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BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.44 | 1237 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars It is a bit strange to admit it as a reasonable big DT fan, but this is only my fourth review of a DT album. That's two studio and two other albums.

To this date, this is their most recent album. It is an album I feel where the band run a bit empty in a symphonic prog metal formula. Dream Theater is the best known prog metal band around and arguably the best one too. They sometimes venture into symphonic prog too. I would put them somewhere between these two genres.

As stated above; I feel the band was running a bit empty on this album. The latest turbulence in the band did not come as a bit surprise to me, listening to this album. Too much cobwebs around and some shake ups were required.

By all means; the music on this album is good. That is the standard we expect from this band. Dream Theater's level is miles above most other bands. That is why they are one of the best bands, if not the best band, in the prog rock genre (a very wide definition of "prog rock" being employed). The intro to The Best Of Times is the highlight of this album. The rest of the song is also the worst part of this album where the sugar sweet cliches becomes to overpowering and the band loose it's bite. The Count of Tuscany is the best song here by a margin.

My major problem with this album is it's running around in cliches. I get the feeling of having been here before, on previous DT albums. The album is also a bit too philarmonic orchestra orchestrated and is tapping into blandness too many times. But the overall quality is good, but nothing more than that. It is far from being the DT album I love most, though. Overall, a weak three stars.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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