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Dream Theater


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3.19 | 1247 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Dream Theater debuts!

Back in '89 prog was still dangerous, kudos, then to this young band, they've still got some kinks, but it's all good in the end. The voive of LaBrie not yet gracing the soundscapes, this album is a bit much for DT fans who have only heard the new singer. However, Dominici still delivers some good vocals, though not as sharp as his later counterpart. The other members suffer the same fate, each is still amature sounding as compared to the later works, though each still delivers the part.

Regardless of age and experience, this album still holds some true DT gems. THE KILLING HAND is the obvious standout of the alum, a chilling tale that encompasses themes that DT would later utilize. Others such as THE ONES WHO HELPED TO SET THE SUN are also good, with unique storytelling that the band would later evolve. Some tracks such as AFTERLIFE are better performed by LaBrie, as proved with the recent "Score", but one track that will never grow old is the great YSTE JAM (their demo band Majesty spelled backwards), a track with the instumental powers of Rush or even King Crimson.

So, though they've done much better, when put in the spotlight, this album still shines. 3 stars for attempting the impossible and succeding. Good, but don't fritter your life away trying to find it.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |


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