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Dream Theater Isn’t Writing Heavier for Roadrunner

When Dream Theater‘s 10th album, ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings,’ is released on June 23rd, it will be their 2nd album on Roadrunner Records. In the past few years, the quintet has had somewhat of a resurgence, with their last album, (2007’s ‘Systematic Chaos’) debuting in the top 20, and their Progressive Nation tour about to enter its second year. But while Dream Theater has gained a new found acceptance among metal fans 20 years into their career, drummer Mike Portnoy tells Noisecreep that it’s not a result of them trying to write heavier for their new label.

“When Roadrunner signed us, ‘Systematic Chaos’ was already recorded, so that album could have gone to any label,” Portnoy says. “It was written and done and they picked it up. I wouldn’t say we wrote for Roadrunner either. They didn’t even hear a single note of ‘Black Clouds’ until we delivered it, so they leave us be and respect our history, and I don’t think they want to f— with it. They know that we know what we’re doing and we’re not trying to write five minute singles. They leave us alone to do what we do. But the great thing about them is that when we deliver it, they’ll give it the attention and put it out there for people to hear. Our previous label, towards the end, was really just posting to our fan bad and not doing anything. Now it’s nice to have the support from the label.”

Dream Theater’s Progressive Nation tour starts on July 24 with Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain of Salvation, and Beardfish.

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