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Dream Theater


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The Crow
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2 stars Seventh studio album by Dream Theater!

And this time, produced by Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, they decided to follow the path opened by the first CD of the good but overrated Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, with the band trying to reach a more modern prog-metal for the new millennium, with some glimpses of thrash metal (especially Metallica), rap and nu-metal influences.

The result is a disjointed and rather boring album with tons of great passages and splendid musicianship but with too many boring and predictable sections, adding nothing new to the previous material of the band and with the ugliest Portnoy's sound on drums yet. He sounds very technical, but too noisy and annoying to be enjoyable, especially the snares.

On the other side, John Myung is more noticeable this time, like in the embarrassing Metallica's rip-off As I Am.

Best Tracks: This Dying Soul (despite some strange alternative metal glimpses), Stream of Consciousness (not entirely good, but with some fine parts) and In the Name of God (great Petrucci's work in this one, with fine Arabic influences)

Conclusion: Train of Thought is in my opinion the most boring and uninspired album in the entire Dream Theater's career.

Only recommended for fans.

My rating: **

The Crow | 2/5 |


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