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    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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    Heavy Metal Here comes the sensation for all HELLOWEEN fans: You believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: In fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a HELLOWEEN stage together and resurrect the band's legendary original line-up. Yes, it's official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play HELLOWEEN classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that's not all of it! Under the flag PUMPKINS UNITED all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Michi on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 17 2017 @ 15:07 CST

    News: River of Souls
    Heavy Metal River of Souls writes:

    River of Souls is a new Deathdoom outfit from The Netherlands, featuring former members of Sinister, Warchitect, World Funeral, and Judgement Day: Bart de Greef on vocals, Paul Beltman on rhythm and lead guitars, Benjamin Hoogers on bass guitar and Ingmar Otter (also playing in Codex and Skeletor) on lead guitar.

    River of Souls' sound can be described as a slightly progressive and alternative version of Deathdoom, as the band doesn't restrict itself to any style, as long as the sound remains heavy and guitar-oriented.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 15 2017 @ 04:51 CST

    News: New Prog collaboration GREYFEATHER
    Progressive Rock Kevin Jarvis writes:

    GREYFEATHER is a new prog rock collaboration comprising:
    Brian Coralin of IZZ (drums)
    Kevin Jarvis of Farpoint (acoustic guitar, vocals)
    Steve Katsikas of Little Atlas (vocals, keyboards)
    Dennis Mullin of Iluvatar (electric guitar)
    Wade Summerlin of Cobweb Strange (bass, vocals)

    Across several years and thousands of miles, GREYFEATHER has finally completed their self-titled debut album, which should see release in early 2017. A sampler from the album can be heard here:

    More information will be forthcoming soon!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 15 2017 @ 04:49 CST

    News: New EP from Boise, ID thrash metal act Krystos
    Heavy Metal Krystos writes:

    Thrash metal band, Krystos from Boise Idaho, has announced the February 28th, 2017 release of "Lolth Domain". This five song EP release follows a full length titled "Walk Through the Inferno" in 2010 and "Blood Magick" in 2013.

    Billy Thornock, lead singer of Krystos, writes about "Lolth Domain" in their Dec 6, 2016 interview with Metalheads Forever, You can expect to hear, "Our signature sound, except MUCH more refined. Writing as a band has really started to click with us and we have felt more 'on the same page' with this release. In the past it was always 1 to 2 people working on the songs, but we are all started contributing together and really are trying to lock in a musical vision". Their most recent interview on Metalhead Forever is located at:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 15 2017 @ 04:48 CST

    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

    News: Kansas launch video for "Rhythm in the Spirit"
    Progressive Rock Legendary rock band, Kansas, have launched a live concert video for the track "Rhythm In The Spirit", taken from the bands latest album 'The Prelude Implicit' released last September.

    Watch it now here

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jan 12 2017 @ 08:32 CST

    Heavy Metal On Friday 24th March 2017, rock guitarist legend Michael Schenker and in-akustik will release Michael Schenker Fest "Live" Tokyo - a stunning new live recording and filmed concert released on 2CD, 2CD+DVD Combo, LP, DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital.

    Filmed and recorded Tokyo International Forum on August 24, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker including M.S.G.'s Gary Barden and Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group. 5000 fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest calibre.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 09 2017 @ 16:09 CST

    News: Glenn Hughes says... I'm thrilled to be touring the UK in January

    Glenn Hughes, the legendary British rock singer and bassist, who is currently in the studio in LA recording a new studio album with rock supergroup Black Country Communion, has released an official statement to his fans about touring the UK later this month.

    "I'm thrilled to be coming over to tour the UK and Europe this month and February," says Hughes. "My band will now be a four piece. On guitar is Sřren Andersen, on drums Pontus Engborg, and on keyboards Jay Boe. Song selections will be a mix from my new album Resonate, and from my well of historic songs through the decades. This tour is all about ROCK and what it means to us all, including my band, and to my fans and friends. Let's get 2017 going with a killer night for ROCK lovers, movers and shakers. I'm in. Let's go! See you down the front!"
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 06 2017 @ 17:45 CST

    News: Vangelis 13 CD Box Set - Delectus out 3rd Feb
    Progressive Rock Modern music visionary Vangelis has announced the release on 3rd February of a new 13-disc box set entitled "Delectus," featuring a chosen selection of his early discographic work. The mammoth collection will include all of his albums on Vertigo and Polydor, recently signed by Universal and remastered for the first time ever under the legendary composer's own supervision.

    Presented in a lavish box with an essay and a plethora of rare photographs, the discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase, and accompanied by a 64-page book illustrating a period of his prolific career of the iconic Maestro.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jan 04 2017 @ 19:13 CST

    News: New video from Echo Us
    Progressive Rock Absolute Probability writes:

    Echo Us - It's Time For Winter Animated Videoclip

    In keeping with recent tradition, Echo Us is releasing its 4th animated music video called "It's Time For Winter", on the winter solstice. The single is the first Echo Us work to see release after the three-album "Trilogy Memoriam" concluded in 2014. As the project's founder, Ethan Matthews is also celebrating his 15th year of creating and releasing music as Echo Us.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 02 2017 @ 09:20 CST

    News: Rick Parfitt 1948-2016 Statements from Francis Rossi & Simon Porter

    I was not ready for this. Rick Parfitt had been a part of my story for fifty years. Without doubt the longest relationship of my life: this was also the most satisfying, frustrating, creative and fluid. From those early days, we worked together to create the Quo sound, look and hits. We spent years on the road, on the stage and in the studio, rarely far from each other, honing what we did.

    We were a team, a double act, a partnership and yet also two very different people, handling the pressures of growing older, constant touring, dealing with success and keeping the creative flame burning in different ways. He developed his own sound, his own style, casually inspiring a generation of players.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Dec 26 2016 @ 13:59 CST

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    What was the best 2016 CD in the list below?

    Alter Bridge : The Last Hero
    Avantasia Ghostlights
    Big Big Train Folklore
    Blackberry Smoke : Like An Arrow
    Borknagar : Winter Thrice
    Brainstorm : Scary Creatures
    Destroyer 666 : Wildfire
    Devin Towsend Project : Transcendence
    Epica : The Holographic Principle
    Evergrey : The Storm Within
    Fates Warning : Theories of Flight
    Flotsam And Jetsam : Flotsam And Jetsam
    Frost* : Falling Satellites
    Glenn Hughes : Resonate
    Gojira : Magma
    Haken : Affinity
    Hammers Of Misfortune : Dead Revolution
    Ihsahn : Arktis
    Insomnium : Winter's Gate
    John Wesley : a way you'll never be
    Kansas : The Prelude Implicit
    Karmakanic : Dot
    Magnum : Sacred Blood
    Marillion : F.E.A.R.
    Megadeth : Dystopia
    Meshuggah : The Violent Sleep of Reason
    Mob Rules : Tales From Beyond
    Myrath : Legacy
    Obscura : Akroasis
    Opeth : Sorceress
    Redemption : The Art Of Loss
    Rival Sons : Hollow Bones
    Santana : IV
    Serenity : Dim Days Of Dolor
    Spiritual Beggars : Sunrise To Sundown
    Testament : The Brotherhood of the Snake
    The Mute Gods : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
    The Neal Morse Band : The Similitude Of A Dream
    The Pretty Reckless : Who You Selling For
    Theocracy : Ghost Ship

    [ Results | Polls ]

    Votes 123

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