DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has confirmed rumors that the members of LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT ? the project featuring Portnoy, his DREAM THEATER bandmates Jordan Rudess (keyboards) and John Petrucci (guitar), alongside progressive rock icon Tony Levin of KING CRIMSON (bass, chapman stick) ? recently met and discussed the possibility of regrouping and recording a third studio album.
A fan from the Mike Portnoy Forums recently posted a Tony Levin blog saying that Levin had met up with the other LTE members while recording another project.
“While recording an album in New York, I ran into my LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT bandmates, who are working on a DREAM THEATER album,” Levin wrote. “Jordan Rudess had just left the studio when I ran in with my camera to get a shot of myself with Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci.”
Later on, Mike Portnoy himself posted the following to clarify the situation: “I think my initial feelings of no longer being interested in another LTE album because of the similarities to DT with Jordan have finally passed… It’s been long enough now that I think it could indeed be exciting, creative and a lot of fun.
“The four of us did mention in passing how much fun it would be to some day make some more music together, so as I always say: ‘Never say never!’
“Unfortunately, there is one obstacle that could make a future LTE album very difficult… and I’ll just say, it is NOT any of the four people [in the band]!! [Referring to the difficulties Portnoy had with the record label Magna Carta ? Ed.]”
Check out a recent photo of LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT at this location.
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT released two albums, “Liquid Tension Experiment” (1998) and “Liquid Tension Experiment 2” (1999) on Magna Carta Records. They also played a few live shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Several songs and riffs from the project have been incorporated into DREAM THEATER‘s live performances, such as “Instrumedley” from “Live at Budokan”.
Progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER have finalized the track listing for their new album, “Systematic Chaos”, due in June via Roadrunner Records.
“This album’s got all of the elements we’ve become known for,” reveals drummer Mike Portnoy, who co-produced the CD with guitarist John Petrucci (Paul Northfield engineered and mixed the effort). “The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We’ve got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material.” The disc sports seven new songs, one of which runs 25 minutes.
“Systematic Chaos” track listing:
- In The Presence of Enemies Pt.1
- Constant Motion
- The Dark Eternal Night
- Prophets of War
- The Ministry of Lost Souls
- In The Presence of Enemies Pt.2
DREAM THEATER had spent its entire career on Elektra and Atlantic, an arrangement that ended with the 2005 studio album “Octavarium”. According to Billboard.com, The group has sold 2.1 million CDs in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
Although details have yet to be nailed down, DREAM THEATER will tour this summer in support of “Systematic Chaos”, including European festival appearances.