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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.60 | 1857 ratings

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4 stars actual rating- 3.5

Well, this is the first Dream Theater album I got, and it was hard to get into. Its really heavy, which I like, because slow Dream Theater is not very good usually. The lyrics are not very good at times, although sometimes they're OK. Just let me say this: This album is ANGST CITY.

It starts off with the heavy As I Am. Typical angst ridden lyrics, but the riffs from Petrucci really make this stand out. So its a good opener.

The Next song is This Dying Soul, some really great eastern style heavy riffs and some horrible horrible lyrics. Take the worst lyrics you have ever heard that aren't supposed to be goofy, and these are probably 10 times worse. And the singing in parts of this song are almost rap like, making this song almost unlistenable for me at times.

Then comes Endless Sacrifice, probably my favorite song off the whole album. It starts off really unusual for Dream Theater: slow AND good, with great synth blending with the acoustic guitar. Then the chorus goes heavy, then a slow acoustic verse again, then the chorus, then it rocks hard for the remainder of the song, the only bad part being this really cartoony synth solo. Seriously, it sounds like something out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The outro verses really remind me of Maiden, like I could hear Bruce Dickinson singing them.

After Endless Sacrifice comes the worst song on the album, Honor Thy Father. Seriously, no highlights except the drumming maybe. Terribel terrible lyrics.

Then comes vacant, a slow song that is boring, but not really terrible.

Stream of Conscioussness, a great DT instrumental comes next. Fantastic, heavy riffs, great blending of the synth adn the heavily distorted guitar. It does seem to drag on for a bit though.

The album closes with the epic In the Name of God. Great acoustic Intro, great eastern style riffs, and one part that really reminds me of Uriah Heep. This songs rocks pretty hard almost all the way through, except for one kind of slow part.

So this is a pretty heavy album, and the few slow parts are actually starting to sound good for Dream Theater. Highlights include: As I Am, Endless Sacrifice, Stream of Consciousness, and In the Name of God.

| 4/5 |


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