JOHN PETRUCCI: “Progressive Metal” is “the perfect way” to describe DREAM THEATER

In a new interview with Japan’s boy guitar Magazine, John Petrucci was asked how he was doing DREAM THEATER referred to as a “progressive metal” band. The guitarist replied (as transcribed from BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Honestly, I think that’s the perfect way to describe it, because for me, I think about when I was younger and when DREAM THEATER In the beginning, the term “progressive metal” didn’t exist; it wasn’t used – people didn’t say that. There were metal bands and there were prog bands.

“When we were younger, and I and John Myung [bass]we went to Berklee and met Mike Portnoy [drums], we were 17 years old. When we started writing music together we liked metal bands – we liked IRON MAIDEN and [JUDAS] PRIEST and METALLIKA and OZZY [OSBOURNE] — but we also liked British prog bands; we would like YES SIR and GENESIS and PINK FLOYD and of course, HURRY UP from Canada. So when we got together we naturally started writing progressive songs with a metal sound. So calling it “Prog Metal” seems like the perfect description to me; it is exactly what it is.

“Fast forward [to] 1992 and [DREAM THEATER‘s] “Images and Words” [album] came out and we started to gain popularity and then I think that term started to evolve. But before that it was really nothing. Our friends inside FATES WARNING were in this style. Then a band called from Texas WATCHTOWER that was in this style. You can think of that early on QUEEN ROUNDS was a bit of that style, but it wasn’t like it is now where it’s a whole genre and there’s all these different bands and offshoots. Really, it was the beginning then. And I’m proud of that DREAM THEATER is part of that musical family tree and I think prog metal is certainly the perfect way to describe my band.”

Three months ago, DREAM THEATER won his very first grammy in the category “Best Metal Performance” at the pre-telecast ceremony at the 64 Grammy Awardswhich took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. DREAM THEATER was nominated “The Alien”a track from his 2021 album “A View from the Top of the World”. DREAM THEATER‘s previous grammy The song was nominated “On the Backs of Angels”from 2011 “A Dramatic Turn of Events” album and the single “The Enemy Within” from 2013 “Dream Theater”.

“A View from the Top of the World” was described in a press release as “DREAM THEATER at the highest musical level, expanding the sound they helped create while retaining the elements that have earned them loyal fans around the world.” The seven-song album also marked their second studio album InsideOut music/sony music. The artwork was created by a longtime cover collaborator Hugh Syme (HURRY UP, IRON MAIDEN, STEINSAUER). “A View from the Top of the World” was produced by Petrucciexecuted and additional production of James “Jimmy T” Meslin and mixed/mastered by Andy Snap.

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