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Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal From Sons Of Apollo Talks Touring With Dream Theater And The New Album

During Hellfest, we had the chance to sit down and talk to Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Sons Of Apollo about the current tour, the new album, and so many other things, you can read the whole conversation below and view the photos from their performance.

Metal Bell: Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat during the first show in Europe, it was a great show, congratulations.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you so much.

Metal Bell: So how does it feel to play your first show at Hellfest?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is a great way to start a European tour, that’s for sure, no better way to start so we are very happy, to start a tour in front of 30,000 people I guess it’s ok (laughs).

Metal Bell: Have you ever played Hellfest before?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah six years ago with Guns, we headlined it, it is nice to be here doing it with people that are close to you, friends with whom we wrote together, we recorded together, and it’s great.

Metal Bell: Your tour started in February, how is the reception so far?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is wonderful, this is our 42nd show I believe, it’s been great. We started off on the cruise to the edge, and then from there we went to the east coast and did like a week and a half of shows. And then April and May we did a big US tour, actually, we did South America, Mexico, Canada, and all around in the US. Nothing beats getting on the road, that’s what every band used to do to become who they are, being together every night and do it.

Metal Bell: How do I put this question, tell me how did

you come up or assemble The Avengers of Prog?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: (laughs) That was very easy, we all knew each other and played together over the years.
Me and Billy were playing for years doing these jams with Ray Luzier from KORN and with Mike. Me, Mike, and Billy would be this core band and we’d play like big events in New York, with guys from Anthrax and Kiss joining us. I laid guest solos on Metal Allegiance’s first album with Mike and another album that Billy produced for Madame Mayhem, a great artist that I laid 4 guitar solos for her album.

Me, Mike, Derek, and Billy played together at Prog Nation 4 years ago, so we all have this background and we’ve done things together, so it was a no-brainer. When Mike wanted to do this band, he sent me an email, it was January 2017, he said: hey, how we always talked about putting a band together! Well me and Derek have this idea and we want to go into the studio in March and just write on the spot, record on the spot, we all play together and mark it, record it the way bands used to do it, the right way, it’s the real thing. And we’ve written spontaneously, we did that, we spent 10 days at the studio, we wrote, recorded and made the album in 10 days.

So it was me, Mike, and Derek in the studio, and then Billy cut off his Mr. Big’s tour halfway through and joined us, then we all just recorded. Jeff finished his touring, then he recorded his vocals at my studio where I laid my

guitar solos on everything, and that was it. And then we just waited for the right moment to go out and announce the band and put out the album. The label is wonderful (Inside Out), they’ve been a fantastic record label, so supportive and really a good team.

Metal Bell: So basically You, Mike, and Derek wrote the majority of the album?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah it started with us and then Billy joined, then Jeff wrote everything you hear sung, that’s Jeff, he was really the key ingredient to turn it from a cold prog album to songs, things you can sing along you know, melodies that stick, that’s what Jeff does, he’s the guy.

Metal Bell: Today the band is less than a year old, considering all of your projects and involvements, will Sons Of Apollo be a long-term project?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: That’s the question everyone has, is this another quick project or is it a band that’s gonna be around.

Our intentions are for it to be a band that’s gonna be around, but at the same time, we can’t completely neglect everything else we have, we can’t do that. It is also not fair for the other people in our life that are waiting for us so we still have to do other things. This year we’ll do a lot of Sons Of Apollo, next year we’re gonna have to do some other things, but you know we are already writing for the second album, it really goes down to business, not amongst each other, but we can’t just afford to be in a start-up band, put everything else aside, and get this off the ground. We are not 20-year old kids in a van you know, so it’s tough, but we are giving it our best and our intentions are to be a band that puts out a lot of albums and keeps on going and going. So as long as everyone on our team does the right thing, you know we are depending on managers, the label and on each other, all it takes is one person to fuck it all up and then we are all screwed, it could be anybody that we are depending on if they don’t do the right thing.

What we want for this band is to continue and we are doing everything possible to keep that going even when odds are against us, we want to keep going, we do.

Metal Bell: We do hope so too, you know how prog fans are so attached.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Sure yeah, and we made a pact with them, we said this is a band, we are obligated to keep our words to them and to ourselves.

Metal Bell: The history between Derek, Mike, and Dream Theater, would you ever consider a tour with them?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: I would love to do it, I have such tremendous respect for Dream Theater as a band and individuals. I love John Petrucci, we’ve met before, we’ve chatted, he’s a wonderful guy. I also played on Jordan’s solo record in 2009, he was just incredible. That would be a wonderful thing.

And honestly I feel like there would be no Sons Of Apollo if there was no Dream Theater, you know you have to respect where this came from and everything that leads up to it, the influences and the history, and I do, I tremendously do.

It’d be wonderful to play together, I doubt it would ever happen, that would be really something interesting to the fans to see that. I would love it to be taken not as a competition in any way, we are all branches of Dream Theater’s tree and I’m grateful to them, I respect and admire them.

Metal Bell: Your second album is called Sophomore, is there already a date in mind?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Well I mean Derek has written things, he sends me videos and things like hey check out this riff I came up with, and we’ve talked to the label about it but nothing is definite yet. Right now, it’s just let us finish up what we have here and once it’s all clear and done, everything goes ok, we will then think about the next step. Even though now is the time to think about it, we are just staying focused and looking ahead, so we are thinking about this leg of the tour, then the next leg, and the leg after that so there’s no definitive time. We’ve talked about November going into the studio but I know Mike has something to do in November so it might be January, but hopefully not too far too long.

Metal Bell: Well thank you very much for the chat, it’s been wonderful talking to you and the best of luck for the rest of the tour.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you very much. It was an absolute pleasure.

Interview and Photos by Sharbel Kanoun

Kamelot Premiere First Track & Lyric Video For RavenLight

KAMELOT are one of metal’s most unique, influential, and prestigious acts that blend symphonic metal, prog, power metal, and world music – so it comes as little surprise that the whole metal world is holding its breath in anticipation of “The Shadow Theory”! The band have already unveiled the first info and details on their new masterpiece. The band have unleashed the first world premiere of the single and lyric video for the track RavenLight as a worldwide exclusive via Loudwire.

“The album offers many diverse songs, here is one of the mid tempo tracks being offered as an IG for the fans, enjoy this one, more to come!!” Thomas Youngblood on “RavenLight”

RavenLight

“The Shadow Theory” was produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen. Guests on the album include Lauren Hart (Once Human), Jennifer Haben (Beyond The Black) and Sascha Paeth. The amazing cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann. (Find all details on track listing and available formats below)

Following the release of “The Shadow Theory”, KAMELOT will embark on a massive World Tour with label-mates DELAIN and Battlebeast, starting in North America during April and May, followed by European festivals in Summer 2018. No rest for the wicked as the band will return to Europe in September/October 2018 for their biggest headline tour to date. (scroll down for dates)

For Kamelot Diehard fans, if you want to be part of a live DVD shooting, you only have to scroll down and check the date of the concert that will be filmed in its entirety and buy your tickets NOW to secure a place. (scroll down for info)

The full “The Shadow Theory” track listing reads as follows:

  1. The Mission
  2. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)
  3. RavenLight
  4. Amnesiac
  5. Burns To Embrace
  6. In Twilight Hours
  7. Kevlar Skin
  8. Static
  9. MindFall Remedy
  10. Stories Unheard
  11. Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)
  12. The Proud and The Broken
  13. Ministrium (Shadow Key)

A 2-CD edition is available with the digipack version and the following additional track listing:

  1. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire) (Instrumental version)
  2. RavenLight (Instrumental version)
  3. Amnesiac (Instrumental version)
  4. Burns To Embrace (Instrumental version)
  5. Kevlar Skin (Instrumental version)
  6. The Proud and The Broken (Instrumental version)
  7. The Last Day of Sunlight (bonus)

Enjoy “RavenLight” HERE!

“The Shadow Theory” will be available in the following formats:

LTD DELUXE WOODEN BOX includes

CD Digipack
Flag
Tri K Logo pendant
Tri K Key
Signed autograph card
Tri K Logo patch

2CD EARBOOK
2CD Digipack
CD Jewelcase

2LP Gatefold
Editions:
LTD Red – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU)
LTD Gold – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU/USA)
LTD Silver (Reprint) – NPR D2C mailorder shop (EU/USA)
LTD Neon Pink – Universal
LTD White – ADA/ Sony CAN
Black (for all outlets)

Pre-Order your copy NOW!

TOUR DATES

RavenLight

North American Dates
/w Delain and Battlebeast

16.04.18 US – Louisville, KY / Mercury Ballroom
17.04.18 US – Charlotte, NC / Fillmore Underground
18.04.18 US – Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore
20.04.18 US – New York, NY / Irving Plaza
21.04.18 US – Worcester, MA / New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
22.04.18 US – Montréal, QC / CA Métropolis
23.04.18 US – Toronto, ON / CA The Opera House
25.04.18 US – Albany, NY / Upstate Concert Hall
26.04.18 US – Pittsburgh, PA / Cargenie Concert Hall
27.04.18 US – Chicago, IL / Concord Music Hall
28.04.18 US – Minneapolis, MN / The Cabooze
29.04.18 US – Des Moines, IA / Wooly’s
01.05.18 US – Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre
02.05.18 US – Salt Lake City, UT / The Complex
04.05.18 US – San José, CA / City National Civic
05.05.18 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
06.05.18 US – Phoenix, AZ / Marquee Theatre
08.05.18 US – Dallas, TX / House of Blues
09.05.18 US – Houston, TX / House of Blues
11.05.18 US – Atlanta, GA / Center Stage Theater
12.05.18 US – Orlando, FL / House of Blues
13.05.18 US – Fort Lauderdale, FL / Revolution Live

Festivals:

12 Jul 18 Vizovice, CZ Masters of Rock
08 Aug 18 Villena, ES Leyendas del Rock Festival
10 Aug 18 Derbyshire, UK Bloodstock Open Air

The Shadow Tour

14.09.18 NL – Tilburg / 013
15.09.18 FR – Paris / Elysee Montmartre
16.09.18 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
20.09.18 SE – Gothenburg / Pustervik
21.09.18 SE – Malmö / KB
22.09.18 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
23.09.18 SE – Stockholm / Fryshuset Klubben
25.09.18 FI – Helsinki / Nosturi
26.09.18 FI – Tampere / Pakkahuone
28.09.18 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
29.09.18 DE – Munich / Backstage
30.09.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
02.10.18 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
07.10.18 FR – Lyon / CCO Villeurbanne
09.10.18 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
12.10.18 UK – London / KOKO
more dates to be announced!
TICKETS & INFO HERE!

September 14th 2018 – NL – Tilburg / 013

KAMELOT will be shooting this show as part of the band’s long-awaited DVD! Don’t miss this very special event and be part of it! Grab your tickets now, as pre-sales are up and running!
Tickets Tilburg HERE!

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ANURYZM European Tour!
Another great news from UAE-based progressive metallers ANURYZM who announced a 6-day European tour entitled “Awakening the Humanoids” this Autumn/Fall season in support of their latest album All Is Not For All“. This year, ANURYZM returned to Lebanon to perform at Summer Fusion, which was their second time in Lebanon after opening for NIGHTWISH at Byblos International Festival in 2013 . Also, the band supported the legendary godfathers of Metal, BLACK SABBATH themselves, back in 2014 at Abu Dhabi – Yas Island.

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So if you are near any of those cities, pass by and watch ANURYZM live.

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14 OCT – Maximum Rock Festival – Bucharest, Romania

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Official tour poster designed by Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove)

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TOUR OFFICIAL POSTER DESIGNED BY JAN YRLUND

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