PRESTO BALLET, the project led by ex-METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, will debut its new lineup — consisting of Vanderhoof, former METAL CHURCH singer Ronny Munroe, drummer Bill Raymond, keyboardist Kerry Shacklett and bassist Bobby Ferkovich — when it opens for DREAM THEATER on June 21 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon.
PRESTO BALLET is currently working on its third album for a late summer release via ProgRock Records.
Commented Munroe: "We have been working on PRESTO BALLET's third album and are hoping it will be released later this summer or early fall.
"I'm excited about this new opportunity and although metal has always run in my veins, I like to challenge myself with new creative opportunities.
"I hope you'll support me in this new venture and for those of you in the Portland area, please come out, check out the show and say 'hi.'"
PRESTO BALLET released its second LP, "The Lost Art of Time Travel", in 2008 in the U.S. through ProgRock Records.
PRESTO BALLET's music was previously described as "highly reminiscent of '70s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as YES and KANSAS. Their debut album, 'Peace Among the Ruins', was released in 2005 to general praise and considerable press. Critics consistently commented on the album's warm and organic sound, a feeling created through the use of analog recorders and vintage instruments, played with great skill and precision. The band used no drum machines, digital recorders or sequencers in the studio."