John Petrucci announces the forthcoming worldwide release of his second all-instrumentalsolo album, Terminal Velocity, the first solo album by the Dream Theater guitarist to be released in 15 years. The album will be released through The Orchard Music on his Sound Mind Music record label on all digital and streaming platforms on August 28th and on CD and Vinyl on Oct. 30th.
The album sees the return of bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Flying Colors) who played on John’s debut solo album and subsequent G3 tours, as well as, an eagerly anticipated reunion with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, Sons Of Apollo). “It was awesome bringing Dave back to play bass on this album. He is just such a monster player who can handle anything you throw at him with tastefulness and unmatched musicality. His melodic approach to bass lines along with impeccable technique and groove for days really stands out on these tunes.”
Portnoy’s appearance on Terminal Velocity marks the first recording of the guitarist and his former bandmate in over a decade and the first since Portnoy left the band in 2010. “Having Mike play drums on this record was really special for me and he did an absolutely incredible job navigating the various styles and technical challenges my music presented in the way that only he can do. It was very cathartic for the both of us, I think, to be playing music together again after all these years and it really felt great! Mike’s spirited, intuitive and energetic playing truly helped to elevate these new songs to a level that I couldn’t be happier with.”
See the video for Terminal Velocity, below.
“Terminal Velocity was actually the first new song that I wrote for the album when I entered the studio in March of this year. It stemmed from one of the many ideas and seeds that I had collected over the past several years. I literally began with the opening motif and built the rest of song from there. I think it’s a great lead-off single and nicely represents a few of the different stylistic sides of this record that I wanted to explore as a guitar player; The melodic/thematic side, the riffing side, and the shred side.
Mike and Dave both did an amazing job bringing this song to life as well, with all of the energy that they injected when recording their performances.
The video was created by Wayne Joyner who made all of the promotional videos for Dream Theater’s Distance Over Time album as well as all of the 2019/2020 DT live tour visuals including all of the updated Scenes From A Memory video content. The tracking footage of me, Dave and Mike in the studio has a play-through sort of vibe while Wayne did his magic adding amazing 3-D graphics and special visual effects to help tell a story. I think the end result is a really unique and engaging video that captures the song’s energy and definitely does the first single justice. Really excited for people to see and hear this.”
In the beginning of March 2020 while the COVID-19 global pandemic was unrelentingly reeking it’s havoc on the world and especially NY, John started working on the music that would make up Terminal Velocity at the DT Headquarters on Long Island with engineer Jimmy T at the helm. “All DT touring for the rest of the year was either being cancelled or postponed and even though I had already planned on starting the project this Spring, I suddenly found myself with many unanticipated months at home. Jimmy T and I would head into the DTHQ 5 days week for about 2 and a half months and, as I wrote and constructed the new tunes, he was right there capturing it all and turning it into a record. Initially, we programmed drums and shared bass playing responsibilities just to get the ideas to a place where they sounded like completed and cohesive songs but we always anticipating that ‘work in progress’ drums and bass would eventually be replaced.”
The nine songs on Terminal Velocity showcase John’s affinity for writing tightly-weaved guitar instrumental powerhouses that feature everything from monster riff breaks to passion-filled melodic themes worthy of film soundtracks, to all-out shred extravaganzas that leave the listener feeling like they just stepped off of a thrilling musical roller coaster ride. “Much like the songs on my first solo album, Suspended Animation, I wanted the new tunes to really showcase what I’m all about as a player and to give an up-to-date depiction of where I am musically and how I like to express myself on the instrument. It’s about capturing the attitude of the performances and of course as always, very much about capturing the tone that I’ve worked so hard over the years to develop and refine.”
Although a few of the songs that make up Terminal Velocity were actually written quite a long time ago and even played live but never properly recorded, over half the album’s content is new music that John created while in the studio during the quarantine. “I believe that making this record when I did really helped me to maintain a sense of stability and normalcy during such a crazy time in our history.” “It was encouraging for me and my family to embrace something so hopeful and positive as we faced a very uncertain future in the music industry and in the world and for that, I am truly grateful for having music be such a big part of my life.”
Limited colored 2LP-Vinyl (Clear & Black Metallic and Metallic Silver & Black) signed by John Petrucci, as well as signed CD-Digipaks (limited to 200 copies) will be exclusively available at Newbury Comics and can be ordered now, here.
Terminal Velocity track listing:
1.Terminal Velocity 2.The Oddfather 3.Happy Song 4.Gemini 5.Out Of The Blue 6.Glassy-Eyed Zombies 7.The Way Things Fall 8.Snake In My Boot 9.Temple Of Circadia
Petrucci’s debut solo album, Suspended Animation, originally released in 2005 on his Sound Mind Music label, was recently made available on all digital and streaming platforms for the first time through The Orchard Music. The album features Dave LaRue on bass and Dave DiCenso and Tony Verderosa on drums.
Supergroup The Wheelblocks featuring Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-Lence, ex Machinehead), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), and Josh V (Three 6 Mafia) release a cover track, Iron Maiden’s Aces High, today through The Orchard/Madison Records. Watch the music video, featuring footage of each band member in quarantine, below. Then, go stream and purchase the track here
“Once again in the middle of a pandemic, I had the honor of getting together with some amazing musicians to play a cover of one of my favorite band’s best songs!” exclaims The Wheelblocks singer Chris Jericho. “Aces High is not only one of the hardest vocals I’ve ever had the pleasure of singing in a studio, they were even harder to record while I was flying a fighter plane. As a result, I think the power (slave) of this song fits perfectly into the hard rock world of today and I’m excited to see Aces High fly as high up the charts as the protagonist of the song itself! So head up the runway, let off a shot burst and up The Wheelblocks!”
Along with Jericho, The Wheel Blocks are heavily loaded with talent, attitude, and swagger. Nita Strauss, frequently on the covers of world wide print magazines, has had a successful solo career and is the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper. Phil Demmel rose to fame playing lead guitar in Machine Head between 2002 and 2018, making him their longest running member in that position. Johnny Christ is bass player and fan favorite for powerhouse metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Rounding out the line up is Josh V, touring drummer for Three 6 Mafia.
Chris Jericho has established himself as a multi-faceted talent with tens of millions of fans worldwide. Jericho is the lead singer of the internationally successful rock band Fozzy, which will be releasing their eighth full-length album coming Spring 2021. The pop culture icon is also one of the most recognized pro wrestlers, having built a world-renowned wrestling career, first with World Wrestling Entertainment and now with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Additionally, Jericho is the host of the widely popular Talk Is Jericho podcast, as well as The Rock Of Jericho weekly radio show on SiriusXM Octane. He is also a four-time New York Times best-selling author, actor, and runs the entertainment news site Web Is Jericho.
On September 17th, Six String Salute will premiere a virtual concert to support and celebrate the touring and venue crews who are the backbone of live music and depend on shows to make a living. Six String Salute will bring together guitarists and guitar-centric bands to share exclusive performances and great rock and roll stories in support of Crew Nation, a global relief fund for live music crews.
The debut of the event will stream worldwide exclusively on Live Nation’s YouTube channel and Live From Home platform, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting Crew Nation.
Artists confirmed to appear include: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Vai, Tommy Shaw (Styx) with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Halestorm, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Joe Satriani, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, TSO), Frank Hannon (Tesla), the triple guitar attack of Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, plus Richard Williams (Kansas), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Jennifer Batten, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cropper, Jesse Dayton, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Nick Perri (The Underground Thieves), Sammy Boller, Ross the Boss, Joyous Wolf and more.
Additionally, a number of crew members from prominent bands will also share their stories and tales from the road throughout the evening.
Six String Salute will be hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Black (The Chop Shop).
Limited edition merchandise will be available with proceeds benefiting Crew Nation. Fans can also make a direct donation to Crew Nation via the event website. Crew Nation is powered byMusic Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, which is administering the fund.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting them until we can once again unite millions around the world through the power of live music.
Judas Priest frontman,, Rob Halford, has finished recording the audiobook version of his autobiography, Confess.
The tome will arrive on September 29th through Hachette Books. Pre-orders are now available at Amazon.
Known as “The Metal God” by his devoted, global fan base, Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling, heartfelt and honest look at the struggles Rob has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy.
Written with Ian Gittins, co-writer of The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, the book charts Halford’s rock and roll lifestyle from the late eighties to the band’s 50th anniversary in 2020.
Halford explained, “‘Confess is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to expose every facet of myself. Digging deep with nothing to hide and nothing to fear was in many ways exciting, fun, disturbing, terrifying and cathartic. I’ve held nothing back. It’s time for me to Confess.”
Headline Publishing’s publishing director Sarah Emsley, who acquired world rights from Dave Daniel at CSA for Confess, said, “I have a real passion for warts-and-all, career-spanning autobiographies from icons of the music world and Rob Halford’s story is truly incredible. Covering seven action-packed decades, the early material from Confess is stunning. We cannot wait to publish Rob’s book around the globe next year.”
Wildly regarded as innovators of the musical genre which came to be known as Heavy Metal, legendary Birmingham-bred Black Sabbath celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020 of their multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5-LP edition released on October 9, featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts.
Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour. The collection is available for pre-order now at the Rhino.com store for $109.98.
After the success of the band’s self-titled debut in early 1970, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward returned that fall with Paranoid. The record became the band’s first album to top the U.K. charts and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. Today, songs like War Pigs, Planet Caravan, Iron Man, and of course, Paranoid, continue to inspire a new generation of musicians around the world.
Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition first two LPs feature the original album plus a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, the Quad Mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set.
The collection’s final three LPs mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31st in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band, already a tight musical unit, thundering through new songs like Hand Of Doom and Iron Man while mixing in N.I.B. and Behind The Wall Of Sleep from their debut album. The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s performance for Belgian television. Unofficial versions of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good.
Black Sabbath Paranoid Super Deluxe 5-LP Boxed Set Track Listings:
LP 1: Original Album:
Side A: War Pigs/Luke’s Wall Paranoid Planet Caravan Iron Man
Side B: Electric, Funeral Hand Of Doom, Rat Salad, Jack The Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots
LP 2: Quadradisc Mix in Stereo (WS4 1887) 1974:
Side C: War Pigs / Luke’s Wall, Paranoid, Planet Caravan, Iron Man
Side D: Electric Funeral, Hand Of Doom, Rat Salad, Jack The Stripper /Fairies Wear Boots”
LP 3: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part One):
Side E: Intro, Paranoid, N.I.B., Behind The Wall Of Sleep
Side F: Iron Man, War Pigs
LP 4: Live in Montreux 1970 (Part Two)/Live in Brussels 1970 (Part One):
Side G: Fairies Wear Boots, Hand Of Doom
Side H: Paranoid, Hand Of Doom, Rat Salad, Iron Man
LP 5: Live in Brussels 1970 (Part Two)
Side J: Black Sabbath N.I.B.
Side K: Behind The Wall Of Sleep War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots
Guitarist George Lynch recently spoke with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio and stated that he will no longer be creating music under the moniker of Lynch.
When asked if he will be making new music with the band, following on the heels of their 30th anniversary re-imagined version of their debut album, Wicked Sensation. Lynch replied (via blabbermouth.net), “No, we are not, actually. We had an opportunity to, but… With everything going on right now in the world, it was really sort of an epiphany moment. I just kind of woke up and said, ‘You know, I think with this record, this is our swan song. I think this would be a good place to exit the stage.’ We’ve created this bookend — answer to the first record.”
He continued, “The name itself, of course, has always been problematic, and now it’s inexcusable to keep the name. So, things have just sort of all conspired. A lot of different events triangulated to this point where it just makes sense on every single level to just let it go and wrap it up with and nice neat bow with this record and move on.”
Lynch also added that there will will not be any more live performances or recordings under theband name, either.
“I’m not gonna tour anymore with that name or put out any more records with that name,” he said. “I’ll probably still play with some of the same people; we’ll just call it something else. I’m just finishing up my fourth album for this year, so I’ve got plenty of projects that I can do. And I’m starting a fourth KXM record later this summer. And I’ve got an instrumental record coming out, and another project I did with Jeff Pilson called Heavy Hitters, which is really interesting. It’s two songs from [each of] the last five decades that we re-interpreted and reimagined, again, and had a lot of fun with. So we have everything on there from Little Richard to Madonna to Timbaland to Duran Duran — just all kinds of different music that we had fun with. And so there may be a series of those records. We just finished the first volume, and we may be doing a series of those. So, I’ve got a lot of other projects that keep me busy.”
Wicked Sensation Reimagined is being released as a special limited print/deluxe anniversary edition of the album available through Rat Pak Records on August 28th (also available in Japan via Marquee/Avalon). The twelve-track album features re-worked and re-recorded versions of their 1990 classic. The album is available in multiple bundle configurations including: a limited print Yellow and Black splatter vinyl (Limited to 500), hand autographed CD bundles and cassettes and more. The various album bundles are now available for pre-order at: www.ratpakrecords.com/lynchmob. The album can also be ordered digitally via iTunes at https://smarturl.it/LynchMobws30. Fans that order the album digitally via iTunes will receive an instant download of Wicked Sensation (Reimagined).
To view a track list, and to read more about this special release, please click here.