I've loved Dream Theater for a long time. I'm only 18 but over the past few years I've listened to them non-stop.
This is actually the latest album I bought by DT, I already owned the rest of them and needed to finish the collection. In short.......it's ridiculously good and makes you want to stop playing guitar/drums/bass/singing/keyboard. You get the point.
It's certainly a turn from their old roots of majestic lead breaks and ambient chord progressions. DT decided to throw in the towel on all that, and prove to people that they can create a heavy metal record that will make musicians around the world fear it. The opening track 'As I Am' does just that. From the awesome lead riff, to the melt-the-plectrum-in-you-hand solo by Petrucci, this song is definitely the stand-out track for me. Of course it doesn't stop there. Tracks such as 'Honor Thy Father' (which has the most impressive drum intro I've heard in a long time) really makes you wonder how they can create an album that is so different from their previous works. The epic album-closer, 'In The Name Of God' boasting a length of 14 minutes features a jaw-droppingly good dual guitar/keyboard solo at the end and is the perfect end to an immense album that only took 3 weeks to make (if you dont believe me, search 'Dream Theater - Train Of Thought' on Youtube and watch the 3 episodes of 'Making The Album'. Even they couldn't believe it took so little time.
Over all, this album is a must for anyone who can appreciate good music, and look beyond mere verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, verse. These guys are at the top of their game, and their musical expertise is found in every bar of every song. What a band!