Dream Theater have completed all vocal recordings for their brand new album, bringing them closer to its hopeful summer release date.
Guitarist John Petrucci posted to their Facebook page to say they're on "the home stretch" and that all vocals are done. Now they're working on guitar solos.
In a recent interview, Petrucci described how their new drummer Mike Mangini has made a huge difference to their overall sound (via Blabbermouth):
"First of all, it's been going great with [Mangini], and as much as we've been a band together for about 15 years, we haven't really experienced that process together. We've been in the studio for a few weeks now, and he's been amazing. Chemistry is great, the writing process and the whole vibe is great, and his role is to let his personality shine as a drummer, creatively and to have his input and his musical personality really come through."
He continued: "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."
Meanwhile, the band are preparing to release a DVD/Blu-Ray "Live at Luna Park" with live footage from two shows in South America via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
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