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.