Metal may not get the wealth of recognition that other genres receive, but the big category that every metalhead music fan should be paying attention to is the Best Metal Performance category. The nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards were just announced and there's a diverse group of acts populating the category.
Dream Theater's new DVD ‘Live at Luna Park’ recently entered at No. 1 on the Soundscan music DVD chart. Filmed in Argentina during the final leg of their A Dramatic Tour of Events in 2011, the DVD / Blu-Ray release comes in a variety of editions including a deluxe set that features a 60-page hardback photo book. Loudwire recently had the chance to speak with the band's guitarist John Petrucci about the new release, as well as their plans for their 2014 tour.
This is it! We've made it to the final round of our Greatest Metal Bassist competition. Having started with 32 bassists, we're now down to only two. This matchup is for the gold and we couldn't have asked for a much better final pairing than this!
We've got two semifinal battles for you to vote on and both feature incredibly intriguing matchups. In this first battle, two of the genre's most progressive bassists go head-to-head for a spot in the finals.
Ready for our first quarterfinal matchup? We've got a tough one for you right off the bat, pitting an original master against a technical virtuoso.
It was another good week for heavy music, with pioneers of two different metal genres landing in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Dream Theater's self-titled album cracks the chart at No. 7, while Metallica's 'Through the Never' soundtrack debuts at No. 9. Additionally, 'Dream Theater' grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Hard Rock Albums chart.
Get ready for an insanely difficult decision in this Round 2 battle between two ultra-technical wizards.
The first introductory strains of the “False Awakening Suite,” which kick off Dream Theater's new self-titled album (due Sept. 24) seems to actually transport the listener into a theater. Images come to mind of the lights going down in some wildly ornate medieval house of drama, the orchestra has signaled the overture, and it is time for the massive sweep of something liberating, powerful and profound to roll forth.