The best thing about a new Dream Theater album is that it is so varied. Both Lyrically and musically, there are passages of music that could be completely different to the next part, within the same song. After the previous albums often fanatasy lyrics and themes, the new album feels more personal which is refreshing. Reading the lyrics, the all the songs are based upon real events in the members of the band's life, except for Rite of Passage, which is about stonemasons. My current standout, after a couple of listens through would be Best of Times. Written about Mike Portnoy's father, it is a majestic celebration of his life, rather than a depressed mourning. Wither also is another great… Read more
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The new album by Dream Theater is described by James Labrie on the DVD as being like a new chapter of Dream Theater's career and this, at least partially, shows. Several of the songs have a more fantastical element to the lyrics than previous DT albums and an increased use of Mike Portnoy's more growly vocals as backing or taking whole verses is a break from the past. That is not to say that Labrie has been marginalised, he describes the sessions as the most fun he has had recording since Awake, over ten years ago, but there is more variety from the vocal tracks. The next track in Bill W's twelve step program, written by Portnoy is, for the first time in the series, after The Glass Prison,… Read more