INTERVIEW: Jake Bowen of Periphery

With five full-length records under its belt and firmly established as one of the leading American progressive metal bands, Periphery struck out its own for album number six, releasing “Periphery IV: HAIL STAN” (review) on its own label, 3DOT Recordings. And it’s clear the quintet that originally formed in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Maryland... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Periphery – ‘Periphery IV: Hail Stan’

Review by Greg Maki-----Curious about what kind of band Periphery will be now that it has ventured out on its own label (3DOT Recordings)? I point you to “Reptile,” the nearly 17-minute opening track of the new record “Periphery IV: Hail Stan.” Most bands would save an epic like this for the finale or place... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Tatiana Shmailyuk of Jinjer

2019 is shaping up as the year of Jinjer. After coming to North America for the first time in 2018 for tours with Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver, the Ukrainian quartet released the EP “Micro” (review) in January and already has completed a European tour with Soilwork and Amorphis. More shows in Europe, plus dates... Continue Reading →

Periphery debuts ‘Garden in the Bones’

Periphery is offering a second preview from its forthcoming album, "Periphery IV: HAIL STAN" (April 5, 3DOT Recordings), giving fans a listen to “Garden in the Bones." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy3YJybXkJg&feature=youtu.be “Garden in the Bones” is the second song to be premiered from the nine-track album, with Periphery kicking off news of the forthcoming album’s release by debuting “Blood Eagle”... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Gabriel Guardian of Immortal Guardian

Drawing inspiration from a variety of styles of metal, Immortal Guardian, hailing from the great state of Texas, refuses to be hemmed in by genre or any other label. The band—guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian, vocalist Carlos Zema, drummer Cody Gilliand and bassist Thad Stevens—released its debut full-length, “Age of Revolution,” in September 2018 via M-Theory Audio... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Dream Theater – ‘Distance over Time’

Review by Greg Maki-----This is the Dream Theater I know and love. Well, sort of. Following the divisive concept album “The Astonishing” (2016), the progressive metal titans’ 14th studio album brings back the heavy in a big way, but—perhaps as a counterpoint to the sprawling, two-hour-plus “Astonishing”—it’s the most concise, song-based record of the band’s... Continue Reading →

REVISITED: Dream Theater’s ‘Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory’ (1999)

By Greg Maki — Released Oct. 26, 1999 (Elektra) — A ticking metronome. A voice. Soft, comforting, yet firm, in control. “Close your eyes and begin to relax.” A hypnotherapist. He puts his subject under, leads him back through time to find a girl waiting for him. And so begins Dream Theater’s concept album, “Metropolis... Continue Reading →

Dream Theater premieres ‘Paralyzed’ music video

Dream Theater has premiered a music video for "Paralyzed," taken from its upcoming 14th studio album, "Distance over Time" (Feb. 22). Wayne Joyne, who also imagined the clip for the recently released "Fall into the Light," created the animated video, which can be seen below. "The song is an introspective reflection on the negative impact... Continue Reading →

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