Dream Theater Explain the Goal of Their New Album ‘Distance Over Time’

James LaBrie says DREAM THEATER wanted to “get back to writing a classic heavy album” with its new 14th full-length effort, “Distance Over Time”. The move was apparently influenced by the 25th-anniversary tour in support of the band’s seminal “Images And Words” LP and the lukewarm reaction to its light and ponderous 2016 double-disc concept release, “The Astonishing”.

In June of 2018, the five members of DREAM THEATERsecluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to write and record “Distance Over Time”. The communal and free-flowing atmosphere paid off, according to the singer.

“I think coming off the two-year [tour] and most of it for ‘The Astonishing’, it was quite evidently clear to us — we have been talking about it for a while that we wanted to get back to writing a classic, heavy album, a classic DREAM THEATER heavy album, but still maintaining the progressive side to us, but making it a little bit more concise, making it where the songs didn’t necessarily have to be epic in length and their showings and arrangements,” LaBrie told Australia’s Heavy (hear audio below). “Something that was very defined, something that was undeniable in its statement with each song. We kind of also knew that we wanted to write an album that would be under an hour. So it was just a very conscious effort to go in, write a very — a classic, heavy album in DREAM THEATER terms.”

He continued: “We lived together, so it made the fact that we were around one another and we closed the rest of the world off so that we could just be very focused on what we were doing, it made for a very somewhat prolific experience, I would say, because things were happening quickly and I’d say that it was a spirited effort and very cohesive from the very beginning. Things just seemed to be jelling. Ideas were numerous, plentiful and so it was just something that I think we were feeding off one another’s energy, one another’s commitment and it was just a great time. Not to mention, you got to remember, when we weren’t in that room, in that studio writing, we’d be outside cooking together or just constantly talking about the music, which really lent itself to why I think it came out and it ended up being what it is. So all these things, I think really kind of helped to shape how this album turned out, the songs themselves and the sound of it and the vibe throughout.” 

Songs / Tracks Listing

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)

Total Time: 60:51

Line-up / Musicians

– James LaBrie / Vocals
– John Petrucci / Guitars
– John Myung / Bass
– Jordan Rudess / Keyboards
– Mike Mangini / Drums

Dream Theater 2019 Tour Dates:
03/20 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre
03/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
03/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
03/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
03/26 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
03/28 – St. Paul, MN @ The Ordway
03/29 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
03/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller Theater
04/02 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
04/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
04/05 – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
04/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Capitole-Cabaret Du
04/08 – Boston, MA  @ Orpheum Theatre
04/09 – Oakdale, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
04/10 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Arts
04/12 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
04/13 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
04/15 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
04/17 – Nashville, TN @ TPAC
04/22 – Charlotte, NC @Ovens Auditorium
04/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
04/26 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
04/27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theater
04/29 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
04/30 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
05/01 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
05/04 – Mexico City, Mexico – @ Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez



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