Dream Theater Reveal New Album Title and Release Date

The band's newest effort will drop this fall via Roadrunner Records.

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Progressive metal legends Dream Theater reveal their twelfth album title and release date, Blabbermouth reports. The band's newest effort "Dream Theater" will drop September 24 via Roadrunner Records.

The band started working on a new album in January, reportedly was getting ready to release it this summer. The band revealed earlier that they've completed recording new album vocals.

"Dream Theater" will become the second record featuring drummer Mike Mangini, who replaced Mike Portnoy. The band's keyboardins Jordan Rudess praised Mangini's skills, calling the drumming on a new album "outrageous."

The latest Dream Theater full-length album, "A Dramatic Turn of Events," was released in 2011.

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    wondertwinkev
    "Dream Theater" is a little anti-climatic after the article title "Dream Theater Reveal New Album Title."
    biga29
    I saw someone say it might be subtle nod towards Genesis, who also self titled their 12th album. But I agree, hopefully the name turns out to have a purpose and not just a lazy choice.
    pwninator123
    Typically a self-titled album in the middle of a career signifies a change in style, sound, or attitude.
    EpsilonX
    Well, ADTOE was the most the band has sounded like themselves in a long time (in my opinion) so hopefully this is a continuation of the band's "re-discovery" and the self-title is a representation of that. Or something, I don't know. Maybe they just noticed that they haven't done a self-titled album yet and decided it was time?
    DvanG
    Kind of like with Metallica's Metallica which is now more known as 'the black album'. But I agree, most of the times it's a sign of either a new chapter or a redefinition of what the band is, combined with a style change. I'm curious as to what this album will bring.
    Sparky-MMA
    im seeing it as more of a way to signify a new chapter in the band, with Portnoy now gone, his influence albeit small was noticeable in some of ADTOE, and now with Mangini they're able to (for lack of a better phrase) write music as a whole again with everyone working on their parts to create a full album of personality, rather than half an album written by Portnoy and the rest written by Petrucci, Labrie and Rudess, not to say Portnoy's tracks were bad, some of the concepts and ideas he had for tracks were and still are phenomenal.
    adamgur96
    DT is one of my favorite bands, and i don't understand why in every single article about them you guys just have to start a Portnoy/Mangini fanboy war. Both are great drummers, both worth listening to, both are awesome. Just stop yer bitching and focus on the goddamn music.
    SmittyMan90
    Just enjoy the damn music people. The are amazing songwriters with or without Portnoy.
    DasoWarman
    Twelfth album, not thirteenth.
    TryTheKetchup
    What about A Change of Seasons?
    reeksofsteel
    thats an ep
    Teuras
    They released it as an EP because they couldn't get the song on Images and Words and probably didn't want to put it on a new album because it's older material and wouldn't fit. Even if they reworked it, they wanted it to be seperate from new material.
    Tiago Sa
    Single, actually. It's only one song plus covers.
    PowerStruggle
    That disk is 57 minutes long. I don't know how on earth you consider that a single. If anything it's a very long EP.
    ChucklesMginty
    "In the United Kingdom, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of length or four tracks (not counting alternative versions of featured songs, if present)" So to some it could be considered an album.
    TrisOfRoblind
    It is about time... sorry for being impatient Dream Theater but you gentlemen released one hell of an album with ADTOE, and honestly I was ready for more. Whoot! I cannot wait to see what the album cover looks like. What a groovy band name, seriously! It will be SICK!
    Asvarox
    I don't think the album title is any bad, but calling it after bands name gives me high expectations towards it. Still, very excited.
    triface
    It'd better blow the other albums out of the water. It'd suck to have an album that's self-titled be widely considered as not representative of your band's material. Or, you know, blow.
    Eirien
    I see what you mean. It definitely won't blow their other albums out of the water but I think it will be a true representation of what Dream Theater are now.
    Skodward714
    I'm really looking forward to this. I can't wait to hear Mike's input on Dream Theater's music. I mean, A Dramatic Turn of Events was an excellent album, and that was with little to no involvement of Mike. I have a really good feeling about this album. I have a hunch that this could be one of the band's best.
    Arcaobord
    I don't think bands make an album self titled because they can't think of a name, but rather because they feel stronger than ever that the album they are putting out represents who they are as people and musicians. Or who knows, maybe this album will be an album about a dream theater.
    toxin9
    if you go to the video dream theater posted- the one posted by Roadrunner UK (it's a little different and i posted it in this comment) in 2 : 06 you can see the chart of the entire new album!!. 8 songs plus opening and something called Easter Egg
    #!
    metallicamadmik
    They said there would be an instrumental on the new album...maybe that's the Easter Egg?
    toxin9
    no it's song 5. songs with an X on them in one of the columns means the insrument of the column = isn't played there. if you'll notice on song 5 there's an X on lyrics
    CurlOfTheBurl
    Were they just stuck for names? I mean, i get releasing your debut album with a self-referring title, but 12th album?
    vikkyvik
    And of course there's the The Beatles (the White Album) - their 9th (or so) album.
    Superperfex
    Same with Fleetwood Mac. A lot of bands do this when they are feeling introspective and reflecting on their previous work; a symbol of change. We can expect this to be a great album
    toxin9
    metallica named the black album metallica-it was self titled even thoughit was their fifth album- out of nine total.
    BuriedAlive7x
    New Dream Theater + Nine Inch Nails both September releases, best news in a quite a while. Also that Live DVD!!
    Fuzorz
    This article is weird ..but the self-titled thing sounds kinda exciting!
    toxin9
    in the new video they posted in 1:30 to 1:52 you can see a dream theater progress chart and under the word song: there are 11 lines... probably 11 songs
    iammclovin
    Nope, just 11 keyboard and guitar duels in one song
    toxin9
    no trust me you can see a similar chart in chaos in progress in the making of forsaken. they have a chart where they check and uncheck certain parts in every song and in this chart they write all of the different songs in the "song" column
    LeperDog
    What a group of wonderful humans! No one can possibly hate DT. Some may find it hard to digest with their song structures and lengths, but no one can possibly hate them.
    dedguy666
    I like it. Give it the self-titled name for a new beginning with a new drummer. Of course Mangini was around for the last album, but there was some material on there that was already written with Portnoy. This time around, it's truly all Mangini. A new beginning, guys. Make sense?
    toxin9
    you're right. it is a new begining but portnoy didn't write any of the material for the last album. john wrote all the drum parts and gave them to mangini so this is the first time mangini is involved in the writing process.
    Braykah
    Given that A Dramatic Turn of Events was a great album and proved that they still had the creativity and musicianship to go on without Portnoy, I'm looking forward a great deal to this. A little bummed that they decided to make it self-titled, but whatever.
    robo37
    Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, possibly Tool and now Dream Theater? 2013, I love you.
    carlosthegr8
    Let's face it, probably not tool...
    gilbertn923
    I wouldn't be surprised if we had to wait another 2 years until Tool releases a new album. Hell maybe 10,000 days was meant to be taken literally lol. But seriously, don't wait that long Tool.
    mop10893
    Am I the only one who doesn't like the title? I feel like when bands have a self titled album (aside from when it's their first album), it means they weren't creative enough to come up with a real title. If there was one band I thought wouldn't suffer from that, it's Dream Theater. With songs like Metropolis Pt. 1, Count of Tuscany, Octavarium, A Change of Seasons, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, and of course the entire Scenes From A Memory album being masterpieces, I expected them to keep up with being uber-creative. Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely excited for this album. ADTOE grew on me, and I'm looking forward to hearing Mangini's creative input. I just feel like a self-titled album, especially this late in a band's career is kind of taking the easy way out. Still, new Dream Theater is always a good thing, and hopefully it won't disappoint (not to mention I'll finally get to go see them).
    toxin9
    so i guess the black album by Metallica-a self titled album is a total failure and not a creative album.
    Second Rate
    from a creative/artistic standpoint..... Metallica's self-titled album is a huge failure. It's 3 singles and a bunch of forgettable filler. I too am kind of disappointed at the new Dream Theater record being self-titled, but hopefully the music will be good. After all... Mike Portnoy and his generic pseudo metal obsession are far removed from the band by this point.
    stefanoff.rock
    The biggest bummer since Portnoy left and uninspired songwriting on ADToE: Tadaam: calling it "Dream Theater". Peak of inappropriateness beckoning :-/
    Grichnoch
    Saying that the band was ruined when Portnoy left shows that you're not a true fan of DT, just Mike Portnoy. If you are so bent on loving him and slamming the band go listen to his more recent projects and leave the true Dream Theater supporters alone. Dream Theater as a whole lives on and is just as inspired as ever.
    peachesenregali
    Portnoy started to ruin Dream Theater with his god-awful backing vocals and desperate need to be accepted by the rest of the metal community as a 'cool' band. (Dream Theater have never, and will never be a cool band. Not that that is a problem) However...ADTOE sounded like a cheesy Hollywood soundtrack. I will certainly be checking this out though. It's either going to be glorious, or as enjoyable as watching somebody set your kids xmas presents on fire,
    bradrap
    Let's face it, Dream Theater is Petrucci. Practically the only irreplaceable member and rightly so. Sure it would really suck if any of the other members ever left, but as long as JP remains the constant, I'm sure we can expect epic DT albums for the next 25 years.
    LordThon
    I disagree. I mean, Petrucci's one of my favourite guitarists (if not my actual favourite), but... when one considers the actual work he put into writing/producing any of the other albums - aside from ADTOE - he was the replaceable component, between himself and Portnoy. Even looking at individual songs. When writing lyrics AND drum tracks for a song, Portnoy's work was indistinguishable from a song where he only wrote the drums. Petrucci, on the other hand, seems to take the 100% he puts into a strictly guitar song, and divides it down the middle when he's also writing lyrics. "These Walls" is a prime example. Still an amazing song, just...not exactly technically challenging. ("As I Am" is an anomaly, but it was written to prove a point.) I guess NOW he's irreplaceable. Up until recently, however, it was not the case.
    EpsilonX
    If you listen to any John Petrucci solo material, it sounds like instrumental Dream Theater material. I have no idea how you can say he was replaceable in any sense, since his style is such a huge part of Dream Theater's sound.
    mop10893
    I feel they haven't released enough material without Portnoy to make a fair assessment. Hell, this is Mangini's first writing endeavor with them. However, ADTOE wasn't up to par with most of their material with Portnoy. I agree that he definitely was trying to make the band something it wasn't with the last two albums he was on. I don't know if that has to do with him getting more into standard metal (you could tell in his drumming. Dream Theater was never a blast beat band until A Nightmare to Remember and there was The Dark Eternal Night.) or if he was getting bored, but other than Forsaken, Constant Motion, A Nightmare to Remember, and The Count of Tuscany, there weren't any songs from Systematic Chaos or BC&SL that stood out. While I would have preferred Portnoy stay (I still have never seen them, so I missed them with Portnoy), he clearly felt like he was bored with DT, which was holding him back and the band back. His quitting was a necessary evil that let him be free to do what he wants and revitalized Dream Theater by allowing a fresh start with a fresh face with fresh ideas. It worked out for both parties and I'm very excited for what the future holds for both MP and DT.
    EpsilonX
    I honestly, aside from Build Me Up, Break Me Down, thought that ADTOE had some of their strongest songs in years, with Breaking All Illusions being one of the top 5 Dream Theater songs of all time (Bridges in the Sky and On The Backs of Angels are other favorites of mine from the album)
    LordThon
    Arguably, over half the band is now comprised of people who did not found it. Dream Theater hasn't been a whole since Chris Collins left, but I'll allow that name to be replaced with Charlie Dominici.
    vikkyvik
    How is that arguable? Mangini, LaBrie, and Rudess are not founding members. That said, who cares?
    filipe26
    It doesn't live on as a whole, if it lived on as a whole, John Petrucci wouldn't have written all the drums with Superior Drummer on the last record. It lives partially, and it should change it's name.
    EpsilonX
    Are you kidding? A Dramatic Turn of Events was the MOST inspired they've sounded since Metropolis part 2. Systematic Chaos and Black Clouds sounded like the band was just going through the motions
    c660917
    I'm hoping the new album kicks SC,BCSL,& ADTOE respective asses! (better than)
    DaFjory
    Hmm, it seems like every artist/band ends up dropping a self-titled album at some point in their career. Narcissism?
    Second Rate
    Definitely grasping at straws. Mike has been out of the band for a couple years now.... and they have already released one album without him.
    gilbertn923
    Where the f*ck did that come from? Are you seriously over analyzing the name of this album that much? Get over the fact that MP isn't with the band anymore. MP is working on new material with Transatlantic, Flying Colors, and the newest project The Winery Dogs so I'm pretty damn excited and happy for him. He's happy and DT are happy so why don't you stop living in the past and move on, because they both clearly have already.
    janarumo
    Super excited for this album. I've looked for years, and can't find another band that approaches what DT does for me musically. Top tier musicians
    stephan.baribea
    Using "Dream Theater" as an album name tells me they created a great concept around it. I'm sure they have not used this name because of a lack of imagination.
    telephonebear
    self titled album, sounds to me like theyre trying to reestablish themselves to a new market-almost like a second debut album for the mainstream. lets hope i'm wrong!
    GuitarGod610
    You go the self-titled route when you're a new band and you can't think of a better name. You're 13 albums late with that one, DT.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Heh, funny. I guess someone should tell Metallica, The Beatles, and many, many others bands that, right?