John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity

I suppose I was lucky enough, age wise, to start listening to rock and metal in the early 90s, hence capturing the Dream Theater phenomenon pretty much from the very beginning. Top notch musical chop by some guy straight out of a prestigious musical school could be expected, but the sort of creativity, artistic merit and maturity that they displayed early on, was really an eye opener and what set them apart from many of their contemporaries.

Gösta Berlings Saga to release new studio album “ET EX” on October 12th 2018

Progressive rock instrumentalists Gösta Berlings Saga from Stockholm, Sweden will be releasing their newest, 5th studio album effort entitled “ET EX” on October 12th, 2018, via InsideOut Music worldwide.

Therefore, GBS are now launching a new single entitled “The Shortcomings of Efficiency”, which also features acclaimed Swedish guitarist Henrik Palm (formerly of In Solitude, Ghost, etc.) as special guest.

Listen to the new single below.

GBS commented about the track as follows:

Dream Theater announces UK leg of monumental European Headline Tour 2017

Roadrunner Records' group Dream Theater have announced details of the U.K. leg of their monumental European headline tour.

The trek, which gets underway January 30th in Rome, visits the U.K. between April 18th-23rd, 2017, and will see the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone gold-certified album, “Images & Words”.

Each performance will see the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of “Images & Words” in its entirety along with fan favourites from their renowned catalogue.

UK Tour Dates 2017:
Tue 18th Apr - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall

Dream Theater releases new video for “Our New World”

Legendary prog-metal masters Dream Theater have debuted their official music video for “Our New World” taken from their critically acclaimed double concept album, “The Astonishing”, released in January by Roadrunner Records.

The video, which premiered in the USA with The Wall Street Journal, highlights the band's immersive and interactive live show and captures the prog-virtuosos' transcendent performances from their recent world tour.

Watch the official video for “Our New World” below.

Dream Theater - The Astonishing

Dream Theater have teased their fans for a while about the release of a new album, first with the “announcement” of two factions, on their website, in a rather cryptic front-page post and then with an actual announcement and a promotional video of a double disk featuring some 130 or so minutes of music and some grand concept about a band of rebels, standing defiant against an oppressive empire with music playing an important role, in their “resistance”.

IZZ to release “Everlasting Instant” on April 7th 2015

IZZ’s new studio album, “Everlasting Instant”, is scheduled for release on April 7th, 2015 and serves as the final installment of a three-part series of albums that began with “The Darkened Room” in 2009 and continued with “Crush of Night” in 2012. “Everlasting Instant” concludes this epic thematic arc with a fresh palette of sounds, all the while maintaining the sharp and memorable melodies that have become a hallmark of the band.

Special Providence to release “Essence of Change” on March 30th 2015

The new album by Hungarian band Special Providence will be released by GEP on March 30th, 2015. “Essence of Change” is “an intriguing mix of prog, jazz-rock and metal”, a perfect blend of modern metal technique, cool jazz grooves and great prog melodies.

“Essence of Change” is available to order now from the GEP store at a special ‘pre-order’ price of £8.

Check out the video for “Northern Lights” and the trailer for the new album below.

Dawn - Darker

It may have taken them 7 years to come up with the second full-length album but these Swiss guys do know exactly what they are up to. Having a limitless adoration for the 70s era and for bands such as: Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Gentle Giant, ELP, Camel, etc., Dawn can be placed on the neo-retro or neo-vintage (if there’s such a thing) ‘movement’ of our time.