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    News: CATS IN SPACE Reveal 'Atlantis' Album Details
    General UK rock band, CATS IN SPACE, have announced the release of their fourth album 'Atlantis' on November 27th via Harmony Factory / Cargo Records UK. The first single 'I Fell Out of Love with Rock n’ Roll' will be released on October 30th.

    CATS IN SPACE return with their fourth studio album this Winter with the sensational ‘ATLANTIS’. Nine months in the making, it is set to cause tidal waves around the globe with a sound still ‘very Cats’ but this time the ‘Rock claws’ are out.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 28 2020 @ 19:31 CDT
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    News: Joe Bonamassa - 'Lookout Man!' Video
    General Joe Bonamassa released the music video for ‘Lookout Man!’ over the weekend. The single is taken from his brand-new album ‘Royal Tea’ out now via Provogue/J&R Adventures.

    The album is inspired by his British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton and Cream, was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Oct 27 2020 @ 14:29 CDT
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    News: ROYAL HUNT: NEW STUDIO ALBUM
    General ROYAL HUNT ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW CONCEPT STUDIO ALBUM FEAT. GUEST VOCALISTS

    ROYAL HUNT will release their new studio album - “Dystopia” - on December 9th via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on December 18th via NorthPoint Productions (Europe/N & S America). A concept album offering a considerable expansion of the band´s trademark sound and featuring performances by guest vocalists: Mats Leven (Candlemass, TSO, Skyblood), Mark Boals (Y.J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire), Henrik Brockman (Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N´Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (Narita, Zoser Mez) and Alexandra Andersen (Royal Hunt, JSP).
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Oct 26 2020 @ 20:13 CDT
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    News: Porcupine Tree - The Delerium Years limited edition box set coming Nov 20th
    Progressive Rock Having recently announced that Snapper Music will be representing Porcupine Tree’s Transmission label worldwide, we are excited to release details of the first release under the new deal - Porcupine Tree - The Delerium Years - a deluxe 13 CD box set chronicling the evolution of Porcupine Tree, bringing together all of the band's recordings issued by the Delerium label between 1992-97

    This period in the band’s illustrious career will be documented visually though a 140-page book with rare photographs and other archive material, plus biographical liner notes by Stephen Humphries (adapted from his sleeve notes for the Delerium Years vinyl box sets), and replicas of the full width original artwork for Signify and an October 1995 tour poster.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Oct 26 2020 @ 20:07 CDT
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    News: THE WILDHEARTS - THIRTY YEAR ITCH Double live album
    Heavy Metal THE WILDHEARTS - THIRTY YEAR ITCH - Double live album - Release Date: 4th December 2020

    “Ginger gave me two instructions: “Loud guitars and loud crowd”….I didn’t have a choice in either as that’s what was captured during the recording” - Live album producer Dave Draper.

    At a time when we are craving live shows more than ever, Round Records presents “ The Wildhearts - 30 Year Itch”, recorded live during the band’s The Renaissance Men and Diagnosis tours during 2019.

    The 17-track album showcases the incendiary energy that has made The Wildhearts one of the best loved UK live rock acts of the last thirty years. A perfect moment in time, thirty years from the band first playing live, that shows a band still at the height of their powers, bristling with energy as they deliver classic tracks such as “Caffeine Bomb”, “Suckerpunch”, “Let Em Go”, “Vanilla Radio” and “I Wanna Go Where The People Go”.

    Ginger says, “There are a few authorised bootleg live albums of The Wildhearts doing the rounds, but as soon as Danny rejoined the band I knew I had to capture the classic Wildhearts line up on record. There were a few reasons for this, the main one being that we're still alive, which is a situation that could change at any second with this group.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 22 2020 @ 18:33 CDT
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    News: inFictions - Alphasand EP
    Progressive Rock inFictions - Alp writes:

    Following the release of their acclaimed second album, Vanity Project in 2018, the various members of inFictions (based in Sheffield, UK) moved into new ventures with no immediate intention of returning to this project for at least a couple of years. James Fosberry focused primarily on his work as a producer/engineer and studio owner (www.bigdogstudios.co.uk), Tom Chaffer is now working as an acoustic consultant for a large company as well as continuing to dabble in gothic alt rock sounds for his long term band Dyonisis. Gareth Hughes has taken on the much coveted role of bassist in The Bowie Contingent as well as exploring new songwriting approaches with local collective New Ghost. Ed Cartledge continues to raise two small children and work as a filmmaker.

    In December 2019, Ed suffered a catastrophic injury to his left index finger, meaning guitar playing has been almost entirely out of the question for much of the first half of 2020. When the UK went into lockdown, making music seemed an obvious and much needed form of escapism, but it would need to be created differently...

    The Alphasand EP employs a wide range of synthesised instruments as well as the more familiar contributions of Fozz on drums, Tom and Gareth on guitars and bass (all recorded remotely from one another because of lockdown restrictions) and the less familiar sounds of Ed’s 80 year old father in the track ‘Custodian’. Robert Cartledge is a retired Baptist Minister and experienced radio host and actor. He is also someone who has been required to ‘shield’ during the pandemic and keenly welcomed the opportunity to contribute to this track as a result.

    Alphasand is released digitally on 11th Sept 2020 via Intersectional Records.
    infictions.bandcamp.com
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Oct 20 2020 @ 11:17 CDT
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    News: Marillion Announce The Light At The End of The Tunnel Tour in Nov 2021
    Progressive Rock 9th October 2020: Marillion have seen The Light At The End Of The Tunnel! With the long, dark days of Covid-19, hopefully, behind us by then, Marillion will shed some light across the stages of Britain with a 10-date tour in November 2021 culminating in 2 nights at the London Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. Tickets go on sale from Friday 23rd October 2020.

    Steve Hogarth says: “We’re currently writing album number 19 and, as you might imagine, looking forward with every sinew to getting back on the road and playing it to you. Not as much as my wife’s looking forward to getting me out of the house though...

    The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour dates for November 2021 are as follows:
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Oct 19 2020 @ 23:04 CDT
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    News: EUROPE ANNOUNCE FRIDAY NIGHTS WITH EUROPE THE BAND
    General A VISUAL SERIES OF SONGS RECORDED DURING LOCK DOWN

    EUROPE are pleased to announce the release of a special series of audio visual delights via the band’s Youtube channel (europethebandtv) and social media sites under the banner “FRIDAY NIGHTS WITH EUROPE THE BAND”.

    As the headline reads - the band will broadcast every Friday, starting October 23rdrunning 5 weeks, special re-recordings of some of the band’s greatest songs recorded individually during the covid pandemic lockdown. Bookending the 5 songs will be a special stream on October 16thof the band’s 2013 Sweden Rock Festival Headline performance with 2016’s The Final Countdown 30thAnniversary show, recorded at London’s Roundhouse, on November 27thto end this run. The Live concerts will be available to view for 7 days only.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 14 2020 @ 19:53 CDT
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    News: THE PINEAPPLE THIEF TO RELEASE THE SOORD SESSIONS VOLUME 4
    Progressive Rock FRONTMAN BRUCE SOORD’S SOLO ACOUSTIC LIVE PERFORMANCES STREAMED DURING LOCKDOWN

    Includes ‘Versions of the Truth’, ‘In Exile’ and ‘Demons’ Kscope - 4th December 2020

    WATCH BRUCE SOORD’S ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF “DEMONS”
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Oct 13 2020 @ 21:03 CDT
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    News: matt mitchell releases powerful new video for world mental health day
    General This Friday Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts release the powerful radio remix track ‘Unavailable’ in conjunction to help raise awareness of World Mental Health Day 2020 (Saturday 10th October).

    The re-mixed track is accompanied by a striking music video
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 08 2020 @ 20:53 CDT
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    News: Snapper Music are pleased to announce a new deal with Porcupine Tree
    Progressive Rock Snapper Music are pleased to announce a new deal with Porcupine Tree to represent their Transmission label worldwide.

    Snapper Music have held a close relationship with Porcupine Tree since the release of the 1999 album ‘Stupid Dream’ on their Kscope imprint. The label acquired the band's early work on the Delerium label in 2006 and later the Warner 'Lava' years material in 2017.

    The first Transmission release on the new deal in November will be a deluxe 13 CD box set chronicling the evolution of Porcupine Tree, bringing together all of the band's recordings issued by the Delerium label between 1992-97. A deluxe multi-disc edition of the band's 2005 acclaimed album 'Deadwing' will follow in 2021.

    Snapper Music MD Frederick Jude comments "20 years on we greatly appreciate the successful working relationship we have maintained with the band"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 07 2020 @ 21:39 CDT
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    News: Joe Bonamassa - 'Royal Tea' Video
    General Joe Bonamassa released the music video for the title track of his new album ‘Royal Tea’ over the weekend.

    The album is inspired by his British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton and Cream, was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and will be released on October 23rd via Provogue/J&R Adventures.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Oct 06 2020 @ 18:32 CDT
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    News: WICKED SMILE - new single Wait For the Night
    General Australian heavy rock band Wicked Smile will release a new single ‘Wait For the Night’ on October 2nd. This comes after their recently released debut ep titled ‘Delirium’ to very favorable reviews.

    The band is fronted by charismatic powerhouse lead vocalist Danny Cecati (ex Pegazus & Eyefear) with Stevie Janevski (The Radio Sun, ex Black Majesty) on guitars, Glen Cav on bass and Jason Tyro on drums. The four song ep is produced by Paul Laine (The Defiants) and is mastered by Bruno Ravel (The Defiants/Danger Danger).

    Danny and Stevie are no strangers to the world stage, having both toured around the world with their respective bands and performed at prestigious festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Masters Of Rock, Metal Universe, Hard Rock Hell, and Screamfest amongst others. The boys have released a whopping twenty- five full length albums combined. Match fitness? - Absolutely!!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 30 2020 @ 18:43 CDT
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    News: FISH disrupts UK chart system with new album Weltschmerz
    Progressive Rock WELTSCHMERZ SELF-RELEASED NEW ALBUM DISRUPTS THE OFFICIAL UK CHART SYSTEM WITH A PHANTOM NO.2 ‘NEW ENTRY’ BASED ON MIDWEEK SALES

    AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

    AVAILABLE TO LISTEN HERE

    FISH is today celebrating the huge success of his brand new, and final solo album Weltschmerz, which was released last Friday to rave reviews and front cover features around the world.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 29 2020 @ 22:33 CDT
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    News: STEVE HACKETT celebrates release of Selling & Spectral Live At Hammersmith
    Progressive Rock STEVE HACKETT celebrates worldwide release of Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith

    Watch live video of The Cinema Show

    Order your copy now!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Sep 26 2020 @ 13:23 CDT
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    News: Cats In Space: Unveil video trailer for the forthcoming album Atlantis
    Progressive Rock Reminiscent of the classic 70s ‘K-Tel adverts’, once again, CATS IN SPACE set the bar high with this brilliant advertising introduction to what is being hailed as the “Album Of The Year” by the lucky ones who have heard it already.

    Cats In Space: Official Album Trailer for 'Atlantis'
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Sep 25 2020 @ 21:32 CDT
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    News: GANDALF'S FIST MARK A DECADE OF RELEASES: BEGIN PRE-ORDERS ON NEW ALBUM
    Progressive Rock Uk Prog Rock Wizards, Gandalf's Fist, have announced a special 10 year anniversary edition of their Debut album "The Master and the Monkey". The debut demo-come-album, turns 10 in January 2021, and to Celebrate a decade of Fist albums,the band has undertaken a complete re-imagining of the entire record to ensure it sits proudly alongside their latest releases!

    Largely re-recorded from the ground up and featuring brand new artwork and dramatic narrative, "The (Re)Master and the Monkey" has developed into a fantastic new adventure from Gandalf's Fist, with the band have today beginning pre-orders in a range of formats included limited edition coloured Vinyl.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 21 2020 @ 20:50 CDT
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    News: BUDS & SPAWN ANNOUNCE LIVE STREAMING FEATURING VALVE & PERSONA 22nd OCT
    Progressive Rock Sheffield promoters Buds & Spawn first launched in 2019 bringing a series of semi-irregular nights of semi-irregular music to some of the city's great independent venue for lovers of the weird and wonky, punky and proggy, choppy changey, twisty turny, off kilter, psychedelic, experimental, math / alt / art / and the just plain awkward.

    At the start of 2020 plans were put in place for a programme of gigs funded by the Arts Council 'Supporting Grassroots Live Music' initiative. These were planned to take place across the year but then the pandemic took hold and the UK went into lockdown.

    Now Buds & Spawn have announced, in place of the events, a series of live stream shows across this year and in to 2021. Each one will be a combination of exclusive new music and pre-recorded sessions from each headliner and a local act, along with live interviews, chat and an interactive Q&A. Additionally the aim is to also raise some money for the venues that should have been hosting the original gigs. 'They’re going to need all the help they can get to weather this storm’, Buds & Spawn founder Laura Holmes comments, while adding,
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 14 2020 @ 19:01 CDT
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    News: LUNATIC SOUL TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THROUGH SHADED WOODS 13TH NOVEMBER
    Progressive Rock With album number seven explores the darkness of Slavic and Scandinavian folk...

    Lunatic Soul is the solo studio music project of creator, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mariusz Duda.

    As the lead singer of the hugely popular prog-rock band Riverside, Lunatic Soul was created in 2008 as an opportunity for Duda to explore musical territories outside the rock domain.

    Through Shaded Woods is a new opening for Lunatic Soul, it's definitely the most refined and the richest sounding album.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Sep 11 2020 @ 19:33 CDT
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    News: The Allman Betts Band - 'Pale Horse Rider'
    General The Allman Betts Band release the music video for their new single 'Pale Horse Rider' today. The single is taken from their second full-length studio album titled ‘Bless Your Heart’ released on Friday 28 August 2020 via BMG. The video was filmed over the course of two days in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

    Devon Allman told Rolling Stone Country that “’Pale Horse Rider’ was a really fun one to write. Duane had this almost vertigo-inducing descending melodic pattern that was so unique. Once I started the lyric about a man feeling so lost and isolated with the world out to get him, the story just kind of wrote itself. The Wild West seemed the perfect setting to tell the tale.”

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Aug 09 2020 @ 11:59 CDT
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    · Joe Bonamassa's new single ‘Why Does It Take So Long To Say Goodbye’ (0)


    Tuesday, July 28

    · Catching Up With Mick Box & Davey Rimmer of Uriah Heep! (0)
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    · A Weekend Chat with Annie Haslam of Renaissance! (0)
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    · Ranking the Studio Albums: The Moody Blues (0)


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    · An Interview Steve Babb & Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer (Part 2) (0)
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    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Crimson Glory (0)
    · An Interview with Steve Hackett (0)
    · An Interview with Jasun Tipton of Zero Hour (0)
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    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Starcastle (0)
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    · Review: Todd Rundgren's Utopia 'Benefit for Moogy Klingman 2011' CD/ (0)
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    Monday, May 04

    · An Interview with Bill Kielty of O Zorn! (0)


    Friday, April 17

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Be Bop Deluxe (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Van Der Graaf Generator (0)
    · New Song 'Bloom' from Solo Artist ITAYIL (0)


    Wednesday, April 01

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Dream Theater (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Symphony X (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Camel (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: UK (0)
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    Tuesday, March 10

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Iron Maiden (0)
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    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Nevermore (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Between the Buried and Me (0)
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    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Alice Cooper (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Savatage (0)
    · Review: King Crimson 'Audio Diary 2014-2018' (0)
    · Review: Martin Barre 'Live in NY' CD/DVD (0)


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    · Opeth & Rival Sons tied in our readers poll for Albums of 2019! (0)


    Thursday, November 07

    · Electric Mary, Edinburgh Bannerman’s, 4th November 2019 (0)


    Saturday, October 26

    · A Tribute to Ginger Baker (0)
    · Review- Angel 'Risen' (0)
    · Review- Opeth 'In Cauda Venenum' (0)
    · Review- Nocturnus A.D. 'Paradox' (0)
    · Review- Vinnie Moore 'Soul Shifter' (0)
    · Top 10 Songs: The Beatles (0)
    · An Interview with Frank Marino! (0)


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    · Electric Mary - interview - Video for “It’s Alright” - Tour (0)


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