DREAM THEATER, OPETH: When PORTNOY And KERFELDT Unite!

In anticipation of the Progressive Nation 2008 tour, Roadrunner Records brought together the leaders of the two acts topping the bill DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy and OPETH's Mikael kerfeldt sat for a series of interviews to be posted over the next four weeks leading up to the Progressive Nation kick-off in Los Angeles on May 2. These two self-proclaimed music fanatics talked about everything from their appreciation of each other's bands to ABBA to the upcoming tour.

Watch part one in a series of seven at this location.

DREAM THEATER's first-ever best-of collection, "Greatest Hit (& 21 Other Pretty Songs)", will be available from Rhino on April 1 at all physical retail outlets and www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $19.98 and at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $12.99. The collection contains three newly remixed versions of tracks from DREAM THEATER's breakout 1992 album, "Images And Words": "Pull Me Under" as well as "Take The Time" and "Another Day". The collection's 22 songs are split evenly between two discs, which are divided into "The Dark Side" (the metallic) and "The Light Side" (the melodic).

OPETH's new album, "Watershed", is scheduled for release on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael kerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored OPETH tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.

For more information on the Progressive Nation 2008 tour, visit www.progressivenation2008.com.

(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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