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11 December 2013

Progressive-rock super-group Transatlantic, featuring ex-Dream Theatre sticksman Mike Portnoy and Marillion bass player Pete Trewavas will release their brand new studio album 'Kaleidoscope' on 27th January 2014 via InsideOutMusic.

As a bonus to fans, InsideOutMusic will start taking pre-orders for the bands fourth album from 27th December over at

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'Kaleidoscope' will be released on four different formats, including a limited edition LP-sized Deluxe Artbook with 2CDs/DVD with a bonus DTS 5.1 Mix DVD-Video which will also include with loads of pictures, liner notes and a lenticular card cover.

There will also be 2CD/DVD media book, a standard 2CD Jewel case and a 3LP & 2CD in slipcase. The InsideOut shop will also be offering an exclusive t-shirt design and a lenticular post card of the album artwork as part of their pre-order.

They formed in 1999, with their first album 'SMPT:e' (a play on words, as both a combination of the members' last initials) released in 2000 to critical reviews followed by 'Bridge Across Forever' in 2001 and then 'Whirlwind' in 2009.

The band will embark on a six week World Tour that will see them joined once again by Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlöw as a fifth touring member.

As part of the extensive tour, the band will also headline the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 Cruise from the 18th - 22nd February alongside other leading Prog acts including Adrian Belew Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Anathema, Spock's Beard and many more. This unique performance will see the band performing a very special encore of classic Yes material with the legendary Jon Anderson on vocals.

Into The Blue
Black As the Sky
Beyond The Sun

CD2 (Bonus CD):
And You And I (Yes cover)
Can't Get It Out Of My Head (ELO cover)
Conquistador (Procol Harum cover)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
Tin Soldier (Small Faces cover)
Sylvia (Focus cover)
Indiscipline (King Crimson cover)
Nights In White Satin (The Moody Blues cover)

Watch 'Shine' (the bands first ever promo video) here:

You can see Transatlantic live here:
Friday 31st January - El Segundo Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles
Saturday 1st February - The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
Sunday 2nd February - Everett Music Hall, Everett
Tuesday 4th February - The Arcada Theater, Chicago
Wednesday 5th February - Theatre Du Capitole, Quebec City
Thursday 6th February - L'Olympia, Montreal
Saturday 8th February - Keswick Theater, Philadelphia
Sunday 9th February - Highline Ballroom, New York City
Tuesday 11th February - Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City
Thursday 13th February - Carioca Club, São Paulo
Friday 14th February - Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires
Saturday 15th February - Caupolican, Santiago
Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd February - Progressive Nation At Sea
Thursday 27th February - La Rivera, Madrid
Friday 28th February - Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona
Sunday 2nd March - Alcatraz, Milan
Monday 3rd March - Orion, Rome
Wednesday 5th March - Z7, Pratteln
Thursday 6th March - Substage, Karlsruhe
Friday 7th March - Muffathalle, Munich
Saturday 8th March - Astra, Berlin
Sunday 9th March - E Werk, Cologne
Tuesday 11th March - Trix, Antwerp
Wednesday 12th March - The Forum, London
Thursday 13th March - 013, Tilburg
Friday 14th March - 013, Tilburg
Saturday 15th March - Le Bataclan, Paris
4th - 7th June - Sweden Rock Festival

Transatlantic are:
Neal Morse - Lead Vocals/Keyboard/Guitar
Roine Stolt - Guitar/Lead Vocals
Pete Trewavas - Bass Guitar/Lead Vocals
Mike Portnoy - Drums/Backing Vocals

Transatlantic Online:
Official Website: http://



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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