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Even though I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of Dream Theater, a lot of the music I love today surely wouldn’t be the same had they not laid the ground work for progressive metal. Between the Buried and Me would be a deathcore band, for one. Periphery often cites the group, especially considering that guitarist Jake Bowen was a guitar tech for the group.

With this in mind, I always try to give Dream Theater a good shot whenever they release new music despite it never really clicking with me outside of ‘Panic Attack.’ I plan on paying much more attention to their upcoming self titled album; it’s their first self-titled record in their entire career, so they obviously must think this is a defining record.

Either that or they couldn’t be assed to come up with a real title. The album art kind of gives that impression doesn’t it?

From the press release:

Says guitarist John Petrucci about Dream Theater, “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with guitarist Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini’s work, “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

Here’s the tracklist:

1. False Awakening Suite
—i. Sleep Paralysis
—ii. Night Terrors
—iii. Lucid Dream
2. The Enemy Inside
3. The Looking Glass
4. Enigma Machine
5. The Bigger Picture
6. Behind the Veil
7. Surrender to Reason
8. Along for the Ride
9. Illumination Theory
—i. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
—ii. Live, Die, Kill
—iii. The Embracing Circle
—iv. The Pursuit of Truth
—v. Surrender, Trust & Passion

I have a feeling this album’s gonna be long. We’ll find out soon enough! Dream Theater is out September 24th through Roadrunner Records.

– JR


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