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OSI #4 is ‘Fire Make Thunder’ (Update from Metal Blade)

23rd Jan 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

OSI’s fourth album finally has a name, a cover image, a tracklist and more… the press release from Metal Blade is below…

Fire Make Thunder marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

Fire Make Thunder is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. Today OSI unveils the artwork and the tracklisting for their fourth release.

Track listing:
1) Cold Call
2) Guards
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won’t Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men

Additionally, OSI has released an exclusive audio medley from Fire Make Thunder, which features audio samples from the upcoming release. The medley as well as pre-order opportunities can be accessed HERE (Pacificlectic NOTE: they have the CD for a really great price or a shirt/CD combo).  it’s also available for pre-order on Amazon.

Returning as the band’s session drummer is Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree, this time co-writing one of the tracks with the band. All other instruments and programming were performed by both Matheos and Moore, while vocals and lyrics were handled exclusively by Moore.

All of the recording for Fire Make Thunder, with the exception of drums, was done by Moore and Matheos at each musician’s respective home studio with drums being recorded at Harrison’s home in London. Final overdubs as well as some additional writing/arranging was completed in July 2011 in Jamaica, Iowa, where the band mixed alongside engineer Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio and Recording Environment. Mastering was handled by renowned engineer Roger Siebel. The record was produced by both Moore and Matheos.

We reached out to OSI for comments on the album. Our calls have not been returned.

1/24 Update from Twitter re a vinyl edition (in Europe… which I’ll totally spring for on the shipping):

For More Information Please Visit:
http://www.osiband.com
http://www.metalblade.com/osi
http://twitter.com/osi_band
https://www.facebook.com/pages/OSI/203893353038854
http://www.youtube.com/osivideos
https://plus.google.com/101327182573580737209
http://www.myspace.com/osiband

~Dan – np: Frank ZappaOne Size Fits All

In Progress EP with Kevin Moore

5th Jan 12 (Thu) Leave a comment

Update 1/10: streaming song “Plan B” (below).

From the Kevin Moore news website, The Mooreatorium

Experimental rockers In Progress revealed the cover artwork today for their upcoming EP, titled North Atlantic Echoes, which features Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, O.S.I., ex-Dream Theater) on three tracks.  The artwork was done by Sweden-based artist Alessandro Falca, who handled the artwork duties for Moore’s Shine album in late 2010.

“Kevin introduced us to [Alessandro] after Jake [Rosenberg] and I expressed our appreciation of it,” said band member John Dillon of Falca’s work on Shine.  “Alessandro worked closely with us on the art direction, and Jake and I are really excited with the end result.  Just as cool as the cover is the artwork on the interior of the package and the disc itself, which you’ll just have to wait to see when the record starts coming off the presses!”

For more information on In Progress, visit their Facebook page.
For more information on Falca, visit his company website.

Burn It Down: temporarily removed from SoundCloud by InProgress

Plan B” (demo) featuring Kevin Moore on vocals: downloadable, too

This and the 4th O.S.I. album out soon on Metal Blade.  It’s going to be a Kevin Moore-tastic year!

~Dan – np: Year of the RabbitYear of the Rabbit

Steven Wilson solo album cover art (video reveal)

24th Jun 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

I suppose so no one can easily steal the jpeg image?  Anyway, here’s the “cover art video trailer reveal” for Steven Wilson’s upcoming Grace for Drowning album, due out in September.

For more about the album, I did a “here’s all the info we know thus far” recap a few weeks ago.

~Dan – np: Weird Al YankovicALpocalypse

Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning (2011)

9th Jun 11 (Thu) 1 comment

Update 8/24: there’s a new video for the song “Track One” with the image below, as well as pre-order information at THIS BLOG.

After some news leaking slowly, Porcupine Tree/No-Man/Blackfield frontman Steven Wilson’s next solo album finally has a name… Grace For Drowning.  It also has a trailer…


http://www.gracefordrowning.com/

Recapping the news from prior posts:

  • it’ll be two 40-45 minute albums in the same package… due “Autumn 2011” (September-ish)
  • album names: Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye
  • pretty organic feel, mostly inspired by the darker end of vintage progressive music and some… movie soundtrack stuff (Morricone especially)
  • the usual array of excellent SW options: double-vinyl release, 5.1 surround sound, hard back book edition, CD, digital…
  • Update 7/19: free download… 9-minute full-track by signing up for the mailing list at http://www.gracefordrowning.com/

Stay up with his Facebook page and http://www.gracefordrowning.com/ for the scoop as it develops.  Steven just finished up his tour with Blackfield, and also in the works… Storm Corrosion with Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt (likely a 2012 release).

~Dan – np: Remy ZeroVilla Elaine

Steven Wilson’s upcoming double album

7th May 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

From Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson’s facebook page about his upcoming solo work…

The new solo album website will probably launch in early June now. The music is done, but we’re still working on film material and the deluxe edition. It’s presented as two 40-45 minute albums in the same package (which begs the question; when is a double album not a double album? When it’s 2 single albums issued together!) The album titles are Deform to Form a Star and Like Dust I Have Cleared From My Eye.

Good question…personally, I’d still call that a double album, but whatever… it’s just semantics.

~Dan – np: The Book of KnotsTraineater

Blackfield – Waving (music video – 2011)

23rd Mar 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

The first single from Blackfield’s 3rd album Welcome To My DNA… “Waving”…

Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree / No-Man / etc) & Aviv Geffen are taking Blackfield on the road in North America this spring.  The album is on-sale at Amazon

~Dan – np: PfRThem

Kevin Moore (Chroma Key/OSI) finally on the social…

22nd Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, OSI, ex-Dream Theater) is finally on the social networks…

Kevin Moore’s Twitter
Kevin Moore’s Facebook Page
OSI band page

Some news on the 4th OSI album…

Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree has just laid down drum tracks on a handful of new OSI songs. Jim [Matheos] and Kevin continue to write and record material for the fourth OSI album, their first with Metal Blade Records. Mixing is slated for June 2011.

~Dan – np: Eyal Maoz & Asaf SirkisElementary Dialogues

Steven Wilson’s 2nd solo album

15th Feb 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree put out his first solo album, Insurgentes, in 2008.  He followed it up with the concept album The Incident from his day gig (Porcupine Tree) in 2009, a live PT DVD (Anesthetize) and Insurgentes DVD in 2010… and now, 2011 will shower us with at least two SW-related records: Blackfield‘s third album, Welcome to My DNA (with a world tour), and his second solo album (based on this news on his facebook page):

My second solo album is nearing completion. It will be in the form of 2 separate 40 minute albums released in the same 2 CD set, and will also come as a blu-ray with surround mix, high definition stereo and a lot of visual material (Lasse [Hoile] is already working hard on films for many of the songs, attached is a still from one of these we shot a couple of weeks ago to a song called “Index”). We’re also planning a special Insurgentes style hard back book edition with a full length bonus CD of additional material. A year in the making, this is without doubt my biggest project to date, perhaps my most ambitious and personal music, and with some phenomenal musicians and performances on it (drummer Nic France in particular is going to blow a lot of people away). We hope a website will launch around April/May to start previewing material, with the album scheduled for September. More soon….

There’s also Storm Corrosion… his collaboration with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater).  TBD/TBA…

He’s a busy dude.

~Dan – np: Ozric TentaclesArborescence

Storm Corrosion (Steven Wilson & Mikael Akerfeldt)

7th Jan 11 (Fri) 1 comment

Dec 2011 update: There’s an official FB page (other one now unlinked), and the album is expected on Roadrunner in April 2012.  GO here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Storm-Corrosion/187831801312141

March 2012 update: The pre-order for the album is HERE.

For a while now, Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson and Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt have been talking about an official collaboration (outside of SW’s involvement in Opeth production, etc).  Well, it now has a name…

STORM CORROSION

They have “churned out” about only 15 minutes of music so far, but the goal for the group is to do “something really, really special and really different” – whatever that means for these prog-metal gents.

Per Steven Wilson’s FB page, Storm Corrosion won’t occur until at least after September 2011 (when SW’s 2nd solo album comes out).  Opeth also has a new one due in the Fall of 2011; so we shouldn’t expect any Storm Corrosion until 2012, most likely.  Its naming is at least a good sign of things being “in the works.”

Mike Portnoy is also involved, but I think to a more limited extent compared to SW & MA… though, with Portnoy’s being ousted from Dream Theater and done on the road with Avenged Sevenfold – perhaps he’s more freed up.

For more news, I’d pay attention to these webpages:

http://swhq.co.uk/
http://opeth.com/

~Dan – np: Erik Friedlander plays Masada Book Two: Book of Angels, Volume 8 (Volac)

REVIEW: dredg @ Wonder Ballroom (Portland, OR – 11/9/10)

11th Nov 10 (Thu) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Call me a focused, but I showed up shortly before dredg‘s 8:35pm start time and left immediately after*.  Frontman Gavin Hayes came on and said something along the lines of “we’re hypocrites,” and they kicked into their first song “Ode to the Sun” – a bombastic lead off from Catch Without Arms.  I’m not sure what he was referring to regarding the “hypocrites” comment, maybe it was just the mood he was in…

As one of the several openers, they only got an opener-sized slot, but they made the most of it…

Setlist: about 45 mins

  • Ode To The Sun
  • Same Ol’ Road
  • Pariah
  • Jamais Vu
  • Upon Returning [new song]
  • Bug Eyes
  • Saviour
  • Lightswitch
  • Down to the Cellar

Their new album, as of yet untitled, comes out March 29, 2011.  If it’s anything like The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion – it’ll be awesome.  Great melodic prog-ish rock.  Gavin tweeted on Nov 5th that the album was done (with compelling photographic proof):

a few more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

*– or perhaps call me dickish… I love music, but I don’t generally enjoy the 4 or 5 band “rock tours” – especially when 3-4 of the bands are underwhelming and the crowd is annoying (see POV video below).  I will apologize, as I didn’t give Circa Survive a fair shake (or a shake at all).  I’m sure they’re great.  Sorry, after a 4 hour round-trip drive, a couple sour beers at Cascade Brewing and dredg was what I cared about.  And I’m getting old (rock bands!  get off my lawn!). Sorry.  It is what it is. If the Circa Survive kids troll my comment section… well, it’s understood.

POV Rock Concert

~Dan – np: A Perfect Circle The Thirteenth Step

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Steven Wilson’s TAPE EXPERIMENTS 1985-1986

9th Nov 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is always putting out something… this week, he announced he’s making available Tape Experiments 1985-1986 on vinyl via Tone Float.

It was originally intended as a pre-order bonus to his Insurgentes dvd movie release (but withdrawn in favor of a much more recent piece of music), Steven Wilson decided to make his two and four track tape experiments from 1985/1986 available via Soundcloud (free legal download link).

Those tracks are now being released as 180 gram black vinyl album, entitled Tape Experiments 1985/1986.  In tie with the flaws of the original grimy cassettes they were taken from, the album is designed with the 70s vinyl bootleg records in mind (and in particular the legendary takrl label), complete with an insert cover.  The release date is November 29, 2010, and the album is available exclusively from the Tonefloat store.

~Dan – np: EisleyCombinations

God of Shamisen – Smoke Monster Attack

8th Nov 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

God of Shamisen, led by shamisen master Kevin Kmetz, is putting out their second album – Smoke Monster Attack.

Teaming up with producer Billy Anderson, God of Shamisen returns with Smoke Monster Attack, their second album. Featuring some new tunes along with some interesting video game cover songs, the band is back to its genre-bending ways. Featuring Kevin Kmetz on the Japanese shamisen, Karl Schnaitter on guitar, Mark Thornton on bass, and Lee Smith from the band Estradasphere on drums. The band goes all over the place, from an aggressive new arrangement of the traditional “Jongara Bushi,” to the Indian-inspired mellow breakdowns of “Last Shamisen Master Attack,” to a wild metal cover of the “Star Wars” theme. The album is only available digitally, and features guest musicians Rick Walker (percussion), Rich Doucette (sarangi) and Takemi Hirohara (shamisen on “Tiger Feint Attack”). http://www.godofshamisen.com/

  1. Metal-Jongara Attack
  2. Dragon Quest Attack
  3. Last Shamisen Master Attack
  4. Tar Bomb Attack
  5. Sandcastle Attack
  6. Final Fantasy Attack 2010
  7. Tiger Feint Attack
  8. Star Wars Attack
  9. Dragon String Attack (Super Short Version)

Much of this material is actually from their sessions for EMI Japan, which never surfaced outside of Japan.  They’re also releasing it in lossless FLAC format on LobeFood (not available yet).

Release date: November 23, 2010

~Dan – np: Ikue MoriPainted Desert

There is no free mp3 download or flac torrent for this album on this blog (nor will there ever be).  If you like music, support the artistsBuy it!!

REVIEW: Dream Theater @ Roseland Theater (Portland, OR – 6/21/10)

22nd Jun 10 (Tue) 3 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Progressive metal powerhouse Dream Theater is quite possibly one of the most technically superb group of musicians ever assembled.  They’ve also weathered over 20 years in the dog-eat-dog music industry and remained a challenging force in the progressive rock/metal landscape.  One might say that they’ve risen to icon status amongst their peers.  When I think about drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist John Petrucci, and bassist John Myung – I can’t really think of many other musicians in any genre that baffle me with their prowess so profoundly.

Singer James LaBrie and keyboardist Jordan Rudess round out the quintet.  They are both very talented in their own right, and while I won’t dwell on it, LaBrie and Rudess sometimes make Dream Theater’s sound a throwback to the 80s… which I suppose is an unfortunate consequence of shrieking singers and ax-blade keytars (come on, guys, this is 2010!).  Thankfully, the rhythm from Myung & Portnoy and the shred from Petrucci prevailed for most of the over two hour set.  Sorry, but in the everlong, ever-subjective DT-fan keyboardist debate I rank Kevin Moore > Derek Sherinian > Jordan Rudess.  Just laying it out there now… sorry if it’s offensive to some. Again, I don’t want to dwell… so back to the positive – all five guys in Dream Theater now run circles around the notes, making them fit in a pretty incredible sonic package.

This show was one of the handful of one-off in between dates as Dream Theater tour the U.S. with metal legends Iron Maiden.  If you hit one of the Maiden shows, make sure you show up early, as Dream Theater doesn’t have much input on when they go on, and sometimes it has been before the advertised time.

Luckily, this Portland show was Dream Theater’s to shine.  I showed up a little late, and unfortunately missed the opener.  Dream Theater started right around 8:45pm and ripped into A Nightmare To Remember from their latest record, Black Clouds and Silver Linings.  The 16-minute song (on the record) showcases all five guys’ talents and set the stage for what was to come…

Some of my favorite parts of the set were their earlier tunes… the “puppies on acid” intro to the “The Mirror / Lie” seamless prog-metal fest and the switch-up “Pull Me Under” that converts into “Metropolis Part 1” during the middle of the solos.  Wow!  The newer tunes, which I consider anything from Scenes from a Memory and on (i.e.- since Jordan joined), were also full of amazing musicianship… led by the “balls and chunk” in “Home” and the instrumental opening to “Count of Tuscany.”  Another new era song, “As I Am,” ranks for me due to John Myung’s bass harmonics’ opening and some of my favorite Dream Theater word play (justify / just defy)…

Setlist: 2 hours 15 minutes

  • A Nightmare To Remember
  • Constant Motion
  • Hollow Years
  • The Mirror / Lie
  • A Rite Of Passage
  • Home
  • Panic Attack
  • As I Am
  • Pull Me Under / Metropolis Pt. 1
  • Encore: The Count Of Tuscany

Brilliant showmanship, technical skill with an air of ease, stellar solos, and only a touch of keytar… Dream Theater is yet again showing up the competition.  They are truly the kings of the progressive scene.

(and one from MikePortnoyDT’s twitter…)

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check them out on tour with Iron Maiden now…

~Dan – np: Pink Martini – Hey, Eugene!

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REVIEW: dredg @ Wonder Ballroom (Portland, OR – 8/15/09)

16th Aug 09 (Sun) 5 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

This was my third time seeing dredg, and the second time this year.  Their latest record (The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion) is an amazing album… a definite front runner for album of the year for me.  It is inspired by Salman Rushdie’s essay “Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Letter to the Sixth Billionth Citizen.”  I gladly made the trek up to Portland, and now that I’d been able to soak in their latest album (it wasn’t out when I saw them in April), I knew much more of the material being played.  I was also able to bring my camera… yay!

The first opener As Tall As Lions were really good. The first song, the bassist was acting a bit goofy.  I thought it seemed weird, or that he was “overacting.”  However, throughout their whole 5-6 song set (35 minutes), he kept it up.  Maybe it grew on me, or maybe I changed my mind and felt he really was into it that much (plus he’s got some backing vocal chops).  :) Anyway, As Tall As Lions were a 6-piece in this live setting.  They’re from New York, and had a good indie rock vibe – nice vocals, nice groove, and good use of horns.  The band was way forward on the stage; so my only downside was that I was right next to the drums, which drowned out a lot of their vocals.  But, all in all, a very good opener.

The second opener Rx Bandits may as well have been a co-headliner (maybe they were billed as such).  It seemed as if tons of the crowd were there to see RxB.  They started the set with all four members on drums, which was fun.  One of the highlights of their 70 minute set was their lead guitarist and their drummer.  Their drummer had a dirty Daniel Johns (of Silverchair) look, and was kicking the crap out of his drumkit.  And their lead guitarist didn’t have the most “rock” stage presence, but he seemed like he could fit in a really into a shredder band… he played some really complex underlying scales, all while having a nonchalant look on his face. :)  Their vocalist reminded me physically as Brett McKenzie (from Flight of the Conchords).  And vocally, he seemed like he could fit in a jamband meets reggae/punk band.  Their bassist looked like he also fit in a jamband, and he had a very nice groove and bounced around the stage a lot.  It was an odd mix for a group, but it worked.  I’ll definitely see them if they swing through Eugene.  I took a few pics of RxB, but they didn’t turn out… oh well… next time…

Dredg came on right at 10:50pm and blasted into the trio of songs that kicks off The Pariah, The Parrott, The Delusion.  They seemed a little toured out (only compared to the last show in April).  They still put on a great show.  Gavin (singer/ lap steel), Dino (drums/ keyboard), Drew (bass) and Mark (guitars) were joined by a second guitarist for a few songs (I didn’t catch his name).  He played with them on Pariah, Drunk Slide, and Information.  Great 85 minute set.  Here’s what they played…

Setlist:

  • Pariah
  • Drunk Slide
  • Ireland
  • Ode to the Sun
  • Catch without Arms
  • Same Ol’ Road
  • Saviour
  • RUOK?
  • I Don’t Know
  • Δ
  • Bug Eyes
  • Information
  • Light Switch
  • Zebraskin
  • The Tanbark is Hot Lava
  • The Canyon Behind Her
  • Down to the Cellar
  • Cartoon Showroom

No encore (again), but perhaps that’s their M.O.  I’m not putting my usual “a fave of the night” notations by any song, because, quite frankly, it was all amazing.  At the end of Down the Cellar, the crew took Dino’s drum kit away one piece at a time at the end, with him ending on piano and no drums around him.  That was fun.

The only song I really wish they played but didn’t was “Gathering Pebbles” (from their new one).  I could play that song on repeat all day…

As much as I can get across in words, dredg is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands.  Rarely does an opener hit me, and ever since I saw dredg open for Coheed & Cambria (a few years back), I’ve been an immediate fan.  Their latest is their best yet, and their other albums are great as well.  I’d recommend picking The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion up on CD, vinyl (from the dredg store), or if you are silly… on mp3 (why go for the lower quality folks?). :)

dredg “Information

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Dub TrioNew Heavy

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Music Videos x 3

9th May 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Tori AmosFire to Your Plain” from Abnormally Attracted to Sin

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Dream TheaterA Rite of Passage” from Black Clouds & Silver Linings

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IncubusBlack Heart Inertia” from Monuments and Melodies

So… yeah, the Tori Amos video is OK.  Hard to distinguish anything great here, doesn’t seem unlike Tori, but doesn’t seem like great Tori either.  I suppose we shall see when the full album arrives (May 19th).

The Dream Theater video is, well, good except when James LaBrie is singing John Petrucci’s inane lyrics.  They’re so inane, I thought they were Mike Portnoy lyrics. ::rolleyes::  The only thing missing from the lyrics were mentions of dragons or doves (they’re interchangeable in the realm of prog rock lyrics).  I love 3/5ths of this band (guitar: John Petrucci/bass: John Myung/drums: Mike Portnoy), but about only 1/5ths of its lyricists (John Myung).  Ack… best part of this video is about 3/4ths in when Petrucci shreds it up… before LaBrie comes back in with more singing.  No offense, but this video wreaks of prog metal gone… well… as planned, I suppose.  It is comforting that the special edition of BC&SL (June 23rd) has a 3rd disc of the instrumental mixes of the entire album.  Trust me… it’ll get the most spins from me.

The Incubus video is cheesy, too-O.C.-y.  The song is actually pretty good, and I dig Brandon Boyd’s vocals.  It’s part of a greatest hits release (June 16th) as the bonus song or what have you.  IMO, it’s promising for the future album, assuming they’re working on one.  At this point, I could go for guitarist Mike Einziger’s side project end>vacuum on album.

~Dan – np: WussyWussy (2009)

O.S.I. – Blood CD

29th Apr 09 (Wed) 2 comments

REVIEW: dredg @ the Hawthorne Theater (Portland, OR – – 4/3/09)

4th Apr 09 (Sat) 3 comments

No photos this time around.  Rock shows aren’t conducive to them unless you have a really good camera, plus last time I was here, the venue wasn’t allowing it.  Anyway, on to the show…

The openers… well, I’m bummed because I only caught the very last song of From Monuments to Masses.  I kinda dug them… they are a three-piece instrumental band and seemed to have a good groove.  The guitars were a little low in the mix, but I could at least hear what was going on.  Torche, on the other hand, was 40 minutes of painful uninterest.  It wasn’t a wall of sound, it was a wall of mud.  And not the good kind of mud that Earth or Sunn 0))) might throw down, but just muddy, sloppy metal.  Bad sound that night, maybe they’re good on record.  They seemed to be having fun, and there were some obvious fans in the crowd.

Dredg came on around 10:45, after what seemed to be a very long sound check.  They seemed to be having some feedback or other issues going on, and it actually caused some minor technical difficulties early in dredg’s set.  Anyway, this Portland show was the very first show of this tour.  They played a handful of tunes from their upcoming record (see album cover below), and they played a great set with song from their other albums as well.

This was officially my first time seeing them live “as a fan. ” The last time I saw them was when they were opening for the Blood Brothers and Coheed & Cambria.  I was blown away enough to get into their music after that show, but for this show I actually knew the words. :)

I had some major respect for Gavin (singer/ lap steel) and Dino (drums/ keyboard), but now I have much more respect for all four members.  Drew (bass) and Mark (guitars) contribute so much to the dredg sound… excellent grooves and guitar that hearkens some of (Radiohead) Jonny Greenwood’s antics.

Setlist:

  • Stamp of Origin: Pessimistic (new song)
  • I Don’t Know (new song)
  • Ireland  (new song)
  • Same Ol’ Road
  • Of the Room
  • Ode to the Sun (a fave of the night)
  • Catch Without Arms (a fave of the night)
  • R U O K? (new song)
  • Saviour (new song)
  • Information (new song)
  • Bug Eyes
  • Sang Real (a fave of the night)
  • Jamais Vu
  • The Canyon Behind Her
  • Down to the Cellar (new song)
  • Stamp of Origin: Horizon (new song)
  • No Encore

Great show, about 75 minutes… lots of stuff from their upcoming album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion (due out June 9th).  I bet they would have played longer had it not been for the earlier technical difficulties, but maybe the venue had a midnight curfew.  I got a peek at someone who snagged the setlist; so I think I got most of the correct new songs and placement.  The stuff after “Jamais Vu” was more of a blur, big jam thing.  Overall, the new songs definitely fit with Catch Without Arms and El Cielo.  I’m looking forward to the new record, big time…

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: ZuCarboniferous

Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings

13th Mar 09 (Fri) Leave a comment

Progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER have announced BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS as the title of their tenth studio album.  Roadrunner will release the record on June 23.  In addition to the standard version CD, the album will also be available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that will include the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs, the titles of which will be revealed at a later date.  Six weeks prior to the June 23 street date, Roadrunner will release one cover song per week through digital retailers.  Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again at the helm as producers, while Paul Northfield mixed the record.

The band will embark on a world tour in support of the album beginning in Europe throughout June which will be followed by the second edition of the band’s PROGRESSIVE NATION tour featuring Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish throughout North America in July/August.

A video for the first single, “A Rite of Passage” will be shot in late March.

The track listing for BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS is as follows:

1. A Nightmare to Remember
2. A Rite of Passage
3. Wither
4. The Shattered Fortress
5. The Best of Times
6. The Count of Tuscany

I’m excited about the instrumental CD on the special edition… yay!

~Dan

more OSI details

9th Mar 09 (Mon) Leave a comment

Well, the 3rd album from the Kevin Moore (Chroma Key) and Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) project O.S.I. (Office of Strategic Influence) now has a name, album art, a tracklist, and a release date.  It features Porcupine Tree’s  Gavin Harrison on the drums, and Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH) on “Stockholm.”

01. The Escape Artist
02. Terminal
03. False Start
04. We Come Undone
05. Radiologue
06. Be The Hero
07. Microburst Alert
08. Stockholm
09. Blood

It’s out on April 27 in Europe and May 19 in the U.S. via InsideOut Music.

From Blabbermouth: The creative process which produced “Blood” lasted more than a year. In their now familiar long-distance collaboration, Matheos sent his ideas via e-mail to Moore, who honed them to his own taste before mailing the results back to Matheos. At the end of the day, some pieces were sent back and forth countless times, while others, such as the pulsating metal track “Be The Hero”, required very little exchange. “When Jim sent me his tracks, I had a vocal idea right away,” Moore says of the song. “I think it all came together in a couple of days. I love when Jim sends really heavy ideas, and he doesn’t mind me chopping them up. It was fun to play around with the times signatures by editing, and adding a lot of Minimoog effects and unison lines.”

Unrelated sidenote, Celldweller‘s upcoming long-awaited sophomore album is called Wish Upon a Blackstar.  Out… sometime later this year?

~Dan – np: U2No Line on the Horizon

Porcupine Tree News

16th Dec 08 (Tue) 2 comments

Hot off the heels of Steven Wilson’s excellent Insurgentes solo album, this was posted on Porcupine Tree‘s blog about a new PT record in 2009:

Writing for the next Porcupine Tree studio record is well underway, with the band recently spending 2 weeks secluded in the English countryside working on new tracks. Recording of these pieces and a new 35 minute Steven Wilson song cycle is due to start in February, and tour plans are being put in place from September onwards following release of the new album.

I hope it’s as good as Insurgentes or at least much better than PT’s last two “band” offerings.

Steven Wilson is also going out on tour with Aviv Geffen next month:

16th Jan – Rotunda Club, Krakow, Poland
17th Jan – Postbanhof, Berlin, Germany
18th Jan – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
20th Jan – Luxor, Koln, Germany
21st Jan – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
22nd Jan – Ampere, Munich, Germany
24th Jan – Cafe de la Danse, Paris, France
27th Jan – Proud Galleries, London, UK

The band will be the full Blackfield line up (with Tomer Z, Seffy Efrati, and Eran Mittelman).  There will be a few Blackfield songs performed, but most of the songs will be from Aviv’s forthcoming debut English language solo album (produced by Trevor Horn).

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~Dan – np: John ZornThe Crucible (with Mike Patton, Joey Baron, Trevor Dunn & Marc Ribot)

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