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.
When your first three albums are the first three "acts" of a six-part narrative, and you decide to take a break, an EP sounds like a reasonable route to take. Or in the case of The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo, nine of them.
Best known for poppy anthems like “Don’t Let’s Start,” “Ana Ng” and Malcom in the Middle theme “Boss of Me,” alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants decided to go in a different direction in 2002, when they released, No!, their debut as a children’s act.
More than one journalist has commented about the Black Tide's new album, Post Mortem, saying the title of the record is an ill fit because of the ages of the musicians involved. But anyone being thrown into the music industry at the age of 14 and having to deal with critics, cynics, reviewers, tour managers, hangers-on and music industry bigwigs probably deserves a little space to reflect on the deeper aspects of life, don't you think?
Producer Kevin Shirley, who has worked with the Black Crowes, Aerosmith and Journey, was attending Guitar Center's King of the Blues event in Los Angeles in November 2009 when he happened upon an inspirational sight — a jam session involving master blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and legendary bassist/frontman Glenn Hughes.
In an industry gone mad with detail, where every guitarist knows to the nth degree not only the gauges of his strings but the alloys which made them up, where every player has a rack of pedals, gadgets and gizmos which would befuddle most any NASA representative, Angus Young stands apart as a guitar player who's uninterested and unamused. When referring to his variously dated Gibson SG's, Young calls them "This guitar" or "This thing."
The new band from John Arch (ex-Fates Warning) and Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) -- appropriately titled Arch/Matheos -- will release their debut album, Sympathetic Resonance, on September 13 via Metal Blade Records.
Rock music has always been comprised of two factions: architects and heroes. The architects lay the foundation and develop a sound that will be emulated by others for years to follow. The heroes, on the other hand, step in and grab all the glory. They do it with style, talent and reverence to those who came before them. Thankfully, thrash metal has its latest hybrid of these two phenomena: Warbringer.