Dream Theater – Melbourne, October 29, 2014

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I first started listening to Dream Theater with A Change Of Seasons – back then the albums weren’t released locally here in Australia, so we had to pay huge prices for imports – and I immediately had that feeling of ‘This is the band I always wished existed!’ My brother and I soon went back and checked out Images And Words and Awake and I was blown away by the scope of the music, the intensity of the performances, the creativity of the arrangements and the depth of the lyrics. It took a long time for Dream Theater to finally tour Australia (0n the Chaos In Motion tour) and this brief run of two Australian dates was only their third ever tour down here, and first with Mike Mangini behind the kit.  Read More …

New James LaBrie Videos & Billboard 200 Debut

Impermanent ResonanceDream Theater vocalist James LaBrie’s new solo album, Impermanent Resonance, is out now and has just debuted at 198 on the Billboard 200 chart, exceeding the result of his previous album Static Impulse, which didn’t crack the 200 despute being awesome. Today LaBrie has released three videos related to the album: an official YouTube stream of the song “I Got You,” as well as a guitar play-through by guitarist Marco Sfogli for the song “Letting Go” and a compliation of drum recording footage featuring the monstrous Pete Wildoer. Check out all three videos and a press release below, and read my review of the album hereRead More …

New James LaBrie Album Streaming For 24 Hours

Impermanent ResonanceQuick! Zip over to the Revolver website and check out the stream of James LaBrie’s new solo album, Impermanent Resonance! It’s only available for 24 hours by visiting this link. This is a really great album. You can read my review of it here. I really can’t recommend it highly enough, and I guess that as long as this stream is active, I don’t have to: you can just go and check it out for yourself. And then, when you’re ready to buy it, it’s available now via InsideOut Music. LaBrie says of the album, “To me, this album incorporates and continues with the styles and musical direction that we have created with the previous releases. The difference being that the music on this disc is to me a true telling of the songs evolving and taking on a sense of identity that is every band’s ultimate goal. It is powerful, memorable, hook-driven and above all extremely musical. It shows how the writing and the band itself have matured. I truly feel that this is our quintessential album.”

 

CD REVIEW: James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance

Impermanent ResonanceI quite liked James LaBrie’s early solo albums – the ones released under the name Mullmuzzler. And Elements of Persuasion, the first to be released under his own name, was pretty solid too. But for me, LaBrie’s voice as a solo artist really came into its own on 2009’s Static Impulse. That album was progressive, aggressive and expressive – a blend of melody and heaviness, with healthy lashings of the Gothenberg sound, the stellar guitar work of Marco Sfogli and the death-growl vocals of drummer Pete Wildoer (Darkane). Now on Impermanent Resonance, LaBrie and his core band – Wildoer, Sfogli, bass player Ray Riendeau and right-hand-man Matt Guillory (keys, background vocals, co-songwriting) – aim to take that sound further, aided by occasional songwriting contributions from guitarist Pete Wilchers (ex-Soilwork).  Read More …

New James LaBrie Track – ‘Agony’

labrieimpermanentIf you haven’t heard James LaBrie’s Static Impulse, you seriously have to check it out. The songwriting is great, the vocal performances are kickass, the performances are amazing, the mix is pretty damn cool – it’s really got it all. Which is why I’m stoked to hear Agony, the first track to be released from its follow-up, Impermanent Resonance, which will be released on August 6 in North America and July 29 in Europe via InsideOut Music. The new album features the same line-up as Static Impulse: Songwriter/producer/keyboard player Matt Guillory. Marco Sfogli on guitar, Ray Riendeau (Halford, Machines of Loving Grace) on bass, and Peter Wildoer (Darkane and a very memorable Dream Theater audition) on drums and growly vocals. And former Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers contributed songwriting and guitars too. Listen to Agony in the YouTube video below, or download it for free here.
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