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    News: Glass Hammer Reveal Teaser Clip For AT THE GATE
    Progressive Rock

    Glass Hammer Completes The Skallagrim Trilogy with AT THE GATE

    At The Gate, the third album of the Skallagrim trilogy, is set for release on October 7th. The new album follows Dreaming City (2020) and Skallagrim - Into The Breach (2021), bringing the story of the ‘thief with the screaming sword’ to its conclusion.

    Vocalist Hannah Pyror is back to front the group and is joined by bandleader Steve Babb, keyboardist Fred Schendel, and drummer Aaron Raulston. In addition, vocalists Jon Davison (Yes) and John Beagley (Life In Digital) will contribute as well as guitarist Reese Boyd.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Aug 03 2022 @ 15:59 CDT
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    News: SoT Fall Fest 2022! October 1 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY
    General

    Sea of Tranquility Fall Fest 2022 will bring together many of the elements that make their YouTube channel and webzine a daily destination for so many people-progressive rock, classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and insightful conversation. Join us for a jam packed day of music & talk!

    PLEASE NOTE: There is a morning and afternoon session. Your ticket purchase guarantees entrance to both. Complete info below:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jul 28 2022 @ 13:29 CDT
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    News: Smith/Kotzen announce brand new release - Better Days... And Nights
    Heavy Metal BETTER DAYS …AND NIGHTS BRAND NEW CD & DIGITAL RELEASE IN STORES SEPTEMBER 16TH 2022

    WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO FOR ‘HATE AND LOVE’ HERE

    BMG are delighted to announce a brand-new CD release from Smith/Kotzen, ‘Better Days…And Nights’ comprising five previously unreleased live tracks, plus for the first time ever on CD, the four studio tracks featured on their sold out, limited edition 12” vinyl EP, Better Days, released in conjunction with Record Store Day in November 2021.

    The full track-listing for ‘Better Days ...And Nights’ is:
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jul 27 2022 @ 13:36 CDT
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    News: SLADE All The World Is A Stage box set includes 5 live albums
    General SLADE - “All The World Is A Stage’’ box set includes 5 live albums, three of which have never been released before - 9th September

    On 9th September Slade and BMG are proud to present their new smash hit live boxset ‘All The World Is A Stage’, shining a light on Slade as a phenomenal live band. This unique five-album set serves as a documentation of why Slade became pretty much unbeatable as a live attraction.

    Slade were unstoppable throughout the seventies becoming one of Europe's biggest bands, releasing 6 smash hit albums, including three UK No-1’s, a run of 17 consecutive Top 20 singles and their hits are synonymous with the glam era. This new live boxset includes three never previously released live sets from across Slade’s expansive live era and will become a key component of the Slade catalogue for years to come.

    The three previously unreleased live shows featured on ‘All The World Is A Stage’ are;
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jul 20 2022 @ 20:07 CDT
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    News: Skid Row 'Tear It Down' with new single & video
    Heavy Metal SKID ROW RIP THINGS UP WITH THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘TEAR IT DOWN’

    Watch the video HERE

    Skid Row release a new song and music video from their upcoming Nick Raskulinecz produced album The Gang’s All Here, available October 14th 2022. ‘Tear It Down’ is everything fans ever loved about Skid Row all in one - swaggering vocals, a signature guitar riff, groove to burn and a call to action.

    “’Tear It Down’ is about breaking down barriers, because coexisting isn’t about building walls, it’s about getting rid of them.” - Rachel Bolan

    The video, produced by Take 2 Productions/ Rosey Media was filmed in the band’s home state of New Jersey and perfectly captures the raw and gritty nature of Skid Row’s music.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jul 15 2022 @ 22:59 CDT
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    News: Lillian Axe - First studio album in 10 years, first UK tour in 29 years
    Heavy Metal ‘From Womb To Tomb’ by Lillian Axe is released on CD on 19 August 2022 by Global Rock Records [GRRCD119]. This is the band’s first new album in ten years and it comes ahead of their first UK headline dates in 29 years.

    Lillian Axe is an American hard rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana, who found success with the major label albums, ‘Lillian Axe’, ‘Love + War’, ‘Poetic Justice’ and ‘Psychoschizophrenia’. Originally formed in 1983, the group since bursting onto the scene back in 1988 with their acclaimed debut album on MCA Records and are still active. Guitarist Steve Blaze and bassist Michael Max Darby remain from the original band; the current line-up is completed by: Brent Graham - Lead vocals; Bass guitar Sam Poitevent - Guitar / Vocals and Wayne Stokely - Drums
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jul 09 2022 @ 09:02 CDT
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    News: New video from prog act MIGLIOT AMICI & CO- 'Glasgow Reel'
    Progressive Rock NYC prog outfit MIGLIOT AMICI & CO ... which is a duo of guitar hero Ray DeTone (Paul Dianno's Killers, Drive, She Said, etc) and Michael Sciotto (Gillan, From the Fire, etc) with their friends Mark Clarke (Colosseum, Billy Squier), Nicky Moroch (Elton John, David Bowie), Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steve Wilson), Alex Salzman (Ace Frehley), the late David J Keyes (Renaissance, Willy DeVille), Dave Trupia (Marty Balin), and Ralph Merigliano (Ross The Boss).

    The video for "Glasgow Reel" has already won several awards including the Druk International Film Festival, Tagore International Film Festival and the World Film Carnival - Singapore Festival.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jun 17 2022 @ 13:51 CDT
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    News: WISHBONE ASH LIVE IN SYRACUSE!
    Progressive Rock In preparation for the 50th Anniversary and a new live recording of their biggest selling album, Wishbone Ash are offering fans an up close and personal experience to go deep in the shed to work through this vintage material in its entirety. Released in 1973, “Live Dates” offers the greatest and most challenging collection of early material which propelled this double album to multi-platinum sales.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jun 08 2022 @ 23:54 CDT
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    News: CATS in SPACE Return with incredible double album Kickstart The Sun 29 July2022
    General CATS in SPACE are all set to return this summer with their fifth studio album which boldly promises to musically go “where no band has gone before..” the SUN!

    Kickstart the Sun, which took nine solid months to complete, and was partly recorded at the legendary RAK Studios in London, has once more raised the bar that was already set super high by their previous chart hitting albums. The familiar team of producer/guitarist and principal songwriter Greg Hart and engineer Ian Caple sees the new album clocking in at a ‘stratospheric sixty-three minutes’ across a double album to be released in a variety of coloured formats, with an expanded limited double CD also on offer. The album features some very special guests who help to confirm that the band are pushing their musical boundaries to the absolute maximum on this epic journey with no less than fifteen brand new songs.

    Joining the CATS on the fifteen song opus is the legendary Pedal steel player B.J. Cole (the man behind Tiny Dancer, Baker Street and No Regrets by the Walker Brothers amongst a star studded CV) who guests on several tracks. Alongside B.J. is the Australian virtuoso Ian Cooper dubbed the ‘One Man String Orchestra’ and for the first time a real brass and horn section courtesy of Jack Birchwood. But, there is more! Guesting vocally alongside seventh cat Mick Wilson are Emily Lynne and Lara Smiles from the Australian Pink Floyd and ‘The Duchess’ Julie Maguire, who gets to sing an incredible duet with CAT frontman and co-writer Damien Edwards.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, May 28 2022 @ 13:16 CDT
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    News: Cats In Space: Glam-Rockin’ Power-Poppin’ Teenage Millionaires
    General “When was the last time you heard a drum solo on a hit single? ‘Black Betty’ in 1977 maybe..? Well, stand by for Steevi Bacon’s atomic drums on Teenage Millionaires, this tune will blow your house down…” Greg Hart, CATS in SPACE, May 2022.

    Yes indeed, only these CATS could dare to do such a thing! Using lyrical references to the legendary ‘Artful Dodger’ JACK WILD and the damning of the TikTok generation, all wrapped up in a rock sound fit for stadiums! From the revving of Lamborghinis to a thousand Gibson guitars and a ‘terrace of vocals’, TEENAGE MILLIONAIRES is a no nonsense ‘full throttle’ Glam-Rock classic.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, May 20 2022 @ 21:49 CDT
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    News: Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners debut single ‘Wasted Times’ - UK tour
    General Wicked Cool Records are proud to announce the release of ‘Wasted Times’ the debut single by Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners.

    “Wasted Times is pure rock n roll, peppered with country touches, while the lyrics have an honesty traditionally found in folk music and It’s just a good time song played by a killer band.” exclaims Ginger Widlheart.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCGHOJbGVo8
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, May 20 2022 @ 21:43 CDT
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    News: Thumos announce new album The Course of Empire set for release on July 4th
    Heavy Metal Thumos proudly announces the new album 'The Course of Empire' set for release on July 4th on Snow Wolf Records.

    The band have partnered with "prog-electronic storyteller" spaceseer for a musical recreation of the Thomas Cole painting series The Course of Empire, which represents the cyclical nature of human civilisation, and have chosen this content and release date as commentary on the current state of the USA.

    The first single 'Arcadian' will be available to stream on Friday May 6th and the album will be available July 4th on all digital platforms as well as CD (6 panel fold out wallet) and cassette (fold out j-card).

    Follow the band at Thumos bandcamp
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, May 08 2022 @ 10:43 CDT
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    News: Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash “Living Proof” (Live Recordings 76-
    Progressive Rock Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash “Living Proof” (Live Recordings 1976-1980) 10-LP Box Set Available May 27, 2022 on Madfish


    • 5 shows on double LP with 60-page book, replica tour newspaper and numbered certificate
    • Strictly limited to 1,000 copies as a one-time pressing

    Wishbone Ash achieved considerable success in the 1970s, during which they were among England's most popular hard rock acts, achieving an incredible eight top 40 albums. Often regarded as one of the premiere UK live acts of the ’70s, they toured considerably throughout this period and into the following decades.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, May 04 2022 @ 20:34 CDT
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    News: Cats In Space: NEW VIDEO for Poke The Witch from forthcoming Double Album
    General "We never thought we would be upstaged by dancing dogs and a Witch…!"

    But that’s all part of the wonderful new video for CATS in SPACE brand new single ‘POKE THE WITCH’, the first release from their forthcoming album ‘KICKSTART THE SUN’. Film maker James Heron spent over six weeks bringing to life the band’s most adventurous video yet, and it was worth every second to see the end result.

    The amazing ‘Mel Sparkles’ is the star of the show playing the part of the Witch… we hope you enjoy it!

    WATCH THE VIDOE HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 22 2022 @ 19:05 CDT
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    CLEOPATRA RECORDS Defy Odds, Celebrate A Stunning THREE DECADES of Independence
    General Los Angeles, CA - One of the largest and longest lasting independent record labels in existence, Cleopatra Records, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. What began in 1992 as a small operation out of the garage of founder Brian Perera has since grown into a family of labels representing one of the most diverse catalogs that encompasses a variety of genres with an emphasis on unique and experimental artists. In a time when most small record labels either die out or get bought by a major, Cleopatra Records has managed to survive and thrive as a privately owned entity deftly navigating the seismic shifts in the industry that have caused so many labels to founder.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 22 2022 @ 18:57 CDT
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    News: Francis Rossi - Tunes & ChatHuge 2023 - spoken word tour
    General On sale right goddamn now!

    Status Quo legend Francis Rossi is taking up his acoustic guitar to bring you a selection of well-known hits and some previously not-performed-live-before tunes. He will be undertaking a massive 101 date tour next year that kicks off on 24 March 2023 in Wimborne and closes on 29 November 2023 in St Helens.

    For full details and ticket sales please visit francisrossi.com
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 15 2022 @ 20:56 CDT
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    News: TESSERACT RELEASE REGROWTH - A DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE THROUGH BANDCAMP
    Progressive Metal ALL PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT DEC (DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE) AND THEIR WORK INCLUDING WITH THE CURRENT UKRAINE EMERGENCY

    'Once the doom is dead and gone there will be a regrowth. Hollow. But, reborn.'

    TesseracT are very happy to announce, ‘Regrowth’, a special double A-Side to raise money for DEC to help the Ukrainian people and others caught up in disasters and humanitarian crises around the world.

    The 2 new tracks featured on the digital single are entitled “Hollow” & “Rebirth” and are available exclusively through BANDCAMP
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 12 2022 @ 21:32 CDT
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    News: The Tangent announce new album Songs from The Hard Shoulder
    Progressive Rock Hear the first single “The Changes” HERE

    The Tangent, the progressive/jazz-rock collective led by Andy Tillison, are pleased to announce the release of their 12th studio album ‘Songs From the Hard Shoulder’ on the 10th June 2022. This album sees The Tangent focusing almost entirely on their long format songs or "epics" with only one song being less than 16 minutes long.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 12 2022 @ 21:24 CDT
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    News: GANDALF'S FIST’S OWN LABEL SIGN AGILE THUMB DEBUT EP RELEASED 17th APRIL
    Progressive Rock Nightkeeper Productions - the Label set up and ran by UK Progressive Rock Band, Gandalf’s Fist - have signed up their first external act to their roster and are set to release new music from Agile Thumb over Easter.

    Agile Thumb, a perplexing four-piece progressive rock outfit based a stone’s throw from Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, have been signed up by Medieval Space Rock Wizards, Gandalf’s Fist to their own label for the release of their debut EP, EDOCESROM.

    The EP is currently available for Pre-Order Digitally via Agile Thumb’s Official Bandcamp Page and is set to be released as early as the 17th April.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 12 2022 @ 21:15 CDT
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    News: LOUDER THAN WORDS FROM JOE MATERA. FEAT. JÁNOS R. KRUSENBAUM
    General Watch the official video HERE

    ‘Louder Than Words’, one of the most evocative songs in Joe Matera’s impressive and ever-expanding canon, began life as the title track of his 2015 album. Deeply reflective, openly emotional and, as ever with Matera’s songs, laden with smart hooks and links. It was no surprise to see the song adopted as the theme tune to the Manchester music literature festival which shares its name with the song’s title.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 12 2022 @ 21:04 CDT
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    Past Articles


    Tuesday, April 12

    · Wicked Smile announce new single Daze Of Delirium (0)
    · Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited/Seconds Out & More (The Egg, Albany, NY (0)


    Sunday, April 10

    · Stick Men: The Linda,WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, Albany NY 4/8/2022 (0)


    Saturday, April 09

    · Ginger Wildheart - The Pessimist’s Companion on 22nd April (0)


    Thursday, April 07

    · RIVERSIDE: North American tour kicks off this month! (0)


    Monday, April 04

    · RAEL: The Music of Genesis, 4/2/2022 (0)


    Saturday, April 02

    · Lillian Axe: 3CD set Psalms For Eternity, plus new album announced (0)


    Tuesday, March 29

    · Nektar’s ‘Vinyl Sides Live’ Tour to kick off March 22 (0)


    Wednesday, March 16

    · New Jethro Tull Two-Volume Book Spin Me Back Down The Years! (0)
    · Bill Bruford Announces 6CD Career Box Set Making A Song and Dance (0)


    Monday, March 14

    · Dave Bainbridge News (0)


    Saturday, March 05

    · New AFFORESTED Album (0)
    · News about The Raging Project upcoming album (0)
    · JINJER Start Donation Campaign for UKRAINE NP (0)
    · Pure Reason Revolution new album Above Cirrus; first single New Kind Of Evil (0)


    Thursday, February 24

    · The Pineapple Thief announce details of Give It Back (0)


    Saturday, February 19

    · Cats In Space: New single Poke The Witch and forthcoming Double Album (0)


    Tuesday, February 01

    · Dream Theater wins our Readers Poll for Best Album of 2021! (0)


    Wednesday, January 12

    · Envy Of None, the new band from Alex Lifeson (Rush) (0)


    Tuesday, November 09

    · Review: Hawkwind 'Somnia' (0)
    · Review: Glass Hammer 'Skallagrim-Into the Breach' (0)
    · Review: Between the Buried and Me 'Colors II' (w/Luis Nasser) (0)
    · Udo Dirkschneider Discusses the new U.D.O. Album 'Game Over' (0)


    Thursday, June 10

    · A Chat with Bev Bevan (ELO/The Move/Black Sabbath) & Joy Strachan (0)


    Saturday, March 27

    · Molten Dials Up Some Hot Heavy Metal Sounds (0)


    Monday, March 01

    · Blue Oyster Cult's 'The Symbol Remains' Wins Album of 2020! (0)


    Thursday, January 14

    · A Tribute to Tim Bogert (0)
    · Review: Rain 'Singularity' (0)
    · The Top 40 Albums of 2020-Pete Pardo & Steven Reid's Picks! (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Il Balletto Di Bronzo (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Aviary (0)


    Friday, December 11

    · Rob Halford Discusses His New Autobiography 'Confess' and Judas Priest&# (0)


    Wednesday, December 09

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Triumvirat (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Zero Hour (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Epica (0)
    · An Intimate Chat With Simon Phillips (0)
    · Roine Stolt Discusses The Flower Kings 'Islands' and Upcoming Transatlan (0)
    · Vanden Plas Drummer Andreas Lill Discusses 'The Ghost Xperiment-Illumina (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Steve Hackett (0)


    Wednesday, November 11

    · Sea of Tranquility Fall Fest 2020! (0)


    Sunday, November 08

    · Fires in the Distance Debuts with Echoes From Deep November (0)


    Tuesday, July 28

    · Catching Up With Mick Box & Davey Rimmer of Uriah Heep! (0)
    · An Interview with Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown! (0)
    · A Weekend Chat with Annie Haslam of Renaissance! (0)
    · An Interview with Ronnie Platt of Kansas! (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: The Moody Blues (0)


    Tuesday, July 14

    · An Interview Steve Babb & Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer (Part 2) (0)
    · An Interview Steve Babb & Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer (Part 1) (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Crimson Glory (0)
    · An Interview with Steve Hackett (0)


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