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The new, self-titled album from progressive metal giants 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 boxed 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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Following their history-making, chart-topping success here in the UK, Avenged Sevenfold are celebrating a double-whammy this week by also getting a Number 1 album on the US Billboard 200!

Hail To The King sold 159,000 copies in its first week Stateside to see itself sit atop the charts, following in the steps of its predecessor, 2010′s Nightmare. Congrats, lads!

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Former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon has praised the new solo effort from her NIGHTWISH predecessor, Tarja Turunen, calling it “[Tarja‘s] best album so far.”

In an August 24 posting on her official blog, Anette wrote: “I am sitting listening to a great album together with my morning coffee and the album is Tarja‘s new album, ‘Colours In The Dark’. I can say that if you like Tarja, go and get this album on August 30th. It’s really her best album so far, even if I like them all, but she has definitely found her own style and this album is really great! I especially like the beautiful choirs and her voice is just perfect in all the songs and the guitar sound is great!”

Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH at the end of the band’s 2005 tour by being presented with an open letter which was published on the NIGHTWISH web site at the same time. In the letter, the other members of NIGHTWISH wrote: “To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important.”

When a female fan commented on Anette‘s blog posting by saying that she was proud of Olzon for writing about Tarja “so beautifully considering [the] circumstances [under which Anette] became NIGHTWISH‘s new vocalist,” Anette repied, “I have never ever had anything against Tarja and have her albums at home. What the men in NIGHTWISH do and did has never been supported by me.”

Olzon abruptly left NIGHTWISH last September in the middle of the band’s North American tour. She has since been replaced on the road by former AFTER FOREVER and current REVAMP singer Floor Jansen.

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British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN this week landed at position No. 1 on Billboard.com ‘s “Hot Tours” list of top-grossing tours with $8.5 million in ticket sales from six performances on their summer tour of Europe. The shows were attended by a total of 121,280 fans, including a two-night, sold-out stand on August 3-4 at the O2 Arena in Lonon, England, where the band played to 27,000 fans. With totals added from this summer’s Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

MAIDEN‘s 15th studio CD, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, featured 10 tracks that had an average running time of seven minutes and 40 seconds, with the shortest song, “The Alchemist”, clocking in at four minutes and 29 seconds, and the longest, “When The Wild Wind Blows”, lasting ten minutes and 59 seconds.

“The Final Frontier” sold 63,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 4.

IRON MAIDEN‘s previous album, 2006’s “A Matter Of Life And Death”, opened with 56,000 units to land at No. 9. This was a notable increase from the 40,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, 2003’s “Dance of Death” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and that of “Brave New World”, which moved 38,000 copies in June 2000 to land at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Final Frontier” was IRON MAIDEN‘s fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The band previously topped the chart in 1982 with “The Number of the Beast”, in 1988 with “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and in 1992 with “Fear of the Dark”.

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Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE will release its third album, “Sister”, on October 1 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded this past March at Studio Cobra in Stockholm, Sweden and was produced and mixed by Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona. It stands as a logical next step above and beyond its predecessor, “The World.The Flesh.The Devil.”

IN SOLITUDE‘s strength resides in its ability to craft dark and oppressive atmospheres within the auditory realm of classic heavy metal. “Sister” compounds this trademark sound further, beginning with the acoustic intro, “He Comes”, and saturates the record in an aura of uniqueness; see “Lavender” and the title track. The album concludes with an eight-minute, driving, near trance-like opus that features guest guitarist Pelle Forsberg (WATAIN). Additionally, Jarboe of SWANS fame can be heard on “Horses In The Ground”. Moods range from MERCYFUL FATE-esque guitar flavors, shadows of BLACK SABBATH, the heavy dissonance of SWANS, to straight-forward, ear worm riffs. In any case, one thing can be said for certain: their delivery is as genuine as it is impressive.

Comments IN SOLITUDE vocalist Pelle Åhman: “It’s time to release our third album, and things have never felt this clear and pervasive before. This is a feeling that has permeated our whole lives during the latest year of writing and recording this album, as well as digesting and dealing with its consequences. And it has been wonderful, overwhelming and utterly devastating. Which, in the world of IN SOLITUDE, are very positive things, and exactly what was required. It is a very special album for us, and I am very thankful and proud of my brothers (including our great friend, and producer, Martin Konie Ehrencrona), for this is truly the most visceral music we’ve ever made, and we can’t wait for you to experience it too.”

“Sister” track listing:

01. He Comes
02. Death Knows Where
03. A Buried Sun
04. Pallid Hands
05. Lavender
06. Sister
07. Horses in the Ground
08. Inmost Nigredo

North American fans will have an opportunity to see IN SOLITUDE live this fall. The band will support WATAIN on the “Wild Hunt” tour beginning on October 8 in New York City. The tour also features support from TRIBULATION.



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The last time Kylesa took three years between records they came back with two drummers and their career high water mark up to that time, Static Tensions. In that case, they were back a mere year later with Spiral Shadow, an album that was well received as a whole, but dubbed a retread of its predecessor by others. The …

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Ghost, featuring some Nameless Ghouls.

We spoke to one of the Nameless Ghouls from Ghost about why they worked with Dave Grohl, why their frontman Papa Emeritus II doesn’t exist, what happened to his predecessor Papa Emeritus, Darth Vader, and the possibility of a Ghost musical. Yes, really.

Why did you choose to work with Dave Grohl? He can’t have been the first guy who wanted to work with you.

“We were bringing him into the band, not the opposite way around. Most of the time people suggest [a collaboration] they want Papa in their context, which won’t work. I’m not saying for the rest of our career we will never ever do that, but in most other bands and contexts, Papa does not work. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that Papa does not really exist. He exists in the same way Darth Vader exists, or Don Corleone.”

In that case, what other contexts might Papa work in?

“The only sort of non-Ghost context that we have been toying around with is going into a musical. Where we can adapt the story. Let’s say, just for example, that we would do Dracula. Take that whole story, we come up with the music and play, and Papa could obviously be Dracula. He would be the character as Dracula, but you know it’s Papa. He can come in many forms. That would be the narrative of the show. Papa could easily be the Phantom [of the Opera]. He’s basically that sort of character. To understand what Papa is, you have to look at Phantom Of The Opera, Dracula and Don Corleone.”

Papa Emeritus has been replaced for your second album with Papa Emerius II. Will there be a new Papa for every record?

“Yes.”

What are the old Papas going to do?

“The old Papas are retiring. He’s so decrepit anyway, so he’s not going anywhere. We’re just keeping him in the ministry. Then we’re going to put him up on display.”

What have you made of the rise of the occult rock scene?

“We aren’t really doing a lot to participate in the scene, because we have our agenda. Our agenda was to become a big theatrical rock act; it wasn’t to bring back doom to the people. But we were positioned there. I read somewhere that some people take offence because they hold the doom scene so dearly, and they see the new bands, and they talk about us coming in and destroying that. We’re just trying to do our thing.”

Interview by Tom Dare

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Stone Sour: And the award for best metal moustache goes to…

Stone Sour release new album House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 on April 8 via Roadrunner, with the album serving as the second part of a two-disc concept opus, the first of which was released last year.

Frontman and generally lovely chap Corey Taylor has offered his own track-by-track breakdown of the album, which you can see in a new series of videos below:

House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 Tracklist

Red City
Black John
Sadist
Peckinpah
Stalemate
Gravesend
‘82
The Uncanny Valley
Blue Smoke
Do Me A Favor
The Conflagration
The House Of Gold & Bones

House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor…Part 1, which dropped last year, also via Roadrunner, and will be preceded by new Stone Sour single Do Me A Favor on February 12.

“Part 2 is much darker [than the first part], if I’m honest,” Corey told ThisIsNotAScene. “Aside from it being a completely different album, it feels more like a soundtrack to a movie in a lot of ways, man. It’s really thematic. There are themes from part 1 that reveal themselves and that come again, musically. There’s actually stuff from part 2 that you’ll hear that’s on part 1 and you’ll be like, ‘Fucking hell!’”

He continued: “We essentially recorded these, and this is where technology is now, so you could have these in a playlist on your iTunes and play them top to fucking bottom and really get that experience while you read both parts. So it’s some of our darkest music, our most intricate and complex music, some of the best fucking lyrics I’ve ever written, to be honest. Even writing from a narrative like that, it was so challenging. Plus, it’s got some of our best songs on it.

Stone Sour play Download in June.

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Stone Sour: And the award for best metal moustache goes to…

Stone Sour have been smashing their way through Australia on this year’s Soundwave festival, and Corey Taylor has clocked in to talk about the festival, seeing Alice In Chains back in the day and, somewhat topically given that Nine Inch Nails are officially back, how awesome Trent Reznor is.

Check out the interview below:

New Stone Sour album House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 drops via Roadrunner on April 8.

House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 Tracklist

Red City
Black John
Sadist
Peckinpah
Stalemate
Gravesend
‘82
The Uncanny Valley
Blue Smoke
Do Me A Favor
The Conflagration
The House Of Gold & Bones

House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor…Part 1, which dropped last year, also via Roadrunner, and was preceded by new Stone Sour single Do Me A Favor on February 12.

“Part 2 is much darker [than the first part], if I’m honest,” Corey told ThisIsNotAScene. “Aside from it being a completely different album, it feels more like a soundtrack to a movie in a lot of ways, man. It’s really thematic. There are themes from part 1 that reveal themselves and that come again, musically. There’s actually stuff from part 2 that you’ll hear that’s on part 1 and you’ll be like, ‘Fucking hell!’”

He continued: “We essentially recorded these, and this is where technology is now, so you could have these in a playlist on your iTunes and play them top to fucking bottom and really get that experience while you read both parts. So it’s some of our darkest music, our most intricate and complex music, some of the best fucking lyrics I’ve ever written, to be honest. Even writing from a narrative like that, it was so challenging. Plus, it’s got some of our best songs on it.

Stone Sour play Download in June.

 

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Stone Sour: And the award for best metal moustache goes to…

Stone Sour have released the full tracklist for new album House Of Gold & Bones Part 2,which is out April 8 via Roadrunner.

House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 Tracklist

Red City
Black John
Sadist
Peckinpah
Stalemate
Gravesend
‘82
The Uncanny Valley
Blue Smoke
Do Me A Favor
The Conflagration
The House Of Gold & Bones

House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor…Part 1, which dropped last year, also via Roadrunner, and will be preceded by new Stone Sour single Do Me A Favor on February 12.

“Part 2 is much darker [than the first part], if I’m honest,” Corey told ThisIsNotAScene. “Aside from it being a completely different album, it feels more like a soundtrack to a movie in a lot of ways, man. It’s really thematic. There are themes from part 1 that reveal themselves and that come again, musically. There’s actually stuff from part 2 that you’ll hear that’s on part 1 and you’ll be like, ‘Fucking hell!’”

He continued: “We essentially recorded these, and this is where technology is now, so you could have these in a playlist on your iTunes and play them top to fucking bottom and really get that experience while you read both parts. So it’s some of our darkest music, our most intricate and complex music, some of the best fucking lyrics I’ve ever written, to be honest. Even writing from a narrative like that, it was so challenging. Plus, it’s got some of our best songs on it.

Stone Sour play Download in June.

 

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