I’ve been waiting for this album ever since I heard the teaser to it close to 6 months ago while searching for backing tracks to a couple of Dream Theater songs. It is exactly as the title suggests, a symphonic tribute to one of the most well known progressive metal bands today.
The idea of a symphonic cover of this band’s music isnt as ‘new’ as you’d think. Dream Theater themselves have dabbled with the idea of arranging music for an orchestra, with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (although done using an arranger keyboard and VSTs) and performing with symphony live in 2006 in support of the Octavarium album. If you’ve been following the band and its music, you’d have also heard of Eren Başbuğ who covered and wrote the individual parts of each instrument to Octavarium’s title track to be played live, which caught the attention of Jordan Rudess (and led to the two of them collaborating on writing a concerto). Continue reading