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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.44 | 1530 ratings

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1791 Overture
1 stars Egads! I dunno if it's meal ticket syndrome or what, but I just can't stomach this stuff anymore. Sloppy, with uncomfortable, mechanical changes in ideas at seemingly random intervals and the type of cheesy over-busy orchestration that could make even the most diehard prog metal fan cringe. There's an obligatory pop song and a few painfully middling epics - perhaps the only time the band tries to save itself is on the last track, but that too ends in a train wreck. Overall, theres nothing here that Dream Theater hasn't done better before, and it looks like the worst aspects of their sound (the "menacing" half-spoken vocals, the mediocre chugging grooves) are here to stay. Hopefully the band's new blood will inject some life into the formula, because this may be the band's weakest release.

Probably only for fans - if you don't like Dream Theater or are even on the fence about them, go somewhere else first before easing your way this direction. One star.

1791 Overture | 1/5 |


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