Train of Thought is the 7th studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater released on 11 November 2003. Inspired by the audience response to Dream Theater's heavier songs while on tour, the album was written in three weeks. It was engineered by Doug Oberkircher and mixed by Kevin Shirley. Most of the album was played in concert for the Live at Budokan DVD, however all songs from it have been played live to date.
As mentioned in videos of the recording/writing sessions, which were filmed by Mike Portnoy (edited by Joey Cruz), the band "cooped themselves in a rehearsal studio" in New York, and wrote the full album from March 10th through April 3rd 2003, in a record time of three weeks, after which they began recording, starting with the drum tracks and ending with the vocals. Dream Theater wanted Train of Thought to be a strong album with heavier, darker riffing, exposing them to a number of new metal fans. The first song "As I Am" starts with the ending synth/orchestral chord of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.
As I Am