Dream Theater Release ‘The Gift of Music,’ the First Single From ‘The Astonishing’

On Jan. 29, 2016, Dream Theater will release The Astonishing, a two-LP rock opera set in the year 2285. Today, they released the first single, “The Gift of Music,” which can be streamed above. Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist John Petrucci explained why they decided to be so ambitious this time out. “The idea to do a concept album as a band felt right,” he said. “The last one we did [1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory] was about 15 years ago, and it really felt like we were in a good place to do this.” The story deals with Ravenskill Rebel Militia attempt to overthrow the Great Northern Empire of the Americas. Along the way we meet characters like Gabriel, Lord Nafaryus and Arhys. Petrucci…


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