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Active between 1997-1999 - Regrouped in 2007 (as a trio) and again in 2008 (full band)

Liquid Tension Experiment had its genesis still in the year of 1996, when Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy was contected by Peter Morticelli (head of the label Magna Carta) and Mike Varney (vice president of the label Magna Carta) and was asked to, according to Portnoy, try and "put together a couple of Super Groups (for the lack of a better term!)",. In spite of declining the offer at first, he eventually agreed to assemble a super ensemble.

Many were the attempts to put the group together through most of 1997, but most of them failed due to one pivotal problem: they were lacking a member. Mike was able to recruit a bass player, who was Tony LEVIN, of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel's band fame, and a keyboard player, who was Jordan RUDESS, which was playing with the jazz fusion group Dixie Dregs at the time, but there was still a guitarist missing. Every guitarist that was originally invited to be part of the group refused the offer due to conflicting schedules.

Finally, in the spring of 1997, Mike decided to invite John PETRUCCI, Dream Theater guitarist, to join Liquid Tension Experiment and, with his acceptance, the group was finally complete and ready to record their first album, the self titled Liquid Tension Experiment.

The idea, or the concept, of that album was to fully write, rehearse and record the whole thing in a week, and so it was done: from September 20 to September 25 of 1997 the whole process was successfully done and the album was released in the next year, in March of 1998.

The members of the band and Magna Carta were so satisfied with the results of the first endeavor that they decided to record yet another album. In late 1998 the band regrouped and in the span of two months wrote, rehearsed and recorded what would be their second album, entitled Liquid Tension Experiment 2. This time, just like with Liquid Tension's first album, it was released on the following year.

Nearly ten years after the disbandment of the Liquid Tension Experiment, in late 2007, a third studio album was released with new band material. The release entitled Liquid Trio Experiment had jam tracks from the band ...
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3.83 | 446 ratings
Liquid Tension Experiment
1998
4.10 | 599 ratings
Liquid Tension Experiment 2
1999
2.12 | 117 ratings
Liquid Trio Experiment: Spontaneous Combustion
2007
3.51 | 67 ratings
Liquid Tension Experiment 3
2021

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.58 | 12 ratings
Testing for Tension - Live at the TLA
1999
2.47 | 27 ratings
When the Keyboard Breaks:Live in Chicago
2009

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.57 | 53 ratings
Liquid Tension Experiment Live 2008 - Limited Edition Boxset
2009

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 11 ratings
Mike Portnoy: Prime Cuts
2005

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Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal

Review by Wicket
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4 stars The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Never in my life had I prayed more for another LTE album than now. As a Dream Theater lifer, the post-Mike Portnoy era has evolved from a technical progressive style to a more straightforward, singles-generating heavy metal outfit, and as such, a lot of the magic from the old days has been lost. Sure, songs like "Enemy Inside" and "Untethered Angel" sound great on my gaming metal playlist when I'm playing Apex Legends, but they're a far cry from the cerebral approach of "Metropolis" and "Six Degrees" fame. Even on "Train of Thought", generally a very dark album, the band would throw in a dash of spice and magic such as Jordan Rudess' player piano antics in "Endless Sacrifice".

Now of course times change. Is there any need to make 10-15 minute long blockbuster virtuoistic pieces anymore? Probably not. At this rate in the band's storied career, there's nothing for the band to prove, so they're moving towards a catchier, straightforward metal approach, and while there's nothing wrong with that, there's a lack of the humor, the magic, the "Joie de vivre" that made DT music so memorable, and the first two LTE albums emerged because of the commercial-ness of "Falling Into Infinity", long considered one of the weakest albums in the band's long and illustrious career. Think about it, if you're forced into making boring posters for a conglomerate, wouldn't all that pent up creativity lead you to creating some Jackson Pollock-esque pieces out of a sheer need to finally express yourself after all that time?

Well, maybe not Pollock, but I think you get the point. And it's the same reason why this long awaited third album has released at this point.

"Hypersonic" opens like "Paradigm Shift and "Acid Rain" did on the first two albums. It's the opening blockbuster, the "kick down the front door and punch the first person you see in the face" kind of track, a gangbuster of virtuosity one expects from these seasoned and skilled veterans. Then they branch out into diverse pieces similar to previous albums. "Beating the Odds" is a very cheery track. It may not have a hook like "Acid Rain" or "Kindred Spirits" but it's still an overall pleasant track, while "Liquid Evolution" is this album's version of the interlude, a very ethereal and atmospheric track led by Tony Levin's domineering bass and peppered with Rudess' signature flourishes.

"The Passage of Time" is signature DT. There are sections in between that I can picture James LaBrie belting out something very philosophical or emotional in a catchy and pronounced fashion. There are even a couple riff snippets that seem to homage part 2 of "In the Presence of Enemies" off 2007's "Systematic Chaos", arguably the band's darkest album to date (yet still one of my favorites). This song is followed by "Chris & Kevin's Amazing Odyssey", continuing a trend of always having a Levin/Portnoy showcase on every album (including the John Petrucci-less Liquid Trio Experiment).

Then the band shakes things up with a surprisingly wonderful rendition of Gershwin's classic "Rhapsody in Blue". Of course, being classically trained and having heard and played the original, some of Rudess' synth sound choices are a bit cheesy and dated, but it's still such a lively and energetic piece and I think it's a refreshing take on a staple of American music. The band then goes from the ridiculous to the sublime guitar and piano ballad "Shades of Hope", finishing up with an amazing and dark Middle Eastern-tinged epic "Key to the Imagination".

The Deluxe edition comes with 5 extra tracks which are basically jam sessions (who can say no to hearing these guys jam out?). "Blink of an Eye" has classic DT vibes, while "Solid Resolution Theory" and "View from the Mountaintop" feel a bit blusey and Deep Purple-ish, while "Your Beard is Good" and "Ya Mon" feel like instrumental Dream Theater demos cut from previous albums glued together to make a mash up.

All in all, this is exactly what fans of older Dream Theater albums and instrumentals have been waiting for. Portnoy's playing just feels so much more lively and refreshing (no offense to Mike Mangini, it feels like The Beatles with Pete Best), and there's so much going on. It's a very happy record, it's a record that you can listen 10 times in a row and still hear something new on the 10th listen.

If I have a criticism, I agree with some people that there isn't really an "it" song. "Acid Rain" was the "it" song on LTE2, "Paradigm Shift" on LTE1. "Hypersonic" is great, but it lacks a chorus or catchy groove that makes the song constantly replay-able. Most of the album basically a jam session, and while I love that (self proclaimed Phish fan here), I understand how that can turn people off with who don't have the attention span to listen to a straight hour jam session (me included). Nonetheless, this is an art style that simple can't be reproduced with other musicians.

LTE was responsible for bringing Rudess into Dream Theater after the departure of Derek Sherinian. Post-Portnoy DT has a cold and clinical feel with Mangini on the drums. There's something to be said when chemistry between musicians allows them to click. What results is an anomaly, something that simply can't be reproduced no matter how you change, tweak or tinker with the formula, like a good bottle of single malt Scotch whisky. LTE3 is that classic Dream Theater sound in all of its unadulterated and spazmodic glory.

So maybe for LTE4 , maybe get Labrie to sing a few lines as a guest singer? Maybe?

 Liquid Tension Experiment by LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.83 | 446 ratings

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Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Liquid Tension Experiment was one of those wonderful progressive music supergroups that emerged in the 90's. And indeed, one of the best!

In fact, from this collaboration came one of the luckiest things that ever happened to Dream Theater, which was the addition of Jordan Rudess to its ranks. And listening to this album, it is easy to see why. His keyboards are perfectly complemented by the great John Petrucci guitars, and the powerful drums of Mike Portnoy, which sounds as poorly tuned as usual in his recordings.

Special mention should be made of bassist Tony Levin, who is undoubtedly one of the most talented musicians ever to play the four strings.

In summary, Liquid Tension Experiment is an album of pure progressive rock, varied, instrumentally rich and with an enviable instrumentation. A must-listen for all progressive lovers!

Best Tracks: Paradigm Shift (a powerful and appropriate way to start a record), Freedom of Speech (good progressive composition, with different atmospheres and tonalities) and of course, Three Minute Warning (contains one of the best works of John Petrucci, without doubt)

My Rating: ****

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Review by alainPP

5 stars LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT is the mega group of stars who inducted RUDESS to the future keyboard position within DREAM THEATER; LTE created in 1997, from jazz fusion to orchestral heavy metal, rock and improvisation. 22 years old and release due to a devouring pandemic of this opus of 4 woodcutters musicians, sizes who combine the pleasure of playing with technicality. LTE3 to listen to to see if the creative madness is still present, if the improvisation can be so redundant. LTE3 or how to get swallowed up in a trap album!

Fast "Hypersonic" for guitar, bass and drums; PORTNOY as in the good old days of DREAM THEATER; track worked melodically with a baroque break which slips on epic metal, a "Carmina Burana" giving birth to a prog jazzy metal high in colors and in volts; a deluge of notes, twirling synths, the bass almost distant but which sets the tempo, which regulates it, a guitar solo that tears off, hold PETRUCCI uninhibited and better surrounded, a long suite that never ends; welcome with "Beating the Odds" second single unveiled in preview, a rock boogie, not rock demonstrative, symphonic, cataclysmic; It starts with SATRIANI, ELP for the overboxed synth, in short no lyrics but notes per kilo, machine gun type and its string of balls in 12.7mm and this magnificent melodic theme based around the guitar. "Liquid Evolution" continues with loose improv, it starts on a bass la SERRA, aria la GABRIEL-LEVIN, monolithic declension and associated spleen with the tortured Crimsonian guitar, then it's just beautiful, the musical evolution in a few notes. "The Passage of Time" now on a heavy piece, their first written in 22 years; then what to say when the fusion of the instrumentalists is done almost perfect; everything is well placed, a piano that calms the atmosphere, a colorful guitar that makes you want to pull on the strings, oh no, it's going too fast; well it starts on a sound ambush where the notes are struck with tracer bullets, the synth returns and rounds the angles for a grandiloquent finale to the enjoyable DREAM THEATER. Some will not like it too bad for them! At the moment the "lack" of voices is not a problem. "Chris & Kevin & Amazing Odyssey" for a moment of pure progressive bliss; double bass by LEVIN supported by the drums of PORTNOY and the triptych at the end of the series 'Chris & kevin' and this nod to their misspelled first names; the intro prog jam, crimsonian, tormented; the song that you put on a loop to reassure you that you will not find a prog track of this ilk, beauty without a name.

"Rhapsody in Blue" for THE cover of GERSHWIN's hymn, rhythmic, sublimating the track with thundering keyboards and guitar, now recorded on CD. Pure, unstructured energy, kitschy beauty with a bluesy digression, it starts with a phonic explosion, jazzy on a common theme, the synth is really greasy. 4 minutes and the spleen-creation variation of the world; it starts again with a drenched blues, good light on the fabulous guitar but a little long, we know where we are going; melodic finale as at the start, in short, pompous on one side, majestic on the other. "Shades of Hope" for the musical break with duet of guitars and piano, the title romantic ballad, spleen, the piano coming to temper the ardor of the notes of John's guitar. "Key to the Imagination" and the enjoyable finale at DREAM THEATER. Softness, aggressiveness, jazzy; intro that looks for a few moments, prog then a tune that puts you down with your beer, your lemonade, John's last bourbon; well done, the guitar, the bass, the keyboards of the piano with the different synths, the drums of course; we know we are going on a cruise ship where there will be no waves; at 6 minutes it digresses on the diabolical synth; these musicians seem to have even more fun here; like Arabist-oriental atmosphere, the guitar pulls its strings. Small digression on the progressive memories that this brings; you are not bored, you have what you imagined from a prog title with the ease of playing it yourselves (in a dream), and you have the freshness, the innovation, the sublime and bombastic side to admit that we can't do better!

For those who have the album in its bonus version, improvisation is not unnecessary, extracts from jams made during the recording of the album: "Blink of an Eye" and the improv in declination; a melodic crescendo based on the guitar accompanied by the other instruments returning the same. "Solid Resolution Theory" for a bluesy, melodic sound, a long destructuring suite with a guitar that never ends, for hard fans of DREAM THEATER. "View from the Mountaintop" with a piano-bass variation, appearance of layers of various keyboards accompanied by a limpid guitar. "Your Beard Is Good" for a rhythmic synth-guitar fight, then Zappaien, then jazzy that even grooves. "Ya Mon" jazzy with warm and languid keyboard, it's long but the notes flow naturally.

LTE3 is a very nice surprise, I feared a repeat like many recent dinosaur bands that come out of the good but not the excellent, kind album glorified but not objective. Well, big sound with a bass that slows down the scent of notes a little, tunes cut to make you vibrate on your seats, on your walkers or on your youpalas; LTE has therefore released a musical toy here, one of those that you will grind while also laughing at those who have fun putting in a drawer: prog, heavy, jazzy, bluesy, metal, musical, OMNI also and especially for a great album ; let's stop chronicling and relaunch the replay.

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Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal

Review by DiversionConVinilos

2 stars Here's a failed opportunity to show that the musical power of these great performers can be harnessed for more than just empty displays of virtuosity. The whole album is a succession of dizzying solos, spectacular in their technique, but empty in their musical content. Little emotion is breathed among the overwhelming succession of sixteenth notes. Of course, there are interesting moments and some good tunes here and there. And the communion between the interpreters is very successful. It is clear to all of us that these musicians are masters of their instruments, but music is more than just technique. Maybe next time...
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Review by thesameoldfears

4 stars Wow, there are some really tough customers in the reviews so far. Liquid Tension Experiment is back and sounding great! The three singles Hypersonic, Beating the Odds, and Passage of Time are pretty in-your-face with the technical virtuosity, but I think they are entertaining and engaging compositions. A highlight of the album is the hard rocking Rhapsody in Blue, and it shows that despite all their many hours of practice and precision, this band knows how to have a good time. I also really love the lead guitar playing on Liquid Evolution. Key to the Imagination is classic Liquid Tension Experiment, an extended composition that seems to tell as story with a lot of twists and turn. I enjoy the second disc of the improvised jams too. As you can expect, the second disc is a lot less structured, basically just four great musicians hanging out and seeing what happens when they hit record. The results are positive, some very cool solos and grooves there.
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Review by Grumpyprogfan

3 stars I used to like LTE more than I do now. Tastes change, and playing notes ultra fast doesn't impress me anymore. Anyway, this new release sounds the same as the others. Instrumental motions to show off the musical talents of the band. "Liquid Evolution", the shortest and most musically different song, had potential to take off. It's my favorite. I'm also digging, the DT sounding - "The Passage of Time". Good rocker. However, most of this incredibly long, two CD, triple LP, is mega boring for me. Endless noodling or shredding that is snoozy. No soul, no songs, no fun... nothing I want to hear again.

There are five formats (5.1 mix on blu-ray) of this release to choose from. Too bad the music isn't on par with the marketing. The second disc of jams is a mess. But really, if you loved their other releases chances are you'll jump up and down with glee when you hear this. Just not my choice of beverage. 2.5 rounded up.

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Liquid Tension Experiment Progressive Metal

Review by luisM.

4 stars After the success of the first album (especially because songs like Universal Mind and Paradigm Shift) another album comes up, this time with a better sound production, mixing, new ideas and now this time they are taking it slowly making the songwriting (they took 2 months doing it, they wrote the first album in 1 week, that's a big difference right there). This album keeps the same musical formula as the last album (Progressive Metal) but at the same time it brings a lot of new ideas and fabulous songs for us the listeners.

The first song, Acid Rain, one of the most famous songs of the band, starts without any hesitation, giving us a clear reference of what the song will be. In this song we have melodic but at the same time crazy keyboard, jazzy drums, and heavy guitar and bass riffs. There is a section where the Drums, Guitar and Bass make a incredible power trio, before the keyboard strikes again and does an amazing solo. A very good song, and one of the favorite of the people.

The second song, Biaxident, starts with an epic introduction, letting us know that this will not be a relaxing song. This one would be the more jazzy-like song of the album in my opinion. It has one of the beautiful Keyboard and Guitar duet solos, which instead of going crazy with shredding that they usually do, they both play incredible and melodic solos that goes along with the context of the song, a perfect combination. It's a very beautiful song, very motivating and a upbeat tune.

The third song, 914. This is what i call "The Bass song", Tony Levin does an incredible job in this one. But the other band members don't stay back,. Rudess does an incredible job with the atmosphere of the song and obviously with a crazy synth solo, one of my favorite from him. Meanwhile Portnoy keeps the groove of the song doing an excellent job on the drums. Very cool and underrated song from them.

The next song, Another Dimension, one of my favorite but at the same time one of my least favorite (if that makes any sense). Let's see, the first 7 minutes of this song, they are excellent. A really good and heavy riff, latin drums, and one of the best part of the whole album, the Accordion solo, it makes me feel like i'm in France, and then after that comes up a beautiful Spanish guitar, making this part even better. But after that, is where in my opinion the song goes downhill, it gets repetitive with the same riff playing over and over during 2 minutes straight, ruining what they were building in the first 7 minutes. An excellent song, but repetitive at the end.

The next song, When The Water Breaks. Well, this song is what i call "The Big Boy" of the album, every prog album has at least one "Big Boy". Rush's Farewell to Kings has Xanadu or Cygnus X-1 for example. When The Water Breaks is the Big Boy of this album, an absolute masterpiece. This song starts with a really calm piano and synth, then the drums suddenly comes changing the music style completely, preparing us for what is coming in this song. This song, has everything, it has calm, heavy and crazy parts through all the song, an incredible Rudess and Petrucci duet, an amazing drum solo, an excellent build-up meanwhile Rudess is doing one of his BEST solos ever and a crazy and unexpected end. This song is a masterpiece and one of my favorite songs from them, I absolutely love it!

Chewbacca, this song is loved by some and hated by others. In my opinion, that's because Chewbacca is a drum- based song, that's why some people find it boring, as a drummer myself I love this song and find it "different". This song has a lot of drum breaks and a "latino" (I don't have any other word to describe it) drum mid-section, which gives a different aura to the song, a pretty good song, but not for everyone.

Liquid Dreams, although this song is very relaxing and has interesting ideas, it get repetitive for a lot of people. In my opinion is a decent song, not the best, but not their worst. I love Rudess' keyboard in this song, that's something positive in this song but at the same time i don't like it, the synth tune used in the second half of the song is really annoying, ruining the chill atmosphere that the song had, that's the thing. The first half of the song is very good and relaxing, but the other half is completely annoying and i don't enjoy it, at least the last 2 minutes are very good compared to the mid part of the song. Decent song.

Hourglass, a beautiful melodic song, this is State Of Grace of this album, a simple song but with a strong melogy that can get you some feelings. The acoustic guitar and the piano makes a perfect combination. A very good song.

Liquid Tension Experiment 2 it's a really good adventure to listen to, it has fantastic and motivating moments, although there are some "obstacles" to enjoy this adventure, it's worth it.

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Review by luisM.

5 stars This band and the album itself is the result of the combination of groovy, virtuosity and jamming at the same time. Although there are no vocals, which can be and feel weird for some people that are used to them, there is no need for them, the music and instruments express by themselves what they want to express, and they do it in a incredible way.

Let's start with the song that opens the album, Paradigm Shift. This song scared me the first time I listened it because it starts in a surprising and unexpected way, the start of this song makes you feel like you are in a circus where the function of it has just started. It goes from a 2 minutes intense rhythm where the drums, keyboard and guitar gets absolutely crazy to a heavy guitar solo and then to a heavy keyboard solo as well, it then changes to a slow and atmospheric part that sounds like a video game soundtrack where the bass is the protagonist until the guitar comes up with an incredible and at the same time melodic solo, after that it changes to an Arabian-like style of music part, and finally it ends the way it started, in a frenetic way. A really groovy song that has a bit of everything!

Osmosis, the second song of the CD is a completely different style of music than Paradigm Shift. It's a happy but at the same time a calm and ambient-like song, a thing that you would hear when you are in the beach, a very relaxing and cool song after the frenetic previous song.

The third song Kindred Spirits, starts with a heavy introduction with a rock-jazzy guitar riff, when we think it's a hard rock-like song it slowly turns into a melodic song where the keyboard and the guitar and the melody they transmit are the protagonists of this song.

The Stretch is a really jazzy based song, it feels so groovy and the rhythm they transmit make this song a very cool song, too bad it's a very short song! The bass, drums and keyboards are the leaders of this song, and they make a very good combination!

Freedom Of Speech. This song is 50% melody and 50% craziness. Amazing keyboard and guitar solos, a really cool drum section and an atmospheric build-up after that. The principal melody of this song is perfect, it's a really happy one and makes you really motivated for some reason, an excellent song.

Chris and Kevin's Excellent Adventure. It's a weird song the first time you listen to it, it's a song where the drums and the bass make an amazing and groovy duo together. A weird song with "vocals" (not really vocals mostly of them are whistles) but not a bad song at all just hard to digest for some

State of Grace. Do you cry with music? If you do, don't listen to this song. This song will make you cry, people say John Petrucci (the guitarist of this band) has no emotion when making his guitar compositions. This song says otherwise. The combination between the piano and the guitar makes it an amazing song with an incredible and classic-like melody. One of their best songs in my opinion.

Universal Mind. Universal Mind is one of the most known songs by Liquid Tension Experiment (along with Paradigm Shift and Freedom Of Speech). It starts the same way as Paradigm Shift, in a frenetic way, with the keyboard and guitar (and afterwards the drums) getting really crazy. This song has something that I call "The Solo Versus" where the keyboard and guitar starts like a fight of solos and we, the listener choose who is the winner between them. This song has also a beautiful piano solo right in the mid-section which makes it even better. The final part of this song may surprise you when you listen to it the first time, first a groovy beach-like part, something that you could hear in Hawaii and then a surprising famous circus melody right in the end (Entry of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik specifically ). A really cool song.

Three Minute Warning. It's funny, the name says Three Minute, but the song is almost 30 minutes long. This song (actually it's a jam) it's in my opinion one of their masterpieces. This jam has everything on it, it has melodic, crazy, calm, groovy and heavy parts. It has also a moment for every instrument in the band, the connection that the 4 members of the band has in this jam is incredible. This jam (although people find it boring) is just amazing, my favorite one from this album.

Liquid Tension Experiment is one of the album that every prog guy should listen to at least once, it has very good moments and the synergy between the band members is so comfortable.

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Review by rik wilson

1 stars Well,it has finally arrived; after years of waiting,anticipating, and great expectations...it lands with a thud. I never thought this incredible line up could falter. But, here it is an exercise in musical misjudgement. All these wonderful musical virtuosos put this mess into a hodgepodge of riff rock and boring bomblast. It begins with HYPERSONIC a ridiculously fast speedball of blazing tempo drums and guitar. This thrill ride is not at all a pleasant listening experience. The song, THE PASSAGE OF TIME ,is for me the best track on the cd. It is a rocker of considerable weight; perfect guitar and keyboard interplay with outstanding drums by Mike Portnoy. After this piece it goes downhill fast. CHRIS AND KEVIN'S AMAZING ODYSSEY plods along going nowhere. This is a rehash of CHRIS AND KEVIN'S BOGUS JOURNEY from the SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION RELEASE. Then, they lay out another song from their past, Gershwin's RHAPSODY IN BLUE...A GREAT SONG; but another version brings the cd vibe down. It does not fit the rest of the music at all. SHADES OF HOPE and KEY TO THE IMAGINATION plainly show they have lost the key and there is no hope for this release. I love just about everything JOHN PETRUCCI, JORDAN RUDESS,TONY LEVIN, and MIKE PORTNOY have done in the past ; and this release does not reach the high standard of reserve for these great musicians. Sorry guys.
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Review by Isaac Peretz

2 stars Two stars is the minimum I can give for this album. Calling it "poor" simply feels wrong considering how incredible the musicality is, so I'm going to say it's for their fans only (and for fans of technical wanking).

Heavily disappointed. Uninspired is the best way to describe it. There's nothing that interests me in this album rather than the musicianship which is honestly sad, since high musicianship doesn't always mean high quality by itself. They show off every single second of this album and not a single memory sticks with you after a full listen. Now, I agree that LTE has never been the best when it comes to soul in music, but at least they have some tracks with some value in them like Acid Rain or When The Water Breaks. There's simply nothing that stands out in this album.

If you're a LTE fan, I guess you could enjoy this album. But I think even the most hardcore Dream Theater fans would struggle at enjoying this one.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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