Dream Theater: Entire New Album Available for Streaming

Listen to the the band's eponymous effort here!

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The new self-titled album from progressive metal giants Dream Theater is available for streaming in its entirety, Blabbermouth reports. Use the Soundcloud widget below to hear it (courtesy of Rolling Stone).

"Dream Theater" - the band's 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records - will be released on September 24. In an interview with us this August, Petrucci stated about "Dream Theater:" "I think it's building on [what we did on the "A Dramatic Turn of Events" album], but taking it to the next level. One of the things I really wanted to do on 'A Dramatic Turn of Events' was to create something that was sonically very rich and high-def and powerful and I think we accomplished that. But on this album, I wanted to take that even further...

"[I wanted to] get more cinematic with it and more earthy and aggressive and bigger. I wanted a bigger, more forward in-your-face kind of sound. I think that kind of dictated the sounds we went for while we were writing and recording and then ultimately how it was mixed. So yeah, it was kind of building on that, but taking it to the next level. You always need to progress and to try and do something different and kind of have a little bit different take on it and a different perspective. But hopefully make it better as you go."

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It's the band's second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One. In January, Petrucci said of Mangini's work: "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."

"Dream Theater" track listing:

01. False Awakening Suite I. Sleep Paralysis II. Night Terrors III. Lucid Dream 02. The Enemy Inside 03. The Looking Glass 04. Enigma Machine 05. The Bigger Picture 06. Behind the Veil 07. Surrender to Reason 08. Along for the Ride 09. Illumination Theory I. Paradoxe de la Lumiere Noire II. Live, Die, Kill III. The Embracing Circle IV. The Pursuit of Truth V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

"Dream Theater" will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition boxed set.

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    I like how they throw irrelevant fake names in there. Like we will say, "well if Irene said it, it must be true" haha
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    Mr Winters
    "The owner of this track has not made this sound available for streaming in your location."
    UG should have linked us to the DT website. They link you to your region-specific stream there. The soundcloud that was on Rolling Stone was the US one.
    Best Dream Theater album in a long long time. My "No Portnoy, not DT train" has been derailed; I am a fan of this sound. This is much more what I want out of this talented band compared to the last few Portnoy albums(i.e. less metal, and more rock). Mangini is clearly allowed to put his own mark on the tracks.
    So much more diverse. I was growing very tired of that boring generic metal sound they were flaunting in recent albums. This is such a breath of fresh air.
    holy meatballs of awesome... the whole album is sooo badass, i dont know about you guys, but at least on the first 2 playthroughs, its a huge step in the right direction
    Thrice Capades
    Well...despite the fact that the parts are all unbelievable, the sum is not greater than them. It might actually be lesser. This isn't bad. It's actually quite good. But I'm afraid this band may have finally hit that point where they just keep sounding like themselves without ever progressing. And it pains me to say that, because Dream Theater are such a highly regarding progessive band, but they stopped progressing.
    This is what I think too. I've been a DT fan for a long time and I have kinda followed their evolution, and I have enjoyed everything they've released to date to a higher or lesser degree (with the exception of Systematic Chaos, that album is really bad IMO). And what they've done with this self titled is just...more of the same. LOTS of ideas and turns which aren't given time to develop and are just cramped up into how many minutes a song lasts, without any clear structure or focus. And it's pretty much the same problem for the whole album, except for the last track. No new ideas, everything on this album has been done dozens of times before, even by themselves. Not to say it's bad, because I like it and there are many good ideas here, and no one would say the guys can't play, but the production and songwriting are pretty weak on this one, and I'm quite disappointed to be honest. As a fan I know they can do MUCH better than what they've done here (though it's still A LOT better than Systematic Chaos!).
    "Not available in your current location" What the HELL is the point in this??? And people WONDER why piracy is so rife.
    Mr Winters
    Indeed. Thank you Roadrunner Records, it's not like I actually wanted to hear the album or anything!
    Illumination Theory is quite possibly the best Dream Theater song I EVER HEARD!!!
    hum... just listen it and there is a tone of better song than this one. The album itself it's the worst one.
    I think track 3 is a thinly veiled Rush cover. Still a solid album through and through though.
    The first track is a not so thinly veiled Nobuo Uematsu ripoff though
    I just had a vision of Kefka laughing in the background while the song is playing.
    Seems pretty strong apart from the opener. In instrumental sections Mangini sounds really tommy where MP would be really hi-hatty. Makes for a different feel. I'd love to hear a mix of both styles, but it isn't really here.
    So good! Dream Theater always bring it and this album is no exception. The instrumental is ****ing brilliant.
    Can anyone tell me how to edit a comment? I can't find it. And is there the possibility to view if someone replied to you? (like in an inbox or something)
    There should be an edit box where the reply button normally is but on one of your comments instead. FYI: you can only edit the last comment you posted. About the inbox thing, it used to email you though it doesn't seem to work any more.
    Will take a few times to get used to, but sounds very nice overall. I would have loved a bigger drum sound though. Sometimes it sounds like it's a bit too thin, but the drumming itself is awesome.
    Write...something...different... I swear to god, the same progressions, melodies, note choice, and same horrid lyrics. This isn't progression, this is shitty, stagnated, pop rock.
    You sound angry because they're using the same twelve notes every western musician has used for the last couple millenia. Can't argue that their lyrics are ever profound, but they're good at what they do.
    I LOVE THE ALBUM!!!! All I need to wait is for James LaBrie not to sound like a cat is being skinned onstage while he sings. There is a lot of rock influences inthis album...I will wait to the release in Japan!!!!!...
    Not available in your country... And thus piracy comes to your aid. Sucks, but these are the kind of things which makes me go, well **** you then. I already pre ordered the album anyway, so screw it!
    Guess you can't have a negative opinion without being downvoted. There isn't a single song on this album I'd listen to again, except maybe the last one. /disappointed DT fan
    Mr Winters
    That's what the voting system is for. Are people not allowed to disagree with your opinions?
    Drum parts are sick. Labrie still sucks. The rest is only slightly better than the last album. Last album wasn't great.
    Don't you love when you don't have the same opinion as others? Especially when it's about a band ppl really enjoy, like Dream Theater. This album is pretty good, but NO, Dream Theater aren't the greatest Prog metal band out there. They are the GREATEST POPULAR Prog Metal Band and they deserve it, as they have some amazing material and this one is right up there. I do agree the last few albums were just ehhh. But when it gets eh I go listen to Andromeda, Pagans Mind, Haken, and Myrath...
    The bands you listed are just cheap Dream Theater copies in my option ...
    Based on your response, you haven't heard any of these bands hahahah!!! Haken has more in line with 70's prog and sounds NOTHING like DT. Andromeda is heavier and has a ton of jazz influence. Myrath is faster and heavier than anything DT ever did, including ToT.. Pagans Mind is more Power Metal with prog influence added in.. These bands sound nothing like DT.. DT isn't the FIRST and ONLY Prog Band.. This is what happens when a band like DT gets popular. Every band after them that's Prog gets compared to them, even if they sound nothing like them ahah!!! So basically what you're saying is any band after DT that has any sort of hint of Prog Metal is a cheap DT copy.. Gotcha...
    I wish the string section from Illumination Theory was the opener to their live shows THAT would be epic!! False Awakening Suite is good but doesn't have the same impact
    I think that Behind the Veil or Enigma Machine would be a good opener. Something with that boom after a calm intro.
    I unfortunately haven't had a chance to listen to the album, but I'm really looking forward to it. Just wanted to say that I think it's really shitty that UG blocks comments with enough downvotes. Just because an opinion is unpopular, doesn't mean it doesn't deserve to be heard! Also I want to see what they said! EDIT: I'll just assume they all say "dt sux olol"
    Might listen if it's less disappointing than their singles led me to believe.
    Mr Winters
    It's MUCH better than the singles. I liked The Enemy Inside, but really, the album is VERY good. Behind the Veil, Engima Machine and Illumination Theory are incredible.
    This is not Dream Theater, change the name!