Sonic Perspectives

Sonic Perspectives

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What do you do when your band is on a break, and you’re used to playing a million notes every night? If your name is Jordan Rudess, the answer is: you go out on a solo tour and play a million other notes per show. 

Dream Theater finished a successful run of shows in Europe and North America, promoting their latest release, “A View from the Top of The World”. The tour will resume in South America in a few months, and they will set t...

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For 37 years, TESLA continues to write, record, and tour to the excitement of their fans. In 2014 they released a stellar straight-up, hard-rocking album, “Simplicity” and then in 2019 released “Shock, a rock album but with a bit more polished and shine. It was written and recorded while on tour in hotels, backstage, and on buses with Phil Collen of Def Leppard at the production helm, and layered with tons of lush guitar work and ...

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Fozzy released their new album, “Boombox”, last May 6th, 2021. The album features two Top 10 singles, “Nowhere to Run” and “Sane.”

“Boombox” sees Fozzy returning with a diverse, attitude-drenched collection of songs. It’s everything the band’s faithful followers have come to expect from the band while pushing their signature sound forward. Songs like “I Still Burn” and “Ugly on the Inside” explode with the crunchy, rousing guitar a...

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This whole trip was chaos,” confides a visibly exhausted Timo Kotipelto. The reserved but charismatic Stratovarius front-man and I are tucked away in a corner at the lobby of the Sonesta Midtown hotel, spitting distance from popular ProgPower USA breakfast spot The Silver Skillet. The pair and their band-mates are about twelve hours removed from their blistering headliner spot at Night Two of  the festival, which is back in full s...

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will be releasing “Live At Studios 60, exclusive vinyl for Record Store Day on June 18th. It’s their first-ever double live LP featuring their entire 2022 album, “4;” plus performances of the group’s Top 5 Rock Radio Hits, including “You’re A Lie,” “World on Fire,” “Anastasia,” and “Driving Rain.” Copies of this will undoubtedly not last long on the shelf due to its limited releas...

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Michael Monroe has long been at the forefront of breaking musical barriers from Hanoi Rocks to his successful solo career. He returns with his highly anticipated album; “I Live Too Fast to Die Young,” due out on June 10th via Silver Lining Music.

“I Live Too Fast to Die Young” Album Artwork

In an era where the pandemic and war are seamless bookends to a continually crazy society, Michael and his band Steve Conte (guitars), Rich Jon...

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Just over a year ago Evergrey released “Escape of the Phoenix,” an album that was not only the band’s greatest commercial success, but was also widely acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2021. At Sonic Perspectives, we rated it number one. While many other bands would have been content to rest and revel in the accolades pouring in, these Swedish metallers have proven that they are still filled with creative ambition more than tw...

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Skid Row has always been one of the hardest working bands in the metal / hard rock circuit, but their touring schedule in 2022 is absolutely insane, even for their standards. With over sixty shows booked until the end of the year and hitting all corners of the world, it seems that nothing can stop these New Jerseyans.

There’s also new music in the front: the band has put the final touches on a new album, entitled “The Gang’s All He...

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John5 is one of the hardest working musicians on the planet, and to prove it, he will be heading out on his Spring/Summer 2022 Sinner North American Tour before a Rob Zombie tour this summer. Johns‘ tour starts in California on April 19th and takes him through June, ending in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Supporting many of his shows along the way will his Rob Zombie touring partner Piggy aka Count D, with his solo band, The Haxans. W...

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Some collaborations do take time to mature and to come into fruition. In the case of James LaBrie and Paul Logue, it took 11 years for their album to finally be concluded. Their story began in 2011, when James lent his voice to a song called “No Holy Man”, from Paul‘s band, UK melodic metal outfit Eden’s Curse.  The pair remained in touch through the years, and the idea of making an album together was always in the back of their mi...

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The march of time may bring about change, but the memory of those who lived the glory days of thrash metal in the 1980s don’t have to settle for a future that doesn’t possess the music they love, at least if Germany’s own thrash titans Destruction have anything to say on the matter. Having been left with little avenue for touring over the past 2 years due to Covid restrictions putting the economy of Europe at a near standstill, bas...

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The career of music producer Terry Brown will always be indelibly linked to that of Canadian power trio Rush. Having worked with Jimi Hendrix, The Who and many others, Terry’s affiliation with Rush helped to shape the trio’s sound, and captured their wildest ideas into musical form, during what many define as their “golden era”. From the band’s debut album all the way to “Signals”, they forged a sonic alliance that would take Geddy...

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PROGJECT also dubbed “The Ultimate Prog Rock Experience” is the brainchild of drummer extraordinaire Jonathan Mover. Jonathan is not only a session drummer to the stars but has performed with some heavyweight artists like Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, GTR, and Marillion, to name just a few.

The idea for PROGJECT came to fruition in 2019 when get got a last-minute rescue call to play with the Genesis tribute band, The Music...

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There is no such thing as being too late to the party when it comes to hard rock, and few know this better than Kurt Deimer, who seemingly came out of nowhere a few months back and unleashed an EP’s worth of familiar yet highly unique odes to the aforementioned style. More discerning minds may well recall this enigmatic bass appearing in such noted films as Halloween (2018) and Trading Paint, alongside such auspicious names as John...

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Memphis May Fire need no introduction whatsoever. Their genre-defining take on metalcore that has spanned 16 years still has a grip on the metal world, and that grip doesn’t seem to be loosening at all. On June 3rd, the 4-piece will be unleashing their 7th record “Remade In Misery”, crushing any beliefs that the band is ‘going soft’. Diving back into their roots and getting in touch with their younger selves, but with the wisdom of...

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ENVY OF NONE, the new band from Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Andy Curran (CONEY HATCH), Alfio Annibalini and singer Maiah Wynne, will release its self-titled debut album on April 8 via Kscope. Through its 11 tracks, the group explores a wide array of styles, with enticing vocal melodies, pop hooks and atmospheric passages.

The genesis of the band came from a session where Andy was going to give advice to Maiah about how to kickstart her mu...

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There is something to be said for sticking to one’s proverbial guns when times get tough, and few know that better than Cage and Death Dealer screamer Sean Peck. Sharing a birth year with the godfather of grunge Kurt Cobain, his would be a far different path of swimming against the tide of detractors of old school heavy metal in the West Coast of the U.S. to forge a sound in the 90s that many would say belonged to the prior decade....

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Michael Romeo is back! Four years after his first proper solo album, “War of the Worlds, Pt. 1” was released, the sequel is finally among us. Romeo kept the same rhythm session as the first album – bassist John ‘JD’ DeServio and drummer John Macaluso – but added singer Dino Jelusick to the fold. The new release, “War of the Worlds, Pt. 2” maintains the same mix of styles of the first one, with heavy riffing and light speed solos be...

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With 43 years of music under their belts and a demanding yet extremely dedicated fan base, MARILLION‘s approach to making music remains fresh to this day. Granted, the pandemic made their writing process a little bit more complicated than usual, but they came out of it with yet another incredible offering. Entitled “Ah Hour Before It’s Dark”, their 20th studio album was released on this past March 4th, and sees the band addressing ...

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Andy Timmons is gearing up to add another highlight to his storied career by releasing his newest solo album “Electric Truth” on April 1st as an independent release.

The upcoming album features all-new material from Andy since “Resolution” in 2006 and “Theme From A Perfect World” with the Andy Timmons’ Band in 2016.  “Electric Truth” is a diverse blues, rock, and jazz album that vibrates the heart and soul with melody, a rare combi...

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