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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 387 ratings

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4 stars A great taste of early material

The post-Images and Words era is my favourite of the band along with the post-Scenes from a Memory one (when I finally saw them live). This short (<50min) live album provides a good taste of the first two albums, the energy and the musicianship of the band on stage.

With only six tracks, Live at the Marquee captures the more "aggressive" aspect of Dream Theater, with two tracks from their debut, the transition to the more sophisticated prog metal - Metropolis, Surrounded and Pull me Under from I&W - and balances out the differences with an interesting improvisation jam (Bombay Vindaloo). Execution of the tracks is (as would be expected) top class and the voice of LaBrie sounds interesting at the debut tracks, though maybe slightly annoying at the newer staff. I found the guitar sounding "upfront" which is always challenging in live albums and works here positively. On the debut tracks, the influences from early Fates Warning and Queensryche are obvious, something I had not particularly observed before.

Fans of Dream Theater already own this in one way or another. If the high-pitched vocals of LaBrie and the short-lived improvisation madness do not annoy you, then this should be a great first taste of the band for any "newcomer".

aapatsos | 4/5 |


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