France's U-Zine.net recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. Watch the 18-minute chat below.According to Billboard.biz, DREAM THEATER's "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" has topped the pan-European album chart. The set jumps 14-1 in Finland and debuts at No. 3 in Germany and Holland, No. 4 in Hungary, No. 5 in Italy, No. 9 in France and No. 23 in the United Kingdom, the band's best ranking there to date. DREAM THEATER is on a steady upward curve on the composite European chart, having opened at No. 7 with its first Roadrunner album, "Systematic Chaos", in 2007 and No. 16 with "Octavarium", on Atlantic in 2005. "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" has registered the following first-week chart positions: Australia: #16
The Netherlands: #3
USA: #6 "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" sold 40,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. DREAM THEATER's last CD, "Systematic Chaos", opened with 36,000 units in 2007 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 19. 2005's "Octavarium" premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36. In addition to the standard-version CD, DREAM THEATER's tenth studio album, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", was also made available on vinyl LP, as well as a three-disc, special-edition CD that includes the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs.