Genre: Technical/Progressive Rock/Metal
Location: New York City, New York
Now I know what you might be thinking when you see a song that’s 17 minutes long, “You really expect us to listen to that? That’s like 3 songs in one?” But trust me, as you listen to it, it doesn’t feel very long at all. This amazing piece takes you on a journey – a journey through groovy, fresh guitar solos, funky riffs, dynamic ups and downs and Mike Portnoy’s expert drums.
That’s right. This project was founded by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater as a side project (but ended up roping in John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess…so it was kind just like a different flavor of Dream Theater???) They also had bassist Tony Levin of King Crimson playing with them.
One thing that made me laugh was when I read that Portnoy’s first choice for a guitarist was Dimebag Darrell…you know…of Pantera. Of course Dimebag was an amazing guitarist, but somehow this doesn’t really seem like his style.
A testament to the incredible talent of these band members is that the albums were mostly improvised.
Hrmm…doesn’t seem like a difficult choice to me.
Our little green friends play a vital role in the eco-system. Yet now they’re vanishing off the Earth at an alarming rate.
“It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and a decade and a half of scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal.”
“Large scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those frogs they can, even bathing frogs in Clorox solutions and keeping them in Tupperware boxes under carefully controlled conditions to prevent the spread of a deadly fungus. Will it ever be safe to return the frogs back to the ecosystem from which they were taken?”
Hopefully this problem can be solved before it’s too late.