Metal-Prog maestros Dream Theater return with their 14th studio album Distance Over Time that is released on Friday Feburary 22nd. Right from the off you know the guys mean serious business as they unleash holy hell from the first song, right through to the last. ‘Untethered Angel’ kicks off proceedings with cinematic quality and a cacophony of blistering runs from Petrucci and co. A glorious start to a sublime album you know you’re in for an audible treat by the fourth bar of the opening track.
‘Paralysed’ follows, hefty riff-tastic tracks, sumptuous vocals and all built round some of the best musicians in the business holding up the back line mean, it’s a pretty flawless recording. Track after track you are pummelled by glorious guitar riffs that just ebb and flow from one mind bending sequence to another, intimate bridges like that in ‘Fall Into The Light’ showcase the bands more delicate side, you are taken on an audible roller coaster across the 10 recordings unlike anything you’ve been on before. This lavish and extravagant recording is not meant for the mere mortals, but for the select few who can comprehend the complexity and beauty within its cleverly disguised walls.
‘Barstool Warrior’ has a Rush-esque feel as it kicks in, once again offering it’s musical peaks and valleys to engage its audience you’ll not go wanting with this recording. As intricate as it is the album always offers a beautifully melodic edge that just draws you in further, easy on the ear with huge sing along choruses it offers far more than just the instrumental qualities within. It would be rude not point out however; those very same instrumental qualities are freaking mind blowing! Tracks like S 2 N take it to another level whilst still offering a pleasant and catchy number.
What can you say about Dream Theater that hasn’t already been said; there just aren’t enough superlatives. Distance Over Time is simply a stunning album, flawless in its execution, highly engaging throughout and rich in audible and sonic qualities you’ll just be hitting repeat, repeat, repeat.
Distance Over Time is out this Friday, February 22nd via Inside Out Music / Sony Music. You would be a fool not to invest in a copy.
Distance Over Time (Track Listing)
- Untethered Angel
3. Fall Into The Light
- Barstool Warrior
- Room 137
7. At Wit’s End
- Out Of Reach
- Pale Blue Dot
When Dream and Day Unite (1989)
Images and Words (1992)
Falling Into Infinity (1997)
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999)
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)
Train of Thought (2003) Octavarium (2005)
Systematic Chaos (2007)
Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)
A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011)
Dream Theater (2013)
The Astonishing (2016)
Distance Over Time (2019)
James LaBrie – Vocals
John Petrucci – Guitar
Jordan Rudess – Keyboards
John Myung – Bass
Mike Mangini – Drums
Distance Over Time
Available as: Standard CD Jewel Case, Special Edition Digipak (incl. 1 bonus track), 180g Gaefold 2LP Edition (incl. 1 bonus track, an 8-page-LP-booklet & the entire album on CD), Ltd. Edition Artbook (incl. 1 bonus track, 5.1 mix with video animations, instrumental mixes, high res files of the album, stems for “Untethered Angel”, extended liner notes, additional artwork incl. photos from the writing session and additional video content), as Deluxe Collector’s Box Set (incl. lenticular cover card, Artbook, 180g 2 LP Gatefold Edition with exclusive artwork and an exclusive LP colour, exclusive picture 7”, 60 x 60 cm poster, 10 art cards, slipmat, patch, pin and a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity)and as Digital Album (incl. 1 bonus track)