PORTNOY REVEALS NEW SUPERGROUP
Drummer reunites with his ex-Dream Theater bandmate for Sons Of Apollo.
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.”
SONS OF APOLLO: MAKING GODLY SOUNDS.