Dream Theater, Distance Over Time Review
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Exhibiting the pinnacle of technique, musicality and creativity, the American progressive metal band Dream Theater continues to deliver and push their sound to new sonic heights. Guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy started the band in 1985 under the name Majesty while attendeding Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Soon dropping out of college to focus on the band that we all know and love, Dream Theater. The band has gone through player changes over the years. Three original members remained together until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011. Fast forward through multiple albums, awards and developing themselves as the leaders of progressive metal. Dream Theater is releasing their latest album Distance Over Time. The album contains nine tracks with a bonus track with the digital purchase. The band line up is: John Myung (bass), John Petrucci (guitar), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboard) and Mike Mangini (drums) Distance Over Time contains some of the best playing and hardest hitting tracks to date, and certainly exceeds expectations in all aspects.
Distance Over Time
Fall into the Light
At Wit's End
Out of Reach
Pale Blue Dot
Viper King (Bonus track)
Release Date: February 22, 2019
1 hour 1 minute
The band went to a remote location to record the album; all the members lived and wrote the material. The result is a comradery in the music that represents a collective sound.
Dream Theater is five amazing musicians and composers, but Distance Over Time represents the sum of the parts because of the way the band choose to write and record the album. Tracks like “Untethered Angel” form effortless segues between ballad styled clean guitars with swelling keyboard that explode into a power house metal riffs. Each band member had their input in forming the musical figures surrounding LaBrie’s vocal melodies. The band also spent time with creating full background melodies. Of course, every Dream Theater fan knows the amazing abilities of Mangini, and the time signatures and feel changes are throughout the ten tracks. There are more heavy riffs from Petrucci and Myung, that is a significant part of Distance Over Time’s incredible sound. Of course, Petrucci’s guitar solos are intricate and expertly performed, but the energy of the band seems to push them to new levels of intensity. Some riffs are a nice mixing of classic rock and heavy metal, as in “Fall into the Light.” Dream Theater’s sound is still constant with a solid mix of old and new techniques and sounds that we expect from the band. LaBrie’s vocal range is vast as ever and the lyrics well-crafted. This band is the pinnacle of style, technique and musicality and Distance Over Time is a testament to bands power when creating in the moment as a unique band of brotherhood. Something special happened in the secluded Yonderbarn studios in Monticello, NY over the course of four months and it is called Distance Over Time. That's the short of it!