Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite  CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.22 | 968 ratings

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4 stars A quite impressive debut from such an innovative band ! Often underrated, When Day and Dream Unite receives controversial reviews, mainly due to the voice of the singer of this period, Charlie Dominici. But if you get used to it, then there is no reason for a metal or a progressive rock fan to not enjoy this record.

A Fortune in Lies is a classic from Dream Theater and opens the show with its changing introduction, its raging guitars and its powerful tune ! A new style of metal is revealed. The number of transitions in five minutes is amazing and announces the direction taken by the musicians in their later albums. Status Seeker shows the band's neo-progressive influences. A weaker track, but still enjoyable. Then comes another classic and the instrumental of the record, the wonderful Ytse Jam. Top-notch egytian sounding prog metal with surpriging changes of themes and rythms ! All musicians demonstrate their masterfulness here. The next song, The Killing Hand, is the most progressive of the disc. Beginning with a pretty acoustic introduction, the track sounds like a young Metropolis Part I and is very inspired and enchanting. The second half of the album is not as strong as the first, but has still its moments. Light Fuse and Get Away tends to be irritating and lazy whereas Afterlife is inegal. Fortunately, The two last songs conclude well the disc. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun has a very strange and mysterious introduction, and Only A matter Of Time transports you far away into worlds of heroic fantasy.

Not often cited, When Dream and Day Unite is nonetheless a powerful album. The young Dream Theater demonstrate its capacities and proves its novelty in the world of metal by adding progressive (jazzy like Rush or neo like Marillion) touches. A very recommended album if you like 80s' or prog metal !

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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