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    News: Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts Release Can I Get An Amen
    General Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts Release ‘Can I Get An Amen’ Release date: 10 January, 2020.

    ‘Can I Get An Amen’ is the latest single release from transatlantic Americana act, Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts.

    About the single’s sound, Ryan says… “This new single was co-written by mentor/friend/boss/legend Stevie Van Zandt. I feel myself going back to my Texas roots. This song is a good example of the sonic direction our band is headed.” On the subject matter of the song, Ryan continues: “Super proud of this tune. I was raised in the South, going to church 3 times a week. I don't really go to church anymore. I guess you could say I've seen the light. Haha. This song deals with the struggles of being raised in the church, but not following that path.”

    ‘Can I Get An Amen’ will feature on the follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed ‘This Is The Sound’, with the new album to be released later in 2020 - once again on Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool records.

    Watch the ‘single shot’ video here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jan 13 2020 @ 23:15 CST

    Progressive Rock ‘Between Sea and Sky’ is a commissioned song for the NGO ‘Los 18’

    Psychic Equalizer is an international band formed by Spanish pianists Hugo Selles and Adrián Ubiaga, Colombian guitarist Carlos Barragán and Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist India Hooi. In September 2019, they released their latest album ‘The Sixth Extinction’ that combined progressive rock, jazz, classical, pop and world music styles to explore the themes of mass extinction and climate change.

    The band has announced the release of a new song written specifically for the NGO ‘Los 18’ (‘The 18’). The track is an uplifting pop-rock anthem with a positive message encouraging people to have hope and work together to make change for the better.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Jan 12 2020 @ 23:30 CST

    News: Psychotic Waltz launch new song Devils And Angels
    Progressive Metal Pre-order for upcoming studio-album “The God-Shaped Void” starts today!

    US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators PSYCHOTIC WALTZ return with their original line-up for their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled “The God-Shaped Void”, the upcoming new album and InsideOutMusic debut will be released on 14th February, 2020.

    The first new track taken off “The God-Shaped Void” is being shared today. Check out the album’s opening track “Devils And Angels” in a lyric video by Cloud Music Typography HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Dec 17 2019 @ 22:17 CST

    News: VIDEO LAUNCH Biff Byford - School of Hard Knocks
    Heavy Metal Legendary Saxon Frontman Launches Video For SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS The Title Track Of His Forthcoming Album.

    13th December 2019: Legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford today launches the video for School Of Hard Knocks (watch it here) the title track of his first ever solo album, School Of Hard Knocks, which is set for release on 21st February 2020 through Silver Lining Music.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Dec 13 2019 @ 22:52 CST

    News: TOUNDRA - New album, 'Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari' 28th February
    Progressive Rock 'Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari' is the latest musical initiative of TOUNDRA, the intrepid instrumental rock band from Spain, that once again showcases their mutable capability to approach new projects and reinvent their art. This is not just an exceptional soundtrack to the quintessential German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene that turns exactly 100 years old in 2020, it's also a dialogue with the listener with the intention of questioning ideas like manipulation, freedom and human nature itself. The album will be released by InsideOut/Century Media on February 28th 2020.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Dec 10 2019 @ 20:48 CST

    News: Desperate Machines, a project from the duo behind experimental group In Progress
    Progressive Rock Desperate Machines is a new musical project from the duo behind the experimental rock group, In Progress. The project finds them teaming up with Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, OSI, ex-Dream Theater), who provides guest vocals on all of the tracks. Musically, it explores electronic, rock and industrial soundscapes, with a large emphasis on atmosphere, melody, and hooks.

    They released their debut EP, "Complet_" on December 6th 2019. The EP features two lead singles ("Complete" and "Our War") as well as the original demo for "Plan B," which was the track that ultimately kicked the project off several years ago.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Dec 07 2019 @ 22:27 CST

    News: Russian psych fusion band releases new album
    Fusion Kamille writes:

    THE LEGENDARY FLOWER PUNK just released the new album called "Wabi Wu" via Tonzonen Records. The guests include Ed Wynne from Ozric Tentacles and Gleb Kolyadin from iamthemorning. Listen here:

    The Legendary Flower Punk Started in 2012 as an obscure side project of Kamille Sharapodinov (guitarist of established Russian heavy psych proggers The Grand Astoria) but quickly became a beast of its own. The band mixes psychedelia, space rock, funky fusion and electronics in a joyful manner like no one else. Krautrock, Japanoise, and jazz are also no stranger words in the vocabulary of TLFP.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Dec 07 2019 @ 16:38 CST

    Concerts: Electric Mary, Edinburgh Bannerman’s, 4th November 2019
    Concert Reviews

    Twenty one hours across two days is how long it took Australia’s Electric Mary to arrive in Scotland from their homeland on the other side of the planet. However, so delighted were the groove masters who play ‘rock n’ roll the way it used to taste’ to be performing for a small but enthusiastic Scottish audience that not one ounce of road weariness, travel sickness or jet lag weighed into what proved to be a scintillating performance. Steven Reid plugged himself into the mains for Sea of Tranquility…

    There’s no disguising the fact that Electric Mary came a long way to perform their first ever Scottish date for the disappointingly low tally of around forty folk, but what this no nonsense old school act served up was a show deserving of a venue ten times the size of the one they found themselves in and with a crowd to match. The band’s stalwarts, vocalist Rusty Brown and guitarist Pete Robinson, simply seemed thankful that anyone had turned up at all on what was a cold, wet and windy night and then set about digging grooves so deep that it’s a wonder that Electric Mary didn’t use them to burrow right through the Earth’s core to Scotland!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Nov 07 2019 @ 20:51 CST

    SoT Video: A Tribute to Ginger Baker
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to drum legend Ginger Baker, who passed away recently at the age of 80.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:42 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Angel 'Risen'
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he reviews the new Angel CD 'Risen'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:41 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Opeth 'In Cauda Venenum'
    General Join host Pete Pardo for a review of the new Opeth album/CD 'In Cauda Venenum'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:40 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Nocturnus A.D. 'Paradox'
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he reviews the brand new CD from progressive death metal act Nocturnus A.D. 'Paradox'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:38 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Vinnie Moore 'Soul Shifter'
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he discusses the new CD from UFO & solo guitarist Vinnie Moore.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:37 CDT

    SoT Video: Top 10 Songs: The Beatles
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he counts down his 10 favorite songs from The Beatles as well as some honorable mentions.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:36 CDT

    SoT Video: An Interview with Frank Marino!
    General Join host Pete Pardo for an interview with legendary guitarist/vocalist Frank Marino, as he discusses his new DVD/Blu-ray concert video 'Live at the Agora Theatre'. You can purchase the Video here:

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:35 CDT

    News: Legendary Saxon Frontman Biff Byford: First Solo Album SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
    Heavy Metal Legendary Saxon Frontman Biff Byford Set to Release First Solo Album, SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS Due February 21, 2020 on Silver Lining Music.

    Watch/Listen to the first single “Welcome to the Show”

    Pre-orders available from October 25
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 24 2019 @ 19:25 CDT

    News: Marillion With Friends From The Orchestra, Released 29 November 2019
    Progressive Rock Earlier this year, Marillion entered the studio with the intention to record selected songs from their rich catalogue along with friends from the orchestra. Recorded at The Racket Club and Peter Gabriel‘s Real World Studios, and with a running time of almost 80 minutes, “With Friends From The Orchestra” features nine classic Marillion tracks re-imagined and accompanied by the In Praise Of Folly String Quartet with Sam Morris (French Horn) and Emma Halnan (Flute).

    Marillion explain: “So our brilliant producer and collaborator Michael Hunter wrote some new string arrangements and we took a week out to go to Real World Studios and record with our friends. The result has exceeded our expectations, is indeed a thing of beauty.

    We hope you enjoy the songs and agree with us that some of them are actually better than the originals(!). Whether or not you agree with that bold statement we’re sure this work will move you.”
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 23 2019 @ 19:23 CDT

    Interviews: Electric Mary - interview - Video for “It’s Alright” - Tour
    General Following the recent announcement of the upcoming European segment of their ‘Gimme Love’ worldwide tour, Melbourne’s most explosive classic rock quintet ELECTRIC MARY have released a brand new music video for their latest single, ‘It’s Alright’! Taken from their fourth studio album ‘Mother’, which was released in February of this year via Listenable Records, ELECTRIC MARY’s latest single release is a gospel laden chant for the future with a heavy rock groove from the past. Simultaneously, ‘It’s Alright’ carries an important message of hope for the downtrodden…

    ELECTRIC MARY’s ‘Gimme Love’ tour will bring the band back to Europe for the first time in three years, celebrating their latest studio release ‘Mother’ - an album that received high praise upon release from the likes of Classic Rock, Planet Rock and Fireworks Magazine. The Tour also sees the band sharing stages with rock legends Y&T and Skid Row.

    And singer Rusty Brown spoke to Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid to tell us more…
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Sep 20 2019 @ 19:41 CDT

    Concerts: S.O.T.O., StOp sToP, Scarlet Aura; Edinburgh 4th September 2019
    Concert Reviews

    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

    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

    What was the best 2019 CD in the list below?

    1914 : The Blind Leading The Blind
    Amon Amarth : Berserker
    Angel Witch : Angel Of Light
    Arch/Matheos : Winter Ethereal
    Avantasia : Moonglow
    Big Big Train : Grand Tour
    Bruce Soord : All This Will Be Yours
    Bruce Springsteen : Western Skies
    Candlemass : The Door To Doom
    Cats In Space : Daytrip To Narnia
    Cosmograf : Mind Over Depth
    Devin Townsend : Empath
    Dragonforce : Extreme Power Metal
    Dream Theater : Distance Over Time
    Edenbridge : Dynamind
    Electric Mary : Mothe
    Evergrey : The Atlantic
    Flotsam & Jetsam : The End Of Chaos
    Flying Colors : Third Degree
    Freedom Call : M.E.T.A.L.
    Izz : DonT Panic
    Lance King : Reprogram
    Magic Pie : Fragments Of The 5Th Element
    Monolord : No Comfort
    Neal Morse Band : The Great Adventure
    Opeth : In Cauda Venenum
    Overkill : The Wings Of War
    Pattern Seeking Animals : Pattern Seeking Animals
    Queensryche : The Verdict
    Retrospective : Latent Avidity
    Rival Sons : Feral Roots
    RPWL : Live From Outer Space
    Sabaton : The Great War
    Status Quo : Backbone
    The End Machine : S/T
    The Flower Kings : Waiting For Miracles
    The Wildhearts : Renaissance Men
    Thunderclap : Inebriocean
    United Progressive Fraternity : Planetary Overlord
    Whitesnake : Flesh & Blood

    [ Results | Polls ]

    Votes 152

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