Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Dream Theater’s New Album Will Be Concept Album
As Dream Theater were announcing a new European tour for early 2016, one in which they announced that they'll be performing their forthcoming album in its entirety, promoters were leaking the new album's title. Dream Theater confirmed that the new opus will be called The Astonishing. This will be the first concept album they've written since 2002's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.
We now know a little more about the album itself, thanks to Dream Theater's own newsletter sign-up.
The Astonishing will relate the story of a rebellion against the Great Northern Empire of North America, led by the Ravenskill Militia. It is 2285, the people of North America live under the rule of Lord Nafaryus, emperor of the Realm. Ravenskill, a small town on the outskirts of the Realm, is trying to start a rebellion against the tyrant by sending a message via the implants all the inhabitants of the Realm have.
When you go to their main website, you have to choose one of two sign-up pages. One is for the Great Northern Empire, the other is for the Ravenskill Rebel Militia. Go and sign-up to both to receive both the Emperor's message and the Militia's message, and learn more about the upcoming battle.
Dream Theater will be releasing the album in early 2016, and will present it live on the following dates (more dates to come):
Feb 18, 2016 – Palladium – London, United Kingdom
Feb 19, 2016 – Palladium – London, United Kingdom
Feb 22, 2016 – Carre Theatre – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 27, 2016 – Oslo Concert Hall – Oslo, Norway
Feb 28, 2016 – Oslo Concert Hall – Oslo, Norway
Mar 2, 2016 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 5, 2016 – Le Palais des Congrès – Paris, France
Mar 6, 2016 – Le Palais des Congrès – Paris, France
Mar 18, 2016 – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi – Milan, Italy
Mar 19, 2016 – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi – Milan, Italy
Mar 23, 2016 – Kongresshaus – Zurich, Switzerland