Dec. 31, 2013 - Moore sells, auctions more rare remaining solo, Chroma Key items

More remaining rare items have found new homes from Kevin Moore's stock of solo and Chroma Key music.  The keyboardist held six separate sales and auctions on eBay this month for items dating back to the mid 1990s.  The most popular item was a sealed compact disc of his demos from 1994-1997, titled This Is a Recording, which was originally available in 1999.  The CD went for $152.50 after 18 bids on Dec. 7.  Four more copies of the demos disc went in a separate sale for $100 each on Dec. 22.

Other items sold this month included his last remaining "Colorblind" CD single from 1999 with artwork, which was unsealed and went for $77.60 after 28 bids.  He also sold his last four copies of the single without sleeve artwork for $12 and his last Chroma Key three-song cassette demo "that just needed to be cleaned of some sticker residue" for $25.
  Lastly, there was a package that consisted of a concert poster promoting Moore's 2007 solo show at Balo Stage in Istanbul, along with his compact discs of his two soundtrack albums Ghost Book and Shine, that went for $47.52 after four bids on Dec. 31.

Since early November, Moore has sold or auctioned numerous rare and last remaining items from Chroma Key's early days.  The previously sold or auctioned items includ
e eight sealed versions of Chroma Key's Dead Air for Radios CD from 1998, a rare Japanese version of the Dead Air for Radios CD from 1998, nine copies of Chroma Key's three-song cassette demo with and without inserts from 1996, eight sealed versions of Chroma Key's "Colorblind" CD single from 1999, and a Chroma Key t-shirt.


To visit Kevin Moore's eBay page, click here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/fightevilrecords


Nov. 27, 2013 - Amadeus Awad announces release date of album featuring Moore
Amadeus Awad will release an album featuring Kevin Moore on Feb. 13, 2014.  The Beirut-based progressive metal act announced on Facebook earlier today that Amadeus Awad's EON, the collaborative project between Amadeus Awad and vocalist Elia Monsef, is in the final stages of completing their EP, titled The Book Of Gates.

"After few hiccups along the way as a result of previous collaborators’ departure, Monsef and Awad decided to carry on and continue the production of the EP," the announcement said.  "
The lineup is final and ready to be released on the 13th of February 2014."

The EP's roster of guest musicians includes Moore on keyboards, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Stratovarius's former guitarist Timo Tolkki, and Amanda Somerville, an American singer-songwriter primarily known for her work with symphonic metal bands such as Trillium, Avantasia and Epica.

To visit Amadeus Awad's Facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/amadeus.awad.official


Nov. 24, 2013 - Moore auctions off CK t-shirt; sells last demos, "Colorblind" singles
A rare Chroma Key t-shirt hit the auction block and some other early items sold like hotcakes last week, courtesy of Kevin Moore.  The keyboardist held an auction on eBay last week for an orange Chroma Key t-shirt, size XL,  from the Dead Air for Radios era.  The t-shirt, which was listed at $0.99, sold for $51 after 12 bids over a seven-day span on Nov. 23.

In addition, the last eight sealed versions of the CD single for Chroma Key's 1999 song, "Colorblind," sold out in just over 10 minutes for $11 each on eBay.  The four final three-song Chroma Key cassette demos, without the album insert, sold for $25 each in about 35 minutes the same day.

It was the third straight week that Moore has sold or auctioned rare Chroma Key items on eBay.  The previous sales include his final five copies of Chroma Key's three-song cassette demo with album insert included, which were priced at $25 each and sold out in just over an hour.  Those sales came just a few days after he sold his last eight sealed versions of Chroma Key's Dead Air for Radios for $15 each and auctioned off a rare Japanese version of the album for $51 after 22 bids over a three-day period.

To visit Kevin Moore's eBay page, click here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/fightevilrecords


Nov. 14, 2013 - Moore sells last five Chroma Key three-song cassette demos
Kevin Moore announced via Facebook this past weekend that he was selling his final five copies of Chroma Key's three-song cassette demo, which was originally available in 1996 and has a tracklisting is "On the Page," "Sounds Like Watercolor" and "Chroma Key."  The cassettes were priced at $25 each and sold out in just over an hour on eBay.  The sales came just a few days after Moore sold his last eight sealed versions of Chroma Key's Dead Air for Radios for $15 each and auctioned off a rare Japanese version of the album for $51 after 22 bids over a three-day period.

Fans commented on Moore's Facebook page that the cassette tape sales were taking them down memory lane.  One such commenter was Sean Andrews, the bassist for Redemption, which is the side project of Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder.  Andrews said Moore personally handed a cassette to him at NAMM.  "You had a bunch of them in a backpack," Andrews wrote.  "I wore that tape out. Good stuff!"

To visit Kevin Moore's eBay page, click here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/fightevilrecords


Nov. 7, 2013 - Moore sells last sealed versions of Dead Air For Radios
Kevin Moore took to eBay earlier this week to sell his final sealed versions of Chroma Key's Dead Air for Radios.  The keyboardist announced on Facebook that he was selling his last eight sealed versions of the 1998 album for $15 each.  In a separate post, he announced an auction for a rare Japanese version of the album that contains bonus demo tracks of the songs "On the Page" and "Chroma Key." 

The eight standard versions sold out in under 10 minutes, according to the item's purchase history page.  Meanwhile, the auction for the Japanese version started at $0.01, and after 22 bids over a three-day period ultimately sold for $51.

To visit Kevin Moore's eBay page, click here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/fightevilrecords


Sept. 26, 2013 - Alder talks "O Chloroform"; Moore's enrollment in medical school
Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder recently shared his thoughts on Kevin Moore's latest lyrics and revealed some of the keyboardist's non-music pursuits.  The heavy metal website Dead Rhetoric earlier this week posted an interview with Alder in which the singer explained how Moore came to contribute lyrics to "O Chloroform," the ninth-track track on Fates Warning's soon-to-be-released eleventh studio album, Darkness In a Different Light.  The album is slated for release on Sept. 30 in Europe, and Oct. 1 in North America.


"That's a funny one," Alder said of "O Chloroform."  "It's Kevin Moore's lyrics.  Go back to the Arch/Matheos thing, which at one point were supposed to be the songs for the new Fates Warning album, but I didn't work on them as much as I should.  Kevin, Jim and myself were working on a song, one of which ended up on the Arch/Matheos record.  He had written lyrics for that and they were unused, and when we were doing this song, I had my melody and Jim said, 'What about Kevin's lyrics?'  He gave them to me, and the melody was put together and it fit perfectly.  It took some weight off my back.  It's such a cool song, but I have no idea what the hell he's talking about... I know what chloroform is, but I don't know what he's talking about [laughs].  I should ask him, and every time I ask Jim, he tells me to ask Kevin, but good luck finding him."


The interviewer then asked Alder if Moore is still living in Turkey, to which Alder replied: "He's in America now;  he's going to be a doctor.  He's in his third year of medical school."


To read the full interview, click here: http://www.deadrhetoric.com/features/fates-warning-quite-a-bit-left-to-say/


Sept. 23, 2013 - Moore offers download-only version of the film soundtrack Shine
Kevin Moore announced yesterday that he is now offering a download-only version of his soundtrack to the 2006 Turkish film
"Küçük Kiyamet (The Little Apocalypse)," which he has previously described  as a "kind of supernatural, post-traumatic drama centered on Turkey's recent earthquakes."  The album, titled Shine, can be purchased through his official website: www.chromakey.com.


Shine was originally made available in 2010 when Moore launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com asking fans to pledge donations to assist in the manufacturing and distribution of the album.  Fans successfully met the fundraising goal of $3,000 in less than 24 hours.


To purchase the download-only version, visit the official website of Chroma Key: http://www.chromakey.com/#ecwid:category=0&mode=product&product=4358541


Aug. 29, 2013 - Moore co-wrote song on upcoming album by Fates Warning
Kevin Moore has once again teamed up with progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning and is credited with co-writing a track on the band's upcoming album.  The collaboration was revealed earlier today in a review by Brian Heaton of The Breakdown Room, an online forum for fans of Queensrÿche.  In the review, Heaton said that Moore contributed lyrics to music written by Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos on "O Chloroform," the ninth track on the band's soon-to-be-released album, Darkness in a Different Light.

"The beginning of 'O Chloroform' harkens back to OSI at times, the collaborative project of Matheos and keyboardist Kevin Moore," Heaton wrote.  "Not surprisingly, Moore co-wrote the track, penning the lyrics to Matheos' music.  Moore has previously appeared as a guest on a number of Fates Warning releases, including 1997's A Pleasant Shade of Gray."

Fates Warning's eleventh studio album, Darkness in a Different Light, is slated for release on Sept. 30 in Europe and Oct. 1 in North America.  It is the band's first album since 2004's FWX.  Moore has previously appeared as a guest keyboardist on the band's A Pleasant Shade of Gray (1997) and Disconnected (2000) albums and also appeared on "At Fates Hands," a song from the band's 1989 album, Perfect Symmetry.

To read a copy of Heaton's review on Amazon, click here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1APNO381EAPM9/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00EC6W0AG&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=5174&store=music


July 14, 2013 - Chaos Venture releases teaser of upcoming album featuring Moore
Chaos Venture, a progressive psychedelic rock band based in Italy, posted a video teaser online this weekend that features song clips from its upcoming album slated to be released through Underground Symphony Records on Oct. 29.  The teaser includes a 15-second clip of a song, titled "Abduction," that features Kevin Moore and can be heard starting at the video's 3:29 mark.

The band is also continuing to raise funds on Musicraiser to aid in the album's marketing efforts, as well as the creation of a video and vinyl version.  Those who contribute will receive merchandise ranging from an exclusive t-shirt to an autographed poster depending on the amount of their donation. 

Other prominent guest musicians on the album are Fates Warning's former drummer Mark Zonder and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri.  The band has described the music as "space metal."

To view the video teaser, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GNUfcaIR3Yw


June 24, 2013 - Chaos Venture raising funds for new video, vinyl and marketing
Chaos Venture, a
progressive psychedelic rock band based in Italy, announced this past weekend that it is raising funds on Musicraiser to aid in the band's marketing efforts as well as the creation of a video and vinyl version of its upcoming album that features Kevin Moore.  Those who contribute will receive merchandise ranging from an exclusive t-shirt to an autographed poster depending on the amount of their donation, the band said. 

"We are here on Musicraiser to ask our fans, followers and all passioned for new experimental sonorities for a little help," the band said on its Musicraiser page.  "In fact, we would like to raise an adequate budget to fund the proper marketing and promotion a project such as Chaos Venture really deserves.  Moreover, we will devote part of this campaign's income to the realization of an official video clip.  Finally, with your help we will also be able to release a vinyl version of our album Chaos Venture 1.0, scheduled to be released on October 29, 2013."

The band has previously said its upcoming album will be released through Underground Symphony Records and that Moore appears as guest keyboardist on a song titled "Abduction."  Other prominent guest musicians on the album are Fates Warning's former drummer Mark Zonder and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri.  The band has described the music as "space metal" in a video trailer containing rough mixed songs that was posted online in January.

The visit Chaos Venture's Musicraiser page, click here: http://www.musicraiser.com/projects/1225-chaos-venture


May 23, 2013 - Wiche hosting birthday jam and chat room for Moore's birthday
Luis Rubio, also known as wiche on The Mooreatorium Forum, has announced plans to host a Kevin Moore-themed radio station and chat room this Sunday, May 26, in celebration of Moore's 46th birthday.  The station, dubbed WKMO, will include an assortment of songs from Moore's time with Dream Theater, Chroma Key and OSI
as well as his various guest appearances.  Wiche has hosted similar listening parties in the past to celebrate Moore's birthday and anniversaries of select Moore-related albums.

"Hit the links below, tune in and chat with fellow KM disciples all day/night!" said Phil Harwood, also known as sknowbird on The Mooreatorium Forum, earlier today in a post promoting the party on Facebook.


To visit the chat room, click here: http://www.chatzy.com/89840328628313
To visit the radio station, click here:
http://wkmo.listen2myradio.com/


May 18, 2013 - Chaos Venture album featuring Moore to be released Oct. 29
Chaos Venture, a progressive psychedelic rock band based in Italy, announced earlier today on Facebook that its upcoming album featuring Moore will be released through Underground Symphony Records on Oct. 29, 2013.  The band previously said that the album features Moore as guest keyboardist on a song titled "Abduction."

Other prominent guest musicians on the album are Fates Warning's former drummer Mark Zonder and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri.  The band has described the music as "space metal" in a video trailer containing rough mixed songs that was posted online in January.

"A new genre named space metal will drive you to the next level of awareness, pushing our consciousness to the real genetic origin of the human being," the band said in the video.  "The bible tells us about beings that have come from other worlds and made the mankind; over centuries these beings have been transformed into divinities and the original plurality has been reduced to a single god."

To visit Chaos Venture's Facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Chaos-Venture-137045072998531/


April 19, 2013 - Amadeus Awad praises Moore in interview with Lady Obscure
Beirut-based progressive metal musician Amadeus Award shared  his thoughts about Kevin Moore's playing ability and his reaction to securing the keyboardist as a guest musician on his band's upcoming EP, The Book of Gates, in a recent interview with LadyObscure.com, a music website.  The interview was brought to our attention earlier today by the lady herself, Nem Nol, in an e-mail to The Mooreatorium.

"I love Kevin’s work," Awad said in the interview.  "I am a huge fan of the early Dream Theater albums, and a die hard for the OSI sound.  The guy is insane.  I have always thought that the ultimate thing is to have this genius on board taking care of the keyboard department.  In the early stages of writing The Book Of Gates, I told the guys in the band that I will contact Kevin to have him record the keyboards for us.  Of course everyone thought I was losing my mind."

To view the full interview, click here: http://www.ladyobscure.com/portfolio/amadeus-awad/


April 10, 2013 - Amadeus Awad posts teaser of upcoming EP featuring Moore
Beirut-based progressive metal musician Amadeus Awad has posted a minute-and-a-half teaser of his band's upcoming EP, The Book of Gates, on ReverbNation, a music-hosting website.  He also linked an interview on his Facebook page earlier this week with LebMetal, a Lebanese hard rock and heavy metal website, in which he discussed the EP's roster of guest musicians – including Moore on keyboards, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Stratovarius's former guitarist Timo Tolkki, and Amanda Somerville, an American singer-songwriter primarily known for her work with symphonic metal bands such as Trillium, Avantasia and Epica.

Of Moore, Awad said in the interview: "Personally, I think if you want a collision between years of experience and amazing technique from one side, and extreme sensitivity and attention to emotional details from the other, you cannot but work with this superb artist.  Kevin managed to create a unique sound for The Book Of Gates, he studied our ideas, dissected our vision and came up with an artistic landscape of sounds that can paralyze any other keyboardist.  I am sure keyboard player in Lebanon will enjoy what we came up with together with Mr. Moore, there is a lot one can learn by watching the masters at work."

To hear the teaser on ReverbNation, click here: http://www.reverbnation.com/amadeusawadseon

To read the interview with LebMetal, click here: http://www.lebmetal.com/2013/04/interview-with-eon-amadeus-awad/


April 9, 2013 - Dream Theater's Images and Words wins March Metal Madness 2013
Dream Theater's 1992 breakthrough album Images and Words has been named "greatest metal album" in a fan-voted tournament, titled March Metal Madness 2013, coordinated by Loudwire, a hard rock and heavy metal news website.  Kevin Moore was the band's keyboardist for the album and penned the lyrics to three songs including the hit single "Pull Me Under," which reached #10 on the Billboard charts.  

To win, Images and Words beat out Metallica's Master of Puppets by garnering 58.87% of the total vote in the final round, which saw more than a quarter-million votes cast overall.  Prior to that, Images and Words defeated Megadeth's Rust in Peace in the semifinals and in the earlier rounds beat out Dio's Holy Diver, AC/DC's Back in Black, and Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance.

"Congratulations to Dream Theater and their landmark album Images and Words," Loudwire said earlier today in the announcement.  "Through the power of social media and an incredibly dedicated fan base, Images and Words is the champion of March Metal Madness 2013."

To view Loudwire's announcement, click here: http://loudwire.com/dream-theater-images-and-words-wins-march-metal-madness-2013/


Jan. 19, 2013 - Fates Warning to "maybe" perform APSOG in its entirety in 2014

Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder said earlier this week that the band could perform its 1997 concept album, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, in its entirety once again as soon as next year.  The remark came in response to a fan's question on Twitter about the band's propensity to play songs from that album in concert.  The album, which consists of one song divided into twelve chapters, featured Kevin Moore on keyboards.

"Yeah, we've always played a few parts.." Alder wrote on Jan. 16.  "Maybe next year we'll play the whole thing.. Maybe.."

For Kevin Moore fans, the topic begs the question whether the keyboardist could join the band for such performances.  In a 2010 interview with The Breakdown Room, a rock music e-zine, Fates Warning and OSI guitarist Jim Matheos said the band would likely invite Moore to reprise his role should they ever perform the entire album again in the future.

"We have such a connection with OSI that I really don't want to dabble with it outside of that and mix up the chemistry," Matheos said when asked of the possibility of Moore contributing keyboard parts to future Fates Warning albums.  "A lot of Fates stuff isn't keyboard-oriented, so I don't see it happening as far as appearance on studio albums.  But any time he wants to come play live, I am all for that.  I'd love to play all of A Pleasant Shade of Gray again at some point."


To view Ray Alder's recent comment on Twitter, click here: https://twitter.com/realrayalder/status/291418529239019521


Jan. 17, 2013 - Long Island college ensemble performs "Space-Dye Vest"
Kevin Moore's signature song has been brought to life by a college ensemble in his hometown area.  Suffolk County Community College's Contemporary Music Ensemble recently performed Dream Theater's 1994 song, "Space-Dye Vest," a haunting piano-driven ballad written by Moore just prior to his exit from the band.  The Mooreatorium obtained audio of the performance this week from Alex Nohai-Seaman, an assistant professor of music at the college, and has uploaded it for listening convenience to SoundCloud.

"I chose to perform this piece with the group after seeing Dream Theater in Richmond this summer," Nohia-Seaman said in an e-mail to The Mooreatorium.  "My ensemble originally consisted of a few guitarists, piano, cello, percussion, and the soprano.  There is not a whole lot of classical music we could have performed with that instrumentation, so I thought 'Space-Dye Vest' would be fun for the kids to try."

Nohai-Seaman said the ensemble ultimately included the soprano, a 12-string guitar, bass, piano, viola, cello, a drum set, percussion, and four electric guitarists
one of whom performed a synthesizer at the end of the song.  The assistant professor also said that a former student is believed to have video footage of the performance, but he is not sure sure if, or when, he will be able to get a copy of it.

To hear the ensemble's performance, click here: https://soundcloud.com/the-mooreatorium/space-dye-vest-performed-by


Jan. 14, 2013 - Amadeus Awad seeks keyboardist to perform Moore's parts

Beirut-based progressive metal musician Amadeus Award announced today he is seeking a keyboardist to perform the parts recently recorded by Kevin Moore for his band's upcoming EP, The Book of Gates.

"Dear all, Amadeus Awad's
EON is looking for a keyboardist," he announced on Facebook.  "You all know that the keyboard parts on our EP 'The Book Of Gates' are recorded by the great Kevin Moore (OSI, ex-Dream Theater), so if you think you got what it takes to play this role send an e-mail to manager@amadeusawad.com.  Candidates should be serious, have great techniques and are willing to travel with the band.  Spread the word."

In other news, Awad also announced today that another well-known musician appearing on his band's upcoming EP is Amanda Somerville, an American singer-songwriter primarily known for her work with symphonic metal bands such as Trillium, Avantasia and Epica.

To view Amadeus Awad's Facebook post about seeking a keyboardist to play Moore's parts, click here: http://www.facebook.com/arctic.insanity/posts/460205417376564?comment_id=4229150¬if_t=like


Jan. 4, 2013 - Chaos Venture posts trailer of new album featuring Kevin Moore
Chaos Venture, a progressive psychedelic rock band based in Italy, posted a video trailer today on Facebook that features song excerpts from its upcoming album, which the band previously said features Moore as guest keyboardist on a song titled "Abduction."  In the teaser, the band describes the music as "space metal."

"A new genre named space metal will drive you to the next level of awareness, pushing our consciousness to the real genetic origin of the human being," the band said in the video.  "The bible tells us about beings that have come from other worlds and made the mankind; over centuries these beings have been transformed into divinities and the original plurality has been reduced to a single god."


The video also reveals that the band's new album is "coming soon" and that the trailer's music contains "rough mixed songs."  Other prominent guest musicians on the album are Fates Warning's former drummer Mark Zonder and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri.


To view the band's video trailer, click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0oKlOoT1yo