Dream Theater are 'Along For The Ride'
2013-09-10 by Denis L.G. | 78 Comments
Progressive metal "godfathers" Dream Theater have just released the album's penultimate song
from their upcoming self-titled album, entitled 'Along For The Ride'.

Dream Theater is currently scheduled for a September 24th release, and will be
available in both CD and LP as well as CD/DVD Deluxe Edition.

You can hear 'Along For The Ride' here:
http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-dream-theater-premiere-new-song-along-ride
Tagged: Dream Theater

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2013
1673 Comments


"Brand new"

probably not a good way to word that.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2013
31355 Comments


Probably why I changed it

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sinisterplague
September 9th 2013
152 Comments


I really hate seeing the words "brand new" in the music news unless its an article about Brand New.

sinisterplague
September 9th 2013
152 Comments


Oh, that was quick.


afergusonart
September 9th 2013
220 Comments


decent song

JazzHands333
September 9th 2013
312 Comments


I'm legitimately surprised it's not the 18-minute first part of a 9-part suite

denislg
September 9th 2013
5 Comments


Hello Deviant, thank you for proofreading my text. I'm trying to improve my english, hope next time will be cleaner and concise. By the way, your edits have elegantly smoothed and polished it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2013
31355 Comments


No probs!

denislg
September 9th 2013
5 Comments


Oh, and sorry for the wrong link html tag!^^ I'll make sure to input /a next time instead of /url.

Mabbitt
September 9th 2013
1369 Comments


I completely forget they were releasing a new song today! listening now

Mabbitt
September 9th 2013
1369 Comments


It was a Dream Theater song. I enjoyed it, because i'm a fan of their sound, but if you're hoping for some variation then NOPE.

sblevins95
September 9th 2013
157 Comments


Ugh boring

thespaceforthis
September 9th 2013
518 Comments


A bit boring, the other song was better.

OmairSh
September 9th 2013
11547 Comments


Okay has JP gone deaf, there's no way the final albums production is going to sound like this, this is 64kbps

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OmairSh
September 9th 2013
11547 Comments


Who's along fort he DT ride?

NightmareCinema16
September 10th 2013
2016 Comments


mostly the keyboards bothered me. We all know what happened to Beneath the Surface.

TronaldDump
September 10th 2013
487 Comments


wtf is up with the drums did they even use a real kit?

NightmareCinema16
September 10th 2013
2016 Comments


does it really bother you that much? What is reality in a world that hates it?

TronaldDump
September 10th 2013
487 Comments


Did it bother people with St. Anger?

NightmareCinema16
September 10th 2013
2016 Comments


I would think St. Anger is...well, St. Anger. Not much has to be said about it.

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


The production and mixing are beyond horrible though

NightmareCinema16
September 10th 2013
2016 Comments


Could they really make that big of a mistake? I suppose everyone but I will give this a 2.0 or lower. I might give a 3.0 for this, assuming the epic will save the whole album.

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


I heard the song once, its a typical cliche ballad but it seems better than the ballads on adtoe as well as the other single

A7XEric
September 10th 2013
310 Comments


Good ballad. This album seems solid so far

NightmareCinema16
September 10th 2013
2016 Comments


I heard snippets of the epic and the instrumentals on youtube, and so far they sound really good to me. There's a hope they'll save the album.

Parallels
September 10th 2013
6641 Comments


title is accurate

Rowan5215
September 10th 2013
27199 Comments


Not bad, lyrics are god-awful as usual.

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JS19
September 10th 2013
4326 Comments


Production sounds like chocolate cake that someone has stepped on and smushed into the ground

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dante1991
September 10th 2013
550 Comments


Wasn't a huge fan on first listen but this song is a grower and I think it's pretty damn good for a recent dt ballad. Myung's bass with the keyboard solo is sweet! I think it'll work better on the album though as a breather before the big epic.

Sheaiskl
September 10th 2013
816 Comments


Keyboard solo is pretty cool

johnnydeking29
September 10th 2013
9227 Comments


Dat title
I like this; Petrucci is unusually tasteful
The keyboard solo is horrible tho

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NeroCorleone80
September 10th 2013
29278 Comments


Yeah this was bad

ksoflas
September 10th 2013
397 Comments


Cheesy.

mursu
September 10th 2013
254 Comments


It was alright

NapalmCrusader
September 10th 2013
1737 Comments


Not the best, actually it bored me a lot

AnEpicDeath
September 10th 2013
190 Comments


Sounds a lot like a Metropolis, Pt. 2: SFaM ballad. Not bad. The production's still shockingly weak for a DT album, but it's not nearly as poorly recorded as The Enemy Inside.

Drummerboy123
September 10th 2013
2367 Comments


Good song. Sounds better than ADTOA. What the hell is with the production on the drums.

I also enjoyed Rudess' keyboard. Probably the only person on the planet but whatevs.

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denislg
September 10th 2013
5 Comments


They actually did also a track by track interview, with Petrucci and LaBrie, posted 5 days ago.

Petrucci described the featured song as being the second song, along with 'Looking Glass', to have a different vibe from the rest of the album. He's also stated it as "almost like a new anthem for DT. It has this sort of free spirit, sing along kind of ... you can picture it live, you can picture everybody joining in... and the message to that song is very much like: with all that crazy stuff that happens in the world, all that dagerous events and people out there, and things going on... that we don't have a lot of control over that, on this big planet we're all 'along for the ride'.

The interview can be watched in full content here:
[a]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPQ6egJDqQo[/a]

Starchild2242
September 10th 2013
9 Comments


s**t... it's one of their ballads

JS19
September 10th 2013
4326 Comments


Isn't that the same shitty casio keyboard sound Rudess dredged up for Beneath The Surface and ruined the song on the last album?

SgtShock
September 10th 2013
95 Comments


This was hard to sit through for me. While I consider myself a fan of their work, the ballads are too much sometimes. I don't have a problem with the drum production at all. Enemy Inside was awesome. I hope the other songs compare.

dante1991
September 10th 2013
550 Comments


^Beneath the Surface was awesome man! Probably a top 5 ballad from them. If you give this a chance and listen a few times, that actually quite a lot going on in this for a ballad type song.

bloc
September 10th 2013
34919 Comments


Vocals are really loud. Overall the track is a bit too standard sounding.

Friday13th
September 10th 2013
2548 Comments


Can't imagine this album being higher than a 3.0

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RenegaDrifter
September 10th 2013
190 Comments


People do realize it's an extremely low bitrate soundcloud stream right -_- different element don't compress well, some worse than others, and people are really trying to say something on the production?

otherwise nothing special clearly needs to be heard as part of a full album playthrough to even hope for a leg to stand on.

NightmareCinema16
September 10th 2013
2016 Comments


3.0, most likely. they tend to nail their 20+ minute epics 90% of the time and they haven't screwed up a single instrumental as of yet.

TronaldDump
September 10th 2013
487 Comments


I'm guessing a 3.5 or 4 for me. Don't expect them to screw up the epic, but really hope the instrumental is good.

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


Its sad that they're still doing the ballad thing. Its prog, you don't need an exclusive softer song to show diversity.

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


Along for the ride to mediocre prog metal. I think they're in the driving seat

TronaldDump
September 10th 2013
487 Comments


The only DT album that needed a ballad was Scenes.

dante1991
September 10th 2013
550 Comments


I would agree with you there, omair. Although the majority of the other tracks will be heavy and proggy so I think this will serve as a nice break after those and before the 22 min epic. otherwise it would get too much I think.

botb
September 10th 2013
9718 Comments


could these snare and bass drum samples be any worse? i haven't heard a snare that irritating in a really long time and the bass drum is laughably clicky

TronaldDump
September 10th 2013
487 Comments


MM really is a machine

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


production rules here wtf

Green Baron
September 10th 2013
20000 Comments


meh its ok

album will probs be a 3-3.5 the way it's going now

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CK
September 10th 2013
4928 Comments


"from their upcoming, self-titled, album, entitled 'Along For The Ride'. "

You really don't need a single comma there

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denislg
September 10th 2013
5 Comments


Thanks for the advice CK!


OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


Not, a, problem right, CK?

Green Baron
September 10th 2013
20000 Comments


cool, story bro. all, good right?

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


I love CK,



































it has some great perfumes

OmairSh
September 10th 2013
11547 Comments


@green: Yup everything is good right, better than when it was good, right.

beefshoes
September 10th 2013
4206 Comments


They should have called it quits ten years ago. They'll have a legacy regardless but their new stuff just isn't bringing anything new to the table in quality.
That being said, I like this better than the other song but wtf is up with the drums?


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Parallels
September 10th 2013
6641 Comments


"They should have called it quits ten years ago."


7 years ago

beefshoes
September 10th 2013
4206 Comments


Systematic Chaos was so awful.

OmairSh
September 11th 2013
11547 Comments


production overall is as bad as miley cyrus

TronaldDump
September 11th 2013
487 Comments


At least invite MP back just to be a producer, christ.

OmairSh
September 11th 2013
11547 Comments


Production was never really great when the band started self producing (maybe JR should help
producing), but theres no way the final album can sound this bad, this is leaked music quality.

someguest
September 11th 2013
20865 Comments


Fuck this band.

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OmairSh
September 11th 2013
11547 Comments


I think they fucked themselves

OmairSh
September 11th 2013
11547 Comments


At least the song lengths are reasonable, minus the 20 minute track of course. And the album isn't as long as the CD can hold. Those are improvements

Penlord
September 11th 2013
186 Comments


fucking fools granted I haven't heard it but I'm sure its garbage

dante1991
September 11th 2013
550 Comments


I haven't heard the album, but even I can guarantee the quality will be much better. The Enemy Inside stream quality sucked too, though the itunes version was a big improvement I thought.

As for the music itself.. people will never be happy. I remember a few years back with Systematic Chaos/Black Clouds people were complaining about the songs being too wanky/long/OTT for the sake of it and now that they're finally making more structured songs again, people are still bitching. You can't say the album will suck based off a ballad song that is clearly not indicative of the album whatsoever. It's a solid song, not amazing but I reckon it's probably most likely gonna be the weakest on the album. From day 1, DT have always had ballads on EVERY album.

I don't mean to be bitchy, if people don't like it that's fine, it's just that people are complaining about things (e.g. more structured songs) that have been done this way due to backlash against the opposite things (complexity over songwriting).

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2013
6198 Comments


Song's too standard for its own good.

Adult Oriented "Progressive" Rock.

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KILL
September 14th 2013
71957 Comments


aint bad

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Destructerator
September 16th 2013
853 Comments


Sounds a bit like Images & Words

Dimor
September 16th 2013
1779 Comments


Song has grown a bit on me since first few listens. I mean its by no means a groundbreaking song, but in terms of being a DT ballad its on par with most of their other stuff. Id compare it to Another Day from I&W, which was the weakest song on that album.

NeroCorleone80
September 16th 2013
29278 Comments


This is nowhere near Another Day for me

BigPleb
September 16th 2013
37021 Comments


^^^
Sadly.

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