Thomas Thunder Premieres New Album’s Second Single

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Audiences are getting another preview of Thomas Thunder’s new album.

The up-and-coming prog metal artist premiered his new single, ‘The Pharaoh’s Temple‘ Thursday. The song — which is available to stream and download through all major digital outlets — features guest appearances by Derek Sherinian (Platypus, Sons of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, ex-Guns ‘N Roses) and Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page).

‘The Pharaoh’s Temple’ is the title track and second single from Thunder’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release in September. An exact release date is under consideration. The premiere of ‘The Pharaoh’s Temple’ comes less than a month after Thunder premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Crystal Illusion.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Pharaoh’s Temple’ is similar stylistically to that of ‘Crystal Illusion,’ but still boasts its own identity. Sherinian’s work on keyboard once again leads the way, showing his influence from his solo career and his work with Dream Theater and Sons of Apollo. Thal’s expertise on the guitar line cuts thought just as much while Thunder’s own performance on the drums proves once again that the teen drummer could easily be the next Mike Portnoy. Franklin’s work on bass adds its own touch with its fullness.

More information on Thomas Thunder’s new single is available along with all of his latest news at https://thomasthundermusic.com.

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Transatlantic Reveals “The Absolute Universe 2022 Tour” Dates

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Transatlantic will hit the road next year in support of its latest album.

The band made the announcement in a news release distributed Monday. The document states the band will launch its tour, which is in support of its latest album, The Absolute Universe (2021), April 15 in Glenside, PA. The North American leg of the worldwide tour is scheduled to run through April 30 in in Cross Plains, TN before the band winds things down with the “Cruise to the Edge 2022 from May 2-7.

Following some down time after the North American leg of the tour, the band will head overseas and launch the tour’s UK/European leg on July 22 in Sibiu, Romania. That brief tour is scheduled to run through July 28 in Paris, France.

Drummer Mike Portnoy offered the following comments about the tour’s scheduling.

“Between releasing our latest album in the middle of a worldwide pandemic & shutdown, and the already difficult task of trying to align our different schedules even in the most normal of circumstances, it was uncertain if Transatlantic would ever get to play any shows in support of The Absolute Universe,” he said. “But now with the world slowly re-opening and the band already committing to a few one-off appearances in 2022 (Cruise To The Edge, Morsefest and a Festival in Romania), we’re excited to announce we were able to wrangle up some headlining shows surrounding these one-offs! (April in North America and July in EU/UK) 

Portnoy added, “These are the ONLY shows we will be doing in support of The Absolute Universe so if we can’t make it to your area, it may be worth traveling to come see us and share these special shows with us. While we wish we could do a full proper tour, getting to play ANY shows for this album is an unexpected treat that we weren’t sure would ever happen…so better late than never!”

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

North America dates:
April 15th • Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
https://www.axs.com/events/409822/an-evening-with-transatlantic-tickets
 
April 16th • Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005AFEFC0F7014
 
April 18th • Quebec City, Quebec – Palais Montcalm
https://palaismontcalm.tuxedobillet.com/main/transatlantic
 
April 19th • Montreal, Quebec – M Telus
https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/31005B03CBCC1934?lang=en-ca&brand=mtelus
 
April 21st • St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4311193/transatlantic-stcharles-the-arcada-theatre?_ga=2.14751414.123937637.1628201559-79101957.1628201559
 
April 23rd • Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09005B05AF17211D
 
April 24th • Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4360146/an-evening-with-transatlantic-berkeley-the-uc-theatre
 
April 29th & 30th • Cross Plains, TN – MorseFest 2022
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morsefest-2022-tickets-164759830087
 
May 2nd to 7th • Cruise To The Edge 2022
https://cruisetotheedge.com/book-now/
 
UK/Europe dates:
July 22nd – Sibiu, Romania – ARTmania Festival
 
July 24th – Cologne, Germany – E Werk
https://www.myticket.de/de/transatlantic-the-absolute-universe-2022-tour-tickets
 
July 25th – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
https://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/272933?CAMEFROM=013&brand=nl_013web
 
July 27th – London, England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005AFE183A8DE7
 
July 28th – Paris, France – Olympia (ON SALE ON AUG 18TH)
www.olympiahall.com/evenements/transatlantic/

More information on Transatlantic’s new tour and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.transatlanticweb.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/transatlantic99

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BTBAM Debuts ‘Fix The Error’ Video

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

Between The Buried and Me debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the animated video for its song, ‘Fix The Error‘ Wednesday. The video’s premiere comes less than a month after the band debuted the song by itself. The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, Colors II , which is scheduled for release Aug. 20 through Sumerian Records. Pre-orders are open.

The track listing for Colors II is noted below.

Between The Buried And Me

Colors II

1. Monochrome

2. The Double Helix of Extinction

3. Revolution In Limbo

4. Fix The Error

5. Never Seen/Future Shock

6. Stare Into The Abyss

7. Prehistory

8. Bad Habits

9. The Future Is Behind Us

10. Turbulent

11. Sfumato

12. Human Is Hell (Another One With Love)

The video for ‘Fix The Error’ is, stylistically, a good match for the song. That is because just as the arrangement sounds more akin to something one might expect from Devin Townsend, so is the video. It features a figure making its way through a society following the toppling of the powers that be. The story’s end is a bit shocking, and will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.

Additionally, the video features footage of Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater), who provided his talents to the song.

Front man Tommy Rogers discussed the video treatment during a recent interview.

“We have finally taken our first steps into the world of animation, and it’s a sight to see!,” said Rogers. “As children of the 80’s and 90’s we wanted to encapsulate that feeling we had growing up watching the wacky world of cartoons in that era. It’s uneasy, unsettling, and somehow very fun! Let’s celebrate!”

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

In other news, Between The Buried and Me has announced a new tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 3 in Atlanta, GA and to run through Sept. 17 in Charlotte, NC. It features performances in cities, such as Denver, CO; Hartford, CT and Las Vegas, NV.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP Packages are available now.

Aug 3 Atlanta, Ga At Masquerade

Aug 4 Richmond, Va At Canal Club

Aug 5 Philadelphia, Pa At Tla

Aug 6 Washington, Dc At Black Cat

Aug 8 Nyc, Ny At Gramercy

Aug 9 Nyc, Ny At Gramercy

Aug 10 Worcester, Ma At Palladium

Aug 11 Hartford, Ct At Webster Theater

Aug 13 Poughkeepsie, Ny At The Chance

Aug 14 Rochester, Ny At Anthology

Aug 15 Pittsburgh, Pa At Mr. Smalls

Aug 16 Cleveland, Oh At Beachland Ballroom

Aug 17 Detroit, Mi At Magic Stick

Aug 19 St. Louis, Mo At Old Rock House

Aug 20 Chicago, Il At House Of Blues

Aug 21 Minneapolis, Mn At Lyric Theater

Aug 22 Lawrence, Ks At Granada

Aug 23 Denver, Co At Summit

Aug 25 Salt Lake City, Ut At The Complex

Aug 26 Boise, Id At Knitting Factory

Aug 28 Seattle, Wa At El Corazon

Aug 29 Portland, Or At Bossanova Ballroom

Aug 31 Sacramento, Ca At Ace Of Spades

Sep 1 Garden Grove, Ca At Garden Grove Amp.

Sep 2 Los Angeles, Ca At Teragram

Sep 3 Las Vegas, Nv At Fremont Country Club

Sep 4 Phoenix, Az At Crescent

Sep 6 Dallas, Tx At Trees

Sep 7 San Antonio, Tx At Rock Box

Sep 8 Houston, Tx At Rise

Sep 10 Pensacola, Fl At Vinyl

Sep 11 Tampa, Fl At Orpheum

Sep 12 Fort Lauderdale, Fl At The Culture Room

Sep 15 Nashville, Tn At Marathon Music Works

Sep 16 Charlotte, Nc At Underground

Sep 17 Charlotte, Nc At Underground

More information on Between The Buried and Me’s new album, single, and tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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Between The Buried And Me Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; New Live Dates Planned

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Between The Buried and Me will release its next album this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its new album Colors II Aug. 20 through Sumerian Records. It will come more than three years after the release of the band’s then most recent albums, Automata I and Automata II. Those albums were also release through Sumerian Records.

Colors II is the follow-up to the band’s 2007 album, Colors. Pre-orders are open now.

Guitarist Paul Waggoner said the decision to make Colors II a “sequel” to Colors was intentional on the part of the band.

Colors was very much our attempt at a do-or-die statement,” he said. “We had to establish our identity and be who we really wanted to be in order to have a career. This time around, our industry was shutdown for a year. Once tours were cancelled due to the pandemic, we were like, ‘We’ve got to write a record, and it’s got to be good’. We had to do something next level.”

Front man Tommy Rogers echoed Waggoner’s comments in his own statements.

“Especially with 2020, we really wanted to give it all we could and show the world we’re still here,” said Rogers. “That’s part of the reason we named it Colors II. We were in a similar spot when we did the first Colors. Back then, we had just gotten done with Ozzfest. We were wondering, ‘Where do we belong in this music scene?’ We still struggle with that. At both of these moments in our career, we decided to just be ourselves and write the best album we can. We came out guns blazing, and I feel like it’s some of our most creative material in a long time.”

In anticipation of the release of Colors II, BTBAM premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Fix The Error‘ Friday. The single is a unique presentation that is completely unlike anything else that the band has ever crafted. Instead of the heavy, progressive/death metal hybrid sound for which it has come to be known over the years, the band instead opted for something in this arrangement more akin to works from Devin Townsend. That is evidenced in the use of the keyboards vintage shredding alongside Rogers’ more familiar guttural screams. At points, there is a hint of some progressive metal in the guitars, but it is nowhere near as pronounced as in the band’s existing works.

As an added bonus, Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) makes a guest appearance on the band’s new single.

No information on the song’s lyrical content was provided in the information provided to the press.

The track listing for Colors II is noted below.

Between The Buried And Me

Colors II

1. Monochrome

2. The Double Helix of Extinction

3. Revolution In Limbo

4. Fix The Error

5. Never Seen/Future Shock

6. Stare Into The Abyss

7. Prehistory

8. Bad Habits

9. The Future Is Behind Us

10. Turbulent

11. Sfumato

12. Human Is Hell (Another One With Love)

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

In other news, Between The Buried and Me has announced a new tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 3 in Atlanta, GA and to run through Sept. 17 in Charlotte, NC. It features performances in cities, such as Denver, CO; Hartford, CT and Las Vegas, NV.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP Packages are available now.

Aug 3 Atlanta, Ga At Masquerade

Aug 4 Richmond, Va At Canal Club

Aug 5 Philadelphia, Pa At Tla

Aug 6 Washington, Dc At Black Cat

Aug 8 Nyc, Ny At Gramercy

Aug 9 Nyc, Ny At Gramercy

Aug 10 Worcester, Ma At Palladium

Aug 11 Hartford, Ct At Webster Theater

Aug 13 Poughkeepsie, Ny At The Chance

Aug 14 Rochester, Ny At Anthology

Aug 15 Pittsburgh, Pa At Mr. Smalls

Aug 16 Cleveland, Oh At Beachland Ballroom

Aug 17 Detroit, Mi At Magic Stick

Aug 19 St. Louis, Mo At Old Rock House

Aug 20 Chicago, Il At House Of Blues

Aug 21 Minneapolis, Mn At Lyric Theater

Aug 22 Lawrence, Ks At Granada

Aug 23 Denver, Co At Summit

Aug 25 Salt Lake City, Ut At The Complex

Aug 26 Boise, Id At Knitting Factory

Aug 28 Seattle, Wa At El Corazon

Aug 29 Portland, Or At Bossanova Ballroom

Aug 31 Sacramento, Ca At Ace Of Spades

Sep 1 Garden Grove, Ca At Garden Grove Amp.

Sep 2 Los Angeles, Ca At Teragram

Sep 3 Las Vegas, Nv At Fremont Country Club

Sep 4 Phoenix, Az At Crescent

Sep 6 Dallas, Tx At Trees

Sep 7 San Antonio, Tx At Rock Box

Sep 8 Houston, Tx At Rise

Sep 10 Pensacola, Fl At Vinyl

Sep 11 Tampa, Fl At Orpheum

Sep 12 Fort Lauderdale, Fl At The Culture Room

Sep 15 Nashville, Tn At Marathon Music Works

Sep 16 Charlotte, Nc At Underground

Sep 17 Charlotte, Nc At Underground

More information on Between The Buried and Me’s new album, single, and tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.betweentheburiedandme.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BTBAMofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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Prog-Rock, Transatlantic Fans Alike Will Agree The Band’s New Album Was Worth The Wait

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More than seven years after the release of its then latest album, Kaleidoscope, prog rock super group Transatlantic returned this year with its fifth album, The Absolute Universe.  The then long-awaited album has since proven to be quite the interesting presentation from the band – Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard, The Neal Morse Band, Yellow Matter Custard), and Pete Trewavas (Marillion).  One key point of interest in this latest offering from Transatlantic is its very presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The arrangements that are featured throughout the expansive record add their own level of interest to the record.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make The Absolute Universe a unique new addition to this year’s field of new rock albums.

Transatlantic’s recently released fifth album, The Absolute Universe is a presentation that its fans and those of the band’s members will agree is itself absolutely interesting.  That is proven in part through the album’s presentation.  The presentation in question is that of a concept record.  The catch here is that while the expansive recording is a concept record, it is not the typical presentation that audiences expecting a story-based concept album will expect.  Rather, it is based on one, central theme, according to Portnoy.  Portnoy said in a recent interview of the concept, “The storyline is about the struggles facing everyone in society today.”  Stolt expanded on Portnoy’s comments, stressing, “We didn’t start out with the idea of this being conceptual. The way things work with us is that we have a load of ideas, and these are developed spontaneously when we meet up. Everything happens in the moment.”  So essentially what audiences get in this album is a concept record that technically is concept in the loosest sense of the word possible.  That aside, the fact that the songs’ lyrical themes are so accessible and do in fact work with the noted overarching theme here, it all combines to make the record unique in this aspect.  Case in point is ‘Swing High, Swing Low.’  This song is clearly about the myriad emotional ups and downs that a person experiences daily in life.  ‘The World We Used To Know’ is just as clear.  It is a person commenting on the state of the world today.  This is something that every generation does.  To that point, it is just one more way in which the album’s overall presentation generates a certain engagement and entertainment and just the tip of that proverbial iceberg.  The arrangements that are featured throughout the album add their own layer of interest to this presentation.

The musical arrangements that are featured throughout The Absolute Universe are of interest because of the various influences that are evident throughout.  From one song to the next, the songs show influence not only of the band members’ own work past and present, but also evidence of vintage prog influence.  Case in point is ‘Heart Like a Whirlwind.’  The layered keyboard line immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from Emerson, Lake & Palmer as well as hints of The Flower Kings.  At the same time, audiences can also clearly hear a Spock’s Beard influence here when the keyboards are joined with the guitars and vocal harmonies.  On another level, the influence of The Neal Morse Band is just as evident.  The addition of the classical music tributes peppered throughout the album makes for even more interest here.  One can ever argue that there are hints of influence from Transatlantic itself at other points here.  Simply put, the arrangements featured here are everything that audiences have come to expect from this band.  Taking this into consideration along with the album’s unique presentation, the album gains even more interest.  It sill is not the last of the album’s most important elements.  The album’s production puts the final touch to its presentation.

The production that went into The Absolute Universe is important to examine because of its role in the album’s general effect.  As noted, there are a lot of influences exhibited within each song.  What’s more, there is a lot going on in each arrangement in terms of items, such as instrumentation, dynamics, and even vocals.  The production in each song pays off because it takes all of that into account.  The result is that each song evokes a wide range of emotions and thoughts from listeners as they remain engaged and entertained in each composition.  Considering the impact of the record’s production, its featured arrangements, and its very approach, the whole presents itself as a truly unique new offering that any prog-rock fan and Transatlantic fan will find interesting.

Transatlantic’s latest album, The Absolute Universe is a presentation that will appeal to any prog-rock fan as well as those of the band.  That is proven in part through the band’s approach to the album.  The approach taken to the album is that of a concept record that defies the standard definition of a concept album.  Rather than being story-based, it is a concept album that instead centers on one overarching theme.  The musical arrangements that are featured throughout the album add their own interest to the album.  That is because of the diversity that they show in regards to their influences.  There are hints of vintage prog influence as well as the influence of the band’s own work and that of the band members’ own projects.  The production of those arrangements rounds out the most important of the album’s elements, as it brings everything together.  The production ensures that everything is balanced in each song, thus evoking the fullest emotional response and impact.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a work that prog-rock and Transatlantic fans alike will agree was worth the wait.  The Absolute Universe is available now.

More information on Transatlantic’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.transatlanticweb.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/transatlantic99

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LTE’s Latest LP Is The Latest Contender For The Top Spot Among 2021’s Best New Rock Albums

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More than two decades after the release of its then most recent album, prog rock super group Liquid Tension Experiment officially returned Friday.  The band – Mike Portnoy (drums), Jordan Rudess (keyboards), John Petrucci  (guitar) Tony Levin (bass) – released its new aptly titled album Liquid Tension Experiment 3 Friday through InsideOut Music.  The eight-song instrumental album spawned three singles ahead of its release.  Those songs are but a glimpse into the album, too.  The 61-minute presentation offers hints of the band’s existing catalog and something in another direction throughout, too.  ‘Beating The Odds is just one of the songs featured in the recording that shows a new creative direction from the band in its latest outing.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s updated take on famed composer George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is another change in direction for the band in this outing.  It will be discussed a little later.  Showing even more, the change in direction in this record is ‘Chris and Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey,’ which comes just past the record’s midpoint.  It will also be discussed later.  Each note song proves the album’s growth, and in turn, engagement and entertainment.  When they are considered along with songs, such as ‘Shades of Hope,’ ‘Hypersonic,’ ‘The Passage of Time,’ and the album’s two remaining songs, the whole makes the album in whole a work that is a welcome return for Liquid Tension Experiment and that is among the best of this year’s new rock albums.

Liquid Tension Experiment’s latest album, Liquid Tension Experiment 3, is a presentation that will appeal to the band’s established audience base.  In the same note it will appeal to fans of the band’s members and their primary projects just as much.  That is due in large part to the songs featured in this recording.  The songs in question show evidence of songs from the band’s existing catalog as well as works that show some growth from the band.  One of the most notable of the songs that exhibits that growth comes in the form of ‘Beating The Odds.’  The six-minute-plus composition is not the wildly energetic style composition that audiences have come to know from the band.  Rather, it combines a variety of tones and influences, beginning with a very Rush style guitar intro to open the song.  From there, listeners can hear distinct influence from Dream Theater’s early days prior to Portnoy’s departure from the band.  At the same time, there is also a hint of Spock’s Beard influence through the combination of Rudess’ work on keyboards and Petrucci’s guitar performance.  At times the influences remain separate, and at others join together for one unique whole.  Through it all, the balance in the influences is handled expertly, a tribute to the record’s production.  The end result of that controlled chaos is a work that brings out the best of the bands that have influenced this band’s members in one complete work that boasts its own standout identity as a prog-rock opus.

‘Beating The Odds’ is just one of the songs that serves to exhibit the growth from Liquid Tension Experiment in its latest album.  The band’s updated take on George Gershwin’s timeless jazz classic, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ is another clear example of the successful change in the band’s new album.  It is a complete change of pace for the band, taking on a jazz classic instead of any rock composition.  Gershwin’s original composition is present here.  There is no denial of that fact.  At the same, the song gets a nice change of pace in this rendition.  Petrucci’s subtle guitar opening mimics the piano line that opens the original so well.  The addition of the synthesized string arrangement at points throughout is a nice tribute to the original in its own right.  It actually does well to sound like the real thing, even being synthesized.  What’s more, the Joe Satriani-style approach that Petrucci takes along with his own style as the song progresses adds even more to the approach.  Much the same can be said of Rudess’ keyboard performance throughout, and that of Portnoy.  The whole of the group’s work here is such a rich presentation.  It is a dramatic change of pace for the band this time out and such a successful risk.  It is just one more example of what makes the album so successful.  ‘Chris and Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey’ — which comes in the record’s second half — is yet another example of the album’s strength.

‘Chris and Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey’ is notable because it is so starkly unlike anything that these musicians have ever crafted collectively and with their primary acts.  The whole thing starts off with Levin using what sounds like a bow on his bass, as if it was a standup bass.  Portnoy’s accents on the toms sound random, but are in fact complimentary to Levin’s work.  The subtle addition of the occasional keyboard effect makes for its own unique touch here.  The whole experimental work immediately comes across as a distinctly avant-garde type composition, yet is still so engaging because of that experimental, free form type composition.  It is another wonderful example of how much the band has branched out this time out and how that willingness to try something new has paid off.  When it is considered with the other two songs examined here and the more familiar sound exhibited through other songs featured here, such as ‘Shades of Hope,’ ‘Hypersonic,’ ‘The Passage of Time,’ and the album’s two remaining songs,  the whole of all of that content makes the album in whole a welcome return for Liquid Tension Experiment and an equally impressive new addition to this year’s list of top new rock records.

Liquid Tension Experiment’s first new album in more than two decades and first since the release of Spontaneous Combustion – released in 2007 (almost 15 years ago) by three quarters of LTE under the moniker of Liquid Tension Trio – is an impressive new offering from these  musical mates.  It proves that from start to finish with a solid combination of familiar content and plenty of material that takes chances and takes the band in new directions.  Those newer songs are all examined here.  When they are considered with the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes LTE 3 a work that every prog-rock fan will welcome.  It is proof positive that good things really do come to those who wait.  LTE 3 is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/ltexperiment.  

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Liquid Tension Experiment Debuts New LP’s Second Single, Companion Video

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Liquid Tension Experiment debuted the latest single from its new album this week.

The band –Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin — premiered its new single ‘Beating The Odds’ Friday, along with the single’s video. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album LTE 3, which is scheduled for release March 26 through Inside Out Records. Its premiere follows that of the album’s lead single, ‘The Passage of Time.’

The band’s new six-minute-plus song is grounded in Petrucci’s performance on guitar. Portnoy’s time keeping and Rudess’ performance on bass deepens the song’s presentation even more. The video features the band members performing their respective parts to the song on a series of poker cards and chips.

Petrucci discussed the song’s construction during a recent interview with the band.

“This was a riff that I brought into the sessions that I thought was interesting because it’s in an odd time and phrased in a way that is hard to wrap your head around at first until you understand where the groove is,” he said. “When I first presented it to the guys, their initial reaction was “how are you feeling that?” When the band enters after the opening riff it probably sounds a little “odd” because the time signature is a bit unclear until the song gets going. If LTE ever had a ‘prog pop hit’ this would be it!”

Rudess respoded to Petrucci’s comments, noting the band members’ reaction to the arrangement.

“I remember the look of confusion on ALL our faces when JP started playing that opening riff!,” said Rudess. “It’s was seemingly so straight ahead but with a bizarre rhythmic twist! Took a while to internalize that but then we all loved it! One of the great things about LTE is the fact that we just let ourselves loose and have FUN!”

More than two decades have passed since the quartet released its then most recent record Liquid Tension Experiment 2. That record, released in 1999, was followed up by the release of the album Spontaneous Combustion in October 2007 by three quarters of the group, which opted to call itself Liquid Tension Trio. Portnoy, Levin, and Rudess recorded the album while Petrucci and his wife welcomed their then baby.

The new album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting:
 
1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)
 
Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.

The album will release on the platforms noted below. Pre-orders open now.

•Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)
•Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
•Limited 2CD Digipak
•Gatefold black 2LP+CD
• Digital album (2CD)

More information on this and other titles from InsideOut Music is available along with the label’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.insideoutmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/InsideOutUSA

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Liquid Tension Experiment Debuts ‘The Passage Of Time’ Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Liquid tension Experiment fans are getting their first full preview of the band’s next album.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Passage of Time‘ Friday. The song is the lead single from the quartet’s forthcoming album LTE3, which is scheduled for release March 26 through InsideOut Music.

The video features footage of the band members — Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Tony Levin, and Jordan Rudess — performing their respective parts to the song as images of multi-colored liquid plays over the noted footage. The musical arrangement that accompanies the video is everything that audiences have come to expect from Liquid Tension Experiment and from Dream Theater.

Two of the LTE’s members — John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess — are band mates in Dream Theater. Founding member and drummer Portnoy departed the band in 2010. To that end, it is understandable why this latest song sound stylistically so much like much of the body of work from Dream Theater.

Portnoy talked about the creation of ‘The Passage of Time’ during a recent interview with himself and his LTE band mates.

“‘The Passage of Time’ was the very first song we composed together when we reunited this past summer, he said. “It was so exciting to be back in a room creating together again after so long (22 years for all 4 of us and over 10 years for the 3 of us since being together in DT).  This serves as a great first taste for the listeners as it combines so many of the musical elements that makes LTE unique”

Petrucci expanded on Portnoy’s comments.

“This was the first song we worked on and when it was done, we all knew once again how amazing it was to be working together,” said Petrucci. “We knew we were on to something and that this was going to be a really amazing album. Nothing about the passage of over two decades could’ve done anything to change that. To me this song truly reflects the collaborative songwriting efforts of all four of us.”

Ruddess also shared his thoughts during the interview.

There is an undeniable chemistry that happens when the four of us are together,” he added. “Entering the studio and starting work on ‘The Passage of Time’ after 22 years literally gave me a whole new perspective on these important musical (and personal) relationships and the way time is so relative. We just jumped right in, it was like no time had passed at all, and we created a song that has so many of the elements that make LTE unique. Not a day has gone by since our last release when I wasn’t asked, “When is LTE getting back together again?” Now we can finally deliver, and I can’t wait for everybody to hear our creation.”

Levin put the accent to the discussion, noting there is more to come from Liquid Tension Experiment.

“From the murky depths of the lockdown, LTE has re-emerged, galvanized, dripping with ideas, and taking no prisoners,” said Levin. “‘The Passage of Time’ is just the beginning.”

More than two decades have passed since the quartet released its then most recent record Liquid Tension Experiment 2. That record, released in 1999, was followed up by the release of the album Spontaneous Combustion in October 2007 by three quarters of the group, which opted to call itself Liquid Tension Trio. Portnoy, Levin, and Rudess recorded the album while Petrucci and his wife welcomed their then baby.

The new album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting:
 
1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)
 
Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.

The album will release on the platforms noted below. Pre-orders open now.

•Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)
•Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
•Limited 2CD Digipak
•Gatefold black 2LP+CD
• Digital album (2CD)

More information on this and other titles from InsideOut Music is available along with the label’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.insideoutmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/InsideOutUSA

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Liquid Tension Experiment Announces new LP’s Release Date, Art, Specs

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The members of Liquid Tension Experiment have released more information about the group’s new album.

The band — Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, Tony Levin, and John Petrucci — announced Monday, the album’s title, cover art, and release date. Additionally, the band announced the album’s track listing and platforms on which it will release.

According to information sent from InsideOut Music, which will release the record, it will follow the track of the band’s first two albums and be called Liquid Tension Experiment 3. The album is scheduled for release March 26.

Petrucci was upbeat as he talked about the album’s pending release.

“After over 20 years since the last time we recorded together, the four of us stepped into the studio and it was as if no time had passed at all!,” said Petrucci. “All of the magic that made the first two LTE albums so special was still there and we had such a great time making this record. I’m extremely proud of what we created together and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

Portnoy, who previously recorded with Petrucci and Rudess as a member of Dream Theater, expanded on his fellow musician’s comments.

“The best thing to come out of 2020 was this long-awaited reunion!,” he said. “And it was surely worth the wait as after all these years, the magic chemistry was still there and stronger than ever!”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the quartet released a teaser trailer last month. The 55-second trailer features a snippet of what can only be believed to be a portion of one of the songs that will feature in the album. It is accompanied by a psychedelic style visual that presents various fluids mingling with one another.

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

More than two decades have passed since the quartet released its then most recent record Liquid Tension Experiment 2. That record, released in 1999, was followed up by the release of the album Spontaneous Combustion in October 2007 by three quarters of the group, which opted to call itself Liquid Tension Trio. Portnoy, Levin, and Rudess recorded the album while Petrucci and his wife welcomed their then baby.

The new album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklisting:
 
1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)
 
Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.

The album will release on the platforms noted below. Pre-orders open Jan. 22.

•Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)
•Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
•Limited 2CD Digipak
•Gatefold black 2LP+CD
• Digital album (2CD)

More information on this and other titles from InsideOut Music is available along with the label’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.insideoutmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/InsideOutUSA

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Liquid Tension Experiment Announces New Album Is Coming

Prog super group Liquid Tension Experiment will return in 2021.

The band — Mike Portnoy (drums), John Petrucci (guitar), Tony Levin (bass) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards) — will release its next album in spring. An exact release date for the as-yet-untitled record is under consideration. The album will release through InsideOut Music.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the quartet released a teaser trailer Thursday. The 55-second trailer features a snippet of what can only be believed to be a portion of one of the songs that will feature in the album. It is accompanied by a psychedelic style visual that presents various fluids mingling with one another.

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

More than two decades have passed since the quartet released its then most recent record Liquid Tension Experiment 2. That record, released in 1999, was followed up by the release of the album Spontaneous Combustion in October 2007 by three quarters of the group, which opted to call itself Liquid Tension Trio. Portnoy, Levin, and Rudess recorded the album while Petrucci and his wife welcomed their then baby.

More information on this and other titles from InsideOut Music is available along with the label’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.insideoutmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/InsideOutUSA

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.