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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.19 | 1256 ratings

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Dream Theater attracts a large following, and clearly in their chosen field they are one of the leading bands. For me, their music is in general terms enjoyable, but their leanings towards the metal end of prog can at times become a bit too "heavy".

With their first album "When dream and day unite", the band appear to be in the process of finding their feet, unsure whether to make straight forward metal along the lines Black Sabbath, or to venture into more complex prog territories, while retaining that metal basis. The plusses are that the band is instrumentally proficient, with searing guitar solos and fine keyboards. I also enjoy the vocal style, which is melodic and tuneful.

On the downside, the songs tend to have a similarity, which becomes tedious. Only "The killing hand" varies the pace a bit. The guitar solos don't really go anywhere, and after a while I also found I became aware of the somewhat excessive use of cymbals on many of the tracks (which I found a little irritating!).

The band was of course destined for greater things, but while this album is competent, it has few signs that Dream Theater had much to distinguish themselves from the rest of the metal crowd.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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