I first saw 3 several years ago opening up for Porcupine Tree. Immediately hooked, I saw them again on the Progressive Nation tour with Dream Theater, Opeth, and Between The Buried And Me. Their album The End Is Begun is still a favorite of mine and one that I highly recommend to people who are interested in getting into some heavy prog.
Well, the official word is out that a new 3 album, The Ghost You Gave To Me, will be coming out in early October. Queue me pitching a tent. In my backyard. God, sometimes you people disappoint me so much.
Check after the jump to hear their new single, Numbers, and make sure to head to their landing page to order a copy of their latest album.
Dream Theater must feel like they’ve got a lot to prove ever since they added in Mike Mangini as the new drummer. That’s the only explanation I can come up with as to why they’ve been putting out so many different song snippets (On The Backs Of Angels and Bridges In The Sky). However, this new song snippet, which comes from Breaking All Illusions, really has me hooked. It sounds like old Dream Theater, the kind that I used to love listening to over and over again.
Check out the snippet after the jump and make sure to pre-order your copy of A Dramatic Turn Of Events.
Tomorrow brings the release of In Waves, the fifth studio album from Trivium. Though I wasn’t able to meet up with the guys at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, I did get the chance to talk with Matt via phone a week ago to discuss the new album, how some of the biggest directors of today influence him, touring plans and Matt’s love of horror. Check out the exclusive interview after the jump!
After Mike Portnoy left Dream Theater and a different drummer was selected for Avenged Sevenfold, many people were wondering what was in the future for the renowned drummer. Well, people didn’t have to wait long as Adrenaline Mob was announced. Comprised of Mike on drums with Russ Allen (Symphony X) on vocals, Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp) and Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo, Fozzy) on guitars, with Paul DiLeo on bass, the five piece is bringing some hard rock/metal to the music scene.
Personally, I think it brings nothing new to the table but still sounds solid. I’d give it a few listens and then put it aside while I wait patiently for a full release.
After the jump, you can stream the entire Adrenaline Mob EP that is slated for release tomorrow.
A few weeks ago, Dream Theater streamed On The Backs Of Angels, a song off the upcoming album A Dramatic Turn Of Events to quell any fears that new drummer Mike Mangini wasn’t able to match Mike Portnoy’s speed, creativity, and finesse. Personally, I think the track proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Well, for those of you that still have lingering doubts, DT has released a snippet of a new song, Bridges In The Sky, which you can stream HERE (thanks for not allowing me to embed it YouTube….punk…).
Below is On The Backs Of Angels, for those of you who might’ve missed it.
Dream Theater is set to prove to people that they can still bring it, even after the mess of Mike Portnoy quitting and the American Idol-esque drum search they conducted, ending in Mike Mangini being named as the new drummer. After the jump, you can hear On The Backs Of Angels, the first single off the upcoming album A Dramatic Turn Of Events, which was streamed on Roadrunner Records YouTube page.
There are a handful of bands that incite such a violent reaction as Limp Bizkit. There’s Nickelback, Insane Clown Posse, U2 and that’s all I can really think of off the top of my head. These bands are generally reviled or mocked endlessly and, for some reason, are wildly successful. Nickelback consistently puts out platinum selling albums, ICP continues to somehow afford the ability to make movies and U2 manages to put out the same sounding album over and over again with great success. As for Limp Bizkit, people mock the ever-living hell out of them and they laugh it off all the way to the bank. So, how does the band fare on Gold Cobra, their latest endeavor? Well, check out after the jump for the answer.
Dream Theater have set Sept. 13th as the release date for their next album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events. This will be the band’s first album with new drummer Mike Mangini. Fun fact: apparently the announcement of Mike as Dream Theater drummer was second only to the Royal Wedding on Twitter trending topics. Pretty impressive, eh? Check after the jump for quotes from the band as well as the track list.
After the shock of Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater, many (including myself) were wondering what the future held for the band. Being a big fan of Dream Theater for many years (hell, I even flew out to New York and was at the Score show), it was near impossible to think of a Portnoy-less Dream Theater. The man was so iconic as the spokesman for the band that having him gone felt like the band was gone. But as the group has said, ‘The Spirit Carries On’.
Through a three-part web-based video series, the rest of the DT members tried out seven astonishing drummers to see who would fit into the family, ending with Mike Mangini as the top pick (you can see the moment he is chosen in the third video at the 14:00 mark). Although I’ve told you who the drummer is, it’s still really worth checking out the series as it’s very well put together. The first part is here, the second part below and the third part is here.
With the recent release of Nola sludge legends Crowbar’s much anticipated new album, Sever The Wicked Hand, I started to think about what other huge albums 2011 has to offer the metalheads among us. With new albums from genre heavyweights like Atheist, Fear Factory, and Agalloch turning last year into a seriously stellar year for metal, 2010 is going to be hard to top, but here are 10 (+2) albums that I think will give 2011 more than just a fighting chance. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting scored an exclusive interview with Clandestine guitarist/programmer Dan Durakovich. With ‘The Invalid’, their first full-length album, coming out Feb. 15th, I spoke to Dan about the album, his influences (where he cites Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and Bjork as a few), plans for after the release and what he thinks about horror. Check out the exclusive audio interview after the jump.
I didn’t really run into many albums, or even songs for that matter, that I TRULY hated this year. Then again, I didn’t really put myself in a position to have to face much of that. Rather, this list of ‘Worst of 2010′ is going to reflect upon several situations that arose this past year which shocked and affected me. Read for on my ‘Worst of 2010′.
Updated with the response from the rest of Dream Theater after the jump.
I’ve been a Dream Theater fan since 1999. Yeah, that’s late in the Dream Theater game but still early enough to catch some amazing albums and definitely enough times to see them in concert. Hell, I flew out to New York to see the Score performance. Can I see myself in the DVD? Hell no! I’m way in the nosebleeds! But I was there. Their music helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and also inspired me as a musician and as a songwriter. So to hear that Mike Portnoy, the original drummer, the voice of the band, the creator, has decided to quit has really shaken me and left me somewhat speechless. After the jump is the written explanation from Mike himself about his decision to quite Dream Theater. This was not the news I was expecting to see or ever read, but I can understand where he is coming from once I read through his statement.
Dream Theater’s James LaBrie is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. LaBrie has partnered up with Revolver Magazine to exclusively present an online stream to the next track, “I Need You,” so be sure to check it out. LaBrie and Matt Guillory (keyboards, background vocals) also provide an in-depth look into the meaning of the song and how it all came together.
The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LaBrie’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. A special pre-order package is now available exclusively through CMDistro.com where fans can pre-order the album along with an exclusive t-shirt. Click on the link HERE to purchase now.
Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans Darkane on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia).
As of Tuesday, Avenged Sevenfold’s latest album, ‘Nightmare’, has been officially released! Blabbermouth.net reports that the album is on it’s way to dominating the Billboard Top 200 by debuting at the number one spot! You can pick up your copy at your local retailer OR you can order it from the myriad of links that A7X has been kind enough to offer HERE. While you’re ordering ‘Nightmare’ (or if you’re already listening to it), why not check out some of the awesome features that Bloody-Disgusting has scored for you all?
We’ve got an exclusive interview with bassist Johnny Christ HERE!
We’ve got behind the scenes photos of the ‘Nightmare’ music video location HERE!
We’ve got an awesome look at the evolution of the artwork of “City of Evil” starting with Part 1 HERE!
Also, don’t forget to check out Avenged Sevenfold on the Rockstar Uproar Festival starting August 12th! Due to the tragic death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater will be filling the role of touring drummer.
Check after the jump for a Rockstar Uproar video where members of Disturbed and Hellyeah talk about the new album!
Bloody-Disgusting is bringing you another awesome interview this week (not the last either!). This time, we got the opportunity to sit down with The Keyboard Wizard himself, Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater! We put up a video recently where he showed us his Apple application for MorphWiz, which you can check out HERE. Now, we’ve got a full interview where we get to hear about the Iron Maiden/Dream Theater tour, upcoming plans and what Jordan is doing on the side. Check it out after the jump!
Bloody-Disgusting is proud to give you readers this exclusive interview with Johnny Christ, bassist of rock/metal band Avenged Sevenfold! Currently co-headlining the Rockstar Uproar Festival with Disturbed, Johnny Christ took a few minutes to tell us what’s been going on in the A7X camp, what it was like recording with Mike Portnoy and what the future holds for the band. Check it out after the jump!
Dream Theater’s James LaBrie is easily one of the defining, elite and naturally talented vocalists the world has to offer and after selling over a million albums worldwide he further challenges himself with an aggressive and dynamic new solo effort. The much anticipated new full-length offering, Static Impulse, also marks LaBrie’s first solo effort in over five years and is sure to please his legion of diehard fans, as well as win over many new devotees in the process. Be sure to stay tuned to www.jameslabrie.com for new information.
Static Impulse also features the immensely talented longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist Matt Guillory. Another notable performance is Peter Wildoer from metal titans Darkane on drums and screaming vocals. The group is rounded out by Marco Sfogli on guitars and Ray Riendeau on bass. Static Impulse is set for a September 28th release on InsideOut Music and was mixed and mastered by the renowned Jens Borgen (Opeth, Katatonia).
LaBrie states: “Hi everyone. The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the driver’s seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release.”
Guillory further comments: “One year and two months in the making and we’re finally done. I’m really pleased with the way this record came out. James sounds fantastic, as well as the rest of the guys. Without a doubt, it’s our heaviest record thus far yet at the same time, it’s also our most melodic. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
In addition to Dream Theater’s numerous studio and live releases, LaBrie has also appeared on releases by Fates Warning, Redemption, Trent Gardner’s Explorer’s Club, Leonardo The Absolute Man, Frameshift, Ayreon’s The Human Equation, as well as tribute albums to Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Queen.
Bloody-Disgusting.com has scored this exclusive look at Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess demonstrating his Apple app, MorphWiz! Released for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch, MorphWiz is a vertical controlled synthesizer that is incredibly easy to use but has some serious professional power for the stage or the studio. Check out the video below and leave some comments with your thoughts!
You can buy the app for $9.99 at the iTunes store right now!
Also, Dream Theater will be wrapping up their tour with Iron Maiden in Washington D.C. tomorrow night at the Nissan Pavilion. Once done, Dream Theater will take some time off while Mike Portnoy tours with Avenged Sevenfold on the Rockstar Uproar Festival. Afterwards, Dream Theater will be playing some festivals in Japan. If you saw them, leave a comment letting us know what you thought!
Stay tuned for an exclusive video interview with Jordan!
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!
Richard Christy’s Charred Walls Of The Damned is hitting the road! Fans will FINALLY have the chance to watch Richard Christy and Tim “Ripper” Owens perform the songs from Charred Walls Of The Damned’s debut album love this July. They’ll be touring from Chicago, through Canada and up to Worcester, MA for a massive show with Dream Theater! The tour will also feature comedian Don Jamieson from VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” (http://www.donjamieson.com).
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available. The VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Charred Walls Of The Damned, a Limited edition poster to be signed by the band, a limited edition EXCLUSIVE t-shirt, and you will also be allowed to bring any other personal items to have the guys from the band sign!
OSI (Office Of Strategic Influence), the hard rock duo formed by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater), has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band has gained a strong underground following since its inception in 2003. OSI already has 3 full length records and an EP in its catalogue of music. Their 2009 album, Blood and includes guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut, and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on Free. OSI is currently working on their fourth album and Metal Blade debut for a late 2010 release.
OSI’s music can’t easily be pigeonholed and is a completely different animal when compared to its founders’ other projects. The music is a combination of dark rock chorus’ with atmospheric, often industrial keys and is an eclectic mix of both Moore’s and Matheos’ influences.
Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel adds: “We are very excited to welcome OSI to the Metal Blade Family. I have been a big fan of the band and all of us here can’t wait to work on the new album.”
Keep an eye out for more news and updates as the band continues work on their new album!
Oh man oh man oh man, I’m SO going to this!! Check out this amazing news from Dream Theater!
Prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater will spend their summer supporting Iron Maiden on the band’s month-long tour of major US and Canadian markets. The tour launches on June 9 and runs through July 20, and includes a stop at the storied Madison Square Garden in NYC, marking the first time in a lengthy and respected career that Dream Theater will have played the world’s most famous arena. This tour will mark another milestone in Dream Theater’s history, which continues to expand and evolve, twenty-five years deep. READ MORE