Black Clouds & Silver Linings [VINYL]
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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.
That said tis a quality album with excellent long tracks like Count of Tuscany which makes the album worth buying just for that song.
I found Images and Words and after listening to it religiously, was hooked. But how could anything be better? Well give this a try, some of the songs are listed at well over 10 minutes but from the monent they start, get you absorbed with clever hooks and oustanding musicianship that keep you waiting eagerly for the next verse/bridge/chorus and instrmental section. Just amazing....oops used that already, but there really isn't a better word to descibe it/them. You HAVE to hear this.
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After an extensive absence; I've recently dug up DreamTheater's 10th album installment - "Dark Clouds & Silver Linings", and it's an overall passable item of work, just as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Agma
Brilliant album. Love The Count of Tuscany. The instrumental at the beginning gives me goosebumps.Published 10 months ago by Viv