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Gallery | Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris Show

MIKE PORTNOY’S Shattered Fortress Live In Paris

BANDS: MIKE PORTNOY‘S Shattered Fortress (prog gods) | NEXT TO NONE (prog)
LOCATION: Le Trianon – Paris
DATE: Friday, July 1, 2017
ENTRANCE:  38.5€

ORGANIZED BY: Garmonbozia Inc. in association with Hexagon Booking Agency

Gallery Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris

Photos By: Sharbél Kanoun Photography

MIKE PORTNOY’S Shattered Fortress Live In Paris

EVENT DESCRIPTION

THE SHATTERED FORTRESS is by no means a new project by Mr PORTNOY but an exceptional and unique event. Accompanied by members of HAKEN and NEAL MORSE BAND, Mike PORTNOY will perform “12 Step Suite” in its entirety for the first time as well as a selection of classics from DREAM THEATER.

Line up: Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Charlie Griffiths, Diego Tejeida, Richard Henshall, Conner Green, and Ross Jennings

Joining THE SHATTERED FORTRESS are none other than NEXT TO NONE (whom we interviewed last year >here<). The band was formed in 2013 and spent several years performing live and writing music. In 2015, Next To None released their first album, “A Light In The Dark”, through Inside Out Music and produced by Mike Portnoy. This album received rave reviews worldwide, which credited them as one of the youngest bands to break into the progressive metal genre, also landing Max Portnoy Rhythm Magazine’s “BEST NEW DRUMMER OF 2015” award.

Line up: Max Portnoy, Derrick Schneider, Kris Rank, and Thomas Cuce.

Shattered Fortress Live In Paris

Date: Saturday 01.07.2017 – Paris, Le Trianon


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DATE: Saturday March 11, 2017
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PHENOMY | Once And For All Album Release – Gallery

The fast-rising Lebanese Thrash Metal band PHENOMY released their debut album “ONCE AND FOR ALL” on NOVEMBER 1st, 2016 at STATION Beirut.

Lebanese Thrash/Death Metallers, InnerGuiltheadlined the show in support of Phenomy, as an act to push and support up-and-coming bands in the scene.

A special and successful debut was for Slave To Sirens, who were launched by Metal Bell Magazine during the event as the opening band! Slave To Sirens left a great impact on the crowd and we will be seeing more of them soon \\m//

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Acoustic Pink Floyd Tribute with Durga McBroom, The Quadrangle – March 3rd

Band: Durga McBroom, Amadeus Awad, Rida Hallal, Salim Zahra, Christophe Haroun, Abdo Sawma

Location: The Quadrangle Live, Hazmieh

Date: March 3rd, 2016 – 9:00 pm

Entrance Fee: 30,000 L.L.

Lebanese progressive musician Amadeus Awad has been posting pictures of him and American singer Durga McBroom with captions hinting at a possible collaboration.

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GALLERY: Dream Theater Night – The Third Arrives

Turbulence have been much associated with Dream Theater; we can tell it’s their favorite band already. Since Night 1 & 2, tonight was much anticipated and people have been waiting for it: Dream Theater Night |The third Arrives.

Back to the same place where Dream Theater Nights took place at Metro Al Madina in Hamra on the 7th of February. People were already gathered outside before the doors were open, either having a coffee at nearby coffee shops or just chatting, waiting to get in. And so as the doors were open, the place was full. Now Metro Al Madina is a closed venue, and with the cold winter weather, people came heavily dressed, which made it a bit uncomfortable inside. This is something Metro Al Madina should be equipped to handle, however, this was no problem for the good music would make it up to you.

The show started at 9:50 pm with an introductory music as band members walked in and were welcomed by people. The playlist had 14 songs, starting with “The Enemy Inside” and “The Shattered Fortress”. For these two songs, the sound was not perfectly set yet, as instruments were not all of the same level, but this was fixed and it was going great afterwards. For the next song, “Another Day”, Turbulence had two guests on stage: Rita Irani on vocals and Wissam Ziade on the saxophone. Both of them, along with the band, did a great job. The playlist continued with “Hollow Years”, “Along for the Ride”, “The Ministry of Lost Souls” and “In the Presence of Enemies Part II”. Then, there was a break to let people breathe in. It is worth mentioning that people were into the show from the beginning, singing along and trying to headbang whenever heavy parts with the time signature of DT’s songs allow you to without being confused how to do so.

Half an hour or so later, the show continued with 7 other songs: “Home”, “On the Backs of Angels”, “The Best of Times”, “The Answer Lies Within”, “The Spirit Carries On”, “Metropolis Part I” and finally “The Count of Tuscany”.

Turbulence are well known for their technical abilities, and so was their choice of songs to cover. The performance of all songs was simply great; everyone was up on their feet as they watched Alain Ibrahim, the lead guitarist known as “The Lebanese Petrucci”, play the solos, trying to save what they can on their phone cameras. And so was all the band, but for a band as technical as Turbulence, the vocals are the weakest link. This will probably not be a problem as the band releases its original songs and each member gets out from the structure of covered songs and into their own comfort zone. People also agreed that the music was great, some wished the band played heavier songs or certain songs from their favorite album which didn’t find its place through the set list.

Now that another successful Dream Theater Night has ended, it is time for the band to move on to what they should do. We all loved them covering Dream Theater, but now, we want to love them for being Turbulence. The band is already going through the process of finishing its debut album, and hopefully next time we see Turbulence, they will be the main title rather than DT.

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GALLERY: APRIL – “Archives Of The Mind” – Album Release Event

Friday the 13ths always have something special about them, and this one was no different. What’s special about this day is that it held a pleasing night for every music lover: the release of April’s first EP after 4 years of playing.

The event took place at Metro Al Madina in Hamra, a place progressive lovers would now call home, since most progressive bands play there. Metro Al Madina sure is a good venue for progressive metal/rock, as fans of the genre vary from metalheads who want to headbang and move around to the older generation who wants to sit and enjoy the show.

Doors were supposed to open at 9:00 pm, but didn’t until 9:45 pm. Though the lobby, where the bar is, could be a good place to wait and chat, the music they play there is way different from what everyone came to listen to, leaving you with no option but to wait outside or get a headache.

Dirty Enzyme, the post-grunge opening band for tonight, started at 10:20 pm. For almost 40 minutes, they played a list of their own songs: “Never Let the Woman”, “It Means Nothing”, and “While I Lay My Head” which is a tribute to Kurt Cobain and was quite interesting. Then Ayman Zebdawi, a friend of the band, joined on the keyboards for two songs: “Paradise” and “Pending Intentions” which had post elements and some jazz on the keyboards. Dirty Enzyme continues with “Absence”, a newly written song and then “Grungeadellic”, a psychedelic grunge song. The band had to remove one song, “Don’t Leave Me”, due to lack of time, something which should have been managed more properly by everyone. However, all songs were well played, and they put a great show with one thing to note: every song was different from the other, and Dirty Enzyme is yet to find a solid sound for the band. Unless diversity is what they want, which means harder work, if put properly, could give greater results.

About 15 minutes later, April was on. Now, April, as labeled, is a Progressive/Psychedelic/Ambient Rock/Metal band, but after watching the show, all those words don’t matter anymore, because it is simply great music.

The band started with an intro jam followed by Dream Theater’s “These Walls”. Then they played their first original from the Ep, “Deconstruct”, a song about the mental gap that is preventing the character from grasping a genuine sense of happiness in his existence out of social distorted theories and dictations. Following up, they played two Porcupine Tree songs, “Trains” and “Open Car”, and the second original, “Ephemeral”, which is about a girl’s expression of a mental struggle concerning a past love whose loss is also mourned by Nature. Three other songs were played: Blackmore’s Night’s “Diamonds and Rust”, Tool’s “Jambi” and Porcupine Tree’s “Anesthetize”, before playing their last original, “Subtle”, a song about a character in a conflict between carrying on his self-indulgence in his guilty pleasures and redeeming himself from this twisted pain that fulfills him; he suffers in the process that reveals his acts to him in order to decide how to crack this mental split. The last two songs for the night were Dream Theater’s “Forsaken” and Tool’s “Right in Two”.

Everything was set to be great, and there were no problems with lights and sound; it was a night to look for. Both bands have put a good performance and people definitely enjoyed as comments about the event were great.

For those who didn’t get the EP, April lately released a booklet with the lyrics from the EP, and will soon announce how to get your copy of the EP, and in this case, I strongly recommend you get one.

Prog Night – Animal City, Naher El Kalb (Photo Gallery)

Three bands (DIRTY ENZYME, APRIL & TURBULENCE) gathered at Animal City Zoo – Naher El Kalb for a great progressive night. With all the technical issues that faced the bands, the night was something not to be missed and hopefully, there will be more to come.

Keep an eye on Issue 6 that will be released in a few days for a review of the event.

For now, enjoy a selection of photos by our photographer Nancy Jdid:

 

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