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Dream Theater: proggy style

Prog metal legends Dream Theater have released a special, limited-edition box set version of their self-titled new album, out now via Roadrunner!

The box set comes with the following awesome bonuses:

* Exclusive artwork by Hugh Syme

Custom Box Set Holds:

* Custom 2GB Majesty symbol USB stick containing:
– Isolated stems of “Behind The Veil”
– “Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)” — 30-minute documentary.
* Exclusive 7″ of “The Bigger Picture” on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
* Gel-skin iDots of Majesty symbol for iPhone.
* 2-disc embossed deluxe edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
* 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.

Bundle Includes:

* Limited-edition collector’s box set
* Digital album
* Digital FLAC album

ORDER IT HERE

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dream theater

Dream Theater: proggy style

Prog metal legends Dream Theater have released a special, limited-edition box set version of their self-titled new album, out now via Roadrunner!

The box set comes with the following awesome bonuses:

* Exclusive artwork by Hugh Syme

Custom Box Set Holds:

* Custom 2GB Majesty symbol USB stick containing:
– Isolated stems of “Behind The Veil”
– “Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)” — 30-minute documentary.
* Exclusive 7″ of “The Bigger Picture” on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
* Gel-skin iDots of Majesty symbol for iPhone.
* 2-disc embossed deluxe edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
* 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.

Bundle Includes:

* Limited-edition collector’s box set
* Digital album
* Digital FLAC album

ORDER IT HERE

Dream Theater Track List

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

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Video footage of the unboxing of the limited-edition box-set version of the new, self-titled album from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER can be seen below.

Product Description

* Exclusive artwork by Hugh Syme

Custom Box Set Holds:

* Custom 2GB Majesty symbol USB stick containing:
– Isolated stems of “Behind The Veil”
“Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)” — 30-minute documentary.
* Exclusive 7″ of “The Bigger Picture” on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
* Gel-skin iDots of Majesty symbol for iPhone.
* 2-disc embossed deluxe edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
* 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.

Bundle Includes:

* Limited-edition collector’s box set
* Digital album
* Digital FLAC album

The limited-edition box-set version of “Dream Theater” is available for $99.99 from the Roadrunner Records webstore.

“Dream Theater” is likely to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via Roadrunner

DREAM THEATER‘s previous CD, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, opened with 36,000 units to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8. The band’s 2009 effort, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”, premiered with 40,000 copies to land at No. 6. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, “Systematic Chaos”, which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005’s “Octavarium” premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, guitarist John Petrucci stated about “Dream Theater”: “I think it’s building on [what we did on the “A Dramatic Turn of Events” album], but taking it to the next level. One of the things I really wanted to do on ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’ was to create something that was sonically very rich and high-def and powerful and I think we accomplished that. But on this album, I wanted to take that even further…. [I wanted to] get more cinematic with it and more earthy and aggressive and bigger. I wanted a bigger, more forward in-your-face kind of sound. I think that kind of dictated the sounds we went for while we were writing and recording and then ultimately how it was mixed. So yeah, it was kind of building on that, but taking it to the next level. You always need to progress and to try and do something different and kind of have a little bit different take on it and a different perspective. But hopefully make it better as you go.”

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini‘s work: “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

“Dream Theater” track listing:

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

“Dream Theater” was made available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition box set.

The video for the song “The Enemy Inside” was directed by Bill Fishman (RAMONES, STEVE RAY VAUGHAN). The strictly conceptual clip deals with the torment of a soldier who’s struggling with reintegrating into his life back home due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Regarding the song’s lyrics, Petrucci told Billboard.com: “At the time that we were in the studio working on the [new DREAM THEATER] album and I was writing lyrics, the Boston Marathon bombings happened. There was a lot of discussion of terrorism and PTSD as if affects people who witness traumatic events like terrorism, so it was just very on my mind. It linked very well with the mood of the song, and as we started to get into it, I watched some documentaries and things like that. I was like, ‘This is really something that needs to be written about.'”

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Rush will bring the prog to the UK in 2013

Canadian prog legends Rush have announced a 2013 UK arena tour!

Geddy and the boys will hit the following UK venues:

2013
Wed May 22nd Manchester Arena
Fri May 24th London, O2 Arena
Sun May 26th Birmingham, LG Arena
Tues May 28th Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs May 30th Glasgow, SECC

Get your tickets from the link below…

Rush tickets

Classic Rock (Metal Hammer’s sister mag and generally lovely chaps, FYI) have announced that they’ll be putting out a special fanpack edition of new Rush album ‘Clockwork Angels’ on June 11!

The Classic Rock ‘Clockwork Angels’ fanpack will contain the 12-track ‘Clockwork Angels’ studio album, alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content, as well as brand new, exclusive artwork from Rush’s longtime collaborator Hugh Syme and free gifts including a limited edition ‘Clockwork Angels’ keyring and artwork poster!

The fanpack will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers, but you can orders yours RIGHT NOW from the link below…

Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’ fanpack

The ‘Clockwork Angels’ tracklisting is as follows…

1. Caravan
2. BU2B
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
5. Carnies
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
10. BU2B2
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden

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Classic Rock (Metal Hammer’s sister mag and generally lovely chaps, FYI) have announced that they’ll be putting out a special fanpack edition of new Rush album ‘Clockwork Angels’!

The Classic Rock ‘Clockwork Angels’ fanpack will contain the 12-track ‘Clockwork Angels’ studio album, alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content, as well as brand new, exclusive artwork from Rush’s longtime collaborator Hugh Syme and free gifts including a limited edition ‘Clockwork Angels’ keyring and artwork poster!

The fanpack will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailers, but you can orders yours RIGHT NOW from the link below…

Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’ fanpack

The ‘Clockwork Angels’ tracklisting is as follows…

1. Caravan
2. BU2B
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
5. Carnies
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
10. BU2B2
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden

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In honor of Rush’s current tour highlighted by a start-to-finish play of their breakout Moving Pictures album from 1981, let’s salute the album’s artwork in tandem.

Conceived by regular Rush artist Hugh Syme (who also handled synths for “Witch Hunt” on the album) and photographed by Deborah Samuel, one might say a conjugal colloquialism comes to mind, i.e. “a picture paints a thousand words” when it comes to Moving Picture’s artwork. In this case, multiple pictures within a picture, painting a thousand words visually to accent the thousands of notes Rush expunges on this and most of their revered records.

The lush movement of the art gallery’s archways lends vibrance despite its cold slate facade sentried by gargoyle heads. The glowing lights behind the gallery’s throughway come off like sinister eyes as the orange clad movers haul off questionable works of art. You have to love Rush’s moxy by throwing one of their own identifiable images courtesy of Hume (i.e. the naked man befallen of and paralyzed by a pentagram) amidst the always-lambasted dogs playing poker painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge and what appears to be a depiction of Alistair Crowley in the forefront.

The weepy citizens to the right panel punctuates the joke of Moving Pictures’ raucous album cover. One can read into it as if a defining culture is being swept away, either by the winds of change, fascist censorship or a lack of funding to keep the gallery afloat–the latter being resonant with the times 30 years since Moving Pictures was released. Of course, nothing too dramatic should be implied by Hume’s work here, but it’s a visually arresting bit of work unto itself, a wholesome compliment to the masterpiece Rush painted in sound.

Any implied tomfoolery aside, one of the legends behind the Moving Pictures album cover is the fact Rush was denied appropriate funding by their label to commission Hume to follow up on his vision for the album. Instead, the band fronted the money themselves, a wise spirit of self-investment that naturally paid off huge.

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