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- Within Temptation/Delain - Lotto Arena - Antwerpen - 29/04/2014 NEW
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- Chicken Shack - Spirit of 66 - Verviers - 07/09/2012 NEW
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- Anathema/Amplifier - Trix -Antwerp - 27/04/2012 NEW
- PPM FEST - Lotto Expo Mons - Day 3 - 08/04/2012 NEW
- PPM FEST - Lotto Expo Mons - Day 2 - 07/04/2012 NEW
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Tuesday 03 May 2011

 DREAM THEATER NEWS MAY 2011

ANNOUNCE MIKE MANGINI AS NEW DRUMMER

UNVEIL DRUMMER AUDITION DOCUMENTARY

New York, NY: A little more than a month after drummer Mike Portnoy’s sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an incredibly productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly and at length with seven of the world’s greatest drummers. The remaining members of the band got to know the candidates musically,
personally and professionally and thus assessed the fit of each drummer’s incredible chops with the band’s trademark prog-rock sound.

After intense consideration, the band has unanimously chosen drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai, Annihilator) to fill the seat behind the kit which was left vacant by Portnoy’s departure late last summer.





Dream Theater began telling their intense tale on April 21st when the band took to its Facebook Page to give fans a glimpse into the audition process. A video tool that was powered by new technology prompted fans to ‘like’ the page in order to unlock exclusive content. Much to the joy of fans, a trailer for the 3-part documentary series on the audition process was then revealed. Those that ‘liked’ the page then received updates on when and where the actual documentary would be airing.

The series, which is featured on Roadrunner Records’ YouTube Channel, has received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and critics alike and amassed over 1.5 million views in one week's time.
Additionally, both Dream Theater and Mike Mangini were trending topics on Twitter this past Friday, behind only Royal Wedding-related topics.

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess reflected on Mangini’s audition saying, “From the first countoff to the very last note of the final song, every beat Mike played was not only in perfect time, but also executed with an undeniable sense of virtuosity and musicality.”

The band has always been extremely sensitive to the fact that this is not only a monumental decision in their own lives, but also a critical moment in the lives of fans around the world, and has treated their announcement of their new rhythm section anchor with incredible respect to the band’s legacy.

“The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow,” said guitarist John Petrucci. “The fact that as a result of that event we’d be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening. But when we played with the infectiously positive powerhouse of a drummer that is Mike Mangini, we knew we had found a silver lining to what has been, by far, the most challenging episode in our musical lives.”

Bassist John Myung explained that “Mike Mangini is inspiring to us on many levels. His attitude and outlook are entirely positive. His total immersion into performing with us is undeniable, and during the audition, we all felt his strong musical and personal presence. At the same time, we also felt a real unity. He will open up our creative potential. It was destiny at work for us to have found the right person at the right time.”

Going into the auditions, singer James LaBrie had a strong vibe for Mangini’s potential. “I had the privilege of working with Mike on three of my solo albums, so I knew he would be a huge contender. He is without a doubt one of the most intelligent, intuitive, interpretive and virtuosic musicians I have ever played with.”

Mangini is completely cognizant of the demanding rhythmic and artistic responsibilities he’ll be expected to take on as the band’s new timemaster, as well as how deeply the band’s history and relationship runs with DT’s passionate and dedicated followers. “I went to work diligently on the audition material far beyond just learning the songs,” explained Mangini, who, upon taking up the mantle for DT, gives up a coveted faculty position at the Berklee College of Music. “I imagined myself onstage with them, giving the fans what I know Mike Portnoy – who is obviously a legend – always worked so hard to provide. For his sake, as well as for the fans and the band’s, I fought hard to earn the privilege of carrying on the spirit of Dream Theater. At the same time, I wanted to honor Mike’s incredible drumming and musical interpretations. This band has a phenomenal past. DT’s fans are so passionate about DT’s music. They deserve to hear the songs they know played as they love them. I’m responsible for that now.”

With the addition of Mangini to the band’s lineup, Dream Theater moved forward into the studio to begin recording their third release for Roadrunner Records. Guitarist John Petrucci reprises his role as producer, and Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensryche, Porcupine Tree) assumes the same engineering position that he has had on Dream Theater’s previous two Roadrunner releases. The band will kick off a world tour in July 2011.

Mangini, for one, cannot wait to get on the road and show the Dream Theater fan base why he was the chosen one. “I am just busting at the seams on being the new drummer for Dream Theater,” he said. “Digesting the incredibly challenging catalog, exploding with creative ideas, and anticipating what James, John, John and Jordan will come up with collectively and individually for new music and a
fresh stage show is going to be really exciting and fun for me. I consider this opportunity the absolute pinnacle of my career. I can’t even imagine what untapped and future musical genius is inside of these guys; I can’t wait until we get into the studio together. Playing with these guys…it’s the mountaintop. This is where I want to be.”

About DREAM THEATER:

Progressive metal band Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Mike Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a new drummer, and added Mike Mangini to its roster.

Dream Theater’s tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Roadrunner Records), was released on June 23, 2009. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at #6 and Eurochart Hot 100 at #1, marking their highest entry on either chart. Black Clouds & Silver Linings - a highlight of their 25-year career - was praised by Mojo magazine’s Paul Elliott: “…their lofty ideals remain intact. By modern criteria, Black Clouds & Silver Linings is as highbrow as The Mars Volta, as grandiose as Muse and as heavy as Metallica.”

The legendary progressive metal masters have sold in excess of 10,000,000 records and DVDs worldwide. The release of their eleventh studio album is expected in September 2011; Dream Theater will kick off a world tour in July, 2011.

www.dreamtheater.net
vera on Tuesday 03 May 2011 - 23:22:18
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Monday 04 April 2011

 NINE STONES CLOSE: Traces



Release: 2011-03-14
Style: progressive rock
Label: www.progrockrecords.com / Bertus www.bertus.com
Website: www.ninestonesclose.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/ninestonesclose
Playing Time: 43:53
Cat. N°:
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 9,5/10


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Nederlands:

Onmiddellijk laat ‘Traces’ zijn verslavende werking gelden. Wanneer drie kwartier na de intro de stilte terugkeert, kunnen we niet weerstaan aan een reprise. En nog eens. En nog eens. Dit album van Nine Stones Close valt wel degelijk op in positieve zin: het brengt rust in het hectische bestaan, luisterend naar ‘Traces’ bereikt je adrenaline geen kookpunt, maar ben je in staat om de dingen rustig te bekijken in het juiste perspectief. Het betreft hier een project van Adrian Jones (ook in Big Sea), een gitarist/componist die enorm meeslepende klanken uit zijn gitaar tovert terwijl Marc Atkinson (bekend van de hier bejubelde Mandalaband) ons voert doorheen een wijd spectrum aan introspectie en mijmeringen.

De vijf lange composities staan op zichzelf, maar toch luister je best naar ‘Traces’ als een geheel. Het instrumentale ‘Reality Check’ opent. Atmosferische gitaren gaan over in een harder stuk, wanneer drums invallen. De traagheid van de muziek verraadt zelfs enige verwantschap met doom metal. Dat komt omdat de muziek weemoedig en donker is, net zoals de beschouwende teksten. De vloeiende gitaarsolo’s in ‘Threads’ zijn van een grote schoonheid, de zang dringt zich weinig op, maar is eens te meer beklijvend. Bij het refrein wordt de hogere zang begeleid door orgel. De sfeer is te vergelijken met het begin van ‘Down By The River’ van Neil Young. Dit mag dan een vreemde vergelijking zijn, maar het klopt wel. Ook ‘Falling To Pieces’ en ‘Traces’ zijn reflecties van een zoekende ziel, met prachtige gitaarsolo’s die door merg en been snijden. Enige lichte ambient-invloeden zijn merkbaar in het titelnummer. De kroon op het werk is het vijftien minuten durende ‘Thicker Than Water’. De compositie bestaat uit vier delen en begint rustig. In het tweede deel horen we percussie met gitaarwerk in de stijl van Andy Latimer (Camel). De fluisterzang zwelt langzaam aan en verwordt tot een luid spreekkoor. De kernzin “what happened to us” leidt tot een instrumentale uitval met een scheurende, Pink Floydiaanse solo. Een versnelling leidt een harder stuk in waar men behoorlijk heftig tekeer gaat, om in het laatste stuk terug te keren naar een zekere berusting. Dit is prachtig! Terwijl de gitaarsolo’s me meermaals aan Pink Floyd doen denken, heeft de algehele aanpak ook wat weg van het Italiaanse Kingcrow en zijn bands als Marillion of Porcupine Tree ook aanwezig als invloed. Het artwork komt van Ed Unitsky en die man werkt ook voor Unitopia, ook een band in het prog-genre die zich onderscheidt van de massa. De speciale editie bevat een bonus cd met vier andere versies van songs. ‘Traces’ is uniek en gaat lijnrecht in tegen de tendensen in deze maatschappij. Dat kunnen we zeer waarderen!


Tracklist:

Reality Check (4:59)
Threads (10:43)
Falling To Pieces (6:15)
Traces (7:21)
Thicker Than Water (14:57)

Musicians:

Adrian Jones: guitars, bass, additional keyboards & programming
Marc Atkinson: vocals
Brendan Eyre: keyboards
Neil Quarrel: bass

Recorded at home studios in the Netherlands and England

vera on Monday 04 April 2011 - 22:33:24
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