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  • 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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    Interviews: Going Up In The World: An interview with Skyscraper

    Skyscrapers are huge structures which can't just be brought to perfection in a few days and so it seems, the same is the case for the band who have taken the name of these monolithic buildings as their own. Way back in March of 2011, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid took the time to speak to the three main players in Melodic Rockers Skyscraper, singer Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena/United Nations), guitarist Tor Talle (Joe Lynn Turner/Fergie Frederiksen/Overland) and bassist Dave Boyce (Airrace/The Quireboys) about their debut album Elevation. However three and a half years down the line and this excellent debut platter is only now seeing the light of day and not through the label initially expected. So let's begin with a brief catch-up with Lee, Dave and Tor who were returning from a Skyscraper promotional visit to New York City.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Oct 31 2014 @ 20:12 CDT

    KARNIVOOL Announce European And UK Tour Dates March 2015
    KARNIVOOL are set to return to Europe and the UK in 2015.

    The band will embark on a full European and UK tour in March 2015, crossing Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and the UK. The UK tour will see the band play their largest shows to date, starting in Glasgow and finishing in the legendary Camden Roundhouse. KARNIVOOL, renowned for their breathtaking live shows, will bring their full Australian set up for the first time to Europe for what will be a streak of more unforgettable performances.

    2014 saw the Australian five piece promoting the critically lauded "Asymmetry" (4 years after the groundbreaking "Sound Awake") and touring throughout Europe and Australia, playing some of the world's largest festivals (including a sold out show at London's Koko and Sonisphere UK). The album's vast soundscapes, complex rhythms and emotive melodies are the latest chapter in the development of this extraordinary band.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 30 2014 @ 19:59 CDT


    MTV today announced that legendary rock guitarist Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and one of the UK's biggest rock bands Biffy Clyro will play an intimate show for fans at Glasgow's iconic O2 Academy on Friday 7 November ahead of the 2014 MTV EMA, one of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world. The intimate gig will be filmed for MTV and broadcast as part of the popular MTV World Stage franchise in more than 160 countries internationally. The 2014 MTV EMA will broadcast live to MTV channels around the world from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday, 9 November at 9:00pm CET*.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Oct 30 2014 @ 19:47 CDT

    News: Foreigner to release 'The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More'
    General Foreigner are set to release a new high-definition live recording from their most successful album of all time, Foreigner '4'. Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable arsenal of hit songs, Foreigner continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action around the world. Now, Frontiers Music Srl presents a homage to Foreigner's most successful album ever with "The Best of Foreigner 4 & More". The live album will be released on 5th December 2014.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 22 2014 @ 11:59 CDT

    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

    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: 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

    Past Articles

    Wednesday, July 30

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

    Monday, July 14

    · Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence (0)
    · 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)

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