This is a great example of Dream Theater's progressive metal sound. "When Dream Theater came on the scene, 'progressive metal' wasn't even a term," James LaBrie said in a Songfacts interview
. "But because we incorporated the metal influence and the progressive, more technical aspects of music, that became a new thing, a new direction musically. It inspired a lot of other bands and still does today. So, when going into Distance Over Time
, it was a conscious effort that we wanted to very much incorporate both those elements into this album."