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Dream Theater


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4 stars Dream Theater - 'A Change of Seasons' (EP) 4.0 stars.

This is such an excellent EP. The title track is one of the best epics in the prog-metal genre. Unlike the other epics, the song doesn't really go into much repetition and contains hardly any 'noise' to add to its nice 23:08 track length. Unfortunately there are four other songs on this EP that just don't do it justice. The Elton John song 'A Funeral For A Friend' is spot-on, a very nice cover. The last three do absolutely nothing for me and I don't even recommend listening to them.this EP is all about the title track.

'A Change of Seasons' starts off with a cool 7-string acoustic guitar intro, which is later accompanied by keyboards. Then an outburst of metal enters the screen and just keeps progressing further and further.with no repetition until finally the vocals kick in after four minutes. When the vocals kick in there is a sense of a verse, but as soon as it is done they go right back into further progression, and a new acoustic interlude comes in. This is followed by a four minute jam.pushing onward and onward without looking back. Once again the mood changes to a very slow, depressing one (since we are expressing seasons here). This is again, followed by a wonderful jam and the first 'actual' guitar solo. The song closes beautifully.truly a masterpiece of progressive music for all lovers of prog.

Of note is how many reviewers stated Derek Sherinian was included in the process of writing this song. This is not very true per say. This song was largely composed before LaBrie even entered the band as Portnoy states in the 'Score' DVD. You can also find an extremely old version with Moore on the keys on youtube. with the composition was mostly the same. While Derek might have done some changes, they are nearly unnoticeable.

This is truly an excellent album.or song I should say. The title track was the only reason I bought this cd and I am perfectly content with should be do. So 4 stars.

Sources: Dream Theater 'Score' DVD.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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