The first introductory strains of the “False Awakening Suite,” which kick off Dream Theater's new self-titled album (due Sept. 24) seems to actually transport the listener into a theater. Images come to mind of the lights going down in some wildly ornate medieval house of drama, the orchestra has signaled the overture, and it is time for the massive sweep of something liberating, powerful and profound to roll forth.
Although Dream Theater frontman James Labrie has gone on record saying that he doesn’t ever see a time when founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy would be invited to return to the band due to Mike Mangini becoming a permanent fixture, the possibility of Portnoy’s latest project the Winery Dogs and Dream Theater sharing a stage is an idea that Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci is open to.
Dream Theater's run in our Cage Match has been a magnificent production. The band just ousted Korn in their latest matchup and are now just one win away from entering the Loudwire Cage Match Hall of Fame with their fifth and final victory! In order to do so, they'll have to beat a legendary metal act.
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Progressive metal champions Dream Theater are poised to release their latest album, a self-titled effort, next month, marking the group's second disc with drummer Mike Mangini. As we all know, Mangini replaced former drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the band then attempted to return but was rebuffed. With Portnoy recently again saying he would return to the band in a heartbeat if asked, frontman James Labrie has weighed in on the matter.
We recently had the pleasure of attending a Dream Theater listening party in New York City for the band's upcoming self-titled release. The members of Dream Theater and those in attendance all hung out with some lovely food and drink while the album blasted through massive speakers, so we took the opportunity to chat with legendary Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci.