Out Now: Dream Theater Adds to its Legacy with Epic New LP ‘A View from the Top of the World’ (Listen)


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Seven tracks spanning more than an hour. That’s what you get with A View from the Top of the World, the new studio album from prog-rock greats Dream Theater.

Released on Friday, the band’s 15th studio album to date is a sonic adventure into the stratosphere, fitting given both the album title and artwork. Ambition is always at the focus of any Dream Theater release, and this one’s no different.

Take the nearly ten-minute album opener, “The Alien”:

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Per a news release, much of the inspiration behind the album came about during the pandemic:

Dream Theater – comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini – was in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their last release Distance Over Time and the 20th anniversary of Scenes From A Memory when a Global Pandemic brought the world to a stop. The musicians found themselves at home with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the States. As fate would have it, they’d just finished construction on DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) —a combination live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, equipment storage, and creative hive. With LaBrie in Canada, he initially wrote with the band via ZOOM on a monitor in DTHQ. In March 2021, he flew down to New York, quarantined, and recorded his vocals face-to-face with Petrucci. The album ultimately threaded together lean and uncompromising hooks with tried-and-true technical proficiency.

“We approach every album like it’s our first,” adds LaBrie. “It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”

Also almost not stopping is the huge closing title track, which spans more than 20 minutes in length and is an exercise in focus and pedigree exemplary of a musical force as persistent and iconic as Dream Theater:

The 7-song album’s track listing and song lengths:

1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering The Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken The Master (9:47)
7) A View From The Top Of The World (20:24)

Stream the whole thing below.


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