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Dystopian Overture
The Astonishing
Length 4:51
Working title Unknown
Release date January 29, 2016
Lyrics instrumental
Music Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci
First live performance London Palladium, London, England, on Feb. 18, 2016
Total live plays 91
Other appearances
Previous song Descent of the NOMACS
Next song The Gift of Music

Dystopian Overture is the second track from Dream Theater's thirteenth studio album, The Astonishing.

An instrumental overture that contains all of the major reoccurring musical themes used throughout the album. Themes are associated with specific story settings and character appearances. This piece sets the mood for Act 1 and introduces us to the newly redefined landscape of the former American Northeast now known as The Great Northern Empire Of The Americas.

John Petrucci recorded this song using a 7-string guitar in standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G-B-E).