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Dream Theater - "As I Am"
on February 8, 2019 | Last updated February 8, 2019
Dream TheaterAs I Am
Release Type: User Audio Type: Partial multitracks Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
2019-02-08: v1 (album release)
Drums, drum animations, and tempo map by Grinnz; QA by Mazegeek999; rest by Onyxite.
Starting the album off is a bit of a "radio-friendly" song (whatever that means in the context of DT...). The song was released as a single before the album, and some fans were worried it signified a more mainstream direction, with a shorter length and comparatively little "DT wankery". Fortunately the rest of the album turned out to be not nearly as constrained :)
The major synth chord that fades in is the chord that faded out at the end of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, continuing a pattern of album-to-album connections that extended from `Scenes from a Memory` to `Octavarium`, ending with Octavarium looping on itself. This chord is abruptly cut off by Myung's haunting bass harmonics, setting the tone for the album to come.
The lyrics are primarily a rant by Petrucci inspired by a tour DT undertook with the band Queensrÿche. A fairly standard verse-chorus structure leads to the first of many blistering guitar solos, followed by a short but fun quad-filled drum solo.
Guitar tuning: C standard (C F Bb Eb G C)
Bass tuning: 6-string with low C (C E A D G C)