Dream Theater has disclosed some details about their new, 15th studio album. It will be titled "A View From The Top Of The World" and it will be out on October 22, 2021. 

This upcoming album is Dream Theater at its musical finest expanding on the sound they helped create while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The seven-song album also marks the second studio album with InsideOut Music/Sony Music. The artwork was created by longtime cover collaborator Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour). "A View From The Top Of The World" was produced by John Petrucci, engineered and additional production by James "Jimmy T" Meslin and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap.

The progressive metal titans — comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini — were in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their last release "Distance Over Time" and the 20th anniversary of "Scenes From A Memory" when a global pandemic brought the world to a stop. The musicians found themselves at home, with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the States. As fate would have it, they'd just finished construction on DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) — a combination live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, equipment storage, and creative hive. With LaBrie in Canada, he initially wrote with the band via Zoom on a monitor in DTHQ. In March 2021, he flew down to New York, quarantined, and recorded his vocals face-to-face with Petrucci. The album ultimately threaded together lean and uncompromising hooks with tried-and-true technical proficiency.

Tracklisting

1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering The Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken The Master (9:47)
7) A View From The Top Of The World (20:24)

 
 

ZZ Top legendary bassist, Dusty Hill, has passed away at the age of 72.

The news was revealed by the band, which released the following official statement: "We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ TOP fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the 'Top'. We will forever be connected to that 'Blues Shuffle in C.' You will be missed greatly, amigo".

ZZ Top played without Hill last Friday night (July 23) at the Village Commons in New Lenox, Illinois after he was forced to return to Texas to address a hip issue. On July 21, ZZ Top canceled its concert in Evansville, Indiana because of a "health issue within the band". Dusty Hill and the other two members of ZZ Top were working on the band's 16th album.

The music world is poorer now. Goodbye, Mr. Hill. Rest in Peace.

 

Fates Warning singer, Ray Alder, is cooperating again with former Fates Warning drummer, Mark Zonder. The new band is called A-Z (pronounced A through Z) and has signed with Metal Blade Records. 

A-Z equals Ray Alder (Fates Warning; vocals) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord; drums), and also means "anything is possible" — and with this lineup of musicians, that is no exaggeration. This exciting new band reunites Alder with Zonder, and they're joined by Philip Bynoe (Warlord, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt) on bass, Joop Wolters (Steve Walsh, Simon Phillips) on guitar, and Vivien Lalu (Steve Walsh, Jordan Rudess) on keys.

Zonder comments: "When we were looking for a deal, Metal Blade was number one on the list. First worked with Brian Slagel about 40 years with 'Metal Massacre II' and WARLORD. No question that they do a great job and we are very excited and proud to be back at MB."

Musically, A-Z is melodic and progressive, bringing to mind the classic FATES WARNING-era of albums like "Parallels" and "Pleasant Shade Of Grey", while recalling the hooks of classic 1970s and 1980s hard rock artists. The band's upcoming debut will be the first time Alder and Zonder have recorded together since 2004, and it will surely please both FATES WARNING and melodic hard rock fans alike.

In the meantime, fans can check out a video signing message from A-Z and Metal Blade CEO/founder Brian Slagel below.

 

Swedish hard rock band, Steel Rhino, featuring Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia, SinBreed) on vocals, have announced the release of their self-titled debut album on August 20th, 2021 via GMR Music.

Steel Rhino is the solo band of Mikael Rosengren (Dirty Passion, Revolverlution, Bai Bang), the whole concept was to create and play a heavier rock n’ roll sound leaning into metal with the attitude in the music that makes people bang their heads, put their hands in the air, and just let loose to have a great time.

The album can be pre-ordered/saved here: https://aloaded.presave.io/t/steelrhino

Music recorded at Loud Drums Studios in Sweden and vocals recorded in Germany at Herbie Langhans personal studio. Produced by Mikael Rosengren, mixed by Jakob Herrmann at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg Sweden and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios Denmark.

Line-up:

Herbie Langhans – Vocals (Firewind, Avantasia, SinBreed, Radiant)
Mikael Rosengren - Drums (Dirty Passion, Revolverlution, Bai Bang)
Filip Vilhelmsson - Guitar, Bass (Revolverlution, Bai Bang, Damien)

Tracklist:

1. Rhino Attack
2. Arrival
3. Lovin Easy
4. Steel Rhino
5. Bells Of Midnight
6. Fire And Ice
7. Ghost From The Past
8. Sands of Time
9. Life We Choose
10. Boom Boom
11. New Tomorrow

With an attitude, heavy grooves and insane vocals, Steel Rhino is here to take the world by storm. This new hard rock project started with an idea, a heavy drum track, a catchy guitar riff and a heavy bass line to fill up the cracks.

The only thing that was missing was a killer vocalist to match the intensity of the music. The search for the perfect vocalist ended when the insanely talented Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia, SinBreed, Radiant) agreed to lend his vocals to be featured on the album. His range and power provided the missing piece Steel Rhino needed to get the sound they wanted.

With influences from European and American hard rock and metal bands, Rosengren found his own sound that mixes the great hard rock sound from the past with the present.

With his experience from playing with other bands for nearly 15 years while touring in Europe, North America, and playing at the biggest festivals like Wacken Open Air, Mikael felt it was time to write and make the music he wanted and put his own sound into the world.

www.steelrhinoband.com
www.facebook.com/SteelRhinoBand
www.instagram.com/steelrhinoband

Get ready for the Steel Rhino attack!

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