In case you do not know, I (CheeK) also write for Puregrainaudio.com. On Thursday, October 6th, 2011 the progressive metal legends themselves, Dream Theater, came through Toronto, Ontario playing at the renowned Massey Hall. Touring in support of their third Roadrunner Records album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, I (CheeK) managed to snag some time and sit down with guitarist guru John Petrucci to discuss the new album, the band’s new drummer, family and much, much more!
In case you do not know, I (CheeK) also write for Puregrainaudio.com. On Thursday, October 6th, 2011 Dream Theater came through Toronto, Ontario playing Massey Hall. Opening was none other than Roadrunner Records metallers Trivium who were touring in support of their newest album In Waves. I sat down with guitarist and vocalist Matt Heafy to discuss the new album, influences, the new drummer, food and much much more. Video interview filmed and edited by Mike Gionet of Vids4Net.
HTH: You guys are playing Woodstock Funfest this year. What can fans expect from Derelict at this festival?
Eric: Lots of energy, tightness and brutality! This is our first show west of Toronto with our new lineup, and I’m not shy to say this is the best combination of musicians we have ever had. We’re looking forward to proving it in Woodstock.
HTH: You guys are once again putting on Woodstock Funfest. What made you guys decide to host a festival in your hometown?
Ben: Woodstock has been a great place for shows since we started, and there is strong support here for the metal scene. The crowds are always wicked, and it’s become somewhat of a hotspot for bands to come play. This is the third Funfest and it’s been great the last two times, and there’s a lot of anticipation this year, and a very strong lineup!
HTH: You have just released your new album Life Apocalypse. How has the reception been for it?
Kyle: Really strong, almost every review has been incredible and the old fans are digging it.
HTH: You will be playing your biggest home show, Heavy MTL. How stoked are you to play such an event?
DC: We’re stoked as hell! It’s our biggest gig so far and we can’t wait to step on that stage and play in front of all of those people. Well give all we got and enjoy every second of it.
HTH: You guys recently released your new album Perpetuation interdependently. How has the reception been so far?
Eric: The reception has been great! We’ve received something like 30 reviews, most very positive, and have been charting on Canadian college radio for a few months. A lot of the reviews spoke precisely about what we intended to do with the album, which was harness our best elements in a more streamlined format, and write shorter but harder-hitting songs. We’re very happy!
HTH: You have been invited to perform at Dame-Nation 2012. How excited are you for this?
Charlotte: We are stoked to play for new people in an audience who has already voiced their support for our genre of music.