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Dream Theater


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3.25 | 1067 ratings

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2 stars A dull and tedious effort by the Dream team.

I used to really love this band. But it has seemed for a while now they are content to just go through the motions. Some point along the way, Dream Theater have lost their inspiration and with each new album it becomes more evident why Mike Portnoy asked the band to take a much-needed break and then left when they would not. There is nothing creative here, just directionless riffing and noodling and another step backwards from the previous album. I was hopeful that Dream Theater would one day step out of this niche that they have forced themselves into and reinvent their sound, but at this point it is safe to say that will never happen. Their fan base as grown too large and uncompromising to change. It is a shame for a band with the technical chops and the ability to play whatever they desire, to chug along and put out a new album every 2 years without passion for what they are doing. When a band ceases to care about the music they are creating, it really shows.

I thought the addition of Mike Mangini might do some to rejuvenate the sound, but the drums here sound robotic and programmed. I will admit, however, that his 'explosive' nature of playing adds some much needed stimulation in the music. I can almost predict how every instrumental break down will unfold as the guitar and keyboard arpegiate in unison that same signature 'Dream Theater' progression. The one that instantly tells you its a Dream Theater song. I think you know what I'm talking about.

I don't mean to discourage you to not buy this album, if you have liked the recent output, you will probably be satisfied. You might even like it more than A Dramatic Turn. But if you haven't enjoyed their output this side of 2000, don't expect that to change now. I'm sure most fans will be impressed with this album as the reviews here suggest, but not this fan. Fans only - 2/5 stars

bloodnarfer | 2/5 |


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