Dream Theater grapple with the effects of anxiety on new mid-tempo burner, Invisible Monster

(from left) John Myung, Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci, Mike Mangini and James LaBrie of Dream Theater perform at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on January 21, 2020
(Image credit: Per Ole Hagen/Redferns)

On The Alien, the first single from their upcoming album, A View From The Top Of The World, Dream Theater went down a decidedly sci-fi-influenced route, examining life on Earth from an extraterrestrial point of view.

For the album's brand-new second single – Invisible Monster – though, the prog-metal heroes have snapped their focus all the way back inward, documenting the effects of anxiety, and how it haunts and follows those who struggle with its effects.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.