Yeah, after the stunning gig at Leeds O2 last year, we were really looking forward to the Wembley gig.
Didn't think much of the support band - the sound was far too poorly mixed.
Then on came Dream Theater.
We gave it 3 or 4 songs, then went to complain to reception about the accoustics. The woman there said 'yes it doesn't usually sound this bad' and gave us a couple of balcony tickets to see if that worked.
After giving it another two songs, we decided to give it up as a bad job and walked out, And we werent the only ones - a little congregation of 15-20 people were on the entrance plaza discussing the evenings events thus far.
To summarize - the sound was awful. No bass whatsoever - Myung may as well not have been there. From what we all worked out, the sound desk was probably manned by Mangini's mate through an Alba walkman as all you could hear were muffled drum booms. The keyboards and guitar were tinny and without substance owing to a lack of bass tones. And another point - why do DT feel the need to 'apologise' for Mangini being there? I can understand a special intro on Mangini's opening tour, but to STILL be saying at the start of the gig that 'this guy inspires us every day' is tantamount to admitting that 'this guy is however still playing with us'.
Very disappointing all round I'm afraid - sorry guys.
Oh and one more thing for now - I've read in a lot of places that this is DT going 'back to their roots'.
This is a total cop out - you ALWAYS have your roots - you just build, grow and improve on them.
So instead of 'going back to their roots', it should read - 'slipping backwards and sounding old'.
I'll ignore for now the poster above the last one, as he's obviously so 'prog' that he's writing stuff about what I havent written.
But the points about SFaM, SDoIT, ToF et all don't ring true at all - I loved all of those on the first listen, as I did with every one of the previous albums.
ADTOE is just very hard going as its not at all fluid and many parts of it just seem contrived to be there as 'fill-ins'.
Hi guys, first post!
I first found DT a couple of years ago via their MySpace page, where they have all their albums in the music player. Bought every album, and every single track on those albums was a classic - every track was a perfect gel of musical skill and genius.
Went to see them a few weeks ago in Leeds UK and it was the most stunning event I've been privaleged to witness - a REAL event to end all events. And I'll most certainly be going to see them early next year when they return to the UK.
BUT - there is a problem with the new album - or rather - many problems. There is no 'edge' to the music. Sure its very competent, but I feel that the vast excess of time signature changes is an attempt to disguise the lack of 'edge'.
On every other album, you cannot put it down - you have to listen until the disc wears out. Every riff and solo is fixed in your head.
On this album however, I actually found myself bored and left it halfway through to go and make sandwiches. That fact alone says to me this is not Dream Theater as Dream Theater should be. But truth be told, I cant be bothered to play the album again - at some point I obviously will, but thats not a sign of Dream Theater.
One thing all that says - and this is no reflection on Mike Mangini - is that the driving force was most certainly Mike Portnoy, both writing and performance-wise.
I'll always love DTs music - its just that this album is making it very hard to do so.