Progressive metal legends Dream Theater have scheduled a September 13th release date for their aptly named upcoming studio album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events". The band's guitarist, John Petrucci, took some time to discuss the sound and structure of the new material.
"It's everything that makes Dream Theater what it is. It's all our elements - metal elements, progressive elements, melodic elements, and all the playing and fusion elements we've always had", said Petrucci in an interview with Revolver Magazine (according to Blabbermouth.net). "I try to stay pure to the initial conception of our band; we're a progressive band and we're a metal band, mixed."
"We always try to push some sort of boundary and do something that's a little bit different, some sort of element we haven't done before. You'll hear that for sure", Petrucci continued. "You don't want to repeat yourself, but at the same time it's important to stay focused on what makes up the sound of the band."
Petrucci also talked about some of the progressive bands and songs that influenced him in his youth and how their style continues to have an impact on Dream Theater's music and composition:
"My favorite bands growing up were Yes and Rush, so 'Hemispheres', 'Close To The Edge', 'And You And I' - those big, dramatic songs are a huge part of what we do, married with the metal sound and melodic sound that makes us unique."
And of course, as of late no Dream Theater news could be complete without some mention of drummer Mike Portnoy's departure from the group:
"I love Mike", Petrucci commented. "We've known each other for so long... I met him when I was, what, 17? We went to Berklee together. We went through everything. He's an awesome guy."
"It was a heartbreaking chapter in our lives, but it's just one of those things in life where there's a big change, and you don't expect it, and what matters is the way face that change. You can embrace it or you can run from it. We just chose to move on."
The guitarist also provided some insight on the song-writing process that occurred without any drummer:
"We wanted to focus and get back to that sort of writing and arrangement that happens between guitar players and keyboard players in an intimate situation, where you can really get into the raw structure of the songs and reach down deep and put forth your best work."