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Progressive metal legends Dream Theater make their much-anticipated return this year with their new album Systematic Chaos. Systematic Chaos takes rock and metal to epic extremes: The Pantera-esque "The Dark Eternal Night" portrays the battle between a heroic protagonist and a demonic antagonist, while the "The Ministry of Lost Souls" and "In the Presence of Enemies" are reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and Rush's "La Villa Strangiato," respectively. To celebrate the release, we asked drummer Mike Portnoy for his ten favourite albums...
It breaks down into two halves; one is 5 classic albums, and then 5 modern albums.
Going chronologically, the first one would be Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) by The Beatles. It was released 3 months after I was; I was born in April 67 and the album came out in July 67, so it's a nice landmark for an album that has been around for my entire lifetime. It's an album that broke every rule and created a million new ones, everything from the conceptual zeal to the album artwork, the gatefold sleeve, and the production, everything about it was completely groundbreaking. The Beatles are my number one favourite all time band, so having to pick one single album from them is always rough, it could change from day to day; I could easily of very easily picked Revolver or Abbey Road or Rubber Soul, but it seems like Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the one that if you held a gun to my head. More...
Read the full article at The Artists' Choice Section of Amazon.co.uk.
DREAM THEATER have announced a live date in Philadelphia on August 26th in support of their new album, Systematic Chaos, will be released on Tuesday, June 5th via Roadrunner Records.
Dream Theater's North American tour schedule with special guests REDEMPTION and INTO ETERNITY is currently as follows:
24 - OAT - San Diego, CA
25 - Dodge Theater - Phoenix, AZ
27 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
28 - Berkeley Community Theater - Berkeley, CA
30 - E Center - Salt Lake City, UT
31 - Paramount Theater - Denver, CO
2 - Nokia Theater - Dallas, TX
3 - Verizon Wireless - Houston, TX
6 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
7 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
9 - State Theater - Minneapolis, MN
10 - Rosemont Theater - Chicago, IL
11 - Tower City Amphitheater - Cleveland, OH
13 - State Theater - Detroit, MI
14 - Pier Six - Baltimore, MD
16 - Expocite Site - Quebec City, QC
17 - Bell Center - Montreal, QUE
18 - Molson Amphitheater - Toronto, ON
20 - University Of Buffalo Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY
21 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
22 - Chevrolet Theater - Hartford, CT
24 - PNC - Holmdel, NJ
25 - Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
26 - Tower Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Dream Theater has added a few more dates to their Chaos In Motion World Tour including the following:
8/14 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six
8/16 - Quebec City, QC - Expocite Site
8/20 - Buffalo, NY - University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
8/22 - Hartford, CT - Chevrolet Theater
More dates have been released for DREAM THEATER’s Summer North American tour with REDEMPTION and INTO ETERNITY:
July 24 - San Diego, CA @ OAT
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
July 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
July 28 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Community Theater
July 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
July 31 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
August 2 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
August 3 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless
August 6 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
August 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
August 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
August 10 - Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theater
August 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
August 13 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
August 17 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
August 18 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
August 21 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
August 24 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 25 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
A DREAM THEATER EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the group's new album, "Systematic Chaos", is available for download here (QuickTime, 38.5 MB). A new track, entitled "Constant Motion", is available for free at this location. Simply fill in your details and the download link will be sent directly to your e-mail.
"Systematic Chaos" will be released on Tuesday, June 5 (date may vary in different countries) through Roadrunner and will be available in two formats: regular-edition CD (cover) and a special-edition CD and DVD (cover). More...
A video clip of REDEMPTION — the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING — performing the song "Nocturnal" at this year's Headway Festival (held April 7-8 at P60 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands) has been posted online at YouTube.
As previously reported, Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY will fill in for REDEMPTION guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk for several dates on the latter band's upcoming U.S. tour with DREAM THEATER.
Said Dyk: "For those of you aware of my rather demanding 'day job,' I personally will be making as many of these shows as possible (hopefully the significant majority of them). For the dates where I am unable to make it, we will be fortunate to have the talents of Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY taking my place. The rest of the band will be there at all dates." More...
Canadian progressive death outfit INTO ETERNITY has been confirmed for a month-long summer U.S. tour alongside the legendary DREAM THEATER. The trek, which kicks off in late July, is the opportunity the group has been waiting for since their inception, and a perfect chance to reach a new, open-minded audience that has yet to bear witness to their perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting and traditional heavy metal.
Commented Tim Roth (guitars, vocals): "I still can't believe I'm going to be saying this, but we are blown away to be going on tour with DREAM THEATER! There would be no INTO ETERNITY, without DT's influence on our music. The progressive sound that we have comes directly from them. There is no question that they are one of our favorite bands of all time!
"A huge thanks to Mike Portnoy for going to bat and getting us on this tour. It will be interesting to leave the clubs for one tour and get back into large venues again. We hope that the loyal DT fan base will be cool to us as a support act. We also can't wait to meet the REDEMPTION guys. FATES WARNING was also an influence on our sound." More...
DREAM THEATER has announced the release date and details on their upcoming release, "Systematic Chaos." "Systematic Chaos" will be released on Tuesday June 5th (date may vary in different countries) and will be available in two formats: a Regular Edition CD and a Special Edition CD and DVD.
The Special Edition DVD will include:
- the entire album mixed in 5.1 surround sound
- "Chaos in Progress - The Making of Systematic Chaos" (a 90-minute documentary directed by Mike Portnoy)
The CD's track listing for both editions is:
1. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.1 (9:00)
2. Forsaken (5:36)
3. Constant Motion (6:55)
4. The Dark Eternal Night (8:51)
5. Repentance (10:43)
6. Prophets Of War (6:01)
7. The Ministry of Lost Souls (14:57)
8. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.2 (16:38)
The band will shoot a video next week for the first single off the album, "Constant Motion."
Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY will fill in for REDEMPTION guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk for several dates on the latter band's upcoming U.S. tour with DREAM THEATER.
Said Dyk: "For those of you aware of my rather demanding 'day job,' I personally will be making as many of these shows as possible (hopefully the significant majority of them). For the dates where I am unable to make it, we will be fortunate to have the talents of Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY taking my place. The rest of the band will be there at all dates."
REDEMPTION supporting DREAM THEATER:
July 27 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
July 30 - E Center - Salt Lake City, UT
July 31 - Paramount Theater - Denver, CO
Aug. 07 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 09 - State Theater - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 10 - Rosemont Theater - Chicago, IL
Aug. 11 - Tower City Amphitheater - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 21 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
INTO ETERNITY will also be on the bill.
Dream Theater have announced their latest Chaos In Motion 2007 World tour plans including Eurpoean shows with Riverside as support, a multitude of festivals and a summer US tour with Redemption and Into Eternity. Here are the confirmed tour dates, with many more to come: More...
Progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER have revealed the cover artwork for their new album, "Systematic Chaos", due in June via Roadrunner Records. Check it out at this location.
"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals drummer Mike Portnoy, who co-produced the CD with guitarist John Petrucci (Paul Northfield engineered and mixed the effort). "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material." The disc sports seven new songs, one of which runs 25 minutes.
"Systematic Chaos" track listing:
01. In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 1 (9:00)
02. Forsaken (5:36)
03. Constant Motion (6:55)
04. The Dark Eternal Night (8:51)
05. Repentance (10:43)
06. Prophets of War (6:01)
07. The Ministry of Lost Souls (14:57)
08. In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 2 (16:38)
Dream Theater have announced its first confirmed U.S. summer tour date at the Gibson Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, July 27th. No further details are available as yet.
Dream Theater confirmed today that they'll be playing UK's Download 2007. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can't wait: "Fuck yeah! It's about time!!! I am absolutely stoked for Dream Theater to finally play Download... In a career already filled with so many personal achievements and dreams having been realized, somehow an invitation to play Download or Donington has always eluded us thus far... After all our hard work for the past 21 years and having made so many fans and friends in the U.K., it's nice to finally get the invitation! This gig will come within the first month of a world tour that will last well into 2008 for us, but I can already predict this will be one of the highlights of the year for us..."
Other confirmed acts include Devil Driver, DragonForce, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, and Slayer.
Visit the Download 2007 web site for more details.
Dream Theater have confirmed the final track listing of their impending new album, Systematic Chaos:
1. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.1
3. Constant Motion
4. The Dark Eternal Night
6. Prophets of War
7. The Ministry of Lost Souls
8. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.2
The band just mastered the album on Wednesday and it was to be in the hands of Roadrunner Records on Thursday. Produced by Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci, "Systematic Chaos" is Dream Theater's ninth studio album and Roadrunner debut, and will be out this summer.
In related news, Tama.com has a new interview online with Mike Portnoy. In the interview, Mike talks about the new Dream Theater album "Systematic Chaos", his Albino Monster, the upcoming G3 tour with John Petrucci, his new instructional DVD "In Constant Motion", working with Neal Morse and more.
Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame posted the following message on their myspace [blog]:
"Dream Theater have respectfully offered to swap positions on the bill for Italy's Gods Of Metal festival and offer our closing slot to Heaven and Hell.... We will both play equal set lengths, but out of our respect for the Black Sabbath legacy, we thought it was appropriate that Heaven and Hell close the show. "
Dream Theater recently launched an official myspace page, which is still undergoing construction. The songs posted on the page include Panic Attack, I Walk Beside You, Pull Me Under, and The Spirit Carries On.
Guitarists Mike Lerner and Colin Marston appeared in the holiday issue of Guitar One Magazine and are play and sans-drums version of Alcoholocaust on the cd-rom that comes with the current issue.
Drummer Charlie Zeleny is going to Japan from February 4-12 to play duo with Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of Dream Theater. They are going to be playing Rudess Morgenstein Project and Rhythm of Time tunes with the whole thing being sponsored by Roland. He also completely finished tracking the Blotted Science drum parts for the "Machinations of Dementia" album with Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink, Gordian Knot and Watchtower and Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. The album should come out sometime in 2007.
Colin's new recording studio, Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (thethousandcaves.com) is now up and running in New York City.
Colin has just completed work on a new album from his project Byla, with Dysrhythmia guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe, and Crom-Tech / Orthrelm guitarist Mick Barr. It is due out in the fall.
Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. A new studio album, Systematic Chaos is due in June. Dream Theater will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe.
Since their first studio release in 1989, this U.S. based five-piece has notched up record and DVD sales in excess of six million and headlined to audiences of 20,000. Having undertaken seven world tours across 42 different countries, Dream Theater has established a live reputation that has swept them to arena-status around the globe. They have appeared alongside acts such as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Yes.
Recognized by peers and public alike for their advanced musical expertise, the band (Mike Portnoy, drums; John Petrucci, guitar; John Myung, bass; James LaBrie, vocals; Jordan Rudess, keyboards) has long held the ability to combine complex arrangements with unadulterated songwriting skills, the material often underpinned by riffs as heavy as anything in the Metallica repertoire.
"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals Portnoy. "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material. By working closely with the label we hope to turn a great many new heads, too."
"Dream Theater and Roadrunner Records have led parallel careers on the cutting edge of metal for many years," say A&R men, Derek Oliver & Dante Bonutto, "We're thrilled to be working with a genuine market-leader, and when you add everything the guys bring to the table to the independent spirit and work ethic of the label, the results can only be exciting in the extreme!"
Prior to teaming up with Roadrunner, Dream Theater was signed to a seven-album deal with Warner Music Group worldwide. The deal commenced with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Images And Words (1992), a Gold-certified US release, and concluded, in equal style, with Octavarium (2005), a Top 40 Billboard outing. In August of last year the band issued Score, a live album/DVD (recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York), which went straight to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard DVD charts, knocking Pink Floyd from the top!
By the following month, the five were holed up at Avatar Studios in New York, working on the new album with veteran engineer/ mixer Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensrÿche, Porcupine Tree). As usual, Portnoy and Petrucci chose to co-produce the project, which features seven compositions (one a 25-minute epic), and word on the grapevine is that the Dream Theater/Roadrunner alliance looks all set to kick off with a classic.
Systematic Chaos, Dream Theater's ninth studio release, arrives at a time when the band is casting a longer-than-ever shadow across the rock and metal landscape. Their influence is being acknowledged by an increasing number of contemporary, cutting-edge acts such as Stone Sour, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Opeth as their fan base continues to grow.
Touring plans will be announced shortly.
The 2007 incarnation of Joe Satriani's popular G3 tour will kick off on March 14th in Phoenix starring Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Paul Gilbert. The tour will play selected dates in North America throughout March and April.
The starting tour itinerary follows with more dates TBA shortly.
Mar. 14 Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Mar. 15 Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Mar. 16 Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
Mar. 17 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theatre
Mar. 18 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
The 2007 tour marks the 5th North American G3 run and the 12th G3 tour worldwide since its inception. The first G3 tour, featuring Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, played to sold-out crowds throughout October and November, 1996 and was followed by successful treks in Europe, South America, Japan and Australia. The most recent North American G3 tour, in 2003, showcased Satriani, Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen and was documented in the platinum DVD G3 Live in Denver. Other platinum DVD's include the 1996 run and the 2005 Japanese tour with Vai and Petrucci.
For more information, visit www.satriani.com/G3.
According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):
HEAVEN AND HELL
The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.
There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.
Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater has announced on "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM that the band is currently in discussion with several labels on topic of a new record deal. Meanwhile, the band will be making use of a New York City studio to record it's follow-up to last year's "Octavarium", which is estimated for an April/May release next year. A few excerpts from the drummer's interview on "Friday Night Rocks" follows:
"We've done all of this pretty much on our own at this point. The labels thus far have… With the exception of our heyday 15 years ago, with 'Images and Words' and everything — other than that, we've pretty much just built this thing on our own, so it'll be amazing to see what we can do with a little bit of support."
"We are currently making our new album with Paul Northfield engineering. DREAM THEATER's had the same engineer for the last 10 years — this guy Doug Oberkircher — and for the sake of getting some fresh ears with us in the making of the new album, we're working with Paul, and Paul did [RUSH's] 'Permanent Waves', 'Moving Pictures', and 'Signals', as well as some of the newer stuff, so we're getting RUSH stories every day from Paul about the making of those albums, and how they recorded the guitar solo for 'Limelight'; he would tell us about the change of tide with 'Signals', and stuff ... It's really cool. Paul is an awesome guy."
"Me and Mikael [Åkerfeldt] from OPETH and Steven Wilson from PORCUPINE TREE, the three of us have been talking about doing something for a long time now, it's just been a matter of our schedules not working out, but I think it's inevitable that this project will come off in the near future, as soon as we can find a window that all three of us can together.
"I've done so many projects through the years, but none of them were like a real metal project. I've done prog things or classic-rock things or — you know, OSI, TRANSATLANTIC, those were kind of more proggy — but I've never done like a real metal thing, and that's so much in my blood."