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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.60 | 1858 ratings

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3 stars One track mind...

The band entered the studio with the intention of writing a metal 'classic'.

The Good: Its another solid Dream Theater record. Standard high level of instrumentation (although the keyboards do seem to go a bit AWOL) with some great hard hitting compositions. Also one of LaBrie's stronger studio performances.

The Bad: By creating such a specific vision for this album the band have shot themselves in the foot by restricting the sonic diversity which is so fundamental to their style. Whilst Train of Thought has many cool moments, they are very sparsely distributed through songs which are far too long to support such a one dimensional approach. The albums final two tracks in particular could easily be halved in length with no loss to musicality or effect. And Vacant is pretty much well... vacant.

The Verdict: Too much bread, too little butter.

Starhammer | 3/5 |


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