DREAM THEATER Guitarist John Petrucci - "We Knew We Had To Make The Kind Of Record That Warranted A Self-Title"
September 13, 2013, 10 months ago
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DREAM THEATER are gearing up for their 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records, due out on September 24th. The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with guitarist John Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki (RUSH) engineering and mixing. Guitarist John Petrucci recently spoke with MusicRadar.com about the record:
"On our last album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, we had a lot to prove," says Petrucci, referring to the late 2010 split by founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy. "We were put under the microscope on that record. There were a lot of questions in the air. But the success of that album and the tour that followed really energized us, and we felt like a new band again. We took all of that positive energy into the recording of the new album."
The decision to go with an eponymous title is usually arrived at late or at the end of a recording process, but the members of Dream Theater (Petrucci, vocalist James LaBrie, keyboardist Jordan Rudess, bassist John Myung and not-so-new-guy-anymore, drummer Mike Mangini) made their call before a lick of music had been tracked. In fact, the name of the album helped shape their music. "When we chose to call it Dream Theater, we knew we had to make the kind of record that warranted a self-title," Petrucci says. "We were intent on making something that looks back on and respects our past, but it also pushes us forward in a very passionate and fiery way."
In addition to picking a title, Petrucci, who produced the record, sat down with the band to map out an agenda. "Before we set foot in the studio, we talked about the kind of record that we wanted to make," he says, "and I put together a proposal outlining my thoughts. One of my jobs is to corral the team and build a plan: Who’s the engineer? Who’s our mixer? Where are we going to do it? It’s all part of formulating what direction the record should take."
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Dream Theater – the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records – will be released September 24th. The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with guitarist John Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki (RUSH) engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first on which he was a part of the writing process from day one.
Dream Theater tracklisting:
'False Awakening Suite'
i. Sleep Paralysis
ii. Night Terrors
iii. Lucid Dream
'The Enemy Inside'
'The Looking Glass'
'The Bigger Picture'
'Behind The Veil'
'Surrender To Reason'
'Along For The Ride'
i. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
ii. Live, Die, Kill
iii. The Embracing Circle
iv. The Pursuit of Truth
v. Surrender, Trust & Passion
'The Enemy Inside' lyric video:
Dream Theater will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 gram double LP, and a limited edition boxed set. For more details visit Dreamtheater.net.