SEA OF TRANQUILITY

Strange Land: Catharsis Sampler - If these three tracks from the Milwaukee-based prog-metal band's upcoming album, Catharsis, are any indication, Strange Land deserves to finally break free of its regional status. By incorporating more melodies and backing vocals than on the band's previous two albums while still managing to boost both the aggression and the accessibility factors, this three-headed monster needs to be playing festivals like ProgPower USA and building an international fan base. Original drummer Brad Klotz also has returned to the fold, joining lead vocalist, bassist and keys man Chad Novell and guitarist Sean Gill to make songs like "The Men Who Spent Tomorrow" and "Evolve" sound like the most complete tracks in the burgeoning Strange Land catalog. Can't wait to hear all of Catharsis…