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04 Dec

Dream Theater Releases New Single, “The Gift of Music”

Grab a seat and turn up the volume on your speakers, because Dream Theater just released their ripping new single, “The Gift of Music”, which can be heard below.  This stellar new track will be featured on their forthcoming rock opera concept album, The Astonishing, which is scheduled to hit the shelves on January 29th courtesy of Roadrunner Records.  A 34 track double-album, The Astonishing, will mark the band’s first studio release since 2013’s self-titled effort which topped Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and locked up the No. 7 position on the Billboard Top 200 Chart during the time of its release. 

Dream Theater has been slowly leaking teasers for the album on their websites and socials, even launching a separate website- www.DreamTheater.net/TheAstonishing- which reveals the key elements of the album including three characters- Gabriel, Emperor Nafaryus and Arhys- and a map that ties into the album’s concept. The bottom of the site features the floating orb that is the focus of the album’s cover.

The Awakening will also stand as Mike Mangini’s third studio album with the progressive giants, having joined Dream Theater in 2010 following a highly publicized audition process.  Mike Mangini’s impeccable, technical, and precise drumming is instantly recognizable in “The Gift of Music”, exciting fans with the promise of another amazing album from the prog-rock icons.  More information on Mike Mangini, including full specs on his monstrous Masterworks Series, Reference Pure AND Reference Series Dream Theater rigs (So jealous...), can be found here.

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