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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.84 | 1539 ratings

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4 stars The bromance ends.. looks like they just needed some breathing room

I have not enjoyed a DT album in this way since the 1994 album Awake. This is somewhat blasphemous for me to say, because Mike Portnoy has been one of my biggest drumming influences since my teen years, but the guy's one dynamic style was getting old! I feel as if their more recent music has been shaped by Portnoy alone, always trying to be WAY more metal than Dream Theater should ever hope to be. This isn't death metal guys, no more trying to be something you aren't.. (especially with LaBrie's voice.. a hard metal approach is just laughable with that cutsie soft timbre) But this album brings them back to making symphonic prog, with metal guitar riffs and double-bass drums. Beautiful ballads and melodies are abound.. finally DT doing what they do best. And the keys have never sounded this good! I am usually very turned off by the wacky-annoying (at best) sounds that come from the keys in DT songs.. not here though. Everything sound coming from the keys sound modern and epic, much more like the keys coming from Porcupine Tree or Riverside.. less emphasis on speedy solos, more on effects and tastefully filling in empty space.

DT has won my heart again. 4.5 stars.

SoundsofSeasons | 4/5 |


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