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Are Dream Theater About To Unleash Massive Concept Project?

Dream Theater’s website has recently undergone something of a transformation, prompting fans into thinking the band have begin teasing about their highly anticipated new album.

Visitor’s to the band’s site, www.dreamtheater.net, are currently directed to a holding page that features two bold logos, offering fans the option to sign up for The Great Northern Empire or The Ravenskill Rebel Militia. Those that do sign up are simply greeted with another holding page and the phrase ‘Thank You’. With no access to the band’s main site accessible at present, rumour is rife that the band have begun the countdown to the release of the follow-up to 2013’s Dream Theater album.

Little information has been forthcoming about a new album from the band, but we are aware that a release had been pencilled in for 2016. In a recent interview with Prog magazine, guitarist John Petrucci told band biographer Rich Wilson “There’s been no shortage of ideas. Without going into detail, this is huge undertaking, what we’re doing. We’ve been working really hard and probably longer on this than other albums in the past. But you’ll see why?”.

This has given rise to suggestions that the new album might be a hefty concept piece in the mould of Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory or Octavarium. If so, then do the two different factions on view on the website might give a clue as to the nature of the concept?

Watch this space…

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.