Dream Theater announce new album + North American tour

Prog metal pros Dream Theater have announced their 15th studio album, ‘A View from the Top of the World,’ which is scheduled for release on October 22, 2021.

Today’s announcement says, “A View From The Top OF The World is Dream Theater at its musical finest expanding on the sound they helped create while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The 7-song album also marks the second studio album with InsideOutMusic / Sony Music.”

The impending record was produced by the band’s John Petrucci, with engineering duties and additional production courtesy of James “Jimmy T” Meslin, plus mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. Check out the LP’s artwork, which was created by Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour), and the track listing below.

Here’s more on ‘A View from the Top of the World’ thanks to a presser, “Dream Theater – comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini – was in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their last release Distance Over Time and the 20th anniversary of Scenes From A Memory when a Global Pandemic brought the world to a stop. The musicians found themselves at home with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the States. As fate would have it, they’d just finished construction on DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) —a combination live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, equipment storage, and creative hive. With LaBrie in Canada, he initially wrote with the band via ZOOM on a monitor in DTHQ. In March 2021, he flew down to New York, quarantined, and recorded his vocals face-to-face with Petrucci. The album ultimately threaded together lean and uncompromising hooks with tried-and-true technical proficiency.

We just love to play our instruments,” adds Petrucci. “That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that part of my mind. We’ve been able to do this for a long time, and we don’t take it for granted. Whenever we get together, we know we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to try even harder.”

We approach every album like it’s our first,” comments LaBrie. “It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”

‘A View From The Top Of The World’ track listing:
1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering The Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken The Master (9:47)
7) A View From The Top Of The World (20:24)

In addition, Dream Theater have plotted a North American tour in support of their new full-length. Featuring support from Arch Echo, the trek takes off on October 28th in Mesa, AZ and runs through December 14th where it concludes in St. Petersburg, FL. All tour dates are listed below.

10/28 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
10/29 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater [TIX]
10/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
11/01 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater [TIX]
11/02 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre [TIX]
11/06 – Denver, CO @ Paramount [TIX]
11/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre [TIX]
11/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre [TIX]
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre [TIX]
11/12 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater [TIX]
11/13 – Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall [TIX]
11/15 – Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre
11/16 – Quebec, QC @ Grand Theatre
11/17 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell [TIX]
11/19 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Center [TIX]
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met [TIX]
11/21 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre [TIX]
11/23 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center – Wang Theatre [TIX]
11/28 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre [TIX]
11/29 – Red Bank, NJ @ Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center [TIX]
11/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre [TIX]
12/02 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium [TIX]
12/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center [TIX]
12/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House [TIX]
12/06 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House [TIX]
12/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy [TIX]
12/09 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links Deep Ellum
12/10 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater [TIX]
12/11 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center [TIX]
12/13 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live [TIX]
12/14 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater [TIX]

Artist photo by Rayon Richards

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