Finally, Dream Theater revealed the album’s cover and also the tracklist for their upcoming album, according to their official facebook page.
Talking about the album, John Petrucci said that:
I see every new album as an opportunity to start over… To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about ‘Dream Theater’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
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.
We also know that this album is their 12th studio album (I can’t believe how old they are) and they are going to release it on 24th September. You can also check out here if you want to see Dream Theater in the studio working at their newest album, and last month they also announced the European tour dates (check out the dates here), only the European ones because they haven’t announced the N. American tour dates yet (we only know that they are going to start in March).
The track list is as it follows:
1. FALSE AWAKENING SUITE
i. Sleep Paralysis
ii. Night Terrors
iii. Lucid Dream
2. THE ENEMY INSIDE
3. THE LOOKING GLASS
4. ENIGMA MACHINE
5. THE BIGGER PICTURE
6. BEHIND THE VEIL
7. SURRENDER TO REASON
8. ALONG FOR THE RIDE
9. ILLUMINATION THEORY
i. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
ii. Live, Die, Kill
iii. The Embracing Circle
iv. The Pursuit of Truth
v. Surrender, Trust & Passion
I bet that this is going to be another long album, and the names of the songs only make me curious about how will they sound.
The album artwork, isn’t such a big thing, I would’ve expect more from them, a lot of imagination, but it seems that some people that are very good at one thing, aren’t as good at another, so I’ll just appreciate their music.
EDIT: The band just announced the name of their tour: Along For The Ride.