The suspense is over, Dream Theater fans. The progressive metal group has finally revealed the images and words for their self-titled upcoming new album. The cover art and tracklist are now available below for you to enjoy and speculate about. And so it begins. Now all we have to do is wait for the new music to arrive. The official release date of the album is September 24th on Roadrunner.

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.

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 tracklist for Dream Theater:

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


Source: dreamtheater.net
Band profile: Dream Theater
 
Posted: 09.07.2013 by BloodTears



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scapeplan - 09.07.2013 at 19:18  
The cover is decent, but not spectacular. I have hope for this album, and especially interested in hearing the False Awakening Suite.
Pokermask - 09.07.2013 at 19:49  
The album cover reminds me of The Dark Side of the Moon.... meh.
Doge of Venice - 09.07.2013 at 20:05  
Written by Pokermask on 09.07.2013 at 19:49

The album cover reminds me of The Dark Side of the Moon.... meh.


Because of the... moon? I don't see the resemblance.
Ellrohir - 09.07.2013 at 20:10  
Whats the idea of the cover? that it has no idea?
Unhealer - 09.07.2013 at 20:22  
Quote:
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


Sooooooo progressive I hope Mangini's input makes this album more interesting than their recent albums.
J. N. - 09.07.2013 at 20:25  
Sick flare, bros.
BloodTears - 09.07.2013 at 20:53  
I kinda like it, I don't know. I'm definitely happy with the song titles at least.
Opethian - 09.07.2013 at 20:53  
BRING IT!!!!!! .... Seriously , Bring it
Lit. - 09.07.2013 at 21:14  
Dull as shit.
Gopherhawk - 09.07.2013 at 21:37  
Lots of trax. Me gusta.
seafood - 09.07.2013 at 22:43  
Cover looks like it was put together in five minutes with photoshop. Still high hopes for the music.
Warman - 10.07.2013 at 00:05  
Epic.
Zaphod - 10.07.2013 at 03:06  
Cover is about as boring as it gets, but still better than those cliche over the top ones.
Introspekrieg - 10.07.2013 at 03:13  
So, they chose Mike because he was one of the only drummers who played their music in the audition without any personal interpretation or new ideas, now they want to "unleash" him. If they wanted the creativity they should have gone with Donati.
UnknownCheese - 10.07.2013 at 03:21  
Written by Introspekrieg on 10.07.2013 at 03:13

So, they chose Mike because he was one of the only drummers who played their music in the audition without any personal interpretation or new ideas, now they want to "unleash" him. If they wanted the creativity they should have gone with Donati.


Creativity isn't one of Dream Theater's strong points.
JunN_Vai - 10.07.2013 at 04:06  
Illumination, hah .... !!!! oh no......:nogood:
3rdWorld - 10.07.2013 at 05:37  
Written by Doge of Venice on 09.07.2013 at 20:05

Written by Pokermask on 09.07.2013 at 19:49

The album cover reminds me of The Dark Side of the Moon.... meh.


Because of the... moon? I don't see the resemblance.



Moon? i think it is the earth, it looks blue enough. Seems like they want to convey the whole world that DT is back on top and that this is their true self by putting the logo there.
Italics - 10.07.2013 at 09:48  
Written by UnknownCheese on 10.07.2013 at 03:21

Written by Introspekrieg on 10.07.2013 at 03:13

So, they chose Mike because he was one of the only drummers who played their music in the audition without any personal interpretation or new ideas, now they want to "unleash" him. If they wanted the creativity they should have gone with Donati.


Creativity isn't one of Dream Theater's strong points.


Seriously?
Night Theater - 10.07.2013 at 11:47  
Written by UnknownCheese on 10.07.2013 at 03:21

Written by Introspekrieg on 10.07.2013 at 03:13

So, they chose Mike because he was one of the only drummers who played their music in the audition without any personal interpretation or new ideas, now they want to "unleash" him. If they wanted the creativity they should have gone with Donati.


Creativity isn't one of Dream Theater's strong points.


A bit of a pretentious claim here.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.07.2013 at 12:15  
Written by Night Theater on 10.07.2013 at 11:47

Written by UnknownCheese on 10.07.2013 at 03:21

Written by Introspekrieg on 10.07.2013 at 03:13

So, they chose Mike because he was one of the only drummers who played their music in the audition without any personal interpretation or new ideas, now they want to "unleash" him. If they wanted the creativity they should have gone with Donati.


Creativity isn't one of Dream Theater's strong points.


A bit of a pretentious claim here.



how is claiming that creativity isn't Dream Theater's strong point a pretentious claim? To be honest they haven't been creative for a long long long time. What they do they do well, but creative it hasn't been for ages.
Dentura - 10.07.2013 at 13:01  
The cover's pretty meh compared to the other ones, but the song titles look pretty decent. Im not the biggest DT fan, but I'll still check it out and see if I like it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.07.2013 at 13:32  
The sheer amount of thought and effort that went into that album cover is immense. Then again it's pretty indicative of the band's music too so it's rather apt all the same.
undi - 10.07.2013 at 15:43  
The cover represents the dawn of a new day.

At this rate some day we will have to let philosophers write long essays to understand DT album cover's metaphors.
Daniell - 10.07.2013 at 23:05  
Who gives a flying fuck about album covers? Most of you guys will download the album anyway...

I just hope this new album proves to be much better than that brain fart they released 2 years back.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.07.2013 at 23:26  
Written by Daniell on 10.07.2013 at 23:05

Who gives a flying fuck about album covers? Most of you guys will download the album anyway...


was thinking the exact same thing

Quote:

I just hope this new album proves to be much better than that brain fart they released 2 years back.


That one was indeed not good, to use an understatement. Could well be their weakest.
Daniell - 10.07.2013 at 23:32  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.07.2013 at 23:26

That one was indeed not good, to use an understatement. Could well be their weakest.


Yes, it is the weakest. I was swamped with work today and had a ot of time for music, soI listened to it, among lots of other DT albums. It's so fucking bland and boring. I think I'd rate it even lower now than I did 2 years ago. But then, last time when DT lost a key member, they released a not so good "Falling Into Infinity", followed by the brilliant "Scenes from Memory". So here's hoping the terrible-great pattern will be repeated
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.07.2013 at 23:50  
Written by Daniell on 10.07.2013 at 23:05

Who gives a flying fuck about album covers? Most of you guys will download the album anyway...

Because there is quite clearly a correlation between album art quality and music quality. Why do you think generic Darkclones, cheesy, lame power metal bands and generic, done-to-death melodeath (and other such awful areas of music) have shit artwork and quite often interesting, unique and creative bands have quality artwork? I can't be the only person to notice this pattern. When an artist or band takes pride in their music, instead of letting their label or ego lead them around by the dick, it usually means they put some thought into the artwork.
Daniell - 11.07.2013 at 00:15  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.07.2013 at 23:50

Written by Daniell on 10.07.2013 at 23:05

Who gives a flying fuck about album covers? Most of you guys will download the album anyway...

Because there is quite clearly a correlation between album art quality and music quality. Why do you think generic Darkclones, cheesy, lame power metal bands and generic, done-to-death melodeath (and other such awful areas of music) have shit artwork and quite often interesting, unique and creative bands have quality artwork? I can't be the only person to notice this pattern. When an artist or band takes pride in their music, instead of letting their label or ego lead them around by the dick, it usually means they put some thought into the artwork.


Yes, the point you're making is valid. Lots and lots of great albums have great covers. Off the top of my head - Opeth, Slayer, old Metallica, Old Drudkh, Ahab, Esoteric, Insdesinence, Angelic Process, Type O Negative, Hollenthon, and many many more. So the quality of a cover being indicative of the quality of music if quite often the case.

But then, Helloween's "Keepers" have abysmal covers, but the music is excellent. Iron Maiden's covers are cheesy, but the music kills. The same goes for Cradle of Filth, Symphony X, Dream Theater, 99% of death metal covers - shitty packaging may include brilliant songs. Etc., etc. It's kind of hard to generalize about the correlation between artworks and the music inside them.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2013 at 00:23  
Written by Daniell on 11.07.2013 at 00:15

Yes, the point you're making is valid. Lots and lots of great albums have great covers. Off the top of my head - Opeth, Slayer, old Metallica, Old Drudkh, Ahab, Esoteric, Insdesinence, Angelic Process, Type O Negative, Hollenthon, and many many more. So the quality of a cover being indicative of the quality of music if quite often the case.

But then, Helloween's "Keepers" have abysmal covers, but the music is excellent. Iron Maiden's covers are cheesy, but the music kills. The same goes for Cradle of Filth, Symphony X, Dream Theater, 99% of death metal covers - shitty packaging may include brilliant songs. Etc., etc. It's kind of hard to generalize about the correlation between artworks and the music inside them.

I don't think it is at all really. Naturally there's always good music / bad covers and vice versa, but when you spend a lot of time looking at covers and listening to music the patterns start to emerge. When you spot a god-awful photoshop disaster 9 times out of 10 you'll get an average or worse album of music. The same is often said of crappy black and white shots of forests with cabins slapped in the middle of them. The music will often be pants. I'm not saying that great covers = great music, but wholly unimaginative, badly cheaply photoshopped album arts typically yield equally rubbish music. That was my point.

Also, Maiden's covers are at least uniform, as are CoF for the most part.
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.07.2013 at 00:30  
Btw the first seven Irton Maiden covers are all great, and even though Somewhere In Time is by far their wekest of the first sevven it's art work is greati. However when the Maiden covers became crap, just look at the last couple of disasters, the music was also crap.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2013 at 00:33  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.07.2013 at 00:30

Btw the first seven Irton Maiden covers are all great, and even though Somewhere In Time is by far their wekest of the first sevven it's art work is greati. However when the Maiden covers became crap, just look at the last couple of disasters, the music was also crap.

They've certainly become very by the numbers. And Dance of Death artwork was universally hated by everyone.
Daniell - 11.07.2013 at 16:52  
The cover of Somewhere in Time is their best. There are so many clever references to be found there, some of them not so obvious. Too bad that the new re-issues are such low quality when it comes to covers.
Introspekrieg - 12.07.2013 at 05:10  
What's an album cover?
bblitz - 14.07.2013 at 23:07  
Written by Unhealer on 09.07.2013 at 20:22

Quote:
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


Sooooooo progressive I hope Mangini's input makes this album more interesting than their recent albums.


Hahahahahaha you're awesome dude,the best post on this topic,Ahahaha 25 years in metal music they can't make
a decent song.But who knows...
Korah - 15.07.2013 at 15:50  
Dream Theater's Returns or Riff of Steel...Hard question.
dougver1 - 16.07.2013 at 20:22  
This album cover makes me think a car commercial... Is dream theater trying to sell me a car?
Opethian - 19.07.2013 at 23:41  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.07.2013 at 12:15

Written by Night Theater on 10.07.2013 at 11:47

Written by UnknownCheese on 10.07.2013 at 03:21

Written by Introspekrieg on 10.07.2013 at 03:13

So, they chose Mike because he was one of the only drummers who played their music in the audition without any personal interpretation or new ideas, now they want to "unleash" him. If they wanted the creativity they should have gone with Donati.


Creativity isn't one of Dream Theater's strong points.


A bit of a pretentious claim here.



how is claiming that creativity isn't Dream Theater's strong point a pretentious claim? To be honest they haven't been creative for a long long long time. What they do they do well, but creative it hasn't been for ages.


Fucking righteous Marcel
Daggon - 24.07.2013 at 20:02  
Worst Dream Theater cover art to this day, I mean, how cheap they are, they did not have money to afford an artist? I mean, even new bands with terrible music have covers by Ed Repka or Travis Smith...
Well, it's a huge step, at least they are not using other band's cover art to make their own hoping we won't notice the difference... oh wait...

Still, their last album was a snorefest experience, it was quite hard for me to listen it without falling asleep, which kinda hurts me considering I used to enjoy this band a lot:

Well, I hope this will be at least something average, but, who knows?
Darth Mitchell - 05.08.2013 at 23:48  
Written by Unhealer on 09.07.2013 at 20:22

Quote:
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


Sooooooo progressive I hope Mangini's input makes this album more interesting than their recent albums.


So you're saying that you didn't like "Black Clouds"? In my opinion a good DT album
Unhealer - 06.08.2013 at 02:25  
Written by Darth Mitchell on 05.08.2013 at 23:48

So you're saying that you didn't like "Black Clouds"? In my opinion a good DT album


From that one I can save the first, fifth and most part of the last song, got tired of the full listens pretty quickly. And three songs is half a record, so it's not that bad
Darth Mitchell - 06.08.2013 at 17:59  
Written by Unhealer on 06.08.2013 at 02:25

Written by Darth Mitchell on 05.08.2013 at 23:48

So you're saying that you didn't like "Black Clouds"? In my opinion a good DT album


From that one I can save the first, fifth and most part of the last song, got tired of the full listens pretty quickly. And three songs is half a record, so it's not that bad


Well Wither and A Rite of Passage are indeed the weakest songs. But I can understand that you don't like "The Best of Times" . The Count of Tuscany of the otherhand is a solid modern DT song in my opinion. And after hearing there is a new "Epic" (long) song, I can't wait to hear what it's going to be like
Lethrokai - 07.08.2013 at 09:33  
I'll be honest, I don't get why people are hating this much on the cover art.

The album is titled "Dream Theater." That's exactly what this cover art shows me. I look at this, and I think "Dream Theater."
It's simple, yes, but isn't that the point.
There's nothing fancy going on here. It's just "Dream Theater."

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