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SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.13 | 1421 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
4 stars The spirit carries on...

Boosted by the success of Scenes from a Memory the band returned to the studio for an ambitious, two disc, concept album.

The Good: The opening track not only kicks off the album, but also set in motion the 12 step suite, a series of songs spanning five albums which was inspired by Mike Portnoy's battle with alcoholism. Despite moderate competition from As I Am and, to a certain extent, Repentance, The Glass Prison definitely remains the strongest track of the lot.

6DOIT marks Dream Theater's first foray into the world of sociopolitical lyrics with The Great Debate, and features extensive usage of spoken samples which explore the track's theme. This idea was revisited on Octavarium's Sacrificed Sons, although that later effort lacked the fantastic instrumentation found here. Blind Faith also has a top quality breakdown which brings back memories of 1992, and follows some high pitched choruses from James Labrie which have since proved to be unreachable in a live setting (ref. Chaos in Motion).

Despite being a bit too long for its own good Misunderstood is still an important part of the album and showcases an interesting guitar technique first used by The Beatles. After composing the guitar solo John Petrucci learnt to play it backwards, recorded it, then reversed the recording leaving the original idea, but with an eerie twist.

All in all its a solid first disc and could easily have been released on its own, but the main event here is of course the mammoth title track which spans the entire second disc. It would be unfair to compare it directly to Dream Theater's other epic tracks, being over twice as long and split into eight sections, but it does go without saying that its one of their greatest achievements to date.

The lyrics focus on a number of mental illnesses including schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder and this variety is also reflected in the music. I love pretty much all of this piece but my absolute favourite sections are Solitary Shell, About to Crash and its reprise.

The Bad: Despite ending with an awesome guitar solo the lyrics of Goodnight Kiss are kinda lame.

The Grand Finale is a little bit too drawn out, even by Dream Theater's overblown standards.

And then there's Dissapear. I really wish it would.

The Verdict: F4 on the Fujita scale.

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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