Workshop streams live for free December 8-9


SEATTLE, WA – Tommy Rogers, vocalist for progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, and producer Jamie King will host a free, two-day CreativeLive “Studio Pass” workshop next week on Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST (12 p.m. – 7 p.m. EST). In this class, Rogers and King will share their signature approach to production – how things should run in a studio to get a final track that sounds like the band on its best day, but not over-produced. Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look as Rogers and King track drums, bass, vocals and guitar for a song from Rogers’s latest solo album Modern Noise. Head over to CreativeLive ‘Music & Audio’ at: for more information and to enroll for free today.

Since its inception in 2010, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 600 courses to more than 2 million students worldwide. Now streaming live from studios in Seattle and San Francisco, CreativeLive hosts workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training, unlocking previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.


Tommy Rogers is the lead singer and keyboardist for Between the Buried and Me, a progressive metal band from N.C. Since starting the band in 2000 with former members of the metalcore band Prayer for Cleansing, Rogers has recorded eight studio albums and two live DVDs and toured internationally with bands ranging from Opeth and Dream Theater to Meshuggah and Coheed and Cambria. In 2011, Rogers released Pulse, his first solo album as Thomas Giles on Metal Blade. In 2014, he scored his first full-length feature film, due out in 2015, and recently released Modern Noise, the follow up to Pulse, on Metal Blade Records.

Jamie King is a highly sought after record producer, mixing and mastering engineer from Winston-Salem, N.C. He is best known for his work with Between the Buried and Me, producing most of their studio LPs. King has been recording since 1996 and has an extensive list of credits in metal and hard rock, producing and mixing albums for bands like The Contortionist, Scale the Summit, He is Legend, Alesana and A Skylit Drive. Labels like Metal Blade, Victory, Prosthetic, Solid State/Tooth and Nail, Tribunal and Sensory seek out King for his ability to create sonically discreet mixes with real, musical dynamics that still match the loudness demanded by modern rock and metal standards. King primarily works out of his private project studio, The Basement Recording NC, and occasionally offers workshops on recording theory and practice.

Stay tuned to CreativeLive’s ‘Music & Audio’ channel at: for more information on “Studio Pass:Tommy Rogers & Jamie King” and other upcoming classes.

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-the Hellion

JAMES LABRIE: New Song “I Got You” Launched; Guitar Play-Through and Drums Studio-Clip Posted!




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Dream Theater vocalist JAMES LABRIE’s new studio album effort entitled Impermanent Resonance, was recently released worldwide via InsideOutMusic and continues to turn heads.

Therefore, another new song from Impermanent Resonance, entitled ‘I Got You’, has been launched
promotionally as stream via the InsideOutMusic YouTube-channel here:

Additionally, an entertaining guitar-play through clip by Marco Sfogli for ‘Letting Go’ can be seen here:

Also, a comprehensive clip featuring drum-recording footage of several Impermanent Resonance album songs by drummer Peter Wildoer at Sweden’s Fascination Street recording studios can be checked out here:

Upon release, Impermanent Resonance managed to enter the national sales charts in Germany on position # 48 and The Netherlands on position # 67 as well as UK’s Rock Album Chart on position # 22.

More online action for Impermanent Resonance:
“Agony” guitar play-through by Marco Sfogli:
“Agony” drum recordings by Peter Wildoer:
“Agony” stream:
“Agony” free download:
“Back On The Ground” lyric-video:
Album stream via Revolver Mag. site:

Impermanent Resonance was, just like the previous Static Impulse album from 2010, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street recording studios (Kreator, Opeth, Paradise Lost, etc.) with Jens Bogren and this time also Tony Lindgren, while artwork duties were handled by Gustavo Sazes / (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Kamelot, etc.).

Next to the standard CD and the Digital Download format, Impermanent Resonance is also available in Europe as limited edition Digipak featuring alternate artwork and two bonus tracks as well as on limited LP version (with the full album as bonus CD). All available European formats can be purchased here:

Impermanent Resonance
James LaBrie – Lead Vocals
Matt Guillory – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marco Sfogli – Guitars
Ray Riendeau – Bass
Peter Wildoer – Drums, Screams

Selected JAMES LABRIE Solo Discography:
Keep It To Yourself (MullMuzzler) – 1999
MullMuzzler 2 (MullMuzzler) – 2001
Elements Of Persuasion – 2005
Static Impulse – 2010
Impermanent Resonance – 2013

James LaBrie online:

Dream band lineups


One of the questions I see the most is “What would your dream band lineup alive or dead be?” I have pondered this question many times and I come up with different answers each time. So I decided to  write about it and come up with three bands. One with band members who are no longer with us, one with all living band members, and comprised with both. I will try to give reasons why and even try to give my fantasy bands an appropriate name.

From the other side,


Bon Scott, AC/DC (deceased 19 February 1980) – vocals

Dimebag Darrell, Pantera/Damageplan/Rebel Meets Rebel  (deceased December 8, 2004) – guitars

Randy Castillo, Lita Ford/Ozzy/Motley Crue  (deceased  March 26, 2002) – drums

John Entwistle, The Who (deceased  27 June 2002) – bass

I can only imagine what a jam session with these guys would sound like. I hope that they are hanging out on the other side. I think the combination of these “gentlemen” would make for a unique sound. I chose the name “Sophisticated Hooligans” for them because the oxymoron just suits the attitude I imagine they would have.

Still with us,


Sebastian Bach, Skid Row/Solo – vocals

Zakk Wylde, Ozzy/Pride & Glory/Black Label Society – guitars

Justin Manning, Crowned By Fire – guitars

Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath – bass

Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater/Adrenaline Mob/Flying colors – drums

I shudder to think of the destructive power this band would have, hence the name “Cosmic Destruction”. There would have to be a warning label on the CDs and at the live performances. All of these players have that explosive power that would give this band the ability to crush your chest and have you thank them for it.


Some still with us and some not


Paul Rodgers, Free/Bad Company – vocals

Randy Rhoads, Quiet Riot/Ozzy (deceased  March 19, 1982) – guitars

Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers – bass

John Bonham. Led Zeppelin (deceased  25 September 1980) – drums

The mixture of Paul Rodgers beautiful voice combined with Randy Rhoads melodic playing style would compliment each other so well. Combine that with Flea holding down the bottom end and John Bonham keeping the beat and WOW! I know this lineup seems kind of weird but I think it could work. As for calling the band “Retrograde”, I think it just sounds cool.


There you have it those are just my thoughts, please share yours!!!

the Hellion