Dream Theater Complete New Album Vocals

Now they're on the final stretch and cutting guitar solos before its scheduled release this summer.

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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.

Are you excited about hearing Mangini's contribution to the new Dream Theater album? Let us know if you think it'll live up to expectations in the comments.

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    Fantastic... i can't wait.
    Mangini was the best thing to happen to the band in a LONG time in my opinion...can't wait to hear what he brings to the band when he actually has full control over his parts. Also, I feel like a lot of people don't realize that Petrucci wrote the parts last time around and let Mangini interpret them.
    I wasn't a fan of Portnoy leaving but honestly, I got over that pretty quick because Mike seemed to be the clear replacement. Excited to hear what he's come up with too.
    Can't wait for this either, it's been too long! Yes 2 years is too long for music heavy as this.
    Excited to hear the results of an album written with Mangini as part of the group. He completely did justice and then some to Portnoy's drum parts, which probably made some people hesitant to welcome him, but Mangini is an absolute beast and professional, and hate to say it, but I don't miss MP at all.
    there's a typo- its supposed to say 25 years as a band not 15. psyched about the new record it's going to be amazing.
    I think he's referring to the fifteen years since Jordan joined.
    When's the Luna Park DVD coming out?!
    they posted a message saying it's delayed and will probably come out int november of october.... to bad i was really looking forward to a new DVD, especially this one because of the amazing setlist.
    "When people hear the drumming on this album, they're gonna be pretty freaked out." My body is ready.
    15 years? Don't they mean about 30?
    i think they mean with the current group. rudess has only been in the band since about 2000 or something. so yeah. its about 15 years since their last lineup change, not counting portnoy
    Sounds awesome, looking forward to hearing his influence. I hope this release goes somewhere new, I liked ADTOE, but it was similar enough to their past material as it was... I want to see something a bit more adventurous.
    Fanboying... but I miss Portnoy :L
    I know what you mean, while the last records drumming was tight as shit and perfectly complemented all the other parts there weren't many of those bombastic, unpredictable, dare I say self indulgent tricks and fills we have all come to know and love with Portnoy. However based on these comments it sounds like us drum fanatics are getting some pretty spectacular musical acrobatics out this album.
    As long as it doesn't suck like ADTOE.
    You DO suck. That was their best album since Octavarium.
    I do enjoy it, but there are parts of all their albums i like & find meh. Not sure if i like ADTOE better than systematic or black clouds though. Hard for me to turn away from songs like the count of tuscany, and in the presence of enemies. Having a dream theater crisis.
    I would say that from the most recent albums, Black Clouds definetly kicks the most ass.
    Yeah, I hear you. But in my opinion, those were seriously the only redeeming songs on those albums.
    I think that on a creative front their compositions benefited wildly from their increased musical freedom on the latest album. That being said their previous albums have a tad more personality but this is understandable seeing as its the first album after the former band leader left. Considering how there talking it seems like they found their voice more with the new drummer, now we just have to wait and see which fans get pissed off at the new directions that voice has taken.
    The whole thing that makes it further complicated is that Petrucci, being the band's semi-official spokesperson, has to shed enough light on what Mike is doing for the new album. He obviously can't be left out of the picture, and he received a considerable amount of hate for replacing Portnoy (remember "Man-gina"?). Still I think he's doing a pretty decent job of keeping people updated, and as much as his praises of Mangini may sound a bit fake and over-done, he has to do it to maintain the hype and support a DT without Iron Mike Portnoy.
    In my option, ADTOE is one of they're best albums, they have done yet and I'm really looking forward to the new one, but options can vary
    In an age of boring Venom/?Helloween weak copy bands it should be another monumental work of progmetal.
    Neo Evil11
    As long as it doesn't feature any power metal, or lame generic metal riffs like the last album(s), I'm all in.
    A Dream Theater article always has the tendency to spark up the Portnoy v/s Mangini debate, no matter how many years pass by. While it may be right to think that Mangini couldnt show much of his prowess on ADTOE, since he just played parts arranged by Petrucci (making it sound quite bland in my opinion), this record will definitely highlight what Mangini brings to the table. In my opinion, Portnoy had a really tight groove and bounce in the last albums since "Train of Thought" came out, and Mangini hasn't been able to showcase any of it on the last album. I think the main aspect of what differentiated Dream Theater's newer albums from their older ones was the drumming. And even though Portnoy was a major driving force in performances, marketing, the DT website and DVD releases, I think Mangini wil be able to compensate for all losses incurred. It's just a matter of how much bounce he can maintain while still sounding original. As for the rest of the band, we know what to expect from those legends. Looking forward to it!
    as much as i love dream theaters older stuff its going to be so interesting to hear a new rhythm come into the band through Mangini bring it on!!!!
    They've been together since the 80's.. usually bands will say shit like they spanned 3 decades, and started in like, 97. First I've seen a band play down their time together, but oh well. And don't you track vocals last? I mean, is the album otherwise done save for the vocals? Because the CD's have to be made and shit, that usually takes a couple months. You guys better hurry your asses up if you actually think that's coming out in the summer.. Not that I care to listen to it... Took Portnoy's side. I mean, wtf, you're gunna dump the guy cuz he helped a band whose drummer DIED, and cuz he said they needed a break? Which, they did?
    Portnoy left the band because he wanted to put Dream Theater on a hiatus and they refused, though. All of the Ax7/private drama shitfest started after the fact.
    He called for a 5 year hiatus, to be exact. If I were in DT I would have said no way to him as well. I am so excited for this record. I truly loved ADTOE. The music felt like it came naturally even with Mangini in the mix. I saw them live last July and they were absolutely spot on.
    Annihilator does the drums last. It's up to personal preference which parts you record when, although most studio people will tell you to record drums first and vocals/solos last. And cd:s don't take months to be printed these days. :S You can get 10.000 copies in less then a week where I'm at.
    I don't if I should be saying this since I'm a massive Portnoy follower, but he got a bit greedy ever since the A7X gig showed up. Not to forgot he got ditched at the last minute by the band on whose name he felt confident enough to quit DT. Look at all the new projects he's doing now - it's one shitty album after another (please check out "Omerta" to shed more light on this). As far as the rest of his projects go, it's pone supergroup after another with very little durability and few promising tracks. You wouldn't be saying this if you realized the fact that when every door was closed on Portnoy, he did reach the DT guys and asked for a re-joining but since they'd hired Mangini they couldn't let him in.