The Enemy Inside (Dream Theater song)

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"The Enemy Inside"
DT The Enemy Inside cover.jpg
Single by Dream Theater
from the album Dream Theater
ReleasedAugust 5, 2013
Format
Length6:17
Label Roadrunner Records
Songwriter(s)
Dream Theater singles chronology
"Build Me Up, Break Me Down"
(2011)
"The Enemy Inside"
(2013)
"Along for the Ride"
(2013)

"The Enemy Inside" is the first single from progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater's eponymous 12th studio album. It was announced on the band's official Facebook page as the first single on August 3, 2013 and was made available by USA Today for streaming on August 5. [1] A lyric video on YouTube for the song was published on the band's YouTube channel a day later. [2]

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There is a music video for the song which shows a returning war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is notable as Dream Theater's first music video to not feature any of the band members.

On December 6, 2013, it was announced that "The Enemy Inside" was nominated for the "Best Metal Performance" Grammy Award. [3] It lost to Black Sabbath's "God Is Dead?"

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Track list

No.TitleLength
1."The Enemy Inside"6:17

Save A Warrior

During filming the music video to "The Enemy Inside", Dream Theater were connected to Save A Warrior, an organization dedicated to embracing returning war veterans and offering safe, innovative evidence-based resiliency programs for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The band has worked closely to the organization.

Personnel

James LaBrie Canadian vocalist

Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater, which he has fronted since 1991.

John Petrucci American guitarist

John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. With his former bandmate Mike Portnoy, he produced all Dream Theater albums from 1999's Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings. He has been the sole producer of the band's albums released since Portnoy's departure in 2010. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour seven times, more than any other invited guitarist. Joel McIver's 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists ranks Petrucci second, after Dave Mustaine. He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine. In 2012, Petrucci was ranked the 17th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader's poll.

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References

  1. Mansfield, Brian (5 August 2013). "Song premiere: Dream Theater's 'The Enemy Inside'". USA Today . Gannett Company . Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. "The Enemy Inside lyric video". 6 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=All