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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/threshold-part-ways-with-damian-wilson/
Glynn Morgan

Threshold have parted ways with vocalist Damian Wilson. The band have chosen to start a new chapter without him and he has told them he respects their decision.

Wilson enjoyed three stints with Threshold, performing on the band’s most recent records For The Journey and March Of Progress as well as their early releases Wounded Land and Extinct Instinct in the 1990′s. Damian Wilson has been a great frontman for Threshold and the band would like to sincerely thank him and wish him every success in his future endeavours.

Threshold‘s new frontman will be Glynn Morgan, the band’s former vocalist from 1994 to 1996. Morgan appeared on Threshold‘s 1994 album Psychedelicatessen and returned to work with the band in 2008 to record tracks for the singles box set Paradox.

Glynn Morgan commented:

I was over the moon when I got the phone call. To work with Karl and Richard and be a part of the mighty Threshold story once more is a great honour. I can’t wait to start recording, the new material has me hooked already.

You can watch Glynn Morgan in action with Threshold in their 1994 video “Innocent” below.

Threshold are currently at Thin Ice Studios recording their 11th album Legends Of The Shires due for release in the autumn. The band’s European tour kicks off in November with support from Damnation Angels and Day Six.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/threshold-part-ways-with-damian-wilson/
Glynn Morgan

Threshold have parted ways with vocalist Damian Wilson. The band have chosen to start a new chapter without him and he has told them he respects their decision.

Wilson enjoyed three stints with Threshold, performing on the band’s most recent records For The Journey and March Of Progress as well as their early releases Wounded Land and Extinct Instinct in the 1990′s. Damian Wilson has been a great frontman for Threshold and the band would like to sincerely thank him and wish him every success in his future endeavours.

Threshold‘s new frontman will be Glynn Morgan, the band’s former vocalist from 1994 to 1996. Morgan appeared on Threshold‘s 1994 album Psychedelicatessen and returned to work with the band in 2008 to record tracks for the singles box set Paradox.

Glynn Morgan commented:

I was over the moon when I got the phone call. To work with Karl and Richard and be a part of the mighty Threshold story once more is a great honour. I can’t wait to start recording, the new material has me hooked already.

You can watch Glynn Morgan in action with Threshold in their 1994 video “Innocent” below.

Threshold are currently at Thin Ice Studios recording their 11th album Legends Of The Shires due for release in the autumn. The band’s European tour kicks off in November with support from Damnation Angels and Day Six.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/john-myung-ernie-ball-string-theory/
DREAM THEATER's JOHN MYUNG Featured in Ernie Ball's String Theory [VIDEO]

In a new “String Theory” episode by Ernie Ball, Dream Theater‘s bassist John Myung talks about his influences, Dream Theater, his Ernie Ball strings, and more. Check the video below.

“String Theory” is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the music of some of most innovative players.

Dream Theater is currently touring Europe on a tour billed as “Images, Words & Beyond,” which marks the 25th anniversary of the band’s seminal album Images & Words. The group also includes “A Change of Seasons” in their setlists, which originally should appear on the mentioned 1992 album. Speaking to Metal Express, Myung addressed it.

Originally, the intent was to have [‘A Change of Seasons’] as part of ‘Images & Words,’ part of that record.

But towards the end of the recording process, the record company wasn’t so keen on getting that recorded, I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe it was budgetary, we were running out of time in the studio and extra 20 minutes was probably more than they maybe wanted to invest. Back then, studios were $2,000 a day. [chuckles]

It might have had something to do with wanting to keep the album under an hour, too, to not overload the listener. That was sort of the thinking, I think, behind that decision.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/john-myung-ernie-ball-string-theory/
DREAM THEATER's JOHN MYUNG Featured in Ernie Ball's String Theory [VIDEO]

In a new “String Theory” episode by Ernie Ball, Dream Theater‘s bassist John Myung talks about his influences, Dream Theater, his Ernie Ball strings, and more. Check the video below.

“String Theory” is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the music of some of most innovative players.

Dream Theater is currently touring Europe on a tour billed as “Images, Words & Beyond,” which marks the 25th anniversary of the band’s seminal album Images & Words. The group also includes “A Change of Seasons” in their setlists, which originally should appear on the mentioned 1992 album. Speaking to Metal Express, Myung addressed it.

Originally, the intent was to have [‘A Change of Seasons’] as part of ‘Images & Words,’ part of that record.

But towards the end of the recording process, the record company wasn’t so keen on getting that recorded, I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe it was budgetary, we were running out of time in the studio and extra 20 minutes was probably more than they maybe wanted to invest. Back then, studios were $2,000 a day. [chuckles]

It might have had something to do with wanting to keep the album under an hour, too, to not overload the listener. That was sort of the thinking, I think, behind that decision.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/tosin-abasi-on-8-string-guitar/
TOSIN ABASI on Issues With 8-String Guitar

Animals as LeadersTosin Abasi talked recently with Total Guitar, and in the interview he spoke about the issues he has with 8-string guitars.

One of the issues I find with eight-strings is scale length. The best solution I’ve found is a compound scale – basically fan-fretting the guitar.

This means I have a shorter scale in the treble – retaining the tension of a six-string guitar – but it’s longer in the bass strings, so they have the tension needed for clarity.

It’s great, because dimensionally the neck is shorter, but you still have the benefits of a longer scale.”

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/tosin-abasi-on-8-string-guitar/
TOSIN ABASI on Issues With 8-String Guitar

Animals as LeadersTosin Abasi talked recently with Total Guitar, and in the interview he spoke about the issues he has with 8-string guitars.

One of the issues I find with eight-strings is scale length. The best solution I’ve found is a compound scale – basically fan-fretting the guitar.

This means I have a shorter scale in the treble – retaining the tension of a six-string guitar – but it’s longer in the bass strings, so they have the tension needed for clarity.

It’s great, because dimensionally the neck is shorter, but you still have the benefits of a longer scale.”

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/slyde-divide-music-video-exclusive-premiere/
Slyde

After a 2-year hiatus, Canadian melodic technical proggers Slyde returned in February with their new EP Back Again (February 17). Four tracks of virtuosic contrapuntal songwriting exploring the relationship between environmentalism and sci-fi, Back Again is a fantastically entertaining listen. For fans of Haken, Coheed and Cambria, Rush, Dream Theater, etc, Slyde‘s music is driven by the clean vocals of frontman Nathan Da Silva and the powering keyboards of Sarah Westbrook; a beguiling fourpiece with an impressive return to form.

The band teamed up with Prog Sphere for an exclusive premiere of a music video for the song “Divide” taken from the EP. You can watch the video below. Slyde commented: “We are pleased to announce and release the music video for ‘Divide,’ our second single from our latest EP ‘Back Again.’ This tune has some Eurometal influences in the arrangements, and discusses the power struggle and discrimination within divisive ideologies. It’s a personal favourite for us off the new EP, and we’re stoked to unleash it.

Before their hiatus, Slyde played over 150 shows on the Eastern Canadian circuit, including shows with Protest the Hero and at Canadian Music Week (2013), IndieWeek (2011-2013), and Wacken Metal Battle (2013).

Back Again is out now and is available from Bandcamp here. Follow Slyde on Facebook, Twitter, subscribe to their YouTube channel, or visit their website for more info.

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Slyde - Back Again

Cover photo by Chrissy Fair