The Glass Prison

Album: Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (2002)
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Songfacts®:

  • Having been through rehab, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy wrote this song detailing the first three steps of conquering alcohol addiction according to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. It's the first in a series of five Dream Theater songs known as "The Twelve-step Suite" that Portnoy wrote. The others are:

    "This Dying Soul" about steps 4 and 5 from the album Train Of Thought

    "The Root Of All Evil" about steps 6 and 7 from Octavarium

    "Repentance" about steps 8 and 9 from Systematic Chaos

    "The Shattered Fortress" about steps 10-12 from Black Clouds & Silver Linings

    In a 2010 Songfacts interview with Mike Portnoy, he talked about being fortunate to escape alcoholism alive, and the struggles he faced watching fellow musicians like Paul Gray of Slipknot and The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold succumb to their addictions. Said Portnoy: "I feel horrible, because I understand the disease and how dangerous it is, and if you're an addict or an alcoholic, like I am, the writing's on the wall. You can't live that kind of lifestyle and live a long, happy life."
  • By this time, Dream Theater had added keyboard player Jordan Rudess (who replaced Derek Sherinian in 1999) and was given full creative control by their label, Elektra, which tightened the screws on their 1997 album Falling Into Infinity and almost lost the band in the process. Their Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence is a double album starting with "The Glass Prison," which runs 13:52. The second disc is a concept piece called "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence," with is 42 minutes of music broken into eight sections.

Comments: 5

  • Tom from Weston-super-mare, United KingdomIt has continued again. In there new album "BLack Clouds and Silver Linings" the song "Shattered Fortress" is the next installment in the epic song series. Its got parts of every song in the series so far and links them all together.
  • Devon from Westerville, Ohthis song is awesome I can't seem to listen to it just once. this saga of songs continues on the newest one Systematic Chaos with Repentance. didn't know that the root of all evil was part of this song series.
  • Ari from Palembang, IndonesiaI love the music of this song !!! What a great arpeggios from Petrucci,Portnoy's double pedal n Rudess' running finger on his keyboard
  • Dev01d from Wollongong, AustraliaWow I just read the lyrics while listening to this song and it makes ALOT more sense now. Great song and band. Good concept for songs too to deal with each step.
  • Szabi from Novi Sad, Serbiathis song opens up new perspectives, hats off to the guys!!!
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