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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of amazing..., 25 Jun 2009
This review is from: Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Audio CD)
Is this an amazing album? Yes, it is. It's technically amazing, it's song structures are mind blowing and the key changes, time signature changes are flawless. However its exactly what you expect from Dream Theater.

Jordan Ruddess hinted that the new album would be dark and gothic, and that is audible in the first few minutes of the album, however the cheesy beginning of the opening track "A Nightmare to Remember" is almost as bad as its name. A crash of thunder followed by what can only be described as a Hammer Horror soundtrack homage.

The album is a visible departure from earlier albums such as Images and Words with definitve key changes, and time signature, clever breaks and solos. Instead it feels more watered down, like Petrucci and Ruddess are soloing for the hell of it, the time signature changes are barely noticable over the thrash of the guitars, and any key changes go right over your head.

Its a Dream Theater album, but if you are a hardcore fan you might be disappointed. It feels more of a rehash of Train of Thought, where they found success with heavier songs and it feels like they are clinging on to that success in this album and need to move on and find a new sound.

The Shattered Fortress was the one track I was looking forward to in this album, but even that disappointed me by being a song made up entirely of old riffs. It just doesn't gel for me.

All in all a lot of Black Clouds, not many Silver Linings.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2010 20:57:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2010 20:59:20 GMT
this is the 1st DT album i have heard and prompted us (me and hub) to get more. We love SC and I love Octavarium.How long have they (DT) been making this incredible music? For 30 years , where have I been?

Posted on 3 Nov 2010 11:22:36 GMT
Nugent_Dirt says:
You forgot to mention the pretentious themes and ludicrous lyrics - no change there then. Plus there are daft vocals other than the La Brie's insipid wailing. I think they're Portnoy's

Posted on 23 Jan 2012 17:28:17 GMT
This was the first DT album I had heard & didn't quite believe your review.But having since downloaded Octovarium-Train of thought and Metropolis I understand what your getting at.Still,on the plus side they only ripped off their own music and not someone else's.Still,its a great album in my opinion and if I could play any one of Petrucci's solos I'd make damn sure it was on every track I wrote. Wishful thoughts. Great album, anyway

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 11:38:46 GMT
chas.telson1 says:
Forgive yourself immediately! It's January 2014 and I'm listening to DT for the 1st time.....
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