Watch Dream Theater’s Epic Sci-Fi Video for Brand New Track “The Alien”

Dream Theater
(Image credit: Rayon Richards)

Grammy-nominated prog metal behemoths Dream Theater have released a captivating sci-fi themed music video made by digital artist Wayne Joyner (opens in new tab) to accompany their new track “The Alien”. Clocking in at a substantial 9:32 “The Alien” is the opening track from Dream Theater’s forthcoming A View From the Top of the World – the band’s 15th studio album.

Dream Theater, A View From the top of the World album cover artwork

(Image credit: InsideOutMusic/Sony Music)

“It’s the first one we wrote together,” explains John Petrucci, whose electric guitar work on the new track sounds as dazzling as ever. “It gives people a window into what it was like when we initially met up after all of those months off. It has the adventure, the untraditional structure, the heaviness, and the hooks. It really set the tone for the album.

“James [LaBrie] wrote the lyrics about the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative settlements. Since we’re going beyond our planet, ‘The Alien’ turns out to be us. I thought it was a cool and creative lyric by James.”

John Petrucci performs during the G3 concert at Eventim Apollo on April 25, 2018 in London, England

John Petrucci (Image credit: Neil Lupin/Redferns)

Following the album’s release on October 22 via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music, Dream Theater will be heading out on a 32-date North American tour beginning on October 28 in Arizona and concluding in Florida on December 14. Visit the band’s website here (opens in new tab)for more details.

Pre-order your copy of A View From the Top of the World here (opens in new tab).

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.