American drummer Mike Mangini was one of seven auditioned to replace Mike Portnoy
in Dream Theater at the end of 2010. He was officially announced on April 29, 2011 as the band's new drummer and this song showcases the sticksman's skills. Petrucci told MusicRadar: "The cool thing about Mike Mangini is he's very aware musically of whatever everybody's doing. He matches things so effortlessly. Even if it sounds like a groove is going by, he catches little rhythmic elements with his kick drums, or he'll match fills that go in the same direction as the guitar. And he's constantly changing things up as well. Seeing and hearing him work his magic is incredible.
Actually, right at the end is one of the sickest drum parts I've ever heard. It's like a machine gun, the intensity. When he would play it, I would be watching and listening to him, and I was in awe. 'How is this even happening?' I said to myself. 'How is a human being doing this?' He's remarkable."