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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.58 | 1485 ratings

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3 stars Dream Theater's most metal album. I am all but a metal fan so I initially chose to stay away from Train of Thought but I like the band so much that I couldn't resist for very long time .

Now what comes out of a dive in this stream of metal ?

Let's go with the positive first. The chain between "Vacant" and "Stream of Consciousness" is really awesome. In fact, I see it as one single song, "Vacant" being the prelude to "SoC" : a very dark and entrancing ballad -"Vacant"- softly leads you to a powerful jazz/metal/rock masterpiece -"SoC"- that I can't get weary of. Thrilling, exciting and . exhausting.

"As I Am" is a pretty effective heavy metal song, which, as told a million times before this review, reminds a lot of Metallica . but Metallica with a singer instead of a werewolf. The more I listen to it, the more I like it and I have even come to appreciate its lyrics that sounded over pretentious at first.

Unfortunately, at this point we are over with the positive side. The four remaining tracks have some good ideas here and there but they are plagued to the core by the -for once amplified- usual drawbacks of the band, I mean pointless and overlong solos. Usually, I can accommodate with it and even like it very much but this time I really miss some good melodies. Too bad because songs like "This Dying Soul" or "Endless Sacrifice" could have been killers if cut to five or six minutes.

Finally, I think that the band had a lot of fun recording this album but you must be warned that listening to it entirely in one time might bring you serious headache cause it's VERY loud . and sometimes boring. Maybe some metal fans will appreciate the whole album, I just like (very much) part of it. But once again I give Dream Theater credit for trying something different.

Bupie | 3/5 |


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