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» From "Dream Theater and Politics don't mix - UGH" // September 16, 2011 6:39:16 PM UTC
=fb_matt_crouch said:I never really thought of Dream Theater as a political band but after their latest release, A Dramatic Turn of Events, I am really having a hard time NOT considering them one. Political messages in music is nothing new, but in my opinion it is such a bad marriage. Why can’t we just keep entertainment and politics separate, unless of course that is a main reason for your art
you're right. Some of their political statements may be viewed as radical. In fact, they're not!
What's radical about ponting out that THERE ARE profiteers in wars and that a small number of American companies is piling up profits like there's no tomorrow thanks to Bush's (and inevitably Obama's) wars? It's just a piece of fact and that a band like DT addresses such issues (even if they're not compliant with mainstream thought of "so-called" American patriotism) is, if something, meritorious for them. Why should a rock, heavy metal, prog-rock or whatever-band always talk about introspective men, languid and beautiful women to be loved, burning desires, bodybuilders' fantasies, conquering ancient lands, germanic mithologies and similar themes that have found coverage in so much rubbish lyrics (see Malmsteen & co.).
Nor I think they could be regarded as being "radical" (knowing what that means in the US). These (few) lyrics you mention just show another face of wars US-Americans deem as "just" and throw light onto the other side of the question, i.e.: having suffered a disgraceful and intolerable attack (9/11) does not justify indiscriminate blood shedding just for the sake of it, to merely earn some kind of vengeance-feeling. Do I need to remind you the lie about the WMD in Iraq the Bush administration spread around, in order to get war-financing companies into business?
All in all more political statements from such a fulfilling band should be warmly welcomed - musical prowess plus critical-poetical lyrics could be such a marvellous thing for the band, who by the way released one of their best and most elegant albums to date with "A Dramatic Turn of Events"!!!
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