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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

4.24 | 478 ratings

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4 stars Perfection, really, you can't tell where or when the studio meets the auditorium... sometimes annoying, sometimes outstanding. You got to listen to it, to really got a jaw- droping expresion. Since Rudess arrived to DT, they have been pushing the boundries of perfection from time to time, however this time they really got it!!! an amazing performance that makes you think twice the commitment to this band, i mean you hate them or love them, a complete exposure of total "metal mayhem" (as the early 90's used to be)... The record sounds to "clean" and balanced without a flaw (even the background vocals of Portnoy and Petrucci sounds good)... the intercourses in some songs: BEYOND THIS LIFE and INSTRUMEDLEY are to die for, the kind of old prog used to be: a SHOW- OFF!. So, it doesen't matter if you like DT or not, grab a pair of headphones (beacuse if you hear it out loud the way is meant to be, your wife or your family or whoever might be around surelly take you out of your house!!!, is over 2:30 hours long...) and enjoy. Is the first record to feature at least one song from every album (quite shocking huh?) and is the first record to have a "prog essence in it", even if they aren't enough humble to accept it, and maybe we should. Anyway, for the hardcore fan this review is quite "useless" (you know what i mean), for the casual listener is a very, very heavy and loooong ride, thus, swallow it in small pieces, and for the PROG listener is a crusade that must be followed, beacuse THIS is one of the greatest concerts from the new millenium. And after such a "plethora" why i didnīt gave this record a 5 star status? well, beacuse a "live" record is not a critical-creative pond, is just the answer to the years of hard work... so forgive me for this, ok?. peace and enjoy
arqwave | 4/5 |


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