Progressive rock heroes Dream Theater will release a new album this year, to follow their 2011 release "A Dramatic Turn of Events."
They're currently in the recording studio, and bassist John Myung says if all goes to plan it will bout out at the end of this summer.
It will be the first album that new drummer Mike Mangini will get a chance to write his own drum tracks, after replacing founding drummer Mike Portnoy late in the recording cycle for "A Dramatic Turn of Events" in 2010.
Speaking about Mangini, guitarist John Petrucci says he's been amazed by the drums being recorded for the new album:
"First of all, it's been going great with [drummer Mike Mangini, who joined the group in 2010], 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," said Petrucci (via Blabbermouth). "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. "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 will release a live DVD/Blu-ray of "Live at Luna Park" in May. The performance filmed over two nights in South America last August will also be available as a 3-CD album.
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