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Dream Theater


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4 stars Let me make my 20th review on this very anticipated Dream Theater album.

First, this album is not as good as I thought, but it is still worth the price of buying it. I think (as I always think of a Dream Theater album) that the instrumental parts were too long, too stretched. Here is my track by track apreciation of the album.

In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 1 : First half is an instrumental part similar to any other DT song (I just said what I think of that). Second half, on the other hand, is incredible. Progressive metal at his best. This, itself, is a reason to buy the album. (9/10)

Forsaken : There is a simple way to describe this song : a pop song played in a Dream Theater way. Really not the best part of the album, but it well fills the hole between the opening and Constant Motion. (7/10)

Constant Motion : The very first impression I had of this song is : ''What? This is a Metallica cover, right?'' Finally, it is not a Metallica cover, but it sounds so much like it that it could be a Metallica song. After a couple of listenings, I thinks it is a good song, just too Metallica-influenced for me. (7/10)

The Dark Eternal Night : Very easy way to describe this song : ''What's this crap????? They really thought someone could like this song?'' Some riffs are acceptable, so is a couple of voice melodies, but the intro sucks, Portoy's vocals sucks and the rest of the song is not better. (4/10)

Repentance : Nice song. I have a pretty much simple idea of the song. It's good, nothing more, nothing less. (8/10)

Prophets of War : I love this song. This is one of the rare Dream Theater song that I can listen to twenty time a day and not get bored. Intro is great, verses are great, chorus are great, bridge is great, and I was surprised to see there is no solo. This also is, alone, a good reason to buy the album. (10/10)

The Ministry of Lost Souls : I love this song too, but there is just one reason why my rating is not 10 like Prophets of War. The instrumental part is boring and totaly useless. I don't see what was the idea of including it in the song. Otherwise, the song is even better that the previous one, Prophets of War. (9/10)

In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 2 : This is without any doubt the best part of the album. Every single part of this song is incredible, there is only the part with the croud shouting ''Hey'' that is a little weird, but nothing to change my ideo of the song. Even the instumental part is unbelievable (I said before that I am really not a fan of Dream Theater's instrumentals). (10/10)

Overall rating of the album is 8/10. Four stars.

proglil49 | 4/5 |


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