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This Month's Featured Article:
An Interview with Morten Veland of Sirenia

Newest Interviews:
  • The Toi
  • The Tangent
  • FM
  • Nightwish

    Newest Concert Reviews:
  • Corrosion of Conformity
  • HRH AOR 3
  • The Answer
  • Venrez

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  • Can We Please Hear 'More' Than the Classics?   By Simon Bray

  • 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: Nemo begin Coma pre-order.
    Progressive Rock COMA

    Here we go for NEMO ninth album presales!

    The first 200 will have their name in the booklet (2CD Digipak with 5 bonus tracks) and will receive a signed copy!

    Pre-order here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, May 30 2015 @ 11:43 CDT
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    Interviews: Assassins and Symphonies, an Interview with Mike LePond
    Heavy Metal

    Mike LePond is as deadly as he is effective, this Silent Assassin having released one of the best metal albums of 2014. The accolades have been loud and proud for this bassist of the highest order, his first solo album picking up admirers wherever its lethal sound lands. However the news of a comeback from Symphony X with their upcoming Underworld album has ensured that he and his mother band will also be thrust deep into the limelight for 2015. Covering Lepond's solo album first, before tackling the issue of Symphony's return and a little Heathen's Rage, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid enters the league of assassins with Mike LePond…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, May 30 2015 @ 05:40 CDT
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    News: WHITESNAKE STORM THE ALBUM CHARTS AROUND THE GLOBE
    Heavy Metal WHITESNAKE STORM THE ALBUM CHARTS AROUND THE GLOBE WITH THE RELEASE OF THE PURPLE ALBUM VIA FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL New Album of Re-Imagined Deep Purple Songs Lands At #6 on Top Current Hard Music Albums, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums And #43 on The Top Current Album Charts In The U.S. Tour Kicks Off on May 28th Rock icons Whitesnake continue to show why they are a musical force to be reckoned with. The Purple Album was released last week via Frontiers Music Srl and has stormed the charts around the globe. In the US, the latest release landed at #6 on the Top Current Hard Music Albums, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums, #43 on Top Current Albums and #83 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Around the globe, you can also find The Purple Album at #18 in the United Kingdom, #9 in Finland, #17 in the Czech Republic, #11 in Switzerland, #34 in Norway, #18 in Sweden (#1 on the Hard Rock Charts in Sweden), #13 in Germany, #24 in the Netherlands and #8 in Japan.

    "The Snakes & I are thrilled with the incredibly positive response to The Purple Album. Our sincere thanks to ALL for the amazing support we're receiving for the album & The Purple Tour!!" exclaims David Coverdale.

    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 on Amazon in a deluxe edition format featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind the Scenes feature on the recording of the album. A standard edition is also available.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, May 27 2015 @ 18:22 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo for his views & opinions on the latest releases from Glass Hammer, Magic Pie, Steven Wilson, Exovex, Dave Martone, Neal Schon, Randy Bachman, Whitesnake, Sacral Rage, Putrid Offal, Ichor, Dehuman, and a Forgotten Favorite from Waysted

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 26 2015 @ 19:10 CDT
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    News: Raging Speedhorn Launch Pledge Campaign For New Album
    Heavy Metal Corby Bruisers Announce Fan Funded New Record

    Following on from their near sell out tour, stunning sets at Sonisphere, Damnation & Hammerfest, returning sludge overlords Raging Speedhorn are set to launch a Pledge campaign for their hotly anticipated fifth album.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 26 2015 @ 06:41 CDT
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    News: Discordia released an album Season Changes
    Progressive Rock Sande writes:

    Discordia is a progressive rock band from Helsinki, creating and performing in an unique style of music. Their latest album Season Changes was released earlier this year. It is a journey of different musical styles that at the same time challenges and guides the listener through walls of heavy guitar riffs and multilayered choral singing which is more or less the trademark of Discordia.

    This is where the journey begins: the band has released a music video from the title track of the album and it can be viewed on You Tube:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7P7SJalySU

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 26 2015 @ 06:20 CDT
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    News: Isurus release second album, Logocharya
    Progressive Metal David writes:

    London based progressive metal outfit Isurus have just released their second album, Logocharya. The album was written, recorded and produced by the band. It was mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions, Sweden. It is the follow up to 2011's debut album, Telos.

    Isurus are a forward thinking prog metal band in the ilk of Tool, Opeth, Karnivool, Porcupine Tree, but very much have their own identity, and their love of King Crimson, Pink Floyd and other 60's and 70's prog gets melded with modern extreme metal sounds.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 26 2015 @ 06:19 CDT
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    News: The Grand Astoria released new album (eclectic prog)
    Progressive Rock Kamille writes:

    Russian heavy psych enthusiasts just released their sixth full-length album "The Mighty Few". Two long epic songs, weird mixture of prog, doom, psychedelia and even jazz.


    Worth checking! Listen here:
    https://thegrandastoria.bandcamp.com/album/the-mighty-few
    CDs are available via thegrandastoria@gmail.com
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 26 2015 @ 06:18 CDT
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    Interviews: Civil War Show There's Life After Sabaton with Gods and Generals
    Heavy Metal

    Guitarist Rikard Sundén and three of his band mates departed the group Sabaton and started a new metal band called Civil War. Now with their second album Gods And Generals, Civil War are reaching out to a larger audience with their appealing songs as they delve into history and add their metal to the mix. Rikard recently answered some questions for Sea of Tranquily, so read on to find out more about this exciting band.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, May 24 2015 @ 07:41 CDT
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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
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    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
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    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
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    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 https://timburness.bandcamp.com, 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
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    News: CORNERSTONE ON TOUR WITH GARY HOWARD (FLYING PICKETS, ALAN PARSONS PROJECT&#
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Past Articles


    Saturday, May 02

    · Brian Remaley of Brian's Backyard BBQ Guests on What's Hot with SoT! (0)


    Tuesday, April 28

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


    Saturday, April 25

    · The Heroes and Villains of FM - An interview with Steve Overland (0)


    Sunday, April 12

    · A Spark In The Tangent - an interview with Andy Tillison of The Tangent (0)
    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)


    Tuesday, April 07

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


    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)


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