Jordan Rudess: 'Things Are Really Intense in Dream Theater Land'

Prog giants' keyboardist gives an update on the new album recording, praising drummer Mike Mangini's "super math brain."

Jordan Rudess: 'Things Are Really Intense in Dream Theater Land'
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With plans for a new album release during the summer and a fresh new input from drummer Mike Mangini, things seem to be cooking up quite well among the Dream Theater ranks. Keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently gave an update on how the recording process is developing, describing the situation as intense and praising Mangini's "super math brain" along the way. "Things are really kind of intense in Dream Theater land," Rudess tells the Artisan News. "We've made our way through the album process to a good point now. We're still finishing up, I'm doing some keyboard stuff, it's intense, it's definitely a strong process." When asked on whether the contributions from the new drummer have changed the way Dream Theater operates, Rudess admitted they most definitely have, seeing that the upcoming release is the group's first record to have Mangini fully involved in the writing process. "This is the first album where Mike Mangini has been there and really a part of the writing process. He's such a sweet guy, he has so much energy and it's just great to have that energy involved when we're writing the music because he'll come up with stuff that's really cool. "He offers this other perspective which we've never had in the same way that we have it with him, which is that he has a super math brain, a rhythmic math brain. He's really an expert in that field, more so than myself or John Petrucci or anybody in the band." New album's release details are yet to be announced. The latest prog giants' record, "A Dramatic Turn of Events," came out in September 2011 as the group's 11th studio effort. Released through Roadrunner Records, it managed to attain No. 8 position on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    AdriAn934
    I feel like everyone in DT has (and needs) a super math brain. I'm excited to see what contributions Mangini makes to their sound and for the new record overall
    travislausch
    I just hope it's not a carbon copy of everything else they've done since Octavarium. They really went downhill after that one...
    dr718
    Let the Portnoy bashing begin! He freely admits he's not a technical drummer. A better situation for all these days.
    scawti
    It was Portnoy's six versions of the separation not his drumming that made people upset. He was a good fit for Dream Theater but both moved on.
    crosskip
    Hope the new one doesn't suck as bad as their last three records
    jonaeber
    I disagree on that one, my friend. They weren't as good as their previous works, but neither they sucked.
    Petrucci08
    I personnally think that BC&SL and ADTOE have truly memorable moments. The creativity level on Best of Times, Count of Tuscany, Breaking All Illusions and Outcry is worth mentioning.
    travislausch
    They have their good tracks, but honestly, their music has gotten so same-y lately that I just can't believe they can still call themselves "progressive". I liked them when they had something completely different to offer on every album.
    leftyref0723
    Huge fan, recognizing their individual and combined talents...not just instruments and voice, but pen and paper, recording, imagination and energy. These guys are the real deal in studio and live! Can't wait for new album blu-ray and tour!! Woohoo!!!!!
    vladislaav
    Too many albums for them..maybe if they just released Octavarium-in the Presence pt1&2-the Count of Tuscany-and few songs from aDToE as one album it will be an awsome album!!the best ever!!
    vladislaav
    Too many albums for them..maybe if they just released Octavarium-in the Presence pt1&2-the Count of Tuscany-and few songs from aDToE as one album it will be an awsome album!!the best ever!! But still can't wait for their new album..hope Mangini doing awsome..