"A Dramatic Turn Of Events", the much-anticipated album from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER, which marks new drummer Mike Mangini's recorded debut, will be released on September 13 via Roadrunner Records.
A 70-second snippet of the song "Far From Heaven", which will appear on "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", can be streamed below.
In a new interview with Music Radar, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci stated about "Far From Heaven", "This is James' [LaBrie, vocals] centerpiece, for sure. There is bass on the track, along with a string section, but for the most part it was written as a piano/vocal.
"Jordan [Rudess, keyboards] and I intended it to be a ballad, but it would also be the Part 1 for the next song, 'Breaking All Illusions'. In fact, in 'Breaking All Illusions', we use the themes that are in 'Far From Heaven'. Doing that isn't new to DREAM THEATER.
"For a few days James, Jordan and I worked on the vocal melodies. James had some very strong ideas, which were great. He recorded his parts up in Canada with Rich Chycki. We never did anything like that, where I as a producer wasn't present when the vocals were being sung, so it was a bit of an experiment.
"I was blown away when I heard what they had done, not only by the vocal sound but the emotional quality that James put into it. He has such a beautifully unique voice. The way that Andy Wallace mixed it, putting James right up front, gives me shivers."
The "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" deluxe collector's edition exclusive pre-order box set includes the following:
* "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" album
* Instrumentals of the entire album
* DVD of "The Spirit Carries On" a 60-minute movie documenting DREAM THEATER's drummer auditions
* Double-LP set of "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
* DREAM THEATER branded custom turntable slipmat
* Litho Print of album cover
* 50 lucky winners will find a DREAM THEATER "Ticket For Life" (randomly inserted)
* All content housed in a custom box
* Receive a digital download of the album the day before release
01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. Bridges In The Sky
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface
01. On The Backs Of Angels (instrumental)
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down (instrumental)
03. Lost Not Forgotten (instrumental)
04. This Is The Life (instrumental)
05. Bridges In The Sky (instrumental)
06. Outcry (instrumental)
07. Far From Heaven (instrumental)
08. Breaking All Illusions (instrumental)
09. Beneath The Surface (instrumental)
You can now pre-order this set at this location.