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    June 2, 2012 - 9:12am

    Dream Theater's new ablum is the best sounding ablum i ever heard and with all honesty they been through a tough time but pull through and they make me proud to call myself a dream theater fan.

    Outcry-as soon as that song started i was in heaven and i could see myself in an epic battle with this song.by far my favourite Song on the ablum

    Overall they have really done great work with this ablum and they should be proud of their work.

    A.kerslake

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A.kerslake's picture
on June 2, 2012 - 9:12am

Dream Theater's new ablum is the best sounding ablum i ever heard and with all honesty they been through a tough time but pull through and they make me proud to call myself a dream theater fan.

Outcry-as soon as that song started i was in heaven and i could see myself in an epic battle with this song.by far my favourite Song on the ablum

Overall they have really done great work with this ablum and they should be proud of their work.

A.kerslake

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ArpeggioBlues's picture

... and so close to winning the grammy for "On the backs of Angels" and a huge disappointment that the 'Academy' (grammies) chose Foo Fighters ??? to win??.. They never got this genre.. when they (a while ago, when attempting to recognize heavy-metal as a genre) chose Jethro Tull as a heavy-metal artist.. Obviously, they have no clue.. :) A grammy is not the test of the brilliance of an artist. Certainly looks good on a resume, eh?

Thoughts's picture

I totally agree. The compression is horrible on the CD. There is absolutely no reason why the CD had to be that way. For some reason major compression is an industry standard. There are a few exceptions like Steven Wilson who now produces excellent uncompressed music. I think the the DT guys just don't have the time to oversee the mixing and mastering and are not aware how a growing number of fans are becoming discontent. It is great to have the HD tracks version to see what an uncompressed album sounds like.

The album itself is awesome. Best since Six Degrees.

jujitsu1's picture

I have got to say that I am dissapointed with the quality of this album in cd and non-HDTracks download. Being a musician and an engineer I listened to this album very carefully. I first bought it as a digital download. Right from the very beginning I heard some distortion across the entire album and crazy compression. I popped it into my Pro Tools and sure enought crazy compression and clipping. So I went and bought the CD thinking OK bad conversion. It was exactly the same. Started to do some research and saw everyone raving about the version of the album on HDTracks. So i bucked up and bought the album for the 3rd time. Finally a version of the album that sounds correct. Distortion gone. Compression gone. Crisp and clear. I just wonder if the guys in the band have listened to the actual CD or the regular digital tracks or if they have just been listening to the HDTracks version. I find it har to believe that these guys who are obviously super thoughtful about how they craft their music would not be really upset that aside from the HDTracks their fans are getting a sub-par version of the album. It almost seems like it was mastered for the HDTracks then casually just downsampled and compressed without much care for everything else. I would find it hard to believe that Dream Theater would be so concerned with the Compression/Loudness game that most modern albums suffer from that they would allow the musicallity of their albums to suffer. The album is great...I just dont think that the majority of the fans will get to hear it be as good as it is. :(

DexterTheater's picture

It's possible that ADTOE is the best album they've ever made...
I still can't remove Scenes from a memory from the first place though...

americanblue's picture

@Invincible Psychotron: Thanks for the info. Listeners should not have to d/l the HD album to get the best sonic experience. I'm not here to criticize DT or their work. I enjoy it all. I was just expressing my opinion that I thought the earlier albums were of higher sonic quality. CD or DVD audio is always going to be warmer and more expressive than what you can download, regardless of KHZ or bit length.

comment's picture

I can't wait to hear the ADToE HD tracks. Great album all the way through!

Invincible Psychotron's picture

[b]@americanblue: I downloaded the High Definition audio of this album from "HDtracks" and believe you me, when I heard the opening track 'On The Backs of Angels' I was blown away by the sound quality, it is simply put impeccable. People however argue that a human ear is not receptive to sound quality as good as 96 Khz / 24 Bit but I seriously differ from that opinion.

I think one should NOT judge and complain about it till the time they hear it for themselves. I however do recommend a good set of speakers to savor the crisp and crystal sound of this record on High Definition. I downloaded the album and I enjoy every bit of it and it certainly sounds 15 times better than the standard CD! Having spent $105.99 US for the Deluxe Box Set I didn't mind to shell out $17.98 US extra for this High Definition sound...it's a must have for every hardcore "Dream Theater" fan out there! \m/ :)

P.S.: https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=catalogdetail&valbum_code=HD0168...

americanblue's picture

I agree the songs and performance are amazing but I don't think it is the best sounding. The sound of the new album is not up to the standard of previous DT records. The audio is not as big and crisp as has been on previous recordings. Surprising since Andy Wallace (mixer) is one of the best in the business. Maybe it was the studio they used, or the board, and the audio just didn't get captured right before mixing. IMO they need to go back to working with a more experienced producer like earlier albums to get the best sound. If you are going to capture the best players playing the best songs on the planet, why not use the best producer(s)?

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[quote=A.kerslake]

Overall they have really done great work with this ablum and they should be proud of their work.

A.kerslake[/quote]

ADToE is arguably their best among a lot of great albums and with a Grammy nod too. :D

The prog in Outcry is amazing; great choice!