DREAM THEATER keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS shares ICHIKA NITO duets (video)
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess shared a new music video along with the following message:
“Ichika Nito is a wonderful, talented young guitarist. I was inspired to add my own touch to some of his music videos. Enjoy it.”
Ichika Nito is Ibanez Guitars’ very first Japanese signature artist. He has gained considerable popularity and reputation thanks to a unique combination of complex techniques and unparalleled sound. Since then, he has captivated fans and musicians with his unconventional and experimental style, becoming a major influence for players around the world.
In a recent Patreon livestream, Rudess introduced viewers to his synth programming process for the group’s new single, “The Alien.” Check out some of the feed below; it starts at the 3 minute mark.
Go to Rudess’ Patreon page here.
“The Alien” is the opening of the Dream Theater’s next album and showcases the energy the band had after coming together to start work on the new album. The song is now available through all streaming partners. An animated video for the track which arrives at 9:32 am is also available and can be seen below.
“This is the first one we wrote together. It gives people a window into what it was like when we first met after all these months off. It has adventure, non-traditional structure, heaviness and hooks. It really set the tone for the album, ”says John Petrucci. James wrote the lyrics on the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative colonies. Since we are going beyond our planet, ‘The Alien’ turns out to be us. was a cool, creative saying from James.
A View From The Top Of The World is now available for pre-order in various configurations, including a limited deluxe box incl. Gatefold 2LP (180g Gloss Gold Vinyl) with Exclusive Alternative Cover, Limited Deluxe 2CD + Blu-ray Artbook with Exclusive Alternative Cover, Zoetrope Mat, Beanie, Enamel Keychain, 8 x Art Cards, Poster, Certificate of authenticity hand numbered in a lift-off box cover.
The album is also available as a limited edition Deluxe 2CD + Blu-ray Artbook, Special Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD + LP-booklet. The Blu-ray features a 5.1 surround sound mix with full album animations, as well as “Digging For A Spark – A View From Inside DTHQ”, a specially shot documentary that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the new base of the DTHQ. band and the creation of the new album.
The album is also available for digital pre-order and fans who pre-order the digital version will receive an instant download of “The Alien”.
A View From The Top Of The World was produced by John Petrucci, designed and produced by James “Jimmy T” Meslin and mixed / mastered by Andy Sneap and available for pre-order here.
Dream Theater – consisting of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini – was in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their latest release Distance Over Time and the 20th anniversary of Scenes From A Memory when a global pandemic brought the world to a halt. The musicians met at home with LaBrie in Canada and the rest of the group in the United States. As fate would have it, they had just finished building the DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) – a combination of live recording studio, rehearsal space, control room, storage equipment and a creative beehive. With LaBrie in Canada, he first wrote with the band via ZOOM on a monitor at DTHQ. In March 2021, he flew to New York, was quarantined, and recorded his voice face to face with Petrucci. The album ultimately donned lean, uncompromising hooks with proven technical skill.
“We love to play our instruments,” observes Petrucci. “It never goes away. I like to be creative, to write and to exercise this part of my mind. We have been able to do this for a long time and we do not take it for granted. Every time we get together we know that we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to put even more effort into it.
“We approach each album like it’s our first,” adds LaBrie. “It was such a great race, but we’re not going to stop. “
Tracklist of A View From The Top Of The World:
“The Alien” (9:32)
“Answer the call” (7:35)
“Invisible monster” (6:31)
“Sleeping giant” (10:05)
“Transcendent time” (6:25)
“Awaken the master” (9:47)
“A View from the Top of the World” (20:24)
Dream Theater also plans to hit the road in support of the new album. The Top Of The World North American Tour will begin October 28 in Mesa, Arizona, and run through December 14, ending in St. Petersburg, Florida. The tour will make stops in Seattle, WA; Chicago, Illinois; Washington DC; New York, NY and Orlando, FL among others. Ticket information for all upcoming shows as well as VIP package information can be found at dreamtheater.net.