Sons of Apollo Launch Video for Desolate July

Band Photo - Sons Of Apollo - 23046-2-minFormer Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)–are ringing in the new decade with a sonic boom with their second studio album, appropriately titled, ‘MMXX’ (pronounced: 20/20).

Today they launch the Christian Rios-directed video for the albums third single ‘Desolate July’, a tribute to musician David Z who tragically passed away in 2017.

The band comments: “From the few seconds of hearing this song, it guided me to write the lyrics about our dear friend and colleague, David Z. David was one of the greatest, funniest and kindest humans I have ever known, he had friendships with most all of us in SOA but Mike and I were certainly the closest. I thought it fitting to include this tribute to him from us in this haunting, incredible body of music” – Jeff Scott Soto

“This video is a great tribute to our dear friend David Z. Jeff and I were particularly close with him and I was honored that Jeff invited me to sing the harmonies with him on the Choruses for us to both share our love for our friend that was tragically taken from us way too soon” – Mike Portnoy

Watch the video now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARWOs8h7Hw

Watch the video for the second track ‘Fall To Ascend’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8K02hqnBxE

The bands video for ‘Goodbye Divinity’ has achieved over 3.5 million plays so far. Watch it now here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlyaCqqZ0A

Produced by The Del Fuvio Brothers (Portnoy and Sherinian), ‘MMXX’ will be released on the 17th January 2020 via InsideOutMusic/Sony as a standard CD package, Limited Edition 2 CD package (which includes instrumental mixes and a cappella excerpts), 2 LP + CD package, and on all digital formats.

Pre-order the album here: https://soa.lnk.to/MMXX

“Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut,” outlines drummer Mike Portnoy. “But we feel that it has come out stronger, simply because we know one another better. ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ was the first time the five of us had worked together, so there was bound to be an air of experimentation happening. Now, we can draw on having the experience not only of recording that album, but also of touring together a lot. And now there is clearly a lot more obvious chemistry going on.”

“We did 83 shows on the last tour,” adds keyboardist Derek Sherinian. “And it was so worthwhile, because we came out of it with a stronger bond, and that is certainly reflected in what we wrote.”

The writing process began at the start of the year, as Portnoy, Sherinian and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal got together. “The three of us were at my home studio in Pennsylvania,” explains Portnoy. “And it took about three weeks to get all the music written. That was a very smooth process. The last time, it certainly must have felt a little weird for Bumblefoot to be writing with Derek and me, because we were strangers to him. Now, we know one another better and that helped things push along.”

“Because we all have our home studios, it meant everyone could record there as and when they had opportunity,” continues Sherinian. “We all had the luxury of being able to take our time to get all the parts done, which was a huge help in the way the album’s come out. I suppose in all, it took about eight months to record everything.”

There are eight tracks on ‘MMXX’, with variations in length totalling 60 minutes. “The final song is ‘New World Today, which is 16 minutes long,” says Portnoy. “This one has elements similar to ‘Opus Maximus’ and ‘Labyrinth’ on the previous album. It has some insane, brilliant instrumental moments, which I am sure the fans will love.”

“We wanted to do something epic here, as we did with ‘Opus Maximus’ last time around,” adds Sherinian. “You have to remember that Mike and I come from Dream Theater, where we never bothered about how long a song was. So, for us doing a 16 minute track is not a problem.”

Here’s the track listing for MMXX:

  1. Goodbye Divinity (7:16)
  2. Wither To Black (4:48)
  3. Asphyxiation (5:09)
  4. Desolate July (6:11)
  5. King Of Delusion (8:49)
  6. Fall To Ascend (5:07)
  7. Resurrection Day (5:51)
  8. New World Today (16:38)

The album title was inspired by a simple chronological fact. “This will be released in mid-January 2020,” says Portnoy. “That means it will be one of the first releases in what is a new decade. So I came up with the idea of calling it ‘2020,’ except having it written in the Latin form of ‘MMXX’.” And the album’s artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (who was responsible for the cover design of ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’), which inevitably reflects the title. As Portnoy explains, “For the first record, we had a mythological feel. This time around though, there’s a much more futuristic style to what we’ve got. It has a very 21st century appeal. And the band crest is more polished, cleaned up and a lot more modern than last time, when it had an old fashioned look.”

“Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument,” adds Sherinian. “And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on ‘MMXX’. You can hear odd time signatures and amazingly crazy performances here. Overall, we’ve been satisfyingly more adventurous this time than we were before, and I know people are sure to love what we’ve done.”

In touring news, the band’s headlining “MMXX World Tour” will launch January 23rd in Sacramento, CA, USA and will take them around the world throughout the new year. They have also just announced European tour dates for March 2020, as well as South American dates for April 2020. You can find those below: 

North America 2020

Thu 1/23            Sacramento, CA            Crest Theater        

Fri 1/24             Pomona, CA                 The Glass House (https://bit.ly/2H8kNxY)

Sat 1/25            Los Angeles, CA           The Roxy (https://bit.ly/2H8aLNb)

Sun 1/26           San Francisco, CA        The Fillmore (https://bit.ly/31FYAPj)

Tue 1/28           Salt Lake City, UT         The State Room (https://bit.ly/31D8P7e)

Wed 1/29          Denver, CO                  The Oriental Theater (https://bit.ly/2Z5QC4s)

Fri 1/31             St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater (https://bit.ly/30igOGu)

Sat 2/1             Battle Creek, MI            The Music Factory (https://bit.ly/31IwXVQ)

Sun 2/2             Toronto, ONT.               Mod Club (https://bit.ly/2Z8OuJ8)

Mon 2/3            Montreal QUE.              Corona Theater (https://bit.ly/2KF9eyU)

Wed 2/5            Boston, MA                   Paradise Rock Club (https://bit.ly/2N2rMMx)

Thu 2/6             New York, NY               Gramercy Theater (https://livemu.sc/2KHNN1r)

Fri 2/7               Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak (https://bit.ly/2TLMy4w)

Sat 2/8             Englewood, NJ              Bergen PAC (https://bit.ly/31MKyM7) 

Europe 2020

Fri 2/28              Karlsuhe, Germany                    Crystal Ballroom

Sat 2/29            Karlsruhe, Germany                  Crystal Ballroom

Mon 3/2            Drammen, Norway                    Union Scene

Tue 3/3             Gothenburg, Sweden                 Traedgarn

Thu 3/5             Kyiv, Ukraine                            N.A.U Theatre

Sat 3/7             Moscow, Russia                        RED

Sun 3/8             St Petersburg, Russia                Aurora

Tue 3/10           Pratteln, Switzerland                 Z7

Wed 3/11          Milan, Italy                                Live Club

Fri 3/13             Bilbao, Spain                            Santana 27

Sat 3/14            Barcelona, Spain                       Razzmatazz 2

Sun 3/15           Madrid, Spain                           La Riviera

Tue 3/17           Marseille, France                      Cepac Silo                   

Wed 3/18          Paris, France                            Machine du Moulin Rouge

Thu 3/19           London, U.K.                             Islington Assembly Hall

Fri 3/21             Eindhoven, Netherlands             Prognosis Festival

Sun 3/22           Show Brno, Czech Republic       Sono

Tue 3/24           Kosice, Slovakia                        Colosseum

Wed 3/25          Budapest, Hungary                   Barba Negra

South America 2020

Sat 4/18             São Paulo, Brazil                        Tom Brasil

Sun 4/19            Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                 Circo Voador

Tues 4/21          Santiago, Chile                           Blondie

Thu 4/23            Buenos Aires, Argentina            Teatro Flores

 

SONS OF APOLLO have certainly enriched the music sphere since their formation in 2017. It says much that the huge talent involved immediately combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their #1 debut album, ‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’, acknowledged as one of the finest releases in ’17. Praised by Loudwire as an “…impressive debut disc,” it was released 20th October 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. It debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart at #1, as well as at #10 on the “Rock Chart,” and #33 on the “Top Current Albums” chart.

‘PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ picked up rave reviews upon its release, and got them a nomination at the Progressive Music Awards 2018 for Best International Band:

“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. SONS OF APOLLO are simply a group that are super.” – Classic Rock

“’PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’ is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.” – Prog Magazine

“…’PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY’, truly lives and dies by the instrumentation, which by all involved is next level…At first listen you would be remiss not to draw comparisons from previous works of all involved, though SONS OF APOLLO is not defined by past triumphs. Rather, they represent the bridging of common attractions, with the end result being an album that is fresh and daring.” – Outburn.

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