Friday, August 27, 2010

Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER have announced BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS as the title of their tenth studio album. The band commenced work on the album - their second for Roadrunner Records, following up 2007's Systematic Chaos - in October of last year.

Roadrunner will release the record on June 23. In addition to the standard version CD, the album will also be available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that will include the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs, the titles of which will be revealed at a later date.

Six weeks prior to the June 23 street date, Roadrunner will release one cover song per week through digital retailers.

Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again at the helm as producers, whilePaul Northfield mixed the record.

The band will embark on a world tour in support of the album beginning in Europe throughout June which will be followed by the second edition of the band's PROGRESSIVE NATION tour featuringZappa Plays Zappa, Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish throughout North America in July/August.

A video for the first single, "A Rite of Passage" will be shot in late March.

The track listing for BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS is as follows:

  1. A Nightmare to Remember
  2. A Rite of Passage
  3. Wither
  4. The Shattered Fortress
  5. The Best of Times
  6. The Count of Tuscany
"Drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment) and comedian Don Jamieson (That Metal Show) will appear together on tonight's edition of Caffeine Bomb.

Make sure you tune in at 7:00 p.m. EDT tonight, August 23, to 91.7 FM WHUS in Eastern Connecticut, or stream live at

Caffeine Bomb is hosted by Roger Lotring, a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the pages of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Metal Edge, Shock Wave, Zero and Burn magazines.

Roger is the co-author of "Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics." He is also the author of various CD liner notes, including the Motley Crue box set, "Music to Crash Your Car To, Volume 2."

91.7 WHUS is a commercial-free college and community-based radio station broadcasting from the University of Connecticut.

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