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  • Blabbermouth reports progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER are in the studio recording the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated album "A Dramatic Turn Of Events". Speaking to Artisan News, the band's keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, said: "Things are really kind of intense in DREAM THEATER land. We've made our way through our album process to a good point now. We're still finishing up and doing some stuff. I'm actually doing some keyboard tracking. It's intense; it's definitely a strong process. And I'm out here just working away."  Asked whether having drummer Mike Mangini involved in the songwriting process this time around has made a difference in the new CD's overall sound, Rudess said: "It really has. This is the first album where Mike Mangini has been there and really part of the writing process. He's such a sweet guy and he has so much energy, and it's just great to have that energy involved when we're writing the music, 'cause he'll come up with stuff  that's really cool. We'll be composing along our merry way and stop to maybe look at the next part, and he offers this other perspective which we never had in the same way that we have it with him, which is that he has a super math brain — a rhythmic math brain; he's really an expert in that field, more so than myself or [guitarist] John Petrucci or anybody in the band — so he can say, 'Guys, if you play 10 measures at 7, and if you play triplets five times, and you do this and that, it's all gonna equal out in 21 measures. Go ahead and try it.' And at first, we're , like, 'What?' But he kind of sees that; he sees that map."  In a recent interview with Roadrunner Records, Petrucci stated about the making of DREAM THEATER's new CD: "First of all, it's been going great with [drummer Mike Mangini, who joined the group in 2010], and as much as we've been a band together for about 15 years, we haven't really experienced that process together. We've been in the studio for a few weeks now, and he's been amazing. Chemistry is great, the writing process and the whole vibe is great, and his role is to let his personality shine as a drummer, creatively and to have his input and his musical personality really come through. And I gotta tell you, it's happening. When people hear the drumming on this album, they're gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn't there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he's just Mike Mangini unleashed. It's all him. It's all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy's an animal."  "Live At Luna Park", DREAM THEATER's live concert captured on 2DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Video, 2DVD/3CD, Blu-ray/3CD, and a deluxe edition (2DVD/Blu-ray/3CD), will drop in May via Eagle Rock Entertainmet"Live At Luna Park" was filmed over two nights in South America — home to one of DREAM THEATER's most ardent fanbases. The DVD was filmed August 19 and August 20, 2012 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina after a 15-month world tour, hitting 35 countries.


  • Blabbermouth reports according to the Twitter account of the official street teams for Finnish love metallers HIM, all shows on the band's "Tears On Tour" have been canceled. The trek was scheduled to kick off on May 3 in West Hollywood, Califoania and wrap on May 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. No reason was given for the cancelation.  HIM's new album, "Tears On Tape", was released on April 30 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The "love metal" act's eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom".  In addition to the 13 new tracks, the very exclusive and very limited "fanpack", presented by Metal Hammer magazine and DoubleCross Records features some not-to-be-found-anywhere-else content. Exclusively available from April 29 for four weeks, it comes with a bespoke 132-page magazine edited by frontman Ville Valo himself that plays as the ultimate sleeve notes to the album.  The album's artwork was described by artist Daniel P. Carter as having come about via "a series of strange coincidences involving Lee Dorrian, sacred geometry and the ramblings of a madman."  HIM's current lineup is Ville Valo (vocals), Mikko "Linde" Lindström (guitar), Mikko "Migé" Paananen (bass), Janne "Burton" Puurtinen (keyboards), and Mika "Gas" Karppinen (drums). The band is managed by Seppo Vesterinen at Hinterland, Inc. and represented for U.S. touring by Justin Hirschman/AGI.


  • Blabbermouth reports Cleveland, Ohio metallers SHOK PARIS will co-headline the second night of the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival, set to take place May 3-4, 2013 at Reggie's in Chicago, Illinois.  It will mark the band's first appearance in Chicago in over 25 years.  "The last time we played Chicago was to a packed house at The Metro back in 1987 on our 'Steel And Starlight' tour with LIZZY BORDEN," says SHOK PARIS guitarist Ken Erb.  "We also visited there with SAVATAGE on their 'Hall Of The Mountain King' tour.  I have nothing but great memories of our trips to the Windy City. One thing that hasn't changed in the last quarter century is SHOK PARIS' unique style of heavy metal. We will be playing all the favorites from our first three albums ('Go For The Throat', 'Steel And Starlight', 'Concrete Killers') as well as new material from our forthcoming release, 'Full Metal Jacket'. We are very excited to finally be going back!".  "Wow, 25 years since our last show in Chicago, it's been way too long my friends", adds SHOK PARIS vocalist Vic Hix.  "The Metal Apocalypse show is the best way to come back and 'Shok Chicago' with some classic SHOK PARIS heavy metal. I would not want to miss this one.  It's gonna rock, so see ya there!"  Auburn Records released a digital single for "Those Eyes" last year via iTunes and other major digital retailers. It was the band's first commercially available new music in 23 years.  "The big question we keep getting asked is when is the new album coming out?", says Erb.  "This is understandable since it has been in the works for quite some time now. All I can say is, be prepared for some classic SHOK. We are finishing up pre-production demos on 20 new songs Vic and I have written.  We will be ready to start recording 10-12 of those this summer. Even though we have a different rhythm section from our '80s lineup, I feel these guys have risen to the occasion to help bring the new material up to and beyond the standards of the classic SHOK lineup." 
    SHOK PARIS is:
    Vic Hix - Vocals Ken Erb - Guitar John Korzekwa - Guitar Ed Stephens - Bass Donovan Kenaga - Drums


  • Loudwire reports Machine Head update album progress, narrow bassist search


  • Loudwire reports The Devil Wears Prada join lineup for 2013 Alliance and Intensity Music Festivals






  • Rolling Stone reports The Smiths' Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke reunite in Brooklyn to play "How Soon Is  Now?"  Read more at NME


  • Rolling Stone reports Marky Ramone and Andrew W.K. play Ramones classics in New York


  • Rolling Stone reports Jimmy Fallon performs "Roadhouse Blues" with Doors drummer John Densmore


  • Rolling Stone reports Elton John dazzles in intimate performance to fight multiple sclerosis


  • Billboard reports how great will the "Gatsby" soundtrack be?


  • NME reports receive a creepy voicemail message from Queens Of The Stone Age  Read more at Loudwire


  • Blabbermouth posts episode 3 of Zakk Wylde's "Lick Of The Week" video series



  • Blabbermouth posts performace footage from Geoff Tate's Queensryche in San Antonio

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