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Artist News: News Bits: FM, James Labrie, ProgSphere, Qeensryche, Adrenaline Mob...

Posted on Sunday, January 22 @ 12:00:00 UTC by nightowl

Collected over the last few weeks, here are some newsbits: The new Hostsonaten CD, The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - Chapter One will be out on March 2012 on AMS/BTF label. On SoundCloud you can listen a special preview, an excerpt of "Part III" of the opera.

And in other Zuffanti Projects news: Vololibero Edizioni will publish in 2012 the first book by Fabio Zuffanti, based on some reflections of the various problems that a non-commercial musician has to face in Italy. It will contain also interviews with musicians, DJ, producers, etc... ... "Other Voices," a piece by Zuffanti, done with the collaboration of Giorgio Binda and published on the Scelta Elettronica, Vol 2 (Black Records) compilation, was chosen for an UNICEF spot. Watch the spot on YouTube ... ... You can listen to L'Ombra Della Sera's Gamma on YouTube as well, plus pre-order the title at a special price here ... ... And Maschera Di Cera's Il Grande Labirinto has been remastered with bonus tracks and will be released in January on the Mirror Label/BTF. Pre-order it at a special price here. [Source: Zuffanti Projects newsletter]


Ohio Prog note: "Some exciting news to share from the newly relaunched official FM website www.thebandfm.com.

· FM have posted clips of a new song titled "Evolution" on their official website. Listen to the clips and learn more about the songwriting process for the forthcoming album FM: Transformation due out in 2012. http://www.thebandfm.com/Page.asp?PageID=924&ContentID=2016

· FM have announced preliminary info about a Toronto area "warm-up" gig prior to their performance at the [OhioProg] festival. Gain entry to the gig with your OhioProg 2012 festival ticket! Be sure to pledge your ticket today! www.thebandfm.com/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=2018&SiteNodeID=274. [Except OhioProg didn't meet its funding goal and has been cancelled!] ... [Source: OhioProg]


Singer James LaBrie of progressive metal giants Dream Theater has issued the following update:

"[LaBrie's longtime songwriting partner and keyboardist] Matt Guillory and I are very happy to announce that writing for my next solo album has started. We're very pleased with how well [LaBrie's last solo CD] Static Impulse was received and are excited to be making a follow-up.

"You can expect all the usual suspects: (Marco Sfogli, Peter Wildoer, Ray Riendeau). In addition to this, we'd also like to announce that Peter Wichers (Soilwork) is onboard as a co-songwriter. Peter loved Static Impulse and looks forward to making a kick-ass record with us. He is extremely talented and we're stoked to have him!" [Source: Blabbermouth.net]


Adrenaline Mob -- the new band featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, ex-Avenged Sevenfold), Symphony X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), bassist Paul DiLeo and Stuck Mojo/Fozzy axeman Rich Ward -- will release its full-length debut, Omertà, on March 13 via the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services. The 11-song CD -- which was produced by Adrenaline Mob and mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked on Anthrax's Worship Music and Steel Panther's Balls Out -- includes a blistering reinterpretation of Duran Duran's classic "Come Undone" featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

Omertà track listing: 01. Undaunted / 02. Psychosane / 03. Indifferent / 04. All On The Line / 05. Hit The Wall / 06. Feelin' Me / 07. Come Undone (Feat. Lzzy Hale) / 08. Believe Me / 09. Down To The Floor / 10. Angel Sky / 11. Freight Train

However, a few days later, it was revealed that guitarist Rich Ward and bassist Paul DiLeo have left Adrenaline Mob. Ward released the following statement to Blabbermouth.net regarding his departure:

"When I was first asked about coming on board as the second guitarist for the Adrenaline Mob project, it was understood that every member of the band had other band commitments, most of us having multiple active music projects. We all acknowledged that it would be a challenge to make it work, but we all agreed that the lineup's potential was worth making the necessary compromises in each of our schedules.

"In recent months, it was made clear that after the release of the band's album, scheduling around my previous commitments wasn't going to be possible, and that it would be necessary to make Adrenaline Mob my sole priority. This basically meant that if I was to move forward with the Adrenaline Mob guys, I would only be available to continue on recording and touring with Fozzy, Stuck Mojo and Walking With Kings when the Adrenaline Mob wasn't working. That's a commitment I just couldn't make. So I contacted Mike Portnoy and told him that I would need to step down and allow the band to find a guy who has the ability to fully commit to the project the way they need him to. His response was gracious and completely understanding.

"The experience of playing in a band with Portnoy was amazing. I've never met a more passionate, committed musician all my years, and always a complete gentleman towards me. Playing with musicians of that caliber was an honor and a privilege. I hope they go on to the great things they deserve."

The remaining members of Adrenaline Mob have released the following statement regarding Ward and Dileo's departures from the band:

"The core of this band has always been the three of us. The album was written and recorded that way. We later added Rich and Paul as part of the original touring lineup and we had a blast touring with them. However, they both had other projects and priorities and could not give a full-time commitment to Adrenaline Mob. We're all still friends and we wish them all the best in their other bands, but for now, our focus is entirely on Adrenaline Mob, the release of Omertà on 3/13/12, and hitting the road hard and playing for you all soon!" [Source: Blabbermouth.net]


Queens, New York progressive instrumental trio Dysrhythmia has inked a deal with Profound Lore Records. The band will enter the studio this spring with Dysrhythmia bassist Colin Marston handling production duties to begin recording its next album for a late summer/early fall release. The group states, "We're gonna do our most to make this the best Dysrhythmia [effort] yet."

Dysrhythmia's latest album, Psychic Maps, was released on CD and LP in July 2009 in via Relapse Records.

Dysrhythmia is:

Jeff Eber - Drums
Kevin Hufnagel - Guitar
Colin Marston - Bass

[Source: Blabbermouth.net]


Enemy Remains, the band featuring former Fates Warning drummer Steve Zimmerman, has released its debut album, Two Faces Two Minds.

According to a press release, fans of Fates Warning both old and new will enjoy this album to its entirety, as Two Faces Two Minds is being made available in a number of different formats, including full-length CD and digital download through iTunes with a bonus track called "The Blame."

Two Faces Two Minds sees Enemy Remains adopting "the influences of others" but molding them to create its own identity, thanks to the songwriting chemistry between Zimmerman and longtime bandmate/guitarist Tommy Blardo (formerly of Molten's Lore).

Two Faces Two Minds track listing:

01. Remember Tomorrow
02. Live For Today
03. Upside Down
04. Never Forget
05. Breathe Again
06. Fallen
07. Seasons
08. Buried
09. Holdin' On
10. Drift Away
11. The Blame

Zimmerman appeared on Fates Warning's first three studio albums: 1984's Night On Brocken, 1985's The Spectre Within and 1986's Awaken The Guardian. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]


And some even briefer notes:

- ScienceNV shared that their third album, The Last Album Before The End Of Time, will be released soon [presumably before the end of time -ed.] [Source: ScienceNV]

- Heavy metal group Lord Volture, from the Netherlands, presented a new music video as a Christmas treat to their fans to show their heart-felt appreciation of the positive feedback they so kindly received from different parts of the world last year. It is a video for the "Hearts Of Steel" song from their first album Beast Of Thunder. View it here [Source: Rock 'N' Growl]

- Queensrÿche's classic first full-length album, The Warning, which was originally released on September 7, 1984, will be reissued on limited-edition 180-gram audiophile vinyl with a gatefold cover on February 14, 2012. You can now pre-order the item at Amazon.com. (The Warning was previous re-released on May 6, 2003 with three bonus tracks) [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

- Black Country Communion, the English-American rock supergroup featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Planet X), will enter the studio in June to begin recording its third album for a late 2012 release. [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

- Austrian symphonic metallers Visions Of Atlantis will enter the studio at the end of January to begin recording their fifth album. The group states, "The band is excited and full of energy about all the things coming up the next months!! Expect a major update with information about the studio, producers, official studio diary and more on January 20th just in time before the band starts working on the new album!" [Source: Blabbermouth.net]

- ProgSphere's collaborator Michael Schetter has completed an interview with Cynic's mainman Paul Masvidal during the band's stay in Germany, on December 21st, 2011. Two of them talked about their recent tour, the band's latest EP release (Carbon-Based Anatomy), what it's like working with Sean Malone again, and more. The interview is placed on: www.prog-sphere.com/2012/01/05/interview-with-paul-masvidal-of-cynic/ [Source: Nikola Savic/Prog-Sphere]

- British traditional metal outfit Vendetta are ready to take it to the hilt once more on the 23rd March 2012 with the release of their eagerly awaited third album World Under Fire. Featuring ten scorching tracks, the album has all the hallmarks of its forbearers; blistering solos, pounding drums, steadfast bass and impassioned vocals. Added to this already staple mix is a refined melodic sensibility and additional sonic elements that bring a heightened depth to the band’s sound. [Lion Music] are pleased to release the stunning cover artwork with full album information to follow shortly. [Source: Lion Music]

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