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THE MAJESTY DEMOS 1985 - 1986 [OFFICIAL BOOTLEG]

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

2.86 | 39 ratings

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Valarius
2 stars What we have here is a reasonably okay CD, which is only really good for collectors though. There are mainly three main sections to this album:

Section one is made up of instrumental demos and covers. It's Dream Theater, so as you'd expect the musicianship is amazing. However, there's no keyboards or vocals.

Section two consists of short pieces which are pretty much parodies of Stormtroopers of Death, in which Mike Portnoy will shout the name of the song, followed by a quick ten second shred lick by John Petrucci. Not exactly what you'd consider 'music' and not really anything to judge as it's not really a song, but it's impressive none-the-less to see how amazing John Petrucci was at such a young age (and spirit-crushing too, if you're an aspiring guitarist).

Section three is the part that counts. The official Majesty demos themselves. Overall the songs are pretty good, but the sound quality is quite bad and the vocals at times can sound pretty horrific.

Coming from Dream Theater, the level of musicianship and the tightness of the band puts most big name artists to shame. Some of the songs are pretty cool, such as 'Another Won', 'Your Majesty' and 'Two Far', and it's a shame they were never officially recorded in the studio. But overall, this CD is really just the DT guys messing about and jamming in college, so anyone buying this shouldn't go in with high standards.

It's not really bad, but it's only worth getting if you're a huge Dream Theater fan.

Valarius | 2/5 |

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