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This Month's Featured Article:
An Interview with Diego Tejeida of Haken

Newest Interviews:
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  • Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash
  • Haken
  • Long Distance Calling

    Newest Concert Reviews:
  • The Who
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  • HRH Prog
  • Fish

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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: Status Quo Aquostic II That's A fact
    General Britain's best-loved rockers Status Quo are delighted to confirm that on 21st October 2016 they will release 'Aquostic II – That's A Fact!' via Universal Music On Demand on CD, limited edition double vinyl and Deluxe 25 Track Edition 2CD. The standard CD edition of this carefully curated collection includes 14 reimagined Quo classics such as 'In The Army Now', 'Hold You Back', 'Roll Over Lay Down', 'Ice In The Sun' and two brand new tracks. These and extra tracks are available on deluxe / vinyl, as well as another brand new song 'Is Someone Rocking Your Heart?' The song 'For You', released originally on 'Rockin' All Over The World', is available only on the 20 track vinyl format. The 19 track deluxe edition comes with a second disc which features 6 tracks recorded at the band's 2014 Stuttgart 'Aquostic' show, which are unavailable elsewhere.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Aug 22 2016 @ 14:55 CDT
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    News: Uncured
    Progressive Metal Uncured writes:

    Uncured, a new Progressive Metal band featuring Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy's son Max Portnoy as well as teen prodigies Rex and Zak Cox, has debuted an EP that is already proving that young artists are well ahead of their time.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 06 2016 @ 06:53 CDT
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    News: Jon Anderson news
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK – Music legend Jon Anderson will be presented with the Prog God award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, in association with currencies.co.uk, which will be held at London's Underglobe on September 1, 2016! This very special honor is awarded to musical innovators within the world of progressive rock music and sees Anderson joining such music luminaries as Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, in collecting the prestigious award.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 06 2016 @ 06:52 CDT
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    Concerts: Carcass, Crowbar,(Ghoul),Night Demon@ The Complex, Salt Lake City, 7/20
    Heavy Metal

    This will not be an ordinary review. Yes, I'll say familiar things about the excellent bands that played that night, how things sounded, and whether or not you should catch this tour as it continues across the country (and you should). Since Ghoul didn't make it to the show, however, I am forced to speculate as to the REAL reasons the band didn't make it to the venue on that July night. I can't confirm that the details of my account are correct; nevertheless, there were some strange events in town that night, occurrences that could be explained by Ghoul's mysterious absence from the venue. We'll see.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Aug 05 2016 @ 07:30 CDT
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    News: JOE BONAMASSA honours THE THREE KINGS on LIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE
    General JOE BONAMASSA HONOURS "THE THREE KINGS" ON "LIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE" CD/DVD/BLUR-RAY/3LP, OUT SEPT 23

    OVER TWO HOURS OF SOME OF THE GREATEST BLUES SONGS EVER WRITTEN HIGHLIGHTED IN A CELEBRATION OF BLUES HERITAGE

    On September 23rd, Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will deliver "Live at the Greek Theatre"; a 22-track Double CD, Double DVD, Blu-ray, and 3-LP Deluxe Edition tribute to three of the greatest bluesmen to ever live – Albert King, B.B. King, and Freddie King.

    Live at the Greek Theatre showcases "The Three Kings" tour of 2015; a 14-date US amphitheater tour that culminated on August 29th at famed Los Angeles venue The Greek. Bonamassa celebrates the trio of blues icons with over two hours of some the greatest blues songs ever written. The release includes a collector's edition booklet, and several bonus features containing behind-the-scenes footage and more.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Aug 03 2016 @ 16:21 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Aug 03 2016 @ 08:31 CDT
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    News: EXTREME CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CLASSIC PORNOGRAFFITTI
    General EXTREME CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF CLASSIC 'PORNOGRAFFITTI' ALBUM WITH RELEASE OF "PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN" BLU-RAY/DVD/CD SEPTEMBER 23

    July 25, 2016 -- Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme's classic multi-Platinum, Grammy® nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band's career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN will be released September 23 by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part "Metal Meltdown" DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Aug 01 2016 @ 16:50 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Scorpion Child, Rival Sons, Whitford St. Holmes, The Jelly Jam, Herd of Instinct, Enthean, Rich Robinson, Degradead, Rage, Martin Turner, and a Forgotten Favorite from Slayer!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jul 09 2016 @ 06:37 CDT
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    Concerts: Joe Bonamassa – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 3rd July
    Concert Reviews

    Even in a genre known for celebrating its heroes and plundering their greatest moments for maximum effect, for an artist as renowned as Joe Bonamassa to put together a set that doesn't contain any of his own material, or even the covers that over the years he's made his own, could be seen as a risk. The reason Joe is in the cosy but spacious Clyde Auditorium, one of the few venues that can make a crowd of three thousand feel intimate, is to celebrate the British bluesmen that, in his own words, he wouldn't be where he is without: those men being Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jul 04 2016 @ 18:33 CDT
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    Concerts: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow @ Genting Arena, Birmingham 06/25/2016
    Heavy Metal With just three shows to mark his return to Rock after an absence of some two decades, the legendary Ritchie Blackmore was always going to be leaving his audience wanting more. Fans travelled from across Europe and beyond for the sole arena show in Birmingham to witness Blackmore and his new band serve up a real treat with a near two hour set that encompassed the very best of his Deep Purple and Rainbow songbook. Sea of Tranquility's Dean Pedley was on hand at the Genting Arena to see a show many thought would never happen.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Jun 29 2016 @ 04:29 CDT
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    Concerts: ZZ Top @ O2 Academy, Birmingham 06/23/2016
    General Making a fleeting visit to the UK to appear at Glastonbury Festival, ZZ Top also managed to squeeze in a warm-up gig at Birmingham's O2 Academy, quickly selling out the relatively cosy venue that houses just a few thousand. And the little old band from Texas didn't disappoint with a no frills ninety minute burst of perennial crowd pleasers from their 70's blues boogie heyday right through to 2012's acclaimed return to form La Futura.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Jun 24 2016 @ 09:26 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from The Golden Grass, Brutus, Hawkwind, Grand Magus, Thunderstone, The Black Explosion, Greg Lake, and a Forgotten Favorite from Incredible Hog!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jun 17 2016 @ 13:54 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Flotsam and Jetsam, Suidakra, Iron Savior, Human Fortress, Bloodbound, Myrath, Chaos Frame, Divided Multitude, Artillery, Sourvein, Accuser, Abnormality, Death Angel, Martin Turner ex-Wishbone Ash, and a Forgotten Favorite from Head Machine!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jun 06 2016 @ 19:59 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Diamond Head, Haken, Fallujah, Four By Fate, Poverty's No Crime, Tiles, Arcana 13, Lucifer's Friend, Sindrome, and a Forgotten Favorite from Grim Reaper!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 31 2016 @ 18:53 CDT
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    Interviews: Frost*: An interview with Jem Godfrey
    Progressive Rock

    It doesn't matter what line of work your in, an eight year absence is a risk. However in the music world, leaving that length of gap between studio releases is as good as saying 'thanks, but no thanks'. Hence, the clamour of excitement that has greeted the first Frost* studio album in just under a decade, is both heartening and a ringing endorsement of the fabulous music this progressive rock have long been known for. The album is Falling Satellites and it sees the core members of Frost*, Jem Godfrey, John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena, Lonely Robot), Nathan King (Level 42) and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) reunited for what might just be the best album they've recorded. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid caught falling satellite, keyboard player and Frost* mainman Jem Godfrey to find out more…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, May 20 2016 @ 18:46 CDT
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    Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/06/2016
    Progressive Rock Yes returned to Symphony Hall for their first visit in some two years but far more importantly their first time since the passing of Chris Squire. A fitting and touching tribute is paid before the band take the stage with Squires 'Onward' from 1978 played over the PA set to a photo retrospective of the man himself down the years. And whilst it may be inconceivable for some to think of Yes without their illustrious leader he personally chose his replacement and the gargantuan Squire-shaped hole on stage is now filled by alumnus Billy Sherwood.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Sun, May 08 2016 @ 12:09 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Metal Church, Circus Maximus, Mondo Drag, Mangrove, Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore, the new Yes book from Martin Popoff, and a Forgotten Favorite from Savage!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Apr 28 2016 @ 18:06 CDT
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    Interviews: HAKEN interview with keyboard player Diego Tejeida.
    Progressive Rock

    Having scaled the heights with album number three, The Mountain, it would have been easy for UK based multi-national progressive outfit Haken to simply produce an obvious follow-up that merely repeated the style and shape of a release that brought the band to a wider audience. Never an outfit to take the easy way out, follow up, Affinity, seeks a different starting point from the 70s prog with a modern twist the band have built their reputation on. Instead the shimmer and sheen of the 80s is neatly infused into a progressive sound that is quickly becoming the band's signature. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid asks keyboard player Diego Tejeida to take us on a trip into the past that somehow sounds like the future.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Apr 21 2016 @ 18:01 CDT
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    Interviews: LONG DISTANCE CALLING an interview with guitarist Flo Füntmann
    Progressive Rock

    Long Distance Calling are promising you one of the TRIPS of your life, the German sometime instrumental, sometime vocal led act upping the ante in a variety of ways with their fifth full length release. With a new singer on board and an ever broadening musical landscape to explore, Long Distance Calling haven't been afraid to stretch and expand their sound, yet somehow they always stay true to their roots. Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid stops LDC guitarist Flo in his tracks to delve deep into the inner working of his band and the creation of the quite wonderful TRIPS…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Apr 19 2016 @ 17:54 CDT
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    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher/CEO Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Spiritual Beggars, Blood Ceremony, Beastmaker, Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Tarot, Black Stone Cherry, Magnum, and a Forgotten Favorite from Ted Nugent!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 17 2016 @ 10:21 CDT
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    Past Articles


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    · HRH Prog 4 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/18 & 03/19 2016 (0)


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


    Sunday, March 13

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Keith Emerson (0)


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


    Sunday, February 28

    · Vocalist Nathan James Explains the Hard Rock Majesty of Inglorious (0)


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


    Monday, February 15

    · Symphony X + Myrath + Melted Space, The Robin 2, Bilston, UK 02/12/2016 (0)


    Sunday, February 14

    · The Who @ SSE Arena, Wembley, UK 02/13/2016 (0)


    Friday, February 05

    · The Cadillac Three @ 02 Institute, Birmingham, UK 02/04/2016 (0)


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


    Monday, February 01

    · Magic Pie wins our Readers Poll for Best of 2015! (0)


    Sunday, January 24

    · Sea of Tranquility Talks With Wishbone Ash Founder Andy Powell (0)


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


    Monday, January 11

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to David Bowie (0)


    Monday, January 04

    · Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Lemmy (0)


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    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015 Part 2-Pete Pardo reveals his Top 12 CDs (0)


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    · Fish (Farewell To Childhood), Lazuli; Glasgow ABC, 13th December 2015 (0)


    Sunday, December 13

    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015, Part 1 (0)


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    · Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Black Star Riders; Glasgow Hydro, 10th December 2016 (0)


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    · Riverside; Glasgow ABC2 October 23rd 2015 (0)


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    · Wishbone Ash at Towne Crier, Beacon, NY 9/20/2015 (0)


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    · Teramaze guitarist Dean Wells discusses their new CD Her Halo (0)


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    Sunday, June 28

    · Legendary Yes bassist Chris Squire dies (0)


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