Aug 17, 2013

New Dream Theater Album Influenced by BTBAM, Animals as Leaders and Periphery

According to John Petrucci, the new Dream Theater Album has been “Influenced and Shaped” by the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Periphery and Animals as Leaders.
In his own words Petrucci recently stated “…I think that without naming a specific band, there is a whole wave of younger bands that are in the prog vein. There is Periphery, Between the Buried and Me, Animals As Leaders — bands like that are doing stuff where you hear it and you are like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing! That was intense!’ You can’t help but have that seep into your subconscious, you know? In that sense, anything you hear that you like the sound of becomes an influence and shapes who you are as a musician writing music.”

Say what you will about Dream Theater, but when was the last time you remember seasoned veteran, especially one of Petrucci's caliber, admitting that a much younger generation of musicians has been a major influence on their music?

I'd be surprised to hear any musician born after 1980 who signed a contract with even a minor label, who spends any time listening to anybody else's music, let alone give credit to a new generation.

Now, I'm not sure how much true “influence” might any of these bands been on the sound of new DT album, but I'm now waiting even more impatiently.

New Dream Theater album, simply titled “Dream Theater” is scheduled to be released on September 24 via Roadrunner.


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