Progressive metal band Dream Theater has released a music video for “Invisible Monster,” the first official single from its upcoming 15th studio album, “A View from the Top of the World” (Oct. 22, 2021, InsideOutMusic/Sony Music; pre-order here).
The video was directed by William “Wombat” Felch (Mudvayne, HellYeah, Crobot, Static-X, Nefariant) and follows the story of an artist’s internal struggles as the band is showcased performing the track. The piece of art created by Felch in the video now lives inside DTHQ.
“It was written after we’d written a bunch of material,” guitarist John Petrucci said. “A lot of the music was super energetic and upbeat tempo-wise. (Drummer) Mike (Mangini) suggested we do something a little different though. So, we started working on a more mid-temp song. The hook, riff, and melody changed so naturally. I equate it to ‘Pull Me Under’ back in the day where we’d just start playing, something would come out, and we’d be like, ‘Whoa, that’s cool.’ There’s a serendipitous moment where it happens. Lyrically, it’s about how anxiety plagues people. It’s like there’s an invisible monster beating you. You don’t see it, but it’s haunting you all of the time.”
Dream Theater recently released an in-depth behind the scenes interview about the making of “A View from the Top of the World.” The interview is a three-part docuseries hosted by ProgReport Editor-iniChief Roie Avin as he interviews the band about creating the new album. The interview takes place at the band’s new headquarters DTHQ, where the band recorded their latest album. Part two of the interview will be released on Sept. 29, and the final part will be out on Oct. 10.
“A View from the Top of the World” track listing:
1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering the Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken the Master (9:47)
7) A View from the Top of the World (20:24)