Based in Pennsylvania, Next To None features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band have been honing their craft for several years, recording a self-released EP and playing various live gigs, including a slot at the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 cruise. Later that year, the band went into the studio to record their debut album. At the ripe young ages of 15 and 16, they emerged with an album they and producer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) are extremely proud of. A Light in the Dark also features guest appearances by Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses) and prog legend Neal Morse.
Drummer Max Portnoy says, “It’s so exciting to be signing with InsideOut…the home of the greatest prog bands in the world! We are honored to be part of the family.”
Says producer Mike Portnoy, “Producing the Next To None album was like a trip back in time for me. I couldn’t help but be reminded of recording my very first album with Dream Theater back in 1988. These boys have talent and maturity way beyond their years. It’s obvious in their playing abilities, but I was most impressed with their writing and creative abilities. Six of the songs spread across the album tie together to create a conceptual piece…for a group of 15 & 16-year-olds to be thinking in big master strokes like that is absolutely incredible. They are doing things musically and thematically as teenagers that I wasn’t exploring until I was in my mid twenties and thirties!
I must point out that THEY wrote all of the music and performed all of their instruments on the album. I do not want people to think that my role as producer had anything to do with those areas…it is all THEM! My main role was to help them explore the studio for the first time and help them learn the ropes in that department. I couldn’t be prouder of this album and think that Next To None represents the next generation of progressive metal.”
A Light in the Dark is due for release worldwide on InsideOut July 10, 2015.
A Light in the Dark tracklist:
1. The Edge Of Sanity
2. You Are Not Me
4. A Lonely Walk
7. Social Anxiety
9. Blood On My Hands
CD-only bonus tracks:
10. Fortune Cookie
Next To None online: