DREAM THEATER," the milestone new album from Roadrunner Records group Dream Theater, has made a spectacular debut atop Billboard's "Hard Rock Albums" chart, while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. This marks the GRAMMY-nominated group's third consecutive top 10 debut, and also sees "DREAM THEATER" making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia.
"DREAM THEATER," which was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with founding guitarist John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing, marks a brilliant new chapter for the always adventurous group. Rolling Stone touted the collection as "…the birth of a new era in the band's career," while Loudwire exclaimed that "Dream Theater pushes the envelope into (a) new musical dimension, a cosmic realm reserved for the best."
Dream Theater - John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards & continuum), and Mike Mangini (drums) - debuted the album's first single, "The Enemy Inside" this past August with USA Today and recently premiered a companion music video for the track with Billboard. During the process of making the video for "The Enemy Inside," Dream Theater were connected with Save A Warrior, an organization dedicated to embracing returning veterans in a healthy and nurturing environment and offering safe, innovative and evidence-based resiliency programs for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. In the coming months, Dream Theater will be working closely with the organization to help bring awareness to soldiers suffering from PTSD through social outreach, fundraising drives and more. "The Enemy Inside" is currently available for streaming on the band's official YouTube channel (located at www.youtube.com/dreamtheater).
Dream Theater will tour in support of "DREAM THEATER," visiting 30 cities in 16 countries, with plans to tour North America beginning in March 2014 – full details will be announced soon. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.dreamtheater.net/tourdates.
"DREAM THEATER" follows 2011's acclaimed "A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS." That album – highlighted by "On The Backs Of Angels," which earned the iconic band its first ever GRAMMY Award nomination (in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category) – proved one of Dream Theater's most successful, making top 10 chart debuts in 14 countries, including our own Billboard 200. "A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS" was hailed for its ambition, complexity, and sheer melodic power, with Japan's influential BURRN! naming it as the year's "Best Album."
With total sales exceeding 10 million albums and DVDs worldwide, Dream Theater have long stood among the upper echelon of hard rock giants. Albums such as 1992's RIAA gold-certified classic "IMAGES & WORDS" (featuring the breakthrough top 10 single, "Pull Me Under") have earned the Long Island-based band countless accolades for their visionary synthesis of melodic power and virtuosic experimentation, including being named as one of Rolling Stone's top 10 "Best Prog Rock Bands of All time."
"DREAM THEATER" is currently available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.
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