I've been a fan since I&W and seen them about 5 times. I was always more into the older era of DT music but really do like all their output. With that said I was also growing a bit tired of their last few albums. Not since Six Degrees have I really been obsessed with a DT album. However, though I am not going as far as to say I am obsessed with ADTOE I believe it to be a big step in the right direction for me. The only song that i am not into is BMU/BMD. Bridges and Outcry are absolutely fantastic songs.
Old news and a very divisive topic among fans. Some hear it and some don't. It will be interesting to see if the band ever comes out and explains all this. So far no interviewer has asked either. Personally, I find it to be plain as day and quite genius on their part.
I am a huge DT fan but am really hit/miss with progressive metal bands that I like. But here are some other bands that are in the progressive spirit of DT that I think are exceptional that you should check out.
1) Symphony X
3) Porcupine Tree
4) Frost* (Milliontown is probably the greatest prog rock album I have ever heard)
5) Fates Warning
I like different solos from JP for different reasons but if I have to pick one it is probably Trial of Tears. Definitely the most tasty. I like how it has a more rock/fusion vibe, build nicely, and plays over key changes. Voices is up there too for me.
I think the ending solo of Octavarium is the most dramatic and perhaps UAGM is the most fun.
I was there, this was my 4th time seeing DT. I will tell you this, I have never seen them work the stage as much as they did. They really had a lot of energy going on and MM was simply a pleasure to watch behind the kit. JP also has really stepped up on background vocals and did an excellent job. All I can say is they put on a first class show and the place rocked. A few things about the show.
- Mix was a bit loud for my taste and at some points (Great Debate specifically) things became muddy.
- You could tell JP was really concentrating on that intro to BAI, looks like a tough lick. They nailed it though.
- James provided some comic relief when he kinda of muffed the 2nd verse vocals during PMU and played it off well.
- The crowd was great, probably close to 4K all engaged the whole time.