- DREAM THEATER RELEASE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR â€œTHE ALIENâ€ FROM THE UPCOMING ALBUM A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD August 13, 2021 https://youtu.be/V462IsOV3js THEIR 15th STUDIO ALBUM SCHEDULED FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON OCTOBER 22nd – NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER https://dream-theater.lnk.to/AViewFromTheTopOfTheWorld Band To Embark on Top Of The World Tour Across North America Beginning October 28th (New York, NY) â€“ Following the recent announcement of their 15th studio album A View From The Top Of The World, two-time GRAMMY-nominated and millions-selling progressive music ...
- DISTANCE OVER TIMEÂ IS THE FORMULA FOR DREAM THEATERâ€™S SUCCESS ON THE U.S. CHARTS March 6, 2019 Latest Album Lands at #5 on the Top Current Album and #24 on the Billboard 200 Amid Worldwide Critical Acclaim Band To Embark on The Distance Over Time Tour of North America Beginning March 2019 The world has now had a chance to experience the latest release, Distance Over Time, from two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive ...
- DREAM THEATER RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR â€œPARALYZEDâ€ – THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM THEIRÂ UPCOMING ALBUMÂ DISTANCE OVER TIMEÂ February 8, 2019 https://youtu.be/C7m7l8iqGAk NEW ALBUM SCHEDULED FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 22, 2019 NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ATÂ https://dream-theater.lnk.to/DistanceOverTime Band To Embark onÂ The Distance Over Time TourÂ of North America Beginning March 2019 There is a palpable excitement level surrounding two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans,Â DreamÂ TheaterÂ and their upcoming 14thÂ studio album,Â Distance Over Time.Â On the heels of two recently released tracks, â€œUntethered Angelâ€ ...
Chemistry triggers action. The bonds of disparate elements yield friction, energy, and ultimately incite creation. It happens throughout all of existenceâ€”especially in music.Â The music of Dream Theater relies on the interplay and brotherhood of the musicians as much as it does on the harmony of the instruments. In fact, the chemistry the band unlocked upon forming in 1985 remains central to the music they create today. The progressive metal pioneersâ€”James LaBrie (Vocals), John Petrucci (Guitars), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards), John Myung (Bass), and Mike Mangini (Drums)â€” share a unique bond with one of the most passionate fan bases around the globe as evidenced by their two GRAMMYÂ®Â Award nominations and 15 million records sold worldwide.
Among numerous accolades, 1992â€™sÂ Images & WordsÂ received a gold certification and landed onÂ Rolling Stoneâ€™s covetedÂ â€œ100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.â€Meanwhile,Â Guitar WorldplacedÂ Awakeat #1 onÂ â€œSuperunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994.â€Â Excerpts of 1996â€™sÂ A Change of Seasonsnotably soundtracked NBCâ€™s coverage of Downhill Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Fans voted the 1999Â Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemorytheÂ â€œNumber One All-Time Progressive Rock Albumâ€in a 2012Â Rolling Stonepoll. Not to mention, it ranked as theÂ â€œ15thGreatest Concept Albumâ€byÂ Classic Rock.
2009 sawÂ Black Clouds & Silver Liningscrash theÂ BillboardÂ Top 200 at #6 asÂ A Dramatic Turn of Events andÂ Dream Theater maintained a three-peat in the chartâ€™s Top 10. Most recently, 2016â€™sÂ The Astonishingattracted widespread praise withÂ Consequence of Sounddubbing it,Â â€œAn absolutely unique experience.â€
In addition to releasing three platinum videos and two gold videos, the group would be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. On its 14thfull-length and first release for InsideOutMusic / Sony Music,Â Distance Over Time, the band recharge the brotherhood that has kept them creating music together for over 30 years.
For the first time in two decades, the bandmates lived, wrote and recorded together over a four-month period at the secluded, five-acre Yonderbarn studios in Monticello, NY. They all moved into the propertyâ€™s country-house where they shared memories, took turns manning the BBQ and fortifying lifelong friendships as the music happened organically and spontaneously throughout the summer in the beautifully converted barn only footsteps away.
â€œOf course weâ€™ve written many records together, but weâ€™ll traditionally move into a studio to track the record and during that time everybody either commutes or stays in a hotel,â€ says Petrucci. â€œThis time around we approached things differently; up at Yonderbarn there were no distractions so we were able to just focus on being creative, spending twelve-to-fourteen hours a day working while also having fun in between the writing sessions. Weâ€™d take turns cooking for each other like brothers in a fire house and since it was summertime, the upstate New York weather was beautiful. Thereâ€™s something about jamming and writing as a unit while youâ€™re bonding, eating, drinking bourbon and just hanging out that helps infuse the music with a special feeling and a raw, palpable energy.â€
â€œIt was like going back to summer camp,â€ grins LaBrie. â€œBeing around each other the whole time made it that much more of a profound experience. I think the songs reflect the energy. It was a lot of fun to have a situation so powerful at this point in our career.â€
â€œWith what we had to do and the kind of record we wanted to make, it was the right way to write and record,â€ adds Rudess. â€œWhen we would lay out all of the parts and start composing, there was a feeling we hadnâ€™t felt in a long time. There were a lot of smiles.â€
With every reason to smile, the five musicians immediately locked into a groove and identified a collective vision. They upheld the hallmarks of their signature sound combining metallic aggression and progressive scope, but within the framework of tighter songwriting.
â€œEverybody felt like it was time to return to the roots and make a more organic record,â€ Petrucci elaborates. â€œWe collaborated to bring back the heavy and proggy sides of what we do and make music thatâ€™s really fun to play. The environment empowered us to do so.â€
Album opener â€œUntethered Angelâ€ commences with ominous clean guitar before ramping up into a hypnotic and hard-hitting riff that gives way to a sweeping and soaring hook. Heavily employing Hammond X5, Rudess locks into anÂ â€œorgan-and-guitarâ€call-and-response with Petrucci, evoking classic prog while charting new territory all the same.
â€œJohn has some of the most tastefully crafted leads in the business, so that forces me to step up my game to the max,â€ Rudess goes on. â€œIt opened up a different avenue for us to trade back and forth.â€
â€œSubject-wise, itâ€™s about me seeing that a lot of people, especially our youth, are afraid to take their lives in certain directions because of fear,â€ explains Petrucci. â€œThey have fear of the unknown, fear of what other people think, and fear of not being good enough. So, the song urges letting go of yourself, not letting fear win, and untethering yourself from the feeling of fear that stops you from doing things.â€
The ten-minute â€œAt Witâ€™s Endâ€ swings from sharp shredding into a thick groove as LaBrie paints an intense portrait of the aftermath of abuse.
â€œWhen women have been violated, they suffer from PTSD,â€ says the singer. â€œThey can never really view themselves as the same people, because for all intents and purposes, they arenâ€™t. It creates a lot of divide in relationships. It can be impossible for couples to overcome. In a lot of instances, they donâ€™t make it, and they break apart. In the song, the woman is at her witâ€™s end, and the man is assuring her they can get through it.â€
â€œBarstool Warriorâ€ offers up an intimate slice of small town lore with cinematic lyrics as â€œOut of Reachâ€ sees the band stretch its wings with a poetic ballad with lyrics penned by LaBrie. The haunting and maddening â€œRoom 137â€ marks the first time Mangini contributed lyrics to a Dream Theater song, while everything culminates on the epic-sounding â€œPale Blue Dot,â€ whichÂ â€œhighlights Carl Saganâ€™s meaningful reflection on humankindâ€™s fleeting nature and our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to cherish the â€˜Pale Blue Dotâ€™ which is Earth.â€as Petrucci puts it.
In the end, the union between Dream Theater stands at its strongest onÂ Distance Over Timeâ€”as does the music.
â€œThis record is all about the experience for us,â€ Petrucci leaves off. â€œThe process and environment were a big part of the meaning and significance. I hope people walk away with the feeling of unity, camaraderie, joy, and inclusion we felt. Thereâ€™s a spirit, which is really magical. When I listen back to the album, I can distinctly recall every moment of the writing process; where I was standing in the room, what inspired us in that instant and the meaning behind each song. As a producer, my goal was to try and create the best-sounding Dream Theater record weâ€™ve ever made so that listeners can just be enveloped in the music. I really wanted this recording to truly reflect the spirit, joy and passion that went into making the album and for people to walk away feeling some of the organic nature, personality and raw energy that the band captured while together in the studio. For me, I think it accomplishes that and I hope that other people will feel the same way.â€