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FALLING INTO INFINITY

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.33 | 1120 ratings

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Valarius
5 stars By now we should all know what was going on behind the scenes during the making of this album. In brief, the record label didn't care much for Dream Theater but kept them on as they somehow managed to be making money. Of course the record company wasn't interested in musical integrity, and simply wanted more hit singles, thus making this album an attempt to push Dream Theater into the mainstream.

Sadly, it's the change of sound and aura of being considered a 'seling out' album that make this possibly Dream Theater's most overlooked piece of work. Because despite all the politics surrounding the record, the truth is, the music itself is still pretty damn amazing.

Okay, it's not as technically mind-blowing as 'Images & Words', it's nowhere near as epic as 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence', and it's the exact opposite of the heaviness shown on 'Train of Thought'. In fact, this is a pretty unique album which Dream Theater have yet to immitate (although 'Octavarium' is probably the closest thing to it). But this does not detract from the album one bit. In fact, this CD could be considered a breath of fresh air when going through Dream Theater's back catalogue.

As usual, the musicianship is off the scales, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who makes his only studio album appearance with Dream Theater here, adds a lot to the band's sound. Mixing the obvious elements of Metal, Rock, and Prog, Sherinian also brings Jazz and Fusion elements into the songwriting, and his 'show-business' personality really shines through with some of the more upbeat songs.

I think Dream Theater really rose to the occasion to release the best album they could under such circumstances, and as said before, it's a shame this is so underated, because it really is an amazing album.

Valarius | 5/5 |

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