Dream Theater have released the debut track from their new album, The Astonishing, which comes out on January 29, and you can hear it below.
Titled “The Gift of Music,” the song is one of 34 tracks on the record, which the band describes as “our most ambitious creative work to date.” The Astonishing features a full orchestra, several choirs and a range of unusual musical instruments.
Guitarist John Petrucci tells Rolling Stone, “I wanted this not only to be a concept album, but a full show. We needed the storyline, a plot, places, characters, maps—you name it.
“I'm a huge fan of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, so I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to go. But it was a matter of really diving into it and working on it, revising and revising again, and working on it every day until I had something solid.”
The January release of The Astonishing will be accompanied by a European theater tour that kicks off in February with a pair of shows in London.