DREAM THEATER Vocalist Unveils New Solo Track ‘Agony’, Now Available For StreamingWednesday, 19th June 2013
Today, DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has premiered “Agony”, a song from his new solo album, Impermanent Resonance, which will be released on August 6 in North America and July 29 in Europe via InsideOut Music.
The follow-up to 2010′s Static Impulse was once again conceived with LaBrie’s songwriting partner for over a dozen years, Matt Guillory. Guillory not only took the leading role in composing the material, he also handled all of the keyboards and background vocals. Impermanent Resonance was once again mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street recording studios (KREATOR, OPETH, PARADISE LOST, SYMPHONY X) with Jens Bogren and this time also Tony Lindgren. Visually, Canadian LaBrie hooked up with Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND, KAMELOT) to capture and translate the album’s atmosphere into the striking artwork.
The album’s lineup is intact from the previous recording, featuring Marco Sfogli from Italy on guitar, Ray Riendeau (HALFORD, MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE) on bass and Swedish drummer Peter Wildoer (DARKANE, MAJESTIC), who was a finalist in the DREAM THEATER drum auditions. Additionally, former SOILWORK guitarist Peter Wichers came into the fold to contribute songwriting and studio guitars.
“To me, this album incorporates and continues with the styles and musical direction that we have created with the previous releases,” says James LaBrie. “The difference being that the music on this disc is to me a true telling of the songs evolving and taking on a sense of identity that is every band’s ultimate goal. It is powerful, memorable, hook-driven and above all extremely musical. It shows how the writing and the band itself have matured. I truly feel that this is our quintessential album.”
Some of the other songs included on Impermanent Resonance, which combines the heaviness of Gothenburg-sound influenced progressive metal with the catchiness of contemporary rock, are “Back On The Ground”, “Undertow”, “I Got You” and “Amnesia”.
Impermanent Resonance recording lineup:
James LaBrie – Lead Vocals
Matt Guillory – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marco Sfogli – Guitars
Ray Riendeau – Bass
Peter Wildoer – Drums, Screams