Dream Theater Begins Work On New Album

Progressive metal giants Dream Theater are preparing to begin work on the follow-up to 2011's "A Dramatic Turn Of Events".

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Progressive metal giants Dream Theater are preparing to begin work on the follow-up to 2011's "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", Blabbermouth reports. The band's guitarist, John Petrucci, has posted several photos of the Dream Theater studio along with the caption, "Let the fun begin..."

In an interview with Metal Insider conducted early last month, Petrucci stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the next Dream Theater CD: "So far it's not very developed at all. We're scheduled to go into the studio in January... We have a handful of ideas we compiled while we were on the road, and we have those archived. And since I got back from the road, and have had some time off, I've been spending more time compiling, writing and demoing some things. There are a bunch of seeds, a bunch of ideas, and a definite direction. Everybody is hired, the studio is locked, and the vision for the type of album has been talked about and secured. The only thing that's not there is the main material, but we'll go in January full force."

He added: "Before we go into an album, I like to sit down and think about what we're going to do instead of just going in and winging it. I'll usually come up with some sort of proposal, and we'll talk about it a bunch of times over the course of the month, and get everyone on the same page. This way, people can start to think about musical ideas in that direction, and get in the right headspace. For me, it makes everything so much clearer when you're in the studio. If you have a direction and a goal, you get better results."

Asked if drummer Mike Mangini - who replaced Mike Portnoy in 2011 - will be more involved in the making of the new record than he was in "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", Petruci said: "Yes. For the last album, he wasn't involved in the writing. We wrote it without him for 2 ½ months, and he came in and tracked. This time, he's going to be in from day one, so we'll write together as a full group. The tapes that we have from doing that a bit on the road have been incredible. At soundcheck, if I'd come in with an idea and we'd start jamming on it, he was really quick and had great creative concepts. I think it's going to be a very cool experience."

Regarding a possible release date for the new Dream Theater album, the guitarist said: "I'm not sure. We're on the same schedule as 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events', meaning that we entered the studio at the same time to work on that album, and it didn't come out until September. It's too early to tell if it will follow the same release schedule. By the time we're done, writing, recording, mixing, mastering, it could be May-ish, and then we hit the summer festival season in Europe around July or so, it'll probably be a similar schedule."

Dream Theater's next CD will be released through the Roadrunner, with whom the band re-signed last fall. Dream Theater first joined forces with Roadrunner in January 2007 and has so far released three critically acclaimed albums with the label. Roadrunner issued Dream Theater's ninth studio LP, "Systematic Chaos", in 2007 and went on to release "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" in 2009 as well as "A Dramatic Turn Of Events".

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    I really enjoyed their last release so hopefully more new territory will be explored with Mike Mangini
    a)I'm really excited to hear Mangini's input and influence on the band this time around, and b) Why does Jordan always seem to think he has 12 arms? I mean, he handles his keyboard rig incredibly well, but it still looks ridiculous. I felt ADtoE was their best album in a long time, so I'm looking forward to their direction with the new one.
    Wasn't a huge fan of Dramatic Turn of Events, but I'm very curious to see what Mangini brings to the table in terms of songwriting.
    A Dramatic Turn of Events was good but it lacked songs with really emotion (it did have one or two). Portnoy was more than just a drummer he was the best lyricist in the band.
    For me, ADToE lacked memorable songs. They were good, just not memorable the way much of DT's library has been for me so far. Maybe they'll grow into their new shoes a little more wholesomely for this next one. I'm excited to see what happens.
    I hope they come out with an album similar to DC&SL, I really like what Petrucci did at the end of The Best of Times.
    I enjoyed ADToE as a whole more than i enjoyed Systematic Chaos and Silver linings, but i think Systematic and Silver had some really awesome gems that really stood out (In the Prescence of enemies part 1+2, Ministry of lost souls and A Nightmare to remember), something i miss on ADToE.
    311 are making a new album too scumbags...
    My aunt has a pet goldfish in her basement. What's that? Oh, I'm sorry. I thought we were talking about shit specifically unrelated to the article
    As are David Bowie, QOTSA, MGMT, Steve Wilson, Foals... What's that got to do with Dream Theater, though?
    I thought Dramatic Change of Events was fantastic. In my opinion, songs like Lost Not Forgotten and Outcry had classic Dream Theater moments in it. I have also yet to be disappointed by anything I've heard them release, so I am excited!!!
    I can't wait, ADToE was a great album, and now they'll have a 5th band member to help out in the song writing process, I actually can't wait to see what Mike Mangini can bring to the table.