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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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    Interviews: Guitarist Vinnie Moore discusses the new UFO album Conspiracy of Stars
    Heavy Metal Now five albums into the Vinnie Moore era, British hard rock legends UFO are firing on all cylinders with a new lease on life, thanks in part to their virtuoso guitar player. With a brand new album Conspiracy of Stars out and a world tour in motion, UFO are once again poised to thrill fans all over the globe. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with Moore to talk about his now decade plus with the band, the new record, as well as his and the bands legacy.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 29 2015 @ 13:04 CDT

    News: Steve Keeler, owner of Rock Fantasy, guests on What's Hot with SoT
    General Join Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo and his special guest Steve Keeler, owner of Rock Fantasy in Middetown, NY as they talk about the latest releases from Enslaved, Ensiferum, Keep of Kalessin, The Crown, Led Zeppelin, Marduk, and more!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Mar 29 2015 @ 08:36 CDT

    Concerts: HRH AOR 3 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/13 & 03/14 2015
    Heavy Metal Hard Rock Hell, the leading indoor festival operation across Europe, returned to the North Welsh coastal destination of Pwllheli for the annual celebration of all things melodic with AOR 3. For 2015 the organisers had left no stone unturned to secure a headline appearance from Night Ranger, a band who had never previously ventured north of London over the course of their thirty-five year career. Also appearing over the weekend were up and coming names such as Night By Night alongside veterans FM and Starz.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, Mar 29 2015 @ 06:54 CDT


    With special guests Black Star Riders

    Friday 27th March – Rock icons Def Leppard and Whitesnake today announce a joint headline UK & Irish arena tour with support from Black Star Riders. The tour will call at:

    December 2015
    Sunday 6 Dublin 3Arena
    Monday 7 Belfast Odyssey
    Wednesday 9 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
    Thursday 10 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
    Saturday 12 Birmingham Genting Arena
    Sunday 13 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
    Tuesday 15 Manchester Arena
    Wednesday 16 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
    Friday 18 London The SSE Arena Wembley
    Saturday 19 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Mar 28 2015 @ 10:06 CDT

    Concerts: The Answer / Bad Touch / Picture Books - Glasgow Garage - 13th March 201
    Heavy Metal

    The Answer have long been known for their live shows and yet with their new, 'Raise A Little Hell' album under their belts, they seem even more confident and exuberant than ever before. The Picture Books may have gotten things off to an inauspicious start, but Bad Touch certainly made up for that, before the main event provided The Answer we were all looking for. Did they 'Raise A Little Hell' in the Glasgow Garage? I should say so!! Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid survived to tell the tale...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Mar 28 2015 @ 09:56 CDT

    Interviews: Year of the wolf! An interview with BlackWolf frontman Scott Sharp.
    Heavy Metal

    One of the best discoveries of 2014, Bristol's Hard Rocking BlackWolf were defiantly howling at the top of their voices at every turn. Tours with Winger, Blues Pills, The Answer and The Brew (amongst others), saw this hard working outfit spread their message far and wide. While with 'The Hunt' they provided a stunning statement that was undoubtedly the debut album of the year. An early member of The Pack, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid, spoke with singer Scott Sharp to look back on a momentous year for this young act and to discover what 2015 holds in store for a band destined for ever greater things.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Mar 28 2015 @ 09:32 CDT

    The Poodles 'Devil In The Details' April 27th
    The Poodles are back with "Devil in the Details", their sixth studio album and follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Tour de Force". The evolution of the band's sound is evident as a result of their continued collaboration with produced Mats Valentin. This is rock n' roll straight up, no chaser! In many ways this represents the second coming of The Poodles and you are cordially invited to experience the epic-ness and majesty of "Devil in the Details".

    The debut album, "Metal Will Stand Tall", was released in 2006 and the single "Night of Passion" went platinum. "Streets of Fire" from the album "Sweet Trade", became the bands biggest selling single to date, achieving double platinum status. They visited twenty-nine European cities during the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010. The album "Performocracy"(2011) went #1 on the Swedish album chart.

    All in all, The Poodles have had over ten "top 10" releases so far which makes them on of Sweden's most successful rock bands.

    Devil in the Details will be released worldwide April 27th
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Mar 28 2015 @ 05:35 CDT

    News: Atkins May Project Feat. Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Release New Anth
    Heavy Metal Atkins May Project Feat. Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Release New Anthology With Unreleased Bonus Track

    London, UK - The Atkins May Project, featuring original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitar virtuoso Paul May return with this superb compilation. For the last four years the rock world has been buzzing about former Judas Priest vocal legend and Holy Rage heavy metal frontman Al Atkins and Christian guitarist and music artist Paul May's new music. Together they have created three excellent records available on Gonzo Multimedia. There are enough doses of melody and metal madness to entice all fans of the genre, and while it is solid, honest, working-class heavy metal, it also has its roots in contemporary metal with some fine axe-work and killer choruses.

    This marriage of Metal Mayhem has earned them stunning reviews from the worlds' press and has seen them gain a steady momentum of fans globally since their initial release back in 2011. After the worldwide success of "Serpents Kiss", "Valley Of Shadows" and "Empire Of Destruction" once again coming straight from the "Home of Metal," out of the heart of the UK's "Black Country", Atkins May Project return with "Anthology" (volume 1). This collection of Classic Rock and British Metal is an essential addition to all who love this genre that's no afraid to merge metal moments with progressive thought.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Mar 28 2015 @ 05:17 CDT

    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

    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 199

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    Wednesday, March 11

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    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)
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    · 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)

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    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)

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    Thursday, January 29

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

    Sunday, January 25

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    Monday, January 19

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    Thursday, January 15

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    Sunday, December 28

    · Settle into the COMFORTZONE - an interview with Rikard Sjöblom of Beardfish (0)

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    Wednesday, December 17

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    Saturday, December 13

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    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)

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    Thursday, November 06

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    Wednesday, November 05

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    · 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)
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    · 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)

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    · Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014 (0)

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    · Primal Fear Live at Stage 48 in New York City, 4/30/2014 (0)

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