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Dream Theater - Chaos In Motion 2007/2008 CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.43 | 222 ratings

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2 stars "Light to dark, dark to light, light to dark, dark to light..."

In contrast to previous DVD releases, Chaos in Motion features a compilation of performances recorded throughout their world tour, with intermittent behind the scenes footage and interviews.

The Good: Really cool intro sampling songs from the Dream Theater back catalogue and finishing with an awesome rendition of Sprach Zarathustra. Other stand-out tracks include Take the Time, Lines in the Sand and an absolutely stunning version of Surrounded, where the standard guitar solo is replaced with a ten minute sonic deluge, including parts from Pink Floyd's Mother and Marillion's Sugar Mice. It's almost worth watching for this alone.

Although the individual parts of Schmedley Wilcox have a habit of cutting out just as they're getting to the 'good bit', I do love the high pitch vocals on Razors Edge which inject a bit of fun into what is ultimately just another pompous and overblown finale. It actually now makes me feel like something's missing when I listen to the studio version of Octavarium!

The Bad: As the clips are taken from a number of concerts it would be too costly to set up high level recording equipment at each venue. This format results in sub-webcam video quality and a highly imbalanced audio mix with some parts sounding like they were performed in an underwater food-blender.

Systematic Chaos is, in my opinion, their weakest studio album to date and a set-list weighted heavily towards these songs is never a good thing. However, the rest of the track selection is actually pretty cool and includes material not featured on their previous live releases. Whilst the instrumental performances are top notch as usual, the vocals range from nice (Surrounded) to tolerable (Panic Attack) to horrible (Blind Faith, Scarred, Trial of Tears and Forsaken to name but a few).

The Verdict: If you're a Dream Theater fan and can tolerate the crude production then I would still recommend checking this out.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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