first of all: I absolutely LOVE ADTOE. I think it's a masterpiece from start to finish. You get the feeling that every member is inspired and motivated, it's melodious, heavy, proggy, cinematic, balanced. I don't wanna be the first to whine about the album, because I don't. I think it's awesome. This is just a tiny thing that makes me a little sad when thinking of the past...
Now ever since Systematic Chaos came out, people could notice a change in DT's sound. While these albums were awesome in their way (in my opinion), people missed something from them. For me it was mainly the "color", the brightness, the happiness of the older times. SDOIT was such a bright album, but after BC&SL it seemed like they didn't really want to return to that at all.
And then MP left the band... I was curious whether these guys were trying to get back the older, more colorful sound and now that I've heard the new album lots of times, I think yes, the color is back. ADTOE is vivid and transparent again, it features dark and bright sections, it's diverse. I couldn't be happier with it... Or could I?
My favorite DT album is I&W. Not because of the technical side, but it's the incredible warmth and the uplifting side that made me love it in the first place. And this is something that whilst adoring ADTOE I'm still kinda missing from DT... Listen to Surrounded, my favorite DT song. The "his shadow slowly fading from the wall" part makes me happy everytime and is probably my favorite DT moment.
I miss fast sections with major chords. Simple as that. Anyone feel the same way?