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Dream Theater


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3.20 | 1346 ratings

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3 stars This album is a masterpiece, but there are some things that bring it down from that. The first and most noticeable thing is Charlie Dominici's voice. Most people would probably agree to me that while Charlie is an amazing singer, his voice does NOT go well with Dream Theater's progressive music. It sounds too Pop ish.

The 2nd thing is that the production quality is not very well, I don't think. All of the instruments just sound a bit weird... Indeed, I would totally be up for Dream Theater going back into the studio and rerecording it with better production and with James LaBrie... but they have stated that such a move would be a step backward, rather than a progression. Listening to it, it's still enjoyable, though. They have some great songs on this album, one of the most notable is The Killing Hand, which is the first epic, and details a messianic figure who comes upon a wall with names written upon it, those who died by some person or weapon known as The Killing Hand. Travelling back in time, he is able to stop the Killing Hand, but his name appears on the wall, and he realizes that he was indeed the Killing Hand, and that he had killed himself.

YtseJam is a fun song to listen to as well, it's instrumental, and has some amazing examples of Dream Theater's ability.

All in all, this would be 4 stars, but Charlie and the Production bring it down to 3. Still a good album, but if you want a DT album, there are many better ones than this you can get.

By the way, Charlie Dominici IS still a good singer, just not good with Dream Theater's music. However, if you're a fan of his voice, check out his band, Dominici, they're AMAZING.

HammerOfPink | 3/5 |


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