MusicPro (UK) Group News - 17th February 2012

James LaBrie Halfway Through Fifth Solo Album!

James LaBrie - Dream Theater

With Dream Theater currently at the peak of their popularity, frontman James LaBrie is still managing to work on his own solo projects and is apparently halfway through completing his fifth solo album.

LaBrie told online blog Attention Deficit Delirium, "Right now, Matt Guillory, I and the other guys are writing. We’re about halfway through. I would say our main focus is that we want to raise the bar as far as the actual song compositions, so with the arrangements we want to see if we can better ourselves first and foremost. As far as the elements that we want to include or implement into the music, a lot of those elements will be familiar because we want to keep it consistent. It has to make sense and have a sense of continuity from where we left off, but there are some things that we’re talking about we want to bring in that will bring in some intriguing kind of sonics to give it its own identity."

LaBrie made it clear that although he wants to keep the new solo material within fans expectations, he's also keen to experiment with new new sounds and genres and said, "In as much as I want to make it so that it is known that it is me, at the same time I want to be able to experiment. I don’t want to feel that I’m constrained or have to sound in this vein of music or I’m going to lose my listeners. I think if anything they want to hear new things, and that’s what we did coming from Elements Of Persuasion to Static Impulse. It was all about that. Hitting them over the head with Static Impulse, I don’t think a lot of them were expecting there to be the thrash metal or screamo vocals on a James LaBrie album. It also has to be sincere and genuine. Matt and I over the years have appreciated that approach, and what I said when we were actually implementing the screamo vocals into the Static Impulse album was, ‘I don’t want to look at it like it’s a vocal, I’d rather view it as an instrument. This instrument has a distinctive sound. Where can we bring it in and have it really embellish the direction of the song or that certain section?’ So that’s what we did."

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