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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.84 | 1592 ratings

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Biff Tannen
4 stars A tremendous comeback for the reigning kings of prog metal! And I say "comeback" because while DT had still been releasing good music, they hadn't really done anything special since 2002's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, before giving us A Dramatic Turn of Events last year.

I think the departure of original drummer Mike Portnoy gave the band a renewed sense of purpose, and eager to prove themselves once again, they wrote an album with zero forgettable songs and mostly great tunes. Bridges in the Sky and Breaking All Illusions are destined to be talked-about DT classics for years, and Outcry, Beneath the Surface, This Is the Life and Lost Not Forgotten are damn good as well. Far from Heaven is a gorgeous piano/vocals only song, and the first two songs, On the Backs of Angels and Build Me Up..., are both very solid.

Overall, this is a great DT album - probably their 5th or 6th best album. It doesn't touch the brilliance of masterpieces like Awake, Images and Words and Scenes from a Memory, but it isn't that far behind. We fans long hoping for a return to form finally got our wish, and we couldn't be happier!

Biff Tannen | 4/5 |


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