Photos (John Petrucci) - Francesco Prandoni + (Mike Portnoy) - Miikka Skaffari / Getty Images
Dream Theater guitar virtuoso John Petrucci has teamed up with the band's former longtime Mike Portnoy for their first music together in 11 years with the new track 'Terminal Velocity', which you can check out below.
It's the title track from Petrucci's newly-unveiled solo album out on August 28, making it his second solo effort ever following up 2005's Suspended Animation.
The new song is an instrumental affair packed with tons of melodic shredding surrounded by beautiful accompaniment from bassist David LaRue and Portnoy's tight drumwork.
Watch the guys play through it in the official video:
John Petrucci said of the opportunity to work with his former bandmate again:
"Having Mike play drums on this record was really special for me and he did an absolutely incredible job navigating the various styles and technical challenges my music presented in the way that only he can do. It was very cathartic for the both of us, I think, to be playing music together again after all these years and it really felt great! Mike’s spirited, intuitive and energetic playing truly helped to elevate these new songs to a level that I couldn’t be happier with."
"I believe that making this record when I did really helped me to maintain a sense of stability and normalcy during such a crazy time in our history. It was encouraging for me and my family to embrace something so hopeful and positive as we faced a very uncertain future in the music industry and in the world and for that, I am truly grateful for having music be such a big part of my life."
Physical copies of Terminal Velocity will arrive later on October 30.
John Petrucci - 'Terminal Velocity' Tracklisting:
01 - "Terminal Velocity"
02 - "The Oddfather"
03 - "Happy Song"
04 - "Gemini"
05 - "Out Of The Blue"
06 - "Glassy-Eyed Zombies"
07 - "The Way Things Fall"
08 - "Snake In My Boot"
09 - "Temple Of Circadia"