Dream Theater Complete New Album Mixing

Prog giants celebrate the end of upcoming album's mixing process.

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Prog metal giants Dream Theater have officially brought the mixing process of their upcoming self-titled record to an end as they now anticipate the September 24 release date.

As a follow-up to 2011's "A Dramatic Turn of Events," the new studio effort will mark the twelfth release in the DT opus.

Guitarist John Petrucci posted a photo via his official Facebook page to mark the occasion, with an accompanying note saying: "And so our journey from writing to mixing comes to an end. Can't wait to share the new DT music with everyone!"

"Dream Theater" was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, featuring Petrucci in charge of the production duties and Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) handling the engineering and mixing.

"I see every new album as an opportunity to start over," the guitarist said regarding the new album. "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 group's previous record, "A Dramatic Turn of Events," dropped in September 2011 via Roadrunner Records. With 36,000 copies shipped in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    This made me so happy for some reason
    Well hearing the article finish with them putting a focus on the epic, dramatic, and cinematic side of their sound is a good thing, stripped down and personal isn't really their strong suit. I understand they have a deep desire to get these ideas out but they can save it for when they write their next song about how we as their fan base are killing them.
    I don't feel as if Never Enough was aimed at their entire fan base, just the "fans" they can never please. "Images and Words was their best and nothing can ever touch it" or "They need more like Train of Thought - the rest isn't heavy enough" etc. It was written by Portnoy, 5 years before he left DT because he felt burnt out, but I've never once believed that Dream Theater would attack their entire fan base. Without radio support for so many years it was their fanatical fans that enabled them to make it this far and they know that.
    I don't know how they keep coming up with lengthy and yet awesome song ideas, solos, riffs, piano interludes, etc. I don't care. Looking forward to this.
    You know it's gonna be absolutely epic if it's their self-titled album (At least I hope so)..
    Ah it definitely is, "Dream Theater" is just another way of saying epic.
    Can't wait to hear some new unisono Petrucci-Rudess mind explosions.
    Ill get exited when I hear a single.
    Umm, I might be being thick but I'm not quite sure how sarcastic your comment is. Dream Theater's singles are usually (though not always) crappy edits of their weaker songs. I'm excited for the album already. I know there will be some stuff on it I won't like but I know most of it will be brilliant.
    Huh? Caught in a Web, Pull Me Under, Forsaken, Take the Time...a lot of my favorite DT songs were singles. "On the Backs of Angels" was pretty good representation of the last album too so...I'll also get excited when I hear a single.
    I should've said their singles are weak or heavily edited songs. I suppose what I was trying to say is that I was puzzled as to why someone would get excited for a DT single when they are clearly not a singles band.
    Although those singles arent bad, they were no where near the top of their respective albums, at least to me
    I mean that I just want to hear what it will sound like. The song structures and technicality will still be there in any edit. That stuff does not go away.
    I'm so excited, if there are any differences in they're style, to the previous albums. I am really looking forward to "Dream Theater"! Can't wait until it is finally out.
    Sounds like It's going to be a long one with a wide variety of song styles. Variety is good. I feel DTOE didn't have enough of it. Also looking forward to Mangini.
    Ya because clearly he has no guitar talent on his Music man guitars? Or any guitar for that matter? Anyway, stupid comments aside this album will be awesome, cant wait!
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    Can't wait! While I love all of their releases, ADTOA did take some time to grow on me at first. Its a great album. I hope "Dream Theater" is an instant classic.
    Cant Wait!!!!! Never have they let me down as a fan, To find a group of talent this big and be able to gel together song after song, Album after album, Year after year. Remember hearing when dream and day for the first time thinking holy shit!!! then images scarred me for life!!!! only to get better with each and every album. Of course I have my favs, but every album is in my rotation. point being i personally am a DT fan from start to finish(as most of you are) Un-biased, un-opinionated yet never satisfied because of my greed for more!!!! Can you imagine how many great songs they must have in their catalog that never made the cut on the albums??? As mind blowing as Myongs Bass chops
    I will be listening to this with religious zeal. It's hard enough to listen to other bands without DT dropping new albums. Excited, can't wait, rock on
    Im very excited about this, i hope there are som really long songs this time. Wouldnt mind if they made a 20+ track again. But im also hoping that it sounds very different to the last couple of albums, im hoping for something very fresh and yet instantly recognizable.
    Can't wait for it to come out btw... Jaime Lannister to the right?
    cant wait for this album...they r gonna release it on my birthday i.e 24th sept...best gift ever
    The only real positive that would come out of that is the possibility of his Picasso model being mass produced (if he went back to it). That guitar was beautiful.
    Did they finish auto-tuning Labrie's vocals yet?
    Labrie has one of the best voice in the world. he's a great vocalist even after all these years, he's vocals leaves me speechless in every album, you condescending *****.