Video: Dream Theater – On The Backs Of Angels
June 30, 2011 by Charlie
This is a new song titled ‘On the Backs of Angels,’ will be the first track on the upcoming A Dramatic Turn Of Events album.
The song is the first time anyone has heard any new music from the group since founding member Mike Portnoy departed. On the Backs of Angels features Mike Mangini, the recently acquired drummer who replaced Portnoy after a lengthy audition process that was filmed for a documentary.
The song will be featured on ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events,’ Dream Theater’s upcoming 11th studio album. Mixed by veteran engineer Andy Wallace, who was involved in Slayer’s Reign In Blood and Nirvana’s Nevermind albums. Wallace also mixed Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare.
The nine song collection promises to deliver the tech-heavy arrangements we’ve all come to love from the New York-based act. “What’s really special about him is, he’s not just a technician,” keyboardist Jordan Rudess said about working with new drummer Mangini. “Yes, he plays his parts perfectly, but he comes at everything as a total musician. Everything he does has real soul and a depth of feeling.”
I would describe this song as smooth, yet percussive. The guitar work is simply amazing, (as we’d expected from John Petrucci) – the breakdown at the 7:40 mark reminds me of Megadeth-type riffs. The song is over 8 minutes and 40 seconds of good word… I think you’ll enjoy it. Check it out and let me know what you think by leaving your comment below.
Dream Theater – On The Backs Of Angels
A Dramatic Turn of Events tracklisting:
01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. The Shaman’s Trance
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface