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

Newest Interviews:
  • Threshold
  • My Brother the Wind
  • Skyscraper
  • Musk Ox

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  • The Treatment/Buffalo Summer/Massive
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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: British band ASOMVEL head out on a 7-date tour this March
    Heavy Metal 23.03.15 - Bannermans, Edinburgh 24.03.15 - Bootleggers, Kendal 25.03.15 - Bad Apples, Leeds 26.03.15 - Rebellion, Manchester 27.03.15 - Scruffy's, Birmingham 28.03.15 - The Firehouse, Southampton 29.03.15 - The Unicorn, London

    Ahead of the tour, ASOMVEL play a Camden Rocks showcase gig at The Barfly on Monday 9 February. Tickets: http://po.st/CamdenRocksTix Event: http://po.st/CRP0209

    ASOMVEL have toured with Grand Magus, and supported Carcass, Anvil, and Orange Goblin. A recent line-up change has powered the band forward, and armed with vocalist Ralph, and drummer Larry Paterson, ASOMVEL swiftly released Railroaded, a brand new track and video to showcase this new line-up.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 27 2015 @ 18:03 CST
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    News: Toseland Announces new EP, UK tour, new drummer Land Speed Record attempt...
    Heavy Metal Following the release of their debut album "Renegade" in March 2014, Toseland return with a new EP, "Hearts And Bones" and a full UK tour in April 2015.

    The release of "Renegade" (which has sold almost 10,000 copies in the UK alone) and two years of constant touring – both pre and post release – headline shows, supports with the likes of Aerosmith, Status Quo, Little Angels and Reef and festival shows such as Download, Isle Of Wight, Carfest, Planet Rockstock and Silverstone Moto GP - has established Toseland as one of the most exciting new UK rock acts. "Renegade" spawned multiple radio hits – with four consecutive singles A listed at Planet Rock radio.

    The "Hearts And Bones" EP features the self titled first single and another new song "The Closer I Get". The EP also features a cover of The Teardrop Explodes classic 'Reward'. The EP builds on Toseland's sound - driving riffs overlaid with the powerful voice of James Toseland. The EP was again recorded with Toby Jepson producing (credits include The Answer, Saxon and The Virgin Marys) and Steve Harris (Foo Fighters, U2) as engineer.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 27 2015 @ 17:16 CST
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    News: 66crusher news
    Progressive Metal Otto Sætre/Gymnocal writes:

    The Norwegian progressive thrash band 66crusher will release their third album "Wanderer" on February 6th. An epic album built around the themes «the end», space, galaxies and our solar system.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Jan 27 2015 @ 06:05 CST
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    News: SAXON TO RE-RELEASE TWO CLASSIC COLLECTIONS
    Heavy Metal The Saxon Chronicles Part 1' DVD & 'Heavy Metal Thunder' CD

    Release Date 16th March 2015

    SAXON are ready to kick off 2015 with the re-release of two classic collections, each covering significant career highlights as well as offering something new in their '15 versions.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jan 26 2015 @ 18:51 CST
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    Concerts: Vantage Point, Solitude, Kaoss Theory. Edinburgh Opium Bar 17th January 2015
    Heavy Metal

    Edinburgh, Scotland outfit Vantage Point have long been impressing people with their theatrical take on Maiden-esque Metal. So when the opportunity arose to finally see them in the flesh, Sea Of Tranquility's Steven Reid whisked himself off to Scotland's capital for a "Demonic Dinner Dance". However what wasn't expected was that catching the powerful quartet would result in the SoT staff writer stumbling headlong into the local Metal-core (and so much more) scene in the process. Here's a lowdown of the five acts who graced the Opium Bar stage...

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Jan 25 2015 @ 13:45 CST
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    Concerts: Slipknot / Korn / King 810 @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK 1/16/2015
    Heavy Metal

    The 'Prepare For Hell Tour' is the first major tour to roll through the UK in 2015 and let's be honest what a scintillating line up it is. Two big league heavy hitters , survivors from the Nu-Metal movement and one new kid on the block vying for their place in the echelons of the fickle world we call the music business, SoT took the plunge and ventured into the pit.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 25 2015 @ 07:01 CST
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    Concerts: Blaze Bailey Acoustic Showcase – Castle Rock Studios, Cheshire, UK 1/10/2015
    Heavy Metal

    Blaze Bailey (Wolfsbane & Ex- Iron Maiden) celebrates the 15th anniversary of the release of his album Silicon Messiah this year. At this year's SOS Festival in July he'll be playing the whole damn thing live, to kick off this celebration Blaze played to an invited audience of about 20 people in the intimate surroundings of Castle Rock Studios and SoT were there to witness it.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jan 24 2015 @ 07:44 CST
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    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 6:33, UDO, Jack Bruce, Peter Banks Empire, Eclipse, Level 10, Jorn Lande, Venom, Arcane, Pat Travers Band, simakDialog, Sylosis, Karma to Burn, and more, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Magnum.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 19 2015 @ 08:56 CST
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    News: Glyn Bailey & The Beholden...
    General Welcome to 2015...
    2059 is on the way!

    Most of last year was spent recording the 10 new tracks which make up our forthcoming album '2059'. We're aiming for a release date of early March once all the loose ends are tied up. One of which was awaiting permission from Noddy Holder's publishers to include our version of the Slade song 'Coz I Luv U' ... which has now been granted :-)
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 16 2015 @ 18:32 CST
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    News: GALAHAD: Live date, 'Empires...' Deluxe and Companion Album
    Progressive Rock 30th Anniversary Show

    Galahad are proud to announce that they will playing a special one off 30th anniversary show at Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset on Saturday 4th July 2015.

    The band will be performing songs from every period of their career including some which have not been played live for many years.

    This show will be one of only a handful the band will play in 2015.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 16 2015 @ 18:21 CST
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    News: New Pink Floyd eBook spotlights Animals album and tour...
    Progressive Rock 1977 marked the final time that the Pink Floyd line-up of Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason embarked on an extensive tour. Taking in 55 shows and spanning seven months from the end of January to the beginning of July, the In The Flesh tour saw the band play venues across Europe and North America in support of their newly released studio album Animals.

    This new eBook spotlights Pink Floyd in 1977; the album, the tour, the pig, the spitting incident and the aftermath.Written by Sea of Tranquility's Dean Pedley, Pink Floyd Plays The Animals is priced at $0.99 and is available across all e-reader formats exclusively from:-

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/510601
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Thu, Jan 15 2015 @ 03:07 CST
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    News: Michael Schenker to release "Spirit On A Mission" in the UK March 23rd
    Heavy Metal Award-winning, legendary rock guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new studio album entitled "Spirit On A Mission" in the UK on Monday 23rd March.

    Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker's Temple of Rock band including ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow's Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards). The album will be released on CD, Deluxe Edition (CD+DVD), Deluxe 180 gram vinyl (special DMM-Cut), and digital download.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jan 14 2015 @ 16:21 CST
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    News: STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT'
    Progressive Rock

    Music pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this "wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015."

    From a plaintive wolf cry to Steve embracing real wolves (see sleeve above), exploring dark caverns, ancient ruins and tropical lagoons, primal energy is at the root of this album as a springboard to an exotic and exciting adventure.

    Wolflight is Steve's first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic. The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist's career.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jan 14 2015 @ 16:08 CST
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    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 Lucifer Was, Three Seasons, District 97 w/John Wetton, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, Scorpions, Michael Mantler, Metaphor's Malcolm Smith, and more, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Atomic Rooster.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jan 07 2015 @ 19:57 CST
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    News: Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo's Top 12 of 2014
    General In the grand tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas, SoT Publisher Pete Pardo counts down his Top 12 releases of 2014.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jan 03 2015 @ 06:21 CST
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    Interviews: Settle into the COMFORTZONE - an interview with Rikard Sjöblom of Beardfish
    Progressive Rock

    Hello…hello…? Is that +4626 COMFORTZONE?? Can you help me…?

    It would appear they can; that's Beardfish we're talking about, as they launch their new album, the rather oddly titled +4626 COMFORTZONE. Rikard Sjöblom mans the phones to tell us all about an album which stretches the Beardfish sound, while satisfying their fans' desire to also nod to their past. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid dials the digits to find out more…
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Dec 28 2014 @ 09:12 CST
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    Concerts: Motorhead, The Damned & The Bosshoss at NIA, Birmingham UK 11/6/2015
    Heavy Metal

    The annual Motorhead European tour took a bit of a tumble last year with its cancellation due to Lemmy's health issues. This year they have opted for fewer shows, sacrificing the smaller venues for arenas amid muttering from diehard fans. SoT caught the gig at the British home of Heavy Metal, Birmingham.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Dec 21 2014 @ 06:47 CST
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    Concerts: Joe Elliott's Down N Outz, Vega, at Glasgow Garage, 16th December 2014
    Concert Reviews

    The celebration of Mott The Hoople and its related offshoots, that is Joe Elliott's Down N Outz, is basically a Rock n' Roll party on the move. The recipe has been simple; record two albums of criminally forgotten songs, have great fun while doing so and bring that joy to stages around the UK. Then, share with like minded souls the vibe and sounds which inspired Def Leppard frontman Elliott and his backing band, which is sprinkled with a liberal helping of The Quireboys, to play music in the first place. Does it work? Well it sure as hell served up some serious "Good Times" tonight in Glasgow!

    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 18:40 CST
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    Interviews: Prog Meets Jazz-Fusion Meets Avant-Garde Meets Black Metal...Murmur!
    Heavy Metal

    Perhaps one of the most unique bands you'll likely hear, Murmur's self-titled release here in 2014 brands them one of the more eclectic groups on an otherwise very varied roster of artists on Season of Mist. Matthias Vogels (guitars, vocals, synths), Shane Prendiville (guitars, vocals, synths), Charlie Werber (drums), and Alex Perkolup (bass, vocals) seem to have bridged the gap between US black metal, vintage progressive rock, daring jazz-fusion, and the oddity that is avant-garde, into a style that is, well, simply Murmur. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with Shane Prendiville to talk about the origins of the band, the influences that make up their unique sound, and more!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Dec 13 2014 @ 09:36 CST
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    Interviews: Threshold's Karl Groom talks about their latest CD For the Journey
    Progressive Metal

    Threshold's For The Journey will no doubt be regarded by many as one of the top releases for 2014, and rightly so as it's yet again another fine album by the UK progressive group. Sea of Tranquility's Scott Jessup recently had a chance to interview Threshold guitarist, composer and producer Karl Groom to talk in-depth about the new album (a joint release by Metallville & Nuclear Blast in North America) and much more!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Nov 30 2014 @ 09:25 CST
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    Survey
    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 56

    Past Articles


    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)


    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)


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