Distance over Time is the fourteenth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on February 22, 2019 through Inside Out Music. Distance over Time was announced alongside a tour of North America where Dream Theater will support the new album and celebrate the 20th anniversary of its fifth studio album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999). On December 7, 2018, the lead single "Untethered Angel" and its music video were released. The second single, "Fall into the Light," was released on January 11, 2019. The third single, "Paralyzed," and its accompanying video were released on February 8, 2019.
Background and composition:
Musically, Dream Theater decided to create a "tight and focused" album with a heavier sound than its previous album, The Astonishing (2016). "At Wit's End" was the first piece that was written and the writing process for the whole album took 18 days. The band compared the speed and style of Distance over Time's writing process to that of its 2003 album, Train of Thought.
At just under 57 minutes long, not including a bonus track, Distance over Time is Dream Theater's first studio album with a run time under one hour in length since 1992's Images and Words, and their shortest since the band's 1989 debut, When Dream and Day Unite. It is Dream Theater's third studio album to not feature any songs longer than ten minutes, after When Dream and Day Unite and 2016's The Astonishing, and their first to include a song with lyrics written by Mike Mangini.
Critical Reception - Professional ratings:
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Consequence of Sound A-
Metal Hammer Positive
Wall of Sound 7.5/10
Distorted Sound 10/10 stars
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars
Consequence of Sound reviewed Distance over Time positively, stating, “The progressive-metal heroes' new disc should resonate strongly with die-hard fans.” Wall of Sound rated the album a 7.5/10, writing, “The album represents a balance between Dream Theater's individual progressive chaos and a fulfilling sense of rich, melodic purpose.”
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