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Dream Theater - Train of Thought Review

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Artist: Dream Theater

Album: Train of Thought

Released: 2003

A mixture of styles and genres: Progressive Metal

Review:

For me, Symphony X have always represented the best of progressive metal, with Dream Theater and Fates Warning being close seconds. With the release of Dream Theater's seventh studio album, it seems, that my beliefs might need some revision. While I wasn't, like most people, disappointed by Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, it just didn't have that certain Dream Theater slap-you-in-the-face-and-pull-you-into-our-music feel. Which honestly, with the level of talent these virtuosos have at their instruments, is bad. This album too, compromises to an extent on the intelligence of the band's music.

Ok... so just what are talking here? Dream Theater rapping? Tracks under three minutes? ONE vocal harmony used over a dozen times on the album? Well, surprisingly the answer is YES. What follows is even more baffling. I LOVE THIS ALBUM. Dream Theater might have cut down on the length of their songs, from an average of 14+ minutes to 10, but thats just by cutting out guitar wanking which didnt ADD to the music. The result? The band comes across more focused, meatier and frankly, more METAL than they ever have before.

Im still reeling from the incredible experience that is this album, so ill just get down to the nitty-gritty. Dream Theater is STILL really progressive, the guitaring is still top-notch and the drumming is still unconventional and kickass (unlike Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - I mean - I was almost snoring through "The Great Debate").

The downside? Well, at one point the vocalist feels the need to start rapping almost incoherently (Honor Thy Father) and occasionally, especially in the last song the solos do tend to drift. Other than that, Dream Theater sounds WAY more focused, and well... just so RAW!

I'm sorry this album is just one of those occasional bursts of genius (much like Nile - In Their Darkened Shrines) which is impossible to describe. However, as a sort of a guideline, think: traditional Dream Theater + 1980's Metallica aggression... and you STILL cant describe Train of Thought.

Sorry for not being more objective guys, but this album is just so meaty, so raw and powerful!!! This is a must buy for everyone, even Dream Theater haters...its easily the most focused and heavy Dream Theater have sounded in well over a decade. They still manage to crank out 7 minute plus songs without the listener losing interest.

If you had the stamina to read all that, hoping at one point I might actually start writing a good criticism of the album, sorry you wasted a hell lotta time! Start making up for it... GO GET TRAIN OF THOUGHT TODAY!!!



Summary:
Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:10.00 of 10
TOTAL:10 of 10

Reviewed by: Spikedtasbeeh /04.01.2004/



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