Here in 2011, it feels like the electrical interwebs have been with us forever. But it wasn't always so. Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, the internet was a strange, disconnected place. Tech-savvy fans passed info around via primitive newsgroups, and even if they used the internet to track down bootlegs of their favorite artists they still traded them as actual CDs through the mail
Mike Portnoy is a name that has been synonymous with heavy metal drumming for the past 26 years, ever since he started the progressive metal outfit Majesty with fellow Berklee musicians John Petrucci and John Myung.
Over the past two decades, Dream Theater have been the leaders of the prog-rock pack, guiding the genre forward with technical mastery and a sense of “darkness and light.” John Petrucci explains how the two blend harmoniously on the band’s new album, Black Clouds and Silver Linings.