"some music was meant to stay underground..."

Dream Theater To Record New Album, Search For New Label

Photo of Dream Theater

Band Photo: Dream Theater (?)

Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater has announced on "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM that the band is currently in discussion with several labels on topic of a new record deal. Meanwhile, the band will be making use of a New York City studio to record it's follow-up to last year's "Octavarium", which is estimated for an April/May release next year. A few excerpts from the drummer's interview on "Friday Night Rocks" follows:

"We've done all of this pretty much on our own at this point. The labels thus far have… With the exception of our heyday 15 years ago, with 'Images and Words' and everything — other than that, we've pretty much just built this thing on our own, so it'll be amazing to see what we can do with a little bit of support."

"We are currently making our new album with Paul Northfield engineering. DREAM THEATER's had the same engineer for the last 10 years — this guy Doug Oberkircher — and for the sake of getting some fresh ears with us in the making of the new album, we're working with Paul, and Paul did [RUSH's] 'Permanent Waves', 'Moving Pictures', and 'Signals', as well as some of the newer stuff, so we're getting RUSH stories every day from Paul about the making of those albums, and how they recorded the guitar solo for 'Limelight'; he would tell us about the change of tide with 'Signals', and stuff ... It's really cool. Paul is an awesome guy."

"Me and Mikael [Åkerfeldt] from OPETH and Steven Wilson from PORCUPINE TREE, the three of us have been talking about doing something for a long time now, it's just been a matter of our schedules not working out, but I think it's inevitable that this project will come off in the near future, as soon as we can find a window that all three of us can together.

"I've done so many projects through the years, but none of them were like a real metal project. I've done prog things or classic-rock things or — you know, OSI, TRANSATLANTIC, those were kind of more proggy — but I've never done like a real metal thing, and that's so much in my blood."

Source: Blabbermouth

What's Next?

Please share this article if you found it interesting.

You can get related band news and info in the sidebar and on the respective band pages.


8 Comments on "Dream Theater To Begin Recording New Album"

Post your comments and discuss the article below! (no login required)

metal2death's avatar

Supporter

1. metal2death writes:

nice

# Oct 7, 2006 @ 11:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

Writer, Reviewer

2. psythe writes:

That "something" that Portnoy, Akerfeldt and Wilson have been talking about sounds ridiculously good.

# Oct 7, 2006 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

3. RememberMetal? writes:

I would absolutely positively lose my mind over the Akerfeldt, Wilson, Portnoy project.

That is almost too much skill and creativity for one album.

Rumor is that Portnoy is pushing for more metal while the other two want something more prog or less aggressive....It's like all parties are trying to get away from their flagship projects which causes a conflict of interest.

I'm thinking Wilson will strike the balance of three because his music balances the extremes of the other twos chosen styles already.

Whether it's all out heavy/death/tech metal or just progressive rock/metal or something entirely differrnt, I am positive that it would be a gem in my music collection.

You can not go wrong with putting those three together. I'm more excited about this project than any other existing side project out there.

They should all take turns playing and writting bass keys/synth parts to keep it interesting.....

# Oct 8, 2006 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
illy-B's avatar

Member

4. illy-B writes:

Glad to hear DT is headed back to the studio. A new pair of ears is just what they need (not that they were getting stale). A project with Akerfeldt, Portnoy , and Wilson would be the coolest thing since really cool things started happening.

# Oct 8, 2006 @ 6:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
5. metalhead644 writes:

im wanting to hear those three come together now! i cant wait to hear what kind of album they put out, as you guys said, no matter what they decide on

# Nov 6, 2006 @ 3:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

6. RememberMetal? writes:

Funny, DT are gearing up for a new record and all we can talk about is the side project....Which is cool to me....DT's vocals annoy the piss out of me 9 times out of 10 (they work for "Sacrificed Sons" though)...I hope it's not asking too much for these guys to make it a double album.

# Nov 6, 2006 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
7. Answer this question writes:

does sum1 here kno anything about scratching on a keyboard? sum dude said it was harder than scratching on a turntable. any takers?

# Nov 6, 2006 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
RememberMetal?'s avatar

Writer/Reviewer

8. RememberMetal? writes:

Depends.

It's not really scratching with a keyboard, there a wheel that distorts notes thats similar to scratching....Theres also an instrument called a continuum, that Dream Theatre actually use that has no frets (think spaces between keyboard keys or the metal slats on a guitar neck)....

That takes considerable skill from what I've seen, never played one myself....But fretless anything is a little more demanding.

Turntable scratching is a touchy subject as there are many styles (some more demanding than others)...it's a timing thing like anything else, and your at the mercy of the rhythm of the wheels....

You could argue that no instrument is more difficult or less than any other really but I'm going with keyboard...I'm not an expert on the instrument(s) though so maybe wait for someone else to pipe up about it.

# Nov 6, 2006 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

To minimize comment spam/abuse, you cannot post comments on articles over a month old. Please check the sidebar to the right or the related band pages for recent related news articles.