Starting on May 6 at 12:00 a.m (midnight) EST, click here to download a free MP3 of "A Rite of Passage", the first single from DREAM THEATER's upcoming album "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", due in stores June 23. The free MP3 will be available for 24 hours. After that, the track will stream on RoadrunnerRecords.com.
In addition to the standard-version CD, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" will also be available on vinyl LP, as well as a three-disc, special-edition CD that will include the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs.
Six weeks prior to the June 23 street date, Roadrunner will release one cover song per week through digital retailers.
DREAM THEATER commenced work on "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" — the band's second for Roadrunner, following up 2007's "Systematic Chaos" — in October of last year.
Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again at the helm as producers, while Paul Northfield mixed the record.
"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" track listing:
01. A Nightmare to Remember
02. A Rite of Passage
04. The Shattered Fortress
05. The Best of Times
06. The Count of Tuscany
A video for the first single, "A Rite of Passage", was shot in late March.
Portnoy previously stated about the upcoming CD, "Imagine a DREAM THEATER album with 'A Change Of Seasons', 'Octavarium', 'Learning To Live', 'Pull Me Under' and 'The Glass Prison'... all on one album... COULD YOU HANDLE IT?? Excited? I sure am!!!!"