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Dream Theater


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3.31 | 1752 ratings

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5 stars I purposely waited for quite some time before reviewing this latest by DT because I wanted to give a justified judgement about it instead of making a hasty conclusion after one or two listenings.

I have to say I was a bit anxious about this one because Octavarium was an album I had ambivalent feelings about. There was the supersong, two nice ones and the rest questionable. This could mean DT was declining a bit but that was to be awaited with their next release. I think it's safe to say they recovered, at least that's my opinion of course. I think DT has managed to make an album without any poor or even lesser songs. In this case I could have done the review after a few listenings because my opinion hasn't changed after a couple of months. I will give ratings for each song:

1. In the presence of enemies pt.1. Great opener, somewhat mysterious sounding track. 4.25 stars.

2. Forsaken. Could have been on Octavarium but better than those tracks. 3.75 stars.

3. Constant motion. More or less the same. Another accessable one. 3.75 stars.

4. Dark eternal night. My personal favourite. Great heavy track very suitable for live gigs. 5 stars.

5. Repentance. Starts off like a balad, then getting rougher. Very nice. 4.25 stars.

6. Prophets of war. Mediocre track. Not really impressive. 3.5 stars.

7. Ministry of lost souls. One of the best, great epical track. 4.75 stars.

8. My second favourite coming close after Dark eternal night. Even (much) better than previous or pt.1. 5 stars.

So I think we can say this is more than a decent album, I think this is worth the qualification masterpiece. And we all know what that means. This is one of DT's very best and I'm happy to say they are still up for the job, hopefully for many years to come. Final note: I like the yells they do in some of the songs. It's a new element and I think it works very nicely.

progrules | 5/5 |


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