Dream Theater – New Album Coming Soon | Official Site
@Jorge Armando: It was merely a guess I was making that seems to have hit the nail on the head lol
As for what I think of it, it gives me this huge "Dark Side of the Moon" vibe to it. I've seen tons and tons of comments on Facebook expressing disapproval of it, so basically a lot of people have their panties in a twist about it. It took some time for it to grow on me, but now I'm getting used to the idea of this album cover. Sure it's simplistic, but with this one, I get the feeling that they wanted the album and its songs to speak for itself. It's the kind of album cover that can hide a lot behind it, which just makes me ever more curious about what it'll be like. It's mysterious, vague, simple, and I dig it.
Well if Eric Clapton contributed, that would be simply amazing lol but no worries and yes, Eric Clayton does contribute as the voice of "Reason". I've also heard good things about the Ayreon album "Into the Electric Castle" as well, so I might give that a listen. Take care mate!
Listening to some good Dream Theater in general lifts my spirits lol but the 3 most would probably be..
Finally Free. As MattSoden said, for that very reason, you know getting over past relationships and exes. Somehow helped a lot, and I think it's mainly Petrucci's majestic riff at the end, Portnoy wailing it on the drums, and the fact that it just hads that "grand finale" vibe to it, which I dig a lot.
In the Presence of Enemies. Part II in particular, cause it's heavy as shit and helps a lot when I'm feeling extremely negative about stuff. Plus I always thought of the story in that song as of someone struggling with his own demons and ultimately breaking free of them, which to me is quite inspirational.
At last there's: Learning to Live. I think this one is self-explanatory. It's almost like some kind of philosophical revelation on each listen.
For some reason, I imagine that the cover is going to be rather simplistic (imagine, say, the new Queensrÿche album cover, but instead it's Dream Theater and with the Majesty symbol at the center). Not that this is what I would prefer, but I can't shake that theory off considering this is a self titled release. But hey, there's always the possibility that it'll be on the more surreal artsy side of things that they're known for.
@Jorge Armando: No problem man. And fun-fact: James LaBrie so happens to provide vocals for the character "Me" in that one and I think he does a great job.
As for the new Sabbath album, like what's been said already, it definitely brings back that classic Sabbath vibe and maybe it's a tad self-aware, but hey I really dig it. God Is Dead? is still a great one, Age of Reason has this kick-ass riff and solo, and Damaged Soul is all around amazing and bluesy.
Oh and when it comes to music that I've already heard but listen to anyways on a constant basis (or perhaps this is just my excuse for wanting to bring it up), there's always Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime. What a masterpiece.