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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2009, 11:10:36 am »

Hahaha, does anyone remember this? this was an April Fool's Joke (mostly given away by the mispelling of the band's name) about a DVD-A release of a "Metropolis Compendium" saga that included 5 parts of Metropolis: the first song reworked, Scenes from a Memory, and three new chapters with one being instrumental  Cheesy

They don't make these kind of jokes anymore...

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EastWest Records and Dream Theatre makes fans' dreams come true.

New York -- In a surprise move late last night, EastWest Records -- a division of Elektra Entertainment, Inc. -- announced plans for the next release from progressive rock band Dream Theatre. The band is still touring the US and Europe i n support of their most recent release, Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory, an epic 78 minute concept album continuing the story of Metropolis Pt 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper from the band's 1992 release Images and Words.

The new release, titled Metropolis: Compendium, will begin recording later this year, after the band has finished with the Metropolis 2000 tour. This release will be the first from Elektra to take advantage of the recently approved DVD-A udio standard. "This is very exciting for us," said James Swanson, Elektra's press secretary. "This is the beginning of a new era of audio delivery, and Elektra is getting in on the ground level. In order for DVD-Audio to be a viable format, you have t o have a band that is able to take full advantage of the high fidelity 5.1 channel Dolby Digital capability, as well as the enormous length of recording time that DVD-Audio allows. We are fortunate enough to have Dream Theatre represented by EastWest."

This marks the first time that any band has recorded and mixed an album specifically for 5 speaker surround sound systems, allowing a dynamic range of effects and offering the end listener the feeling of actually being in the studio.

As for the contents of Metropolis: Compendium, it is best described as a Dream Theatre fan's best dreams come to life. This disc completes the Metropolis saga from beginning to end by incorporating Metropolis parts 1 and 2 with the recen tly written Metropolis 3, 4, and 5. The band spent part of their Metropolis Pt 2 studio time re-recording Metropolis Pt 1 in anticipation of Metropolis: Compendium. This reworked version includes two new lyrical passage s from guitarist (and original Metropolis Pt 1 lyricist) John Petrucci, as well as a full 3 minutes of added instrumental ingenuity. Petrucci had this to say: "I never imagined back in '91 that this would go on this long. We were half-joking when we tit led the first song 'part one,' but ever since then the fans have been relentless. We had hoped Metropolis part two would satisfy them, but we quickly realized that the story could not been told in a mere 78 minute song; hence the cliffhanger ending."
 

A special 5.1 Dolby Digital remix of Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory is the second piece included on the disc. The disc's third track, "Metropolis Pt 3: Static Progress" picks up where Metropolis Pt 2 left off, explaining the event s leading up to the struggle and static heard at the end of the song in greater detail. Dream Theatre's drummer, Mike Portnoy, explains: "A lot of people have been asking us about that. We tried to make it more clear with the multimedia show on tour, bu t people still just don't get it. Hopefully they have the patience to wait for Metropolis: Compendium's release next year, because everything will become clear."
Next up on the new album is an astounding 1 hour and 47 minute instrumental song titled "Metropolis Pt 4: Instramission." "It's great for me," said Dream Theatre front man James LaBrie, "it gives me a chance to kick back and relax for a while and rest m y chords while the guys are playing. Believe me, that will be a welcome break on tour!"

Rounding off this monumental disc is the final installment in the five part Metropolis series, called simply "Metropolis Pt 5: Closure." And that is what the band hopes to give their fans after nearly a decade of waiting. Jordan Rudess comments on his f irst lyrical contribution to the band: "Well, to be honest, it was rather daunting. I mean, I am the new guy in the band and they are asking me to write what is essentially a book in the Dream Theatre bible. John and Mike helped me with the story line, and I took it from there. The Book of Jordan. (laughs)"

"The thing I think the fans will like most is the fold out map and timeline included with the DVD-Audio disc to help understand the story," commented LaBrie.

"This really is our best work yet," said Portnoy. "This is something that every fan is going to want to have.

Petrucci added, "Frankly, I'm just waiting to see what Fates Warning does next."

John Myung could not be reached for comment.
 


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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2009, 08:02:22 pm »

lol... How old is this?  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2009, 04:26:11 am »

Ten years old, it was right after the real SFAM came out I guess, so it must have been 2000 or 2001  Grin

And about the name... I'd have to agree with those who insist about the *band's* name - ok, you can say theatre and theater, color and colour, but the band's name is "Dream Theater" and so "Dream Theatre" is not a mispelling of a word, it's a mispelling of the band's name. If the band was called "Dream Theaterrr", writing it "Dream Theater" would still be wrong.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2009, 02:23:52 pm »

Ten years old, it was right after the real SFAM came out I guess, so it must have been 2000 or 2001  Grin

And about the name... I'd have to agree with those who insist about the *band's* name - ok, you can say theatre and theater, color and colour, but the band's name is "Dream Theater" and so "Dream Theatre" is not a mispelling of a word, it's a mispelling of the band's name. If the band was called "Dream Theaterrr", writing it "Dream Theater" would still be wrong.

the copyright SHOULD cover any "likeness" to the name... that includes spelling.
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