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FALLING INTO INFINITY

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.33 | 1101 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Falling Into infinty? More like: Falling into the 90s! Haha! ... What, that's not funny? Darn.

Anyways, this is an album that always gets mixed reveiws from, well, anyone, and while it is a good sounding album this is definately the kind of obcurity of producers at work that produced other albums such as Genesis's Abacab or ... Milli Vanilli. Not to say they have the same producers (or sound for that matter), but more that the band definately took some hints from producers and did a 360 turnaround. The album opens strongly with (the perhaps oversynthesized) NEW MILLENIUM, which features some great vocals and is quite promising. YOU NOT ME is not quite as good. Shifting to more "down to earth" topics DT producing one of the weaker tracks in their discography, which is nice and heavy... but not quite "good" enoughto make my cut. PERUVIAN SKIES is another great track, actually, I conisder this one a classic. Haunting lyrics, vocals and instumentalism comes together to form something very malicious. HOLLOW YEARS may be a typical pop-single, but I've always found some enjoyment in it, it's not prog, though. BURING MY SOUL is alright, but it sounds a bit like grudge was trying to come back from the grave and take DT with it. HELL"S KITCHEN is a fantasic instumental that was apperently taken out of the middle of LINES IN THE SAND and now acts as an intro for it. LINES IN THE SAND itself is a great epic that's on the heavy side, even for DT, one of the high moment on the album. TAKE AWAY MY PAIN is a mid-paced song that's okay in pace and is nice to listen to, but not DTs best, again. JUST LET ME BREATHE is very reminicent of BURNING MY SOUL, very fast and heavy, ironically (about my quote concerning grudge) this song makes refrence to the late Kurt Cobain and Shannon Hoon, this is a good fast paced song that, again, sounds early 90s influenced. ANNA LEE has always been my least favorite song on the album, it's too slow and doesn't really go anywhere. TRIAL OF TEARS ends the album witha great epic that twists and winds it's way through some great parts and is definately worth multiple listens. The album is worth it just for this song, this one's also good on Once In A Livetime.

In closing, this is an experimental album that has several good and several okay-bad songs on it. Judge for yourself, but this one's definately not as good as older brother Awake or younger brother Scene's From A Memory. As a prog album it's okay, 3 stars. As a pop-metal-prog kind of fusion album I may be tempted to give it 4.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |

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