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Dream Theater Releases "Our New World" Video

Progressive metal giants Dream Theater issued a new music video for the track "Our New World." The song is taken from the sci-fi themed latest release "The Astonishing," which is available now through Roadrunner Records. The band is currently on tour playing the entirety of the release.

Check out the clip here:

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Dream Theater Releasing PC / Android Game

Turbo Tape Games and Dream Theater are proud to announce the production of "The Astonishing" game, based on the concept album by the same name. The game will be released on PC, Mac, iOS and Android in Q2 2016.

The game is based on the album’s story, setting, and characters, giving players an opportunity to further experience the world of Ravenskill and the G.N.E.A. while battling Empirical forces and securing man-made artistry’s place in a futuristic world.

"The Astonishing" will share core gameplay mechanics with TTG’s "UHR: Warlords," with several enhancements for this new project. The game will be available as a free download and is expected in late April, 2016 (with a one-time fee to continue playing past the first two missions). More...

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Dream Theater Streaming Entire New Double Album

Dream Theater premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "The Astonishing", which hit stores this past Friday, January 29th via Roadrunner Records.

Check out now "The Astonishing" in its entirety below.

The new Dream Theater album's full track listing is as follows: More...

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Dream Theater Streaming "Moment Of Betrayal"

Dream Theater just released another new song from the band's impending double disc album "The Astonishing."

Check out the single "Moment Of Betrayal" in the YouTube player provided below.

Previously posted song "The Gift Of Music" is also still available for streaming at this location.

"The Astonishing" is almost here, with a January 29th, 2016 release date set through Roadrunner Records.

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Dream Theater Issues "Astonishing" Preview Clip

Dream Theater released a preview trailer for the upcoming new 2CD concept release "The Astonishing," which can be found below. The album will be released later this month on January 29th via Roadrunner Records.

The track list is:

ACT I
1. Descent of the NOMACS
2. Dystopian Overture
3. The Gift of Music
4. The Answer
5. A Better Life
6. Lord Nafaryus
7. A Savior in the Square
8. When Your Time Has Come
9. Act of Faythe
10. Three Days
11. The Hovering Sojourn
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
13. A Life Left Behind
14. Ravenskill
15. Chosen
16. A Tempting Offer
17. Digital Discord
18. The X Aspect
19. A New Beginning
20. The Road to Revolution More...

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Dream Theater To Play "Astonishing" On U.S. Tour

Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for an "Astonishing" North American run that's set to kick off on April 14th at the Theatre Du Capitole in Quebec City, Canada.

The tour will see the prog-virtuosos delivering a one-of-a-kind show playing their entire forthcoming album live. The band's unique performance is already set to make stops at theaters in Canada and the United States, with additional dates to be announced soon. Currently announced dates are as follows: More...

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Dream Theater Premieres New Song

Dream Theater today premieres a new song entitled "The Gift Of Music", taken from the upcoming new album "The Astonishing", which will be out in stores January 29th via Roadrunner Records. States John Petrucci about the new concept album:

"The idea to do a concept album as a band felt right. The last one we did was about 15 years ago, and it really felt like we were in a good place to do this. I knew that what needed to happen, first and foremost, is that we had to have a story to base this on, because the idea of basing an album off of a loose concept or something that was sort of arbitrary, that didn’t interest me at all. I wanted this not only to be a concept album, but really to write a full show. And to have all the elements in place, the story needs to drive that. We needed to have the storyline, a plot, places, characters, maps you name it.

"So that started about two and a half years ago. it took about a year for me to get that story done and ready to present to the guys. And I wanted to write from a place that was familiar to me, so I knew that music had to play a role in the story somehow. I’m a huge fan of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, so I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to go. But it was a matter of really diving into it and working on it, revising and revising again, and working on it every day until I had something solid.” More...

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Dream Theater Reveals Album Artwork

Dream Theater today unveils the artwork and track listing for upcoming 2CD concept album "The Astonishing," which can be found below. The band is also slowly revealing characters and even a world map about the album's concept - check it out at the Dream Theater website here.

ACT I
1. Descent of the NOMACS
2. Dystopian Overture
3. The Gift of Music
4. The Answer
5. A Better Life
6. Lord Nafaryus
7. A Savior in the Square
8. When Your Time Has Come
9. Act of Faythe
10. Three Days
11. The Hovering Sojourn
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
13. A Life Left Behind
14. Ravenskill
15. Chosen
16. A Tempting Offer
17. Digital Discord
18. The X Aspect
19. A New Beginning
20. The Road to Revolution More...

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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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Headline News

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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OpEd

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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