ALBUM REVIEW: James LaBrie – Beautiful Shade of Grey


Having amassed a discography of over twenty albums as the lead vocalist (of which this is the fifth solely under his own name), and nearly two dozen guest appearances across a thirty year professional recording career, you could have forgiven James LaBrie for taking some overdue and well-earned time off when the 2020 Dream Theater world tour was halted. Instead, he and Eden’s Curse (whose Trinity album was adorned by his distinctive a glorious pipes) guitarist Paul Logue began trading the musical ideas that would grow into Beautiful Shade of Gray (InsideOut Music).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Star One – Revel In Time


It’s been twelve years since composer Arjen Lucassen released 2010’s Victims Of The Modern Age under the Star One banner, which in itself was eight years removed from 2002’s Space Metal. Fortunately, the project’s vision remains intact despite its sporadic output with all the tropes that fans have come to expect out in full force on Revel In Time (InsideOut Music). There’s plenty of cheesy Prog goodness to go around informed by Power Metal tempos, crunchy guitars, bombastic keyboards, and a slew of vocalists delivering pop culture Sci-Fi lyrics in over-the-top fashion.

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Dream Theater Rebooks “The Top Of The World Tour” Dates


On the heels of releasing their new album A View From The Top Of The World (InsideOut Music, read our review here) progressive metal legends Dream Theater have rescheduled dates for the tour. The dates will now kick off in Mesa, AZ on February 2nd and run 7 weeks before ending in Austin, TX on March 21st. The tour will also make stops in Los Angeles, CA; Quebec, QC; New York, NY and Dallas, TX among others and will mark the first live performances of music from the band’s latest release A View From The Top Of The World. Arch Echo will be the opener on all dates in the United States and Falset will be the opener on all of the dates in Canada. Information on tickets for all upcoming shows as well as VIP packages can be found at the link below!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dream Theater – A View From The Top Of The World


The fifteenth studio album from prog legends Dream Theater finds the Bostonian act with nothing left to prove but still in the form of their lives. At a mighty seventy minutes in length yet featuring a mere seven tracks, A View From the Top of The World (InsideOut Music) explores and probes new ideas while reinventing the past with gleeful abandon. Complex compositions which could seem forced, unwieldy or contrived in the hands of others, Dream Theater pulls off with unerring and enviable ease.

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Dream Theater Announces their New Album “A View From The Top Of The World”


After much teasing on social media, Progressive Metal legends Dream Theater has announced their new album, their 15th, dubbed A View From The Top Of The World, due out on October 22nd, 2021 via InsideOut Music. The album is composed of seven-songs with artwork created by long-time 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.

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Transatlantic Detail New Album “The Absolute Universe” with New Teaser Trailer


Progressive Rock Supergroup Transatlantic has announced a new album, their fifth, The Absolute Universe’, set for release on February 5th, 2021 via InsideOut Music. The band is comprised of legends Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas, it will be the band’s first new music since 2014’s ‘Kaleidoscope’, with ‘The Absolute Universe’ the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: ‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’ & ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’. Watch the teaser trailer now!Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 123: Derek Sherinian on “The Phoenix”, Prog, and More!


Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend and keyboardist/producer Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater) to chat all about this new solo album, out this week, September 18th, via InsideOut Music. Derek discussed the new album, working with special guests such as Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Kiko Loureiro, Derek’s approach to composition, how he lays down guest tracks for bands around the world every day from his home studio, his with mentor and friend Simon Philips, covering Buddy Miles, a hint at future Sons of Apollo plans, discussing his keyboard heroes from history, and a cool story about Patrick Moraz. Pre-order the album here: https://dereksherinian.lnk.to/ThePhoenix and check out our chat. Continue reading


Devin Townsend Shares “Sprite” Music Video from “Empath – The Ultimate Edition”


Devin Townsend has shared a new music video from his upcoming album Empath – The Ultimate Edition, due out on June 5th via InsideOut Music. This video is part of some of the brand new visuals that make up the accompaniment to Devin’s stunning 5.1 mix that is contained on this new version of “Empath”, and was created by Crystal Spotlight. Watch it now below.

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Devin Townsend is Writing a New Album Right Now!


The most creative force of genius in music today is writing a new album right now! Devin Townsend who has been keeping incredibly busy during the pandemic-enforced quarantine that interrupted his world tour supporting his 2019 album Empath (InsideOut Music). In the meantime, he has launched a crowdfunding campaign, started a podcast series reflecting on his entire career, and held three livestreamed concerts for charity raising thousands of dollars for frontline healthcare workers. Now Devy is starting to write a new album! Even though we are living in terrible times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading