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tempest--
October 28th 2013


16061 Comments


Most Played:

1) A Day to Remember

OmairSh
October 28th 2013


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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Digging: King's X - Out of the Silent Planet

Underflow
October 28th 2013


3235 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think a good measure for when you're done with this band is when even the epic closing track can't keep your attention. Sorry state of affairs, loved these guys, once.

D41V30N
October 29th 2013


949 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Except it doesn't."



can you listen to the entire album at one go without falling asleep? nope

can you detect sections of songs in this album which are phenomenal and really stand out and is not like something they've already done before? nope

can you spot a song which doesn't have the exact same atmosphere as all the other songs on the album? nope (similar is completely fine, but they all have the exact same background feel to them)

Parallels
October 29th 2013


7560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i almost dropped these guys at systematic chaos, but thankfully black clouds was decent. its all downhill now

Digging: A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent

peartnoy
October 29th 2013


1256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Lloyd



My last.fm to sputnik transfer rebooted for some reason, and I've been listening to A Day To Remember a lot since Common Courtesy came out. I like different things so stop being an ass.



@D41V30N

Some moments are boring indeed but a shitoad of it isn't imo. And I dig the fact that the album has a similar vibe throughout. It's the most coherent album they've put out since Train of Thought in my opinion.





tempest--
October 29th 2013


16061 Comments


being an ass?
i have no idea what you're talking about man
i was simply copying and pasting things that i found on this website
no ass goings on here

Since
November 7th 2013


9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As a DT album, which in short is supposed to show instrumental wizardry, I think the album succeeds: there are some quite awesome moments here and there. But as a prog album with musical coherence and great lyrics, DT have never been there (except for Scenes from a memory which will remain their greatest effort 'til they get too arthritic to play). So it's good for what fans want a DT album to be. Just don't expect too much amazement.

crowing51
November 8th 2013


3479 Comments


Is it just me or would this album be miles better if they had better keys parts? Like if they got Tony Banks from Genesis to write the keys on this it would sound much better.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2013


23225 Comments


No it's not just you, a lot of the keyboard parts on here are really bad. Rudess has pretty much sucked since Scenes From A Memory.

jmnewcomer18
November 8th 2013


3583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree with peartnoy. This album has alot of strong points. Illumination Theory is fuckin boss

OmairSh
November 14th 2013


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Behind the Veils intro is gorgeous, the rest of the song is okay, nothing refreshing.

Destructerator
November 19th 2013


853 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sputnik's average review system always makes me want to kill people.

D41V30N
November 19th 2013


949 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Is it just me or would this album be miles better if they had better keys parts?"



I personally think Jordan is the band's weakest link. By miles. For example, at 4:00 of even their single, The Enemy Inside, there's a really cool bridge, only to be ruined by Jordan's clowny keyboards at 4:45. I mean, I was really getting into the bridge and Jordan just destroys the mood with his stupid keyboard parts. And that's just only one song. He keeps trying to prove there's a keyboard player in the band when it's completely unnecessary to do that.

Parallels
November 19th 2013


7560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I liked Train of Thought because they told him to shut up most of the time

D41V30N
November 19th 2013


949 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They should find a replacement. He's lazy and keeps reusing old samples and styles repeatedly.

OmairSh
November 19th 2013


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disagree. He has quite a lot of presence on TOT but his parts are more interesting. His

contributions are good most of the time, he's so low in the mix normally that you can't really

appreciate his parts. He's brought to the fore during the instrumental wankery bits and thats what

he's most remembered for.



But yeah he's done the circus keyboard parts way too often now. Everyone in the band is reusing the

same crappy ideas. The orchestral part was refreshing and I'm sure that was JR completely



Check out his keyboard parts in The great debate, they are fucking fantastic especially during the

first verse.

Destructerator
November 19th 2013


853 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Weakest link is LaBrie, no offense to the man, but that's been generally accepted since Scenes.



Dream Theater's musicians are going to continue this repetition if they continue to release giant

tracks with excessive noodliness, and release albums bi-yearly. Rudess is highly skilled, even if his

typical approach is to play random scales in between the notes/chords required for a melody.

Parallels
November 19th 2013


7560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"He has quite a lot of presence on TOT but his parts are more interesting."



Yeah I agree with you on this.





"Weakest link is LaBrie"



No dude, he's awesome. Especially on Awake and before he f'ed up his vox.

OmairSh
November 19th 2013


12496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Remember this fucking shit?!!!! This version has JR higher in the mix so you can hear his tasty parts.

The circus sounds are very very good here. Fucking love the melody at 3:46 and the fucking piano solo

at 4:21 is so fucking delicious.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMr9KjdchSw



He should use effects of a higher quality though, some sound very basic.



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