There are a couple songs up on YouTube already, and they're far better than anything on Systematic Chaos (save for perhaps Ministry of Lost Souls). On that record they treaded no new ground (which contradicts the very term 'progressive' band), but the gothic thing is a fantastic fit. They're focusing on the song, which is always what they have done best, not the instrumental wanking that wasted far too much time on the last record. We know they can play... we knew it 20 years ago.
"This will be a DT album with 'A Change of Seasons', 'Octavarium', 'Learning to Live', 'Pull Me Under' and 'The Glass Prison'....all on one album." -- Mike Portnoy
And as long as they do it in a new way, it's bound to be great. I'm very much looking forward to having renewed faith in this band, as they are one of the few bands near the mainstream who have full control over what they create. They're holding the torch, so hopefully they'll deliver like they have in the past with Scenes and Octavarium.
"The more generous you are with your music, the more it comes back to you." -- Dan Lampinskihttp://www.queenlive.ca