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This Month's Featured Article:
An Interview with The Tangent's Andy Tillison

Newest Interviews:
  • The Toi
  • The Tangent
  • FM
  • Nightwish

    Newest Concert Reviews:
  • Corrosion of Conformity
  • HRH AOR 3
  • The Answer
  • Venrez

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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: NEMO Coma
    Progressive Rock NEMO Coma

    Out August 28th, 2015

    Bonjour à tous !

    Here are the first informations about the new NEMO album!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, May 05 2015 @ 17:04 CDT
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    Interviews: Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish Talks About Endless Forms Most Beautiful
    Heavy Metal

    Staff writer Carl Sederholm recently sat down with Tuomas Holopainen, keyboard player of Nightwish, on their stop in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 22, 2015. Here's a transcript of their discussion.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, May 04 2015 @ 08:40 CDT
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    SoT Video: Brian Remaley of Brian's Backyard BBQ Guests on What's Hot with SoT!
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo as he visits with Brian Remaley, owner of Brian's Backyard BBQ, who talks about his upcoming music festival in Campbell Hall, NY featuring Cactus, Pat Travers Band, Artimus Pyle Band, Derek St. Holmes, Joe Lynn Turner, Chuck Burgi, Greg Smith, Les Dudek, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, May 02 2015 @ 07:30 CDT
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    News: KARISMA RECORDS INK DEAL WITH PROG ROCKERS MAGIC PIE
    Progressive Rock Erling Midtstue writes:

    Karisma Records have inked a deal with Norwegian Prog Rockers Magic Pie, and are set to release the band's fourth full-length album on the 25th May. As well as the new album, information about which will be released shortly, Karisma will also be re-issuing the band's three previous albums - 2005's "Motions of Desire", 2007's "Circus of Life" and 2011's "The Suffering Joy" - later this year in both CD format, and, for the first time, in vinyl format as well.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 28 2015 @ 17:46 CDT
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    News: Introducing Zeitgeist
    Progressive Rock Frank Wyatt writes:

    Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. This recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born! The music will be produced in the studios of the respective artists and at Crafty Hands Studio using state of the art recording technologies as well as some old school hardware and techniques. This unique gathering of such great musicians promises to deliver a beautiful and exciting musical experience.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 28 2015 @ 17:44 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo as he takes a look at some great albums from Canadian metal, hard rock & prog acts from the last 40 years, including Gorguts, Saga, Pat Travers Band, Triumph, Rush, Max Webster, April Wine, Warpig, Annihilator, Moxy, Anvil, Devin Townsend, and Frank Marino!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 28 2015 @ 17:39 CDT
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    Ricky Warwick: Lemmy Sings Summertime Blues with Ricky
    In 2014, Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy vocalist Ricky Warwick decided to record two new solo records, funded through the popular Pledgemusic crowd funding system. The results are two fan and critically acclaimed releases, "Hearts on Tree" and "When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)".

    During the campaign for these two albums, Ricky would record updates for those that supported him in the campaign. Staging most of these recordings in the stairwell of his home in Los Angeles, the fans quickly dubbed Ricky as the "Stairwell Troubadour". Ricky's acoustic covers of a number of tracks became very popular among the fan community. So much so that when the two solo albums were completed, there was a lot of feedback asking him to consider recording some of these covers for a release.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 28 2015 @ 15:07 CDT
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    News: MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
    Heavy Metal Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a 2016 nationwide UK tour at the starting at Bilston Robin on Wednesday January 20, 2016.

    A 48-hour ticket pre-sale starts at 9am on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at www.planetrock.com. Tickets are available to the general public on Friday May 1 from the 24-Hour box office on 0844 478 0898 and thegigcartel.com.

    Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album Spirit On A Mission which features the singles Vigilante Man and Live and Let Live plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics.

    The January 2016 UK tour will feature Schenker's "Temple of Rock" band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 28 2015 @ 15:03 CDT
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    The Heroes and Villains of FM - An interview with Steve Overland

    FM are BACK! Did no one tell you?? The UK's prime AOR-sters have just released the fourth album of their lazarus like comeback; Heroes & Villains the crowning glory of their amazing resurrection. Always a band capable of packing their sounds with an authentic upbeat groove, this new set of songs possesses a real verve and enthusiasm a band half their vintage would struggle to capture. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid plays the villain as one of the heroes, FM's singer extraordinaire Steve Overland, tells us all about it…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Apr 25 2015 @ 17:51 CDT
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    News: CORNERSTONE: NEW LINE-UP AND EUROPEAN TOUR
    Heavy Metal Michael Wachelhofer writes:

    There have been some rumours going 'round during the last weeks, but now it's official: in the beginning of 2015 Cornerstone decided to end their work with Patricia Hillinger after six years, and replace her with singer/ guitarplayer ALINA PETER. "Patricia has been full-heartedly involved in the band during the last years, and I have to say that we would not be where we are now without her," says bassist Michael. "But ultimately she made some decisions with which she disqualified herself morally. Everything else is a band issue and we would ask everyone explicitly to respect that."
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:58 CDT
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    News: SYNAPTIK ON THE ROAD
    Heavy Metal Chris Galea writes:

    Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album "The Mechanisms Of Consequence", Synaptik have a series of UK live dates lined up for the coming weeks. The band will also be playing in Kent for the first time, together with Thrash band Huron and One Machine, the latter featuring current and ex-members of bands such as Testament, Coma, Nevermore, Vicious Rumors and Biomechanical.

    Synaptik were formed in 2013 from the ashes of Inner Sanctum. The band's music is a hybrid of Thrash, Death and Prog Metal, encompassing both melody and aggression with a watchful eye on songwriting flair.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:57 CDT
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    News: Upcoming DVD from Knight Area
    Progressive Rock Gustavo Solinas writes:

    Knight Area is recording their first official dvd in Katowice (Poland). This dvd will be produced by Metal Mind Productions. This Polish record label is specialized in the recording and production of music dvd's and is leading in Europe.

    The dvd will be released in September this year and is titled "Hyperlive". To finance this project we decided to start a CROWDFUNDING-CAMPAIGN.

    You can help us to release "Hyperlive". Of course we give you something in return!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:56 CDT
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    News: PROGRESS RECORDS SIGNS ELEPHANT PLAZA
    Progressive Rock PROGRESS RECORDS writes:


    Band Members:
    Gilbert Marshall – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
    John Kamphaug – Bass, Bass Pedals, Vocals
    Olav Rygg – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
    John Petter Satherdal – Keyboards, Vocals
    Kim Christiansen – Guitars, Vocals

    The debut album naturally houses lots of influences found in 70´s progressive rock , along with influences from rock bands of both the 70´s era and the modern prog rock scene, offering the makings of a wide musical experience with great instrumentalists and true emotional musical engagement. The songs are solidly built on strong harmonic compositions, intimate lyrics and good musical "stories".
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:53 CDT
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    News: New video from Resistance
    Heavy Metal Metal Machine Record writes:

    RESISTANCE release new video "Battle Scars"

    The Los Angeles Metal Machine, RESISTANCE, have a new six song EP on the way "Volume 1 Battle Scars" and have released a video for the title track "Battle Scars" here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rglxSeQKkCY

    The EP was recorded at Skull Seven Studios in Los Angeles with famed producer Bill Metoyer at the helm. The album is set for an official release on April 14th 2015 through the bands own label, Metal Machine Records.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 20 2015 @ 07:52 CDT
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    News: WIZARDS OF WINTER NEWS
    Progressive Metal Breaking Bands LLC Announces New Partnership with Holiday-Themed Progressive Metal Ensemble WIZARDS OF WINTER

    Featuring Former Members of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

    If You Like TSO, You'll Love WIZARDS OF WINTER – Taking the Theatrical Holiday Rock Experience to a More Intimate Family Setting
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 18 2015 @ 07:05 CDT
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    Interviews: A Spark In The Tangent - an interview with Andy Tillison of The Tangent
    Progressive Rock

    Having an ever evolving cast of musicians has served The Tangent well over the years, so it is apt that their new release, 'A Spark In The Aether - The Music That Died Alone Volume Two', finds a collection of old, new and returning faces to deliver an album of real class. Differing from their recent material by being a more brazen, if no less crafted slice of Progressive Rock, 'A Spark…' finds a band utilising the ideals that made their music so irresistible in the first place, while delivering them in such a way that they sounds amazingly fresh and vibrant. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid found The Tangent leader Andy Tillison in full flow as they discussed everything from the lack of media coverage Prog receives to the part its founding fathers should be playing in promoting the scene they created. Oh and of course, the coming and goings in The Tangent and the new album itself…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Apr 12 2015 @ 07:02 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo as he takes a look at the recent releases from Lance King's Nightmare Records, including albums from Ilium, Anubis Gate, Divided Multitude, Tellus Requiem, Dimension, Teramaze, and Project Arcadia, as well as the latest from Black Star Riders, Loch Vostok, Ravage Machinery, Crowned By Fire, Black Rainbows, Dead Earth Politics, Impalers, and a Forgotten Favorites from Blue Oyster Cult! Plus, a quick review of the live Kansas performance at The Paramount Theater in Middletown, NY

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 12 2015 @ 06:38 CDT
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    SoT Video: 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 Nightwish, Night Demon, Magic Kingdom, Eden's Curse, Uli Jon Roth, Europe, Points North, Happy Family, Van Der Graaf Generator, Ciccada, Soft Machine, Bedemon, The Guess Who, Shredhead, Kelakos, Kansas, Burning Saviours, and Forgotten Favorites from Enslaved & Steel Mill!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 07 2015 @ 07:28 CDT
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    Concerts: Corrosion Of Conformity @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK, 3/9/2015
    Heavy Metal

    The last time I saw this line up of COC was Saturday 26th August 1995 at Donington Park. Could they equal that performance? SoT had to get down and Southern in the East Midlands to find out.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Apr 04 2015 @ 10:34 CDT
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    Interviews: Toi-ing Around with Andy Carr of The Toi
    General

    The Toi - no, not the toy, The Toi. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Why are we toying with the word at all? Well because this new Scottish band have the ability to turn Water Into Wine and with their debut album, of that name, they've nearly come up with a collection of songs of those miracle proportions. Gathering together a hugely disparate selection of influences, the results hit with a melody and warmth that simply implores you to listen to it again and again. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid traversed the world (well, the fifty miles of Scotland between Perth and Glasgow) to toy with The Toi bassist Andy Carr on Oasis producers, Darkness members and, of course turning Water Into Wine…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 03 2015 @ 08:14 CDT
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    Past Articles


    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)


    Saturday, March 28

    · The Answer / Bad Touch / Picture Books - Glasgow Garage - 13th March 201 (0)
    · Year of the wolf! An interview with BlackWolf frontman Scott Sharp. (0)


    Sunday, March 15

    · Dan Brown from The Wherehouse guests on What's Hot with SoT (0)


    Wednesday, March 11

    · Venrez, The King Lot, Rank Berry, Static Rock; Glasgow Audio 9th March 2015 (0)


    Monday, March 09

    · 36 Crazyfists / All Hail The Yeti / Shvpes @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham UK 13/02/15 (0)
    · Queen & Adam Lambert @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield UK 27 Feb 2015 (0)
    · Black Label Society / Black Tusk / Crobot @ Rock City Nottingham, 18th Feb 2015 (0)


    Sunday, March 08

    · TSO/Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery guests on What's Hot with SoT (0)


    Saturday, March 07

    · Europe, Black Star Riders: Glasgow ABC March 5th 2015 (0)


    Sunday, March 01

    · Now And Ven - An interview with Venrez frontman Ven… (0)


    Tuesday, February 24

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


    Sunday, February 22

    · 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn, Die Off, and Wolvhammer @ Area 51 in SLC, Utah (0)


    Wednesday, February 18

    · 10cc @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK 02/16/2015 (0)


    Wednesday, February 11

    · Please Come Home… An interview with the Lonely Robot, John Mitchell (0)
    · Devil Down with Twingiant - An interview with guitarist Nikos Maxis (0)


    Saturday, February 07

    · Amon Amarth / Huntress / Savage Messiah @Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK 1/19/2015 (0)


    Thursday, January 29

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


    Sunday, January 25

    · Vantage Point, Solitude, Kaoss Theory. Edinburgh Opium Bar 17th January 2015 (0)
    · Slipknot / Korn / King 810 @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK 1/16/2015 (0)


    Saturday, January 24

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


    Monday, January 19

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


    Thursday, January 15

    · New Pink Floyd eBook spotlights Animals album and tour... (0)


    Wednesday, January 07

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


    Saturday, January 03

    · 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)


    Wednesday, December 17

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


    Saturday, December 13

    · Prog Meets Jazz-Fusion Meets Avant-Garde Meets Black Metal...Murmur! (0)


    Sunday, November 30

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


    Saturday, November 15

    · The 'Far Out' Sounds of My Brother the Wind (0)


    Sunday, November 09

    · Pentagram, Blood Ceremony, Bang, and Kings Destroy at Gramercy Theatre, NYC 11/1 (0)


    Thursday, November 06

    · The Treatment, Buffalo Summer & Massive at Rock City (0)


    Wednesday, November 05

    · Steve Hackett Genesis Extended @Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 11/04/2014 (0)


    Friday, October 31

    · Going Up In The World: An interview with Skyscraper (0)


    Saturday, October 04

    · The Extraordinary Sounds of Musk Ox (0)


    Tuesday, September 23

    · The Weekly 'What's Hot with SoT's Pete Pardo' video show! (0)
    · Ne Obliviscaris Premiere New Album: CITADEL (0)


    Sunday, September 21

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


    Monday, September 15

    · Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, UK 07/04 - 07/06 2014 (0)


    Wednesday, September 10

    · Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo, London, UK 09/06/2014 (0)


    Saturday, August 09

    · A Candid Interview with Mike Tramp (0)


    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)


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