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

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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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    News: Joe Satriani Confirms Dan Patlansky as Special Guest on Nov. UK Tour
    Progressive Rock

    Legendary artist and performer and the hardest working guitarist in the business, Joe Satriani, is proud to announce that Award-winning South African guitarist and singer-songwriter Dan Patlansky will be special guest on his Shockwave November 2015 UK Tour.

    The news follows the UK release Dan Patlansky's new album Dear Silence Thieves on April 27, the same day he performs a special album launch showcase concert at London's The Borderline, followed by dates at Sheffield Greystones (April 28), York Fibbers (April 30) and Poole's Mr Kyps (May 7).

    To celebrate the news, today Patlansky launches the official music video for Backbite, the first single taken from the Dear Silence Thieves album.

    Watch it here...
    Posted by Greg Stewart on Fri, Mar 27 2015 @ 23:17 CDT

    News: GINGER WILDHEART Songs And Words Tour April/May 2015
    General Ginger Wildheart returns with his 'Songs And Words' tour, an acoustic and spoken word show that will see Ginger entertain the audience with tales spanning his 20+ years in music in The Wildhearts, Silver Ginger 5, Clam Abuse and his myriad solo projects.

    Ginger will be touring in support of his G.A.S.S. project - a multi-tier fan club for Ginger Wildheart fans. By singing up you gain access to exclusive content including a year's supply of new Ginger songs (36 in all!), and much more! Please visit for more details.

    The tour also supports the Pledge music release of the "Songs And Words" book -
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Mar 26 2015 @ 19:43 CDT


    New Deal Covers Recordings and Videos by Fight, Two and Halford

    March 25, 2015 - New York, NY - SONY Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, SME's catalog division, have signed a worldwide rights deal to with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Frontman of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, Rob Halford brought his iconic charisma and influential vocal style to a variety of side projects since 1992, notably his bands Fight, 2wo and Halford. The new SONY/Legacy agreement with Rob Halford will include individual album catalog titles and audio-visual releases. Upcoming Rob Halford anthology titles will include an Essential and Playlist collection with plans for a definitive Complete Albums Box.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Mar 25 2015 @ 15:04 CDT

    News: The Dead Daisies Announce Euro Tour With KISS New Album June 2015
    General After their successful and critically acclaimed US tour in 2014 with KISS & Def Leppard, The Dead Daisies are thrilled to announce their return to Europe supporting KISS on their 40th Anniversary Tour.

    The European KISS tour will coincide perfectly with the release of The Daisies much anticipated second album, which will be released globally on 1st June 2015 via INgrooves.

    Joining the musical collective on stage and in the studio will be singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and beating the skins for this tour will be first time member and current Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Mar 25 2015 @ 14:54 CDT

    News: Robin Trower launches his first-ever music video


    Robin Trower has launched his first-ever music video for the title track of his new album "Something's About To Change". Click here to view

    Something's About To Change was released by Manhaton/V12 Records on March 9th 2015 - the same day as Robin's 70th birthday. It marks Trower's first album since 2013's critically acclaimed "Roots And Branches", and dovetails his 17-date UK tour with special guest Joanne Shaw Taylor starting March 26.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Mar 20 2015 @ 14:07 CDT

    News: Alberto Rigoni releases "Into THE BASS" limited edition CD
    Progressive Metal "Into the BASS" is selection of songs from Italian bass player and composer Alberto Rigoni's four studio albums ("Something Different", "Rebirth", "Three Wise Monkeys" and "Overloaded"). With a range of influences from Dream Theater, Rush, YES to artists such as Michael Manring & Stu Hamm, "Into THE BASS" is an eclectic mix of instrumental tracks that shows the potential of the bass as more than a rhythm instrument. An aural journey of melody and groove that showcases a wide variety of genres covering progressive, rock, ambient and experimental, while maintaining the artist's distinctive style. The texture of the album is enriched by the participation of top class musicians such as Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Michael Manring, John Macaluso (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, ARK), amongst others.

    "An album full of bass excellence" - Joel McIver (author and music critic)
    "Alberto is a passionate artist and his music is rich and evocative" - Michael Manring (solo artist)
    Link to the album:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Mar 20 2015 @ 13:45 CDT

    News: New music from Scottish prog act Preacher
    Progressive Rock Tasha writes:

    LP lead single 'Jupiter To Mars' set for release one week earlier – April 6th

    It's been an exciting couple of decades for Scottish rock music, with several North of the Border groups making it onto the global stage. Excellent 8 piece rock band Preacher are the latest along the Scottish production line, bringing their very own take on melodic progressive rock along for the ride.

    Influenced by the classic likes of Pink Floyd, Preacher are updating the psychedelic rock tropes in a modern day setting and turning heads along the way. Their album launch made them the very first unsigned act to headline the ABC1 02 in Glasgow, which speaks to how much impact their new material has.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Mar 19 2015 @ 08:27 CDT

    News: el tubo elastico
    Progressive Rock el tubo elastico writes:

    Instrumental Progressive Rock from Spain

    Hope you enjoy!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Mar 19 2015 @ 08:26 CDT

    News: THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE-new album news
    Progressive Rock THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSE writes:

    The Psychedelic Ensemble new album, The Sunstone, is now available. For details visit visit The Psychedelic Ensemble website!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Mar 19 2015 @ 08:25 CDT

    News: Bernie Torme New PledgeMusic Campaign 2015!
    Heavy Metal The luck of the Irish: Irish Blues Rock Psychedelic Shredmeister/ Glam Punk Sleaze Rock Frontman Bernie Tormé announces a new Pledge Campaign for a brand new album……. on St Paddy's day!

    Help a Guitar Legend Create his new album for 2015!

    Own a piece of rock history: Pledge for a guitar body smashed by Bernie onstage with Gillan in 1981!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Mar 17 2015 @ 14:48 CDT

    Heavy Metal French atmospheric post-doom metal combo ANGELLORE has just inked a deal with SHUNU RECORDS for the release of their sophomore album, "LA LITANIE DES CENDRES", which will be released at the end of August 2015. Just like their debut, "Errances", this five-song CD was recorded and mixed between July 2012 and April 2014 by Florent Krist (bass player in CYNIC's side project AEON SPOKE) at EverTone Studio in France and mastered by Markus Skroch (HEL, NATTSOL, ELANE).
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Mar 17 2015 @ 14:36 CDT

    News: Dan Brown from The Wherehouse guests on What's Hot with SoT
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo and his special guest Dan Brown from The Wherehouse in Newburgh, NY as they do an entire show on 'Forgotten Favorites', taking a look back at rare and classic releases from Budgie, Coven, Dust, Sir Lord Baltimore, The Rolling Stones, Bloodrock, Leaf Hound, Cake, Mad River, Steppenwolf, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 15 2015 @ 17:45 CDT

    Concerts: Venrez, The King Lot, Rank Berry, Static Rock; Glasgow Audio 9th March 2015
    Heavy Metal

    Heading out for their first ever headline tour anywhere in the world, US rockers Venrez found themselves in a sparsely populated Audio in Glasgow, Scotland. Not many may have braved gale force winds and sideways rain that happily stung faces, but those that did were treated to an eclectic line-up of bands where everything from upbeat jangly rock and grunge to powerful melodic rock and a slice of sleaze, was served up. Add into that mix, one of the hottest up-and-coming UK rock acts, in the shape of The King Lot and the only thing missing was a capacity crowd!

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Mar 11 2015 @ 18:38 CDT

    Concerts: 36 Crazyfists / All Hail The Yeti / Shvpes @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham UK 13/02/15
    Heavy Metal The gigs are rolling through town thick and fast, with one band returning after a little hiatus and another band making its debut UK tour, SoT was once again on hand to check out some live ear bashing.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Mar 09 2015 @ 08:59 CDT

    Concerts: Queen & Adam Lambert @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield UK 27 Feb 2015
    General After witnessing their live set on BBC TV on New Years eve I was certainly one torn Queen fan, one hand thinking it was blasphemous the other singing loudly. I decided there was only one thing for it; I had to see this for myself to make my own mind up.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Mar 09 2015 @ 08:45 CDT

    Concerts: Black Label Society / Black Tusk / Crobot @ Rock City Nottingham, 18th Feb 2015
    Heavy Metal This year there seems to be some killer tour line ups being churned out and this time BLS have brought quite the quandary in terms of support bands. SoT once again raced off to Rock City for some midweek madness.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Mar 09 2015 @ 08:39 CDT

    News: TSO/Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery guests on What's Hot with SoT
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo and his special guest Chris Caffery as they talk about the recently completed Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour, Savatage news, Chris' upcoming solo album, a look back at the Doctor Butcher release from 1995, plus new releases from UFO, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Blind Guardian, Tarot, Oceanwake, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 08 2015 @ 16:31 CDT

    Concerts: Europe, Black Star Riders: Glasgow ABC March 5th 2015
    Heavy Metal

    Europe have been regulars on the UK touring circuit in recent years, in fact so much so that this is their fifth visit to Glasgow in as many years. However for Black Star Riders - the band formerly known as Thin Lizzy - amazingly this was their first show on Scottish soil. Hence with many excited at the prospect of witnessing Scott Gorham and his new(ish) boys for the first time, not only was the audience in attendance bright and early, they were, in truth, possibly less people interested in the closing act than the appetite whetters…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Mar 07 2015 @ 15:10 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

    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

    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 196

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