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This Month's Featured Article:
An Interview with Anthony Phillips

Newest Interviews:
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  • Anthony Phillips

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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: Black Star Riders - New Date Added To Coming Under Heavy Fire Tour
    Heavy Metal BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE "COMING UNDER HEAVY FIRE" TOUR NOVEMBER 2017 With Special Guests Blues Pills, Tax The Heat and Dirty Thrills

    "Heavy Fire" Album Available Now On Nuclear Blast Entertainment

    February 2017 saw Black Star Riders release their third studio album "Heavy Fire" to widespread critical acclaim. The album went on to gain worldwide chart success - reaching: #1 in the UK Rock and Indie charts, #3 in the UK Vinyl chart, #6 in the UK National chart, #11 in the German National chart, #6 in the USA Hard Rock chart, #22 USA Independent chart and #25 in the US Rock chart.

    Following a sold out European Tour in early 2017, Black Star Riders return to the UK for a headline tour in November 2017. They bring a stunning support bill featuring Blues Pills, Tax The Heat and Dirty Thrills.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 15 2017 @ 14:50 CDT

    News: As Lions release 'Selfish Age' video



    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 15 2017 @ 14:41 CDT


    A new reissue label focusing on the 1975 - 1995 era of popular - and not always so popular - music, has thrown their hat into the ring.

    20th Century Music is a German - American partnership operating as a division of Vanity Music Group that will concentrate on both licensing material from major and independent record companies as well as uncovering undiscovered gems along the way.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 15 2017 @ 14:28 CDT

    SoT Video: Why Iron Maiden are Still the Kings of Heavy Metal!
    Heavy Metal Join host Pete Pardo and his special guest Ryan Skow for the latest in the Sea of Tranquility 'rant' series, as they discuss why Iron Maiden are still completely relevant here in 2017 and at the top of the metal mountain. Up the Irons!

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Aug 15 2017 @ 10:01 CDT

    News: Jethro Tull Announce 50th Anniversary Tour
    Progressive Rock London, 14th August 2017

    It was on the 2nd of February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way.

    To celebrate this golden anniversary, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in eight UK concerts during April 2018 as part of the worldwide touring schedule. The debut album, This Was, was released later that same year. Founder, frontman and flautist, Ian Anderson, is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a front line instrument, not to mention the codpiece!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Aug 14 2017 @ 15:19 CDT

    Atomic Stuff Promotion
    General Atomic Stuff Promoti writes:

    Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the release date for the self-titled album by italian melodic rockers Airbound, scheduled for release on September 15, 2017 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group in Europe, and in October via AnderStein Music in Japan. Airbound represents their love of classic AOR and melodic rock music, shown through ten splendid tracks influenced by the likes of Journey and Survivor, but updated with a more contemporary and personal sound. To ensure brilliant studio performances and also an international dimension to their debut, Airbound involved in it as special guests the likes of Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Raintimes, Room Experience), Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Raintimes, Charming Grace, Room Experience), Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Shining Line, Ted Poley, Axe) & Josh Zighetti (Hungryheart, Charming Grace), who brought their experience and technical skills in order to perfectly complete a smart and focused melodic rock album.

    The video of the first single "Till The End" is now finally available on Youtube: click here!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Aug 14 2017 @ 06:46 CDT

    New album from Cardinals Folly
    Heavy Metal Mikko Kääriäinen writes:

    Finland´s dark princes of the riff, doom metal cult CARDINALS FOLLY will unleash their 4th album "Deranged Pagan Sons" through Polish Nine Records on CD and via Spanish Topillo on LP around September 2017. The track "Worship Her Fire" has been made available for streaming through YouTube, and can be accessed below.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Aug 14 2017 @ 06:45 CDT

    News: H.E.A.T announce new album INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN

    Friday 22nd September 2017 sees the UK release of the long awaited new studio album "Into The Great Unknown" from the celebrated Swedish rock band H.E.A.T via earMUSIC.

    After one and a half years of intense song-writing, with guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the mix, the band went on a questionable trip to record an album in Thailand, once again with Swedish Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell. With 10 top songs in their cannon, H.E.A.T entered the heavenly Karma Sound studios in the outskirts of Bangkok to record what would become the fifth studio album. Once again the band continue the musical landscape with an innovative, highly explosive and refreshing melodic rock sound and an unforgettable collection of fantastic new songs.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 04 2017 @ 14:22 CDT

    News: Legendary Rockers AUTOGRAPH Sign to EMP, New Album 'Get Off Your Ass'
    General Legendary LA Hard Rockers AUTOGRAPH have signed a deal with EMP LABEL GROUP who will release their forthcoming album GET OFF YOUR ASS October 6th on CD and Digital, with a limited edition vinyl LP version available in November.

    GET OFF YOUR ASS is the first official studio LP from the revamped quartet, featuring original/founding members guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand, alongside new vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels, and drummer Marc Wieland.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 04 2017 @ 14:14 CDT

    News: Legendary AOR singer/songwriter STAN BUSH to release his new album
    General Legendary AOR singer/songwriter (Emmy Award winning recording artist) and melodic rock icon STAN BUSH to release his 13th studio album, Change The World, on September 22nd via L.A. Records/Cargo Records worldwide.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Aug 04 2017 @ 14:11 CDT

    Interviews: Doing the Slow Dance with Anthony Phillips
    Progressive Rock

    Multi-instrumentalist and composer Anthony Phillips released his first solo album back in 1977, 'The Geese And The Ghost' still one of its creator's favourite works, along with the recently reissued 'Slow Dance'. With Esoteric Records joining with Anthony for an in-depth reappraisal of his catalogue through an expanded remaster campaign, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid spoke with the man who'll never quite escape the tag, 'founder member of Genesis', to discover what came next…

    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 01 2017 @ 17:32 CDT

    News: GammaRay - Land Of The Free and Alive '95 reissued as 2CD sets
    Heavy Metal More than 25 years of GammaRay - it's been a wild ride for Germany's power metal institution GammaRay. On 29 September 2017 "Land Of The Free" the band's fourth album, and "Alive '95", their first live album, will be reissued as 2CD sets – each featuring a bonus disc - by earMUSIC as premium-quality digipaks including newly designed cover artwork.

    Led by Kai Hansen, one of the most loved metal icons of the last 30 years, GammaRay has influenced and shaped the genre since 25 years. Simply put, year after year they became – and stayed – one of the most solid flagships in power metal and are still its undisputed kings.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Aug 01 2017 @ 16:08 CDT

    News: Black Country Communion confirm new album & UK tour dates



    Black Country Communion are pleased to announce two exclusive concerts in Europe during January 2018 to support the release of their new album "BCCIV" on Friday 22nd September. The first single taken from the new album will be "Collide". The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4th January 2018.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jul 31 2017 @ 15:07 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from Bubblemath, The Cold Stares, Bloodbound, Crystal Viper, Sinner, Wolfpakk, Rhapsody of Fire, Helker, reissues from Accept & ELP, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Sabbatis!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jul 30 2017 @ 08:25 CDT

    Interviews: Progressive Metal Upstarts Anthriel Score Big with Transcendence
    Progressive Metal

    With their latest release for Lion Music, Transcendence, wowing fans & critics alike, Finnish progressive metal act Anthriel seem poised to enter into the big leagues. Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Mark Antony Rossi recently caught up with members Simo Silvan (vocals) and Timo Niemistö (guitars) to discuss the stellar new album, their songwriting style, influences, and the Finnish music scene.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 12 2017 @ 19:40 CDT

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join host Pete Pardo for views & opinions on the latest releases from Styx, Govt Mule, Robin Trower, Iced Earth, Jorn, The Ferrymen, Hawkwind, Heart, The Who, plus a Forgotten Favorite from Alpha Centauri!

    Click here to watch our recent YouTube show!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jul 01 2017 @ 09:10 CDT

    SoT Video: The Insane Prices of Concert Tickets These Days
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he 'rants' about the ridiculous prices of concert tickets in the modern era compared to the old days.

    Click here to watch the video!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Jun 24 2017 @ 08:12 CDT

    Concerts: Metal Church, Comaniac, Glasgow Audio June 21st 2017
    Heavy Metal

    It's been many a year… too many to remember… since Metal Church last graced a Scottish stage with their presence. However, with returning singer Mike Howe reinvigorating the band and a stunning new album in the shape of 2016's XI under their belts, the veterans of the classic US metal scene didn't just put that straight, they did so by producing a set of stinging, stunning proportions to a rabid audience. Having spoken to Howe for Sea of Tranquility just a few days earlier, ready to join the congregation was SoT staff writer Steven Reid

    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jun 22 2017 @ 19:03 CDT

    Concerts: Steve Hackett @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 05/01/2017
    Progressive Rock Such was the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his Genesis Revisited shows a few years back Steve Hackett must surely feel compelled to continue to delve into his previous bands history for each subsequent tour. But having stated his intention to not become a touring Genesis museum, the guitarist continues to release new and challenging material with recent album The Night Siren seeing him draw on a myriad of eclectic influences from around the world. And so the current show is divided between selections from Hackett's solo work in the first half followed by a second set in which the band are joined by enigmatic vocalist Nad Sylvan for a Genesis set that draws heavily on Wind and Wuthering, an album which has recently passed its fortieth birthday.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Jun 21 2017 @ 11:41 CDT

    Interviews: Metal Church interview with singer Mike Howe
    Heavy Metal

    Metal Church are back. Back with a new album, back with a string of live dates and festival shows across Europe and the USA, and back with singer Mike Howe. Over two decades had passed between the frontman's last outing with the band, 1993's Hanging In The Balance, and 2016's storming return, XI, but he and the rest of Metal Church picked up as though it had been a matter of months they'd been apart, not years; releasing the outfit's strongest album in quite some time. With the band's UK dates just about to begin and a host of festival and headline shows to follow, Sea of Tranquility's Steven Reid spoke to a clearly invigorated Mike Howe about his return.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jun 19 2017 @ 19:23 CDT

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