Drum­mer re­unites with his ex-Dream Theater band­mate for Sons Of Apollo.

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Mike Port­noy has re­vealed he’s been se­cretly work­ing with his for­mer Dream Theater band­made Derek Sherinian on a new pro­gres­sive metal project called Sons Of Apollo. Their de­but al­bum The Psy­chotic Sym­phony will be out via In­sid­eOut in late Oc­to­ber, and the Neal Morse Band drum­mer ad­mits he’s re­ally ex­cited about it.

“Derek and I haven’t been in a real band to­gether since we were in Dream Theater nearly 20 years ago,” says Port­noy, who worked with Sherinian be­tween 1994 and 1999. “Af­ter I left Dream Theater [in 2010], Derek and I did some in­stru­men­tal tours un­der the name of PSMS [with Billy Shee­han and Tony Ma­calpine] and we had so much fun that Derek re­ally urged me to de­velop some­thing into a real full-time band, but I was re­ally busy with The

Win­ery Dogs, Metal Al­le­giance, Fly­ing Colors, Neal Morse Band… but ear­lier this year, Derek came knock­ing again and the time seemed right.”

Join­ing the pair are Mr Big’s Billy Shee­han (bass), gui­tarist Bum­ble­foot (ex-Guns N’ Roses) and Yng­wie Malm­steen vo­cal­ist Jeff Scott Soto. The drum­mer de­scribes it as his “dream line-up” and re­veals that the chem­istry of th­ese tal­ented mu­si­cians has changed the band’s musical di­rec­tion.

“When Derek and I first en­vi­sioned what we wanted to do, we pic­tured it be­ing more along the lines of Dream Theater, and where he and I left off 20 years ago,” he says. “Once we started writ­ing with Bum­ble­foot, things started go­ing into so many other places. He’s got this crazy sound coming off his fret­less dou­ble-neck gui­tar so it comes out sound­ing like Meshug­gah some­times. Jeff’s got a way of writ­ing in­cred­i­bly catchy cho­ruses and his singing has some of that swag­ger of Deep Pur­ple or Van Halen, so it ended up be­com­ing very song-ori­en­tated.”

Of the al­bum’s eight tracks, three are what Port­noy de­scribes as “10-minute prog epics.” He adds, “The in­stru­men­tal that closes the al­bum is hands-down one of the cra­zi­est in­stru­men­tals I’ve ever heard. We took it to the max and back.”

Sons Of Apollo – who take their name from the Greek god of mu­sic – will tease their first sin­gle Signs Of The Time in Au­gust, with a sec­ond, Coming Home due in Septem­ber. They’re cur­rently plan­ning a tour which will be­gin in early 2018. NRS

“It’s one of the cra­zi­est in­stru­men­tals I’ve ever heard.”


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