Sons of Apollo to release new album, ‘MMXX,’ on Jan. 17, tour to start Jan. 24

Sons of Apollo—former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)—will release their second studio album, "MMXX" (pronounced: 20/20) on Jan. 17, 2020, via InsideOutMusic/Sony. Produced by Portnoy and Sherinian, "MMXX" will... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Jinjer – ‘Macro’

Review by Greg Maki-----When it comes to Jinjer, the Ukranian sensation that’s been taking the metal world by storm in 2019, fans and critics tend to focus on frontwoman Tatiana Shmaylyuk—and not without reason. Alternating between guttural, demonic growls and soaring melodic tones, she’s nothing short of a force of nature and one of the... Continue Reading →

Dream Theater plots fall North American tour

With three weeks left on its current European tour, Dream Theater is turning its attention back to North America with the announcement of the next leg of its "Distance Over Time Tour – Celebrating 20 Years of Scenes from a Memory." The next leg will kick off at the end of September and run through mid-November.... Continue Reading →

Opeth to release new album ‘In Cauda Venenum’ Fall 2019

Swedish masters of progressive heavy-rock Opeth have revealed today the title and tracklisting for their awaited 13th album, “In Cauda Venenum,” that’s due out this fall from Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, “In Cauda Venenum” will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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