Breaking All Illusions

Album: A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This song acts as Part 2 to the preceding track "Far From Heaven" and the two tracks share the same themes. Guitarist and producer John Petrucci told Musicradar.com: "We specifically wanted to write a more epic piece, and when we do that, we know that we're not bound to any sort of structure as far as verses and choruses."
  • Petrucci discussed the song's arrangement with MusicRadar: "Arrangement-wise, it's very non-traditional, so you hear a lot of breakdowns. There's a great John Myung moment where he does an ostinatto part in the first verse. He's going in something of a circle, and it has a real hypnotic effect, drawing everybody in.

    The song is extremely proggy, with a lot of keyboard breaks. As a guitarist, I had a great time on the section that's very 'La Villa Strangiato' [by Rush]. It starts out kind of bluesy, then it's kind of jazzy, and it builds and builds. I got a chance to use so many aspects of guitar playing: phrasing and melodic elements, blues, jazz, shred. It was very satisfying to record. Alex Lifeson was definitely in my mind as I was playing."

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  • Bert De Graaf from Amsterdam, NetherlandsFrom 2:25 onwards the famous poet Kahlil Gibran is quoted by a narrator: "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars" This seems to be a reference to its Images & Words album counterpart Learning to Live.
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