James LaBrie has been a bit of a workhorse lately, with Dream Theater‘s eponymous album and his solo disc ‘Impermanent Resonance’ both having hit shelves in 2013. Now, he’s set to release a nine-song digital EP named after the opening track on his solo album.
The effort will not feature any brand-new songs, but will boast a number of gems and unheard remixes that fans will surely love to get their hands on.
The EP opens up with the title track in the same form as the album version. The rest is filled with songs that appeared as Digipack bonus tracks along with demo versions of others and an alternate mix. ‘Unraveling’ and ‘Why’ were Digipack bonus tracks from the physical release of ‘Impermanent Resonance.’ ‘Coming Home’ features an alternate mix and the demo version of ‘Jekyll or Hyde’ and ‘Just Watch Me’ were all featured as Digipack bonus tracks and the Japanese release of ‘Static Impulse.’
Where things really get interesting is what has not been available until now. ‘I Tried,’ ‘Over the Edge,’ and ‘Euphoric,’ all song off LaBrie’s 2010 solo effort ‘Static Impulse,’ have undergone the re-mixing process courtesy of DJs Jason Miller, Multrix, and NeonGenesis respectively. Each artist put a unique dubstep/electronica spin on their track, which will offer a fresh and interesting interpretation of songs we’ve all come to know and love.
Following up on the success of his latest studio album, "Impermanent Resonance", Dream Theater's James LaBrie is set to release a new Digital EP entitled "I Will Not Break" on January 6th, 2014 in Europe and January 14th, 2014 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
The exact European release dates per country are as follows:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND / NORWAY / AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND:Friday, January 3, 2014.
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE:Monday, January 6, 2014.
ITALY/SPAIN:Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
SWEDEN/HUNGARY:Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
JAMES LABRIE - "I Will Not Break" Digital [EP] (2014)
The "I Will Not Break" EP will include 9 (!) tracks and a total playing time of 38 minutes for a special low-price with the following tracklisting: 1. I Will Not Break (3:52)
2. Unraveling (3:31)
3. Why (3:45)
4. Coming Home (Alternate Mix) (4:23)
5. Jekyll Or Hyde (Demo) (3:48)
6. Just Watch Me (Demo) (4:17)
7. I Tried (Jason Miller Re-mix) (5:13)
8. Over The Edge (Mutrix Re-mix) (4:33)
9. Euphoric (NeonGenesis Re-mix) (4:41)
While the opening title track is the album version taken from the "Impermanent Resonance" release, the songs 2 and 3 were previously only released physically as Digipak bonus tracks. Song 4 is an alternate mix version and songs 5 as well as 6 are special demo versions, all previously only released physically as bonustracks on the Digipak and the Japanese edition for the "Static Impulse" album in 2010. Songs 7, 8 and 9 are special dub step / electronica re-mixes of "Static Impulse" songs, previously unreleased (Song 7 was only available physically in Japan before). The re-mixes were done by US-based DJ's Jason Miller, Mutrix and NeonGenesis. The cover artwork for the EP was once again designed by Gustavo Sazes / abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Kamelot, etc.).
You can pre-order the "I Will Not Break" Digital EP here: www.itunes.com
Check out the EP's title-track "I Will Not Break" in a static video via the IOM YouTube channel here:Youtube
James LaBrie checked in to comment about the upcoming EP release as follows:
"Hey Everyone! Matt, Marco, Peter, Ray and yours truly are very pleased to release this digital EP. It will show some of the songs with alternate mixes as well as letting you hear Matt's exceptional voice with some of the songs in their demo versions. We also had 3 of the songs mixed in dub step stylings to give them a somewhat interesting flavour and twist. Hope you all enjoy this release, I personally think it is very cool. All the best in the New Year and see you out there...."
Most recently, the James LaBrie track "Lost In The Fire" was used by the Swedish sound library company Toontrack Music to promote the launch of one of their new products. Check out the trailer here:Youtube
James LaBrie's latest studio album "Impermanent Resonance" was, just like the previous "Static Impulse" album from 2010, mixed and mastered at Sweden's Fascination Street recording studios (Kreator, Opeth, Paradise Lost, etc.) with Jens Bogren and this time also Tony Lindgren. Upon release, "Impermanent Resonance" managed to enter the national sales charts in Germany on position # 48 and The Netherlands on position # 67 as well as UK's Rock Album Chart on position # 22.
James LaBrie Solo Discography: Keep It To Yourself (MullMuzzler) - 1999
MullMuzzler 2 (MullMuzzler) - 2001
Elements Of Persuasion - 2005
Static Impulse - 2010
Impermanent Resonance - 2013