Dream Theater announce new album

2018-12-05 by Voltimand | 87 Comments
Dream Theater have announced the official track list for their upcoming album Distance Over Time, due for release on February 22, 2019.

Distance Over Time is stated to be a sort of "return to roots" that is heavier in sound, akin to their 2003 album Train of Thought.

Tracklist:

1. Untethered Angel (6:14)
2. Paralyzed (4:17)
3. Fall Into The Light (7:04)
4. Barstool Warrior (6:43)
5. Room 137 (4:23)
6. S2N (6:21)
7. At Wit’s End (9:20)
8. Out Of Reach (4:04)
9. Pale Blue Dot (8:25)
10. Viper King (4:00) (Bonus Track)

Beginning in March, Dream Theater will be touring the new album alongside a special 20th anniversary setlist for their album Metropolis Pt. 2, playing it in its entirety.

http://www.facebook.com/dreamtheater/photos/a.487625947180/10155704288937181/?type=3&theater

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Storm In A Teacup
December 5th 2018
26590 Comments


hype? hopeful hype...lol

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Let's say I could be slightly, a tiny bit excited. I still think James should just play the Kazoo and stop singing. It would make the songs more listenable

Digging: The Hirsch Effekt - Holon: Anamnesis

Firedust
December 5th 2018
1176 Comments


Let's be honest, it's probs gonna suck. Band hasn't released anything good in ages.

Hawks
December 5th 2018
71673 Comments


Band blowz. m/

Digging: American Pleasure Club - Fucking Bliss

DarkSideOfLucca
December 5th 2018
14666 Comments


I want to doxx everyone who still likes new Dream Theater. State your name publicly, stand behind your wretched beliefs.

Mabbitt
December 5th 2018
1696 Comments


I didn't much care for Train of Thought, so I'm a bit worried. I guess we'll see though. That tour is going to be one to remember though.

Mabbitt
December 5th 2018
1696 Comments


Also lol those song names. Wtf is a barstool warrior?

randyladyman
December 5th 2018
3 Comments


it'll most likely suck but I really appreciate the shorter run time, hopefully that'll lead to less filler

probably won't though

Faraudo
December 5th 2018
2967 Comments


Go to the comment section on DT's page on Facebook lol. There's plenty of people saying things like "It took multiple listens, but I ended up loving The Astonishing" just to defend this once great band. It's fucking hilarious.

Scheumke
December 5th 2018
796 Comments


Still remains my all time favorite band, but the last two outings where abysmal. I stand behind A Dramatic Turn of Events though, that album was actually pretty good and better than some older albums (Systematic Chaos, Black Clouds and Silver Linings, Falling Into Infinity). So Lucca, Here I am and I'm not running!

Digging: Thank You Scientist - Terraformer

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


BC&SL and FII are pretty good actually.
The Astonishing has its moments, but the weak parts about it outnumber the good stuff



Scheumke
December 5th 2018
796 Comments


By picking the interesting songs from the Astonishing you can actually make a pretty decent 40 min. album, rest was utter shit though. Still a little bit excited (mixed with anxious) for this release. I never really got bothered by James' voice, it's the lyrics I can't stand these days.

Beardog
December 5th 2018
2768 Comments


The Astonishing should've been 40 minutes and should be mixed and mastered from scratch, meine liebe does it sound bad

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Yea, the production on TA sucks

Scheumke
December 5th 2018
796 Comments


Their production has never been amazing though. The drum sound on Six Degrees is all I'm gonna say on that matter.

Beardog
December 5th 2018
2768 Comments


They haven't had good production since BC&SL... I honestly liked most of the production before that record though. I liked the drum sound from Falling into Infinity to Six Degrees...

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Metropolis Part 2 was nice and warm, good production

AgentDeathbat
December 5th 2018
9950 Comments


might be a 3 idk

dante1991
December 5th 2018
704 Comments


Still love these guys, but nothing has really wowed me since ADTOE. I did enjoy the last 2, however the self titled doesn't really offer anything 'new' and is pretty tame by DT standards and TA had some interesting, new ideas, but was a bit underdeveloped.

Hopefully the shorter length means they keep the pace/energy up. Intrigued.

PickleVai17
December 5th 2018
278 Comments


Train of Thought is my top dream theater album. Ive always been a hige fan of their heavier sound, so im pretty excited for this. The astonishing was trash

Faraudo
December 5th 2018
2967 Comments


Oh no, The Astonishing is anything but "underdeveloped." 3 hours of absolute crap.

BigBlob
December 5th 2018
4921 Comments


even the good dream theater sucks

Digging: Pet Shop Boys - Very

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


The good ideas on that overlong thing were

Hawks
December 5th 2018
71673 Comments


Still remains my all time favorite band

I’m very sorry to hear that.

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


What these guys did in the 90s was awesome. Sadly there isn't much of that spark left

Scheumke
December 5th 2018
796 Comments


@Hawks So am I to be honest. Wanted them so badly to remain as good as they were. Got to know them when I was about 15 when Octavarium was just around the corner. It was the first time I heard anything that sparked my guitar interests so much that I just HAD to play that. Between my 15-20, it remained something I listened to and practiced almost daily and became close to an obsession for me. Haven't had that with any other band, hence the place it has for me.

rockandmetaljunkie
December 5th 2018
8037 Comments


Moar of that shredding shit feast

Zero musicianship

Eons
December 5th 2018
2288 Comments


Their heavier music is what I prefer but I still find that when Labrie comes into a heavy song with his whiny vocals I'm like eh. It just ruins the song for me. Every time. It doesn't fit the heavy music. I can listen to this band's instrumentals and be into them then Labrie comes in and it's just like deflating a balloon.

Digging: My Dying Bride - As the Flower Withers

THVRTVVN
December 5th 2018
459 Comments


MEN.

ranur
December 5th 2018
1 Comments


wow the positivity here is endless

Hawks
December 5th 2018
71673 Comments


Dreamen Theater

Eons
December 5th 2018
2288 Comments


Labrie is just cringe. I'm sorry. I saw a live video of Labrie and he was punching the sky as he sings and he was like pretending hes pulling a rope from the sky. Can't make this shit up. If his voice were just a bit deeper It'd be great.

TheClansman95
December 5th 2018
2019 Comments


the fact that they shortened the songs' length might be a positive signal

Digging: Sectioned (Metalcore) - Annihilated

Beardog
December 5th 2018
2768 Comments


LaBrie is godawful live anyway. He probably was quite decent 20 years ago but man he fucking sucks now

Dissonant
December 5th 2018
358 Comments


I swear they've already put out a song called "Pale Blue Dot" idk rings a bell

Meridiu5
December 5th 2018
2313 Comments


portnoy please come back ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


LaBrie needs to make a change to fix this dying duck. This DYING DUUUUHUUUUUCK!

BigPleb
December 5th 2018
58407 Comments


Mangini is more of a problem than Labrie tbh, so boriiinnggggg.

Beardog
December 5th 2018
2768 Comments


The Astonishing and A Dramatic Turn of Events weren't written with Mangini, so it makes sense his drum parts were boring af on those two records. I thought they were quite nice on the self-titled, but they just sounded quite shitty

BigPleb
December 5th 2018
58407 Comments


Portnoy is irreplaceable in all fairness but idk, just find Mangini very dull even though he is clearly very talented.

LouBreed
December 5th 2018
38 Comments


Don't trust them! They've stolen the idea of shortening the songs from Haken!

Dylan620
December 5th 2018
4882 Comments


"Wtf is a barstool warrior?"

Uhhh... maybe something to do with Barstool Sports, I'd imagine?

CriticalMyth
December 5th 2018
11 Comments


Gonna try to keep an open mind, even if The Astonishing was ultimately a mess.

Nazzadan
December 5th 2018
2242 Comments


10 is a typo, it's listed as "Vaper King" on their facebook.

Zeiu
December 5th 2018
236 Comments


So is this bonus track the closer on the CD? I don't get it.

I have hope for this, the astonishing had some decent sections but they got butchered by the mediocre parts along the way.

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Well, it's obviously a bonus track - not the official closer

Zeiu
December 5th 2018
236 Comments


I get that but doesn't being the last song on the album make it the official closer? I guess I just haven't seen or noticed anyone print a bonus song on a full release album and not the deluxe/extra/digital edition, is this common?

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Not really, if a song is a bonus track it's not part of the official album. But you're right of course, it's the last song on the record and will be played after the closer. A good closer also works as a closer. It should bring the record to a satisfying end. Any track after that should feel like a hidden track or something like that. If DT sequence the record poor enough the bonus track could work as a better closer though. But I don't think that will happen.

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


"I guess I just haven't seen or noticed anyone print a bonus song on a full release album and not the deluxe/extra/digital edition, is this common?"
^Well, I've seen that quite some times in the past. Like many Rise Against records had bonus tracks depending on the country and it was no special edition. Doesn't seem too common nowdays, I agree

Nazzadan
December 5th 2018
2242 Comments


Bonus tracks are different than special edition tracks, specifically to get people in other countries to buy the locally made version of the album rather than importing the regular version for more money. It's why a ton of metal albums have Japanese bonus tracks.
But ya this having a bonus track on the normal edition is kinda weird.

beefshoes
December 5th 2018
7341 Comments


This is guaranteed to be shite. I just wish that they would call it quits and focus on side projects instead of further destroying the brand of the band, given there they genuinely released some gems in the 90s.

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Voltimand
December 5th 2018
1029 Comments


More info on the album, and especially the track "Barstool Warrior":

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/dream-theater-john-petrucci-interview-distance-over-time-755486/?fbclid=IwAR0yU2mv31nmFzbvrykHjnyJmsi71NZsqdz0tDux20hSNa5kjAf-cNpUv50

Going to sound a little like Genesis/Yes/Pink Floyed

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Mh. Cooouuuld be nice... maybe. A tiny bit. Until the vocals come in

Realm
December 5th 2018
2502 Comments


Hawks coming in here like he didn’t listen to cradle of filth for years

Realm
December 5th 2018
2502 Comments


Hawks sucks

kalkwiese
December 5th 2018
3440 Comments


Hawks rules wtf

Realm
December 5th 2018
2502 Comments


nope sorry

Voltimand
December 5th 2018
1029 Comments


O'Doyle rules!

ButtBoy
December 5th 2018
3380 Comments


Do think any of the members of this band could name every song they've written

Underflow
December 5th 2018
4867 Comments


Zero chance of this being good.

Nomos2
December 5th 2018
303 Comments


Cautious hype. I need to warm up to Labrie every record though. They're all really nice guys but I'm just not a fan of his sound, it's dated and cheesy.

RippingCorpse1986
December 5th 2018
3221 Comments


I didn't much care for Men of Thought, but I still might give this one a try I guess... still have a sort of soft spot for this band.

Faraudo
December 5th 2018
2967 Comments


"Mangini is more of a problem than Labrie tbh, so boriiinnggggg."

He's probably one of the most boring drummers around. Technically he's a beast, but even my grandma has more groove than him.


bloc
December 5th 2018
55894 Comments


Mangina

Digging: Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy

ElioG
December 5th 2018
33 Comments


It's not Labrie's awful vocals, it's not Mangini's poor imagination nor Portnoy's absence. It's the f...ing lame compositions of John Petrucci in all albums after Octavarium. This is the core of the problem. And the culmination of frustration was The Astonishing. What a waste of recording machines. We're talking about the guys who released Awake, aren't we?

TheFantasticDangler
December 5th 2018
2030 Comments


Good buddy is the vocalist of Falset (Labries son is the drummer), lived with him for a bit, and I've been hearing a lot of how awesome, friendly he is. Gave me a new found interest in the band, so I'll be checking this out. Hopefully better than their last few releases.

OmairSh
December 5th 2018
14849 Comments


I don't have any expectations but the good part right now is the album and song lengths. Maybe they focused on songwriting

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2018
1438 Comments


If this actually sounds like ToT, it would be the ultimate catharsis after, well, 2016...

Ebola
December 6th 2018
3590 Comments


At least this one isn’t multiple hours long

Digging: Allfather - And All Will Be Desolation

NonApplicable
December 6th 2018
2698 Comments


Labrie has always been a weak vocalist. Now that the band are also treading water instrumentally, the crap vocals are even more evident.

dante1991
December 6th 2018
704 Comments


Dayum people, are there no fans left at all on this site?! So much negativity...
I'm convinced this band can't win here.

I think they're still pretty damn consistent, given how many albums they have and how long they've been around. You can't expect them to put out another I&W/Awake/SFAM/Six Degrees (that's just not realistic given their career stage), however I'm sure this will be AT LEAST solid.

So, I'm cautiously optimistic. I don't expect this to be TOT-level heavy (though that would be awesome and a great idea at this point), but it's obviously gonna be more meaty than TA.



Beardog
December 6th 2018
2768 Comments


I just hope they get an outside producer and feature some people. The idea was good to have a legit score-artist do the orchestral stuff on TA but the material was too bad sadly. Some arrangements were well done because of it though

Djang0
December 6th 2018
358 Comments


Agreed that Petrucci's compositions are becoming less inspired... I liked TA as a project but it wasn't great musically.
I'm cautiously optimistic. I love this band, so Im going to be excited for anything they do. Will listen with open ears and a smile on my face.

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2018
1438 Comments


@dante: I still consider myself a big fan. An extremely hesitant fan after their last album, but a fan nonetheless. I've typically been one to defend them, and it hasn't been until recently that I found LaBrie to be unenjoyable, if that tells you anything (mostly during live shows). Even when they released a weak album, there was still the makings of something great and solid...their last album basically had none of that, or if it did, it squandered that potential with the horrendous execution. So, naturally, even a DT defender like myself is skeptical.

dante1991
December 6th 2018
704 Comments


Well, apparently there's a new song out tomorrow, Untethered Angel, so we'll all get a first glimpse very soon!

kalkwiese
December 6th 2018
3440 Comments


I predict: It will be a wither-esque ballad, which means I will be ashamed to like it anyway lol

dante1991
December 6th 2018
704 Comments


And, yes, I will concur that the Astonishing is deeply flawed. I think it has some great melodies, but the story I see like a good first draft that needed more depth. And the music itself is good, but not much of their signature prog or metal to latch onto - they spread themselves too thin, there was 'not enough meat on the bone'.

Considering this is less than half the length of that album, I am hoping for a much more consistent release.

kalkwiese
December 6th 2018
3440 Comments


They needed more bag pipes on TA. It could have been a sexy highlander story lol

LelandAB
December 6th 2018
411 Comments


Gonna listen to this, but I bet the lyrics continue to be embarrassing. How do you go from writing the lyrics to Innocence Faded to whatever the Astonishing was.

ConConure
December 6th 2018
2 Comments


Boy oh boy. Dreams do come true!

InFlamesWeThrash666
December 6th 2018
8942 Comments


band is zzzzzzzzzz

also the new song leaked

Digging: Jordslaet - EP II

Nocturtle
December 6th 2018
939 Comments


gay band petrucci rips tho


chug73
December 6th 2018
3799 Comments


New song is on Spotify

Hawks
December 6th 2018
71673 Comments


Band blowz. m/ [4939483282586594939]

AcmeApathyAmok
December 7th 2018
679 Comments


Yeah...DT has become incredibly dismal for me...even the DT I legitimately liked back when I was super into them (Images & Words through Octavarium) has sort of soured with me years removed. And if they have to tune down for the Scenes From A Memory set like they with I&W then count me out. I’ve watched videos of the latter and I didn’t think James could suck even more live until I saw that.

mikejulian222
December 7th 2018
1 Comments


lol some of these comments

TheOrgazoid
December 9th 2018
59 Comments


I thought this came out already and everyone just forgot



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