The first new Dream Theater material since 2009's Black Clouds And Silver Linings album, and the first of the band's tracks not to feature drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy, has been posted online.
On The Backs Of Angels, the first single from the band's upcoming A Dramatic Turn Of Events has appeared on Roadrunner Records' official Youtube channel. The track will be the opener for the upcoming record, which is scheduled for release on September 13th.
A Dramatic Turn Of Events will see the debut of Mike Mangini behind the kit, whose audition process to join the band was recorded in a series of documentary clips posted online by the band.
According to Noisecreep.com, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess had the following to say about the new drummer's position within the band: "What's really special about him is, he's not just a technician... Yes, he plays his parts perfectly, but he comes at everything as a total musician. Everything he does has real soul and a depth of feeling."
The latest offering from Dream Theater has been mixed by Andy Wallace, who has previously been involved in Slayer's Reign In Blood and Nirvana's Nevermind albums. Wallace also mixed Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare, which featured Mike Portnoy on drums. Portnoy has recently announced his involvement in a new project called Adrenaline Mob.
The tracklisting for A Dramatic Turn Of Events is as follows:
01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. The Shaman's Trance
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface
On The Backs Of Angels is available for streaming below and at this location.