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Dream Theater Unveils Self-Titled Album Artwork, Track Listing

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Dream Theater’s self-titled album – the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records – will be released this coming September 24th, 2013. Guitarist John Petrucci comments:

“I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with guitarist 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 the beginning.

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini’s work, “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

The "Dream Theater" track listing is:

1. False Awakening Suite
i. Sleep Paralysis
ii. Night Terrors
iii. Lucid Dream
2. The Enemy Inside
3. The Looking Glass
4. Enigma Machine
5. The Bigger Picture
6. Behind the Veil
7. Surrender to Reason
8. Along For The Ride
9. 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 also be on tour in Europe in January and February 2014, and in North America in March 2014. Currently announced dates are available right here.

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1. klofi writes:

welp, i didnt know portnoy joined the band again.

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2. Drum_Junkie writes:

^ I know... I would be confused too if I learned to read exclusively from picture books.

If you can read this, please click the (?) underneath the band photo.

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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^LMFAO!!! I love you DJ. \m/\m/

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4. BrianMN writes:

I honestly don't think I've ever witnessed DJ bite at someone...hmmmm...remind me to stay on your good side.
DT.....I'm warming up to the covers simplicity.
It signifies something new on the horizon perhaps....?
Like the song titles.

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5. hellrat writes:

heh! frikken 'Junkie...such a D!CK :)

where the hell ya been brother?

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6. Drum_Junkie writes:

Thanks for the love, guys... I've been lurking sporadicly. Work has had me so busy that I've barely had time to scratch my scrote, much less check MU. Also, been dealing with a few internet issues at home for a couple months that turned out to be a loose wire in AT&T's junction box.

Now that work has slowed down enough that I can actually start getting caught up with it, I should have a bit more time to be more social. At least until vacation in 10 more days. :)

On topic, I'm looking forward to see how Mangini adds his stamp to this album. If Petrucci is to be believed, it will be killer. Lord knows the man has the chops!

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