Lybica, featuring Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage, shares ‘Oktavist’ visualizer

Lybica, a n instrumental band from South Florida that blends flavorful guitar melody with powerful metallic crunch and which features Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley on guitar, will release its self-titled debut on Sept. 16, 2022, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order it here. The band has dropped the visualizer for "Oktavist," which can be seen below. "Different versions of 'Oktavist' were kicking around in my 'ideas' folder... Continue Reading →

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci adds more dates to solo tour

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has added more dates to his first headlining solo tour. Shows in Boston, Massachusetts (Oct. 7), New York, New York (Oct. 13) and Washington, D.C. (Oct. 15) were announced in July 2022, and fans demanded more performances after learning that the tour would feature former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and legendary bassist Dave LaRue all... Continue Reading →

John Petrucci announces solo tour with Mike Portnoy on drums

John Petrucci, best known as the guitarist of progressive metal band Dream Theater, will embark on his first headlining solo tour later in 2022. Petrucci will perform material from his recently released album "Terminal Velocity," as well as songs from his debut release, "Suspended Animation." "Terminal Velocity" marked the first time that Petrucci and former Dream Theater drummer Mike... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: John 5 & The Haxans – 05/15/22 – Rams Head on Stage – Annapolis, Maryland

LIVE PHOTOS: John 5, The Haxans—By Greg Maki—Rams Head on Stage, in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, is such a strange place for a rock show. With the audience seated at tables in a small room, it feels more like a comedy club than a concert venue. The night’s opener, The Haxans, leaned into the unusual setting,... Continue Reading →

Animals as Leaders shares new song ‘Gordian Naught’

Instrumental trio Animals as Leaders has released "Gordian Naught," the third single from its upcoming album "Parrhesia" (March 25, 2022, Sumerian Records; pre-order here). The song can be found on DSPs here and is accompanied by a visualizer that can be viewed below. "This song attempts to put a soundtrack to the metaphor of 'untying an impossibly... Continue Reading →

Kirk Hammett to release instrumental solo EP ‘Portals’ on April 23

Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett will release "Portals," a four-song instrumental EP and will celebrate Record Store Day with its worldwide release exclusively at local independent retailers and in Metallica's online store on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Available across digital platforms, on CD and as an Ocean Blue Vinyl EP (including a download card), you... Continue Reading →

Animals as Leaders announces ‘Parrhesia Tour’

Instrumental trio Animals as Leaders has announced "The Parrhesia Tour," which will hit 19 cities across the United States to accompany the band's upcoming album of the same name. This tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature two sets by the progressive metal outfit, one of which will feature the new album "Parrhesia" (out on March 25, 2022,... Continue Reading →

Periphery members’ death metal act Haunted Shores to release debut LP ‘Void’ on March 11

Haunted Shores, the instrumental death metal-tinged outfit featuring Periphery’s Mark Holcomb and Misha Mansoor, will release its debut full-length, "Void," on March 11, 2022, via 3DOT Recordings. The album is the follow-up to the 2015 "Viscera" EP. The duo has released the song "Hellfire" as the first preview of the eight-song collection. “We’re proud to announce... Continue Reading →

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