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Dream Theater


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3.19 | 1256 ratings

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3 stars When band and label collide...

After a tumultuous relationship with Mechanic Records, Dream Theater finally released their debut album nearly a year after signing with them. It was also their only record to feature Charlie Dominici on vocals.

The Good: I've always considered When Day and Dream Unite to be the black sheep of the Dream Theater discography and for many years wouldn't even give it the time of day. However, of late I have a new found respect for this release and definitely regard it as one which becomes easier to appreciate with time. It's raw and barely recognizable for the most part, with a sound more associated with the likes of Cynic rather than what has now become the traditional, more refined Dream Theater style. Having said this the compositions are engaging, adventurous and incredibly underrated. Tracks like The Killing Hand and Only a Matter of Time wipe the floor with the majority of their post Awake material.

The Bad: The production sucks. The cover art really sucks. Whilst the vocals aren't as bad as a lot of people claim, they still pale in comparison to James LaBrie's early contributions to the band. In addition, most of the tracks were originally conceived as instrumentals and the later addition vocals has lead to an often estranged effect. A prime example of this is the cut and paste mishmash that is Light Fuse and Get Away.

The Verdict: Despite all its flaws there is more than enough class here to keep me revisiting again and again.

Starhammer | 3/5 |


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