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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: Karnataka: Requiem For A Dream released 28 July 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.” says Ian & 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 Fri, May 26 2023 @ 18:53 CDT

    News: Frederic L'Epee New Solo Album 12 Pieces for Solo Electric Guitar
    Progressive Rock Frederic L'Epee writes:

    Frédéric L’Épée released his new solo album 12 Pieces for Solo Electric Guitar on April 27th 2023, available only on Bandcamp.
    This release is very different from his work with Yang, being performed exclusively on solo electric guitar, with very few effects and no looper (except a drone in the last piece) or overdub.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, May 26 2023 @ 10:51 CDT

    News: New Release From Magnus Florin's Greyfox Agenda project
    Progressive Rock Magnus Florin writes:

    Swedish music project Greyfox Agenda has a release date for the debut full-length album One With The Sound. The album is set for May 19 and will be available on all streaming services. This is the one man-project consising of Magnus Florin, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter AND music producer from Sweden.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, May 26 2023 @ 10:51 CDT

    News: New Song From Guitarist Todd Mosby
    Fusion Todd Mosby writes:

    "Georgia's World" is jazz fusion guitarist Todd Mosby's newest original song from his upcoming album, 'Land of Enchantment.' It's a Bossa Nova-based jazz composition that expresses the image of the beautiful landscape of Abiqui, New Mexico.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, May 26 2023 @ 10:48 CDT

    Concerts: Mark Lettieri Group at Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs NY 5/4/2023

    One has to scratch their head and wonder why it can take so to take a chance on an artist. I’ve been familiar with both Snarky Puppy and Mark Lettieri for some time, but other than watching a few YouTube clips; I owned nothing by the Mark Lettieri Group. Let’s just say this past Thursday night changed everything. Lettieri and his trio played close to a two hour set of funky, rocking, tight and intricate music that was nothing short of exhilarating. I was well aware of what a great guitarist Mark is, but the songs are so good. His trio consisted of bassist Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles) and Jason “JT” Thomas (Snarky Puppy) on drums.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 16 2023 @ 00:55 CDT

    News: GENTLE GIANT Interview - Steven Wilson Remix released June 16 2023
    Progressive Rock Prog Legends GENTLE GIANT’s “Interview” Steven Wilson Remix To Be Released on CD, 5.1 Blu-ray and 180g Vinyl June 16, 2023

    Announcement video:

    “Interview” was the eighth studio recorded album of Gentle Giant and was released April 23rd 1976. The line up on the album is Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear and John Weathers. The album also has the participation of ‘Sounds’ writer Phil Sutcliffe as the ‘interviewer’.

    To pre-order:
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, May 15 2023 @ 23:35 CDT

    News: Held By Trees: Talk Talk alumni - two EPs released by
    Progressive Rock Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Solace’, instrumental project Held By Trees is excited to be releasing two new EPs this year on Sound Canyon Records through Recorded at Peter Gabriel’s famous Real World Studios, the first EP is comprised of live versions of five tracks from ‘Solace’. The six-piece live iteration of Held By Trees brings together three of the Talk Talk/Mark Hollis alumni that contributed to ‘Solace’ including renowned guitarist Robbie McIntosh. The band recorded playing all together in the ‘Big Room’ at Real World in November 2022, a week after their debut live performances.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 27 2023 @ 23:12 CDT

    Concerts: Riverside, Glasgow Garage, 20th April 2023
    Progressive Rock

    It’s been 4 long years since Riverside graced Scottish soil and a lot has changed during that time. One thing that has remained steadfast however is that this four-piece are the premier Polish progressive rock act out there and neither are they shy in proving that fact. With a new album in the shape of ID.Entity to show off, this outfit weren’t here to simply celebrate their long heritage and that was reflected in a set split evenly 50/50 with old songs and new. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid had his ID checked at the door of the Glasgow Garage.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 21 2023 @ 23:15 CDT

    News: The Pineapple Thief 8 disc deluxe book set How Did We Find Our Way 1999-2006
    Progressive Rock ‘HOW DID WE FIND OUR WAY - 1999 - 2006’ - OUT JUNE 23RD VIA KSCOPE

    Pre-order HERE

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    Kscope are proud to present, the first in a series of deluxe book-sets cataloguing The Pineapple Thief’s tremendous output. ‘How Did We Find Our Way - 1999 - 2006’ specifically focuses on the bands’ humble beginnings with Abducting The Unicorn in 1999 through to Little Man in 2006.

    Regarding the deluxe book-set, Bruce Soord comments:

    “This box set covers the first 5 albums and all the associated bonus material from when I started The Pineapple Thief in 1999 through to 2006. Opening the old sessions was like opening a very large window into my former self. This box set has taken a strange emotional toll. Where did the drive, the dedication, the obsession come from? Did I take it too far? How on earth did my girlfriend stick around through it all to eventually become my wife?”
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Apr 19 2023 @ 22:03 CDT

    News: Uriah Heep release Wonderworld & High and Mighty picture discs 26th May
    General Uriah Heep and BMG continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of Uriah Heep with the Official Picture Disc LP releases of ‘Wonderworld’ and ‘High and Mighty’ on 26th May.

    ‘High and Mighty’ will be made available on picture disc for the first time ever, while ‘Wonderworld’ has only previously been available in the Every Day Rocks box set; both albums are contained within a series of limited edition heavyweight collector picture discs releases from the rich Uriah Heep catalogue. The artwork for each picture disc has been meticulously worked on, retouching the original art and creating a true visual feast.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Apr 19 2023 @ 20:49 CDT

    Concerts: Haken, Between The Buried And Me, Cryptodira: Glasgow Garage 25th March 2023
    Concert Reviews

    It’s heartening to know in these days where ticket agencies seem to have borrowed their business models from the touts we used to despise, that it’s still possible to fork out less than £30 and revel in a top class evening of progressive metal. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid was treated to some of the best sounds the genre has to offer as Haken, Between The Buried And Me and Cryptodira enthralled a packed Glasgow Garage.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Mar 27 2023 @ 20:28 CDT

    Concerts: John Lodge at Cohoes Music Hall in New York 2/21/2023
    Progressive Rock

    Legendary Moody Blues bassist John Lodge treated fans to two hour long sets Tuesday Night at Cohoes Music Hall. Set 1 consisted of Moody Blues classics such as “Isn’t Life Strange”, “Gemini Dream”, and “I’m Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” among others for the capacity crowd. This intimate venue is a great place to see a show, not a bad seat in the house. Lodge tackled the lead vocals through the first set, and although he’s not the singer that Justin Hayward is, he did an admirable job. At 77 years old, let’s give him credit for going out and performing for his fans. Lodge interacted with the crowd often, and his 10,000 Light Years Band were more than capable in recreating these classics.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Mar 04 2023 @ 01:08 CST

    Concerts: Steve Morse Band: The Egg, Albany NY 2/23/2022

    For the first time in almost 10 years the Steve Morse Band is back on the road with a short 5 date east coast tour. Now that Steve’s tenure with Deep Purple is over, we can all hope to see and hear more of Steve Morse in the coming years.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Feb 25 2023 @ 21:24 CST

    Heavy Metal Kaine are pleased to announce that we are supporting the legendary MEAN MAN Chris Holmes on his “The 65 Tour” in June at the following dates/venues!

    June 16th, 2023 - The Patriot, Crumlin
    June 17th, 2023 - The Tivoli Venue, Buckley
    June 18th, 2023 - Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh
    June 22nd, 2023 - Trillians Newcastle
    June 23rd, 2023 - The Black Prince, Northampton
    June 24th, 2023 - Boston Arms Music Room, London
    June 25th, 2023 - The Waterloo, Blackpool

    Chris Holmes is a legendary American guitarist and was a founding member of 80’s Metal legends WASP (W.A.S.P. Nation (Official)), appearing on their self-titled debut album, The Last Command, Inside the Electric Circus, and The Headless Children, he also appeared on later albums Kill F£@% Die and Helldorado.

    Tickets will go on sale from 9am this Friday. For more information see SD Entertainment
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 08 2023 @ 22:19 CST

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Concerts: Live: Kick The Cat at Lark Hall, Albany NY 10/7/2022

    Chicago based fusion band Kick the Cat made a stop in Albany NY at the newly renovated Lark Hall for their second show of the tour on Friday night. It's not often these days that I discover a band that I love, but also get to see them live. The quartet came ready to play and tore into a number of tracks from their 2021 release "Gurgle".

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Oct 11 2022 @ 13:55 CDT

    Concerts: Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth at Jones Beach
    Heavy Metal

    The day was upon me, one I had looked forward to for weeks. In my busy single parenting life, one I’m sure a lot of you know, it’s hectic & crazy & hurried, I don’t get to hang out with my girlfriends quite like I used to. Amidst the anxiousness of awaiting a night out with them, I was waiting to see a good metal show, especially 5FDP, my gym buddies as I call them. I put them on and I can do more reps, go harder and go longer.

    Some of you may know I’m on the Monday night show on Sea of Tranquility’s Hudson Valley Squares, although because of my busy schedule I have slacked off on a bunch of episodes, hoping to change that soon.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 16 2022 @ 15:40 CDT

    Past Articles

    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)
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    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)
    · New Song 'Bloom' from Solo Artist ITAYIL (0)

    Wednesday, April 01

    · Ranking the Studio Albums: Dream Theater (0)
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