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Background
Searchforanewdrummer
OnSeptember8,2010,MikePortnoyannouncedthathewouldbeleavingDreamTheater,citingbetter
relationshipsinotherprojects,burnout,andhisdesireforabreakasreasons.[1]Elaboratingonthesituationfor
MusicRadar,JohnPetruccirevealedthatoriginally,Portnoydidnotwanttoleavethebandheonlywantedtotake
afiveyearbreak.OnlyaftertherestofthebandrejectedhisproposaldidPortnoydecidetoquit.[2]
PetruccihascalledPortnoy'sdepartureoneofthehardestthingsDreamTheaterhavehadtoface,andspeakingof
whenhefirstheardthenews,JordanRudessrecounted,"Youknow,justtogiveyouanideaofhowdeepthiswas
tolosehim,howdifficultitwas...afterwegotoffthephonewithhim...Iliterallysatonthestepsofmystudioand
cried.Thisisaguywho'safriendofmine,whoweallloveandadmire.Wedidn'twanttoseeitcomecrashing
down."[2]
AlittlemorethanamonthafterPortnoy'sdeparture,DreamTheaterbegan
auditioningforanewdrummerinNewYorkCity.Thedrummersinvitedto
auditionwereMikeMangini,DerekRoddy,ThomasLang,VirgilDonati,
MarcoMinnemann,AquilesPriester,andPeterWildoer.[3]InApril2011,
thebandannouncedthatManginiwasthedrummerselectedviaathreepart
YouTubedocumentaryseriescalledTheSpiritCarriesOn.[4]
ShortlyafterManginijoinedDreamTheater,Portnoyemailedtheband
askingtorejoin,buthisattemptwasrebuffed.[5]Reflectingonhisarrivalto
theband,ManginitoldNoisecreep,"AsIseeit,asIlookback,Ireally
thinkwhathappenedwasthatthisbandkindofstartedover.Theywereina
newplaceastheylookedforadrummer,andIwhengotthenews,afterthe
shockworeoff,IknewwhatIwantedtodowhichwasjustbasically
comeinandtrytosupportwheretheywantedtogo.Theyhadavision,
theyhadgreatideas,andIjustwantedtohelpthemachievethosethings."[6]

MikeMangini(picturedin2004)was
selectedasDreamTheater'snew
drummerfollowingarigorous
auditionprocess.

Writingandrecording
OnJanuary3,2011,DreamTheaterenteredCoveCitySoundStudiostobeginworkingonanewalbum.[7]
AlthoughJohnPetruccibroughtindemos,riffs,andsongsfromhome,thealbumwasmostlywritteninthe
studio.[8]WritingwascompletedonMarch2anddonewithoutMikeMangini.Thebandmadedemosforallthe
songswithdrumsalreadyprogrammed,thensentthemtoManginiwholearnedthepartsand"addedhisown
stuff."[2][9]ReflectingonthewritingprocessforRockYourLife,JordanRudessexplainedthattheband'sapproach
wasmoreopentohiskeyboardsthaninthepast,andthatafterMikePortnoy'sdeparture,heandPetrucci"became,
like,free."[10]JamesLaBrieandJohnMyungeachcontributedmoretothewritingthantheyhadinrecentyears.[11]
OnApril14,LaBriebegantrackingvocalsandthealbum'smixingandmasteringbyAndyWallacewerefinished
byJune28.[12][13][14]LaBrierecordedallthealbum'svocalsinCanadawithRichardChycki.Originally,LaBrie
plannedtoonlyrecordthealbum'sfirsttwosongsawayfromNewYorkCity,butafterflyingtheretofinishthe
remainderofthevocals,decidedtogobacktoCanadabecause"itjustdidn'tfeelright."[11]
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