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An Interview with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot

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    Currently, Sea of Tranquility is accepting resumes and sample work from experienced heavy metal & prog writers. If you have experience writing for either print magazines or internet webzines, specifically for any form of heavy metal (black metal, death metal, power metal, metalcore, progressive metal, etc), and progressive rock, we want to hear from you! Also, must be willing to accept digital download promos as the format for review.

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    News: The Dead Daisies Excited To Announce UK & FRANCE Tour
    General The Dead Daisies Destroy Europe, Excited To Announce UK & FRANCE Tour In December New Album "Revolución" - Out Now

    The Daisies have just completed an impressive European tour with KISS on the latest leg of their 40th Anniversary World Tour. Along the way, they left a pile of fans in their wake with monster sets at the largest rock festivals in Europe including Download (UK), Rockavaria (Germany), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) and more. Kerrang! Was on hand and observed, "Sunday morning at Donington Park is rarely the most energetic of moments but The Dead Daisies all-star cast do a sterling job of banishing hangovers with slick-as-a-Vaselined-otter classic rock." Witness the massive crowds and extensive video footage at the band's website.

    Following their massive success in Europe, The Daisies are excited to announce a run of UK shows and a special performance in Paris, France. The tour kicks off on Nov 27th in Paris, after a whirlwind media tour and show with KISS at Le Zenith left the Parisians wanting more. The band then heads to South Wales on December 4th to play the 3rd annual Planet Rockstock. The Daisies will be playing alongside rockers The Darkness and Danko Jones, amongst others at the 3 day festival of live rock 'n' roll hosted by Planet Rock radio. The band will be doing a special signing for the fans after each and every show so be sure to come along and say hi.

    The Daisies' powerhouse lineup for this tour will be John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, Hookers & Blow), Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs), David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix) and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Obourne, Billy Idol).

    "Been enjoying The UK Fans for a quite a few years now" says bassist Marco Mendoza. "I have a strong connection with the UK having been there with many different projects for quite a few years. This time I'm especially excited to come to the UK with The Dead Daisies in support of our new release 'Revolución', I know it's going to be GREAT!!!, CAN'T WAIT!!!"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jun 29 2015 @ 16:59 CDT

    SoT Video: Legendary Yes bassist Chris Squire dies
    Progressive Rock

    Chris Squire, founding member of legendary progressive rock icons Yes, and one of the most influential bassists in rock, died after a recent battle with leukemia. He was 67 years old. All of us at Sea of Tranquility mourn his passing-he was one of the greats. RIP Chris!

    Click here to watch our video tribute to Chris Squire!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 28 2015 @ 11:16 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo, along with special guests Chris Caffery of Trans Siberian Orchestra/Savatage, Steve Keeler of Rock Fantasy, and Ken Pierce from PiercingMetal, for his views & opinions on the latest releases from Unleashed, Korpiklaani, Helloween, The Vintage Caravan, Pat Travers, Agnostic Front, Deep Purple, Armored Saint, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jun 25 2015 @ 06:46 CDT

    News: Mimes On Rollercoasters™
    Progressive Rock Mimes On Rollercoast writes:

    Mimes On Rollercoasters™ new single Weightless was released June 21st. Weightless is the first single to be released from their upcoming fourth album, scheduled for release mid 2016. The music video was also released at the same time and can be viewed either from the official Mimes On Rollercoasters website or on the official Mimes On Rollercoasters YouTube Channel.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jun 25 2015 @ 06:43 CDT


    GLENN HUGHES, the legendary 'Voice of Rock', is extending his 2015 Solo Tour with new shows in the UK, spanning mid October into November. Joining Hughes for his UK shows will be Doug Aldrich (Revolution Saints, formerly Whitesnake, Dio).

    The concerts will showcase highlights from Glenn's colorful career including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed, along with his solo material.

    "It's always a great pleasure for me to play in the UK," says Hughes. "I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, but my career started back in the UK."

    Tickets go on sale in the UK from 10am GMT Tuesday June 23 from the following venues. Support for the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his debut album Old Glory & The Wild Revival.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jun 23 2015 @ 16:15 CDT

    Cats In Space...Destination...Earth...2015
    'CATS in SPACE' have landed! A brand new 6 piece band, who armed with their exciting brand of 'Power Pop Rock', will transport you back to the heady days of the 70s when bands like ELO, Queen, 10cc & Cheap Trick in particular, ruled the airwaves.

    Featuring band members with a wealth of experience in the music business for over 30 years, both as writers and performers their debut album 'Too Many Gods' is released worldwide in late 2015, with a single 'Mr Heartache' preceding it in the Summer. The band members CVs are an impressive list including : THE SWEET, T'PAU, IAN GILLAN, ASIA, ROBIN TROWER, 10cc, ARENA, MORITZ , AIRRACE & STATETROOPER amongst many.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jun 22 2015 @ 16:13 CDT

    News: Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls
    Heavy Metal

    IRON MAIDEN's eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album's launch.

    The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson, who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11-track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN's first ever double studio album. There's a broader split on the songwriting compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; six of them with Maiden's guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984's Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! It also features two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.

    Steve comments...
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jun 19 2015 @ 18:49 CDT

    Interviews: KAMELOT find their Haven. An interview with Thomas Youngblood
    Heavy Metal

    Changing singers is one of the biggest challenges a band can ever face. So you have to admire US power/symphonic metal outfit Kamelot for successfully introducing a new frontman to their line-up not once, but twice. The 2012 album Silverthorn introduced the marriage between frontman number three, Seventh Wonder singer Tommy Karevik, and his new band to the world in fine style. However with Haven, this veteran act may well have offered up one of the defining moments of their career and the band's one ever present member, guitarist Thomas Youngblood, was more than happy to tell Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid all about it…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jun 19 2015 @ 18:25 CDT

    News: The New Progressive Metal Album from JT Bruce is Out Now
    Progressive Metal JT Bruce writes:

    After a 7-year hiatus, American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter JT Bruce returns to classic heavy metal and prog rock foundations with the release of his 4th album - VANDAL OF FORTUNE.

    Whereas his previous release UNIVERSICA was an ethereal, synth-driven journey through the stars, VANDAL throws keyboards out the window in favor of a staight-ahead progressive metal experience. It's louder and faster, but never loses its trademark melodic roots.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jun 17 2015 @ 08:18 CDT

    Concerts: Ricky Warwick/Damon Johnson, Bannerman's Edinburgh 31st May 2015
    Heavy Metal

    Teaming up with Scott Gorham in first Thin Lizzy and subsequently Black Star Riders seems to have led to a real rejuvenation for one time The Almighty main-man Ricky Warwick and ex-Alice Cooper and Brother Cane guitarist Damon Johnson. The pair not only make up two thirds of the BSR guitar attack – and Warwick sings – but they have also played a huge role in the song writing team which has resulted in two lauded albums. So when BSR had a couple of weeks of downtime between a tour and some festival shows, the obvious thing for the pair to do was put their feet up and relax. However never a duo set for the obvious, some impromptu acoustic shows were hastily booked, social medialy promoted and, amazingly given the short time between announcement and the shows, well attended. Hence the utterly rammed Bannerman's in Edinburgh was the third night of a nine leg tour, the pair supported by Don Mercy of punk band Yorkshire Rats, who provided a short set.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jun 13 2015 @ 18:35 CDT

    Progressive Rock Shunu Records are delighted to announce the signing of alt-rock foursome A World Of Silence to their repertoire of artists. AWOS will be releasing their debut album 'Still' through Shunu in October, and it promises to be a driving, progressive-tinged behemoth of a rock record.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 08 2015 @ 15:49 CDT

    News: Motörhead Album: 'BAD MAGIC' August 28th 2015
    Heavy Metal UDR Music/Motörhead Records

    In their 40th Anniversary Year, the band also announces 40th Anniversary European tour in the Fall with more dates internationally to follow.

    Freedom to believe don't have a price
    Innocence never gets too old
    You need a bolt of rock
    Severe toxic shock
    Electricity deep in your soul
    "Electricity" – Motörhead

    After 40 years rattling teeth, bones and ears with their legendary rock'n'roll, you might excuse Motörhead if they wanted to ease off.
    Put their feet up.
    Relax a little.
    But that's just it…
    …this is Motörhead.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jun 05 2015 @ 17:13 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo for his views & opinions on the latest releases from Venom, Gruesome, Crobot, Killer Boogie, Romantic Warriors III-Canterbury Tales, and a Forgotten Favorite from Peter Hammill!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jun 05 2015 @ 06:47 CDT

    News: Nemo begin Coma pre-order.
    Progressive Rock COMA

    Here we go for NEMO ninth album presales!

    The first 200 will have their name in the booklet (2CD Digipak with 5 bonus tracks) and will receive a signed copy!

    Pre-order here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, May 30 2015 @ 11:43 CDT

    Interviews: Assassins and Symphonies, an Interview with Mike LePond
    Heavy Metal

    Mike LePond is as deadly as he is effective, this Silent Assassin having released one of the best metal albums of 2014. The accolades have been loud and proud for this bassist of the highest order, his first solo album picking up admirers wherever its lethal sound lands. However the news of a comeback from Symphony X with their upcoming Underworld album has ensured that he and his mother band will also be thrust deep into the limelight for 2015. Covering Lepond's solo album first, before tackling the issue of Symphony's return and a little Heathen's Rage, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid enters the league of assassins with Mike LePond…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, May 30 2015 @ 05:40 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo for his views & opinions on the latest releases from Glass Hammer, Magic Pie, Steven Wilson, Exovex, Dave Martone, Neal Schon, Randy Bachman, Whitesnake, Sacral Rage, Putrid Offal, Ichor, Dehuman, and a Forgotten Favorite from Waysted

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 26 2015 @ 19:10 CDT

    Interviews: Civil War Show There's Life After Sabaton with Gods and Generals
    Heavy Metal

    Guitarist Rikard Sundén and three of his band mates departed the group Sabaton and started a new metal band called Civil War. Now with their second album Gods And Generals, Civil War are reaching out to a larger audience with their appealing songs as they delve into history and add their metal to the mix. Rikard recently answered some questions for Sea of Tranquily, so read on to find out more about this exciting band.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, May 24 2015 @ 07:41 CDT

    Interviews: Sirenia Score Big Yet Again With 'The Seventh Life Path'
    Heavy Metal

    Sea Of Tranquility's Scott Jessup recently interviewed Sirena's mainman Morten Veland regarding their excellent new metal album The Seventh Life Path and more.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, May 16 2015 @ 09:30 CDT

    Concerts: Graveyard, Clutch, Mastodon, at The Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5/2/2015
    Heavy Metal

    It turns out that this show took place the same night as my son's high school prom. Since he's a junior, he didn't feel any particular pressure (and probably any motivation) to go, but he also didn't feel like telling everyone he was going to a metal show instead of his prom. Somehow, his friends got the impression that we were going to a funeral instead of the prom. I'm not sure it had anything to do with Graveyard appearing on this tour, but it didn't help. The two of us laughed about it all through Graveyard's set. We weren't at a funeral, but we certainly were at Graveyard.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, May 16 2015 @ 09:15 CDT

    Concerts: Delain, Sabaton, and Nightwish—In the Venue, Salt Lake City, Utah 4/22/2015
    Heavy Metal

    I've always known that Nightwish was popular and that they enjoy unprecedented success around the world. Crazy as it sounds, though, I never understood the depth of this popularity until the afternoon of their stop in Salt Lake City, Utah. Yes, I realize that Salt Lake City is probably not the hub for all things Nightwish, but many people know that this is the place where Annette Olzon performed with the band for the last time. As Tuomas Holopainen explained to me in an interview, Salt Lake is now an historic city not only for its rich heritage, but also for the band. As for me, I'm glad they came back—I'm sure the memories of that night are quite mixed, to say the least.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, May 16 2015 @ 08:53 CDT

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    Saturday, May 09

    · FM, Romeo's Daughter, No Hot Ashes; Glasgow Classic Grand 6th May 2015 (0)

    Monday, May 04

    · Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish Talks About Endless Forms Most Beautiful (0)

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    Sunday, February 22

    · 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn, Die Off, and Wolvhammer @ Area 51 in SLC, Utah (0)

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    · 10cc @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK 02/16/2015 (0)

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    · Please Come Home… An interview with the Lonely Robot, John Mitchell (0)
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