An invite-only listening party for the new self-titled album from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER was held last night (Tuesday, July 30) at Germano Studios in New York City.
According to Bryan Reesman of Attention Deficit Delirium, who attended the event, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci praised the "incredible work" of mixer and engineer Richard Chycki during his announcement to the media present. The guitarist explained that the group decided to make the new CD a self-titled affair "because we want to show that the best is yet to come. We're just as passionate, or even moreso now, about writing, creating and playing together as a band and moving forward. There is no better way to illustrate that than to self-title an album and say this is an album you can point to as a new fan — maybe that the first time you heard of our band was this album. Or maybe you've been listening to us for a long time and have something that you can really identify with."
Reesman also reports that some of the new DREAM THEATER material is "more commercially friendly in a good way."
"What has always been our nemesis is the preconceived notion of what DREAM THEATER represents musically, and there so many facets to us," DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie told Reesman during the playback. "I always feel that on every album there is a song that is right for a crossover and could allow us to reach a wider audience. The problem has always been that people look at us as superfluous or self-indulgent, that we're technically based and not song based. That's bullshit and the furthest thing from the truth. We're always trying to create something that is memorable, and to me, that's what a song is about."
Read the entire report, and check out photos, at Attention Deficit Delirium.
"Dream Theater" will be released on September 24 via Roadrunner Records. The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with 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.
"Dream Theater" track listing:
01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. 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
"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.
DREAM THEATER will be on tour in Europe in January and February 2014, and in North America in March 2014.
Pictured below: DREAM THEATER with mixer and engineer Richard Chycki