Dream Theater's new album 'Distance Over Time' to arrive in February 2019

The album arrives four years after the release of 2015's 'The Astonishing' and was teased via an alternate reality game that led fans on a treasure hunt to reveal details of the album.

Dream Theater's new album 'Distance Over Time' to arrive in February 2019

Dream Theater will be back next year with their 14th studio album, 'Distance Over Time', set for a February 2019 release. The announcement comes three years after their 2015 release 'The Astonishing', a record many have called the prog metal legends' most ambitious effort to date, although it received a mixed response from critics. It will surely be interesting to see where the highly technical performers go from here.

As Consequence of Sound notes, the band launched an alternate reality game that led fans on a treasure hunt to reveal details of the album, and now most of the details have been revealed, including the aforementioned title, the month of release (an exact date is yet to be announced officially), the album artwork, and a video teaser that gives us the first taste of the new music. The 36-second clip is set to the background image of a skull held by a robotic hand - a futuristic reimagining of the iconic "Alas, poor Yorick" dramatic monologue from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' - which also features on the album art of the record.

In support of the album, Dream Theater will be embarking on an expansive a North American tour beginning in March 2019. The spring tour will both support the new disc and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s fifth album, 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory'. So far, the list of dates and cities have been revealed, but venues are yet to be confirmed. 

'Distance Over Time', which will be released via Sony’s InsideOutMusic imprint, was recorded over the summer of 2018. It has been described as a “return to the band’s roots”. Describing the new album, keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently said: "It sounds awesome. I'm so excited about it. There's a very, very strong energy around the band these days. We all feel very connected and excited about what's coming."

Find the short teaser clip for the album below, followed by the full schedule of 2019 tour dates. For tickets and more information, visit the band's official webpage.

Dream Theater 2019 Tour (** venues yet to be announced)
Mar. 20 - San Diego, Calif.
Mar. 21 - Los Angeles, Calif.
Mar. 22 - Los Angeles, Calif.
Mar. 24 - San Francisco, Calif.
Mar. 26 - Denver, Colo.
Mar. 28 - St. Paul, Minn.
Mar. 29 - Chicago, Ill.
Mar. 31 - Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr. 02 - Detroit, Mich.
Apr. 04 - Toronto, Ontario
Apr. 05 - Montreal, Quebec
Apr. 06 - Quebec City, Quebec
Apr. 08 - Boston, Mass.
Apr. 09 - Oakdale, Conn.
Apr. 10 - Red Bank, N.J.
Apr. 12 - New York, N.Y.
Apr. 13 - Upper Darby, Penn.
Apr. 15 - Washington, D.C.
Apr. 17 - Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 22 - Charlotte, N.C.
Apr. 23 - Atlanta, Ga.
Apr. 25 - Orlando, Fla.
Apr. 26 - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Apr. 27 - Jacksonville, Fla.
Apr. 29 - Dallas, Texas
Apr. 30 - Houston, Texas
May 01 - Austin, Texas
May 04 - Mexico City, Mexico