Roadrunner Records’ YouTube Channel, 11 AM EST, Wednesday 29 June 2011. 

They’re back.

Compare the image of a tightrope suspended over a rope. Just below emerges from the clouds the tail of a plane with their logo.

After two years since their last album, Dream Theater returns with the single “On The Backs Of Angels”, part of the album ”A Dramatic Turn of Events” expected for September 13th, 2011.

The Theatre of the Dreams is here, is solid and we can feel it. A guitar arpeggio introduces us in this new adventure. The keyboard of Jordan overlaps and begins to outline the melodies while the battery slowly creates the necessary tension. Mike Mangini seems at ease in his new role and, although not involved in the process of composing the album, is well placed in the band.

From this single, first glimpse of what lies ahead in September with the rest of the album, seems that John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess have been taken the lead of the compositional process. Petrucci’s riffs intersect with the unpredictable melodies (and sounds) of Jordan, reminding the Scenes From a Memory’s times.

At 5:52 min there is even a piano solo that found Jordan playing alone in the sudden silence created by the other instruments.

Dream Theater in this song show their progressive side, the one we have seen in Octavarium and Falling Into Infinity. A band that renews itself in every album, without losing its identity.

After the last world tour, the ups and downs following the departure of Mike Portnoy and the efforts spent in the studio for the creation of the new album, Dream Theater are finally back, ”On The Backs Of Angels”.

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  • http://www.thegeekwhisperer.com The Geek Whisperer

    The more I listen to this song, the more I like it (which is typical for DT).

    I’m happy that the band seems creatively alive post Portnoy, because his departure could have killed the band. They are good guys, and I want to see them create together for years to come.

    (Thanks for stopping by my site!)

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  • Eleventy4

    From 7:40 to the end of this song is so freaking epic, complex, and brain melting, it might be my new favorite moment of theirs.  I haven’t heard DT this good since Train of Thought, or even Scenes from a Memory maybe.

    • D Wave

      I totally agree with you!
      Have you heard also the brief snippets of “Bridges In The Sky” and “Breaking All Illusions”? In “Breaking All Illusion” there is a crazy keyboard part and the chorus is so epic..can’t wait for the entire album! 
      Thanks for stopping by my site! ;-)

      • Eleventy4

        Noooo I haven’t!  But now I gotta track them down.  Youtube?  Or iTunes previews..?  I’ll go seek them out now actually and let you know what I think :)

      • Eleventy4

        Breaking All Illusions was ok; I’m not as much a fan of the major chords and happy-epic style they use sometimes (not a very technical description I know) although there was a very cool moment right before the keyboard part, and the keyboards themselves sounded awesome.

        Bridges in the Sky however sounded crucialllllllllllllll.  Can’t wait!

        • D Wave

          Happy you found them out! ;-)

          I see what you mean!..but you know, being a keyboardist myself, I loved the Rudess parts I heard so far from this album!

          “Bridges in the Sky” definitely crucial!!! Can’t wait to write a full review of the album!

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    • D Wave

      I totally agree with you!
      Have you heard also the brief snippets of “Bridges In The Sky” and “Breaking All Illusions”? In “Breaking All Illusion” there is a crazy keyboard part and the chorus is so epic..can’t wait for the entire album! 
      Thanks for stopping by my site! ;-)

  • http://www.ronanshotme.com Ronan

    ok I just commented on a other post that I find them boring lately (and god know how much I worship them). me needs listening to that one more maybe…

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