Dream Theater - Live at Budokan CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

4.29 | 342 ratings

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5 stars If you're a Dream Theater fan, you should already own this.

It simply is superb. The first disc is a full near-three hour set, so you get to see a wide range of their songs played to perfection. Be warned, it focuses more on their more recent material, which is me is neither a good or bad thing as I like all their work. On several of the songs there are extended jams, which on tracks like Beyond This Life and especially Hollow Years are just incredible.

If you like Dream Theater for their speed and technicality than this is definitely for you. The camera frequently lingers on each player so you can watch the finger- shredding solos in all their glory. All the instrumentalists are on top form, and James LaBrie, although not at his pinnacle, is also very good indeed.

The second disc is also very well done, including a full-length, and very professional, documentary on the touring process which gives a great insight into the band. We're also treated to another look at the wonderful instrumedley, and from a different night on the tour, Mike Portnoy's drum solo, which involved members of the crowd.

This really is a perfect live DVD. If you're a fan of the band then you need this. If you're looking to get into the band, this is a good place to start.

Prepare to be watching this a lot!

Degolas | 5/5 |


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