Prog rock band Bigelf has returned after several years of silence! The group has signed with Inside Out Music and will be releasing a new album later this year. The album will feature Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on drums and Duffy Snowhill on bass guitar.
Frontman Damon Fox has written a lengthy explanation detailing the past few years of the band, which you can read below. We also had the pleasure of chatting with Fox back in 2010. You can read the interview here. READ MORE
Sad news has come out of the music equipment world as Robert Zildjian, founder of Sabian Cymbals, has passed away at age 89. Many artists have expressed their grief, including Tesseract‘s Jay Postones, who states, “I’ll always use and love Sabian cymbals. RIP Robert Zildjian,” while ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy comments, “I am truly saddened to write that SABIAN founder and our fearless leader Robert Zildjian, has passed on today at age 89. RIP Uncle Bob.”
Sabian commented via their Facebook page, “It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert “RZ” Zildjian, our beloved founder and leader. A tireless and dynamic force, he inspired each one of us in the Sabian family to work harder, to reach farther, to make a difference – and he led us by example. We mourn his passing, and we will miss him for a long time to come. But we are better people for having known RZ, and we are richer for having worked alongside him. We draw comfort from the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the music made by artists the world over.
Rest in peace, RZ.”
Our deepest condolences to the Zildjian friends and family, the Sabian crew, and all the musicians who use Sabian as a part of their arsenal. READ MORE
Adrenaline Mob, the supergroup formed by ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X singer Russ Allen, and Sonic Stomp‘s Mike Orlando, will be touring the US in support of their debut album Omerta (review). The tour will consist of two legs this spring although only the first leg has been revealed.
The band will also be releasing an EP of covers. Featuring eight tracks, the EP includes songs by Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, and more. Check out all the information below. READ MORE
As a huge progressive music fan, the following news fills me with untold amounts of joy. Prog Magazine, a publication based in the UK, has teamed up with Orange Amps to bring the first annual Progressive Music Awards. This festival will honor visionaries, new talent, and talented musicians within the progressive rock genre. Now, I’m aware that genre-specific award shows don’t have much of a reach outside the listeners who enjoy said genre, but it’s still nice to see recognition given to a genre that is almost always shunned.
This year Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion) leads with five nominations. He is followed by both Steve Hackett (Genesis) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), who each have four nominations, while Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and It Bites each have three.
A full list of the nominees can be seen here.
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.
It’s time to do the Toxic Waltz as Los Angeles thrash titans RATTLEHEAD
unleashes a new modern day, speed metal trashterpiece, Tales From The Gutter. The self-financed, independently released disc is available now on iTunes
, so be sure to head over now to purchase. You can also check out the vicious new track, “Just Stay Down,” now on their MySpace page
Rattlehead has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to present an exclusive video documenting some touring antics and stellar performance from their hometown show at The Whisky in LA earlier this summer. Click on the link HERE
to check it out now.
Nick Baranov (vocals, guitars) states: “Hey guys, we just got back from the road a few days ago, and one thing is for sure – this was one hell of a road trip! From the belligerent hundreds of people in cities like Boise, Chicago, and Worcester, to the never-ending bar tabs, house parties, and all sorts of trouble we’ve caused in the past 35 days. We hope everyone that came out to see us had as much fun as us, because we definitely won’t forget the ‘Thrashed and Detoured 2010 Tour’ (if we can even remember some parts, that is!).
CHECK AFTER THE JUMP FOR NEWS ON O.S.I. AND THE SHOWDOWN! READ MORE
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!
(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!
Avenged Sevenfold have been in the studio working hard on their latest album with drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) filling in after the untimely death of Jimmy Sullivan. The first single “Nightmare” will be available on iTunes next Tuesday May 18th, but you can get an early listen right now. Mike Portnoy not only recorded drums on the new album, but he also announced that he’ll be joining A7X on tour duties.
Read on to check out the track and let us know what you think. READ MORE
Up until now the future of Avenged Sevenfold was uncertain after the death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, but today the band dropped some big news on their myspace page. A7X will be entering the studio Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame behind the drum set.
Here’s what they had to say in the official update,
“I want our fans to know that with Jimmy in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began. Jimmy helped leave this world an amazing gift and now it’s our job to make sure to deliver that gift to our fans. We asked Jimmy’s all time favorite drummer Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that’s what Jim would have wanted. Its comforting to us that someone like Mike, who is undoubtedly revered as one of the best drummers in the world, held such respect and adoration for the Rev’s abilities.”
“Even though it will never be the same without our brother by our side, his essence lives in our hearts and through the music he helped create. He was a legend before any of the success or any of that bullshit and we are fucking excited to lay this down for our fans, and especially for Jimmy.” READ MORE