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Liquid Tension Experiment Announce details for new album ‘LTE3’

Liquid Tension Experiment Announce details for new album ‘LTE3’

Album due out March 26th, 2021

2020 came to a close with LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT announcing their return and new album to be released on InsideOutMusic. Today, the legendary supergroup comprised of Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) are pleased to officially announce that the new album ‘LTE3’ will be released on March 26th, 2021 via InsideOutMusic, twenty-two years after the bands’ last studio album. 

“After over 20 years since the last time we recorded together, the four of us stepped into the studio and it was as if no time had passed at all! All of the magic that made the first two LTE albums so special was still there and we had such a great time making this record. I’m extremely proud of what we created together and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

-John Petrucci 

“The best thing to come out of 2020 was this long-awaited reunion! And it was surely worth the wait as after all these years, the magic chemistry was still there and stronger than ever!”

-Mike Portnoy 

Liquid Tension Experiment Announce details for new album ‘LTE3’

Tracklisting: 

1. Hypersonic (8:22)

2. Beating The Odds (6:09)

3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)

4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)

5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)

6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)

7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)

8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)

Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.

The pre-order will start on January 22nd 2021 and the album will be available as:

•Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 artcards, Blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)

•Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook

•Limited 2CD Digipak

•Gatefold black 2LP+CD

• Digital album (2CD)

Watch the recently released teaser trailer, created by Christian Rios, here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRvCuDIMIzo&feature=youtu.be

In 1997, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, joined forces to create Liquid Tension Experiment. The foursome would release their iconic, self-titled debut album in 1998 and the dazzling follow-up, LTE2 in 1999, creating a dynamic, frantic, and inventive sound all their own. The incredible creativity between the collective would prompt Petrucci and Portnoy to invite Rudess to join Dream Theater, effectively marking the end of this side project.  However, since that time, there have been few reunions more in demand. Now, with the world in lockdown and calendars unexpectedly aligned, the inconceivable has finally happened… a new Liquid Tension Experiment album. 

TONY LEVIN online:

https://www.facebook.com/tonylevinofficial

https://twitter.com/tonylevin

https://www.instagram.com/tonylevin/

JOHN PETRUCCI online:

https://www.facebook.com/johnpetrucciFB

https://twitter.com/JPetrucci

https://www.instagram.com/johnpetrucciofficial/

MIKE PORTNOY online:

https://www.facebook.com/mikeportnoyofficial

https://twitter.com/MikePortnoy

https://www.instagram.com/mikeportnoy/

JORDAN RUDESS online:

https://www.facebook.com/jordanrudessofficial

https://twitter.com/Jcrudess

https://www.instagram.com/jcrudess/

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Quick Questions With Esteban

Quick Questions With Esteban

UK Desert Funk band Esteban recently released their new album, Jackpot Motel. I caught up with them to ask them the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

Quick Questions With Esteban

Ricky Houghton – Bass
1. Who inspired you to start playing?

As a Bass player strangely it was JimI Hendrix. i thought he was the coolest guy ever so i wanted to try and do what he did, but found myself naturally drawn to the bass. My parents had a few Beatles Tapes & Lp’s I had grown up with so the bass lines of Paul McCartney seemed a good place to start. After that i just took in as much bass heavy music as i could from Primus to the Wailers.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

My Lakland Jo Osborne bass. I have always either played Fenders or Warwick basses. When things started to take off for us musically i was always reading about Lakland basses on bass forums, I cheekily emailed them and managed to get one from them directly and it hasnt left my side since. Its been faultless on tour going from cold van to hot venue again and again and just always manages to stay in tune. In the studio it just sits nicely in the mix. No bells or whistles, just a really solid Jazz bass. The bass is about 16 years old now and to me sounds better than ever.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

In search of lost time by Proteje … He’s always been one of the nearly men of modern reggae, a few good tunes, this album just hits the spot, spirituality, big beats and good vibes.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Bootsy Collins – Nobody has better feel than Boosty… Whether its in a hip hop sample, JB record or P Funk you cant help but dance to Bootsy

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Just live, breathe and eat music, soak up as much different music as you can. As a bass player work on developing the rhythm section of your band, listen to how guys like Bonham and John Paul John, or Sly and Robbie play

 

Liam Ryan – Guitar
1. Who inspired you to start playing?

The early 90s had such a massive influence on me. It was a great time for guitar-based music and it felt like there were many cool cultural shifts happening musically. I just remember an endless stream of new music at the time and so many influential bands/artists to be discovered (new and old). However, it was John Frusciante’s playing style on the album Blood Sugar Sex Magic that had the biggest impact on me.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

It’s probably a bit too obvious to choose a guitar… and it would be very easy for me to choose my PRS that has played hundreds of gigs and never let me down… but it’s an acoustic guitar that I truly couldn’t live without. Pretty much everything I create musically follows the same process; curled up on the sofa with an acoustic guitar where I can truly lose myself!

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Honestly, I’ve not really listened to a lot of new stuff recently. Although, I’m enjoying The New Abnormal by The Strokes. I’m glad those guys are still doing their own thing. There is something authentic and honest about their music which is really refreshing. It’s like they’re too cool to care about what the listener thinks… Which for some reason really appeals to me.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

We are so lucky to live in a time where lessons are so accessible online for us guitarists. It’s almost become too easy to expand your musical knowledge. That said, it’s also a time where we can easily be distracted and consumed by ‘stuff’ that gets in the way of progress. So, for me it’s more about finding the right headspace and motivation so I’ll go with Aristotle! But if he’s busy, I’ll have a 1:1 with Jimmy Page please 🙂

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Never stop learning, but use your ears first and foremost… and always go with your gut!

We’re releasing a few songs/remixes from our new album Jackpot Motel. Be sure to follow us for the latest music https://open.spotify.com/artist/3GXTHMLDq1SxKYP3h82iyt?si=jh6sgRbTR3edeh4CRMuLnw

YouTube – https://youtube.com/channel/UCjNENpAKFGiXFwtPFx0OAvQ

Instagram – https://instagram.com/weareesteban

Facebook – https://facebook.com/weareesteban/

Website – https://www.weareesteban.com

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New Music Video From Major Moment Titled ‘The Flood’

New Music Video From Major Moment Titled ‘The Flood’

The story behind ‘The Flood’…

Being independent artists for us means being fully involved and invested in all aspects of creating a unified vision behind what we stand for as a band. It sure is overwhelming at times and comes with some challenges, but it also allows us to expand our creativity to formats beyond just audio, whether it’s album art, designing merch or directing music videos. That’s exactly what happened with “The Flood” and the music video for it. We started planning it back in January of 2020 (the final version of the song was still months away, we were working with a pre-production demo), when we first pitched our idea to Tyler Ayers of Reverly Studios, the director of our music video. We thought it was next to impossible to make our vision a reality, with all the technical aspects of it, but Tyler simply called our idea “genius” and said we had to do it.
It then took us over 6 months of planning and 4 more months of editing and post-production to get it to where we are today.

From flooding the room with 6000 gallons of water dyed pitch black, to real black caviar, to 16 crew members that all helped to make our original artistic vision come true, it’s been a wild ride, and Major Moment’s most ambitious project to date. We seriously couldn’t wait any longer to share it with everyone, and are proud to present you “The Flood”, as we always wanted you to experience it…

Spotify: https://stream.majormomentband.com/spotify/majormoment

Apple Music: https://stream.majormomentband.com/applemusic/majormoment

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/majormoment

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/major.moment

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/majormoment

Twitter: https://twitter.com/majormomentband

Other Streaming:https://ffm.to/majormoment

TikTok: @majormoment

Official Website: https://www.majormomentband.com

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Quick Questions With Blackjack Love

Quick Questions With Blackjack Love

Today I’m catching up with UK Blues Rockers, Blackjack Love.

Blackjack Love

Quick Questions With Blackjack Love

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Azza : I’d say Noel Gallagher or Noodles from The Offspring

Sam : Duff Mckagan

Nick : John Lee Hooker

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Azza : My ES-137, such a beautiful guitar man

Sam : Fast fret

Nick : My old Fender acoustic

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Azza : Royce Da 5’9” – The Allegory

Sam : Bouncing Souls – Volume 2….looking forward to the new Miley Cyrus one however

Nick : I’m not up to date with new stuff. New Foo Fighters single has really grown on me, hated it at first but now I’m addicted

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Azza : Hendrix or Slash, or maybe Curtis Mayfield. He could teach you some cool stuff with that piano key tuning he used.

Sam : Hendrix baby

Nick : Gotta be Keith Richards for me

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Azza : Don’t practice til you get it right, practice til you can’t get it wrong

Sam : Practise songs you like rather than scales and theory

Nick : Learn on an old classical Spanish guitar with really thick strings – it will make you a better person. And say no to funk

Azza : Funk is cool, don’t listen to him!

 

You can download our album ‘Bullets & Blues’, along with our latest singles on all streaming platforms etc. Check out our current single ‘Before I Leave’, there’s a cool video on YouTube for it.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blackjacklovemusic/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BJLMusic

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/blackjacklove

YouTube – https://youtu.be/navqPRYHfrs

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New Release: Keep Me Down – Breathe

New Release: Keep Me Down – Breathe

Blending influences such as Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd, Breathe marks a change in styles for Keep Me Down.

Mark Smith said –

The Breathe writing session started off on the piano which is pretty unusual for me. This took me in a different direction compared to when I write on the guitar. While I was writing it I actually thought it might not feature guitars at all but then I got out my new Schecter Nick Johnston signature model and the Gilmour style licks seemed to come pouring out.

Released on Saturday 1st of August, Breathe is available now on all of the major streaming services.

Listen now on Spotify

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New Single: Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

New Single: Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

Laura Mazon Franqui Delivers Retrospective & Melodic Classical Guitar Single ‘Un Dia de Noviembre’

Laura Mazon Franqui releases her newest soothing, emotional, and uplifting classical guitar single “Un Dia de Noviembre.” The Cuban native delivers a simple, yet message-heavy instrumental led by an emotion-drenched guitar progression. The release offers pure beauty that will mesmerize listeners from the press of play. With its high and low notes, the song will take listeners into an introspective musical journey. Through the difficult times the world is going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laura Mazon Franqui’s “Un Dia de Noviembre” will bring comfort from a musical perspective. The song is elegantly arranged to put listeners in a state of trance. The track covers Leo Brouwer’s soundtrack for Humberto Solas’ film “Un Dia de Noviembre.” The film is one of Cuba’s most renowned cinematic pieces which is directed by one of the biggest Cuban filmmakers. For Laura Mazon Franqui, “Un Dia de Noviembre” is a piece that brings nostalgic memories as well as delivers a message of life, meaning, and connection. Make sure to check out the release, and add “Un Dia de Noviembre” to your playlists.

Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

About Laura Mazon Franqui

Augustine Artist Laura Mazon is praised as “An accomplished guitarist of Hispanic Latino descent” (Digital Journal) and a performer who “plays the guitar with majesty and sensitivity to color and nuance” (Adam Levin), Born in Cuba, Laura Mazon Franqui is a Hispanic Internationally awarded guitarist determined to explore the guitar possibilities into the contemporary context. As a performer, feminist, millennial, fashionista, trendsetter, rebel entertainer and performer, she seeks to break boundaries between the popular(electrical/acoustic) and the classical styles and to take the instrument to a higher level of reception to new audiences and generations. Innovation and Art integration are the words that drive her as a mission. Since age ten, Laura has been an active guitarist, participating numerous masterclasses with some of the biggest names in the guitar world, performing at hundreds of venues around the world in countries such as Cuba, Spain, Ecuador, and the United States and engaging in multiple recording collaborations for the music industry, as well as television and cinema and being part of numerous festivals and competitions. Innovation and Art integration are the words that drive her as a mission.

Links:
http://www.lauramazon.com/
https://www.instagram.com/llillaura/?hl=es
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJ2eeYKX9cXQdgZYbxN8fA

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Paradise Lost Release First Album Trailer For Obsidian

Paradise Lost Release First Album Trailer For Obsidian

Nick and Greg discuss “Fall From Grace”

The book has been closed but the story continues: Paradise Lost sharpen their pens and add another chapter to their dark, gloomy history of death, doom and gothic metal. In difficult times, the British legends from Halifax, Yorkshire are the drug that numbs the pain, the lover that takes away the sorrows, the story that craves to be told. “Obsidian”, the new album from Paradise Lost, will be released on 15th May.

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Devin Townsend – Empath – The Ultimate Edition Announced For Release 5th June 2020

Devin Townsend – Empath – The Ultimate Edition Announced For Release 5th June 2020

Devin Townsend is pleased to announce the release of ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ on 5th June 2020. This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus discs across 2 CDs, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more. Continue reading →

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Katatonia Premiere New Single & Video For “Behind The Blood”

Katatonia Premiere New Single & Video For “Behind The Blood”

Taken From Their Forthcoming New Album “City Burials” Released On Peaceville On 24th April 

Following the announcement that Katatonia will be returning with a brand-new album City Burials on 24th April, on Peaceville Records, and the release of the album’s debut single “Lacquer”, the band present their next single and video for “Behind The Blood”.  Continue reading →

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