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A CHANGE OF SEASONS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.64 | 529 ratings

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Philrod
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2 stars This is the first dream theater album I heard this summer. My father went crazy with the title song, and since wo travel together all the time I had the chance to hear it a LOT of times.

Ireally did not know what to expect as it is described differently wiewing your point of view on the band and the prog metal style. I am a newbie in prog metal, so really i just listened to the music.

The title track starts off wonderfully. The guitar passage is excellent and really I tought ''boy am I gonna love Dream Theater''. Well, the rest of the song doen not match its overture. It has its moments, but most of the time, it is wether a showcase of the members talent of forced emotion.

John Petrucci impressed me with his skills and technique , and really he backs up the reputation he has on this album.

Mike Portnoy is a great drummer, but on this particular song it seems he has only one drum beat and repeats it with some difference all over the song. But nonethless he adds a lot to the music and the overall song.

John Myung passed too much time practicing and not enough time listening. He does play fast, but that's it. As a bassist myself, Iusually expect 2 things from great bassists: that ''oomph'' that you add to a song and a great sens of melody through your rythms. Myung forgot all about that. He adds nothing to a song, and mosty sounds flat. The keyboardist is average and mostly is a texture one wich is good when you ha ve a petrucci at the front.

Labrie... he tries too much. The boy has skills, but most of the time he tries too much to push his moments into emotive and touching ones, wich he fails completely. except a couple of times. Also at times he seems out of place in a metal band.

The song iteself is more or less prgressive, maybe more metal with progressive aspirations. A good song, not a great, even less a masterpiece.

The rest of the album contains tribute to 70's bands. What I remarked and maybe someone said it before me I don't know, but they don't seem to have chosen the more progressive songs from the band's repertoire: Pink Floyd, Deep Purple(they could have taken April for example), Kansas, Queen, etc.

All in all, this is an enjoyable piece of music, but that's it. Not that progressive, mostly downstream rock. i can't give more to a sole song wich I find really average in the prog world. 2/5

Philrod | 2/5 |

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