Tommy Karevik and Arjen Lucassen

Tommy Karevik will be singing the lead role on the next Ayreon album – check out the video with Tommy introducing himself and some behind the scenes material.

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Seventh Wonder present an alternative version video

Seventh Wonder released the following statement about streaming an alternative version of the “In The Blink Of An Eye” track:

“Did you already hear our 2010 version of ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ (originally on the ‘Become’ album)? We re-recorded it for the Japanese edition of ‘The Great Escape:’ we changed a little bit within some of the solos and, also very important, the production is a big improvement! Check it out, and let us know what you think.”

Also their homepage has moved to seventhwonder.se

 

Thought Chamber present first song from new album

The Prog Magazine was chosen to present Transcend, a nine-minute epic song from the new upcoming Thought Chamber album Psykerion. Hear it below.

Vocalist Ted Leonard, now with Spock’s Beard, has reunited with multi-instrumentalist Michael Harris for the long-awaited follow-up to debut album Angular Perceptions. They’re joined by bassist Jeff Plant, keyboardist Bill Jenkins and drummer Mike Haid on the 16-track title.

Harris tells Prog Magazine: “Transcend kind of epitomises what Thought Chamber does: lots of melody, while getting our chops in, and we exploit a lot of styles in it, from metal to acoustic to fusion.”

He says of the lyrics: “Avakus’ mind has been awakened and inspired by his voyage to Psykerion, and he gets philosophical about what makes humans tick, from instinct to ego to the drive to succeed.”

Psykerion is released on September 16 via InsideOut.

Tracklist

01.    Inceptus
02.    Exodus
03.    Psykerion: The Question
04.    In The Words of Avakus
05.    Light Year Time
06.    Kerakryps
07.    The Black Hole Lounge
08.    Circuits of ODD
09.    Behind the Eyes of Ikk
10.    Isle of Bizen
11.    Xyrethius II
12.    Recoil
13.    Breath of Life
14.    Transcend
15.    Planet Qwinkle
16.    Inner Peace

Source: http://www.progrockmag.com/news/thought-chamber-premiere-transcend/?utm_source=G%2FS%2FA&utm_campaign=0cc5ed9576-Pirate_Smile_DEVIN+TOWNSEND+PROJECT&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fc664ea316-0cc5ed9576-57311037

New Royal Hunt album seems to be coming soon

Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have completed all songwriting for their new album and rehearsals/pre-production will begin in a couple of weeks. The material has been described as a continuation of the band’s last CD, “Show Me How To Live”, but with new elements in in both the songwriting and production departments.

In order to upgrade its trademark sound, ROYAL HUNT is planning to employ a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir.

ROYAL HUNT’s new album is expected to be released in November this year through Marquee/Avalon (Japan and Southeast Asia) and Frontiers (Europe and North America).

Frontiers Records released ROYAL HUNT’s new box set, “20th Anniversary – Special Edition”, on November 23, 2012 in Europe and January 21, 2013 in North America.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/royal-hunt-completes-writing-new-album/#wBKtkXxXhcHdoWPl.99

Album Review: James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance

D.R. Swinhoe

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Dream Theatre frontman James Labrie is a busy guy. Not only are the Prog giants releasing a new self-titled record this year, but the man has also found time to release a new solo album, Impermanent Resonance.

On Larbie’s third solo record, Gone are the complex structures and winding epics of DT, and instead a mix of extremely melodic death married with pop sensibilities and electronic atmospherics. It’s a decent, if unspectacular album that will do well for Labrie fan boys until the new DT album comes out.

Read the full review at: Ghost Cult mag

Download issue #10 of Ghost Cult Mag now. 

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First song online! Dream Theater’s ‘The Enemy Inside’

The new self-titled album by Dream Theater is set for release on 24th of September on Roadrunner.

‘The Enemy Inside’, the first single from the album and the band’s first new music in nearly two years, premieres at USA TODAY right now, so go listen here if you are interested!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/08/04/dream-theater-enemy-inside-premiere/2613895/