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Willie
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June 23rd 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It might sound weird, but those are the albums that will require time to get into, because there's more form and more structure. The albums that seem to be more flowing and freeform actually require less time to get into because you can latch onto a few random moments from each song and have it appeal more instantly.

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Altmer
June 23rd 2009


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think they should rehearse and work on those compositions more. It's boring, and I know they like to have fun with their music, but I still think they benefit from it.

Shredzilla
June 23rd 2009


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great review. I have to agree with Portnoy's odd spoken word vocals. They have always been extremely cheesy. I just got the album last night and, so far, I'm really enjoying it.

Whispered4tw
June 23rd 2009


629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Dang, ever time I listen to those first 3 and a half minutes of Count of Tuscany, just awesome.

Wizard
June 23rd 2009


19641 Comments


It might sound weird, but those are the albums that will require time to get into, because there's more form and more structure. The albums that seem to be more flowing and freeform actually require less time to get into because you can latch onto a few random moments from each song and have it appeal more instantly.

Good point, however, I still feel I've given them ample amounts of attention each and I still can't see them as a song-oriented band ever. I still prefer their chaotic nature with such albums as Metropolis: Scenes from a Memory and Train of Thought (which was borderline song-oriented).

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Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough. I enjoy both styles from the band, but the song-oriented albums are still my favorite.

Shrapnel94
June 23rd 2009


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Portnoy's vocals are absolutely terrible.

Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I understand them trying to add a heavier edge to the music, but if they had an outside producer I'm sure he would have either cut those vocals out or made him do it again in a way that wasn't terrible.

CamiloGallego
June 23rd 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I think this album it's completly awesome, but I find it underrated, It's DT's best effort since the six degrees of inner turbulence album

Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It just came out today and most people are loving it. How can it be underrated? At this point there's more evidence to support this as being overrated.

Lunarfall
June 23rd 2009


3179 Comments


Outside producer = Falling Into Infinity II

Willie
Moderator
June 23rd 2009


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not likely. That was their label forcing a sound and direction on the band. If the band got their own producer (Terry Brown of Rush and Fates Warning fame would be great) that they wanted it would be a different story.

cracksinthepavement
June 24th 2009


13 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like I've heard lots of parts on this album before on their other albums (yes I know on the Shattered Fortress it's intentional). But on other songs it just seems a bit recycled.

freeliminator
June 24th 2009


78 Comments


havent heard this but it sucks

samplet
June 24th 2009


3 Comments


There was NOTHING new in this album. I am so disappointed I could puke. Every song has a base in another DT song, sometimes so clearly the same that you wonder if they even bothered to score a new song or just change the name on the top of their old sheet music.

Too much has been recycled as cracksinthepavement pointed out. I've clearly heard everything on this album before. That sucks.

I think this band peaked with Systematic Chaos...maybe they've lost their magic?

freeliminator
June 24th 2009


78 Comments


why dont they just use some ethers then

CreamCrazy
June 24th 2009


724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well... to put it plain & simply, this album blew my fucking socks off. WAY better than what I was expecting it to be, it's my Album of 2009 atm, I thought Swoon was a shoe in... but DT had other ideas. The Best Of Times is one of DT's best songs, & John Petrucci did one of his (IMO) best solos... so emotional yet so technical. BC&SL is right up with Images & Words for me... both such incredible albums

ConorMichaelJoseph
June 24th 2009


1870 Comments


I think this band peaked with Systematic Chaos

And that is why you fail

Aeksis8745
June 25th 2009


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A nightmare to Remember is such a dark sounding song in some parts, its hard to believe that DT wrote it. The Shattered Fortress is my current favorite and its a great way to end the AA suite. Also, loving the killer solo at the end of The Best of Times.

A7XEric
June 25th 2009


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Shattered Fortress is my current favorite and its a great way to end the AA suite.


Really? I find myself skipping over The Shattered Fortress when listening to the album. At first I thought it was sorta cool that parts from the whole AA suite made a cameo appearance but the song is driven by those parts it feels. There just isn't enough new music in the song for me to like it. It just feels like the pieced together pieces from old songs and tried to pass them off as a new one.



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