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Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Veteran progressive metal band Dream Theater is set to release The Astonishing, an ambitious double concept album, on Jan. 29. The band premiered the album’s lead single, “The Gift of Music,” in an interview with Rolling Stone in which guitarist John Petrucci discussed the project’s origins.

Consisting of 34 tracks spread across two acts, The Astonishing is available now for pre-order at all DSP’s (http://flyt.it/DTTheAstonishing), with all orders accompanied by an instant grat download of “The Gift of Music,” which is streaming on Dream Theater’s official YouTube channel. “The Gift of Music” plus additional Dream Theater material also can be streamed here: http://flyt.it/DTTheAstonishingSP.

The Astonishing also will be available in a range of distinctive versions, including standard two-CD set, four-LP vinyl box set and a limited edition deluxe box set, all of which are available for pre-order at http://flyt.it/DTTheAstonishingStore.  (more…)

Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Events take a dramatic turn for Dream Theater
Keyboardist Jordan Rudess discusses the new album and more

It has been a wild 15 months for Dream Theater. In September 2010, drummer Mike Portnoy shocked the music world by leaving the band he helped found 25 years earlier. The remaining four members of Dream Theater (guitarist John Petrucci, keyboardist Jordan Rudess, bassist John Myung and vocalist James LaBrie) pressed on, auditioning a handful of the best drummers in the world before settling on Mike Mangini—and chronicling the entire process in a documentary titled The Spirit Carries On—and recording a new studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, released in September 2011. During the band’s fall tour of the United States, Greg Maki of Live-Metal.net caught up with Rudess backstage at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., to talk about this critical time in Dream Theater history. (more…)

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Dream_Theater_-_Black_Clouds_&_Silver_LiningsReview by Greg Maki
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Ten studio albums into a career spanning nearly 25 years, Dream Theater is showing no signs of waning musicianship or creativity. In fact, record No. 10, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, their second release for Roadrunner Records, is their most complete effort since 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scene from a Memory. With six songs topping 75 minutes, it’s easily their most progressive outing since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) while also incorporating the heavy, gothic feel that permeated much of their last album, Systematic Chaos (2007). (more…)

Dream_Theater_-_Metropolis_Pt._2-_Scenes_from_a_MemoryBy Greg Maki
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A ticking metronome.

A voice. Soft, comforting, yet firm, in control.

“Close your eyes and begin to relax.”

A hypnotherapist. He puts his subject under, leads him back through time to find a girl waiting for him.

And so begins Dream Theater’s concept album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, a tragic yet life-affirming tale of love, betrayal, murder and reincarnation. (more…)

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James LaBrie of Dream Theater

James LaBrie of Dream Theater

LIVE PHOTOS: Dream Theater, Into Eternity

Review by Greg Maki

When Dream Theater left the stage of Pier Six Pavilion for the first time, they had played the following songs: “Constant Motion,” “Panic Attack,” “Blind Faith,” “Surrounded,” “The Dark Eternal Night,” “Lines in the Sand,” “I Walk Beside You” and “In the Presence of Enemies.” That’s eight—count ‘em, eight—songs. Yet by the time they had completed an encore medley of five album-closing songs from their career, the progressive metal outfit’s show had filled two hours. That’s shorter than fans have been accustomed to thanks to the band’s many recent “evening with” tours but longer than most bands play today and more than anyone should expect on a bill with two opening acts. (more…)

Dream_Theater_-_Systematic_ChaosReview by Greg Maki
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More than two decades into Dream Theater’s career, most music fans either love them or hate them. Systematic Chaos, their ninth studio effort, likely won’t the change the opinion of anyone in either camp. But neither side can deny that Dream Theater has become the world’s leading progressive metal band. (more…)