South African drummer Aquiles Priester posted a teaser video yesterday of his upcoming solo album that features Kevin Moore. The album, titled "Our Lives, 13 Years Later...," contains 10 tracks and was created with Seattle-based guitarist Gustavo Carmo – with Moore appearing on the album's seventh track, titled "1Cluttered9 Inbox0." Priester met Carmo while the two were on the same record label in 2001, and they later reconnected in the bands Versover and House of Bones, according to an announcement on Priester's Facebook page.
"As the name suggests, [the album] chronicles thirteen years of their lives, showcasing what they’ve accomplished, and how they’ve grown and matured as high caliber musicians in this profession of music," said the announcement, which was written by Antonio Carlos Monteiro. "This piece of art is heavily rooted in progressive rock, but pulls punches from many different genres and styles, creating a style defying, timeless classic."
In addition to Moore, the album's other special guests special guests are Tony MacAlpine (guitar and keyboard), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Greg Howe (guitar), Nili Brosh (guitar), and Seda Baykara (violin).
To view the teaser video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDOt7nulmt4
Sept. 25, 2014 - Moore to appear on Aquiles Priester's upcoming solo album
South African drummer Aquiles Priester announced on his website last month that Kevin Moore is among a handful of guest musicians to appear on his upcoming solo album. Priester, who worked on the album with Seattle-based guitarist Gustavo Carmo, said the album was recorded over 2013 and 2014 and will be mixed and mastered by Adair Daufembach at Daufembach Studio in São Paulo.
"The whole album was conceived through studio jams in a very spontaneous way," the announcement said on Aug. 7. "It is an instrumental record that totals 9 songs, and counts on the following guest musicians: Bruno Ladislau, Francis Botene, Greg Howe, Juninho Carelli, Kevin Moore, Nili Brosh, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore."
Priester is the current drummer of Brazilian power metal band Hangar, German power metal band Primal Fear, and progressive metal bands Midas Fate and Noturnall. He is also ex-drummer of Brazilian metal band Angra and was among a handful of drummers who auditioned to replace Mike Portnoy in Dream Theater in 2010.
To view the announcement on Priester's website, click here: http://aquilespriester.com/site/first-instrumental-album-of-aquiles-priester-and-gustavo-carmo-the-first/
Aug. 25, 2014 - Moore contributes keyboard parts to song by Drumquake
Kevin Moore revealed via Twitter earlier today that he contributed parts to a song titled "Electrified" by Drumquake, a Los Angeles-based band founded by drummer Sander Owen. Owen writes and produces the band's songs and they only release digital singles, according to the band's website.
"When I heard 'Colorblind' with Chroma Key — the band that Kevin Moore started after leaving Dream Theater — I bought it immediately," Owen posted on the band's website on June 24. "I started playing around with an idea. What if he could guest on my next record? It had several noteworthy participants already; he might actually take me seriously. I sent him a request, and waited. Just when I thought all hope was lost, he replied and said yes! Mr. Moore has a practical approach to music production, which suits me fine. I’m proud to have worked with him, and — as you can hear on 'Electrified' — his keyboard playing rocks."
For more information about Drumquake click here: http://www.drumquake.com
Aug. 20, 2014 - Amadeus Awad announces release date, party for EP feat. Moore
Last month, Amadeus Awad released a "premix" version of the title track from the upcoming EP on SoundCloud. The 7:24 track also features Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen and Ark's former drummer John Macaluso. Last year, Awad praised Moore's work on the EP in a handful of interviews.
In an interview with LebMetal, a Lebanese hard rock and heavy metal website, he said the following: "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."
To view info about the release party on Facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1538208723057285/
July 3, 2014 - Amadeus Awad shares "premix" of new track featuring Kevin Moore
"You waited long enough, we waited long enough, and here it is," Awad wrote in an announcement on Facebook. "A full premix of the title track of the upcoming EP 'The Book of Gates' is now yours."
Last year, Awad praised Moore's work on the EP in a handful of interviews. In an interview with LebMetal, a Lebanese hard rock and heavy metal website, he said the following: "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."
To hear the song, click here: https://soundcloud.com/amadeusawad/the-book-of-gates-full-song
March 24, 2014 - Petrucci mentions Moore in interview about DT's early days
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently shared some memories of Dream Theater's early days involving Kevin Moore in an interview with FaceCulture.com, a Netherlands-based music website, conducted during the European leg of the band's "Along for the Ride" tour. In the interview, Petrucci recalls the first riff he ever played on guitar, which incidentally took place at Moore's house.
"The first riff I ever played was 'Hey Hey, My My' – Neil Young," Petrucci said in the interview, which was conducted on Feb. 17. "Very simple guitar part. I was hanging out at a friend's house – actually at Kevin Moore, our first keyboard player, his house. And there was a bunch of guys jamming, and I didn't really play. I was pretty young. And they were like – 'Hey, play this riff, it's really easy.' And I played that." Petrucci continued: "Myself, Kevin and John, we grew up together in our hometown on Long Island, and we were among a large community of musicians. A lot of kids played. I don't know what it was, but for some reason there were tons of bands. There were always parties to go and play, and jam, and jam sessions. It was a big part of how I developed my skills as a guitar player. But even with all those bands and all those people, myself and Kevin and John, we kind of just slowly rose up as being the known guys – the known band…because we were like totally into it. We practiced for six hours a day. We were just completely obsessed. There were other guys that were really good. But I don't think they were as hardcore obsessed about it as we were."
Of listening to Dream Theater's 1989 debut album When Dream and Day Unite, Petrucci said: "I hear young guys that didn't know what they were doing. We went into the studio – we were really young. It was our first album. We had like no time to do it, no experience. The amp I used wasn't even mine. The guitars, I borrowed. We had fun." He continued: "It just seems like that of youth – not as developed as it is now. I think there's some good moments in the songs, and I think that we certainly established the style that would take us through the rest of our career – you know, sort of that progressive metal sound was absolutely established on the first record. But you can definitely hear the immaturity as musicians, as players, as writers. And personally, I think it's gotten better throughout the years.
Of the band's breakthrough album Images and Words in 1992, Petrucci said: "Images and Words, I feel like we made a major leap. We had a different vocalist – James really ended up being the big sound of the band vocally and has been with us ever since. So that was a huge difference. The time that we spent preparing for that album and writing and auditioning singers and being in that sort of limbo stage made us really hungry to want to do well and get another shot at it. And so I think it has a bit more maturity. I think it was produced well. It sounds better. It's mixed better."
To view the full interview, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llAkozqrxwI
March 3, 2014 - In Progress releases North Atlantic Echoes EP featuring Moore
"Lo, and behold! The official release of North Atlantic Echoes," the band said on its Bandcamp page. "We are very proud of the album and hope that everyone enjoys it! We are still working on raising money to press physical copies, but did not want to delay the digital release any longer."
Fans giving more than $10 should e-mail the receipt and shipping address to InProgressSF@gmail.com, and the band will mail a physical compact disc when they are ready. Those giving more than $30 should e-mail their receipt and address to the same e-mail address, and the band will send the stem tracks for "Chasing Ghosts", "Cloudburst," and "Graveyard Snowfall" in addition to the physical CD when it is ready. The band also supports those who do not want to pay anything, the page said.
In other news, the track "Cloudburst" is appearing on a compilation, titled Oceanic Prog, which includes "ocean-bound and independent progressive bands in APP Format," the band said today on Facebook. The Oceanic Prog album is available for free in the Amazon Appstore for Android phones and tablets, and in the Barnes & Noble Appstore for Nook devices. The album is also coming soon for iOS and Kindle. In addition, a music video for "Cloudburst" has been created and designed by Chiral Media Australia to support the launch.
To visit In Progress's Bandcamp page, click here: http://inprogressofficial.bandcamp.com/
To download the Oceanic Prog compilation, click here: www.spaceprog.com
To view the music video for "Cloudburst," click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ikxHgvIz8o
Feb. 15, 2014 - Moore contributes keyboards, programming to song by Madwork
Kevin Moore announced today that he contributed keyboards and programming last year to a song by Madwork, an industrial metal band from Italy. The song, titled "Rain," is the closing track to the band's album Obsolete, which was released by Underground Symphony Records on Sept. 15, 2013.
"The new studio album from italian band Madwork: 13 tracks of pure adrenaline!" reads the band's website. "Electronic metal, tinged with industrial atmospheres, catchy riffings and thrilling melodies: an impressive musical journey that will leave you breathless. With the special appearance by Kevin Moore in the song 'Rain.' Recorded and mixed by Marzio 'Mr.Z' Francone at Snooky Records Studios, Obsolete will be released September 15, 2013 in deluxe digipak edition and in digital music stores."
Madwork, which formed in 1999, has one previous studio album titled Overflow, which was released in 2005. The band's website describes the music as "immediately reaching the heart of listener for the perfect balance of heavy riffs and melancholic arpeggios, distorted bass, dark and electronic atmospheres, airy openings and catchy vocal melodies."
To visit Madwork's website, click here: www.madwork.net
To hear a video teaser of the Obsolete album, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dPz5dXkpHI&list=UUkEPPpLoxGZQGlTMwKX_hmA&feature=c4-overview
Feb. 8, 2014 - Chroma Key's Dead Air For Radios now available on Bandcamp
Moore created the Bandamp page last month and first made available for purchase the album Shine, which is his soundtrack to the 2006 Turkish film "Küçük Kiyamet (The Little Apocalypse)." That album is available in a digital version for $8 and a compact disc version for $12. Shortly thereafter, he made available for purchase Memory Hole 1, which is the 20-track album that consists of an 80-minute program he created for Radio for Peace International in 2004. That album, priced at $8.95, includes complete compact disc artwork in PDF format to print a hard-copy version of the album.
To purchase a digital album of Chroma Key's Dead Air for Radios in Bandcamp, click here: https://kevinmoore.bandcamp.com/album/dead-air-for-radios
Feb. 2, 2014 - Streaming audio available for tracks from Memory Hole 1
"Saya, another RFPI volunteer, graciously agreed to recite the inscription on the statue of liberty for me," Moore wrote in the description for "Mother of Exiles." "She decided to do a few versions and I decided to use them all. Various hate speech recordings from James [Lathams'] archives. Live jamming at around the 5:00 mark - jamming on the groove with friends (Andreas on bass and his drummer friend) in San Jose. I played Casio. The computer recites the poetry of George W. Bush."
Moore created the Bandamp page last month and also made available for purchase the album Shine, which is his soundtrack to the 2006 Turkish film "Küçük Kiyamet (The Little Apocalypse)." That album is available in a digital version for $8 and a compact disc version for $12. Memory Hole 1, priced at $8.95, includes complete compact disc artwork in PDF format to print a hard-copy version of the album.
To hear the latest song added to Tumblr, click here: http://bigdeadned.tumblr.com/post/75782506565/12-black-horse-carousel
To purchase Memory Hole 1 page on Bandcamp, click here: https://kevinmoore.bandcamp.com/album/memory-hole-1
Jan. 28, 2014 - Petrucci talks about DT's decision to debut "Space-Dye Vest"
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently shared his thoughts on the band's decision to perform "Space-Dye Vest" live in concert for the first time. Italian music website SpazioRock posted a video interview yesterday in which the guitarist said it was his idea to a play a suite of songs, which ultimately included "Space-Dye Vest," from the band's 1994 album Awake in recognition of its 20th anniversary. The haunting piano-driven ballad is widely considered to be Kevin Moore's signature song, as he is credited with writing the song's music and lyrics and he departed the band shortly after the tune was recorded.
When asked why the band hadn't previously performed the song, Petrucci said: "I’m not really sure. It’s actually a wonderful song to play live. It has a lot of emotion. It’s very dynamic. And I think it’s a really cool song... I know initially after that album came out that song felt a little bit like a studio track type of thing, but I think we were wrong to think that because now playing it live it feels really natural."
Of paying tribute to Awake on this band's current tour, Petrucci said: "It was my idea to do a tribute to the Awake album, because this year marks the 20th anniversary since it's been released. And we wanted to do a nice suite of songs from that album, just to show people that we’re playing tribute to that album."
To full the full interview on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ffybW-Svc
Jan. 26, 2014 - Memory Hole 1 now available for download on Bandcamp
Kevin Moore has made Memory Hole 1 available again for download a decade after its initial release. The 20-track album, which was first released in January 2004, consists of an 80-minute program that Kevin Moore created for Radio for Peace International. The download, priced at $8.95 on Bandcamp, includes
complete compact disc artwork in PDF format to print a hard-copy version of the album.
"This album is a document of a three-part radio program I produced at Radio for Peace International, a shortwave station in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica, in 2004," Moore said on his Bandcamp page. "The program was centered on spoken-word samples from shows broadcast by the station. I produced original music for the program, and collaborated with others locally and via email: Bob Nekrasov and Saya recorded monologues in Ciudad Colon. Daniel Beierstettel, a former RFPI volunteer, contributed tracks from Germany. Theron Patterson emailed grooves and muzak from Istanbul. Music from third parties was used for a few backing tracks, namely by Múm, Fela Kuti and The Who. Far right radio samples were contributed by station owner James Latham, excerpted from his two-part radio investigative program The Far Right Radio Review."
Moore created the Bandamp page earlier this month and made available for purchase the albumShine, which is the keyboardist's soundtrack to the 2006 Turkish film "Küçük Kiyamet (The Little Apocalypse)." That album is available in a digital version for $8 and a compact disc version for $12.
To visit the Memory Hole 1 page on Bandcamp, click here: https://kevinmoore.bandcamp.com/album/memory-hole-1
Jan. 23, 2014 - Moore posts news, videos on topics from inmates to Pine Ridge
"The community of Sioux is confined to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, about 75 miles southeast of the Black Hills," Andrew Katz wrote in the story for Time. "In 1890, it was the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Today, it’s one of the most impoverished counties in the nation—a ground zero for substance abuse, gangs and domestic violence. It’s also a final resting place for millions of misinformed opinions that nothing else happens there."
Moore's other Tumblr posts have included a link to a video documentary about American Indian activist John Trudell, a map of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a photo of the exterior of the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, and link to a trailer for a documentary titled "The Grey Area" about the lives of inmates at a maximum security women's prison in Iowa.
To view Huey's photos of Pine Ridge on the Time website, click here: http://lightbox.time.com/2013/05/28/why-we-look-again-aaron-huey-at-pine-ridge/#1
Jan. 22, 2014 - Moore sells Shine t-shirt and another Chroma Key demo cassette
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 include five versions of Moore's This Is a Recording CD that features demos from 1994-1997, 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, 10 copies of Chroma Key's three-song cassette demo with and without inserts from 1996, 13 versions of Chroma Key's "Colorblind" CD single from 1999, and a Chroma Key t-shirt. He also sold 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.
To visit Kevin Moore's eBay page, click here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/fightevilrecords
Jan. 16, 2014 - Dream Theater performs "Space-Dye Vest" live for first time
The haunting piano-driven ballad, "Space-Dye Vest," is widely considered to be Moore's signature song, as he is credited with writing the song's music and lyrics and he departed the band shortly after the tune was recorded. Dream Theater's former drummer Mike Portnoy had previously said that the band would never perform the song. "We definitely would never play this live without Kevin in the band," Portnoy said in his website's FAQ. "It was totally 100% his song and had we known he was about to quit the band, we wouldn't have even put it on our album."
However, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci had a different opinion when asked about the song last year by the blog I Heart Guitar. "I mean, you never know," Petrucci told the blog. "I’m not sure how great of a live song that’d be. It’s obviously very mellow and spacey and atmospheric. I mean, it could be a cool moment in the set. It’d certainly be rewarding to people that have wanted to hear that. It’s not the first song I’d go to when thinking of what to play in a live show... It might depress the audience. But it’s a cool song. I’m sure eventually we will but I haven’t thought too much about that at this moment."
In January 2011, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess and vocalist James LaBrie performed a piano-only version of the song during a Jordan Rudess & Friends show in Tarrytown, New York. When introducing the tune that night, LaBrie said that "Space-Dye Vest" was Kevin's "swan song" and also praised Moore for his creativity. "I have the utmost respect for Kevin, and I think he's incredibly talented," LaBrie said. "This was the last song he did with us, and I think appropriately so it was very different from anything that we were doing."
To view fan-filmed video of Dream Theater's first-ever performance of "Space-Dye Vest," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1PtXospXI
Jan. 12, 2014 - Moore launches new Bandcamp page and Tumblr blog
The second new webpage is a blog on the social-networking website Tumblr. The blog, which is titled Big Dead Ned, currently displays two quotes from German writer and composer Hildegard von Bingen as well as a YouTube video about five members of the Lakota Nation and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota who ran in the New York City Marathon in November 2013. The runners raised more than $20,000 through their participation in the marathon to help build a youth center in Pine Ridge, which is the second largest reservation in the country. They originally planned to run the marathon in November 2012, but the race was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy, according to an article in the New York Daily News.
To visit the Bandcamp page, click here: https://kevinmoore.bandcamp.com/album/shineTo visit the Tumblr page, click here: http://bigdeadned.tumblr.com/