Dream Theater Continue Work On New Album

Dream Theater have continued work on their new album. The band shared a new photo from the sessions, which you can see below. This news comes after Mike Mangini confirmed that he finished tracking drums for the effort last month.

New “Dark Nights: Death Metal” Comic Covers To Feature Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Ghost, Etc.

DC Comics have recruited various metal artists to appear on the covers for a seven-issue “band edition” of their “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series. The comics will be published monthly starting in March and they will each feature “a variant cover spotlighting a different metal band, an introduction from the band and exclusive interview.” However, they will only be available in the following countries: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Turkey. A collectors’ omnibus edition will also be available in Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Korea, and Japan. Here’s all of the covers:

Issue #1: Featured band: Megadeth

Cover artist: Juanjo Guarnido

Issue #2: Featured band: Ghost

Cover artist: Werther Dell’Edera

Issue #3: Featured band: Lacuna Coil

Cover artist: Timpano / Antonio Fuso

Issue #4: Featured band: Opeth

Cover artist: Mathieu Lauffray

Issue #5: Featured band: Sepultura

Cover artist: Albuquerque / Pedro Mauro

Issue #6: Featured band: Dream Theater

Cover artist: Santi Casas

Issue #7: Featured band: Ozzy Osbourne

Cover artist: Marco Mastrazzo

This news comes after DC Comics previously recruited rock/metal artists for an animated “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series and after it was announced that Loma Vista Recordings will be releasing “Dark Nights: Death Metal The Original Soundtrack” later this year. The first single from that effort, Rise Against‘s “Broken Dreams, Inc.,“ can be found HERE.

Mike Mangini Finishes Tracking Drums For New Dream Theater Album

Mike Mangini has finished tracking drums for the new Dream Theater album. According to him, the effort will be “energetically unrelenting.”

Mangini said the following:

“My drums for DT15 are complete. This is a long post, but for those of you just like me who need positive inspiration more than ever, this is for you:

I’ve not played on an album this energetically unrelenting start to finish since Annihilator. But the wild thing is the amount of vintage DT melody weaved on to that kind of energy. I’ve never tapped into more advanced uses of my old and new chops in musical ways because of a monumentally collaborative effort of 5 like-minded, organic/evolving individuals. Is it from the forced lockdown like other music I’ve heard released? Maybe. Is it from nobody individually or collectively trying to do anything specific musically except just play and be a daring 19-year-old again? Probably. I never say that any new album is better than another. It never seems to be to me after reading, “this is our best blah blah blah.” What I’m communicating is exactly what it is about DT15 that sticks out as being significant and important to me. Better? That’s pointless given so many different tastes. Who cares.

However, it’s really cool that the band and individuals can keep progressing at this career stage. But we’re supposed to given how we’re defined. Accordingly, there’s all the “familiarity” one needs in this new music, but it’s definitely not the same old fills/chords/beats. Besides, what could be more boring than a defined “progressive” musician not being creative, dynamic, and growing physically and creatively from album to album? That would be kinda like a poker machine spitting out the same hands game after game, year after year.

Earning good mechanics is a great thing as it pertains to consistency and avoiding playing poorly. But A TRUE machine is a thing that doesn’t grow. That’s OK unless your thing, your claim, is to be a “progressive” musician. We strive to “complete” who we are even though nobody can fully “complete” everything. No creative growth truly defines and = a “BOT” so to speak. DT15 is no such thing and I’m excited to report back with so much joy. BTW: I took used items from the session for my store.”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Pro-Trump Rioters Storming The Capitol

As you are probably well aware of by now, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier today (January 6) as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to comment on the insurrection, which was spurred by Trump himself. You can find some of the various reactions below:

Paul Stanley (KISS):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Otep:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Noodles (The Offspring):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink 182):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Dee Snider, Dream Theater, Taking Back Sunday, Etc. To Be Featured In Long Island Music Hall Of Fame’s New Year’s Eve “Best Of The Awards Galas” TV Special

The Long Island Music Hall Of Fame have announced a special New Year’s Eve “Best Of The Awards Galas” TV special. The show, which will air on December 31 at 9 p.m. EST on News 12 plus (optimum channel 61), Fios (Verizon channel 530), and Facebook Live, will feature various highlights from past induction ceremonies.

Ernie Canadeo, Long Island Music Hall Of Fame chairman, commented:

“We are thrilled to present many highlights from our past induction ceremonies in this 90-minute presentation, presented by Jovia Financial Credit Union, and benefiting the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame’s educational and scholarship programs. It is a testament to Long Island’s diverse musical heritage with appearances and performances by so many world-renowned rock, folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and classical artists. This New Year’s Eve presentation represents a finale to 2020 and a new beginning to live events in the new year.”

Zebra’s Randy Jackson will host the show and he had the following to say about it:

“I was very surprised and flattered to be asked to host the 2020 LIMHOF ‘Best Of The Award Galas’. The talent highlighted in this show far exceeds any other ‘regional’ Hall Of Fame, in both diversity and worldwide appeal. Back in 2006, I was asked to induct one of my idols, George Gershwin, into the first class of the LIMHOF. It is an honor to be back again to help present this retrospective!”

Here’s the artists that will be featured:

* Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
* Lords of 52nd Street
* Uniondale High School Show Choir
* Joan Jett
* Jen Chapin / DMC
* Chuck D
* LL Cool J
* Kurtis Blow
* Little Anthony & The Imperials
* Debbie Gibson
* Lou Reed
* Ramones/Chris & Tina
* Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
* David Johansen (New York Dolls)
* Leslie West (Mountain)
* Ritchie Havens
* Billy Joel
* Peter Tork
* Garland Jeffreys
* Eric Bloom/Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
* Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
* Cousin Brucie
* LL Cool J
* Taylor Dayne
* Steven Van Zandt
* Dream Theater
* Lesley Gore / Connie Stevens
* Clive Davis
* Taking Back Sunday
* Good Rats
* Cowsills
* Bowzer and friends

Dream Theater Share “The Spirit Carries On” Live Video From “Distant Memories – Live In London”

Dream Theater have shared a new live video for their song “The Spirit Carries On.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film “Distant Memories – Live In London,“ which was released last month. That effort was recorded during a February show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England.

Dream Theater Release Holiday Medley “The Holiday Spirit Carries On”

Dream Theater are celebrating the holidays with a new medley titled “The Holiday Spirit Carries On.” Fans can purchase the track via Bandcamp. The group commented:

“With touring cancelled around the world, the incredible members of Dream Theater’s crew have not had the opportunity to work as they normally would in 2020. Please help us support them by purchasing this exclusive Holiday track. All proceeds will go toward these dedicated people who work tirelessly to make Dream Theater concerts possible.”

Michael Schenker Group Premiere New Song “Drilled To Kill” Featuring Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers

The Michael Schenker Group have premiered a new song titled “Drilled To Kill.” The track, which features Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers on vocals, finds Schenker taking on Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) in a battle of guitar vs. keyboard. You can find a lyric video for the song below. As previously reported, the Michael Schenker Group’s new album “Immortal” will be released on January 29.

Watch Anthrax, Dream Theater, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover U.K.’s “Presto Vivace”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of U.K.‘s “Presto Vivace.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Here is one of the most insane pieces of music I’ve learned recently! This keyboard line is as challenging as learning Charlie Parker, Zappa, VH, you name it. I come in on the 2nd half, (thankfully I had Jordan to play along to- the guitar doesn’t play that on the original) This will stay in my repertoire for a long time as a warm up, practice piece.

This SG (’09ish) felt best for this with the thinnest neck, easiest to maneuver. It’s just a quick minute or so but enough notes for a much longer tune! Charlie Benante‘s idea (thanks Charlie, haha). Seriously, this was a super fun challenge and a pleasure to play with this bunch…

From CB: “U.K. were a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Eddie Jobson, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Bill Bruford who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio. I can’t tell you what their first 2 records and their Live album #nightafternight meant to me.

The version of Presto Vivace from the Live album has always been a favorite of mine, it probably has to do with the Drumming of Terry Bozzio. I asked Alex and Ra to Rock this one out and they NAILED it.

We needed someone to play this Crazy Keyboard Part, hmmmmmm… WHO? Alex Suggested Jordan Rudess, How AWESOME! Jordan Was into it and he also NAILED it. I hope you dig this Short But fiery Blast of Notes, Hits, and Just an awesome display of Musicians having Fun!”