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  • 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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    News: Hammerfest 7 announces first batch of acts for next Spring's weekender incl
    Heavy Metal Hammerfest is pleased to be able to bring a veritable smorgasbord of talent from across the globe headed by Thomas Youngblood's Symphonic Power metal band Kamelot, who bring their unique blend of monstrously epic metal to set the tone for what promises to be another cracking edition as Hammerfest celebrates its Seventh year with a Pirate Metal themed event.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Thu, Jul 10 2014 @ 07:31 CDT

    News: Mordred announce new single and UK tour
    Heavy Metal San Francisco based ExperiMetal Thrash band Mordred are back to tour the UK (and Ireland) this summer. Its 22 years ago since the band braced our shores and the band are thrilled to announce these dates and will be releasing their new single 'The Baroness' along with their back catalogue and 'In This Live' video which documents the sold out shows at the Marquee. They will be released through believe digital 11th August 2014.

    Mordred have been on hiatus for a couple of decades and return with the recently reunited line-up responsible for "In This Life" and "Vision".
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Thu, Jul 10 2014 @ 07:28 CDT

    Concerts: Richie Sambora at ABC in Glasgow 3rd July2012
    Concert Reviews

    Richie Sambora is a virgin, or so the ex and possibly future Bon Jovi guitarist insisted... Or at least a virgin solo performer in Glasgow and indeed Scotland anyway! Cut loose from his long standing position to the side of a certain Jon Bon Jovi, the talented fret-worker and hugely underrated singer took the chance to air a host of solo cuts, some favourite cover versions and a few fan favourites from his "other band". All making for a show that the, as packed as I've seen it, ABC thoroughly lapped up, even if there were a few signs of self indulgence in this tour ending show.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jul 05 2014 @ 20:12 CDT

    Motörhead Aftershock Tour Edition Release date postponed
    Due to a production error the release of Motörhead's Aftershock - Tour Edition originally scheduled for early July has to be postponed to 08/04/2014. The slightly longer wait and your anticipation for this great product will be definitely worth it!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jul 01 2014 @ 15:34 CDT

    News: Massive Wagons announce new album and UK tour
    General Two years of relentless playing and Massive Wagons have earned their reputation among the top flight live bands in the UK. Two years of putting on a show that true hard working fans deserve, taking roofs off and making friends everywhere they go. Two years and it's finally here.


    The bands live energy impact and sexy swagger has been captured, bottled and condensed into one phenomenal album. It's the sound of the writing partnership of Adam Thistlethwaite and Barry Mills hitting its stride with a band on fire. And on 14th July, 2014 the album will be available to blast away your blues anytime you want.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Jul 01 2014 @ 07:30 CDT

    News: Echo Us news
    Progressive Rock Absolute Probability writes:

    Echo Us to issue 4th full-length album this fall, and the final work of their trilogy.

    Now signed to Dust On The Tracks Records (SPV) and set to release II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé, Ethan Matthew's 10 year project reaches it's apex.

    (Portland, Ore.)
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 30 2014 @ 06:23 CDT

    News: Christian Vander news
    Fusion Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Paris, France - Much to the excitement of Christian Vander and Magma fans worldwide, Seventh Records is releasing Offering 'Concert Triton 2013' 2-CD/DVD! In 1983, motivated by the strong artistic impulse to return to his "Coltrane" roots, with a sound that's more flexible than MAGMA, Christian Vander created "Offering"; a new ensemble that focused on vocals, keyboards and percussion. More experimental, leaving a great part to improvisation, this group allowed musicians to explore new musical avenues.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 30 2014 @ 06:22 CDT

    News: New album from These Raven Skies
    Progressive Rock Natasha Bennett writes:

    Self-titled album to follow August 1st

    After signing an international distribution deal and getting signed to Blackstream Records, These Raven Skies created their own record label which will see the release of their debut self-titled album out August 1st.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 30 2014 @ 06:20 CDT

    News: The Scintilla Project featuring Biff Byford of Saxon
    Progressive Metal The Scintilla Project featuring Biff Byford of Saxon

    New Album 'The Hybrid'

    Music inspired by the movie 'Scintilla'

    Album Release date: 18 August 2014

    SCINTILLA, a science fiction thriller is set deep underground in the wilds of a former Soviet state where strange genetic experiments are taking place. A war weary mercenary is hired to lead a company scientist to the secret underground laboratory and with his team of mercenaries to steal the research in the laboratory. Along the way the good people face dangerous militia involved in a bloodthirsty civil war, strange monsters lurking in the abandoned tunnels of the old Soviet bunker and finally they meet the scientist running the genetic experiments and her terrifying secret.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jun 28 2014 @ 14:22 CDT

    News: DOWN 'n' OUTZ Announce UK & EIRE Tour Dates

    "I'm blown away by these recordings. The solo by Paul Guerin on 'The Journey' is one of the best I've heard. These songs really suit Joe's voice also. It's a whole different side to him and the project gets my approval!" – Ian Hunter

    Down 'n' Outz are pleased to announce UK tour dates in December 2014. The dates support the recent release of the album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard's lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople. The album is available through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records.

    Full UK AND Eire dates are as follows...
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jun 28 2014 @ 14:17 CDT

    News: The Dead Daisies, The Face I Love App and Single out now
    General The Dead Daisies are a powerful musical collective with a rotating line-up that features some of the best Rock musicians on the planet and a sound that's influenced by late '70s and early '80s hard rock – big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks.

    The band released their very own "Face I Love" App on their Facebook page this week. Created to represent the iconic daisy skull logo of the band and allow fans to be part of the EP cover art and music video, Facebook users are able to upload an image of the face they love to the App to create a photo-mosaic portrait of The Dead Daisies skull – and make it bloom! The promotion is a true collaboration between the band and their fans, bringing real meaning to the title of the song, "Face I Love".

    "In 2014 and in this age of social media, we couldn't think of a better way to have our fans interact and be part of our new single, Face I Love, than to have them involved in creating a Dead Daisies skull photo-mosaic made up of faces that they love," said frontman, Jon Stevens, when asked about why the band has developed their very own interactive app.

    Click here to check out the App
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jun 24 2014 @ 18:34 CDT

    Interviews: Abandoned Dreams and Dancehall Memories - An interview with Tim Bowness
    Progressive Rock

    Tim Bowness is a musician possibly better known for highlighting the wonderful music of others through being an integral part of Burning Shed, the online music store specialising in the many wide and varied sides of Progressive music. However as half of the duo no-man alongside Steven Wilson and part of the Jazz-Prog-Rock masters Henry Fool, Bowness has also been part of some wonderful and varied music of his own which captivates the spirit as his lyrics invigorate the mind. Abandoned Dancehall Dreams is his second solo album, arriving a decade after his first, My Hotel Year, and it doesn't disappoint. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid asks Tim all about his abandoned dreams and dancehall memories…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jun 20 2014 @ 18:21 CDT

    Concerts: Revolver Golden Gods Tour- June 2, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Heavy Metal

    I had a blast at last night's stop of the Revolver Golden God's Tour at the Complex in Salt Lake City last night. I've been to a lot of shows at that venue and find it to be one of the better mid-sized venues in town. Even better, it hosts lots of metal bands. If any readers are ever in the area, come join me for a fun night of good music, featuring Butcher Babies, Devil You Know, and Black Label Society. On to the review--

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jun 04 2014 @ 08:16 CDT

    Concerts: Kansas at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ 5/30/2014
    Progressive Rock

    In the midst of celebrating their 40th Anniversary, iconic progressive rock act Kansas made a stop at Englewood, New Jersey's Bergen Performing Arts Center for a night of classic material that would please any longtime fan. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo was on hand to see the band for the first time in 15 years, and brings this full concert report.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 01 2014 @ 08:56 CDT

    Interviews: Glass Hammer Delight Once Again With Ode to Echo
    Progressive Rock

    One of the most consistent and beloved bands of the modern progressive rock scene over the last 20 years has been Tennessee's Glass Hammer, and they have once again scored a major triumph with their latest release Ode to Echo. Band founders Fred Schendel and Steve Babb recently caught up with Pete Pardo to talk at length about the new album and all that is going on in the world of Glass Hammer.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 01 2014 @ 07:59 CDT

    Interviews: An interview with JAKE E. LEE and the RED DRAGON CARTEL

    All along the comeback trail one-time Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee has retained two things; his honesty and his humour, two weapons which can serve you well in this business we call music. When Sea Of Tranquility's Steven Reid put some questions together for Jake, it was no different. Therefore when the hugely talented guitarist told us that he doesn't "need" to be famous, but does need to be making music, not only is it easy to believe him, it's borne out through his actions. That said, with a fantastic, eclectic debut disc featuring Robin Zander, Sass Jordan, Maria Brink and Paul Dianno from his excellent new band Red Dragon Cartel under his belt, it would be a real disappointment if that's how things worked out. Right now Jake and his band are in the middle of a string of European dates, which then lead into a UK tour in June. However proving that the Rock 'n' Roll life is never a straight forward one, only two days after Jake took the time to give his thoughts to SoT, it was announced that the shows in Glasgow and Newcastle had been pulled due to "urgent business matters unrelated to the tour"... Let's find out more...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, May 18 2014 @ 15:54 CDT

    Concerts: Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014
    Progressive Rock Yes returned to Birmingham's Symphony Hall for a presentation of the "three classic albums" show that has been playing to North American audiences throughout 2013 – the three being Close To The Edge, Going For The One and The Yes Album. Their first UK tour since November 2011 the band was met by a sold out crowd many of whom were experiencing Jon Davison behind the mic for the very first time.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, May 11 2014 @ 12:29 CDT

    Concerts: Primal Fear Live at Stage 48 in New York City, 4/30/2014
    Heavy Metal

    It was perhaps one of the wettest, most miserable nights I'd experienced in New York City in many years...not living in the city but close to 2 hours north, it not only was a pain getting there in the flooding, relentless rain, but even worse navigating to the Stage 48 venue, which is kind of out of the way on the West side, not easy to gain access to via mass transit. Needless to say, by the time I arrived, I was soaked and not in the best mood, but thankfully, I knew I had a good 90 minute set from German power metal veterans Primal Fear to look forward to. As I was able to catch them a few years ago on their last trip to the US, I knew I was in for a great night of melodic power metal, and the band did not disappoint.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 06 2014 @ 18:17 CDT

    News: Steven Wilson wins our Best of 2013 readers poll!
    Progressive Rock Pretty much from the first day we started our Best CD of 2013 readers poll. Steven Wilson's The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories) jumped out ahead of the pack and never looked back. Despite strong showings for Kingcrow's In Crescendo and Dream Theater's self-titled release, it was the Porcupine Tree mastermind's recent solo album that captured the crown of the Best of 2013. Congrats to Steven Wilson, and thanks to all of our readers for voting!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Apr 30 2014 @ 07:54 CDT

    Interviews: Brooklyn's The Golden Grass Gives '70s Heavy Rock a New York Twist
    Heavy Metal

    The power trio that are calling themselves The Golden Grass seem set to throw their name into the ever expanding '70s psych/hard rock retro sweepstakes that's been going on the last few years. With their brand new self-titled debut out on Svart Records, the band is ready to show the world just how well they can flex their muscles and deliver some vintage heavy sounds. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo recently caught up with drummer/vocalist Adam Kriney to talk about this exciting new band and their hot debut CD.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 22 2014 @ 09:24 CDT

    Past Articles

    Tuesday, April 22

    · HRH Prog 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)

    Sunday, April 20

    · Taking Control - An Interview with The Brew (0)

    Tuesday, April 15

    · GREY SKIES FALLEN to release The Many Sides of Truth (0)

    Friday, April 11

    · Riverside, Votum; Edinburgh Liquid Room; 10th April 2014 (0)
    · HRH AOR 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)
    · Status Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014 (0)

    Monday, April 07

    · Blackberry Smoke + Million$Reload @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)

    Sunday, April 06

    · Foreigner/Europe/FM; Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5th April 2014 (0)

    Tuesday, April 01

    · Connecting with Disconnect - An interview with John Wesley (0)
    · The New Band in Town-Meet the UK's Messenger (0)

    Thursday, March 20

    · Voodoo Six, Santa Cruz; Buskers, Dundee 15th March 2014 (0)
    · 'Wanted' Men. An Interview With RPWL Singer Yogi Lang (0)

    Tuesday, March 18

    · The Graveltones / Cadillac Three / Buffalo Summer @ Birmingham 02/26/14 (0)
    · The Vintage Caravan @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK 03/15/2014 (0)

    Friday, March 14

    · Camel @ Town Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/10/2014 (0)

    Monday, March 03

    · Mike + The Mechanics @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)

    Sunday, March 02

    · An Interview with Rob 'TheWitch' from Montreal metal act NecronomicoN (0)
    · An Evening With Dream Theater-Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 2/15/2014 (0)

    Tuesday, February 25

    · Tarja + Elyose @ Rock City, Nottingham, UK 02/12/2014 (0)

    Sunday, February 23

    · The Answer, The King Lot - Edinburgh Liquid Room 20th Feb 2014 (0)

    Saturday, February 22

    · R.I.P. Francesco Di Giacomo, lead singer of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (0)

    Sunday, February 16

    · Amon Amarth/Enslaved/Skeletonwitch @ The Murray Theater, Salt Lake City 2/12/14 (0)
    · Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas join forces to create Other World (0)

    Saturday, February 15

    · The Treatment + Cage The Gods + Sinners Highway @ Nottingham UK 02/04/14 (0)

    Sunday, February 09

    · Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock at The Chance 1/25/2014 (0)

    Sunday, February 02

    · Skindred + SOiL + Viza @ Rock City, Nottingham UK, 01/24/2014 (0)
    · The Return of Legendary Heavy Rock Act Bang (0)

    Friday, January 24

    · Remembering Oliver Withöft, Co-Owner of Century Media (0)

    Monday, January 20


    Sunday, January 19

    · Orchid, Scorpion Child, Blues Pills, & Zodiac at Dingwalls, London UK 11/3/2 (0)

    Sunday, January 05

    · A Look Ahead to 2014 with Rocksector Records Mark Appleton (0)
    · Hard Rock Hell VII Cirque Du Rock Day 3 @ Pwllheli, Wales 11/30/2013 (0)

    Sunday, December 15

    · An Interview with vocalist Peter French of the legendary Leaf Hound (0)
    · Retro Hard Rockers The Vintage Caravan Get Set to Take Over the World (0)

    Saturday, December 14

    · Gorguts, Origin, and Nero Di Marte at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY 12/13/2013 (0)

    Friday, December 13

    · Hard Rock Hell VII Cirque Du Rock Day 1 & 2 @ Pwllheli, Wales 11/28 & 29 (0)

    Friday, December 06

    · Keeping Rock 'N' Roll Alive with The Jokers (0)

    Tuesday, December 03

    · The Return Of NWOBHM Survivors Jameson Raid (0)

    Saturday, November 30

    · Dutch act Sky Architect get 'spacey' with A Billion Years of Solitude (0)

    Wednesday, November 20

    · The Machinations of Maschine - An Interview with Luke Machin (0)

    Tuesday, November 19

    · Kadaver & Buffalo Summer @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 10/26/2013 (0)

    Sunday, November 17

    · Discover Black is the Colour with German Symphonic Metal Act Arven (0)
    · Peter Gabriel-Back To Front Tour, The O2, London 10/22/203 (0)

    Thursday, November 14

    · Mott The Hoople @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK, 11/11/2013 (0)

    Monday, November 11

    · Brit Floyd presents PULSE 2013 @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 10/11/2013 (0)

    Sunday, November 10

    · Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Halestorm @ Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham 10/16/2013 (0)

    Tuesday, November 05

    · Ugly Kid Joe + Skid Row @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 11/02/2013 (0)

    Sunday, November 03

    · Arjen Lucassen resurrects Ayreon for The Theory of Everything (0)
    · The Return of Bram Stoker! (0)

    Saturday, November 02

    · Take a ride on the Atomic Ark with Lalu (0)

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