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An Interview with The Tangent's Andy Tillison

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    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

    News: Tim Burness news
    Progressive Rock Tim Burness writes:

    Tim Burness returns with a new studio album, "Whose Dream Are You Living?", which will be released in the summer.

    A taster single, "Grass Is Greener" is now up at, Tim's Bandcamp page. "The single is one of the proggier tracks, the album is more of a mix of styles", said Tim.

    As with Tim's last two albums, the nucleus of the studio band consists of Monty Oxymoron (also keyboard player for punk legends The Damned), Fudge Smith (ex-Pendragon and ex-Steve Hackett), Keith Hastings on bass guitar, with Tim on guitar and vocals.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, May 13 2015 @ 05:58 CDT

    Heavy Metal TSM PROMOTION writes:

    As part of their European tour, the band will attend several concerts in Austria with former world star Gary Howard! In addition to the top-hit "Only You" (# 1 in several countries with the British a cappella group THE FLYING PICKETS) and some tunes from legendary ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, which Howard was a part of, Cornerstone will present their own material and afterwards will accompany Howard as backup players through his greatest successes. The first performance will take place on 6/19 in BRUNO in Brunn am Gebirge. Special guest at this event is Austria's speediest cartoonist, Reini "Buhaha" Buchacher. Here are the complete Tour-Dates for the moment:

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, May 13 2015 @ 05:57 CDT

    News: ORPHEUS OMEGA signs to Kolony Records
    Heavy Metal Kolony Records writes:

    Melbourne, Australia's melodic death metallers ORPHEUS OMEGA have signed a deal with Kolony Records. The band's upcoming 3rd full-length album, 'Partum Vita Mortem' is expected to be released in July. ORPHEUS OMEGA join fellow Be'lakor as the second Australian act to be proudly included on Kolony Records' roster.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, May 13 2015 @ 05:55 CDT

    News: BOX OF SHAMANS Release "Belief and Illusion" on 10T Records
    Progressive Rock 10T Records releases "Belief and Illusion," the debut studio release by BOX OF SHAMANS, on May 12, 2014, with a retail street date of June 16, 2015.

    Hailing out of Los Angeles, Box of Shamans is a new musical project featuring current members of last year's break-out progressive rock band, Heliopolis, venturing into more adventurous and darker cinematic territory on their debut, "Belief and Illusion." Box of Shamans is led by the multi-instrumental prowess of Michael Matier (Heliopolis, Ten Jinn) and the soaring voice and wordplay of Scott Jones (Heliopolis, Rocket Scientists), who have been writing together for many years. Virtuoso drummer Jerry Beller (Heliopolis, Mars Hollow) joins them for this release. Together they create a unique fusion of styles that will excite all fans of cutting-edge modern progressive rock.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, May 13 2015 @ 05:51 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General We've got the latest from Kamelot, Raven, Ligro, Wolfpakk, Fat.Mo.Mac, David Torn, Scott Henderson, Magnolia, Buddy Rich, and Forgotten Favorites from November!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 12 2015 @ 18:49 CDT

    News: Joe Satriani announces new album
    Heavy Metal
    World Tour Begins 17th September in Europe
    US Tour Planned Early 2016

    "CRYSTAL PLANET" – Satriani's Sci-Fi Animation Series in the Works

    Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on 24th July, making him one of the first to utilise the new "Friday, Global Release Day" for music.

    It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a "masterpiece" or "the last word on guitar" from the world's most commercially successful solo guitar performer. Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on 18th September, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 12 2015 @ 12:59 CDT

    News: David Torn tour dates!
    Fusion Experimental guitarist/composer David Torn is coming to a theater near in support of his new ECM Records release, Only Sky. See below for the complete set of tour dates:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 12 2015 @ 06:02 CDT

    News: WHITESNAKE Return with The Purple Album
    Progressive Metal Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.

    The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon - Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a behind the scenes featurette on the recording of the album, and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

    Watch the Video below...
    Posted by Greg Stewart on Mon, May 11 2015 @ 20:54 CDT

    Concerts: FM, Romeo's Daughter, No Hot Ashes; Glasgow Classic Grand 6th May 2015
    Concert Reviews

    It says much for the upwards trajectory AOR masters FM find themselves on that the band's two previous visits to Scotland have seen them headline bigger venues than before, with tonight's step up to the, admittedly hardly arena sized, Classic Grand being no different. In truth though, on this second time round for the reformed UK act, the vibe and activity round the band has grown to a level previously only dreamed of, with radio, magazine and fan support far outstripping the "cult" status FM found themselves burdened with on their first tour of duty between 1984 and 1995. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid squeezed himself into the suitably busy Glasgow city centre venue to see if this evergreen act could live up to their new found hype...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, May 09 2015 @ 17:42 CDT

    News: TEN release 'Tell Me What To Do' lyric video from Isla De Muerta
    Heavy Metal May 20th sees the release of the new Ten album 'Isla De Muerta' on Rocktopia Records. Following on from the massive success of 'Albion' released in Nov 2014, 'Isla De Muerta' sees Ten continue their extremely rich vein of song writing form, however this time gravitating towards a nautical theme in difference to the strong Celtic themes of 'Albion'. With absolutely STELLAR reviews being returned for 'Isla De Muerta' so far, many even more complimentary than Albion, Ten have now proven that the band are re-energised and re-establishing themselves as one of the most potent forces in the field of melodic hard rock today. The lead single 'Tell Me What To Do' has been the most added track to international radio stations last week and continues to force its way into almost every rock play-list on every station across Europe, with additions also in the USA, Canada, Brazil and, of course, Japan. The accompanying lyric video for Tell me what to do is intended to offer the listener just a little taste of what to expect from the album, and will no doubt whet the appetite for the full release which can be ordered in advance through, the first 250 copies of which will be autographed by Gary Hughes.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, May 08 2015 @ 15:43 CDT

    Interviews: Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish Talks About Endless Forms Most Beautiful
    Heavy Metal

    Staff writer Carl Sederholm recently sat down with Tuomas Holopainen, keyboard player of Nightwish, on their stop in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 22, 2015. Here's a transcript of their discussion.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, May 04 2015 @ 08:40 CDT

    SoT Video: Brian Remaley of Brian's Backyard BBQ Guests on What's Hot with SoT!
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo as he visits with Brian Remaley, owner of Brian's Backyard BBQ, who talks about his upcoming music festival in Campbell Hall, NY featuring Cactus, Pat Travers Band, Artimus Pyle Band, Derek St. Holmes, Joe Lynn Turner, Chuck Burgi, Greg Smith, Les Dudek, and more!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, May 02 2015 @ 07:30 CDT

    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 some great albums from Canadian metal, hard rock & prog acts from the last 40 years, including Gorguts, Saga, Pat Travers Band, Triumph, Rush, Max Webster, April Wine, Warpig, Annihilator, Moxy, Anvil, Devin Townsend, and Frank Marino!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 28 2015 @ 17:39 CDT

    News: 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

    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

    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

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 12 2015 @ 06:38 CDT

    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!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 07 2015 @ 07:28 CDT

    Past Articles

    Saturday, April 04

    · Corrosion Of Conformity @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK, 3/9/2015 (0)

    Friday, April 03

    · Toi-ing Around with Andy Carr of The Toi (0)

    Sunday, March 29

    · Guitarist Vinnie Moore discusses the new UFO album Conspiracy of Stars (0)
    · Steve Keeler, owner of Rock Fantasy, guests on What's Hot with SoT (0)
    · HRH AOR 3 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/13 & 03/14 2015 (0)

    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)

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