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TRAIN OF THOUGHT

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.60 | 1857 ratings

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kickflipthecat
3 stars Not a bad album overall, but I can't resist mentioning some of the comments here.

Quite honestly, I don't care how many people like it or not, I enjoy it myself and it provides a nice limit to DT's heavier side. The reason Robert Fripp doesn't like the label Progressive is because people tend to understand it the way they understand metal or alternative. Progressive, to me, is music that does its own thing by laying the foundations of instrumental virtuosity and combining with an experimental spirit. Dream Theater does this on Train of Thought, and it sounds good to me. By saying this emulates nu-metal is like saying any funny comedian ever emulates ripoff artist and hypocritical fatass Carlos Mencia. Were you aware that Munky of Korn doesn't know how to play a single scale? Nu metal is loud and obnoxious wanking on expensive Ibanez seven-string guitars with whiny angst-filled lyrics designed to attract stupid kids who want to have "music" to express their facade of emotional depth and excuse their vapid and empty lives. The music itself isn't bad. I like As I Am and, though many people won't agree with me, I like the way LaBrie's voice complements the instrumentation. This Dying Soul is an okay song with some good technicality, though I do agree that it feels somewhat tiring to listen to. The next few songs feel like a trough in the album, but it picks back up with the nice instrumental Stream of Consciousness. The finale In the Name of God is pretty good.

Overall, not a real shining standout album, but it satisfies the metal fix when I feel like I need it.

kickflipthecat | 3/5 |

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