Launched on January 17, 2020 through inside Out track.
It’s miles to be had as a standard CD bundle. Limited edition 2 CD package deal with instrumental and a cappella versions, 2 LP + CD bundle. And digital download.
Name and cover (MMXX)
Due to the fact the album became released within the beginning of a decade, Portnoy taken into consideration calling it “MMXX” (2020 in Roman numerals). Commenting on the cover, which was once more created by Thomas Ewerhard, he said “for the primary report, we had a mythological experience. This time round although, there may be a much more futuristic style to what we have were given. It has a very 21st century enchantment. And the band crest is greater polished, wiped clean up and lots more contemporary than final time, while it had an old fashioned look.
All lyrics are written by Jeff Scott Soto.
No. Title Length
1. “Goodbye Divinity” 7:12
2. “Wither to Black” 4:44
3. “Asphyxiation” 5:07
4. “Desolate July” 5:58
5. “King of Delusion” 8:48
6. “Fall to Ascend” 5:06
7. “Resurrection Day” 5:51
8. “New World Today” 15:50
Tune records perfect opening
The hole music, “goodbye Divinity”, turned into released because the first single on November 15, 2019, with a song video directed by Vicente Cordero. Portnoy says he knew the track will be the opener and the primary single “from the minute we completed writing” it. He also stated he knew it would be the perfect opening for shows, as nicely. Its operating name became “Blood Orchid” and it turned into created round a riff that Sherinian came up with all through one of his live solos.
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Soto wrote the lyrics to the track taking into account minor hardships the band went through during its first excursion and how they handled the troubles. “good-bye Divinity” is set announcing good-bye to the good things that have to have come to the band and how the members controlled to “harness the pain”.
“Wither to Black” become based on a riff written by using Bumblefoot which turned into to start with known as “Rushgarden” because it sounded like a combination of Rush and Soundgarden. “Asphyxiation” was primarily written via Sherinian and its running title was NIM — “nine Inch Meshuggah”.
“Desolate July” was written after David Z., a bass player who died in an car twist of fate regarding former Portnoy band Adrenaline Mob’s traveling bus. David changed into additionally a member of Soto’s solo band and each accomplished together on Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The name of the music refers back to the reality that each July, Soto and different humans that were close to David feel a sense of vacancy, considering that’s the month wherein he died. Instrumentally speaking, Portnoy consider it equal to “Alive”, from the preceding album. It was additionally launched as a unmarried (on January 10, 2020) and also acquired a video, directed via Christian Rios.
“King of myth” became evolved from a quick piano peace via Sherinian
“Fall to Ascend” changed into released as the band’s 2d single on December 13, 2019, together with every other video. It changed into called “Jumper” whilst it turned into inside the works and Soto considers it a continuation of “King of fantasy”.