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Dream Theater Performing "The Astonishing" In Full

Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a momentous European run that's set to kick off on February 18, 2016 at the Palladium in London, England.

The tour will see the prog titans delivering a one-of-a-kind show in which they premier their entire forthcoming album "The Astonishing" live.

The band's unique performance is already set to make stops at prestigious theaters around Europe - including Amsterdam's Carre Theater, Stockholm's Cirkus, Paris' Palais des Congres, Milan's Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, and Zurich's Kongresshaus, with additional dates to be announced soon.

2/18 Palladium London, England
2/19 Palladium London, England
2/22 Carre Theater Amsterdam, Holland
2/23 Carre Theater Amsterdam, Holland
2/27 Konserthus Oslo, Norway
2/28 Konserthus Oslo, Norway
3/2 Cirkus Stockholm, Sweden
3/5 Palais Des Congres Paris, France
3/6 Palais Des Congres Paris, France
3/18 Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milan, Italy
3/19 Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milan, Italy
3/23 Kongresshaus Zurich, Switzerland More...

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Dream Theater To Perform New Album In Full

Roadrunner Records’ group Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a European headline run which is set to kick off February 18 at the Palladium in London, England.

This winter run will see the prog-titans delivering a forthcoming new album live in its entirety. The unique tour is set to make stops at prestigious theaters around Europe including Amsterdam’s Carre Theater, Oslo’s Konserthus, Stockholm’s Cirkus, Paris’ Palais des Congres and Milan’s Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, with additional dates to be announced soon.

The European tour comes in anticipation of Dream Theater’s forthcoming album which is expected to arrive in early 2016. The new material will follow 2013’s self-titled release, which earned a second Grammy nomination for the band, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” while simultaneously entering at #7 on the Billboard 200. More...

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Dream Theater Wants You To Pick A Side

Update: while the specifics of the two sides haven't been revealed yet, the band did announce this upcoming album will be performed in full on headlining dates in February and March. Get all the details right here.

It seems like those prognificient dream thespians are up to something, as Dream Theater just sent out an email asking fans to take a side between two options at the band's website: "The Great Northern Empire" and "The Ravenskill Rebel Militia."

Theories abound as to what is going on (the names almost seem like fantasy RPG references), as entering your email address doesn't seem to do anything at this point. The likely option seems to be an impending double album. What do you think is going on?

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Heavy Metal Video Games: The Return Of Music Games

With the king of music games about to make a triumphant return in less than two weeks, it seemed like a good time to take another look at the limited offerings available where video games collide with heavy metal.

For those who missed our previous three articles discussing various games with heavy metal soundtracks, be sure to go back and check 'em out (and let us know if you end up playing or re-playing any of these gems!):

Part 1: the amazing Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload

Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.

Part 3 (the retro edition!): Rock And Roll Racing, Beavis And Butthead, F-Zero X, Earthbound, and Heavy Metal Geomatrix

Rock Band

There was this utterly glorious time where console gaming was flush with a stable lineup of music games and every weekend involved a bottle of something hard and your best friends making drunken fools of themselves in your living room till 2 AM. Typically your neighbors would not be amused, but fuck them because they don't like metal anyway.

Unfortunately that time died when Activision decided to flood the market with an absurd number of Guitar Hero entries and the era of the music game came to a sudden, crashing halt.

Obviously the Rock Band titles had plenty of rock tunes, but a handful of legitimate metal was also involved in the various incarnations and weekly DLC updates, adding in the likes of Emperor, Machine Head, and a whole lot more. Where things really took off was in the Rock Band Network, which let bands make their own tracks, seeing tons of underground groups add in their own music.

It was a truly sad day when Harmonix announced there would be no more DLC coming to Rock Band back in 2013, but an unexpected light at the end of the tunnel appeared just a few months ago. Back in March, Harmonix made a whole lot of fans happy by officially announcing Rock Band 4, which seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream up till that point.

Due out October 6, Rock Band 4's launch lineup of metal will include Dream Theater, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Baby Metal, System Of A Down, and more, with loads of metallic downloadable songs no doubt prepped and ready to drop each week.

Needless to say I'm greatly looking forward to it, except that unfortunately Guitar Hero is also returning. Maybe Activision can keep it in its pants this time around and not kill music gaming again by releasing six or so games a year.


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Metal Allegiance Posts "We Rock" Music Video

Metal Allegiance premieres another new music video for the band's cover of Dio's “We Rock“, taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now in stores via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater.

Joining them on "We Rock" are Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with additional lead guitars.

Check it out now below.

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Metal Allegiance Premieres New Music Video

Metal Allegiance premieres a new music video for the track "Gift Of Pain", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which hits stores September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs. Joining them on "Gift Of Pain" are Lamb Of God's vocalist Randy Blythe and Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus with a guest solo.

Check it out now below.

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Wacken Open Air Live Streams Available

Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.

Once again, select acts will be streaming live from the internet and German TV (also through the net) via ARTE concert at this location and 3sat at this location.

As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):

VIA ARTE Concert:

July 30th:

17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth

July 31st:

15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss

August 1st:

14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...

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Rock Band 4 Reveals Song List

It's almost time to pull out the bar stools, pour out the shots, and dust off the plastic guitars, as Rock Band 4 will make its triumphant arrival October 6th for both the Xbox One and PS4.

Developer Harmonix previously announced all DLC you might have from the previous games (which eventually reached a truly staggering number of tracks) will carry forward and work with the new version, so you don't have to re-buy all those songs.

Details have been sparse up until now on the new tracks that will be available at launch. Today 22 songs were announced. The full list can be found here, but the entries most of interest to rock and metal fans will be "Toys in the Attic" by Aerosmith, "Hail to the King" by Avenged Sevenfold, "Metropolis - Part 1 The Miracle And The Sleeper" from Dream Theater, "The Feast and the Famine" by Foo Fighters, "Halls Of Valhalla" by Judas Priest, and Ozzy's "Miracle Man."

if you pre-order through Amazon by October 5th, you'll also get a download code for 34 bonus songs (full list of bonus songs here).

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Dream Theater World Tour Scheduled For Early 2016

Vocalist James LaBrie of progressive metal veterans Dream Theater will be interviewed at the Midland Cultural Centre in Midland, Ontario, Canada on January 14, as part of the ongoing "A Day In The Life" conversation series.

Asked about Dream Theater's plans for the rest of 2015, LaBrie states in a pre-show interview: "Dream Theater will go back into the studio in New York in February and start writing and recording. Usually, that's about a five-month period of doing that. Monday to Friday; we take our weekends off. And then, hopefully, there will be a late fall release. And we don't wanna start touring until 2016 to support that. So we'll engage and start on another world tour probably right around this time next year."

Check out the entire chat below.

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Roadrunner Records Releases Summer Sampler

The Roadrunner Records Summer Sampler is now online: head over to Noisetrade here to download your free copy. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stone Sour - 'House of Gold & Bones'
2. Killswitch Engage - 'A Tribute To The Fallen'
3. Trivium - 'Through Blood And Dirt And Bone'
4. Gojira - 'The Axe'
5. King 810 - 'Fat Around The Heart'
6. The Amity Affliction - 'Pittsburgh'
7. Theory Of A Deadman 'Drown'
8. WeAreHarlot - 'Denial'
9. Black Stone Cherry - 'Me and Mary Jane'
10. Marmozets - 'Why Do You Hate Me'
11. Dream Theater - 'The Enemy Inside'
12. The Devil Wears Prada - 'Sailor’s Prayer'
13. Heartist - 'Pressure Point'
14. Kvelertak - 'Kvelertak'
15. Opeth - 'Cusp of Eternity' More...

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Dream Theater Releasing Box Set

Roadrunner Records will be releasing a box set of Dream Theater albums spanning from 1992's "Images And Words" to 2011's "A Dramatic Turn Of Events."

The set is available for preorder now at Amazon.com here and is due out July 8th. Dream Theater also released a new self-titled album last year. More...

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John Petrucci Posts New Guitar Video

Dream Theater's John Petrucci breaks down what went into creating his latest masterpiece, the Majesty guitar, in a new video clip available below. From the paint to the wood, every detail was collaborated with John and the Music Man team to create the ultimate playing machine.

Dream Theater's latest self-titled album is out now, and the band is also releasing a photo book from the "Along For The Ride" tour.

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Dream Theater To Release Photo Book

Dream Theater is collaborating with photographer Rob Fenn on a hardcover photo book documenting the North American leg of the Along For The Ride Tour, which kicks off March 20th.

Fenn will be traveling with the band all the way from Toronto, Canada's Massey Hall to Mesa, Arizona's Ikeda Theater, shooting 23 shows in all, including the special March 25th performance at the Boston Opera House, which will feature an orchestra and choir from Berklee College of Music. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the F*ck Cancer foundation and Dying 2 Live.

"Being able to do a book project with an iconic and influential band such as Dream Theater is beyond a honor," says Fenn, who's previously shot limited edition prints featuring Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach and Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor. "Cancer affects my life daily, so to be able to give back through my work on a project like this is a true blessing."

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci says, "We were introduced to Rob’s work through Mark Abramson at Roadrunner. His photos are amazing and as soon as we found out about the cause, we were all immediately on board. All of our lives have been affected by cancer in some way and all of us have lost loved ones to the disease. This is a great way for us to be a part of the crusade toward finding a cure, and we are looking forward to working together with Rob on the upcoming North American tour." More...

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Dream Theater Releases New Video

Dream Theater has premiered a new music video for "The Looking Glass," which can be seen in the player below or over at Blabbermouth.net here.

"The Looking Glass" is featured on the Grammy nominated band's latest, self-titled album, which debuted at #7 on The Billboard 200 chart this past fall.

Later this month Dream Theater will embark on the North American "Along For The Ride" tour, set to pick up on March 20th in Toronto, Ontario and then continue through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, Mexico on April 26th. Full dates are available after the jump. More...

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Dream Theater Posts Tour Trailer

Dream Theater has released an "Along For The Ride" 2014 tour trailer, which can be seen below and includes a sneak peak at footage from the upcoming video for "The Looking Glass." The new video will officially premiere February 3rd, 2014.

The "Along For The Ride" coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th in Toronto, ON following the band’s European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, MX.


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Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award

Back in December the Grammy nominees for "best metal performance" were announced, and if you've forgotten the lineup was as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

While many put their money down on Volbeat, it turns out Black Sabbath actually took home the win for "God Is Dead?"

The track was also nominated for "best rock song" and the new album "13" (reviewed here) was up for "best rock album," although Sabbath didn't actually snag a win in either of those categories. Here were the nominations for best rock song and best rock album: More...

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"Sleeping Dogs" Free For Xbox Live Gold Members

If you haven't been paying attention to your Xbox dashboard over the last six months or so, Microsoft is now offering two free games a month for Xbox Gold members: one on the 1st, and another on the 16th of each month.

This month, the first free game is "Sleeping Dogs," a Grand Theft Auto style game in which an undercover cop takes on Chinese triads. Why does this matter to metalheads? Because the game features the ability to flip through radio stations while driving, and one such channel is dedicated entirely to Roadrunner Records. The station features this soundtrack:

Black Stone Cherry, “Rain Wizard” and “Change”
DevilDriver, “Dead To Rights” and “Bring The Fight (To The Floor)”
Dream Theater, “On the Backs of Angels”
Fear Factory, “Edgecrusher (Urban Assault Mix)”
Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
Machine Head, “Be Still and Know” and “Locust”
Opeth, “The Grand Conjuration” and “The Devil’s Orchard”
The Parlor Mob, “After All” and “Take What’s Mine”
Soulfly, “World Scum”
Trivium, “Anthem (We Are The Fire)”

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Dream Theater Live Footage Available

Eagle Rock Entertainment has released a video clip of Dream Theater performing "Metropolis Pt.1," taken from the "Dream Theater: Live at Luna Park" release, which can be viewed below. The label also issued the following statement:

"Dream Theater began the mammoth 'A Dramatic Tour Of Events' world trek in July 2011 with the final leg in South America taking place in August 2012. It was here at the Luna Park arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina that they decided to film the two nights that go to make up this release. It was Dream Theater's first tour with new drummer Mike Mangini and all the tracks from their first album together 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events' are included in either the main show or the bonus performances. Dream Theater are rock's supreme virtuosos with many awards to their name and here in concert they bring all the power and drama of their music to life with breathtaking performances of classic tracks from across their career." More...

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Dream Theater Announces "Along For The Ride" Tour

Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a North American headline trek billed as the “Along For The Ride” tour.

The coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th in Toronto, ON following the band’s European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, MX.

Dream Theater’s guitarist John Petrucci commented: “We are all really pumped and excited to bring our new live show to North America and to take all of our amazing fans ‘Along For The Ride!' Returning to the ‘An Evening With’ format will enable us to deliver the best DT live experience yet with time for lots of music, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you. With this tour, our goal is for you to be able to step into the world of Dream Theater from the moment you enter the venue.

"We hope to create an intense and stimulating night both musically and visually and have prepared some really cool things this time around. We’ll be premiering some songs we’ve never played live before, as well as featured tracks from our latest self-titled release and plenty of classic DT songs for all of our long time and hard-core fans. We are all looking forward to a great night of music and super-psyched to kick it all off!” More...

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2013 Metal Grammy Nominees Revealed

The 2013 Grammy nominees in the "Best Metal Performance" category have now been revealed, and are as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

As usual, there's nothing on the extreme side to be found, but at least actual metal bands have made the list. Anyone want to bet which performance wins?

Keep in mind, last year Halestorm somehow won best metal performance in a lineup that featured Lamb of God, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden, so it seems likely voting for the most rock-focused and least metallic band may be the way to go.

And when you're done with that, let us know what the REAL best metal performance of 2013 should have been - Grammy's be damned!

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