The almighty Dream Theater are back with their fourteenth studio album over their thirty-year career and it seems like the band are as excited and rejuvenated as ever. You could forgive them for feeling a little tired after three decades of working so hard but when HEAVY Mag catches up with the main man James LaBrie he is full of pure excitement.
“Coming off that two year tour for The Astonishing it was quite evidently clear to us, and we had been talking about it for a while, that we wanted to get back to doing a classic heavy album a classic heavy Dream Theater album while still maintaining the progressive side to us but making it something more concise. We wanted to make something where the songs didn’t necessarily have to be epic in length or even the showing or arrangements. We just wanted something that was very defined, something that was undeniable in its statement for each song and we knew that we wanted to write an album that would be under an hour so it was just a very conscious effort to go and write a very classic, heavy album.”
“I think because of the idea that we had and some other things – we all live together so the fact that we were all around each other and were able to close off the rest of the world and just be very focussed on what we were doing. That made for quite a prolific experience because things were happening quite quickly and I would say that it was a spirited effort and it was very cohesive from the beginning, things just seemed to be gelling. Ideas were numerous and plentiful and so I think we were just feeding off each other’s energy, one another’s commitment and it was just a great time – not to mention you have to remember that when we were not in that studio writing we would be outside cooking together and just constantly talking about the music which is why I think it ended up coming out the way it did. I think all of these things helped to shape how this album turned out.”