Russel Allen/ Jorn Lande – The Revenge
Recording sessions of the second chapter of the highly anticipated album from Jorn Lande and Russell Allen have started during august. Once again Magnus Karlsson (Last Tribe, Starbreaker) penned a set of songs which fit perfectly to the voices of the two characters. The album will be entitled The Revenge and some songs titles include “Victory”, “The Revenge”, “Who Can You Trust”, “Wake Up Call”, “Gone Too Far”, “Under The Waves”. Once again cover art will be designed specifically for the project by Rodney Matthews (Diamond Head, Magnum, Praying Mantis etc.). Release shall happen sometime during 2007.
New Dream Theater CD in June
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 and 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 U.S. 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.
Adriangale is back…..sort of!
Jamie Rowe, Vic Rivera and Eddie Campbell – formerly of the highly-acclaimed act Adriangale – have regrouped to form Crunch, their brand-new venture.
Joining the trio are TNA’s Doug Odell on bass (who played on AdrianGale’s Reprogram) and newcomer Joe Cruz on drums.
Messrs. Rowe, Rivera and Campbell are completely ecstatic to be working with each other again and while each of them are busy with separate projects/bands, they eagerly look forward to writing/recording/performing together.
Commenting on the newly-formed act are Jamie, Vic and Ed themselves -
Vic Rivera: “I am thrilled to once more be working together with Jamie and Ed, both of whom I have remained in close contact with the past few years while we’ve been pursuing other endeavors. It will be amazing to write new music with my good friend Jamie that I can promise will live up to and expand upon our prior body of work; it is awesome to finally have the great player (and gentleman) in Doug as a full-fledged part of my musical family; I am pumped to have such a truly talented drummer (and great guy) as Joe to be the backbone for the music and I am totally revved to be musically reunited with my buddy Ed, whose immense talent I can’t wait to reincorporate into the picture. This project will be a pleasure to undertake!”
Jamie Rowe: “I always knew that Vic and I would work together again. And I am stoked to have it happen so soon! Vic is one of the best songwriters in the melodic rock scene and our musical chemistry has produced some highly regarded recordings. We plan to continue that tradition with Crunch. Having Eddie Campbell back in the mix is icing on the cake! Eddie’s talent speaks for itself and he’s a good friend too. Same thing goes for our bassist Doug Odell who has always been a support and now has the prestige (ok, that’s pushing it a little) of being a full fledged member. I’ll sum it all up with this – I’m looking forward to recording and playing with Crunch.”
Eddie Campbell: “I am looking forward to re-igniting the flame that AG started some time ago. A lot has changed through the years but one thing has remained constant and that is our passion to ROCK! It will be exciting to work with great talents Jamie and Vic again and, adding the new monster backbone Doug and Joe, the band is guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever…Crunch.”
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!
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