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Canadian instrumental progressive band Cydemind celebrates Dream Theater’s “Images & Words” 25th Anniversary with acoustic cover

By Joel Barrios, Rock at Night Miami’s correspondent

Canadian instrumental progressive newcomers CYDEMIND have just released an acoustic cover of DREAM THEATER’s “Another Day” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Images & Words album.

‘’Dream Theater is without any doubt a band that had a monstrous influence on us growing up. Personally, I discovered Images & Words at around 15 years old and it quickly became one of my favorite, if not MY favorite album of all time, says violinist Olivier Allard. It was in my mind to make an arrangement of Another Day for quite a long time, and the 25th anniversary just gave me the little push I needed. Kev and Cam automatically went on board for this project. It was a fun thing to do’’.

The song was shot and recorded in a small church near Montreal, Québec. Drummer Alexandre Dagenais produced, directed and edited the video. CYDEMIND released their first album Erosion on may 26th, available on Bandcamp, Itunes, Amazon, Spotify, and every other digital platforms.

In a world where so much music is bland and generic, CYDEMIND are breath of fresh air! Mixing progressive rock, jazz, classical, and progressive metal, Montreal-based CYDEMIND are a special and unique band, one we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future. Influenced by such bands as Dream Theater. Symphony X. Haken, Neal Morse Band, and jazzmen like Avishai Cohen and Tigran Hamasyan, violinist Olivier Allard describes their sound as “violin meets instrumental prog metal!”.

The band’s first album entitled ‘Erosion’, comprises six tracks centered around the theme of nature and its persistence through time. Epic is the word here, with one track clocking in at an impressive 27 minutes. To further the creative emersion of ‘Erosion’, the album’s booklet contains lyrical poems written by pianist Camille Delage, which describe each music piece; a unique and pleasing concept. ‘Erosion’ was released on May 26th and is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers.

The band will embark on a mini-canadian tour in August, stopping in Quebec City (August 18th), Montreal (August 19th) and Toronto (August 20th), as part of the Proggy Nights in Canada tour with UNIVERSE EFFECTS and PYRAMID THEOREM.

Credits : 
Music by Dream Theater
Arranged by Olivier Allard
Performed by Olivier Allard (violin), Camille Delage (Piano), Kevin Paquet (Guitar)
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Matthieu Vanasse
Video produced, directed and edited by Alexandre Dagenais (Drums)
Additionnal engineering by Emile and Jeanne Massie-Vanasse

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Joel Barrios

My name is Joel Barrios. I'm a Miami-based freelance multidisciplinary designer and professional photographer, born some decades ago in the mysterious and beautiful island of Cuba. For me web-programming, graphic design and photography are just way of life. It's not a job but a passion that you grow with every day. Despite I studied software development, I've been a self-taught designer and photographer for most of my life, and dabbling with code and digital manipulation software have become my natural element. I enjoy many other types of photography, but my passion for music has driven me into concert photojournalism. I strive at capturing the moments you might have missed even if you were at the show, I want my photographs to help you to relive the moment or to make you feel like you were there part of the audience.

I have a big family, my happy team: my wife, four daughters and two cats.
About Joel Barrios (92 Articles)
My name is Joel Barrios. I'm a Miami-based freelance multidisciplinary designer and professional photographer, born some decades ago in the mysterious and beautiful island of Cuba. For me web-programming, graphic design and photography are just way of life. It's not a job but a passion that you grow with every day. Despite I studied software development, I've been a self-taught designer and photographer for most of my life, and dabbling with code and digital manipulation software have become my natural element. I enjoy many other types of photography, but my passion for music has driven me into concert photojournalism. I strive at capturing the moments you might have missed even if you were at the show, I want my photographs to help you to relive the moment or to make you feel like you were there part of the audience. I have a big family, my happy team: my wife, four daughters and two cats.

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