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An Interview with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot

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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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    News: Whitesnake's Guitarist JOEL HOEKSTRA Releases New Album
    Progressive Metal JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 -- "DYING TO LIVE"

    Joel Hoekstra, best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages, is proud to announce the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album "Dying To Live" from his side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13 via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday October 16th.

    The new album features an all-star cast of rock musicians at the top of their game, including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and more!

    Read on to watch the official EPK for "Dying To Live"...

    Posted by Greg Stewart on Wed, Jul 29 2015 @ 15:25 CDT

    Three of the UK's best upcoming bands hit Edinburgh in September

    Hot on the heels of announcing UK tours with Dan Reed Network and Electric Boys, and as the backing band for Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl,one of Scotland's hottest rock acts, THE KING LOT, unveil a headline gig at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms on September 24th.

    As if that wasn't enough to set temperatures rising, also on the bill are Welsh fire-starters Fireroad and Glasgow's Mason Hill.

    For tickets head to



    The King Lot
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jul 29 2015 @ 14:53 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Symphony X, Joe Satriani, Steve Hackett, Al DiMeola, Graveworm, Armed Cloud, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Deathblow, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Whitesnake.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jul 27 2015 @ 21:13 CDT

    News: New album from prog act Zip Tang
    Progressive Rock Perry Merritt writes:

    Zip Tang, the Chicago-based progressive rock band, is pleased to announce that their fifth, self-produced studio album, "Private Shangri-La" is set for release this summer. The band, now a trio with the departure of Marcus Padgett, has returned to its eclectic rock roots while retaining its progressive edges with odd time signatures inter-weaved with 4/4 sections.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jul 23 2015 @ 06:26 CDT

    News: Upcoming debut from This Oceanic Feeling
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK - New exciting three-piece This Oceanic Feeling, fronted by prominent singer/songwriter and producer Chris Braide, has announced the release of their debut album Universal Mind on 17th July 2015 through Cherry Red Records.

    Chris and drummer Ash Soan had developed a strong musical connection as founder members of The Producers with Trevor Horn, before Braide moved to the US in 2009. When they linked up again, the old chemistry was still there and the idea of forming a new band immediately took shape.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jul 23 2015 @ 06:25 CDT

    News: New EP from Burntfield
    Progressive Rock Juho Myllylä writes:

    Helsinki-based melodic rockers Burntfield will release their new EP Cold Heat on 5 August 2015. The tracklisting juxtaposes 4 diverse songs that comprise all of Burntfield's core qualities: 3 vocalists, 2 guitars, strong melodies and multi-part vocal harmonies with an organic approach.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jul 23 2015 @ 06:23 CDT

    News: Advent News- Order the Silent Sentinel pre-sale bundle
    Progressive Rock LIMITED-TIME OFFER @

    Pre-sale bundle of Advent's Silent Sentinel album includes:

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jul 16 2015 @ 16:44 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Lucifer, Between the Buried and Me, Ozric Tentacles, Yes, Lucifer's Friend, Jeff Beck, Four Sticks, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Armored Saint.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 15 2015 @ 18:30 CDT

    News: STORMBRINGER-New EP From Paul Vario
    Progressive Rock Joseph Gallagher writes:

    Veteran musician and revered music instructor Paul Vario is proud to present "Stormbringer".

    Solo-Composed/Performed/Produced at Paul Vario Music studio in Bayside, Queens, this four- track Instrumental Rock EP draws inspiration from 70's Progressive Rock, Film Scores, and his own Heavy Metal roots. Paul creates a uniquely cinematic signature sound fueled by bass-driven rhythms, soaring guitar melodies and atmospheric keyboards/synthesizers.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 14 2015 @ 07:25 CDT

    Progressive Rock Robert Silverstein writes:


    DEEP SPACE — The 2015 CD compilation from space-rock guitarist ALAN J. BOUND features music recorded over the past decade. The 9 track "DEEP SPACE" highlights tracks Alan J. Bound recorded with Jaki Liebezeit, drummer with German rock legends Can. releases "Deep Space" on CD!

    "Guitarist Alan J. Bound is one of the finest guitarist / composers to emerge from Europe in the 21st century." –
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 14 2015 @ 07:23 CDT

    Concerts: AC/DC @ Wembley Stadium, London, England 07/04/2015
    Concert Reviews Malcolm has gone, Phil Rudd is banged up and Beano and Angus may be creaking a little bit more with each passing year but the rules remain the same. Every five years or so AC/DC put out a new album, tour the globe with a slightly different set list and dust off the bell, the cannons, the duck walk and the inflatable Rosie. Their solitary English date of 2015 on the fourth of July proved no exception as the biggest tour of the year rolled into London and laid waste to all in its path.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Jul 12 2015 @ 04:29 CDT

    News: NEMO on vinyl... Coma double vinyl collector edition
    Progressive Rock For the first time, maybe to celebrate the forthcoming hibernation of the band, we finally realize an old wish: the release of COMA in a double vinyl version. Probably because the artwork of Stan-W Decker deserves it too!

    We did things properly: two discs in a gatefold, with a 4 pages leaflet which will unveil the whole artwork.

    The discs will feature the following tracks:

    Side A
    01. Le coma des mortels 11.43
    02. Train fantôme 9.08
    Side B
    03. Comaïne 6.04
    04. St Guy 8.30

    Side C
    05. Tu n'es pas seul 7.56
    06. Coma 12.45
    Side D
    01. Rat Bat Blue (Deep Purple) 5.33
    02. Ten years gone (Led Zeppelin) 7.27

    This luxurious version will only be printed in 500 copies, and you can now preorder yours::

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jul 09 2015 @ 16:58 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Sideburn, Architects of Chaoz, Perzonal War, Exxiles, George Kollias, The Rolling Stones, Iron Savior, and Robin George, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Steel Mill. In addition, Pete also shows you how to make a gourmet sandwich!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 08 2015 @ 18:31 CDT

    News: New release from Swedish prog rock act Renaissance of Fools
    Progressive Rock Hailing from Falun, Sweden, Progressive Rock outfit Renaissance of Fools is preparing for the North American release of their follow up to 2011's debut Hope, Fear and Frustration album with a collection of eight new tracks.

    The forthcoming album titled, Spring, will arrive on store shelves in North America August 21st via Metalville Records.

    Founded by former guitarist and composer of Pain of Salvation, Daniel Magdic, and drummer Magnus Karlsson (ex Leech/Machina), the current line up is rounded out by bassist Linus Carlsson (Kamchatka), and vocalist David Engström (Silent Nation).
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 08 2015 @ 10:54 CDT

    News: 3RDegree Release "Ones & Zeros: Vol. 1" plus FREE Download, Europe
    Progressive Rock 10T Records is thrilled to announce the release of the brand new CD from 3RDEGREE, entitled "ONES & ZEROS: Vol. 1." It is available immediately through 10T Records' online store in multiple formats, both physical and digital. It will be available through all major mainstream online and retail outlets (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) on its official street date of August 18, 2015.

    "ONES & ZEROS: Vol. 1" is the band's third studio album since coming to the consciousness of the worldwide prog rock press in 2008 with "NARROW-CASTER" and their fifth overall. While the band's follow-up release, 2012's "THE LONG DIVISION," had some over-arching political themes, "ONES & ZEROS: Vol. 1" is 3RDegree's first full-fledged concept album.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jul 07 2015 @ 16:28 CDT

    News: New CD From Chris Caffery Set to Be Released August 21st
    Heavy Metal


    Renowned for his work as a member of Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, guitarist and songwriter Chris Caffery is proud to announce the release of his fifth solo album, Your Heaven Is Real.

    Scheduled for release in North America August 21st via Metalville Records, the follow-up to House Of Insanity (2009), Your Heaven Is Real finds Caffery showcasing his musical abilities performing lead vocals, all electric and acoustic guitars, bass and keyboards parts. Drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne) and Grammy – nominated keyboardist and composer Lonnie Park round out the lineup with a guest appearance from violinist Abigail Stahlschmidt on the track, "Over And Over".
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 01 2015 @ 06:32 CDT

    SoT Video: Legendary Yes bassist Chris Squire dies
    Progressive Rock

    Chris Squire, founding member of legendary progressive rock icons Yes, and one of the most influential bassists in rock, died after a recent battle with leukemia. He was 67 years old. All of us at Sea of Tranquility mourn his passing-he was one of the greats. RIP Chris!

    Click here to watch our video tribute to Chris Squire!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jun 28 2015 @ 11:16 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo, along with special guests Chris Caffery of Trans Siberian Orchestra/Savatage, Steve Keeler of Rock Fantasy, and Ken Pierce from PiercingMetal, for his views & opinions on the latest releases from Unleashed, Korpiklaani, Helloween, The Vintage Caravan, Pat Travers, Agnostic Front, Deep Purple, Armored Saint, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jun 25 2015 @ 06:46 CDT

    Interviews: KAMELOT find their Haven. An interview with Thomas Youngblood
    Heavy Metal

    Changing singers is one of the biggest challenges a band can ever face. So you have to admire US power/symphonic metal outfit Kamelot for successfully introducing a new frontman to their line-up not once, but twice. The 2012 album Silverthorn introduced the marriage between frontman number three, Seventh Wonder singer Tommy Karevik, and his new band to the world in fine style. However with Haven, this veteran act may well have offered up one of the defining moments of their career and the band's one ever present member, guitarist Thomas Youngblood, was more than happy to tell Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid all about it…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jun 19 2015 @ 18:25 CDT

    Concerts: Ricky Warwick/Damon Johnson, Bannerman's Edinburgh 31st May 2015
    Heavy Metal

    Teaming up with Scott Gorham in first Thin Lizzy and subsequently Black Star Riders seems to have led to a real rejuvenation for one time The Almighty main-man Ricky Warwick and ex-Alice Cooper and Brother Cane guitarist Damon Johnson. The pair not only make up two thirds of the BSR guitar attack – and Warwick sings – but they have also played a huge role in the song writing team which has resulted in two lauded albums. So when BSR had a couple of weeks of downtime between a tour and some festival shows, the obvious thing for the pair to do was put their feet up and relax. However never a duo set for the obvious, some impromptu acoustic shows were hastily booked, social medialy promoted and, amazingly given the short time between announcement and the shows, well attended. Hence the utterly rammed Bannerman's in Edinburgh was the third night of a nine leg tour, the pair supported by Don Mercy of punk band Yorkshire Rats, who provided a short set.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jun 13 2015 @ 18:35 CDT

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