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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

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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Seremonia

Seremonia: batty

Invited by Electric Wizard to play Roadburn earlier this year, Finland’s Seremonia have proven to be one of the most individual, and eerie entities to have emerged from the retro/doom cauldron.

Following on from last year’s selt-titled debut, the band, fronted by deapan but bewitching tones of chanteuse Nooma, are about to release the follow-up, Ihminen on Svart Records, and Hammer is proud to host an exclusive preview track, Hallava Hevonen. This is doom through the looking glass, full of crushing riffs, but opening up a landscape where the laws of physics have shifted slightly in a way you can’t quite put your finger on.

Check out the track below, and check out your sense of reality while you’re at it!

Visit Seremonia’s Facebook page here.

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Beaten To Death

Beaten To Death: suspend all rational thought

Grindcore fans, and fans of mentalist heavy metal in general, rejoice, because Norway’s nirvana-inducing noise experts, Beaten To Death have wisely chosen Metal Hammer as exclusive hosts to stream their forthcoming album, Dødsfest! – out on October 4 via Mas-Kina Recordings – in full.

Fronted by She Said Destroy’s Anders ‘Ugmod’ Bakke, this is ADD-enhanced grindcore running headlong through the looking glass, and yet also strangely accessible. If you’re a fan of Rolo Tomassi, The Locust, Brutal Truth, moshing like a maniac or the sensation of being eaten alive by seriously tripping, exhibitionist lions, this album is going to blow your mind. Check it out below!

Pre-order the limited edition 12-inch vinyl here.

And check out Beaten To Death’s own Facebook page here.

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Prog metal legends Dream Theater are streaming their new, self-titled opus right now!

Click here to listen to Dream Theater in all its glory.

Dream Theater lands September 23 via Roadrunner. Catch Dream Theater on the following dates next year:

Feb 13:  Manchester O2 Apollo
Feb 14: London Wembley Arena
Feb 15: Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Dream Theater Tracklist

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

The fourth in a series of webisides featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the CD can be seen below.

Says guitarist John Petrucci about “Dream Theater”: “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground.

“This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic.

“We’re incredibly excited about ‘Dream Theater’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

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” will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition boxed set. Pre-orders are scheduled to launch in July at the Roadrunner Records webstore.

DREAM THEATER will be on tour in Europe in January and February 2014, and in North America in March 2014.

“Live At Luna Park”, DREAM THEATER‘s live concert, which was previously scheduled for release in May via Eagle Rock Entertainment, will now drop in North America on November 5 as a Blu-ray, 2DVD, 2DVD + 3CD, Blu-ray + 3CD, deluxe edition with 40-page book, Blu-ray + 2DVD + 3CD, and digital video via iTunes.

“Live At Luna Park” was filmed over two nights in South America — home to one of DREAM THEATER‘s most ardent fanbases. The DVD was filmed August 19 and August 20, 2012 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina after a 15-month world tour, hitting 35 countries.






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(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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Former WHITECHAPEL drummer Kevin Lane is reportedly doing session work with the Knoxville, Tennessee-based experimental black/death metal band THE LOOKING GLASS SELF.

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Technicality and elegance amongst the progressive elite didn’t start in metal, and in fact, all of the hallmarks that make progressive “metal” so impressive can all be traced back to the greats that made progressive rock separate from the rest of the world. Dead Heroes Club is not metal, but they are quintessentially prog. Combining early Phil Collin’s fronted Genesis, Uriah Heep, and RUSH, Dead Heroes Club personifies what it means to not follow the new standard fare of progressive rock. A Time of Shadow grants us a passage to a time when progressive rock didn’t require you to bleed technical chops in every song; its a tribute to the slightly off kilter ideology of rock n roll that was instilled by the greats such as Genesis, RUSH and Yes.

My favorite part of A Time of Shadow is the vocals of Liam Campbell. He brings to the table an old school style that modern rock just hasn’t heard from in a long time. His style reminds me of a storyteller with the emotion he displays. Instrumentally, Dead Heroes Club really echo the skills of Liam Campbell with an ensemble style that is whimsical and refreshingly lacking in grandiose guitar solos which has become an all to present hallmark of modern prog rock.

A Time of Shadow is the perfect way to hear prog broken down to its essential greatness. Dead Heroes Club, while not being able to stand side by side with the likes of RUSH, can certainly make a statement with their retro, yet innovative take on a type of music that has grown to be too systematic.

VERY GOOD

Similar Artists: RUSH, Genesis, Uriah Heep, Yes

1. Theatre of the Absurd
2. Stranger in the Looking Glass
3. The Centre Cannot Hold
4. A Gathering of Crows
5. The Sleepers Are Waking
6. A Time of Shadow

Liam Campbell – Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Michael Gallagher – Drums
Gerry McGerigal – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals
Wilson Graham – Basses, Backing Vocals
Chris Norby – Piano, Keyboards
Catherine McAtavey – Vocals on “The Sleepers Are Waking”

ProgRock Records

http://www.myspace.com/thedeadheroesclub

Review by CODY

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