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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 5/18/98

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

2.65 | 27 ratings

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Equality 7-2521
1 stars A very promising live album from Dream Theater, although containing a few too many Falling Into Infinity tracks, with covers, improvisation, and guest vocals from Ray Adler and Bruce Dickenson. On top of that, this is one of the few live Dream Theater albums to feature short lived member Derek Sherinian. So how does an album which so much potential energy merit a one star rating? Because of several large factors, terrible sound quality, and James Labrie delivering the worst and flattest vocal performance of his life.

At the times when Derrick Sherinian is able to be heard, his rather funky wah sound does not mix well with the pre Falling Into Infinity material on the album, but usually, the keys and bass are all but nonexistent in the mix, completely destroying the songs, and making the flaws in LaBrie's voice all too apparent. He can't hit a single note, and he makes the songs genuinely painful to listen to. Even Ray Adler, who usually performs phenomenally, falls so incredibly short of expectation on "Pull Me Under." Bruce Dickenson delivers the only worthwhile vocal performance here, but those four songs do little to rectify this mistake of a release. Lot's of music for you buck here but none worth hearing.

Equality 7-2521 | 1/5 |

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