Ep. #324: November Music Mixer

Dream TheaterSo, you’ve just gotten a new podcast, and it turns out, that unlike the one you normally listen to every week, there is no music with a rude guy cutting off your tune-buzz every fifteen minutes or so. This is because this is the first in a hopefully long series of monthly music mixer podcasts that will compliment the usual music filled endeavors.

The mixers will always involve the three main contributors of the When Prog and Power Unite team: Nick, Mason, and Joe, and hopefully will include other DJs or special guests down the line. We will talk about recent and future music news, tell stories, and hit on some interesting musical topics.

On this first mixer our main topic of discussion was Dream Theater, and their forthcoming album, The Astonishing. What we know so far is that it will be a double album, it will be a rock opera, and it will be played in its entirety on the supporting tour. As a bonus, the band is running a huge publicity campaign to get fans interested in the album, which included having fans sign up for the two main factions in advance, and then getting emails from those factions. You can choose your side and get emails from the faction of your choice here. Additionally you can go to a new part of the band’s website here to follow new developments.

Next we discussed Pain of Salvation, and the direction they’ll be taking with a new album next year. You can check them out on Facebook here. They post in regards to the new material reads as follows:

Additionally, following-up on their latest “Road Salt” releases, Pain of Salvation have now started to work on material for a next studio album effort, which will be a concept album that goes back to the band’s harder and heavier roots of the early 2000’s. Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw has checked in with a brief status report on the band’s current activities as follows:

“We have a few gigs on the horizon, but in all honesty, our true focus is on the next studio album right now. Ragnar and I truly enjoy writing music together, and have that sort of completing-each-other’s-sentences dynamics to our writing that I have only found in very few people over the years. We have very creative writing sessions, and we can’t wait for the fans to hear the new material! You’ll see a hungry and strong Pain of Salvation, confidently returning to a harder and heavier form, musically. Still, as always, without losing the intimacy and originality that has been the trademark of the band ever since the first album. Anyone who has witnessed on stage what today’s Pain of Salvation are capable of, will understand how much I am looking forward to show them what we can do in a studio.”

We also talked a bit about Ghost‘s recent appearance on the Late Show with Steven Colbert, playing their song Cirice. You can check out that performance below.

Finally, before concluding with some bad concert experiences, and laying down some rules for good concert etiquette, we talked a bit about the new album from Trivium, Silence in the Snow, which is available here.

As this is the first podcast of this type any feedback from our listeners would be greatly appreciated! Let us know your thoughts on the topics we discussed, or perhaps throw out some interesting topics for our sophomore attempt in December. As of now we only know Transatlantic and Steven Wilson will be in the mix, and the rest could very well be up to you!

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