Wow, this has been such an awesome discussion! I don't post all that often because mostly I just like to read other folks comments. However, this time I just couldn't resist.
I have commented about ADTOE before, but that was months ago and my perspective has changed a little since then. Keep in mind as you read this that I am a fairly new DT fan and I probably lack the depth of perspective some of you veterans have. I am still not a fan of the mixing job. For me it lacks that edge I like when I listen to metal. It sounds like someone put a powder puff all over the songs. This doesn't bother me as much as it used to though. When I first got the album I instantly liked all the heavier songs (except LNF) on the album and none of the ballads. Then, after a few months, my interest in Outcry waned till I no longer listened to it at all but I gained an interest in BtS. A few more months went by and I started to loose a little interest in BitS but I begun to gain an interest in LNF. Thant interest grew till I decided that it was among my most favorite of all DT songs and now I just can't get enough of it. One night I was listening to the album while I was falling asleep and the last song I remember listening to was TitL. Right before I zonked off for good I had an epiphany and suddenly "got" the song and had this wonderful serene feeling as I lost consciousness. I now really like the song. FfH still fails to catch my interest and for a while I considered it DT's worst song. I don't carry that opinion anymore but I still don't care for it. Now, I love all the songs except FfH and Outcry, but considering my evolving listening experience and appreciation for the album, I expect that to change.
Overall, I think ADToE is a really good album with a good mix of heaviness, complexity, beautiful melodies and epic transcendency, which are all trade marks of TD. I especially like it lyrically. Considering my changing opinion since its release, I can certainly understand others unfavorable opinions. Anyway, that is my two cents.
Overall I really like the album and I consider it a big step in the right direction for the band
I did hear about that in their tweets. My favorite instrumental so far has been "Stream of Consciousness". Although I really liked "Raw Dog", I am really excited to see if they can out do SofC. And Myung is a great lyricist. I loved what he did on "Breaking all Illusions".
I was 13 years old and watching MTV. Suddenly "Lie" came on. I really liked the song, but I was so into Metallica at the time that I didn't give them another chance and forgot about them. Fast forward 20 years and I was trying to figure out why I liked Metallica so much. I realized it was because of many of their complex arrangements. I read a comment somewhere that Metallica occasionally used progressive elements in their music. So I looked up progressive metal on Wikipedia and started listening to the bands listed in the article on Youtube and came across "On the Backs of Angels". I quickly figured out that it was done by the same band who had done "Lie". Metallica is now my second favorite band. I just can't believe I missed out all those years.
Ha ha ha! That is awesome. I wonder if that was an Acura employee decision or if it is an advertising scheme? If it was the decision of Acura then... my next car will be an Acura!
Favorite song? Hmmm... I would have to say that my favorite song changes constantly. When I first became a fan I liked their shorter song a lot more, now I am really into their longer songs. Right now, I would have to say it is a cross between A Change of Seasons and In the Presence of Enemies. I spliced the two parts of ItPoE together because I like it better that way. And the other day I gave ACoS a good hard listen and was blown away. I never really appreciated it much before then. My very close second would be The Count of Tuscany, and my third place songs would be In the Name of God, Sacrificed Sons, and Home.