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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: Queensryche's 'Digital Noise Alliance' Wins our 2022 Readers Poll
    General Digital Noise Alliance from Queensryche has won our readers poll for 2022 Album of the Year by a landslide! In a distant second place was Porcupine Tree Closure/Continuation and in third place came Kickstart the Sun from Cats in Space. Thanks to everyone that voted and congratulations to Queensryche for winning the Best Album of 2022 as voted by the Sea of Tranquility readers & viewers!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Feb 02 2023 @ 03:44 CST
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    News: Karnataka: Requiem For A Dream albumreleased 5 June 2023
    Progressive Rock Requiem For A Dream is the much anticipated new studio album from UK symphonic/progressive rock band Karnataka. Featuring eight stunning new songs, the lavishly produced new album also includes their most ambitious track to date, the 25 minute epic, ‘Requiem For A Dream’.

    ”The album explores themes of personal adversity, loss, despair and forgiveness, experienced through the prism of global chaos, climate change and environmental destruction,” say Ian and Sertari. ”A beautiful world slowly dying and tinged with fear, yet grasping for hope. We are reminded of the fragility of Sagan’s unique ‘pale blue dot’ floating in a vast ocean of stars. We are dancing in the rain. This is our requiem for a dream.“
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 01 2023 @ 19:29 CST
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    News: EUROPE celebrate 40th Anniversary - Tour Announcement
    General 2023 sees 40 years since Swedish rock icons EUROPE released their self-titled debut album and to celebrate the milestone, the band are set to tour this Autumn. Tickets go on sale from 10am on Friday 27 January 2023 from aegpresents.co.uk.

    The band, with millions of album sales under their belt and a No1 smash in 1986 across 25 countries with the legendary “The Final Countdown” received an award from YouTube in 2022 for the first Swedish band ever to receive a BILLION views for any one song.

    The “Time Capsule” tour will take in 18 concerts across Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and the UK, including two nights at the famous London Palladium. These anniversary shows will consist of a career retrospective “evening with” performance featuring all the hits together with deep cuts and fan favorites from all of their 11 studio albums.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 24 2023 @ 17:33 CST
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    News: RUSH Portraits, Rufus Publications 1st in series of black&white publications
    Progressive Rock RUSH -

    Rufus Publications is pleased to announce the first book in a new series of black and white titles called Portraits

    The new Portraits series will comprise beautiful 230mm square books, each presented in a slipcase, and will feature a range of artistes. Each title will be created using the work of a main photographer associated with the artiste, plus supplementary imagery to complement the main images. The books are printed and bound in the UK and presented in a luxury, foiled slipcase. Music journalist John Tucker has written an introduction for each book, and other text is sourced from articles that appeared in print at the time of the photography. The books are not signed but will be numbered and will come with an exclusive poster or print.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 20 2023 @ 22:13 CST
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    News: Jethro Tull announce 23rd studio album RökFlöte; launch single Ginnungagap
    Progressive Rock 20th January 2023: Jethro Tull are pleased to announce their 23rd studio album, ‘RökFlöte’, which is set for release on the 21st April 2023 via InsideOutMusic. Following 2022’s ‘The Zealot Gene’, the band's first album in two decades, Ian Anderson and the band are returning with a 12-track record based on the characters and roles of some of the principle gods of the old Norse paganism, and at the same time exploring the ‘RökFlöte’ - rock flute - which Jethro Tull has made iconic.

    Today also sees the launch of the first single from the album, and you can watch the stunning animated video for ‘Ginnungagap’ (created by Costin Chioreanu) HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 20 2023 @ 22:08 CST
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    News: Porcupine Tree to release deluxe hardback book edition of 'Deadwing'
    Progressive Rock DELUXE HARDBACK BOOK EDITION OF PORCUPINE TREE’S CLASSIC ALBUM DEADWING RELEASED ON TRANSMISSION ON 3RD MARCH 2023

    Pre-orders available now

    Transmission are proud to present Deadwing in deluxe hardback book edition for the first time. With three CDs and a bonus blu-ray disc, this is the most complete collection of the album and related material to date.
    · Disc 1 (CD): Steven Wilson’s 2018 remaster of Deadwing.
    · Disc 2 (CD): B-sides & additional tracks.
    · Disc 3 (CD): Over 70 minutes of Deadwing demos, offering a rare insight into the creative process for the album, including several tracks not recorded for the final album.
    · Disc 4 (Blu-ray): Featuring the new 'making of' documentary Never Stop the Car on a Drive in the Dark, ‘Lazarus’ promo video, Deadwing remastered in 96/24 LPCM stereo, B-sides in 96/24 LPCM stereo, Deadwing album with 4 bonus tracks in 5.1 surround sound mix by Elliot Scheiner and Steven Wilson, and 77-minute Rockpalast, Germany broadcast from 2005.
    · Book: A 108-page book is at the heart of this collection, with an in-depth history of the band by Stephen Humphries and rare photographs from Lasse Hoile and the band's personal archives.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 14 2022 @ 21:52 CST
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    News: RIVERSIDE - Announce European tour dates for 2023
    Progressive Metal Poland’s RIVERSIDE are pleased to announce a first of three European tours to support their upcoming studio album release “ID.Entity”, to be released via InsideOutMusic on January 20th, 2023. Mariusz Duda from the band comments, “This week, we'll give you the first dates of the European "ID.Entity" Tour 2023. In connection with that, we have two important announcements for you:

    Firstly, we've decided to divide our European tour into three editions, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. The majority of our concerts are planned for the Autumn of 2023 but in the Spring of 2023 we're going to visit two regions we haven't been to for a really long time. The Spring tour dates will be announced very soon.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 14 2022 @ 21:40 CST
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    Uriah Heep’s Sweet Freedom and Return to Fantasy limited edition vinyl picture
    Heavy Metal Uriah Heep and BMG continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of Uriah Heep with the Official Picture Disc LP releases of ‘Sweet Freedom’ and ‘Return to Fantasy’ on 20th January.

    Both albums will be made available on picture disc for the first time ever and are contained within a series of limited edition heavyweight collector picture discs releases from the Uriah Heep catalogue. The artwork for each picture disc has been meticulously worked on, retouching the original art and creating a true visual feast.

    Originally released in September 1973 Uriah Heep’s sixth studio album ‘Sweet Freedom’ reached number 18 in the UK charts. Containing the original audio recorded in Château d'Hérouville, this new pressing of ‘Sweet Freedom’ contains the hits ‘Stealin’’, ‘Sweet Freedom’ and more.

    ‘Return to Fantasy’, released in June 1975 helped pioneer the heavy metal genre and was the eighth studio album from Uriah Heep; this pressing of the album contains the hits ‘Return to Fantasy’, ‘Your Turn to Remember’ and features the original audio recorded in Lansdowne and Morgan Studios
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Dec 14 2022 @ 21:26 CST
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    News: HAKEN announce release of 7th studio album Fauna & single The Alphabet Of Me
    Progressive Metal Following weeks of teasing, progressive rockers HAKEN are pleased to announce their seventh studio album ‘Fauna’, their most genre-busting and conceptually fascinating album to date. The album will be released on the 3rd March 2023, and following the release of ‘Nightingale’ earlier this year, they are pleased to present ‘The Alphabet of Me’, the second track taken from the record.

    Watch the video for ‘The Alphabet of Me’, directed by Crystal Spotlight, here: https://youtu.be/LQJ-e75ZSj8

    Vocalist Ross Jennings comments: “When composing and presenting initial song sketches, we very much had an “anything goes” mentality, and whilst sounding atypically Haken, it was a piece that was all exciting us to explore and integrate into our song canon.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Dec 09 2022 @ 17:56 CST
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    Concerts: Frost* - Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, Monday 28th Nov 2022
    Concert Reviews

    Their most recent album may well have been released a year ago but Frost* have clearly arrived at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall with one thing on their mind - namely to promote 2021’s excellent Day And Age. Well, I say that they only had one thought to the fore, but in truth there were another two itches the four-piece were desperate to scratch, those being to thoroughly entertain the near sell out crowd and to have a great time while doing so. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid was only too pleased to get his prog thoroughly rocked.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Dec 04 2022 @ 00:52 CST
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    News: Imaginaerium
    Progressive Rock Imaginaerium writes:

    Imaginaerium, the band originally formed by Eric Bouillette, Clive Nolan & Laura Piazzai unveil their new single and video “Glass Throne” [03/10/2022]

    Laura Piazzai perfectly embodies Contessina, who has to show all her strength to maintain her fragile throne and power.

    Video by Antonello Epifani

    Watch the video on Youtube : https://youtu.be/O5T1UHz5DGM

    Listen on Bandcamp : https://imaginaerium.bandcamp.com

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Nov 28 2022 @ 12:54 CST
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    News: The Tangent announce Pyramids, Stars & Other Stories... Live Recordings
    Progressive Rock The Tangent are pleased to present ‘Pyramids, Stars & Other Stories: The Tangent Live Recordings 2004-2017’ for release on the 27th January 2023 via InsideOutMusic. Collecting together tracks from 3 line-ups of The Tangent, this 2CD & 3LP album collects together show recordings from 2004, 2011 & 2017. Band leader Andy Tillison comments: "A Triple Live LP is the stuff of Bucket Lists, dreamed of doing one of these since I was a kid".

    The album will be available as a 2CD Digipak, a Gatefold 3LP+2CD & LP-booklet, as well as digitally worldwide. Listen to the track ‘A Spark In The Aether’ recorded by the bands current line-up, and pre-order now HERE and at YouTube
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Nov 25 2022 @ 19:23 CST
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    News: GANDALF'S FIST RELEASE 8TH ALBUM - WIDDERSHINS
    Progressive Rock UK Medieval Space Wizards, Gandalf’s Fist, Have today released their 8th album, Widdershins via all major digital platforms as well as on CD. The album, cantered around an exploration of mankind’s relationship with superstition has been the band’s most successful pre-order campaign, even surpassing that of 2016’s acclaimed epic The Clockwork Fable.

    Reviews thus far have been overwhelmingly positive and have included such highlights as::

    "This new release sees them hitting an entirely new level" - progradar.org "Widdershins will end up among your favourite albums of 2022" 9/10 - profilprog.com "Atmospheric, crafted, yet still forceful progressive rock" 4.5/5 - seaoftranquility.org "The most wonderful heavy prog you’ll hear anywhere...it's beyond superb" - newwaveofbritishheavymetal.com "Radiant melodic landscapes" 8/10 - saitenkult.de
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Nov 22 2022 @ 23:47 CST
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    News: CATS in SPACE fly into orbit with their new EPIC single and VIDEO
    General CATS in SPACE, currently on tour promoting their chart-topping album Kickstart the Sun, have released their new (and also exclusive double A-side single).

    1,000,000 MILES is the third single to be taken from their epic double album, but it has a twist. The power ballad co-written by guitarist Greg Hart and vocalist Damien Edwards is currently going down a storm on their UK tour and will be launched with two versions on marbled grey 7” vinyl with the final two collector’s cards. In addition to the album version, there is also an incredible ‘duet version’ featuring Damien and the fabulous Julie Maguire aka ‘The Duchess’ from UK rockers ‘Space Elevator’.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Nov 20 2022 @ 23:10 CST
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    News: Jethro Tull finish work on their 23rd studio album
    Progressive Rock 16th Nov 2022: Jethro Tull have completed work on the recording of their 23rd studio album, following swift on the heels of their critically-acclaimed return earlier this year with ‘The Zealot Gene’, their first album in two decades.

    Ian Anderson checks in with the below:

    “We have been putting the finishing touches to the artwork for the album cover and wrapped up the recording and mixing a few weeks ago. Due to the usual long wait for vinyl pressing and manufacturing, we are scheduled for an Spring 2023 release but, during the weeks and months to come, you will be hearing more about the record and the various formats which will be available.

    It's a little too early just yet to tease you with titles, tracklists and content, but rest assured that it is all done and dusted as to mastering and the main elements of art and packaging. I hope you will like the concept and themes when I am ready to tell you more. It has been a long and tricky job to get the material recorded during a hectic schedule of touring in these last months. A day here, a day there and the odd burst of a few days together at some points along the way.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Nov 20 2022 @ 11:35 CST
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    Concerts: Cats in Space at Bury Met, Greater Manchester, UK, Nov. 28, 2022
    Concert Reviews

    I was stopped a few times before and after this astoundingly excellent gig by the Cats and there was only one real question people wanted to discuss: Why aren't Cats in Space playing much bigger venues? It's a great question. Is it because of the name as some posited? Is it because the band are of the older persuasion? Is it because of the lack of mainstream media support? Is it because their target audience is reluctant to venture out these days? Whatever the reason is there's absolutely no doubt that Cats in Space are one of the very best bands on the circuit right now.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 03 2022 @ 14:27 CDT
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    News: KEITH EMERSON Book 2nd Nov His life & legacy illustrated and celebrated
    Progressive Rock The Prog legend remembered by friends, family and colleagues, with exclusive and previously unseen photographs www.keithemersonbook.com

    28th October 2022: The lavish, fully illustrated book in which family, friends, colleagues, and fans talk about the life, work and legacy of Keith Emerson will be widely available on what would have been Keith’s 78th birthday, November 2nd.

    There are two deluxe editions - the Classic, and the Signature which is signed by author Chris Welch and Aaron Emerson and comes with an exclusive art print portrait of Keith, a CD of an unheard interview, and sheet music of the very first piece of music composed by the then twelve-year-old Keith, titled “Quatermass Boogie Woogie.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Oct 28 2022 @ 18:56 CDT
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    EMPYRE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS - SHARE ALBUM TITLE TRACK RELENTLESS
    General Welcome to the new Empyre. UK rock band Empyre, who recently signed to Kscope, will release their new album Relentless on 31st March next year, with pre-orders available now HERE

    They now find themselves alongside the likes of TesseracT, The Pineapple Thief and Envy of None, on a label that has previously released albums from Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree and Tangerine Dream. ‘Joining the Kscope family of artists feels like a validation of us as songwriters. We have a sense of reassurance, and we’re proud to be a part of it.’ states Empyre frontman Henrik Steenholdt.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 26 2022 @ 21:57 CDT
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    News: RIVERSIDE announce new album ID.Entity and single/video I'm Done With You
    Progressive Rock Poland’s pioneering and leading Progressive Rock band RIVERSIDE finally return with a new studio album entitled “ID.Entity”, to be released via longtime international partners InsideOutMusic on January 20th, 2023.

    “ID.Entity”, the group’s 8th studio album was recorded and mixed in two studios - The Boogie Town Studio in Otwock with Pawe�' Marciniak and in Serakos studio in Warsaw with Magda and Robert Srzedniccy -, mastered by Robert Szyd�'o and produced by RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda himself. The “ID.Entity” artwork (Front cover to be seen above!) was created by Polish artist Jarek Kubicki.

    Today, a first single off “ID.Entity” is being released via the track "I’m Done With You", which can also be seen here in a video-clip animated and directed by Thomas Hicks / www.thomashicks.co.uk HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Oct 22 2022 @ 10:17 CDT
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    News: Definitely: The Official Story Of Def Leppard Genesis Publications preorder
    General GENESIS PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL PRE-ORDER FOR DEFINITELY: THE OFFICIAL STORY OF DEF LEPPARD STARTING TUESDAY OCTOBER 18th 2022

    'We had balls and we were naive, in a good way. We just went out there, full throttle...' - Joe Elliott

    Genesis Publications is thrilled to announce the official pre-order for the first-ever anthology of Def Leppard, Definitely: The Official Story of Def Leppard, which began Tuesday October 18th, with a worldwide release date forthcoming in spring 2023. Part memoir, part scrapbook, Definitely: The Official Story of Def Leppard is the ultimate record of Def Leppard's legendary career. Available as both a hardback bookstore version as well as signed, limited Collector and Deluxe edition. For pre-orders, fans can visit: defleppardbook.com.HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Oct 19 2022 @ 22:52 CDT
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    Past Articles


    Tuesday, October 11

    · Live: Kick The Cat at Lark Hall, Albany NY 10/7/2022 (0)


    Monday, September 26

    · Gandalf’s Fist announce Pre-Orders on 8th Album Widdershins (0)


    Friday, September 16

    · Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth at Jones Beach (0)


    Wednesday, September 14

    · Cats in Space Kickstart The Sun tour with two shows supporting Blue Öyster Cult (0)
    · HAKEN - 2023 European co-headline tour with Between The Buried & Me (0)


    Tuesday, April 12

    · Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited/Seconds Out & More (The Egg, Albany, NY (0)


    Sunday, April 10

    · Stick Men: The Linda,WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, Albany NY 4/8/2022 (0)


    Monday, April 04

    · RAEL: The Music of Genesis, 4/2/2022 (0)


    Tuesday, February 01

    · Dream Theater wins our Readers Poll for Best Album of 2021! (0)


    Tuesday, November 09

    · Review: Hawkwind 'Somnia' (0)
    · Review: Glass Hammer 'Skallagrim-Into the Breach' (0)
    · Review: Between the Buried and Me 'Colors II' (w/Luis Nasser) (0)
    · Udo Dirkschneider Discusses the new U.D.O. Album 'Game Over' (0)


    Thursday, June 10

    · A Chat with Bev Bevan (ELO/The Move/Black Sabbath) & Joy Strachan (0)


    Saturday, March 27

    · Molten Dials Up Some Hot Heavy Metal Sounds (0)


    Monday, March 01

    · Blue Oyster Cult's 'The Symbol Remains' Wins Album of 2020! (0)


    Thursday, January 14

    · A Tribute to Tim Bogert (0)
    · Review: Rain 'Singularity' (0)
    · The Top 40 Albums of 2020-Pete Pardo & Steven Reid's Picks! (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Il Balletto Di Bronzo (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Aviary (0)


    Friday, December 11

    · Rob Halford Discusses His New Autobiography 'Confess' and Judas Priest&# (0)


    Wednesday, December 09

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Triumvirat (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Zero Hour (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Epica (0)
    · An Intimate Chat With Simon Phillips (0)
    · Roine Stolt Discusses The Flower Kings 'Islands' and Upcoming Transatlan (0)
    · Vanden Plas Drummer Andreas Lill Discusses 'The Ghost Xperiment-Illumina (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Steve Hackett (0)


    Wednesday, November 11

    · Sea of Tranquility Fall Fest 2020! (0)


    Sunday, November 08

    · Fires in the Distance Debuts with Echoes From Deep November (0)


    Tuesday, July 28

    · Catching Up With Mick Box & Davey Rimmer of Uriah Heep! (0)
    · An Interview with Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown! (0)
    · A Weekend Chat with Annie Haslam of Renaissance! (0)
    · An Interview with Ronnie Platt of Kansas! (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: The Moody Blues (0)


    Tuesday, July 14

    · An Interview Steve Babb & Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer (Part 2) (0)
    · An Interview Steve Babb & Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer (Part 1) (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Crimson Glory (0)
    · An Interview with Steve Hackett (0)
    · An Interview with Jasun Tipton of Zero Hour (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Primal Fear (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Starcastle (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Fish (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Marillion (0)
    · Review: Todd Rundgren's Utopia 'Benefit for Moogy Klingman 2011' CD/ (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Pain of Salvation (0)


    Monday, May 04

    · An Interview with Bill Kielty of O Zorn! (0)


    Friday, April 17

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Be Bop Deluxe (0)
    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Van Der Graaf Generator (0)


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