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Dream Theater


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3.19 | 1251 ratings

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4 stars Was the first step of a long journey... Obvious precuel to the masterpiece...!!!!

The sound and production was really bad. If you think that they record it in 3 weeks, with all the complex riffs and instrumentation, is was really in a rush, so, maybe some arrangements wasn't that good, and the low budget reflex in the quality of the sound. It kills me, how good it might be if they record it with good support of their label... well, that's the bad things... lets start with the good points of the album...

The music is really like an earlier I&W... Kevin Moore dominates the moods with his great taste to develop moods and sounds rather than only soloing and show off. Petrucci was already a master, but eventually will become better. Portnoy shows quite well his capacities, and Myung was more present, more alive back then, his bass lines were really sad and moody... so It was a really interesting propuse... Dominici was way evident singing out of his range... sometimes he force his voice too much, it isn't bad, but I doesn't mean that shines, too much 80's for my taste...

Then, the songs are really DT trademark, with evident references to Rush and Queensryche... There are really monster songs that really deserve a better place in prog history... Only a Matter of Time is one of the better songs of DT, and of the prog of the last 25 years, easily... Kevin Moore lyrics were brilliant, and the music was a middle to an end... just great... of course, the trademark, the anthem YSTE Jam is really amazing and alive. I would say The ones who help to set the sun is one of their best songs... so you will enjoy this album, once you comprehend that the quality of production is low, and that Dominici was really out of this range here... is nice to try it, even for those DT haters... really, there's a lot of soul on this songs... really... too underrated album... but, hey, they become better with time... thanksfully, DT mark the path to this generation and is still here... nice beggining...!!!

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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