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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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Donny Fandango of the St. Louis, Missouri radio station 105.7 The Point conducted an interview with vocalist Jacoby Shaddix of Californian rockers PAPA ROACH during this year’s Carnival Of Madness tour. You can now watch the chat below.

In an interview with Mosh Pit Report, PAPA ROACH drummer Tony Palermo stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to last year’s “The Connection”: “We’re working on ideas. We always lay stuff down in the back of the bus just to keep it flowing. I’ll come up with beats, I always do a lot of voice memo stuff just to get it down quick if I have an idea that pops into my head and I don’t wanna forget it. I just do a 10- or 15-second voice memo in my iPhone. It’s usually me breathing heavy into the phone in a beat style then I’ll come in [to the recording setup on the tour bus] and lay it down on this little keyboard here. It doubles as a drum set, which is weird, but it works. We put stuff together on the computer, and once we get into the actual studio in writing mode, then we go through all the stuff and decide what’s good and what sucks, or isn’t PAPA ROACH. It’s cool. There’s a lot of down time on tour, so it’s a good tool to keep it flowing so you’re not like stuck writing 15 to 20 songs for a record in 30 days. It’s really hard to do that.”

Palermo also spoke about a number of PAPA ROACH shows being canceled due to Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal issues. “I don’t know if it’s worse for [the fans] or for us,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing rock ‘n’ roll music live to people, and when something unfortunate like that happens, I know people who travel, like plane tickets, hotels, but you know, we’re also losing money. It’s not really about the money, though, it’s just, for us, you gotta take care of that and get it better so you have a career. Like last year, when we had to pull off of Uproar, it was so bad. We played three shows and then he just couldn’t sing anymore; he had to go in and get his voice operated on. It was that serious and that drastic. We just went through it again a little bit, but he didn’t have to get an operation, he just had to go on a little more strict vocal rest and got paired up with a new vocal coach that showed him different techniques than he’d been using.”

PAPA ROACH‘s latest album, “The Connection”, was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition on May 6 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contains a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band’s biggest hits, including “Still Swingin'”, “Give Me Back My Life”, “Before I Die”, “Last Resort” and “Between Angels & Insects”.

“The Connection” was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

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Jammit, the leading music platform for jamming with original multi-track master recordings, has announced its partnership with iconic metal band MEGADETH.

Jammit‘s platform allows musicians of all skill levels to isolate an instrument from the original master recording in order to learn individual parts for guitar, drums, bass, keyboards or vocals and play along with their favorite bands.

“Whether you’re a musician or a discerning fan, you can now tear into MEGADETH like never before and hear every nuance of each historical performance against the mega-accurate scrolling notation and tab, all cheaper than sheet music alone,” says Frank Gryner, VP of operations at Jammit.

The Jammit catalog currently includes isolated parts from “Rust In Peace”, “Youthanasia”, “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” and “Countdown To Extinction”, with more of MEGADETH‘s classics to follow.

Created by renowned, multi-platinum music producer Scott Humphrey (MÖTLEY CRÜE, ROB ZOMBIE, OZZY OSBOURNE), Jammit is the definitive music platform that combines original isolated tracks with scrolling notation. This not only allows users to improve their playing, but also experience music from the perspective of those who originally created it.

The free Jammit app is available on the Apple Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or as software for Mac or PC. Users can utilize their Jammit song files on multiple platforms for the price of a single download.

The MEGADETH classics are now on Jammit.com.

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On August 24, ShowsAndPromos.com conducted an interview with PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton at the Kansas City stop of this year’s Carnival Of Madness tour. You can now watch the chat below.

In a recent interview with Mosh Pit Report, PAPA ROACH drummer Tony Palermo stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to last year’s “The Connection”: “We’re working on ideas. We always lay stuff down in the back of the bus just to keep it flowing. I’ll come up with beats, I always do a lot of voice memo stuff just to get it down quick if I have an idea that pops into my head and I don’t wanna forget it. I just do a 10- or 15-second voice memo in my iPhone. It’s usually me breathing heavy into the phone in a beat style then I’ll come in [to the recording setup on the tour bus] and lay it down on this little keyboard here. It doubles as a drum set, which is weird, but it works. We put stuff together on the computer, and once we get into the actual studio in writing mode, then we go through all the stuff and decide what’s good and what sucks, or isn’t PAPA ROACH. It’s cool. There’s a lot of down time on tour, so it’s a good tool to keep it flowing so you’re not like stuck writing 15 to 20 songs for a record in 30 days. It’s really hard to do that.”

Palermo also spoke about a number of PAPA ROACH shows being canceled due to singer Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal issues. “I don’t know if it’s worse for [the fans] or for us,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing rock ‘n’ roll music live to people, and when something unfortunate like that happens, I know people who travel, like plane tickets, hotels, but you know, we’re also losing money. It’s not really about the money, though, it’s just, for us, you gotta take care of that and get it better so you have a career. Like last year, when we had to pull off of Uproar, it was so bad. We played three shows and then he just couldn’t sing anymore; he had to go in and get his voice operated on. It was that serious and that drastic. We just went through it again a little bit, but he didn’t have to get an operation, he just had to go on a little more strict vocal rest and got paired up with a new vocal coach that showed him different techniques than he’d been using.”

PAPA ROACH‘s latest album, “The Connection”, was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition on May 6 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contains a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band’s biggest hits, including “Still Swingin'”, “Give Me Back My Life”, “Before I Die”, “Last Resort” and “Between Angels & Insects”.

“The Connection” was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

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Larry Paterson joins Paul “The Rog” Rogne for the latest episode of Metalkast featuring an interview with Tony Palermo of PAPA ROACH. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.

In a recent interview with Mosh Pit Report, Palermo stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for PAPA ROACH‘s follow-up to last year’s “The Connection”: “We’re working on ideas. We always lay stuff down in the back of the bus just to keep it flowing. I’ll come up with beats, I always do a lot of voice memo stuff just to get it down quick if I have an idea that pops into my head and I don’t wanna forget it. I just do a 10- or 15-second voice memo in my iPhone. It’s usually me breathing heavy into the phone in a beat style then I’ll come in [to the recording setup on the tour bus] and lay it down on this little keyboard here. It doubles as a drum set, which is weird, but it works. We put stuff together on the computer, and once we get into the actual studio in writing mode, then we go through all the stuff and decide what’s good and what sucks, or isn’t PAPA ROACH. It’s cool. There’s a lot of down time on tour, so it’s a good tool to keep it flowing so you’re not like stuck writing 15 to 20 songs for a record in 30 days. It’s really hard to do that.”

Palermo also spoke about a number of PAPA ROACH shows being canceled due to singer Jacoby Shaddix‘s vocal issues. “I don’t know if it’s worse for [the fans] or for us,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing rock ‘n’ roll music live to people, and when something unfortunate like that happens, I know people who travel, like plane tickets, hotels, but you know, we’re also losing money. It’s not really about the money, though, it’s just, for us, you gotta take care of that and get it better so you have a career. Like last year, when we had to pull off of Uproar, it was so bad. We played three shows and then he just couldn’t sing anymore; he had to go in and get his voice operated on. It was that serious and that drastic. We just went through it again a little bit, but he didn’t have to get an operation, he just had to go on a little more strict vocal rest and got paired up with a new vocal coach that showed him different techniques than he’d been using.”

PAPA ROACH‘s latest album, “The Connection”, was re-released in Europe as a special tour edition on May 6 via Eleven Seven Music. The effort contains a bonus DVD of a concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring performances of new songs as well as the band’s biggest hits, including “Still Swingin'”, “Give Me Back My Life”, “Before I Die”, “Last Resort” and “Between Angels & Insects”.

“The Connection” was produced by rock veteran James Michael (SIXX: A.M., HALESTORM) and John Feldmann (PANIC AT THE DISCO, THE USED, BLACK VEIL BRIDES). The CD sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart.

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While sitting in “Studio B,” one of the two studios in his home, keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER talked to MusiciansFriend.com about what it means for him to have a home studio; his long relationship with Korg; and introduced MusiciansFriend.com to the new intuitive, rubber-keyed Seaboard made by Roli, where Jordan is the Head Of Music Experience. Check out the clip below.

DREAM THEATER will release its new, self-titled album — the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records — on September 24. 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.

Rudess, along with his company, Wizdom Music, and Chilean developer Felipe Peña, released their latest app, EarWizard via the Apple iTunes store on July 11. An ear-training app that improves memory, EarWizard was made available in 8 languages (Spanish, English, Greek, Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and German).

Rudess is also the creator of the top-selling synth-app MorphWiz which won first place in the category of “Best Music Creation App” in the 2010 Billboard Music App Awards, “Best Musical App” in the Best App Ever Awards and best “iPhone/iPad/iTouch” app in the Electronic Musician‘s 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards. In addition, Jordan has released the popular music apps SampleWiz, Geo Synthesizer, Tachyon and Space Wiz.

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On August 25, Phil Simon of PhilSimon.com conducted an interview with keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can now watch the chat below.

DREAM THEATER will release its new, self-titled album — the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records — on September 24. 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.

Rudess, along with his company, Wizdom Music, and Chilean developer Felipe Peña, released their latest app, EarWizard via the Apple iTunes store on July 11. An ear-training app that improves memory, EarWizard was made available in 8 languages (Spanish, English, Greek, Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and German).

Rudess is also the creator of the top-selling synth-app MorphWiz which won first place in the category of “Best Music Creation App” in the 2010 Billboard Music App Awards, “Best Musical App” in the Best App Ever Awards and best “iPhone/iPad/iTouch” app in the Electronic Musician‘s 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards. In addition, Jordan has released the popular music apps SampleWiz, Geo Synthesizer, Tachyon and Space Wiz.

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    Viewfinder for iOS is a unique way to share photos and memories

    Viewfinder (free, with some in-app purchase options) is a bit like the Photo app in iOS, but on steroids. With your permission, It takes your image library and arranges it by time and location. All photos remain private and only you can see them unless you choose to share them. Nothing is uploaded to the cloud, although the app requires a free account. Photos you share with others can be shared by them to others, so keep that in mind before you use the sharing options.

    You can import contacts from your phone, from Gmail, and Facebook. Once contacts have been imported, Viewfinder shows you which friends have also set up an account on Viewfinder. In-line messaging and commenting are supported for creating communities around your photos. None of this sharing is done online — everything stays within the app, except the communications out and back that is managed by Viewfinder.

    The app gives each user 1 GB of storage, and the developers are happy to sell you more. Viewfinder Plus (5 GB of storage) is US$1.99 a month. Viewfinder Pro (50 GB) is $9.99 a month. In practice, most people won’t use either paid option.

    Some of the features found in Viewfinder will be in iOS 7 when it comes out later this year, in particular the better organization of photos by date and location. iOS 7 will even separate panoramas into a specific album. Of course Apple has the Photo Stream feature now, but I find it to be cumbersome to use when trying to share images with others.

    Viewfinder is not a universal app, and I tested it on an iPhone running iOS 6. It worked as expected with no issues. It failed on iOS 7, and even helpfully popped up a note saying that iOS 7 was not supported yet.

    Viewfinder is a nice app with appropriate privacy and the ability to build photo communities. It does have some feature overlap with iOS 7, but it also performs some functions that won’t likely be part of iOS 7. The app requires iOS 5 or later, and is optimized for the iPhone 5.

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    Viewfinder for iOS is a unique way to share photos and memories originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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