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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: KISS, Mötley Crüe and more confirmed for Download Festival 2015
    Heavy Metal KISS will bring Download 2015 to a close when they headline the main stage on Sunday 14 June.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have carved themselves emphatically into the pantheon of Rock mythology with their huge choruses, unmistakable visuals and extraordinary, pyrotechnical live performances. KISS return to Donington having graced Monsters of Rock in 1988 and 1996 and headlined Download, Europe's biggest rock and metal festival, in 2008.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Nov 19 2014 @ 03:22 CST
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    News: ROCKET SCIENTISTS ARE LOOKING FORWARD WITH "REFUEL"
    Progressive Rock The enduring trio of Erik Norlander (keyboards), Mark McCrite (guitars and vocals) and Don Schiff (Sticks and strings) known as Rocket Scientists are delighted to release their 7th studio album, "Refuel." The full-length album combines both vocal and instrumental songs with the band's signature songwriting, performance and production style in 12 unforgettable tracks. Refuel also features stellar performances by guest musicians Gregg Bissonette (drums), vocalists Lana Lane, Kelly Keeling and Emily McCrite along with others including the brass players from the band's previous release, Supernatural Highways, and Norlander's Hommage Symphonique album which also featured Schiff and McCrite.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Nov 18 2014 @ 06:02 CST
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    News: Muse announced as Download 2015 Saturday headliner + Faith No More, Manson..
    Heavy Metal Muse will make their debut at Europe's biggest rock festival as Saturday's main stage headliner at Download 2015.

    Considered by many to be the greatest live act in the world, the genre-defying trio will follow in the footsteps of Rock Gods past and present when they walk the hallowed fields of Donington Park for the first time.

    On their impending debut the band said: We're really looking forward to Download. We've never played the festival before so it's going to be really special.

    Main support will come from alt-funk-rap-metal pioneers Faith No More, returning to the festival for the first time since their long-awaited comeback in 2009. The return of the San Francisco five-piece to Donington also coincides with the release of their first album in 18 years, due in April 2015, with first single Motherf****r set to drop at the end of this month.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Tue, Nov 18 2014 @ 03:02 CST
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    News: Frontiers Records announces 'Dracula' from Lande and Trond Holter
    Heavy Metal

    Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the release of a new exciting album written and performed by the two Norwegian Rock Stars Jorn Lande and Trond Holter entitled DRACULA "Swing of Death on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th in North America. This exciting concept album was inspired by the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Nov 17 2014 @ 09:59 CST
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    Interviews: The 'Far Out' Sounds of My Brother the Wind
    Progressive Rock

    If you haven't yet had the chance to hear the intoxicating sounds of Swedish instrumental act My Brother the Wind, you really are missing out on some fantastic music. Their latest album for the Laser's Edge Free Electric Sound is titled Once There Was A Time When Time And Space Were One, and it contains 9 mesmerizing tracks that blend progressive rock, krautrock, space rock, and psychedelia, created by band members Mathias Danielsson, Ronny Eriksson, Nicklas Barker, and Daniel Fridlund Brandt. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with both Nicklas & Mathias to talk about their fascinating band and the wonderful new CD.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Nov 15 2014 @ 07:24 CST
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    News: PARLOPHONE RECORDS TO COMPLETE RUN OF NEW IRON MAIDEN VINYLS ON NOV 24TH
    Heavy Metal Following the announcement earlier this year, the entire vinyl collection of Iron Maiden's 1980s albums – which are being issued in brand new heavyweight 180g black vinyl pressings – will be completed on November 24th, with the final two albums, 'Somewhere In Time' and 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' finishing the collection.

    The albums have been cut from the original analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases. A strictly limited edition run has been made available with a collectors' box to house the entire album collection.

    In conjunction with these premium album releases, a one-off run of the 7" singles from each respective album have been made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles are also cut from the original analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, they have fast become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Nov 14 2014 @ 14:58 CST
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    News: New video from power metal act Eyefear
    Heavy Metal Kosta Papazoglou writes:

    Australian Dark Symphonic power metal veterans Eyefear have unveiled their first ever film clip for the track "Eyes Of Madness" taken from their 2012 release The Inception Of Darkness out through Limb Music. The video was directed by Steve Ravic Majestic film. To help promote the new clip the band is also running a competition on their official facebook page. All you have to do is share the clip and you could be in the running to win some Eyefear merchandise.

    Attached is the link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZLKDo02Id8
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:33 CST
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    News: New video from Czech doom act ET MORIEMUR.
    Heavy Metal Zdenek writes:

    Hi,

    Here is Zdenek from the Czech doom metal band ET MORIEMUR.

    The Czech doomsters Et Moriemur released a music video for the song "Liebeslied" from their second full-length album entitled "Ex Nihilo In Nihilum". The CD will be released on 17th November by the Russian doom label par excellence Solitude productions, its pre-sale has already started.


    The link to the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUNIyaa_Xhw


    Thank you so much for your support!
    Zdenek and EM
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:32 CST
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    News: Black Pearl Productions presents Existence
    Progressive Rock Black Pearl Producti writes:

    In 1999, Existence released the album Small People, Short Story, Little Crime to great critical acclaim from the specialised press.

    The Live The Experience tour and the many shows that followed until 2002 presented a band in top shape who proudly restored the "Concept album" genre to its former glory!

    15 years later, Black Pearl Productions is happy to announce the release of the Live In Montreal album recorded on October 12, 1999. This document which was rediscovered in the band's vaults was recoded using a Sony MiniDisc player/recorder plugged directly in the sound board for the sole purpose of the band's own review.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:30 CST
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    News: AMKEN reveals artwork, track-listing and release date for 'Adrenaline Sh
    Heavy Metal AMKEN writes:

    Greek thrash metal offsprings AMKEN will unleash their 1st studio effort, Adrenaline Shot, worldwide on November 30th. The artwork for the EP was created by Bill Hauser (https://www.facebook.com/billhauserart), who has previously worked with thrash metal acts such as HIRAX and GHOUL.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:29 CST
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    News: Mark Kelson debut album
    Progressive Rock Mark Kelson writes:

    Mark Kelson (The Eternal / ex-Alternative 4) has just release his debut solo album "Resurgence'. It is NOW AVAILABLE from his Bandcamp page. 'Resurgence' is available for digital download (MP3, FLAC & more) with a bonus track. It is also available in limited edition CD format. Each CD is signed and hand numbered by Mark Kelson (See photos on Bandcamp page) & comes with a 12 page booklet. Price includes shipping & digital download. Show Mark some support and head to his store and grab a copy!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:27 CST
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    News: THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE
    Progressive Rock THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSE writes:

    Pre-order options are available now for the forthcoming release of the fifth album, The Sunstone, from The Psychedelic Ensemble. The new release features TPE, vocalist Ann Caren, orchestra, and guest appearances from Michael Wilk of Steppenwolf and others. Visit The Psychedelic Ensemble Official Webite or the Pre-Order Site for exciting pre-order options and savings.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:26 CST
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    News: New album from Leon Alvarado
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Much to the anticipation of prog fans worldwide, keyboardist/composer Leon Alvarado will be releasing his third album '2014, Music from an Expanded Universe' on October 30, 2014, the first under the Melodic Revolution Records banner. For this mini-LP, Leon enlists the guitar skills of Trey Gunn (King Crimson), the masterful drumming of Jerry Marotta (better known for his work with Peter Gabriel, as well as Orleans and later Hall and Oates) and the ambient music duo better known as "Cyber Zen Sound Engine."
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:25 CST
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    News: Adrian Belew Tour
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Adrian Belew is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist, who has released 20 critically acclaimed solo albums. He has worked alongside some of the most innovative artists of the past 30 years, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Laurie Anderson and Nine Inch Nails. For 33 years he was the frontman, singer, and guitarist in art-rock giant King Crimson. Known as a highly inventive guitarist, much of Belew's music mixes pop songwriting with complex time signatures, witty lyrics, wild sounds, and technical mastery of his instrument.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 13 2014 @ 05:22 CST
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    Concerts: Pentagram, Blood Ceremony, Bang, and Kings Destroy at Gramercy Theatre, NYC 11/1
    Heavy Metal

    November 1st at New York City's Gramercy Theatre turned out to be a night of vintage heavy rock & doom not to be missed. First, I've long wanted to see US doom legends Pentagram, second, since hearing of the reunion of early '70s proto-metal legends Bang I've wanted to make sure I caught one of their rare live performances. Third, throw in modern doomsters Blood Ceremony, and you have three reasons why New York City was my destination on this rainy November evening.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Nov 09 2014 @ 17:52 CST
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    News: Rainbow The Polydor Years 8 Classic Albums In 1 Amazing Vinyl Box set
    Heavy Metal Rainbow 'The Polydor Years' 8 Classic Albums In 1 Amazing Vinyl Box set, Released 24th November 2014 As one of the cornerstones of British Rock, Rainbow, led by the never-predictable but ever-astonishing guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, became synonymous with some of the most well regarded and popular charting Rock songs of the seventies and eighties. From the mystic and quasi-religious 'Stargazer' and 'Man On A Silver Mountain' to the solid gold anthems of 'All Night Long', 'Long Live Rock And Roll' and 'Since You Been Gone', each year in the decade of Rainbow was marked by some of the best songs and performances captured both on record and in-concert.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Nov 06 2014 @ 18:58 CST
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    Concerts: The Treatment, Buffalo Summer & Massive at Rock City
    Concert Reviews

    Rock City, Nottingham, 10 Oct 2014.

    It's not often you get a line-up of bands oozing this sort of quality yet very different for their own reasons. A Friday night at Rock City is always going to be a lively affair and tonight was a lesson in dirty Rock 'n Roll and groove.


    Posted by Mark Davies on Thu, Nov 06 2014 @ 06:39 CST
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    Concerts: Steve Hackett Genesis Extended @Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 11/04/2014
    Progressive Rock

    Steve Hackett returned to Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the third and (presumably) final time as part of his mammoth global trek revisiting the music of Genesis from the 1970's. With a slightly tweaked set list and accompanied by a superb band including vocalist Nad Sylvan the show served as another spectacular journey back in time. For many fans Hackett's passion embodies the spirit of this golden era for the band and why, no matter how many documentaries may suggest otherwise, he will always be recognised as a fundamental part of its history.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Nov 05 2014 @ 09:53 CST
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    Interviews: Going Up In The World: An interview with Skyscraper
    General

    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
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    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
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    Past Articles


    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)


    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

    · FERGIE FREDERIKSEN R.I.P. (0)


    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)


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