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    News: Black Star Riders Part Company With Damon Johnson, Welcomes Christian Martucci
    Heavy Metal Black Star Riders are proud to announce that their new lead guitar player from January 1st 2019 will be Christian Martucci, from Stone Sour.

    Christian will replace founding BSR member Damon Johnson, who has decided to part company with the band at the end of the year to concentrate on a solo career and session work.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 17 2018 @ 21:42 CDT
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    News: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi To Take Part In A Life In Music Events
    Heavy Metal Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi To Take Part In 'A Life In Music' Events In Paisley and Edinburgh

    Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will give a fascinating insight into his life and career at two very special events announced for October 2018.

    Billed as Tony Iommi with Phil Alexander: A Life In Music, fans will witness Tony in conversation with respected journalist and broadcaster Phil Alexander at dates in Paisley and Edinburgh.

    Tony Iommi’s influence on the history of popular music cannot be overstated. A key innovator and a true rock star in every sense, when we think of Tony we think of heavy rock and of his innovative, dark guitar riffs - we think of the beginning of heavy metal.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 17 2018 @ 21:32 CDT
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    News: BBC Ulster Announces Series With Viv Campbell (Def Leppard)
    General
    Viv Campbell Begins on Tuesday 18 September
    BBC Radio Ulster, 10pm GMT bbc.co.uk/radioulster

    The Belfast-born guitarist Vivian Campbell launches a new six-part series on BBC Radio Ulster. Vivian is best known as the guitarist with 100 million album selling rock act Def Leppard, who are currently on a world tour.

    Over the course of the series, beginning on Tuesday 18 September at 10pm, Vivian plays the music that has inspired him throughout his life, as he shares stories from his journey with Dio, Whitesnake and Def Leppard.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 17 2018 @ 21:26 CDT
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    News: DAMN DICE set to release their final album...
    General Hailing from 4 different countries, DAMN DICE members founded the band in 2011 in London (UK) and started getting a lot of attention for their music which mixes current low tuning modern metal vibe with hard rock vocals. Think GUNS N ROSES meets METAL. As a result, it’s a modern sounding band with big bouncy guitar riffs, catchy melodies, sing along choruses, and guitar solos.

    Creating a niche of their own with their ‘Too metal for the rockers, too catchy for the metalheads, too punk for the pop rockers, too heavy for the punks’ kind of music, DAMN DICE reinforced this idea by releasing an EP in 2013 and a debut album, ‘The Great Unknown’ in 2015.

    The band has just announced the release of a second and final album for the end of 2018. Final album? No more releases afterwards? Is the band splitting up…?
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Sep 15 2018 @ 15:45 CDT
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    SoT Video: Glenn Hughes at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY 9/11/2018
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo for his review of the Glenn Hughes concert at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY as he and his band played a night of Deep Purple classics!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Sep 15 2018 @ 10:51 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Top Jazz-Fusion Albums of the '70s!
    Fusion Join host Pete Pardo for an exhaustive look at some of his favorite Jazz-Fusion albums of the 1970s!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Sep 15 2018 @ 10:46 CDT
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    News: FISH releases new single Man With A Stick
    Progressive Rock Listen at SPOTIFY YOUTUBE

    TAKEN FROM UPCOMING EP A PARLEY WITH ANGELS RELEASED SEPTEMBER 21st

    UK & EUROPEAN TOUR STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

    Following the digital release of his entire solo catalogue in June, which has generated well over a million streams already, FISH has today released his brand new single, ‘Man With A Stick’, the first track to be taken from his upcoming EP A Parley With Angels, out September 21st, and the first taste of his final studio album, Weltschmerz.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 12 2018 @ 23:00 CDT
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    Concerts: Ian Anderson Presents Jethro Tull: 50th Anniversary Tour
    Progressive Rock

    September 1, 2018, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri

    In 2012 Jethro Tull guitarist and Martin Barre and vocalist/flautist Ian Anderson proclaimed, each in his own way, that there would be no new Jethro Tull music from that point forward. Anderson even muttered something a time or two about giving the old agriculturist some rest after nearly half a century since the moniker was pinned on a group of unsuspecting London musicians by their manager. With a new edition of the group’s This Was circulating and a fan base keen to hear the almost-hits of yesteryear, Anderson has assembled a group of players to bring Tull music around the globe once more. The nomenclature on tickets and marquees for the current world trek accentuates that it’s Anderson’s show. Maybe it always was.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Sep 12 2018 @ 22:28 CDT
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    News: A Dying Planet - Facing The Incurable video (Vocal)
    Progressive Metal Here is the brand new video of the title track off of A Dying Planet's brand new album!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Sep 12 2018 @ 22:22 CDT
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    SoT Video: Beer & Jazz at The Brewery at Orange County Hops!
    Fusion Join host Pete Pardo and his special guest Mike Antonelli, owner & proprietor of the Brewery at Orange County Hops and one of the hottest sax players in New York's Hudson Valley!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Sep 10 2018 @ 00:28 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Edition of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility!
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views on new releases from Redemption, Primal Fear, Soft Machine, Yes, The Sea Within, The Magpie Salute, and the Apocalypse Blues Revue, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Magellan!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Sep 08 2018 @ 10:44 CDT
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    SoT Video: RANT - Overplayed Songs We Never Need to Hear Again- Part 2!
    General Join host Pete Pardo for Part 2 of his 'rant' on Overplayed Songs We Never Need to Hear Again!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Sep 08 2018 @ 10:42 CDT
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    SoT Video: Judas Priest & Deep Purple- Bethel Woods 9/2/2018
    Concert Reviews Join Pete Pardo for a concert review of the Judas Priest & Deep Purple show at Bethel, NY 9/2/2018

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Sep 08 2018 @ 10:41 CDT
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    News: TWINGIANT GO ON INDEFINITE HIATUS
    Heavy Metal After releasing their critically acclaimed album "Blood Feud", Phoenix Arizona sludge fiends TWINGIANT have gone on indefinite hiatus after the departure of drummer Jeff Ramos.

    Guitarist Nikos Mixas commented "After a productive and fun 8 and a half years, Twingiant has been put on ice indefinitely. Recently, Jeff informed everyone of his intention to leave the band. The rest of us had been mulling over the future of Twingiant even before Jeff informed us of his decision. This is not a goodbye but rather of let's wait and see what happens down the line and a huge thank you to anyone that had supported us throughout this time.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Sep 06 2018 @ 21:58 CDT
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    Interviews: Mob Rules interview with guitarist Sven Lüdge
    Heavy Metal

    After 24 years together German metal masters Mob Rules feel like a Beast Reborn. Having overcome tough times both within and out with their ranks, the band’s guitarist and song writer Sven Lüdge felt it was necessary to reflect that journey in not only the title of their new opus, but also through the music it contains. Any band with nearly a quarter of a century together will undoubtedly be comfortable with their own identity, but as Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid discovered, that doesn’t mean that Mob Rules are happy to stand still, or to simply play to type.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 20:56 CDT
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    News: Pedro Pimentel (Production)
    Heavy Metal Pedro Pimentel ( writes:

    The musician and producer Pedro Pimentel has just released the second lyric video of his latest album.

    Also produced by Pandario, "Lights off" presents an emotional atmosphere that refers to the last thoughts of a person, immersed in remembering the most significant moments of his existence while his farewell time approaches.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 10:21 CDT
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    News: Daniel Bernal news
    Heavy Metal Daniel Bernal (P writes:

    The multi-instrumentalist musician and producer Daniel Bernal posted at his YouTube channel an one-man band version of the song "Diver".

    Originally released by Nico Touches the Walls, this version of the song "Diver" was totally recorded, mixed and mastered by the artist himself - who also performed on all instruments, voices and drums programming - and can be checked directly through the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL5GfY2aCoc.

    Enthusiast of the metal, otaku and gamer culture, the musician soon intends to provide through his YouTube channel a series of renditions of songs and themes from animes, games and renowned Asian bands and artists, in addition to this version of "Diver" and the already available "Green Hill Zone Theme" (Sonic the Hedgehog's first stage theme, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMYPeQSM6Uw and featuring drummer Daniel Nopper), while maintaining the production of material related to well-known bands such as Queen, Iron Maiden, among others.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 10:20 CDT
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    News: Drift Into Black
    Heavy Metal Drift Into Black writes:

    New Jersey’s Doom Metal act DRIFT INTO BLACK has just completed their first full length album entitled "Dead Suns Under the Forever Moon" to be released October 12th on Digipak CD as well as all streaming services.

    “This is a concept album about absolute cold revenge by being used as the devil’s puppet” Craig Rossi says. “How much revenge is too much? Do two wrongs make a right? When all of that rage, adrenaline is gone and there’s nothing left, can you feel normal again? Was it all worth it?”.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 10:19 CDT
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    News: Chris Wicked single
    General Chris Wicked writes:

    Listen to Chris Wicked single featuring Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and Hoest (Taake)

    . The new single from Norwegian artist Chris Wicked entitled "Når Allting Svartner" (When everything turns black) will officially be released on August 17. However the song that features Shining's Niklas Kvarforth on guest vocals and Taake's frontman Hoest, on bass guitar can now be streamed here: https://youtu.be/J3PgKm6w3YE

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Sep 05 2018 @ 10:17 CDT
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    SoT Video: RANT - Overplayed Songs We Never Need to Hear Again!
    General Join host Pete Pardo for another edition of his 'rant' series, this time looking at overplayed songs that we never need to hear ever again!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Sep 02 2018 @ 12:34 CDT
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