Berklee College Of Music and Dream Theater Announce Joint Dream Theater Scholarship Fund

Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world, and Progressive Metal masters Dream Theater have announced the Dream Theater Scholarship Fund. In celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary, Dream Theater and Berklee are creating a fund that will provide scholarship money to student musicians in need on an ongoing basis through the future. Recently, alumni John Petrucci ’86 (guitarist) and wife Rena (who recently completed her Berklee online Advanced Guitar Certificate) visited Berklee to tour the production and music studios of the college. This trip was the couple’s first time back to the campus since their son Reny graduated in 2018. While there, they met with Berklee president Roger Brown and discussed the founding of the Dream Theater Scholarship. Continue reading

PODCAST: EPISODE 24 – Tobi of Archspire on Touring, AI Music Bots, and Jason Momoa

Ragin Rosie caught up with Technical Death Metal band Archspire on their recent Tech Trek Tour! The band was on the road performing their entire Relentless Mutation album, out now on Season of Mist. Rosie caught up with guitarist Tobi Morelli about the tour, life on the road, performing their full album live, the AI bot inspired by their music, superfan Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman), and the progress of the new Archspire album. Check it out! Continue reading

Boston’s Aversed To Perform At Chicago Open Air Next Weekend

Boston’s extreme melodic metal band Aversed, has been selected to perform at Chicago Open Air next weekend. As part of Berklee’s Popular Music Institute (BPMI), Aversed frontwoman and current Berklee student Haydee Irizarry, is part of the program which gives students important performance experience and prepares them for the evolving music landscape including music festivals. Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Chronologist – Pioneer

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Progressive metallers Chrononlogist are preparing their new album Cartographer for a December 2nd release. Ghost Cult is proud to bring you the première of their new song ‘Pioneer’ today, which you can stream below: Continue reading

Native Construct Releasing Quiet World In April

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Native Construct is the product of collaboration between Berklee College of Music students in 2011 – guitarist and composer Myles Yang, bassist Max Harchik and vocalist Robert Edens, and have recorded their debut album Quiet World with an April 2015 release date via Metal Blade Records. Stream “Mute” here.

Quiet World was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013 in between the individual band members’ studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. All tracking and programming was done at the band’s home studios in Boston, MA, with the exception of vocals, which were recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC. The album was mixed by Rich Mouser at The Mouse House Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).

A brief listen to Quiet World is enough to make it apparent that there is a concept, here. Though it’s best to let the band explain the album in their own words: “Quiet World is about a guy who loves a girl. The guy is a bit of an odd and eccentric person – an outcast. He’s also a mute, and a little unstable, as it turns out. The girl doesn’t return his feelings, but he can’t bring himself to let go. As his unrequited passion for her devolves into obsession and eventual resentment, his mind begins to slip further and further away. He convinces himself that he can’t be loved because of his condition and abnormalities. So he decides to create for himself a new, fantastic world of which he has complete control – a world where there are no oddballs or outcasts. A world where everyone is surrounded by people who are just like themselves: a much quieter world.

“It’s at this point that the first track of the album, “Mute,” begins. And it turns out that many of the subjects of his new world are not as content living this way as he is. In the second track we see a new character, the Archon, rise up and unite his people in the clouds with the once distant people in the sea. He leads an opposition to “Sinister Silence,” as the people come to call him. The rest of the album unfolds with events within the “Quiet World” and manifestations of the enduring struggle between the Archon and Sinister Silence. The lone exception is track number four, “Your Familiar Face,” which steps out of this world for a moment to give a closer look at the events prior to the first track and the tragedy of Sinister Silence.”

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