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    News: Twingiant Announce New Album
    Heavy Metal Devil Down to be released this winter

    Phoenix sludge masters TWINGIANT are set to release their new album Devil Down this winter. Devil Down is the follow up to their critically acclaimed album Mass Driver and was engineered and mastered by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) at Arcane Digital Recording.

    The band had the following to say about the new album:
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Oct 17 2014 @ 10:33 CDT

    News: The Amorettes confirmed as Special Guests to Europe and Black Star Riders
    Heavy Metal The Amorettes are delighted to announce they will be hitting the road in March 2015 as Special Guests to Europe and Black Star Riders on their UK tour.**

    "This is an awesome opportunity."' Says Guitarist/Vocalist, Gill Montgomery. "We've been working so hard towards a chance like this, and to tour with two amazing bands like Europe and Black Star Riders will be so exciting. We just hope people come in early enough to check us out each night."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Oct 14 2014 @ 09:58 CDT

    News: Mael Mordha news
    Heavy Metal Stephen Roche writes:

    A New Era Dawns...

    We are pleased to announce that the new singer of Mael Mordha is Stíofán De Roiste, whom many of you will know from his work with Celtachor, Olde and Laochra. Stíofán has been a friend of the band for a long time and is a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist who will bring his own unique skills to the live show and new recordings.

    This marks the beginning of the next phase for Mael Mordha, as with renewed energy and passions we will return to the stage and get down to writing and recording the next album. The first live appearance for the new lineup will be at the Siege of Limerick, we hope to see you there to welcome Stíofán to the band and raise the roof for Gaelic Doom!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Oct 08 2014 @ 07:25 CDT

    News: New album from David Kilminster
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK - Guitar virtuoso David Kilminster, best known for his work with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson, is preparing to release an exciting new rock album titled '...and THE TRUTH will set you free...'! This incredible project sees Dave reunited with drummer Pete Riley and bassist Phil Williams who toured with Dave as part of the Keith Emerson Band, and also recorded with Dave on his first solo rock album 'Scarlet - The Director's Cut'.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Oct 08 2014 @ 07:22 CDT

    News: Onslaught/ Artillery/ VX36-Thrash Invasion US/ Canada Tour!!!!!
    Heavy Metal Thrash Metal Legends Onslaught unleash their Official Live Video "66 Fucking 6"!!!!

    A preview of what to expect on the upcoming "THRASH INVASION" US/ CANADA TOUR? featuring ?ONSLAUGHT / ARTILLERY / VX36

    Onslaught- "66 Fucking 6" official AFM video link
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 04 2014 @ 16:14 CDT

    Interviews: The Extraordinary Sounds of Musk Ox
    Progressive Rock

    Musk Ox came to fans' attention when they heard the last Agalloch release The Serpent & the Sphere and particularly enjoyed the three interludes on the disc. When they found out that these pieces were composed and performed by Musk Ox guitarist Nathanael Larochette, their curiosity was piqued. The band plays amazing instrumental folk a la earlier Ulver with seas of atmosphere that brings to mind Sigur Ros as well as many other Scandinavian bands. Sea of Tranquility staff writer Murat Batmaz spoke to Larochette about his involvement with Agalloch, his musical style, and his band Musk Ox.

    Read on for the full interview.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 04 2014 @ 07:44 CDT


    In November 2012, with a team of 3D cameras rolling, the legendary, multi-platinum selling rock band Guns N' Roses took the desert by storm, performing a blistering set at The Joint in the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Clocking in at just under three hours, the band's explosive set includes all of their biggest hits and classic GN'R staples.

    Universal Music Catalogue will release the live Guns N' Roses concert film Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas, on November 3, 2014, which will be available on Blu-ray™, featuring the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film, and both Deluxe 2CD+Blu-ray and Deluxe 2CD+DVD sets. Both the Blu-ray and DVD releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band. The GN'R Appetite For Democracy Official App (iOS/Android), which can be downloaded at, brings the concert experience to a new level by connecting GN'R directly with their fans, allowing fans to connect with each other via social media, buy exclusive merchandise, check tour/cinema dates for the movie, preview digital tracks of the film; and purchase or stream via VOD the digital long form concert.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 02 2014 @ 17:34 CDT

    News: New album from Orchestre Celesti
    Progressive Rock Federico writes:

    Orchestre Celesti next album, "The Court of Miracles Vol. 1", will be released on December 5th.
    1. Hiroshima Mon Amour (short version, piano solo)
    2. Air Dancer II (original version, title by Lisa La Rue Baker)
    3. Gentlemen (affectionately dedicated to Gentle Giant & Three Friends)
    4. The Court Of Miracles (all around me...)
    5. Eye of the Needle (instrumental version)
    6. Repetita Juvant (I repeat myself when under stress...)
    7. Academic exercise (the same, old 5/4)
    8. Tomorrow Never Knows (instrumental and risky)
    9. Dirty and Electric n° 12 (remastering an old 4-track Tascam recording)
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Oct 02 2014 @ 10:23 CDT

    News: Cea Serin news
    Progressive Metal Michael Schetter writes:

    The long wait is finally over: Cea Serin return with a worthy follow-up to their 2004 debut Where Memories Combine!

    Generation Prog Records is proud to announce the long-awaited 2nd album by Cea Serin: The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay is set to be released worldwide on October 6, 2014. An album ten years in the making, this collection features five songs with a total playing time of 48 minutes, sharing a sound and atmosphere that belies the songs' vastly different origins.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Oct 02 2014 @ 10:21 CDT

    News: Tony Wright 'Thoughts 'n' All' 17th November 2014
    General Terrorvision frontman Tony Wright is pleased to announce he will be releasing his first solo album 'Thoughts 'n' All' on the 17th November 2014 through Woodcut Records.

    "I know it is a long way from the boombastic doowops, whales 'n' dolphins, salt, lemons and limes of my past but why make an album I'd already made especially at a time when the tequila wasn't making me happy?"

    Arguably the most personal and heartfelt recording Tony has ever made, "Thoughts 'n' All" represents a reflective strip of time in Tonys life:

    "It starts in a place I would never really want to talk about and ends in a much better place that I'd like to shout about from the highest of points. I wanted to make an acoustic album, as it is as basic as it gets. I think it is very open and makes all the plinks and plonks stand out. There was no reverb to smooth out the situation and so to anti-produce the music in this way was to try and capture the rawness of the roar."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 30 2014 @ 04:42 CDT

    News: Whitesnake announce new live DVD/CD with classic and rare performances
    Heavy Metal To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE's multi-platinum 'Slide It In' album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release "Live In '84 - Back To The Bone", a complete celebration of the group's awe inspiring line-up during what many feel was the incredible beginning of what David Coverdale called his desire to make Whitesnake more 'electrifying' on record and on stage.

    Set for release in Europe on November 7th, in the UK on November 10th, and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available in DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition.

    Culled from audio and video recordings and unheard demos from the private collection of WHITESNAKE leader and vocalist, David Coverdale, the release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band's acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record is the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex-Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath); unique guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the WHITESNAKE '87' album and bassist exceptionnnel, Neil Murray. Bonus content features legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with WHITESNAKE on video and also the bonus CD.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Sep 25 2014 @ 12:34 CDT

    News: RUSH R40 - 40th Anniversary Set DVD & Blu-ray 17th Nov
    Progressive Rock RUSH R40 17th November 2014

    40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set Available In DVD & Blu-ray set features live footage spanning all four decades of their career. Over two hours of unreleased material, including a rare performance of entire seven-part version of '2112', three unreleased tracks from the 1974 vault plus Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction.

    2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances by Rush from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen and unreleased live material stretching from 1974 to 2013.

    To the delight of fans, the bonus disc will include all 8 songs from the Laura Secord Secondary School show in 1974 which features original drummer John Rutsey. That recording includes 2 Rush originals "I've Been Runnin;" and "The Loser", as well as their cover of Larry William's "Bad Boy", made famous by The Beatles. The bonus discus also features 5 songs from songs from the Capitol Theatre in 1976 such as "Anthem" and "Lakeside Park", the rarely performed full, 7-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997, "Lock and Key" from the Hold Your Fire tour, as well as footage from the glorious evening when Rush fans got their beloved band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Sep 25 2014 @ 12:28 CDT

    News: The Weekly 'What's Hot with SoT's Pete Pardo' video show!
    General Please make sure to stop by and subscribe to our new Sea of Tranquility YouTube channel, where we will have a weekly video show titled What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility's Pete Pardo. Expect roughly a 10 minute weekly segment that takes a look at some of the hottest new releases (and some not so hot) in the world of metal, prog, jazz-fusion, and more. Pete will also talk about live events, as well as dip back into the vaults for commentary on obscure releases from the past with 'Forgotten Favorites'.

    Click here to see our YouTube page and check out the video episodes previously aired

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Sep 23 2014 @ 08:01 CDT

    News: Ne Obliviscaris Premiere New Album: CITADEL
    Heavy Metal

    Without a doubt NE OBLIVISCARIS are one of the international metal scene's most exciting new bands. Their epic, stirring arrangements are orchestral in feel; flowing effortlessly between cathartic peaks of the most explosive extremity to subtle moments of fragile beauty. With their new album 'Citadel', the wildly progressive Australian band will undoubtedly take their place in the vanguard of the genre's forerunners.

    Read More for Album Cover and Track List...

    To purchase a copy of Citadel, please click here

    Posted by Greg Stewart on Tue, Sep 23 2014 @ 07:49 CDT

    Concerts: A Night of Space Rock with Nik Turner's Hawkwind in NYC 9-11-2014
    Progressive Rock

    While there's been much talk in recent years about the battle going on between Dave Brock & Nik Turner about who gets to tour where as 'Hawkwind', the fact of the matter is that Brock's crew (the official Hawkwind) hasn't been able to make it over here to the US in quite some time, so Turner, hot off the release of his Space Gypsy album, has embarked on a tour billed as 'Nik Turner's Hawkwind', with West Coast Krautrock/prog/space rockers Hedersleben opening up as well as filling as backing band, along with doom act Witch Mountain for a hot triple bill.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Sep 21 2014 @ 07:47 CDT

    Concerts: Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, UK 07/04 - 07/06 2014
    Heavy Metal After a troubled couple of years when for various reasons the event was unable to go ahead Sonisphere made a triumphant return to Knebworth with a three day festival that celebrated forty years of concerts at the famous venue. The presence of metal's two big heavyweights in the shape of headliners Metallica and Iron Maiden ensured a bumper crowd but the event also showcased emerging new talent such as The Cadillac Three and the cult Japanese act Babymetal. Sea of Tranquility's tag team of Dean Pedley and Mark Davies bring this review from the festival.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 11:53 CDT

    Concerts: Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo, London, UK 09/06/2014
    Progressive Rock After a thirty five year pause you would have got long odds indeed on staking a wager that Kate Bush would make a return to the stage in 2014. The announcement some six months ago of a residency at London's Apollo (more fondly remembered as the Hammersmith Odeon) was the trigger for a frenzy of ticket buying activity from her adoring fan base. The question everybody was then asking was what songs will she play? And after such a long absence would she still have the voice, presence and allure of bygone years?
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Sep 10 2014 @ 08:21 CDT

    Interviews: A Candid Interview with Mike Tramp

    Mike Tramp has been in the music business since the late-70s. He started out in his homeland with the band Mabel before moving to Spain and transforming the band's sound into a heavier force while taking on a new moniker, Studs. By the time the band moved to New York City in 1982, they had once again changed their name, this time to Lion. When the rest of the guys in the band decided to return to Denmark, Tramp decided to stay in NYC. He met Dreamer guitarist Vito Bratta in Brooklyn, and the two decided to form a band together: White Lion. After releasing their debut Fight to Survive, White Lion put out their seminal album Pride in 1987, which spawned several hits such as "Wait" and "When the Children Cry," both of which made it to the Billboard Top 10. The multi-platinum selling disc was followed by 1989's Big Game and 1991's Mane Attraction. White Lion played their last show in Boston, and Tramp and Bratta decided to go their own ways. While Vito Bratta would only play on one disc, CPR in 1992, and disappear from the scene completely, Mike Tramp would form a new band, Freak of Nature. In this interview, Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Murat Batmaz talked to Mike Tramp specifically about Freak of Nature and his solo albums. One of his most detailed interviews, Tramp discusses his post-White Lion career in great detail touching on topics such as the formation and break-up of Freak of Nature, his solo works, and his more recent semi-acoustic discs, Cobblestone Street, for which he has played more than a hundred shows, as well as his upcoming album Museum. Tramp is now getting ready for a long European tour. Just him and his guitar, and perhaps better than ever.

    Read on for the full interview.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 09 2014 @ 08:26 CDT

    Interviews: Introducing...Story Of a Life

    With a history that goes back 17 years, instrumental act Story Of a Life are only just now releasing their debut, self-titled CD. Their story is a long and intricate one, but the important thing is that after many years apart, the band members found their way back to each other so their musical vision could finally be fulfilled. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Peter Pardo caught up with guitarist Sean Tonar, drummer Brian 'Thor' Coutts, bassist Stephen Cox, keyboard player Bill Graham, as well as studio magician Neil Kernon (who mixed the CD) to talk about the history of the band, their chance 'reunion', the creation of the long awaited album, progressive rock & jazz-fusion in general, and their plans going forward.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 30 2014 @ 18:41 CDT

    Interviews: Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence
    Progressive Rock

    If you happened to get swept up in the resurgence of the progressive rock scene in the early/mid- 1990's, especially here in the US, then no doubt Maryland's Iluvatar could very well have been a band whose music hit all the sweet spots for you throughout most of that decade. The guys have been fairly quiet since the early 2000's, but they are back now with a brand new album, From the Silence, and ready to once again show the world that they are one of the must see & must hear prog acts from the last 20 years. Band members Glenn McLaughlin (vocals), Dennis Mullin (guitar), Jim Rezek (keyboards), and Chris Mack (drums) recently caught up with Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo to discuss what's been going on with the band since we've last seen them, the exciting new CD, live shows, and their take on the current prog-rock scene.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 14 2014 @ 18:48 CDT

    Past Articles

    Monday, July 14

    · 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)

    Sunday, May 18

    · An interview with JAKE E. LEE and the RED DRAGON CARTEL (0)

    Sunday, May 11

    · Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014 (0)

    Tuesday, May 06

    · Primal Fear Live at Stage 48 in New York City, 4/30/2014 (0)

    Wednesday, April 30

    · Steven Wilson wins our Best of 2013 readers poll! (0)

    Tuesday, April 22

    · Brooklyn's The Golden Grass Gives '70s Heavy Rock a New York Twist (0)
    · HRH Prog 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)

    Sunday, April 20

    · Taking Control - An Interview with The Brew (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)

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