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This Month's Featured Article:
The SoT Staff's Picks For The Best Albums Of 2016

Newest Interviews:
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Burn Your World
  • Blues Funeral
  • Oddland

    Newest Concert Reviews:
  • Hard Rock Hell X
  • Delain
  • Alter Bridge/Volbeat/Gojira
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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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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from Kreator, Sepultura, Persefone, Ghost Avenue, Crimson Fire, Debackliner, Arrayan Path, Al Atkins, Richard Barbieri, All Them Witches, Chicago, John Wetton, Shoot, and a Forgotten Favorite from Titanic!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Feb 20 2017 @ 16:08 CST
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    Concerts: Mayhem, Inquisition, & Black Anvil @ Rock Fantasy's 31st Anniv. Party
    Heavy Metal

    The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY was the host to the 31st Anniversary party for Rock Fantasy, the long running heavy metal & hard rock shop owned by Middletown native Steve Keeler. With a huge selection of CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, patches, posters, as well as smoke items and pinball, Rock Fantasy has been a mainstay of the Hudson Valley heavy music scene now for over three decades. To celebrate this occasion, around 500 metalheads (including many of the Hudson Valley metal illuminati) packed The Chance for a night of black metal, featuring the legendary Norwegian act Mayhem, who on this tour are playing their iconic De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album in its entirety, alongside popular international act Inquisition and New York's very own Black Anvil. (2/17/2017)

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Feb 19 2017 @ 09:46 CST
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    Concerts: Soto, Bigfoot, Vanadine – Edinburgh Bannerman's 14th Feb 2017
    Concert Reviews

    I've seen Jeff Scott Soto in a couple of guises before. Once as the show stealing frontman of W.E.T. when they bossed the stage at the much missed Firefest and once as the most energetic, charismatic frontman Journey has ever had. Tonight in Edinburgh is different, he's here with his band to highlight his latest, and for his more melodically rock minded fans, controversially heavy outfit Soto. Although we were also to be treated to so much more. First up however were the Swiss outfit Vanadine, a band JSS has long been championing, and UK lads Bigfoot, who have in recent times begun creating a buzz almost as large as their shoe size. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid was there.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 15 2017 @ 16:22 CST
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    News: Fates Warning wins our Reader's Poll for Best Album of 2016!
    General Congratulations to the veteran band from Connecticut, as their album Theories of Flight nudged out Kansas' The Prelude Implicit and The Similitude of a Dream by The Neal Morse Band to win Sea of Tranquility's Best Album of 2016 Reader's Poll. Thanks to everyone who voted, and once again, congrats to Fates Warning on a super 2016 release!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Feb 03 2017 @ 10:10 CST
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    News: PROCOL HARUM Releases First New Studio Album In 14 Years - Novum
    Progressive Rock The brand new studio album Novum (on CD and 2LP) by Procol Harum will be released on April 21, 2017 via Eagle Records. Their first studio album in fourteen years, and thirteenth overall, follows 2003's The Well's On Fire. Novum is released as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary, while also undertaking a UK and European tour. The album release is preceded by that of the single "Sunday Morning" on April 7th.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Feb 02 2017 @ 06:39 CST
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from Pain of Salvation, Tygers of Pan Tang, Infinite Spectrum, Sacred Steel, Fatal Fusion, Lucid Dream, Church of Hed, Tohpati Ethnomission, Tower, and Gordon Giltrap/Paul Ward, with a Forgotten Favorite from JPT Scare Band!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Feb 01 2017 @ 06:31 CST
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    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility Pays Tribute to the Late John Wetton
    Progressive Rock Join host Pete Pardo as he looks at the music & career of the late vocalist/bassist John Wetton, as well as Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks & Black Sabbath/Quartz keyboard player Geoff Nicholls.

    Click here to watch the tribute

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Feb 01 2017 @ 06:10 CST
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    News: Rock Music Legend John Wetton Dies (12th June 1949 – 31st January 2017)
    Progressive Rock Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.

    John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band's 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.

    John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 31 2017 @ 15:06 CST
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    News: ARJEN LUCASSEN TO RELEASE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE AYREON SAGA
    Progressive Rock ARJEN LUCASSEN TO RELEASE THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE AYREON SAGA – THE SOURCE - ON APRIL 28.

    New album by the musical genius who singlehandedly brought the rock opera back to life in the mid 90's

    Watch the brand new video for the 13 minute epic 'The Day The World Breaks Down'

    Pre-order via iTunes

    THE SOURCE is an exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Russell Allen (Symphony X). The Source will be released on April 28 through Ayreon's new label Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jan 26 2017 @ 14:00 CST
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    Concerts: Sabaton, Accept, Twilight Force – Glasgow Academy 11th January
    Concert Reviews

    Just as the old saying goes, this tour has everything. Something old, something new and something Swedish blue! Sabaton are back in town, this time with hardened metal veterans Accept and fellow Swedes and battle metal newcomers Twilight Force in tow. With the bases covered, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid donned his battle dress and got ready to rattle some sabres!

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jan 14 2017 @ 11:19 CST
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    SoT Video: The Best Albums of 2016!
    General Join host Pete Pardo for our two-part end of the year special looking at the Best Albums of 2016! In Part 1, he's joined by Steve Keeler, Butch Jones, Nicholas Franco, and Ryan Skow at Rock Fantasy in Middletown, NY, and for Part 2, Pete runs down his Top 10 releases of the year!

    Click here to watch Part 1

    Click here to watch Part 2

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Dec 25 2016 @ 07:38 CST
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    Rick Parfitt 1948 - 2016
    Statement from The Parfitt Family & Status Quo Manager, Simon Porter.

    We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today.

    He died in hospital in Marbella, Spain as a result of a severe infection, having been admitted to hospital on Thursday evening following complications to a shoulder injury incurred by a previous fall.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Dec 24 2016 @ 11:43 CST
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    Concerts: Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Agonist, and Arkona in Salt Lake City 11/21/2016
    Heavy Metal

    This is a review of a live performance by The Agonist, Arkona, and Fleshgod Apocalypse that took place on November 21, 2016. Even though these bands are all currently touring with Epica, the stop in Salt Lake City, Utah was a headlining show for Fleshgod Apocalypse on one of Epica's days off. For more about Fleshgod Apocalypse, check out my interview with Tommaso Riccardi elsewhere on this site.

    Since I had a lot to say about Fleshgod Apocalypse, this review addresses the bands in reverse order.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Dec 18 2016 @ 08:16 CST
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    Interviews: A Few Words with Tommaso Riccardi of Fleshgod Apocalypse
    Heavy Metal

    Staff writer Carl Sederholm recently sat down with Tommaso Riccardi (vocals, rhythm guitar) from Fleshgod Apocalypse. The band is currently touring the United States with Epica.

    Note: In transcribing this interview, I made a few minor changes in phrasing and in grammar so that things would read as smoothly as possible. All mistakes are my own.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Dec 18 2016 @ 08:05 CST
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    Interviews: Edensong interview with guitarist and vocalist James Byron Schoen
    Progressive Rock

    With their third album, Years In The Garden Of Years, New York based progressive rockers Edensong have not only grown and evolved as a band, but, without the fanfare they deserve, quietly released one of the most rewarding progressive albums of 2016. With a solid line-up now in place and an ever growing live reputation through a string of acclaimed festival appearances, it feels like this is a band on the cusp of breaking through into the prog big leagues. With Edensong having a history almost as compelling as their music, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid spoke with founder member, guitarist and vocalist James Byron Schoen about his years in the world of Edensong…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Dec 17 2016 @ 09:33 CST
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join Host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from The Neal Morse Band, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Edensong, Eye, Kaipa Da Capo, The Outlaws, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Heart, Dewa Budjana, Tower, Herman Frank, Lordi, Leaves' Eyes, Serious Black, Asenblut, Solution .45, Eldorado, Hammer King, Quicksand Dream, John Coltrane, and more!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Dec 13 2016 @ 20:10 CST
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    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility Pays Tribute to the Late Greg Lake
    Progressive Rock Join host Pete Pardo as he takes a look at the music & career of the late Greg Lake, who passed away at the age of 69 this week.

    Click here to watch the video tribute to Greg Lake

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Dec 09 2016 @ 08:31 CST
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    Concerts: Alter Bridge, Volbeat, Gojira: Glasgow Hydro, 1st December 2017
    Concert Reviews

    Slowly but surely Alter Bridge have dragged themselves up from playing small sweaty venues through theatres and then onto shared-bills in the larger venues in the UK. However for The Last Hero tour Alter Bridge are, even with Denmark's hot-stuff Volbeat and France's underground heroes Gojira in tow, undoubted headliners in Scotland's largest venue, the Glasgow Hydro. All that was left was for them to prove that they've managed to become the consummate arena rock band along the way.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Dec 03 2016 @ 12:54 CST
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    Interviews: An Interview with Burn Your World Bassist Ross Hagen
    Heavy Metal Staff writer Carl Sederholm recently caught up with Ross Hagen, bassist for the Salt Lake City band Burn Your World. As you'll soon discover, Ross is involved with several projects and is also a professor of music in Utah who has taught heavy metal in the classroom and has also published on various aspects of the music. Check out Carl's review of Burn Your World's new EP in the reviews section of this site. Enjoy!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Dec 03 2016 @ 09:11 CST
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from Glenn Hughes, Metallica, Testament, Epica, Dark Tranquility, Anciients, Graham Bonnet Band, Pretty Maids, Langfinger, Lucifer's Friend, and Forgotten Favorite from UFO!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Nov 30 2016 @ 07:21 CST
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    Past Articles


    Monday, November 28

    · Hard Rock Hell X @ Pwllheli, Wales 10, 11, 12 November 2016 (0)


    Wednesday, November 23

    · Delain @ O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK 11/08/2016 (0)


    Friday, November 18

    · Molly Hatchet: Still Beatin' The Odds After Forty Years (0)


    Friday, November 11

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


    Sunday, October 30

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)
    · Explore the Doom, Hard Rock, and Proto-Metal Sounds of Blues Funeral (0)


    Wednesday, October 19

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


    Monday, October 10

    · Oddland-Nothing 'odd' About this Prog-Metal Powerhouse! (0)


    Thursday, October 06

    · Ace Frehley At The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA 9/27/2016 (0)


    Monday, October 03

    · RIP, Sea of Tranquility Founder James Bickers, 9/29/2016 (0)


    Saturday, October 01

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


    Wednesday, September 21

    · Sea of Tranquility reviews the Black Sabbath remasters! (0)


    Saturday, September 17

    · Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPA (0)


    Monday, September 05

    · The New Era of Legendary Southern Rock Act Blackfoot (0)
    · Black Sabbath At The Mohegan Sun Arena Connecticut 8/27/2016 (0)


    Sunday, September 04

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


    Tuesday, August 30

    · Diamond Head @ The Robin 2, Bilston, UK 08/18/2016 (0)


    Monday, August 29

    · Queensryche @ The Robin 2, Bilston, UK 08/26/2016 (0)


    Friday, August 05

    · Carcass, Crowbar,(Ghoul),Night Demon@ The Complex, Salt Lake City, 7/20 (0)


    Wednesday, August 03

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


    Saturday, July 09

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


    Monday, July 04

    · Joe Bonamassa – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 3rd July (0)


    Wednesday, June 29

    · Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow @ Genting Arena, Birmingham 06/25/2016 (0)


    Friday, June 24

    · ZZ Top @ O2 Academy, Birmingham 06/23/2016 (0)


    Friday, June 17

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


    Monday, June 06

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


    Tuesday, May 31

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


    Friday, May 20

    · Frost*: An interview with Jem Godfrey (0)


    Sunday, May 08

    · Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/06/2016 (0)


    Thursday, April 28

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


    Thursday, April 21

    · HAKEN interview with keyboard player Diego Tejeida. (0)


    Tuesday, April 19

    · LONG DISTANCE CALLING an interview with guitarist Flo Füntmann (0)


    Sunday, April 17

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


    Tuesday, April 05

    · HRH Prog 4 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/18 & 03/19 2016 (0)


    Friday, March 25

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


    Sunday, March 13

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Keith Emerson (0)


    Friday, March 04

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


    Sunday, February 28

    · Vocalist Nathan James Explains the Hard Rock Majesty of Inglorious (0)


    Wednesday, February 17

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


    Monday, February 15

    · Symphony X + Myrath + Melted Space, The Robin 2, Bilston, UK 02/12/2016 (0)


    Sunday, February 14

    · The Who @ SSE Arena, Wembley, UK 02/13/2016 (0)


    Friday, February 05

    · The Cadillac Three @ 02 Institute, Birmingham, UK 02/04/2016 (0)


    Thursday, February 04

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


    Monday, February 01

    · Magic Pie wins our Readers Poll for Best of 2015! (0)


    Sunday, January 24

    · Sea of Tranquility Talks With Wishbone Ash Founder Andy Powell (0)


    Monday, January 18

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


    Monday, January 11

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to David Bowie (0)


    Monday, January 04

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Lemmy (0)


    Wednesday, December 23

    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015 Part 2-Pete Pardo reveals his Top 12 CDs (0)


    Tuesday, December 15

    · Fish (Farewell To Childhood), Lazuli; Glasgow ABC, 13th December 2015 (0)


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