Dream Theater bassist John Myung shared 5 tips for upcoming bassists. Check out the full piece over at MusicRadar.“If six string bass interests you, you could always see it as a four-string and play it as a four-string. That’s always how I saw it. The extra strings are there for creative purposes. You will accidentally hit a note that wasn’t normally available on a four-string and it might really sound cool.”
Check out this new version of Dream Theater’s ‘Our New World’ featuring Lizzy Hale from Halestorm! You can grab a digital copy of the song right here.
“Practice outside your comfort zone. Try improvising in keys like Ab – non-typical guitar keys – and that might force you to do things you might not normally gravitate towards because it all seems unfamiliar.” Dream Theater‘s John Petrucci has given MusicRadar an exclusive behind the scenes look at his touring rig as well as some advice for aspiring guitarists. Read the full feature over at MusicRadar.
Dream Theater, have debuted their official music video for, “Our New World,” taken from their critically acclaimed double concept album, The Astonishing. The video, which premiered with The Wall Street Journal, highlights the band’s immersive and interactive live show and captures the prog-virtuosos’ transcendent performances from their recent world tour. Watch the official video for “Our New World” HERE.
Consisting of 34 tracks spread across 2 unique acts, The Astonishing debuted atop Billboard’s “Rock” and “Hard Rock” album charts, marking the group’s third No. 1 “Hard Rock” album following Black Clouds & Silver Linings and 2013’s self-titled LP. “Even for a group that has blazed new trails consistently, there’s never been anything to compare to The Astonishing, the full-blown rock-opera, jumbo-size concept album… Put simply, the new release lives up to its title in every way imaginable,” exclaimed Rolling Stone.
Recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing, studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering/mixing and legendary arranger, composer and conductor David Campbell orchestrating, The Astonishing paints a tale of a retro-futurist post-apocalyptic dystopia ruled by medieval style feudalism. It’s a place aching for a Chosen One to rise above the noise and defeat an Empire defined by the endless drone of noise machines and the illusion of safety in bland conformity.
The Astonishing is available now at all DSP’s is also available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard 2-CD set, 4-LP vinyl box set and a limited edition deluxe box set, all of which are currently available via Dream Theater’s webstore.
Dream Theater, the critically acclaimed masters of progressive music with over 12 million records sold worldwide and sold out performances across the globe, have recently released their most immersive and experiential journey to date – a double CD rock-opera entitled The Astonishing. The multiple Grammy nominated American band continues to garner attention around the world topping numerous reader’s polls in international, industry-leading publications such as BURRN!, Guitar World and Loudwire. Their 1999 concept album, Scenes From A Memory was recently voted “Favorite Prog Rock Album of All Time” in Rolling Stone magazine scoring a landslide victory and further securing their place as one of progressive rock’s most original, triumphant and iconic musical partnerships. As one of the most relentlessly focused bands in music today, with one of the most loyal fanbases, Dream Theater has undertaken their most ambitious project to date.
The Astonishing tells the story of a dystopian future, where music and the arts are no longer created by humans but instead are artificially manufactured by the Noise Machines or NOMACS. In a world where it’s citizens are secure in their illusion of safety, rendered possible only through bland conformity enforced by a tyrannical leadership under the rule of Lord Nafaryus, music has all but been forgotten and instead it is the dulling cacophony of the ever-watchful NOMACS that permeates the souls of it’s inhabitants. In this setting, Gabriel, a young man from the peaceful outlying village of Ravenskill, emerges as “The Savior” blessed with the transformative gift of music – a divine and mystical gift so profound that it so greatly moves everyone fortunate enough to be touched by it. He becomes known as “The Chosen One” and represents hope and freedom, providing inspiration for his people that a better life beyond this desperate existence truly does exist out there. Led by his brother Arhys, the Commander of The Ravenskill Rebel Militia, Gabriel’s talent and presence brings new opposition into the political setting of the Great Northern Empire of the Americas (G.N.E.A.) and through an unlikely alliance, helps to lead the people of Ravenskill in a revolution against Nafaryus and his tyrannical rule.
Turbo Tape Games (TTG) is based in Bergen, Norway, and is the oldest and most established game developer in western Norway. The company has a string of strategy games under its belt, having released titles such as Full Cycle, Naval War, UHR: Warlords and, the 3rd of March, the complete edition of Warhammer: Arcane Magic for iOS, Android, PC and Mac. Dream Theater is proud to partner with Turbo Tape Games, and the duo looks forward to releasing one of the most unique and enjoyable playing experiences in recent gaming history.
The game is based on the album’s story, setting, and characters, giving players an opportunity to further experience the world of Ravenskill and the G.N.E.A. while battling Empirical forces and securing man-made artistry’s place in the futuristic world set forth in the universe of The Astonishing. Tactical gameplay and a storyline that progresses with the player make this a can’t-miss experience for gamers and music fans alike. The game will share core gameplay mechanics with TTG’s critically acclaimed UHR: Warlords, with several enhancements for this new project. The game will be available as a free download for iOS, Android, PC and Mac expected in late April, 2016. – with a one-time fee to continue playing past the first two missions. The game features both single-player and multi-player pass-and-play same-device functionality.
Two additional Downloadable Content Packs (DLCs) are planned for the game, and are to release shortly after the original launch.
For more information on the game and to sign up for the Newsletter, which will also reward you with a free in-game item upon release, please go to turbotapegames.com
“I’ve always employed a melodic style with my leads, placing strong emphasis on infusing romantic sensibilities into what I’m trying to say.” Dream Theater’s John Petrucci shares his 5 top tips for guitarist over at MusicRadar.
Dream Theater recently released their latest album ‘The Astonishing’ which went to no.11 in the UK album charts.