Watch the blistering new video for "The Enemy Inside"; guitarist John Petrucci talks to Billboard about the song's powerful message
Dream Theater's new self-titled album on Roadrunner Records arrives tomorrow (Sept. 24), and to celebrate Billboard is hosting the exclusive U.S. premiere of the video for the song "The Enemy Inside." The clip, which was directed by Bill Fishman (the Ramones, Steve Ray Vaughan), marks the first time in a long while that Dream Theater has created a strictly conceptual video to illustrate one of its songs. Instead of seeing the band, viewers will witness the torment of a soldier who's struggling with reintegrating into his life back home due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Guitarist John Petrucci says the song was written early in the recording process for "Dream Theater." "At the time we didn't envision it being a single or a video. It just was kind of like this song that was in the technical vein that we love to do," he recalls. He says that the lyrics and the choruses "grabbed a lot of people that heard it right from the beginning, so not only within the band but at Roadrunner, a bunch of people said, 'Wow, I really like that particular song.'" Therefore, when it came time to decide which song would introduce the album, "The Enemy Inside" was one choice on everyone's list.