The new Metal Hammer UK edition (#167 - July 2007 - Dave Mustaine/Megadeth on the cover) hits the stands on Wednesday, June 6th. It is a worthy pickup for all Dream Theater fans as it contains an enormous 2-sided Dream Theater poster (approximately 30" tall x 22" wide) detailing the band's entire 22 year history. The poster contains quotes about the band from Dream Theater fans such as Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Josh Rand (Stone Sour), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) and Herman Li (Dragonforce).
DREAM THEATER celebrated the 15-year anniverary of its classic 1992 album "Images and Words" by performing the LP in its entirety on Day Two of the Gods Of Metal Festival yesterday (Sunday, June 3) in Italy. Also appearing on the bill were co-headliners HEAVEN AND HELL, along with BLIND GUARDIAN, DIMMU BORGIR, DARK TRANQUILLITY and SYMPHONY X.
DREAM THEATER's setlist was as follows:
Pull Me Under
Take The Time
Under A Glass Moon
Wait For Sleep
Learning To Live
As I Am
Check out a few photos of all the bands' performances at the Italian news blog Musica Metal.
Below are upcoming club promo nights in the UK to promote the new Dream Theater album. These nights are an opportunity to hear as much of the album as the clubs can play.
Tuesday, 29th May - Asylum @ University of Hertfordshire Students Union, Markyate
Wednesday, 30th May - The Rhino Club @ Waterloo Terrace, Southampton
Friday, 1st June - Spiders @ Spiders Nightclub, Hull (9.30am - 2.00pm)
Friday, 1st June - Meltdown @ The Rigger, Newcastle-Under-Lyme (10pm - 2am)
Friday, 1st June - Revolution @ Newcastle Academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne (10pm - 3am)
Friday, 1st June - The Twisted Rock Night @ Berties Nightclub, Newquay (10pm -)
Friday, 1st June - Subsonic @ The Loft, Maidstone (10pm - 4am)
Saturday, 2nd June - Retribution @ Studio 24, Edinburgh
Saturday, 2nd June - The Cathouse, Glasgow (10.30pm - 3am)
Saturday, 2nd June - Meltdown @ Waterfront, Norwich
Saturday, 2nd June - Corporation, Sheffield (9.30pm - 3am)
Saturday, 2nd June - Subculture @ Carling Academy Birmingham, Birmingham (10pm - 3am)
Saturday, 2nd June - Loaded @The Krazyhouse, Liverpool (9pm)
Saturday, 16th June - The Sanctuary @ Birmingham (3.30pm - 7.30pm)
Dream Theater's new album "Systematic Chaos" will be released on Tuesday, June 5th (date may vary in different countries) and is available in two formats:
- Regular Edition CD
- Special Edition CD and DVD:
Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos (Special Edition)
The Special Edition DVD includes:
- the entire album mixed in 5.1 surround sound
- "Chaos in Progress - The Making of Systematic Chaos" (a 90-minute documentary directed by Mike Portnoy)
The CD's track listing for both editions is:
1. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.1 (9:00)
2. Forsaken (5:36)
3. Constant Motion (6:55)
4. The Dark Eternal Night (8:51)
5. Repentance (10:43)
6 .Prophets Of War (6:01)
7. The Ministry of Lost Souls (14:57)
8. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.2 (16:38)
The band has also shot a video for the first single off the album, "Constant Motion".
VITAMIN RECORDS TO MAKE AMENDS
"This one goes out to the craziest fan base on the face of the planet.
We really screwed the pooch this past month when our initial shipment of "The String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater" went out with an incorrect package and song list. We apologize to all of you who waited for months and months for the album to arrive, only to be met with a product full of glaring errors.
Your response to the situation has been great, to be fair. We know that sonically we nailed the sucker, but on the manufacturing side of things, we dropped the ball. As such, the next run of product will go out with the list of songs that you actually hear on the record. Plus, anybody who has already purchased the bunk copies can contact us and we will send out the proper artwork. You can drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
As for the incorrect package, well, we'll call it a collector's item and leave it at that.
Thanks for all the kind words we've heard so far and for omitting all the truly harsh things we know we deserve for our foul-up.
- James Curtiss, Project Coordinator, Vitamin Records"
Well it looks like Dream Theater is no longer the only band in the universe without a My Space page!!
Through the help of our new friends at Roadrunner Records, www.myspace.com/dreamtheater is now alive and kicking...
We encourage all of our great friends and fans to help make this *YOUR* space for all things DT!
We already have some great existing fan universes and information sources with www.dreamtheater.net and all of the individual band member's sites (www.mikeportnoy.com, www.johnpetrucci.com, www.jordanrudess.com, www.jameslabrie.com and www.johnmyung.com), but now by adding www.roadrunnerrecords.com and www.myspace.com/dreamtheater to the band's arsenal, we can show everybody in cyberspace who has the greatest, craziest and most devoted fans in the world!! : )
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 8, 2007
WHEN DREAM THEATER AND ROADRUNNER RECORDS UNITE!
BAND AND LABEL JOIN FORCES WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM PLUS WORLD TOUR TO FOLLOW
ROADRUNNER RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. A new studio album, Systematic Chaos is due in June. Dream Theater will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe.
Since their first studio release in 1989, this US based five-piece has notched up record and DVD sales in excess of six million and headlined to audiences of 20,000. Having undertaken seven world tours across 42 different countries, Dream Theater has established a live reputation that has swept them to arena-status around the globe. They have appeared alongside acts such as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Yes.
Recognized by peers and public alike for their advanced musical expertise, the band (Mike Portnoy, drums; John Petrucci, guitar; John Myung, bass; James LaBrie, vocals; Jordan Rudess, keyboards) has long held the ability to combine complex arrangements with unadulterated songwriting skills, the material often underpinned by riffs as heavy as anything in the Metallica repertoire.
"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals Portnoy. "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material. By working closely with the label we hope to turn a great many new heads too."
"Dream Theater and Roadrunner Records have led parallel careers on the cutting edge of metal for many years," say A&R men, Derek Oliver & Dante Bonutto, "We're thrilled to be working with a genuine market-leader, and when you add everything the guys bring to the table to the independent spirit and work ethic of the label, the results can only be exciting in the extreme!"
Prior to teaming up with Roadrunner, Dream Theater was signed to a seven-album deal with Warner Music Group worldwide. The deal commenced with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Images And Words (1992), a Gold-certified US release, and concluded, in equal style, with Octavarium (2005), a Top 40 Billboard outing. In August of last year the band issued Score, a live album/DVD (recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York), which went straight to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard DVD charts, knocking Pink Floyd from the top!
By the following month, the five were holed up at Avatar Studios in New York, working on the new album with veteran engineer/ mixer Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensryche, Porcupine Tree). As usual, Portnoy and Petrucci chose to co-produce the project, which features seven compositions (one a 25-minute epic), and word on the grapevine is that the Dream Theater/Roadrunner alliance looks all set to kick off with a classic.
Systematic Chaos, Dream Theater's ninth studio release, arrives at a time when the band is casting a longer-than-ever shadow across the rock and metal landscape. Their influence is being acknowledged by an increasing number of contemporary, cutting-edge acts such as Stone Sour, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Opeth as their fan base continues to grow.
"For over 20 years, Dream Theater has consistently challenged and engaged critics and fans alike with their unique brand of progressive metal. They've sold millions of records worldwide, released a diverse array of studio albums, live sets and side projects, and have sold out tours across the globe - and they've done this by catering to no one. Members of both the mainstream and underground have been quick to dismiss the impact that Dream Theater has on their fans, but the proof is in the pudding. We challenge you to find a more dedicated fanbase than Dream Theater's.
In the classical, experimental spirit of their best material, The String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater is a stripped-down take on the ambitious favorites that have won them fans around the world. Culled from a tracklist selected by legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, there is something for every DT fan to enjoy on this auditory onslaught. This is one project every Dream Theater fan needs to add to the voluminous library they've dedicated to the world's most amazing band."
1. Overture 1928
2. Pull Me Under
3. As I Am
4. Peruvian Skies
5. The Dance of Eternity
6. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
7. Ytse Jam
8. Hell's Kitchen
Order "The String Quartet Tribute to Dream Theater" at CDUniverse.com
Do you live near New York City?
Do you want to have your voice on the new Dream Theater CD?
If so, I'm looking for a group of about 30 or 40 people to do some "chants" for a section of one of the new songs...and I figured it be fun to offer the job to a few lucky fans!
Here's the deal:
At 2pm this Friday January 26th, we will let a group of you into the studio to do some yelling for us...
Avatar Studios - 441 W. 53rd St (between 9th & 10th Ave)
We will open the doors around 2pm.
**DO NOT** arrive any earlier than 1pm which is when the line will form....
(fans arriving earlier than 1pm will not be permitted to line up outside)
Depending on the turnout, we cannot guarantee entry to everybody.
It will be based on first come, first serve.
You will be needed for no more than an hour, so you will be able to leave by 3pm.
**DO NOT** bring cameras or recording equipment....any found will be held at the reception desk while the session takes place.
**DO NOT** call the studio for information.
This is a place of business and they are getting annoyed by the constant phone calls coming in about this...
Everything you need to know is already on the first page of this thread!!!
Alright, c-ya some of ya on Friday!
Dream Theater's "Constant Motion" video was voted #2 video of 2007 on MTV2 Headbanger's Ball Top 20 countdown this past weekend!
MTV2's end-of-year show was voted on by over 120,000 viewers.