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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.66 | 1996 ratings

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3 stars The one with the G5...

Dream Theater's eighth studio album and their first to feature an Orchestra.

The Good: The title track is absolutely brilliant and remains one of Dream Theater's greatest epics to date. Whilst the band had previously released longer suites composed of several tracks, this was the first full studio album to include a track over twenty minutes in length. Although some of the sections are a little bit drawn out, the majority is absolutely top class, especially the synthesizer solo at the end of "Medicate (Awakening)" and the guitar work during "Full Circle".

The Bad: None of the seven preceding tracks are particularly great. I do enjoy Panic Attack and These Walls but don't find them anywhere near as memorable as the Dream Theater of yesteryear. The other songs have a couple of cool moments between them but for the most part just end up sounding like a poor man's Muse. A special mention goes to I Walk Beside You for being cheesier than a piece of six year-old Stilton trapped in a sock.

The Verdict: Five stars for the finale, two stars for the rest.

Starhammer | 3/5 |


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