself in the highest quality picture and sound as never seen before, while he delivers an incredible 58 tracks, many of which were rarely, if ever, played live.

    Click here to order the Blu-ray/DVD set

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 03 2019 @ 13:13 CDT
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    News: HELLOWEEN - First live single/video Pumpkins United & start preorder
    Heavy Metal HELLOWEEN | RELEASE FIRST LIVE SINGLE/VIDEO 'PUMPKINS UNITED'; REVEAL FORMATS, TRACKLIST AND START PRE-ORDER OF 'UNITED ALIVE'

    Everyone is clued in: From October 4th, 2019 we can all revisit the PUMPKINS UNITED WORLD TOUR every night without even leaving the couch. What is served, is no less than the greatest hits from 30 years and a breakneck trip through the entire HELLOWEEN repertoire - a 14 month metal quake, featured on the cover of almost every metal magazine including the world’s biggest metal magazine, Japan´s BURRN!, which dedicated an unbelievable four cover stories to this tour. In other words: clear the ring for the next round of PUMPKINS UNITED madness!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 02 2019 @ 23:37 CDT
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    SoT Video: Concert Review: Joe Bonamassa at Bethel Woods 7/30/2019
    General Join host Pete Pardo for a review of last night's Joe Bonamassa concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY (original Woodstock site)

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Aug 02 2019 @ 12:12 CDT
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    SoT Video: Forgotten Favorites-Rare, Obscure, and Some Not So Rare Hard Rock, Prog, and
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he shares some new '70s rarities he's added to his collection as well as some more recent things he's accumulated in the genres of hard rock, prog, jazz-fusion, and heavy metal.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Aug 02 2019 @ 12:11 CDT
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