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This Month's Featured Article:
An Interview with UFO Guitarist Vinnie Moore

Newest Interviews:
  • The Toi
  • Vinnie Moore of UFO
  • Venrez
  • Blackwolf

    Newest Concert Reviews:
  • Corrosion of Conformity
  • HRH AOR 3
  • The Answer
  • Venrez

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  • Megasplit!   By Scott Jessup

  • We're Looking for Experienced HEAVY METAL & PROG Writers

    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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    The Heroes and Villains of FM - An interview with Steve Overland

    FM are BACK! Did no one tell you?? The UK's prime AOR-sters have just released the fourth album of their lazarus like comeback; Heroes & Villains the crowning glory of their amazing resurrection. Always a band capable of packing their sounds with an authentic upbeat groove, this new set of songs possesses a real verve and enthusiasm a band half their vintage would struggle to capture. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid plays the villain as one of the heroes, FM's singer extraordinaire Steve Overland, tells us all about it…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Apr 25 2015 @ 17:51 CDT
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    News: CORNERSTONE: NEW LINE-UP AND EUROPEAN TOUR
    Heavy Metal Michael Wachelhofer writes:

    There have been some rumours going 'round during the last weeks, but now it's official: in the beginning of 2015 Cornerstone decided to end their work with Patricia Hillinger after six years, and replace her with singer/ guitarplayer ALINA PETER. "Patricia has been full-heartedly involved in the band during the last years, and I have to say that we would not be where we are now without her," says bassist Michael. "But ultimately she made some decisions with which she disqualified herself morally. Everything else is a band issue and we would ask everyone explicitly to respect that."
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:58 CDT
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    News: SYNAPTIK ON THE ROAD
    Heavy Metal Chris Galea writes:

    Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album "The Mechanisms Of Consequence", Synaptik have a series of UK live dates lined up for the coming weeks. The band will also be playing in Kent for the first time, together with Thrash band Huron and One Machine, the latter featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Testament, Coma, Nevermore, Vicious Rumors and Biomechanical.

    Synaptik were formed in 2013 from the ashes of Inner Sanctum. The band's music is a hybrid of Thrash, Death and Prog Metal, encompassing both melody and aggression with a watchful eye on songwriting flair.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:57 CDT
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    News: Upcoming DVD from Knight Area
    Progressive Rock Gustavo Solinas writes:

    Knight Area is recording their first official dvd in Katowice (Poland). This dvd will be produced by Metal Mind Productions. This Polish record label is specialized in the recording and production of music dvd's and is leading in Europe.

    The dvd will be released in September this year and is titled "Hyperlive". To finance this project we decided to start a CROWDFUNDING-CAMPAIGN.

    You can help us to release "Hyperlive". Of course we give you something in return!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:56 CDT
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    News: PROGRESS RECORDS SIGNS ELEPHANT PLAZA
    Progressive Rock PROGRESS RECORDS writes:


    Band Members:
    Gilbert Marshall – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
    John Kamphaug – Bass, Bass Pedals, Vocals
    Olav Rygg – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
    John Petter Satherdal – Keyboards, Vocals
    Kim Christiansen – Guitars, Vocals

    The debut album naturally houses lots of influences found in 70´s progressive rock , along with influences from rock bands of both the 70´s era and the modern prog rock scene, offering the makings of a wide musical experience with great instrumentalists and true emotional musical engagement. The songs are solidly built on strong harmonic compositions, intimate lyrics and good musical "stories".
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:53 CDT
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    News: New video from Resistance
    Heavy Metal Metal Machine Record writes:

    RESISTANCE release new video "Battle Scars"

    The Los Angeles Metal Machine, RESISTANCE, have a new six song EP on the way "Volume 1 Battle Scars" and have released a video for the title track "Battle Scars" here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rglxSeQKkCY

    The EP was recorded at Skull Seven Studios in Los Angeles with famed producer Bill Metoyer at the helm. The album is set for an official release on April 14th 2015 through the bands own label, Metal Machine Records.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:52 CDT
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    News: WIZARDS OF WINTER NEWS
    Progressive Metal Breaking Bands LLC Announces New Partnership with Holiday-Themed Progressive Metal Ensemble WIZARDS OF WINTER

    Featuring Former Members of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

    If You Like TSO, You'll Love WIZARDS OF WINTER – Taking the Theatrical Holiday Rock Experience to a More Intimate Family Setting
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 18 2015 @ 07:05 CDT
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    News: KISS Announce European Tour Dates for 2015
    Heavy Metal Rock legends KISS are set to bring their new live show to Europe in Summer 2015. With multiple festival and headline dates across Europe, KISS live is set to be THE rock event of 2015.

    With over 80 million album sales worldwide, KISS remain one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time. Throughout their stellar 42 year career KISS have established themselves as one of the great live rock bands. Kiss was named by VH1 as 10th on their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock'. On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    2014 saw KISS headline a tour across North America, bringing a new production to blow away audiences across the country. Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons are set to bring the KISS tour to Europe in 2015, playing tracks from across their 40 year career, right up to 2012's "Monster" studio album. 2014 also saw a deluxe edition reissue of the band seminal "Love Gun" album through Universal Music.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 16 2015 @ 18:10 CDT
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    News: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR PLANET ROCK PRESENTS AUTUMN UK TOUR
    General Celebrated British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor, embarks on a nationwide UK tour presented by Planet Rock this Autumn. Joanne will perform songs from her critically acclaimed album The Dirty Truth. A 48-hour ticket presale goes live on Planet Rock Wednesday 15 April from this link: here. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 17 April from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898, or online from The Gig Cartel. All tickets priced at £20.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Apr 13 2015 @ 17:56 CDT
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    Interviews: A Spark In The Tangent - an interview with Andy Tillison of The Tangent
    Progressive Rock

    Having an ever evolving cast of musicians has served The Tangent well over the years, so it is apt that their new release, 'A Spark In The Aether - The Music That Died Alone Volume Two', finds a collection of old, new and returning faces to deliver an album of real class. Differing from their recent material by being a more brazen, if no less crafted slice of Progressive Rock, 'A Spark…' finds a band utilising the ideals that made their music so irresistible in the first place, while delivering them in such a way that they sounds amazingly fresh and vibrant. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid found The Tangent leader Andy Tillison in full flow as they discussed everything from the lack of media coverage Prog receives to the part its founding fathers should be playing in promoting the scene they created. Oh and of course, the coming and goings in The Tangent and the new album itself…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Apr 12 2015 @ 07:02 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo as he takes a look at the recent releases from Lance King's Nightmare Records, including albums from Ilium, Anubis Gate, Divided Multitude, Tellus Requiem, Dimension, Teramaze, and Project Arcadia, as well as the latest from Black Star Riders, Loch Vostok, Ravage Machinery, Crowned By Fire, Black Rainbows, Dead Earth Politics, Impalers, and a Forgotten Favorites from Blue Oyster Cult! Plus, a quick review of the live Kansas performance at The Paramount Theater in Middletown, NY

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 12 2015 @ 06:38 CDT
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    News: FISH announces 30th anniversary tour of Misplaced Childhood
    Progressive Rock FISH BIDS FAREWELL TO CHILDHOOD - 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF 'MISPLACED CHILDHOOD'

    SEVEN ALBUM REMASTERS ANNOUNCED

    Scottish singer, songwriter and ex-Marillion frontman FISH has announced a run of UK headline shows in December where he will play Marillion's 1985 chart-topping album Misplaced Childhood in full for the very last time, ahead of releasing his final-ever album next year.

    The 'Farewell To Childhood' tour starts in Sweden in June and takes in a huge array of shows and festivals across Europe and even further afield, with a very special performance in Marrakech planned, before coming to the UK for two festivals – the legendary Cropredy in Cambridge on 14th August and the inaugural Midstock in Fish's hometown of Dalkeith on 12th September.

    These two shows will be the only chance to catch Fish playing outdoor festivals in the UK, ahead of the more intimate theatrical shows in December.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 07 2015 @ 12:10 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo for his views on the latest releases from Nightwish, Night Demon, Magic Kingdom, Eden's Curse, Uli Jon Roth, Europe, Points North, Happy Family, Van Der Graaf Generator, Ciccada, Soft Machine, Bedemon, The Guess Who, Shredhead, Kelakos, Kansas, Burning Saviours, and Forgotten Favorites from Enslaved & Steel Mill!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 07 2015 @ 07:28 CDT
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    News: Rock Legends LUCIFER'S FRIEND To Release Best Of Feat. Bonus Disc With Four
    Heavy Metal London, UK - Rock legends Lucifer's Friend have reformed in 2015, some 20+ years after they last played together. The band formed in 1970 with their influential and groundbreaking self-titled album, famous album among connoisseurs of 70's hard rock. Its heavy and majestic overtones made it a pioneer release of progressive rock genre.

    The group went on to release six albums in that decade. In 1976 Lucifer's Friend suffered a hard blow when British vocalist John Lawton jumped ship for none other than Uriah Heep. The band broke up in 1982 and briefly reformed in 1994 for their ninth album "Sumo Grip". Now they're back, after 20 years, literally by the fans' request…

    Lucifer's Friend will be releasing a 10 track best of compilation titled 'Awakening', which also includes a bonus disc with four new songs, via Cherry Red Records on April 6, 2015.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Apr 06 2015 @ 10:43 CDT
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    Concerts: Corrosion Of Conformity @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK, 3/9/2015
    Heavy Metal

    The last time I saw this line up of COC was Saturday 26th August 1995 at Donington Park. Could they equal that performance? SoT had to get down and Southern in the East Midlands to find out.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 04 2015 @ 10:34 CDT
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    Interviews: Toi-ing Around with Andy Carr of The Toi
    General

    The Toi - no, not the toy, The Toi. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Why are we toying with the word at all? Well because this new Scottish band have the ability to turn Water Into Wine and with their debut album, of that name, they've nearly come up with a collection of songs of those miracle proportions. Gathering together a hugely disparate selection of influences, the results hit with a melody and warmth that simply implores you to listen to it again and again. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid traversed the world (well, the fifty miles of Scotland between Perth and Glasgow) to toy with The Toi bassist Andy Carr on Oasis producers, Darkness members and, of course turning Water Into Wine…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 03 2015 @ 08:14 CDT
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    News: Def Leppard announce The Boiler!!
    Heavy Metal

    Today, Def Leppard are proud to announce the release of their latest contribution to the music industry, the first ever steam powered amplifier, "The Boiler".

    Sitting proudly atop a 4x12 speaker tank, The Boiler pumps out 100 degrees celsius of sound guaranteed to give you that unique Aquasonic™ tone. Developed over the last five years in partnership with sound expert Professor Ron N.McKew, The Boiler is made out of 100% pure organic material and will run for up to 3 hours on one tank of purified water. Expected to go into production early 2016 The Boiler will retail at just £299 and will be available in a variety of colours.

    Asked to comment on this extraordinary piece of equipment, Joe Elliott said "At first, the rest of the band were quite sceptical about the possibility of harnessing the power of water & turning it into sound, but once they heard the prototype in action, they were all very excited about its potential"

    The Boiler will be manufactured in a specially built earth friendly complex on the banks of the Derwent Dam on the outskirts of Sheffield, England, a place close to Joe Elliott's heart. "When I was a little boy, my parents & I would sometimes take a drive out to the Derwent Dam & we'd marvel at the beauty of the area. Knowing also how it was used to practice the delivery of the bouncing bomb in WW2, I saw an opportunity to change the dynamic of the dam's history from being remembered for its contribution to destruction, into something more creative and positive"

    The Boiler will be available in all good music shops.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Apr 01 2015 @ 16:46 CDT
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    Interviews: Guitarist Vinnie Moore discusses the new UFO album Conspiracy of Stars
    Heavy Metal Now five albums into the Vinnie Moore era, British hard rock legends UFO are firing on all cylinders with a new lease on life, thanks in part to their virtuoso guitar player. With a brand new album Conspiracy of Stars out and a world tour in motion, UFO are once again poised to thrill fans all over the globe. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with Moore to talk about his now decade plus with the band, the new record, as well as his and the bands legacy.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 29 2015 @ 13:04 CDT
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    SoT Video: Steve Keeler, owner of Rock Fantasy, guests on What's Hot with SoT
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo and his special guest Steve Keeler, owner of Rock Fantasy in Middetown, NY as they talk about the latest releases from Enslaved, Ensiferum, Keep of Kalessin, The Crown, Led Zeppelin, Marduk, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 29 2015 @ 08:36 CDT
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    Concerts: HRH AOR 3 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/13 & 03/14 2015
    Heavy Metal Hard Rock Hell, the leading indoor festival operation across Europe, returned to the North Welsh coastal destination of Pwllheli for the annual celebration of all things melodic with AOR 3. For 2015 the organisers had left no stone unturned to secure a headline appearance from Night Ranger, a band who had never previously ventured north of London over the course of their thirty-five year career. Also appearing over the weekend were up and coming names such as Night By Night alongside veterans FM and Starz.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Mar 29 2015 @ 06:54 CDT
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    Past Articles


    Saturday, March 28

    · The Answer / Bad Touch / Picture Books - Glasgow Garage - 13th March 201 (0)
    · Year of the wolf! An interview with BlackWolf frontman Scott Sharp. (0)


    Sunday, March 15

    · Dan Brown from The Wherehouse guests on What's Hot with SoT (0)


    Wednesday, March 11

    · Venrez, The King Lot, Rank Berry, Static Rock; Glasgow Audio 9th March 2015 (0)


    Monday, March 09

    · 36 Crazyfists / All Hail The Yeti / Shvpes @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham UK 13/02/15 (0)
    · Queen & Adam Lambert @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield UK 27 Feb 2015 (0)
    · Black Label Society / Black Tusk / Crobot @ Rock City Nottingham, 18th Feb 2015 (0)


    Sunday, March 08

    · TSO/Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery guests on What's Hot with SoT (0)


    Saturday, March 07

    · Europe, Black Star Riders: Glasgow ABC March 5th 2015 (0)


    Sunday, March 01

    · Now And Ven - An interview with Venrez frontman Ven… (0)


    Tuesday, February 24

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)


    Sunday, February 22

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


    Wednesday, February 18

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


    Wednesday, February 11

    · Please Come Home… An interview with the Lonely Robot, John Mitchell (0)
    · Devil Down with Twingiant - An interview with guitarist Nikos Maxis (0)


    Saturday, February 07

    · Amon Amarth / Huntress / Savage Messiah @Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK 1/19/2015 (0)


    Thursday, January 29

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)


    Sunday, January 25

    · Vantage Point, Solitude, Kaoss Theory. Edinburgh Opium Bar 17th January 2015 (0)
    · Slipknot / Korn / King 810 @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK 1/16/2015 (0)


    Saturday, January 24

    · Blaze Bailey Acoustic Showcase – Castle Rock Studios, Cheshire, UK 1/10/2015 (0)


    Monday, January 19

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)


    Thursday, January 15

    · New Pink Floyd eBook spotlights Animals album and tour... (0)


    Wednesday, January 07

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)


    Saturday, January 03

    · Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo's Top 12 of 2014 (0)


    Sunday, December 28

    · Settle into the COMFORTZONE - an interview with Rikard Sjöblom of Beardfish (0)


    Sunday, December 21

    · Motorhead, The Damned & The Bosshoss at NIA, Birmingham UK 11/6/2015 (0)


    Wednesday, December 17

    · Joe Elliott's Down N Outz, Vega, at Glasgow Garage, 16th December 2014 (0)


    Saturday, December 13

    · Prog Meets Jazz-Fusion Meets Avant-Garde Meets Black Metal...Murmur! (0)


    Sunday, November 30

    · Threshold's Karl Groom talks about their latest CD For the Journey (0)


    Saturday, November 15

    · The 'Far Out' Sounds of My Brother the Wind (0)


    Sunday, November 09

    · Pentagram, Blood Ceremony, Bang, and Kings Destroy at Gramercy Theatre, NYC 11/1 (0)


    Thursday, November 06

    · The Treatment, Buffalo Summer & Massive at Rock City (0)


    Wednesday, November 05

    · Steve Hackett Genesis Extended @Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 11/04/2014 (0)


    Friday, October 31

    · Going Up In The World: An interview with Skyscraper (0)


    Saturday, October 04

    · The Extraordinary Sounds of Musk Ox (0)


    Tuesday, September 23

    · The Weekly 'What's Hot with SoT's Pete Pardo' video show! (0)
    · Ne Obliviscaris Premiere New Album: CITADEL (0)


    Sunday, September 21

    · A Night of Space Rock with Nik Turner's Hawkwind in NYC 9-11-2014 (0)


    Monday, September 15

    · Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, UK 07/04 - 07/06 2014 (0)


    Wednesday, September 10

    · Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo, London, UK 09/06/2014 (0)


    Saturday, August 09

    · A Candid Interview with Mike Tramp (0)


    Wednesday, July 30

    · Introducing...Story Of a Life (0)


    Monday, July 14

    · Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence (0)
    · Vangough's Clay Withrow discusses Between the Madness (0)


    Sunday, July 13

    · The Dowling Poole - an interview with Willie Dowling and Jon Poole (0)


    Saturday, July 05

    · Richie Sambora at ABC in Glasgow 3rd July2012 (0)


    Friday, June 20

    · Abandoned Dreams and Dancehall Memories - An interview with Tim Bowness (0)


    Wednesday, June 04

    · Revolver Golden Gods Tour- June 2, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah (0)


    Sunday, June 01

    · Kansas at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ 5/30/2014 (0)
    · Glass Hammer Delight Once Again With Ode to Echo (0)


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