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Not their best but still mightily impressive,
This review is from: Train of Thought (Audio CD)
I do of course write this review as a huge fan of this massively unappreciated band whose place in the history of prog rock and metal must now be assured.
There is no question that this is a 5 star album. Although, as it appears many agree, this release is unlikely to ever be regarded as a favourite amongst fans. I think the reason for this is its sheer relentlessness, darkness and technical form. There is clearly alot of anger expressed through these songs and this does at first create quite a dour mood.
However, do not be put off by this. If you like your playing fast and technical, it is hard to think of a better example in all of prog rock/metal. The playing by all concerned is quite amazing and utterly peerless. This band keeps on raising the bar musically - they really took the technical aspects of their playing just about as far as any musician can and the deliberate underplaying which features on some of the songs on the later Octavarium album was inevitable and quite understandable.
Yes, there are only seven songs. But that equates to well over an hour of music. The last track, which is one of my favourites, In The Name of God, clocks in at over 14 minutes and features some incredible soloing from Petrucci and Rudess.
Other highlights for me are the opener, As I Am, and Endless Sacrifice. The former will take you back to the very best riffs from the likes of Metallica and Pantera, but in a much grander and developed musical setting.
If you lean towards the heavier and darker side of rock/metal you will simply love this album. For those who prefer the band's softer and more melodic side, this is unlikely to appeal as much.
A must of course for all DT fans but also for those who like their metal fast and heavy.