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DREAM THEATER Confirms New Album Has One Eight-String Guitar Song

The chunkiness is coming.

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Dream Theater recently teased they were in the studio with a photo that included an eight-string guitar. While we all assumed that meant the album would include the extended range guitar, now we've got confirmation from guitarist John Petrucci.

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In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Petrucci confirms the new album will feature one new song with an eight-string guitar.

"Dream Theater went back into the studio after Liquid Tension [Experiment]. We went back in the fall, and we've been working on an album that is going to come out later this year.

"It's coming out awesome, and there is, indeed, an 8-string song on the record. So, we've been working on an 8-string. It's an 8-string Majesty.

"We have two prototypes so far. I was able to use one to write with and record with. We're still working some things out to get it perfect. But it will be on the record and it will be something that comes out at some point.

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"I don't have a release date on it yet, but it's awesome. It's totally inspiring and awesome and I can't wait for people to hear it. I'm so glad it made it on the new record. In due time, you'll be able to see it and hear it."

This is in addition to drummer Mike Mangini comparing the new Dream Theater record's intensity to old Annihilator. So buckle up everyone, because things are about to get heavy!

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