The mighty DREAM THEATER have done it again and decided to post an update for fans on the box set version of the album, which you can see in the picture to the left. Check out the video at the bottom of this post to see what John and Jordan had to say about the box set – including some hilarious usage of Jordan’s app!
There is also a track by track interview with John on MusicRadar.com, which can be found AT THIS LOCATION. See below for some extracts from that interview:
“Going into this album, I felt a tremendous sense of responsibility,” guitarist John Petrucci tells MusicRadar. “When Mike Portnoy left the band, I think it put a big question mark in the minds of a lot of fans because they saw him as a very big figure in Dream Theater. So I owed it to those people to show them that everything was grounded, intact and extremely creative within the band. “As it was the first time I was the sole producer for Dream Theater, it presented a challenge. But I thrive on challenges – I feel as though that’s when I do some of my best work.”
When speaking about ‘On The Backs Of Angels’, John had this to say:
“From day one it was always going to be the first track on the record. It’s also the first song that Mike Mangini really brought to life, so right there it’s special. “I came up with the intro guitar riff while I was playing an acoustic at home by the fire. I was thinking, How should this record begin? What should be the first thing that people hear? The idea that came to me was a little bit Pink Floyd – moody, foreboding, this drifting arpeggiated guitar pattern. “We were very conscious when writing the song that it should reflect the signature sound of the band. We wanted it to have all of the elements of Dream Theater. It would be progressive, it would be metal, and it would be melodic. There would be some big shred moments mixed with very dramatic breakdowns. It’s got everything that we love to do as a band.”
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