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Dream Theater


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2.80 | 106 ratings

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2 stars It's not better than original version, but it's okay ...

This is my second experience with Dream Theater playing (covering) songs of other band afetr I listened to their excellent work covering "Dark Side of the Moon" couple of months ago. As far as music style, I know there are many similarities between Dream Theater and Iron Maiden. But, they still have major difference in music style and tempo. The style of Iron Maiden music reminds me to the classic rock music with modern techniques. Take Black Sabbath music in 70s and listen to it carefully, and then compare it with some of early albums by Iron Maiden. You might find some similarities in the foundation of the music. The major difference is that Black Sabbath relies on power chords in producing its riffs, while Iron Maiden is more on guitar fills and tinier riffs. But when you compare with Dream Theater, the style is more complex in arrangements and the tempo is much faster, accentuated with staccato and appregio.

Then come a question, how Dream Theater plays hard rock music like Iron Maiden using keyboard and only one guitar player? This is a good question to start with. I find it totally different with how Dream Theater interprets "Dark Side of The Moon" compared with "The Number of The Beast". The significant factor is that Dream Theater cannot produce the groove and nuance that Iron Maiden has made up this album that was very critical milestone in their music career. I do not mind knowing major difference of Bruce Dickinson and James LaBrie vocal style, but I miss the double guitar work that Dave Murray and Adrian Smith performed in their studio version.

But if you do not compare this version of Dream Theater and original version of Iron Maiden, I don't think that you would have problem enjoying this version because .. Dream Theater is still a great band with great performance. But for me personally, this version is only best for those Collectors - especially those who praise Dream Theater and Iron Maiden. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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