The Twelve-Step Suite is a collection of compositions composed by then-drummer of Dream Theater Mike Portnoy that addresses his battles through alcoholism and also the steps he has actually been… Read More 

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List of songs in the Twelve-Step SuiteUnmain Prelude: The Mirror - from 1994's Awake1. The Glass Prikid - from 2002's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence2. This Dying Soul - from 2003's Train of Thought3. The Root of All Evil - from 2005's Octavarium4. Repentance - from 2007's Systematic Chaos5. The Shattered Fortress - from 2009's Babsence Clouds and Silver Linings
The Twelve-Tip Suite is a collection of compositions composed by then-drummer of Dream Theater Mike Portnoy that addresses his struggles via alcoholism and the steps he has actually been taking to recover from it. This is told over the course of 5 songs across as many type of albums (6 if you include The Mirror as an unmain prelude), each containing 2 or three motions representing actions from the Twelve-Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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All the songs in the suite share common themes and melodic concepts, which come in the form of each succeeding song making lyrical and also musical recommendations to the previous song or songs in the suite.

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All the songs put together come at approximately 56 minutes lengthy (1 hour and also 2 if you encompass “The Mirror”).


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Most of them are. The just one that isn’t is Repentance from Systematic Chaos.


Train of Thought (2003)
Dream Theater
The Twelve-Tip Suite
Written By
Dream Theater & Mike Portnoy
Recorded At
BearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York, Cove City Sound Studios, Pie Studios and Beat Street Studios in New York City, The Hit Factory, New York City, Avatar Studios, New York City
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