12" Picture Disc Single for the epic 22-minute track by legendary American Progressive Metal band.
The song "Illumination Theory" was released on 23 September 2013, as the closing track of the band's 12th full-length album "Dream Theater". The entire song released as a 12" Picture Disc exclusively for Record Store Day 2014 and limited to 2,700 copies. The song's length is 22:17, making it Dream Theater's fifth longest to date. It features a string ensemble conducted and arranged by Eren Başbuğ. The song's lyrics, according to the guitarist John Petrucci, are about things for which people will live, die or kill.
This kaleidoscopic opus broken down for a five-part piece. This is what many Dream Theater purists will have arrived for. The monster. Jam-packed with a head-spinning mix of quiet interludes, face melting jams and, courtesy of bassist Myung and Mangini, forests full of rhythmic majesty, this suite plays like a mini album in itself. Petrucci’s solos in this piece seem to defy logic at times, yet the warmth and emotional tone is never sacrificed. And Rudess scales heights impressive by even his own lofty standards.
“Illumination Theory” pushes the envelope into some new musical dimension, a cosmic realm reserved for the best. The band also seems to be expanding their appeal beyond the faithful with some punchy, stylish and tuneful song that seduce immediately. Excellent!!
Exclusive for the Record Store Day 2014!!!
Roadrunner Records, Inc., 2013/2014 (RR 3537-1). Made in EU. First press. 180 gram vinyl.
1. Paradoxe De La Lumière Noire
2. Live, Die, Kill
3. The Embracing Circle
4. The Pursuit Of Truth
5. Surrender, Trust & Passion
Total playing time: 21:52 min.