Watch Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini’s “Play Along” video accelerated for new single “The Alien”
DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini uploaded a drum play-along video of him performing the band’s new single, “The alien”. According to Mike, the play-along was filmed at 110% speed in preparation for the tour. The configuration of the drum corresponds to the pearl green chrome discoloration kit used on DREAM THEATERthe 15th studio album by, “A view from the top of the world”, which is due October 22.
When “The alien” came out for the first time earlier this month, guitarist Petrucci jeans Said of the track: “It’s the first one we’ve written together. It gives people a window into what it was like when we first met after all these months off. adventure, the non-traditional structure, the heaviness and the It really set the tone for the album. James [LaBrie, vocals] wrote the lyrics on the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative settlements. Since we are going beyond our planet, ‘The alien’ turns out to be us. I thought that was a cool, creative word from James. “
“A view from the top of the world” is DREAM THEATER at his musical best, it expands on the sound they helped create while retaining the elements that have won them devoted fans around the world. The seven-song album also marks the second studio album with InsideOut Music/Sony Music. The artwork was created by a longtime cover collaborator Hugh syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, PIERRE AURE). “A view from the top of the world” was produced by Petrucci jeans, designed and further produced by James “Jimmy T” Meslin and mixed / mastered by Andy Sneap.
DREAM THEATER – made up of James labrie, Petrucci jeans, Jordan rudess, John myung and Mike Mangini – was in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their latest outing “The distance in time” and the 20th anniversary of “Scenes from a memory” when a global pandemic brought the world to a halt. The musicians met at home, with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the United States. As fate would have it, they had just finished building the DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) – a combination of live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, storage equipment and a creative beehive. With LaBrie in Canada, he first wrote with the group via Zoom on a DTHQ monitor. In March 2021, he flew to New York, was quarantined, and recorded his voice face to face with Petrucci. The album ultimately donned lean, uncompromising hooks with proven technical skill.
“A view from the top of the world” track list:
01. The alien (9:32)
02. Answer the call (7:35)
03. Invisible monster (6:31)
04. Sleeping giant (10:05)
05. Transcendent time (6:25)
06. Awaken the master (9:47)
07. A view from the top of the world (20:24)
DREAM THEATER also plans to hit the road to support the new album. The “The roof of the world” North America tour will begin October 28 in Mesa, Arizona, and run through December 14, ending in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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