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Dream Theater Why did the band self-title the album?
John Petrucci stated the following in the official announcement of the album:

I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. Weve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. Were incredibly excited about Dream Theater and cant wait for everyone to hear it.