Wait...did I miss something? When is a new Dream Theater album coming out? Please tell me it is in 2012? Is there confirmation on this from Dream Theater?
Okay, I'll add my 2 cents as well...I have spoken about my general praise for the new album but this thread is interesting and I'll comment again. I have been a fan of DT since about 1992. Their first song that I heard that I liked was Pull Me Under. A song which today I really don't ever listen to. Maybe my musical tastes are changing. Anyway, their albums up to and most of Octavrium, I'd say are more original and orchestral sounding. After that I have to tell you I kind of lost interest in them for the most part of the next couple albums. Train of thought, Systematic Chaos and Black Clouds and Silver Linings were almost unlistenable to me. Okay there were a few tracks in there I like such as Stream of Consciousness, Vacant, Wither, Ministry of Lost Souls and Repentance but that was about it. They went in a much more metal direction. The reason I got in to DT in the fist place is because they WEREN'T just a metal band. Their music seemed like earlier on seemed better composed and lighter. More orchestral. Beautiful music.
Along comes ADTOE. I was hopeful, but also afraid we'd have just another metal album. At first, for the first few weeks I loved it. Now, over a month or so later I still like it but I am not loving it as much as I first did. At first, I think I loved it so much because it was so different than the last few albums. So with that I was relieved. I have to say though that it is still a great, great album. I still don't list to BMU BMD. That scream just kills it for me. Makes me think of their song from years ago that I also never like: Burning My Soul. Most of the other tracks are great. One think I did notice with the drums though compared to earlier albums is that now their seems to be more standard double bass where it sounds like MM is running. To me, and I know very little about drums, it just sounds like a generic drum beat instead of a more complex drum pattern. It seems like it is just for a speed effect. Again, a bland metal drum technique that most metal bands use.
The slower tracks on the album are so amazing and I think these are the types of tracks that show of James' singing talents the best. All three slower tracks are great. I wish DT could somehow create a long 10+ minute epic track in a slower style. It seems like all their epics (which most I really do like) are all heavy tracks.
But for me overall, I like the more orchestral side of DT. I hope that this album is a step back in that direction. Breaking All Illusions, Outcry, Far From Heaven, and Beneath The Surface are my favorites on this album. Thanks DT...great album overall!
Hi all. DT fan since about '92. Cautiously purchased the new album with fears of a repeat of my overall dislike for the last few albums. This new album is my old DT. Album is epic...a true masterpiece that I had hoped it would be. Gone is the generic metal "chugging" and "shredding" sound from SC, TOT and BC&SL. Those to me are just generic metal with a few standout tracks here and there. ADTOE has epic tracks and beautiful, tranquil ballads. More ballads and slow tracks DT...you are great at them and James' voice is awesome on this album. BMUBMD is the only track that I'm not too crazy about. The screaming is annoying and so below DT...at least I think.
Maybe this album is better because Mike Portnoy is not there anymore. He is one of the world's best drummer...no doubt about it, but the new Mike is amazing as well. Maybe MP was steering the band in a generic metal, thrash metal direction but I was not liking it anymore.
Several tracks on this new album actually gave me goose bumps. "A Dramatic Turn of Events" is truly Dramatic and for the good. Please continue in this direction DT.
Thanks Dream Theater for the type of album I was hoping you'd produce again. Epic stuff.
Long time DT, since way back in '93...first post here. New album sounds pretty good. I like most of the tracks except the one titled "Bring me down, Build me up" I might have the name wrong. I can't stand the scream in the background. So annoying. And another track I'm not too fond of is Lost Not Forgotten. Sounds too metal for my tastes. The reason I got into DT in the first place was because they didn't sound like generic metal. I'm so over that. DT was different, special, epic and mysterious. Breaking All Illusions is the best song on this album. I hear the old DT hear with new touches. I wish the whole album was more like this. Love the soft ballads by the way too. All of them on this album. Great stuff. DT is great at the slower tracks. Always has been.
I want to go purchase this album. Actually the special edition, but I thought the special edition came with the instrumentals. Can anyone confirm if it does or not? I can't afford the deluxe edition just to get the instrumentals.