Following the more experimental album The Astonishing
, Distance Over Time
was a return to Dream Theater's roots as a progressive metal powerhouse. In a Songfacts interview with frontman James LaBrie
, he said: "We wanted it to predominantly be a more aggressive album for sure, and we wanted it to be more heavy and more metal-based, but at the same time establishing a balance between the two. Not losing our identity or signatures as far as the progressive side of Dream Theater goes."