DREAM THEATER RETURN WITH 14th STUDIO ALBUM DISTANCE OVER TIME SCHEDULED FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Nov 06 2018
Band To Embark on The Distance Over Time TourÂ of North America Beginning March 2019
Two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans Dream Theater announce the forthcoming worldwide release of their 14th studio album, Distance Over Time on February 22, 2019. Distance Over Time showcases a newfound creativity for Dream Theater while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The album also marks the first for the bandâ€™s new label InsideOutMusic / Sony Music. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour). Distance Over Time was produced by John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.
â€œWhen I listen back to the album, I canÂ distinctlyÂ recall every moment of the writing process; where I was standing in the room, what inspired us inÂ that instantÂ 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 reflectÂ the spirit, joy and passion that went into making the album and for people to walk away feelingÂ some of the organic nature, personality and raw energy that the band captured while together in the studio.Â For me, I think it accomplishes that and I hope that other people will feel the same way,â€ explains John Petrucci.
In June 2018, Dream Theater secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to begin writing for the new record. While spending the summer living together in the property’s adjacent residence, the band spent their days and nights crafting the music that would make up the new album in the â€˜Yonderbarnâ€™; a beautiful and spacious barn that had been meticulously transformed into a state-of-the art film and recording studio. Following an intense & extremely productive period of group writing sessions and wanting to retain the magic that was captured in this scenic and inspiring location, they decided to record the album in the very room they had all convened to write together in. Living together during the writing and recording forÂ Distance Over TimeÂ marked another first for the bandâ€™s 33-year career. The result is a heavier collection of songs that showcases the early roots of the band while exploring new territory as musicians and as friends.
â€œIt was like going back to summer camp,â€ adds James 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€
It has been 3 years since Dream Theater released new music. To announce the details of the brand new album, Dream Theater enlisted the help of one lucky contest winner to break the news of the record to the loyal fans of the band. An Alternate Reality Game was launched that encompassed a â€œtreasure huntâ€ whereby fans were able to search for clues hidden in various photos, videos, social media posts, and more. Ultimately, one lucky winner was given access to content before everyone else including the release date and cover artwork, and the winner would be the one to share the first taste of never before heard music.
Dream Theater is also planning to hit the road in support of the new album.Â The Distance Over Time TourÂ of North America was recently announced and kicks off on March 20, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The tour will run for seven weeks before wrapping up in Mexico City on May 4, 2019.
Information on tickets for all upcoming shows as well as VIP packages can be found at www.dreamtheater.net. More tour dates for the worldwide tour will be announced in the near future.
Progressive metal pioneers Dream Theaterâ€” 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® Award nominations and 15 million records sold worldwide. The 1992 opus Images & Words received a gold certification and landed on Rolling Stoneâ€™s coveted â€œ100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.â€ Guitar World placed the follow-up Awake at #1 on â€œSuperunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994.â€ 1996â€™s A Change of Seasons notably soundtracked NBCâ€™s coverage of Downhill Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Fans voted the 1999 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory the â€œNumber One All-Time Progressive Rock Albumâ€ in a 2012 Rolling Stone poll. Not to mention, it ranked as the â€œ15th Greatest Concept Albumâ€ by Classic Rock. Â 2009 saw Black Clouds & Silver Linings crash the Billboard Top 200 at #6 as A Dramatic Turn of Events  and Dream Theater  maintained a three-peat in the chartâ€™s Top 10. Consequence of Sound dubbed 2016â€™s The Astonishing, â€œAn absolutely unique experience.â€Â Beyond three platinum and two gold videos, the group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. On its 14th full-length and first release for InsideOutMusic / Sony Music, Distance Over Time, the band recharge the brotherhood that has kept them creating music together for over 30 years. Itâ€™s Dream Theater at their most dynamic, direct, and definitive.
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In 2018, InsideOutMusic have been celebrating 25 years as one of the leading labels worldwide for progressive music and is part of the Century Media Label Group, a division of Sony Music.