Yesterday I had the chance to interview John Petrucci, guitarist of Dream Theater, quite possibly the biggest progressive metal band in the world. In this interview, we discussed the band’s second Grammy nomination (for “The Enemy Inside”) and their current tour in Europe and their upcoming North American ‘Along For The Ride’ tour. We also spoke about John’s appreciation for Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and how the band views touring in countries that are having political turmoil. Check out this exclusive interview below!
For me it was a thrilling interview simply because he was a huge inspiration while I was learning guitar and several of his riffs and solos still send goosebumps up and down my spine.
Make sure to pick up Dream Theater‘s new album Dream Theater on iTunes. READ MORE
Prog metal band Imminent Sonic Destruction has announced that they will be the opening support act on the upcoming Pain Of Salvation tour. Kingcrow will also be on support for this tour. This is the first N. American tour PoS has been on in over nine years. A short list of tour dates can be seen below while additional dates are expected to be announced in the new few weeks.
Frontman Tony Piccoli commented on the upcoming tour: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us, and we’re looking forward to making a lot of new friends and fans!”
You can watch the band’s video for “Monster” below. READ MORE
Band names. Some can be amazing and incredibly catchy and memorable. Others, however, can make you do a second take and whisper, “What the hell?” These are names that also stick with you throughout your life but not because of the band’s music, oh no. Rather, it’s because the name is so awful or problematic that you shudder at the very thought of bringing up these names.
So, below I’ve come up with 10 band names that are simply terrible. Note that this has nothing to do with the quality of their music, but simply is a thought about their name. Check it out! READ MORE
We all have those moments in songs that just speak to us. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s that part of the song that you’re blasting in the car with a several of your friends and you make them all shut up so you can share that one special moment with them. Usually, it ends up with everyone staring at you, wondering what the hell you’re so excited about.
You know what? Screw ‘em. You know what’s so special. You know what’s going on. And you’re gonna scroll back to hear that part again, whether they like it or not.
So, join me below as I share 10 Moments In Songs That I Just Love! READ MORE
Polish progressive rock band Riverside have released a teaser trailer for their upcoming album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves. The video includes snippets of two songs: one unknown and the other being “Celebrity Touch”, which will be getting a music video. The first track started off sounding almost like “My Sharona” while the second track sounds like something from Pain Of Salvation‘s Road Salt One.
The band has also released a behind-the-scenes photo from the “Celebrity Touch” music video shoot. The band is posed around several people that have gauze wrapped around their heads. It’s actually slightly spooky, so I’m curious if this video will have a dark side to it. Check it out below. READ MORE
In a recent interview I conducted with Pain of Salvation singer/guitarist/composer Daniel Gildenlow, which will be posted soon, I asked him, “Where has the heaviness gone? Road Salt Two sounds more like a 70’s album with 70’s overdrive rather than distortion.” He replied that he had been very much like me, needing the modern distortion sound to feel that the album was heavy. However, after listening to bands like AC/DC and Black Sabbath again per recommendation, he realized that heaviness is not a sound but rather an attitude. With that in mind, does Road Salt Two work with or does it fall victim to its new sound? Check after the jump.
One of my favorite progressive metal bands is Sweden’s Pain Of Salvation. Remedy Lane is a brilliant album with soaring vocals, astonishing melodies and, overall, just kicks major ass. As a result, whenever a new PoS album is announced, I tend to get a little geeked out. Well, such is the case as their upcoming album, Road Salt Two has been set for a October 11th release.
WARNING: The below video is NSFW!
The band has also scheduled a European tour with fellow Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth. You can check out the tour dates here. There are times when you Europeans get all the best tours…jerks…
Swedish prog-metal masters Pain Of Salvation have released a NSFW video for ‘Where It Hurts‘, which comes off their latest album, ‘Road Salt One‘. Watching the video, I was immediately struck by the feeling that I’d seen this video before. It didn’t take long at all to figure out which video I was thinking of (actually, it only took about a minute of watching ‘Where It Hurts‘). Check out the video below and the ‘original’ after the jump.
Sweden has, in my eyes, some of the best music acts these days. You’ve got Opeth, In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation; the list goes on and on. These bands, and more from the Scandinavian region, are often credited with shaping today’s metal scene. Most of the time, these bands are focused on moving forward, creating the next iconic sound. Ghost has taken the opposite approach and went back in time, forging a Satanic heavy metal album that hearkens back to the 70’s and 80’s NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Does it work or is it too pretentious for it’s own good? Check after the jump for answer.
The Shadow Theory is poised to release their first studio album, ‘Behind The Black Veil’, in the US on January 25, 2011. Born from the mind of Devon Graves, whose real name is Buddy Lackey (Deadsoul Tribe), The Shadow Theory was meant to be Devon’s own Frankenstein’s monster, where he sewed together a band from some of the finest musicians he could dig up (HA! Get it?). You can see who is in the band after the jump as well as the track listing.
Lyrically, ‘Behind The Black Veil’ is a concept album about a man who wakes up from one nightmare only to find himself in another nightmare, over and over again. It comes to the point where the man can no longer tell if where the dream ends and reality begins…or if he was ever really dreaming.