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Mike Portnoy

Michael Stephen Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) American drummer primarily known as the former drummer and backing vocalist for the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Known for his drumming prowess, Portnoy has won 23 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. He has co-produced the last six Dream Theater albums with John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy has been writing a substantial amount of Dream Theater's lyrics, filling the void left by Kevin Moore, who left the band after the release of Awake.

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Idle Jack And The Big Sleep

Idle Jack & the Big Sleep truely represents a culmination of varied and diverse musical styles and interests. This is particularly evident in the number of pidgeon holes that have been stuffed into lately by audience and reviewer alike. If you threw all of these comparisons together, you would probably come across an amalgam of Captain Beefheart, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Muse(!?), Mogwai, The Doors(!!!) and a couple of others that can't be remembered (possibly because of their absurdity!).

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Rocketgoldstar

Rocketgoldstar From Cardiff,Wales,UK. Power,pop, and very prog. In 2000 Rocketgoldstar signed a record deal with FFvinyl and released their first proper commercial release in June with the very well recieved semi concept EP "Soul of a Nu Machine". The band achieved a certain amount of national exposure with a couple of typically quirky events in May 2000 prior to the EP launch. These included the ambitious 12 hour single (a song played live with no breaks for 12 hours!) released as a continuous...

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Haken

Haken are a progressive/ jazz/ metal band from London, in the UK. They represent the beating heart of what appears to be a new wave of English forward-thinking musical outfits. The band currently consists of : Ross Jennings - Vocals
Hen - Guitar/Keyboards
Ray Hearne - Drums
Tom MacLean - Bass Guitar
Charlie Griffiths - Guitar Previous esteemed members: Pete Jones - Keyboards
Matt Marshall - Guitar

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Firegarden

"We are band with a multitude of influences. The band we look up to more than any other is Deep Purple but we like a whole range of things you might expect and a whole lot more you wouldn't. We sound British, but not slavishly so, and appeal to a wide range of people with excellent musical taste including students, bikers and those who were there in the 70s. We've played more than 150 gigs and recorded five independent albums. The most recent of these was Circles, released earlier this year.

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James Dean

1) James Dean were a four-piece post-punk/screamo band from Newcastle, Australia. The band was formerly known as The Let-Go!, albeit with a slightly altered line-up. A self-titled/self-produced CD-R was released and a posthumous 7" is due out soon on Hey Presto! Records. James Dean ceased to exist as of February 2008. www.myspace.com/jamesdeanband 2) James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931

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Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve

Anonymity has become both a gift and a curse for the blogosphere — a “gift” for feeding our hunger, and a “curse” for, well, not informing us as to who is feeding us. Burial has the world eating out of his hand, picking and choosing various publications access and admitting truths like “only five people know I make tunes.” Argh. And then there are the artists that leave you a message that reads: “If you are wondering who we are, we will soon reveal all.. we are planning some wonderful all night parties, we wear belts with huge buckles and we play the best music ever.

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