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The Staff's Top Picks of **2014**

Newest Interviews:
  • John Mitchell/Lonely Robot
  • Twingiant
  • Murmur
  • Beardfish

    Newest Concert Reviews:
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  • Vantage Point/Solitude/Kaoss Theory
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  • Blaze Bailey

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  • Megasplit!   By Scott Jessup

  • 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: Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock launch the new promo video
    Heavy Metal Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled "Spirit On A Mission" in the UK on Monday March 23. Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker's Temple of Rock band - ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow's Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

    The new album features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker's distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions' 1979 album Lovedrive.

    Live And Let Live
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Mar 02 2015 @ 16:46 CST

    Interviews: Now And Ven - An interview with Venrez frontman Ven…
    Heavy Metal

    They say that age is no limit, so why should you have to be some young buck to follow your rock n' roll dream? Well in the case of Venrez frontman Ven, the answer is you don't. At the tender age of 55 this charismatic singer - who was first hassled into putting his voice down on record by a friend - decided it was time to get out on the road, walk the stage and hit the rock n' roll heights. Two albums, Sell The Lie and American Illusion, have found the band performing with the likes of Slash, Alice Cooper and Buckcherry, with new release Children Of The Drones set to continue that trend. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid quizzes the band's main-man for the details…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Mar 01 2015 @ 07:16 CST


    Dan Reed is pleased to announce the release of the new solo album "Transmission" on March 30th. Dan will also tour the UK with Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) through March and April 2015 – "Snake Oil & Harmony Tour".
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Feb 27 2015 @ 16:55 CST

    Progressive Rock Progressive Rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced 6 dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled 'Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera'. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March.

    'Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera' honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after which the band was named back in 1968.

    The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull's life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson's best-known material from the repertoire of the rock band Jethro Tull.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Feb 27 2015 @ 12:31 CST

    News: John Lodge of The Moody Blues to release 10,000 Light Years Ago



    "Everything in the future is in reach, but the past was once our future" – John Lodge

    Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2015)--Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is proud to announce the release of 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 5 in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment); and on May 4 in the UK. The title track, "10,000 Light Years Ago," will be released digitally on April 14.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 25 2015 @ 16:51 CST

    Heavy Metal WHITESNAKE RETURN WITH FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS - THE PURPLE ALBUM 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: a standard edition, a 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.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 25 2015 @ 16:30 CST

    News: Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash To Undertake Pilgrimage North America Tour!
    Progressive Metal Tour to span West Coast, South in April/May 2015

    Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in April 2015 for the first leg of their Pilgrimage North America Tour. Following spring and fall tours in 2014 that featured the group's best-selling "Live Dates" album, this year Wishbone Ash will present classics spanning their 46-year career and showcase selections from their latest release, "Blue Horizon."
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Feb 24 2015 @ 10:02 CST

    News: 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 Scarab, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, Eldorado, Madre De Dios, Climax Blues, J. Geils Band, Blackberry Smoke, plus Forgotten Favorites from Manilla Road & Van Der Graaf Generator!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Feb 24 2015 @ 07:17 CST

    Concerts: 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn, Die Off, and Wolvhammer @ Area 51 in SLC, Utah
    Heavy Metal

    Tom DeLonge, formerly of Blink-182 (remember them?), recently made headlines for making strange comments concerning aliens, mind-control, and government cover-ups. He also asserted that he camped out near the infamous Area 51 and not only heard inexplicable bumps in the night, but also experienced three hours of lost time. He may even have been abducted by aliens. What's a guy to do once his biggest band's success lies in the past? Maybe the aliens will show him a new way to write catchy pop-punk tunes.

    Look, I'm no Tom DeLonge, but I actually have my own Area 51 experience, one that I'd like to share in the following paragraphs. Don't worry: I haven't lost my mind, at least not any more than most of us have. I have, however, been to Area 51. But, to kill all the alien fun, it's just a nightclub, nestled in a dark and quiet section of Salt Lake City, Utah. If you'd like to know about my night there, read on!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Feb 22 2015 @ 07:17 CST

    News: ARENA, The Unquiet Sky The 8th Studio Album. Pre-order now.
    Progressive Rock ARENA, The Unquiet Sky, the 8th Studio Album produced by Simon Hanhart

    Arena are please to announce that their new Studio album is available for Pre-Order from the band's website. All pre-orders will be shipped on 23rd March 2015, 1 month before the official release date.

    Order the album here.

    From Clive Nolan: It was a combination of ideas - I had decided to base the album on a short horror story by M.R. James called 'Casting the Runes' - some people may have seen the old 1957 film version called 'Night of the Demon'. We were looking for an album title and John suggested 'The Unquiet Sky' even though he was unaware of my concept idea - as far as I was concerned, it fitted the mood I had in mind for the album
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 18 2015 @ 14:29 CST

    Concerts: 10cc @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK 02/16/2015
    Progressive Rock Still going strong some forty-odd years since they started out, Graham Gouldman remains the sole remaining founder member of the original 10cc but the current line-up does include guitarist Rick Fenn and drummer Paul Burgess, who have both been part of the touring incarnation since the 70's. This latest run of dates around the UK marked the fortieth anniversary of Sheet Music with a performance of the album in its entirety making up the first half of the show.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Feb 18 2015 @ 13:08 CST

    Heavy Metal IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE to be released by UDR Records worldwide on March 9th 2015.

    One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads, will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE on March 9th.

    A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his Brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankiann, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim (Ripper) Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Feb 16 2015 @ 14:03 CST

    News: Upcoming release from Taylor's Universe
    Progressive Rock Robin C Taylor writes:

    Taylor's Universe from Denmark will release their new album, From Scratch, around March 1.
    The current line-up is:
    Claus Bøhling: guitar (Secret Oyster)
    Karsten Vogel: saxes (Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Secret Oyster)
    Thomas Ulstrup: Minimoog
    Robin C Taylor: vintage keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion etc.
    Klaus Thrane: drums

    From Scratch will be the twelft release from this highly praised ensemble!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Feb 15 2015 @ 09:22 CST

    News: UDR releases ULI JON ROTH 'SCORPIONS REVISITED' Mar 9th 2015
    Heavy Metal For over four decades, Uli Jon Roth has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the sky-guitar, a six octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, Uli Jon Roth was a member of European rock giants The Scorpions, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. Venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, in 2013 Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. It lead to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite Scorpions songs.

    The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on ULI JON ROTH – SCORPIONS REVISITED, a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original Scorpions classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it's clear that Uli Jon Roth reinvents these songs from the soul up.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Feb 13 2015 @ 16:03 CST

    News: Afflicted By Design record PiL's "This Is Not A Love Song"
    Heavy Metal February 3, 2015, Austin, TX - On February 25, 2015, Afflicted By Design will make their third release with the single, "This Is Not A Love Song;" a goth-industrial inspired version of the classic song by Public Image Ltd. "This Is Not A Love Song" is the second single from Afflicted By Design's cover song project. The new single will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 11 2015 @ 18:22 CST

    Interviews: Please Come Home… An interview with the Lonely Robot, John Mitchell
    Progressive Rock

    We've often entered the Frost(y) Arena of It Bites front-man John Mitchell, however with Lonely Robot, the singer and multi-instrumentalist has struck out on his own and released his debut solo effort Please Come Home. For Mitchell followers, like myself, there are many parallels to be drawn between this new album and much of his previous work and yet there's no doubt Please.. is different. A cohesive theme runs through all of the songs that make up this captivating piece of work, as do a number of recurring musical motifs. Add in a guest list which includes Steve Hogarth, Pete Cox, Nik Kershaw, Nick Beggs, Heather Findlay and Kim Seviour and there's little doubt that what Mitchell has created here will be one of the most talked about Progressive releases of 2015. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid starts tongues wagging…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 11 2015 @ 17:45 CST

    Interviews: Devil Down with Twingiant - An interview with guitarist Nikos Maxis
    Heavy Metal

    Two albums and an EP into their time together and Phoenix, Arizona's Twingiant are burning ever brighter. Expanding on their Stoner Doomster Sludgy sound, the band's latest album, or should I say record and cassette, Devil Down finds TG seriously hitting their stride and broadening their horizons. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid discusses devils, line-up changes, cassettes and Van Halen with Twingiant guitarist Nikos Mixas

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 11 2015 @ 15:21 CST

    News: Mimes On Rollercoasters™
    Progressive Rock Mimes On Rollercoast writes:

    Mimes On Rollercoasters™ - 3 is the third concept album based on The Adventures of Marcel and Mimi Mime. Continuing the saga, this album announces the birth of their first child, Maxine. As the music unfolds, you soon discover that all is not well in paradise. Mimi is suffering unusually intense postpartum depression. Marcel on the other hand, recently released from prison, is trying to become adjusted to life on the outside, but at the same time is very confused by Mimi's odd and sometimes psychotic behavior. One thing's for sure; they both love their new baby girl to the ends of the earth.

    Heavily influenced by the great Progressive Rock masters such as, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Yes, Mark delivers something for everyone in this latest work, yet still ties the ten brand new selections together with that unique Mimes On Rollercoasters™ sound.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Feb 10 2015 @ 06:14 CST

    Concerts: Amon Amarth / Huntress / Savage Messiah @Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK 1/19/2015
    Heavy Metal

    We're only nineteen days into the New Year and already there's a tour with a killer line up rolling through the country, many of the dates sold out before Christmas! This truly is a 'Hairy Metal' tour, SoT ventured into the cold night air to experience some Viking hospitality.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Feb 07 2015 @ 10:06 CST

    News: 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 Bullet, Mysery Kills, Eclipse, Easy Chair, Gov't Mule & John Scofield, Toto, plus Forgotten Favorites from Grand Funk Railroad & Lucifer's Friend.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jan 29 2015 @ 08:05 CST

    What was the best 2014 CD in the list below?

    AC/DC : Rock Or Bust
    Accept : Blind Rage
    Agalloch : The Serpent and the Sphere
    Anathema : Distant Satellites
    Anubis Gate : Horizons
    Behemoth : The Satanist
    Beyond Creation : Earthbound Evolution
    Blues Pills : Blues Pills
    California Breed : California Breed
    Devin Townsend Project : Z2
    Enchant : The Great Divide
    Evergrey : Hymns for the Broken
    Exodus : Blood In, Blood Out
    Flying Colors : Second Nature
    Foo Fighters : Sonic Highways
    Iced Earth : Plagues Of Babylon
    Insomnium : Shadows Of The Dying Sun
    IQ : The Road of Bones
    Judas Priest : Redeemer Of Souls
    Magnum : Escape From The Shadow Garden
    Majestic : Epsilon I & II
    Mastodon : Once More 'Round The Sun
    Misery Index : The Killling Gods
    Ne Obliviscaris : Citadel
    Neal Morse : Songs From November
    Opeth : Pale Communion
    Orange Goblin : Back From The Abyss
    Pink Floyd : The Endless River
    Primial Fear : Delivering The Black
    Primordial : Where Greater Men Have Fallen
    Rival Sons : The Great Western Valkyrie
    Sanctuary : The Year The Sun Died
    Supernal Endgame : Touch the Sky-Volume II
    The Cadillac Three : Tennessee Mojo
    Threshold : For The Journey
    Tim Bowness : Abandoned Dancehall Dreams
    Transatlantic : Kaleidoscope
    Vanden Plas : Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherw
    Vanishing Point : Distant is the Sun
    Within Temptation : Hydra

    [ Results | Polls ]

    Votes 157

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    Sunday, January 25

    · Vantage Point, Solitude, Kaoss Theory. Edinburgh Opium Bar 17th January 2015 (0)
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    Saturday, January 24

    · Blaze Bailey Acoustic Showcase – Castle Rock Studios, Cheshire, UK 1/10/2015 (0)

    Monday, January 19

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    Thursday, January 15

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    · 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)

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    · Joe Elliott's Down N Outz, Vega, at Glasgow Garage, 16th December 2014 (0)

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    · Threshold's Karl Groom talks about their latest CD For the Journey (0)

    Saturday, November 15

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    Sunday, September 21

    · A Night of Space Rock with Nik Turner's Hawkwind in NYC 9-11-2014 (0)

    Monday, September 15

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    Wednesday, September 10

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    Wednesday, July 30

    · Introducing...Story Of a Life (0)

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    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)

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    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)

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