Album Review

"MMXX" out January 17, 2020

With the dawn of a new decade upon us we wait in anticipation for all the new music that will be unleashed in the 20's.  Rock fans only need to wait until January 17 for one of the first monster records to drop, "MMXX" from SONS OF APOLLO.  "MMXX" is the follow up to their 2017 debut album "Physhotic Symphony"


SONS OF APOLLO are former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force), a fierce lineup with a stellar new record.   "MMXX" was produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), and will be released via InsideOutMusic/Sony.


"MMXX" kicks off with "Goodbye Divinity", a fiery rocker featuring slick riffing from Bumblefoot on guitar and Sherinian on keyboard.  There's even a section during the song where the two damn near battle instrumentally.....epic!  Soto's smooth vocals gave me something to sing along to while digging the muscianship.  Portnoy and Sheehan are a dynamic force holding down the rhythm that powers the tune.  "Goodbye Divinity" is the first single from  "MMXX" and the video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A


Track two is "Wither to Black".  Bumblefoot and Sheehan run the same main riff together giving the song teeth, ferocious drooling pit bull teeth!!  Not only is the riff heavy but it has that "sticks in your brain" element. For me a riff that stuck with me long after it was over. 


"Fall To Ascend" is the second single from the album, the video for which can be viewed here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8K02hqnBxE .  Bumblefoot explodes with a killer solo backed by Portnoy whose double kick drumming is relentless.  The band is so tight on this one, following each other note for note as the song dips and dives through tempos and timing changes.  Masterful.


"Asphyxiation" is a heavy grinder lead by Bumblefoot's djent groove.  If any song would cause a pit to open at an SOA concert it would be this one for sure!!  I really dig the lyrics on this one and also how Sheehan and Sherinian keep it together in the lower range of their respective instruments.  


The third single from "MMXX" is the solemn yet poignant song "Desolate July", written in memory of musician David Z who tragically passed away at 38 yrs old while on tour in 2017 with Adrenaline Mob.  The lyrics speak to the somberness felt by the SOA band members having lost a friend but the song is relatable for anyone who lost someone in their life suddenly.  A beautiful song which is still a rocker.


"Sons of Apollo" kicks off the new rock decade with "MMXX" and all I can hope for is that we get more and more music this decade that is as strong as this album.


Here’s the track listing for MMXX:

1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)

2. Wither To Black (4:48)

3. Asphyxiation (5:09)

4. Desolate July (6:11)

5. King Of Delusion (8:49)

6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)

7. Resurrection Day (5:51)

8. New World Today (16:38)


 

SONS OF APOLLO online:

www.sonsofapollo.com

www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1


Review by JD,  https://twitter.com/Musicfrenzy_net 


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SONS OF APOLLO LAUNCH VIDEO FOR “DESOLATE JULY”

NEW ALBUM "MMXX" OUT JANUARY 17

 

SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)--are ringing in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, ‘MMXX’ (pronounced: 20/20).


Today they launch the Christian Rios-directed video for the album’s third single, “Desolate July,” a tribute to musician David Z who tragically passed away in 2017.


The band comments:

“From the few seconds of hearing this song, it guided me to write the lyrics about our dear friend and colleague, David Z. David was one of the greatest, funniest and kindest humans I have ever known, he had friendships with most all of us in SOA, but Mike and I were certainly the closest. I thought it fitting to include this tribute to him from us in this haunting, incredible body of music.” - Jeff Scott Soto

“This video is a great tribute to our dear friend David Z. Jeff and I were particularly close with him and I was honored that Jeff invited me to sing the harmonies with him on the Choruses for us to both share our love for our friend that was tragically taken from us way too soon.” - Mike Portnoy


Watch the video now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARWOs8h7Hw


Watch the video for the second track ‘Fall To Ascend’ here:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8K02hqnBxE


The bands video for ‘Goodbye Divinity’ has achieved over 3.5 million plays so far. Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A


Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), MMXX will be released January 17 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.  Pre-order the album here: https://soa.lnk.to/MMXX


“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut,” outlines drummer Mike Portnoy. “But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better. PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”


“We did 83 shows on the last tour,” adds keyboardist Derek Sherinian. “And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”


The writing process began at the start of the year, as Portnoy, Sherinian and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal got together. “The three of us were at my home studio in Pennsylvania,” explains Portnoy. “And it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”


“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity,” continues Sherinian. “We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album's come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”


There are eight tracks on MMXX, with variations in length totalling 60 minutes. “The final song is 'New World Today,’ which is 16 minutes long,” says Portnoy. “This one has elements similar to 'Opus Maximus' and 'Labyrinth' on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”


“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with 'Opus Maximus' last time around,” adds Sherinian. “You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16 minute track is not a problem.”


Here’s the track listing for MMXX:

1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)

2. Wither To Black (4:48)

3. Asphyxiation (5:09)

4. Desolate July (6:11)

5. King Of Delusion (8:49)

6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)

7. Resurrection Day (5:51)

8. New World Today (16:38)


The album title was inspired by a simple chronological fact. “This will be released in mid-January 2020,” says Portnoy. “That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it '2020,’ except having it written in the Latin form of 'MMXX.’” And the album’s artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (who was responsible for the cover design of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY), which inevitably reflects the title. As Portnoy explains, “For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there's a much more futuristic style to what we've got. It has a very 21st century appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old fashioned look.”

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument,” adds Sherinian. “And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on MMXX. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we've been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we've done.”


In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” will launch January 23rd in Sacramento, CA, USA and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also just announced European tour dates for March 2020, as well as South American dates for April 2020. You can find those below:

North America 2020

Thu 1/23            Sacramento, CA            Crest Theater        

Fri 1/24             Pomona, CA                 The Glass House (https://bit.ly/2H8kNxY)

Sat 1/25            Los Angeles, CA           The Roxy (https://bit.ly/2H8aLNb)

Sun 1/26           San Francisco, CA        The Fillmore (https://bit.ly/31FYAPj)

Tue 1/28            Salt Lake City, UT          The State Room (https://bit.ly/31D8P7e)

Wed 1/29          Denver, CO                   The Oriental Theater (https://bit.ly/2Z5QC4s)

Fri 1/31             St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater (https://bit.ly/30igOGu)

Sat 2/1              Battle Creek, MI             The Music Factory (https://bit.ly/31IwXVQ)

Sun 2/2             Toronto, ONT.               Mod Club (https://bit.ly/2Z8OuJ8)

Mon 2/3            Montreal QUE.              Corona Theater (https://bit.ly/2KF9eyU)

Wed 2/5            Boston, MA                  Paradise Rock Club (https://bit.ly/2N2rMMx)

Thu 2/6             New York, NY               Gramercy Theater (https://livemu.sc/2KHNN1r)

Fri 2/7               Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak (https://bit.ly/2TLMy4w)

Sat 2/8              Englewood, NJ             Bergen PAC (https://bit.ly/31MKyM7)

Europe 2020

Fri 2/28              Karlsuhe, Germany                    Crystal Ballroom

Sat 2/29            Karlsruhe, Germany                   Crystal Ballroom

Mon 3/2            Drammen, Norway                     Union Scene

Tue 3/3             Gothenburg, Sweden                 Traedgarn

Thu 3/5             Kyiv, Ukraine                             N.A.U Theatre

Sat 3/7              Moscow, Russia                        RED

Sun 3/8             St Petersburg, Russia                Aurora

Tue 3/10            Pratteln, Switzerland                  Z7

Wed 3/11          Milan, Italy                                Live Club

Fri 3/13             Bilbao, Spain                            Santana 27

Sat 3/14            Barcelona, Spain                       Razzmatazz 2

Sun 3/15           Madrid, Spain                           La Riviera

Tue 3/17            Marseille, France                       Cepac Silo                   

Wed 3/18          Paris, France                             Machine du Moulin Rouge

Thu 3/19            London, U.K.                            Islington Assembly Hall

Fri 3/21             Eindhoven, Netherlands             Prognosis Festival

Sun 3/22           Show Brno, Czech Republic       Sono

Tue 3/24            Kosice, Slovakia                       Colosseum

Wed 3/25          Budapest, Hungary                    Barba Negra

South America 2020

Sat 4/18             São Paulo, Brazil                        Tom Brasil

Sun 4/19            Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                 Circo Voador

Tues 4/21          Santiago, Chile                           Blondie

Thu 4/23            Buenos Aires, Argentina            Teatro Flores


SONS OF APOLLO have certainly enriched the music sphere since their formation in 2017. It says much that the huge talent involved immediately combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, acknowledged as one of the finest releases in '17. Praised by Loudwire as an “...impressive debut disc,” it was released October 20, 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. It debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart at #1, as well as at #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart.
 

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY picked up rave reviews upon its release, and got them a nomination at the Progressive Music Awards 2018 for Best International Band:

“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. SONS OF APOLLO are simply a group that are super.” – Classic Rock


PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.” – Prog Magazine


“…PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, truly lives and dies by the instrumentation, which by all involved is next level…At first listen you would be remiss not to draw comparisons from previous works of all involved, though SONS OF APOLLO is not defined by past triumphs. Rather, they represent the bridging of common attractions, with the end result being an album that is fresh and daring.” – Outburn


SONS OF APOLLO online:

www.sonsofapollo.com

www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1


INSIDEOUTMUSIC ONLINE:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

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SONS OF APOLLO LAUNCH VIDEO FOR SECOND SINGLE

‘FALL TO ASCEND; SECOND SINGLE FROM ‘MMXX

 

SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)--are ready to ring in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, MMXX (pronounced: 20/20).


Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ will be released on January 17, 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.


Today they launch the Christian Rios-directed video for the albums second single ‘Fall To Ascend’. Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8K02hqnBxE


The bands video for ‘Goodbye Divinity’ reached over 1.5 million plays in just over two weeks. Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A


Pre-orders are available from today, with digital pre-orders on iTunes & Amazon receiving an immediate download of “Goodbye Divinity” and “Fall To Ascend.” Pre-order now here: https://soa.lnk.to/MMXX


“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut,” outlines drummer Mike Portnoy. “But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better.PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”


“We did 83 shows on the last tour,” adds keyboardist Derek Sherinian. “And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”


The writing process began at the start of the year, as Portnoy, Sherinian and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal got together. “The three of us were at my home studio in Pennsylvania,” explains Portnoy. “And it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”


“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity,” continues Sherinian. “We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album's come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”


There are eight tracks on MMXX, with variations in length totalling 60 minutes. “The final song is 'New World Today,’ which is 16 minutes long,” says Portnoy. “This one has elements similar to 'Opus Maximus' and 'Labyrinth' on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”


“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with 'Opus Maximus' last time around,” adds Sherinian. “You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16 minute track is not a problem.”


Here’s the track listing for MMXX:

1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)

2. Wither To Black (4:48)

3. Asphyxiation (5:09)

4. Desolate July (6:11)

5. King Of Delusion (8:49)

6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)

7. Resurrection Day (5:51)

8. New World Today (16:38)


The album title was inspired by a simple chronological fact. “This will be released in mid-January 2020,” says Portnoy. “That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it '2020,’ except having it written in the Latin form of ‘MMXX.’” And the album’s artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (who was responsible for the cover design of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY), which inevitably reflects the title. As Portnoy explains, “For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there's a much more futuristic style to what we've got. It has a very 21st century appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old fashioned look.”

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument,” adds Sherinian. “And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on MMXX. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we've been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we've done.”


In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” will launch January 23 in Sacramento, CA and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also just announced European tour dates for March 2020, as well as South American dates for April 2020. You can find those below:

North America 2020

Thu 1/23            Sacramento, CA            Crest Theater        

Fri 1/24             Pomona, CA                 The Glass House (https://bit.ly/2H8kNxY)

Sat 1/25            Los Angeles, CA           The Roxy (https://bit.ly/2H8aLNb)

Sun 1/26           San Francisco, CA        The Fillmore (https://bit.ly/31FYAPj)

Tue 1/28            Salt Lake City, UT          The State Room (https://bit.ly/31D8P7e)

Wed 1/29          Denver, CO                   The Oriental Theater (https://bit.ly/2Z5QC4s)

Fri 1/31             St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater (https://bit.ly/30igOGu)

Sat 2/1              Battle Creek, MI             The Music Factory (https://bit.ly/31IwXVQ)

Sun 2/2             Toronto, ONT.               Mod Club (https://bit.ly/2Z8OuJ8)

Mon 2/3            Montreal QUE.              Corona Theater (https://bit.ly/2KF9eyU)

Wed 2/5            Boston, MA                  Paradise Rock Club (https://bit.ly/2N2rMMx)

Thu 2/6             New York, NY               Gramercy Theater (https://livemu.sc/2KHNN1r)

Fri 2/7               Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak (https://bit.ly/2TLMy4w)

Sat 2/8              Englewood, NJ             Bergen PAC (https://bit.ly/31MKyM7)

Europe 2020

Sat 2/29            Karlsruhe, Germany                   Rock Shop

Mon 3/2            Drammen, Norway                     Union Scene

Tue 3/3             Gothenburg, Sweden                 Traedgarn

Thu 3/5             Kyiv, Ukraine                             N.A.U Theatre

Sat 3/7              Moscow, Russia                        RED

Sun 3/8             St Petersburg, Russia                Aurora

Tue 3/10            Pratteln, Switzerland                  Z7

Wed 3/11          Milan, Italy                                Live Club

Fri 3/13             Bilbao, Spain                            Santana 27

Sat 3/14            Barcelona, Spain                       Razzmatazz 2

Sun 3/15           Madrid, Spain                           La Riviera

Tue 3/17            Marseille, France                       Cepac Silo                   

Wed 3/18          Paris, France                             Machine du Moulin Rouge

Thu 3/19            London, U.K.                            Islington Assembly Hall

Fri 3/21             Eindhoven, Netherlands             Prognosis Festival

Sun 3/22           Show Brno, Czech Republic       Sono

Tue 3/24            Kosice, Slovakia                       Colosseum

Wed 3/25          Budapest, Hungary                    Barba Negra

South America 2020

Sat 4/18             São Paulo, Brazil                        Tom Brasil

Sun 4/19            Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                 Circo Voador

Tues 4/21          Santiago, Chile                           Blondie

Thu 4/23            Buenos Aires, Argentina            Teatro Flores


SONS OF APOLLO have certainly enriched the music sphere since their formation in 2017. It says much that the huge talent involved immediately combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, acknowledged as one of the finest releases in '17. Praised by Loudwire as an “...impressive debut disc,” it was released October 20, 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. It debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart at #1, as well as at #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart.
 

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY picked up rave reviews upon its release, and got them a nomination at the Progressive Music Awards 2018 for Best International Band:

“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. SONS OF APOLLO are simply a group that are super.” – Classic Rock


PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.” – Prog Magazine


“…PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, truly lives and dies by the instrumentation, which by all involved is next level…At first listen you would be remiss not to draw comparisons from previous works of all involved, though SONS OF APOLLO is not defined by past triumphs. Rather, they represent the bridging of common attractions, with the end result being an album that is fresh and daring.” – Outburn


SONS OF APOLLO online:

www.sonsofapollo.com

www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1


INSIDEOUTMUSIC ONLINE:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

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SONS OF APOLLO LAUNCH VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE

‘GOODBYE DIVINITY’; FIRST SINGLE FROM ‘MMXX’

 

SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)--are ready to ring in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, MMXX (pronounced: 20/20).


Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ will be released on the 17th January 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.


Today they launch the Vicente Cordero-directed video for the album’s lead single, “Goodbye Divinity.” Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A


Mike Portnoy comments: “From the minute we finished writing ‘Goodbye Divinity,’ I knew we had our album opener and the first release off the album. I even remember posting on social media how excited I was about the song the day I tracked it! The song has an immediacy that grabs you right away: great riffs, flashy playing and hooky vocal melodies. All of the elements that make up the SOA sound. The video was directed by Vicente Cordero who I have now done over 20 music videos with, and its look helps catapult the band from the Greek mythological past of the last album into the 21st century with this new album.”


Pre-orders are available from today, with digital pre-orders on iTunes & Amazon receiving an immediate download of "Goodbye Divinity." Pre-order now here: https://soa.lnk.to/MMXX

U.S. fans can pre-save the album on streaming services and be in with a chance of winning digital subscriptions to Modern Drummer and Bass Player magazines, a signed REMO drumhead, and two tickets to an upcoming U.S. tour date. Head here to enter: https://soa.lnk.to/Pre-Save


“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut,” outlines drummer Mike Portnoy. “But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better. PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”


“We did 83 shows on the last tour,” adds keyboardist Derek Sherinian. “And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”


The writing process began at the start of the year, as Portnoy, Sherinian and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal got together. “The three of us were at my home studio in Pennsylvania,” explains Portnoy. “And it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”


“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity,” continues Sherinian. “We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album's come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”


There are eight tracks on MMXX, with variations in length totalling 60 minutes. “The final song is 'New World Today, which is 16 minutes long,” says Portnoy. “This one has elements similar to 'Opus Maximus' and 'Labyrinth' on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”


“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with 'Opus Maximus' last time around,” adds Sherinian. “You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16 minute track is not a problem.”


Here’s the track listing for MMXX:

1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)

2. Wither To Black (4:48)

3. Asphyxiation (5:09)

4. Desolate July (6:11)

5. King Of Delusion (8:49)

6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)

7. Resurrection Day (5:51)

8. New World Today (16:38)


The album title was inspired by a simple chronological fact. “This will be released in mid-January 2020,” says Portnoy. “That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it '2020,’ except having it written in the Latin form of 'MMXX.’” And the album’s artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (who was responsible for the cover design of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY), which inevitably reflects the title. As Portnoy explains, “For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there's a much more futuristic style to what we've got. It has a very 21st century appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old fashioned look.”

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument,” adds Sherinian. “And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on MMXX. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we've been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we've done.”


In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” will launch January 23rd in Sacramento, CA, and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also just announced European tour dates for March 2020, and you can find those below:

North America 2020

Thu 1/23            Sacramento, CA            Crest Theater        

Fri 1/24             Pomona, CA                 The Glass House (https://bit.ly/2H8kNxY)

Sat 1/25            Los Angeles, CA           The Roxy (https://bit.ly/2H8aLNb)

Sun 1/26           San Francisco, CA        The Fillmore (https://bit.ly/31FYAPj)

Tue 1/28            Salt Lake City, UT          The State Room (https://bit.ly/31D8P7e)

Wed 1/29          Denver, CO                   The Oriental Theater (https://bit.ly/2Z5QC4s)

Fri 1/31             St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater (https://bit.ly/30igOGu)

Sat 2/1              Battle Creek, MI             The Music Factory (https://bit.ly/31IwXVQ)

Sun 2/2             Toronto, ONT.               Mod Club (https://bit.ly/2Z8OuJ8)

Mon 2/3            Montreal QUE.              Corona Theater (https://bit.ly/2KF9eyU)

Wed 2/5            Boston, MA                  Paradise Rock Club (https://bit.ly/2N2rMMx)

Thu 2/6             New York, NY               Gramercy Theater (https://livemu.sc/2KHNN1r)

Fri 2/7               Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak (https://bit.ly/2TLMy4w)

Sat 2/8              Englewood, NJ             Bergen PAC (https://bit.ly/31MKyM7)

Europe 2020

Sat 2/29            Germany                                   TBA

Mon 3/2            Drammen, Norway                     Union Scene

Tue 3/3             Gothenburg, Sweden                 Traedgarn

Thu 3/5             Kyiv, Ukraine                             N.A.U Theatre

Sat 3/7              Moscow, Russia                        RED

Sun 3/8             St Petersburg, Russia                Aurora

Tue 3/10            Pratteln, Switzerland                  Z7

Wed 3/11          Milan, Italy                                Live Club

Fri 3/13             Bilbao, Spain                            Santana 27

Sat 3/14            Barcelona, Spain                       Razzmatazz 2

Sun 3/15           Madrid, Spain                           La Riviera

Tue 3/17            France                                      TBA

Wed 3/18          France                                      TBA

Thu 3/19            London, U.K.                            Islington Assembly Hall

Fri 3/20             Eindhoven, Netherlands             Prognosis Festival

Sun 3/22           Show Brno, Czech Republic       Sono

Tue 3/24            Kosice, Slovakia                       Colosseum

Wed 3/25          Budapest, Hungary                    Barba Negra


SONS OF APOLLO have certainly enriched the music sphere since their formation in 2017. It says much that the huge talent involved immediately combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, acknowledged as one of the finest releases in '17. Praised by Loudwire as an “...impressive debut disc,” it was released October 20, 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. It debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart at #1, as well as at #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart.
 

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY picked up rave reviews upon its release, and got them a nomination at the Progressive Music Awards 2018 for Best International Band:

“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. SONS OF APOLLO are simply a group that are super.” – Classic Rock


PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.” – Prog Magazine


“…PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY truly lives and dies by the instrumentation, which by all involved is next level…At first listen you would be remiss not to draw comparisons from previous works of all involved, though SONS OF APOLLO is not defined by past triumphs. Rather, they represent the bridging of common attractions, with the end result being an album that is fresh and daring.” – Outburn


SONS OF APOLLO online:

www.sonsofapollo.com

www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1


INSIDEOUTMUSIC ONLINE:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu

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Sons of Apollo - new album details

"MMXX" due out Jan 17, World Tour begins Jan 24

 

SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)--are ready to ring in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, MMXX (pronounced: 20/20).


Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), MMXX will be released on January 17, 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats. Pre-orders for all formats will be available starting November 15, which will include an instant download of the album’s first single, “Goodbye Divinity,” on iTunes and Amazon.


A teaser trailer was released on Inside Out’s official YouTube page here.


“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut,” outlines drummer Mike Portnoy. “But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better. PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”


“We did 83 shows on the last tour,” adds keyboardist Derek Sherinian. “And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”


The writing process began at the start of the year, as Portnoy, Sherinian and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal got together. “The three of us were at my home studio in Pennsylvania,” explains Portnoy. “And it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”


“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity,” continues Sherinian. “We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album's come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”


The lyrics were written by Soto, who also came up with the melody lines with input from Sherinian. “While Jeff was left to come up with the words on his own, as the melody lines are part of the music, it made sense for me to be involved with that part,” says the keyboard player.

There are eight tracks on MMXX, with variations in length totalling 60 minutes. “The final song is 'New World Today, which is 16 minutes long,” says Portnoy. “This one has elements similar to 'Opus Maximus' and 'Labyrinth' on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”


“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with 'Opus Maximus' last time around,” adds Sherinian. “You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16 minute track is not a problem.”

The album title was inspired by a simple chronological fact. “This will be released in mid-January 2020,” says Portnoy. “That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it '2020,’ except having it written in the Latin form of 'MMXX'.” And the album’s artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (who was responsible for the cover design of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY), which inevitably reflects the title. As Portnoy explains, “For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there's a much more futuristic style to what we've got. It has a very 21st century appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old fashioned look.”

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument,” adds Sherinian. “And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on MMXX. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we've been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we've done.”


SONS OF APOLLO have certainly enriched the music sphere since their formation in 2017. It says much that the huge talent involved immediately combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, acknowledged as one of the finest releases in '17. Praised by Loudwire as an “...impressive debut disc,” it was released October 20, 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. It debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart at #1, as well as at #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart.
 

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY picked up rave reviews upon its release, and got them a nomination at the Progressive Music Awards 2018 for Best International Band:

“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. SONS OF APOLLO are simply a group that are super.” – Classic Rock


PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.” – Prog Magazine


“…PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, truly lives and dies by the instrumentation, which by all involved is next level…At first listen you would be remiss not to draw comparisons from previous works of all involved, though SONS OF APOLLO is not defined by past triumphs. Rather, they represent the bridging of common attractions, with the end result being an album that is fresh and daring.” – Outburn


In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” will launch January 24 in Pomona, CA and will take them around the world throughout the new year. Tickets are on sale now. 

Here’s the track listing for MMXX:

1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)

2. Wither To Black (4:48)

3. Asphyxiation (5:09)

4. Desolate July (6:11)

5. King Of Delusion (8:49)

6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)

7. Resurrection Day (5:51)

8. New World Today (16:38)


Check out SONS OF APOLLO at any of the following stops (direct ticket links included):

DATE  CITY   VENUE

Fri 1/24             Pomona, CA                 The Glass House (https://bit.ly/2H8kNxY)

Sat 1/25            Los Angeles, CA           The Roxy (https://bit.ly/2H8aLNb)

Sun 1/26           San Francisco, CA        The Fillmore (https://bit.ly/31FYAPj)

Tue 1/28            Salt Lake City, UT          The State Room (https://bit.ly/31D8P7e)

Wed 1/29          Denver, CO                   The Oriental Theater (https://bit.ly/2Z5QC4s)

Fri 1/31             St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater (https://bit.ly/30igOGu)

Sat 2/1              Battle Creek, MI             The Music Factory (https://bit.ly/31IwXVQ)

Sun 2/2             Toronto, ONT.               Mod Club (https://bit.ly/2Z8OuJ8)

Mon 2/3            Montreal QUE.              Corona Theater (https://bit.ly/2KF9eyU)

Wed 2/5            Boston, MA                  Paradise Rock Club (https://bit.ly/2N2rMMx)

Thu 2/6             New York, NY               Gramercy Theater (https://livemu.sc/2KHNN1r)

Fri 2/7               Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak (https://bit.ly/2TLMy4w)

Sat 2/8              Englewood, NJ             Bergen PAC (https://bit.ly/31MKyM7)

Sat 2/29            Germany                                   TBA

Mon 3/2            Drammen, Norway                     Union Scene

Tue 3/3             Gothenburg, Sweden                 Traedgarn

Thu 3/5             Kyiv, Ukraine                             N.A.U Theatre

Sat 3/7              Moscow, Russia                        RED

Sun 3/8             St Petersburg, Russia                Aurora

Tue 3/10            Pratteln, Switzerland                  Z7

Wed 3/11          Milan, Italy                                Live Club

Fri 3/13             Bilbao, Spain                            Santana 27

Sat 3/14            Barcelona, Spain                       Razzmatazz 2

Sun 3/15           Madrid, Spain                           La Riviera

Tue 3/17            France                                      TBA

Wed 3/18          France                                      TBA

Thu 3/19            London, U.K.                            Islington Assembly Hall

Fri 3/20             Eindhoven, Netherlands             Prognosis Festival

Sun 3/22           Show Brno, Czech Republic       Sono

Tue 3/24            Kosice, Slovakia                       Colosseum

Wed 3/25          Budapest, Hungary                    Barba Negra


www.sonsofapollo.com

www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

www.instagram.com/sonsofapollo1

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