Levin Minnemann Rudess: Levin Minnemann Rudess

There’s probably nothing more difficult in the world of rock music than creating a thoroughly interesting and moving full-length album without the aid of vocals. Perhaps three of the most qualified individuals to try it, though, are journeyman prog luminaries keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater/Liquid Tension Experiment), drummer Marco Minnemann …

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An Interview with Billy Sheehan from The Winery Dogs: Know What You’ve Got

Let’s dispense with the supergroup rhetoric and just agree Winery Dogs are a great band who put out a worthy debut album.

The classic rock and roll influence on guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy is in abundance on Winery Dogs, but this is not …

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Interview with Jamie Morral from Candlelight Red: It’s On

Candlelight Red are making moves. In addition to constantly being hard at work on the road, the band just released its second full-length album, Reclamation. A hefty, vibrant portion of memorable hard rock, it’s obvious why so many radio stations, terrestrial and satellite, have gotten behind the record with …

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An Interview with Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan: Face First

One of the things that has made Dillinger Escape Plan so successful is their perfect conflagration of the most visceral elements of punk rock, hardcore and heavy metal. No band in heavy music more adequately reproduces the chaos of their albums live than Dillinger Escape Plan. Between a disorienting light …

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Interview with Revocation: Slow Build

Revocation first appeared on the heavy metal radar at large in 2009 on the strength of their Relapse Records debut, Existence Is Futile. First branded as followers of the short-lived “thrash revival” movement, Revocation, however, was imbued with staying power that lacked in their contemporaries.

The Boston-based quartet plays …

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An Interview with The Ocean: Permanence

Few modern metal or progressive acts approach writing an album with the foresight or ferocious devotion to conceptualizing music than Germany’s The Ocean Collective. Led by visionary, lyricist and guitarist Robin Staps, The Ocean’s latest effort, Pelagial [released April 30 via Metal Blade], an aural journey from the surface to …

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An Interview with Palms: Hands Up

The news that Deftones singer Chino Moreno was pairing with former members of legendary post-metal collective Isis was intriguing indeed, but it pales in comparison to the resulting self-titled record, Palms. Perhaps jarring at first for Isis fans and potentially perplexing for Deftones fans, Palms is a grower that …

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An Interview with Brann Dailor from Mastodon: Shape Shifter

Mastodon are one of the biggest bands in metal, so it’s fitting that they are part of the biggest metal tour of the summer. The Atlanta, GA, prog metallers will share the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie, Amon Amarth and others. With support …

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Interview with Dead Fish Handshake: A Lasting Impression

In time with the re-release of its most recent EP, The Sixes, a bold, hearty breath of polished rock and roll, Dead Fish Handshake are taking their act on tour for the first time. The release marks the beginning of a new chapter in the band’s life, while simultaneously …

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Interview with Ashe O’Hara from TesseracT: Singular Reality

The second full-length by UK progressive metal phenomenon TesseracT proves to be another mind-bending, kaleidoscopic sonic tapestry of ineffable depths. Altered State is a worthy follow-up to 2011’s One, expanding upon the band’s predilection to uncommon rhythmic shifts, dynamic variation, soaring vocals and compositional space, a novel concept in …

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