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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.60 | 1857 ratings

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3 stars Dream Theater has always been a virtuoso metal band. In this album, they will show you what they are made of.

This is not a prog album. While the song durations may make you think it is, it is not. This is heavy metal full of solos and most of the songs seem like a bunch of riffs and solos with the typical verse/chorus structures. The guitar playing in this album is prominent and good. However, The melodies are nothing special.The keyboards suffer the most by the fact that they sound cartoony sometimes. Also, songs tend to drag a bit and are longer than they should be.

There are some songs that are long and not very interesting such as Endless Sacrifice and This Dying Soul. There are also medium length songs that are more than decent (As I Am), and two highlights: Stream of Consciousness and In The Name of God. Stream of Consciousness is a very long instrumental that recalls the best days of the band. The synthesizer explosion (that ripps off a rap riff) is amazing and one of the guitar solos may be the fastest solo of all times. In The Name of God has a catchy chorus with lyrics about hypocrisy on religion and is overall a successful epic from the band, but it much longer than it should be.

I will recommend this album for fans of heavy metal only. This is not a masterpiece, yet it is very enjoyable and energetic.

1. As I Am (6/10) 2. This Dying Soul (5/10) 3. Endless Sacrifice (4/10) 4. Honor Thy Father (5.5/10) 5. Vacant (6/10) 6. Stream Of Consciousness (8.5/10) 7. In The Name Of God (7/10)

My Grade : C-

Zitro | 3/5 |


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