Posts Tagged ‘Mike Portnoy’

Review by  Greg Maki
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In some ways, Men of Honor, the second full-length effort from Adrenaline Mob, feels like a debut album. I don’t mean to demean the band’s actual debut, Omerta, released in 2012, but it always left me feeling a bit cold, like it was more a studio project than a real band—which it sort of was at the time, as a collaboration of Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, with Mike Orlando handling both guitar and bass. Since then, the Mob has added Disturbed bassist John Moyer and replaced the departed (not departed in the mob sense of the word, of course) Portnoy with Twisted Sister’s A.J. Pero. (more…)

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Bigelf are set to release their new album Into The Maelstrom on April 1 via InsideOut Music, and the band have made a free download available of the brand new track “Alien Frequency.” You can head to this special Bigelf page and grab the song now:

http://insideoutmusic.com/specials/bigelf/

Fans can also find a special EPK clip on the page, which gives a little insight into the making of Into The Maelstrom through interviews with Damon Fox.

The band also recently released a lyric video for the song “Control Freak” which can be viewed inside: (more…)

Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Events take a dramatic turn for Dream Theater
Keyboardist Jordan Rudess discusses the new album and more

It has been a wild 15 months for Dream Theater. In September 2010, drummer Mike Portnoy shocked the music world by leaving the band he helped found 25 years earlier. The remaining four members of Dream Theater (guitarist John Petrucci, keyboardist Jordan Rudess, bassist John Myung and vocalist James LaBrie) pressed on, auditioning a handful of the best drummers in the world before settling on Mike Mangini—and chronicling the entire process in a documentary titled The Spirit Carries On—and recording a new studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, released in September 2011. During the band’s fall tour of the United States, Greg Maki of Live-Metal.net caught up with Rudess backstage at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., to talk about this critical time in Dream Theater history. (more…)

Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Dream Theater has entered uncharted territory. Bands don’t get bigger as they approach their 25th anniversary. But in June, Dream Theater’s latest album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, its 10th studio effort, debuted at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200. The world’s leading progressive metal band continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing. When the band’s Progressive Nation 2009 tour (also featuring Zappa Plays Zappa, Bigelf, Scale the Summit and, for this show only, Queensryche) came to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down backstage with drummer Mike Portnoy to discuss the band’s success, the new album, Dream Theater’s classic 1999 release, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scene from a Memory, and more. (more…)

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Dream_Theater_-_Black_Clouds_&_Silver_LiningsReview by Greg Maki
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Ten studio albums into a career spanning nearly 25 years, Dream Theater is showing no signs of waning musicianship or creativity. In fact, record No. 10, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, their second release for Roadrunner Records, is their most complete effort since 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scene from a Memory. With six songs topping 75 minutes, it’s easily their most progressive outing since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) while also incorporating the heavy, gothic feel that permeated much of their last album, Systematic Chaos (2007). (more…)

Dream_Theater_-_Metropolis_Pt._2-_Scenes_from_a_MemoryBy Greg Maki
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A ticking metronome.

A voice. Soft, comforting, yet firm, in control.

“Close your eyes and begin to relax.”

A hypnotherapist. He puts his subject under, leads him back through time to find a girl waiting for him.

And so begins Dream Theater’s concept album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, a tragic yet life-affirming tale of love, betrayal, murder and reincarnation. (more…)

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James LaBrie of Dream Theater

James LaBrie of Dream Theater

LIVE PHOTOS: Dream Theater, Into Eternity

Review by Greg Maki

When Dream Theater left the stage of Pier Six Pavilion for the first time, they had played the following songs: “Constant Motion,” “Panic Attack,” “Blind Faith,” “Surrounded,” “The Dark Eternal Night,” “Lines in the Sand,” “I Walk Beside You” and “In the Presence of Enemies.” That’s eight—count ‘em, eight—songs. Yet by the time they had completed an encore medley of five album-closing songs from their career, the progressive metal outfit’s show had filled two hours. That’s shorter than fans have been accustomed to thanks to the band’s many recent “evening with” tours but longer than most bands play today and more than anyone should expect on a bill with two opening acts. (more…)

Dream_Theater_-_Systematic_ChaosReview by Greg Maki
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More than two decades into Dream Theater’s career, most music fans either love them or hate them. Systematic Chaos, their ninth studio effort, likely won’t the change the opinion of anyone in either camp. But neither side can deny that Dream Theater has become the world’s leading progressive metal band. (more…)