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This Month's Featured Article:
An Interview with Diego Tejeida of Haken

Newest Interviews:
  • Inglorious
  • Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash
  • Haken
  • Long Distance Calling

    Newest Concert Reviews:
  • The Who
  • Symphony X
  • HRH Prog
  • Fish

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  • Those We Said Goodbye to in 2015   By Pete Pardo

  • 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: HAKEN interview with keyboard player Diego Tejeida.
    Progressive Rock

    Having scaled the heights with album number three, The Mountain, it would have been easy for UK based multi-national progressive outfit Haken to simply produce an obvious follow-up that merely repeated the style and shape of a release that brought the band to a wider audience. Never an outfit to take the easy way out, follow up, Affinity, seeks a different starting point from the 70s prog with a modern twist the band have built their reputation on. Instead the shimmer and sheen of the 80s is neatly infused into a progressive sound that is quickly becoming the band's signature. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid asks keyboard player Diego Tejeida to take us on a trip into the past that somehow sounds like the future.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 21 2016 @ 18:01 CDT
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    News: Little Caesar release first ever double live album on May 6th
    Heavy Metal Little Caesar release their first ever double live album worldwide on May 6th with pre-orders available right now. "Brutally Honest Live in Holland" was recorded on 6/20/2015 at Muziekcentrum De Bosuil in Weert, Holland. Lead Singer Ron Young adds, "It's called "Brutally Honest" because there are no overdubs, "clean ups" or fixes to alter what musically occurred that night.

    Brutally Honest Live In Holland on iTunes
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Apr 20 2016 @ 15:02 CDT
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    Interviews: LONG DISTANCE CALLING an interview with guitarist Flo Füntmann
    Progressive Rock

    Long Distance Calling are promising you one of the TRIPS of your life, the German sometime instrumental, sometime vocal led act upping the ante in a variety of ways with their fifth full length release. With a new singer on board and an ever broadening musical landscape to explore, Long Distance Calling haven't been afraid to stretch and expand their sound, yet somehow they always stay true to their roots. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid stops LDC guitarist Flo in his tracks to delve deep into the inner working of his band and the creation of the quite wonderful TRIPS…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 19 2016 @ 17:54 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Spiritual Beggars, Blood Ceremony, Beastmaker, Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Tarot, Black Stone Cherry, Magnum, and a Forgotten Favorite from Ted Nugent!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 17 2016 @ 10:21 CDT
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    News: STEVE HACKETT'S CHARISMA YEARS REMASTERED
    Progressive Rock STEVE HACKETT'S CHARISMA YEARS REMASTERED FOR NEW VINYL BOXED SET 3 ALBUMS ALSO RELEASED AS DELUXE EDITION 2CD/DVD COLLECTIONS

    After the success of 2015 CD Box set 'Premonitions' revisiting the early days of his solo career, Steve Hackett goes back to Memory Lane vintage style, with a vinyl collection of his first six albums on the Charisma label. 'The Charisma Years (1975-1983)' which features 8LPs & 12" EP and is due out on May 27th. It will include newly remastered versions of the albums taken from original master tapes, as well as live material and tracks never before released on vinyl.

    Also on 27th May, Hackett releases 3 separate 2CD/DVD (5.1) Deluxe editions of Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings and Defector. Please Don't Touch and Spectral Mornings have been newly mixed in 5.1 surround sound by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes; Defector includes a new remaster of the album, a CD of Steve's set at the Reading Festival in 1980 and a DVD featuring a pseudo 5.1 Surround Sound Up-mix derived from the original stereo masters.

    "I'm pleased these early albums, rarities and 5.1 mixes are to be released now in this set on vinyl" - Hackett comments – "Vinyl is still a very exciting listening medium."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 14 2016 @ 09:37 CDT
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    Concerts: HRH Prog 4 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/18 & 03/19 2016
    Progressive Rock Prog fans making the annual March pilgrimage to the Welsh coastline for this now well established festival were rewarded with the usual blend of the old and the new. From up and coming psychedelic new age heroes Purson to the considerably more grizzled features of Caravan and Ian Anderson there was something here that would appeal to pretty much everyone attending. And for those in need of a break from the music the event was twinned with a Sci-Fi get together that had all of the obligatory gadgetry, gaming and cosplay attractions alongside special guest appearances from the likes of Brian 'Gordon's Alive' Blessed.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Apr 05 2016 @ 04:07 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Redemption, Destroyer 666, Wolfmother, Aunt Mary, Bridgevile, Demon, Tygers of Pan Tang, and a Forgotten Favorite from Opeth!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Mar 25 2016 @ 06:48 CDT
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    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Keith Emerson
    Progressive Rock Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to the late Keith Emerson, who passed away last week at the age of 71. Pete discusses some of his classic recordings with pioneering prog act Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 13 2016 @ 08:04 CDT
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    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 Inglorious, Last in Line, Primal Fear, Black Sabbath, Septagon, Renaissance, and a Forgotten Favorite fromEvergrey!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Mar 04 2016 @ 16:13 CST
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    Interviews: Vocalist Nathan James Explains the Hard Rock Majesty of Inglorious
    Heavy Metal

    You know it the first time you hear it, that feeling you get deep in the pit of your very soul, and those riffs & melodies that never leave your brain, when a debut rock record makes its impact on you, and announces the arrival of a band to be reckoned with. Such will be the case for many with the release of the inaugural album from Inglorious, a terrific band whose debut reminds us of the glory days of hard rock from the '70s through the early '90s. Led by the incredible vocalist Nathan James, who has also cut his teeth with Uli Jon Roth and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Inglorious are set to take audiences by storm with their Frontiers Records debut and live shows that are just now being planned. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo had a chance to connect with Nathan James to discuss this exciting new band and what they bring to the table for rock fans around the globe.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Feb 28 2016 @ 08:41 CST
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    New Look For Fireworks Rock & Metal

    Thursday, March 17th – take a note of this date, as this is the day the new look FIREWORKS hits the shelves. New logo, new design, new features, but still the same vast collection of reviews and interviews … wall-to-wall melodic hard rock goodness packed into 118 pages, along with 79 free mp3 songs and 34 page pdf - our BIGGEST issue yet!!! DON'T MISS IT!!

    Fireworks online shop .
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Feb 27 2016 @ 07:05 CST
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    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 Resurrection Kings, Abbath, Borknagar, Obscura, Witchcraft, Brimstone Coven, Ravensire, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and a Forgotten Favorite from Symphony X!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Feb 17 2016 @ 18:54 CST
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    Concerts: Symphony X + Myrath + Melted Space, The Robin 2, Bilston, UK 02/12/2016
    Progressive Metal The Robin 2 played host to a feast of progressive metal as Symphony X launched their European tour in support of Underworld at the venue. Released back in July of last year, the bands ninth studio album and first since 2011's Iconoclast, breached the lower reaches of the UK album charts and has been widely acclaimed – even garnering a rare 5 star review here at Sea of Tranquility.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Feb 15 2016 @ 13:04 CST
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    Concerts: The Who @ SSE Arena, Wembley, UK 02/13/2016
    General The Who were forced to suspend their fiftieth anniversary tour (announced as their "long goodbye") mid way through 2015 due to Roger Daltrey's battle with viral Meningitis. They chose Wembley Arena, a venue they have performed at countless times down the years, to mark their return with this one-off London show serving as a warm-up for the rescheduled North American dates taking place from February through May.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Feb 14 2016 @ 11:35 CST
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    Concerts: The Cadillac Three @ 02 Institute, Birmingham, UK 02/04/2016
    General It has been a triumphant couple of years for The Cadillac Three with the UK audiences really taking the Tennessee trio to its collective heart. And some two years on from a support appearance in the tiny upstairs room (reviewed right here on Sea of Tranquility) the band returned to Birmingham's O2 Institute to pack out the main hall for what singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston proudly announced was their biggest UK headline show to date.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Feb 05 2016 @ 10:51 CST
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    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 Dream Theater, Megadeth, Niche, Black Sabbath, Demon, and a Forgotten Favorite from Carmen!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Feb 04 2016 @ 06:10 CST
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    News: Magic Pie wins our Readers Poll for Best of 2015!
    General Congratulations to Magic Pie, who by a wide margin won our Readers Poll for Best Album of 2015 with their release King For a Day. This is actually not the first time the Norwegian prog act have won our readers poll, so kudos to the band for being multiple time winners! Coming in second place was Kingcrow for their album Eidos, and third place goes to Steven Wilson for Hand. Cannot.Erase.. Thanks to all our readers for voting, and we'll see you at the end of the year as we look at the best that 2016 had to offer!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Feb 01 2016 @ 06:17 CST
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    Interviews: Sea of Tranquility Talks With Wishbone Ash Founder Andy Powell
    Progressive Rock

    With a long history dating back to the late 1960s, Wishbone Ash have long been one of the most innovative acts of the British rock scene. Practically creating the 'twin-guitar' attack that have influenced generations of aspiring young bands over the years, Wishbone Ash also fused the genres of hard rock, folk, blues, jazz, and progressive rock into a sound that is instantly recognizable and memorable. Founding member, vocalist, and one-half of the lead guitar team, Andy Powell, took some time out of his busy schedule to speak to Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo about his new autobiography Eyes Wide Open-True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior, the bands 2014 release Blue Horizons, their classic album Argus, the rich Wishbone Ash catalog, touring, the bitter court battle over the rights to the bands name, and of course, that Flying V guitar!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 24 2016 @ 09:05 CST
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    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 Brainstorm, Manimal, Elvenking, Cauldron, Prime Evil, Vulcano, Theo Travis' Double Talk, Taylor's Universe, Enrico Rava, Opeth, and a Forgotten Favorite from Fates Warning!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 18 2016 @ 09:30 CST
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    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to David Bowie
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to the late David Bowie, who passed away last night at the age of 69.

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 11 2016 @ 10:12 CST
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    Past Articles


    Monday, January 04

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Lemmy (0)


    Wednesday, December 23

    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015 Part 2-Pete Pardo reveals his Top 12 CDs (0)


    Tuesday, December 15

    · Fish (Farewell To Childhood), Lazuli; Glasgow ABC, 13th December 2015 (0)


    Sunday, December 13

    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015, Part 1 (0)


    Saturday, December 12

    · Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Black Star Riders; Glasgow Hydro, 10th December 2016 (0)


    Tuesday, December 01

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


    Wednesday, November 25

    · Backyard Babies, Heavy Tiger, Junkstar; Glasgow ABC2 23rd November 2015 (0)


    Monday, November 16

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


    Sunday, October 25

    · Riverside; Glasgow ABC2 October 23rd 2015 (0)


    Tuesday, October 20

    · Wolfsbane, Vantage Point, Die No More; Edinburgh 18th October 2015 (0)


    Saturday, October 17

    · Chris Caffery of TSO/Savatage joins Pete Pardo on What's Hot with SoT (0)


    Tuesday, October 13

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


    Sunday, October 11

    · Wishbone Ash at Towne Crier, Beacon, NY 9/20/2015 (0)


    Monday, October 05

    · Spock's Beard, Synaesthesia, Special Providence; Glasgow 1st October 2015 (0)


    Sunday, October 04

    · Teramaze guitarist Dean Wells discusses their new CD Her Halo (0)


    Thursday, September 24

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


    Sunday, September 20

    · King Crimson @ Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK – Monday 14th September 2015 (0)


    Thursday, September 10

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


    Saturday, September 05

    · The Scaramanga Six - An interview with Steven Morricone (0)


    Wednesday, September 02

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


    Tuesday, August 04

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


    Monday, July 27

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


    Wednesday, July 15

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


    Sunday, July 12

    · AC/DC @ Wembley Stadium, London, England 07/04/2015 (0)


    Wednesday, July 08

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


    Sunday, June 28

    · Legendary Yes bassist Chris Squire dies (0)


    Thursday, June 25

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


    Friday, June 19

    · KAMELOT find their Haven. An interview with Thomas Youngblood (0)


    Saturday, June 13

    · Ricky Warwick/Damon Johnson, Bannerman's Edinburgh 31st May 2015 (0)


    Friday, June 05

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


    Saturday, May 30

    · Assassins and Symphonies, an Interview with Mike LePond (0)


    Tuesday, May 26

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


    Sunday, May 24

    · Civil War Show There's Life After Sabaton with Gods and Generals (0)


    Saturday, May 16

    · Sirenia Score Big Yet Again With 'The Seventh Life Path' (0)
    · Graveyard, Clutch, Mastodon, at The Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5/2/2015 (0)
    · Delain, Sabaton, and Nightwish—In the Venue, Salt Lake City, Utah 4/22/2015 (0)


    Tuesday, May 12

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


    Saturday, May 09

    · FM, Romeo's Daughter, No Hot Ashes; Glasgow Classic Grand 6th May 2015 (0)


    Monday, May 04

    · Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish Talks About Endless Forms Most Beautiful (0)


    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)


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