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OmairSh
December 25th 2013


11924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty much not

OmairSh
December 25th 2013


11924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

taaaaaaaake everrryyythiiiing from the insiiiiiiide, and throoow it aaaall awaaaaaaayy

DiegoPujolT
January 15th 2014


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I like the album overall, Petrucci and Rudess are amazing musicians. Myung is the same as he's always
been, and LaBrie can still put solid studio performances... But I DON'T like Mangini. Sure, the guy's
a machine, an incredible drummer with amazing speed and technique, who plays more complex stuff than
Portnoy... But as a musician (at least for DT, for obvious reasons), Pornoy's better. Every riff that
Portnoy played sounded the best it could... Every riff that Mangini plays in, could be a lot better.
Portnoy played what was best for the song or for individual parts, and I sometimes hear that lacking
in Mangini. This is my favorite band, but I really think they should take a break... And come back
with Portnoy. Unlikely, though. "False Awakening Suite", "The Looking Glass", and "Illumination
Theory" are the best songs, by far.

InbredJed
January 15th 2014


6111 Comments


lol DT

OmairSh
January 15th 2014


11924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dude

InbredJed
January 15th 2014


6111 Comments


seriously, I've listened to these guys so many
times over the years.

Lots of respect for learning how to fap their
instruments in synchopated rhythms together but
I'll be damned if I can find a single shred of
humanity in this mess.

Rowan5215
January 15th 2014


29117 Comments


Yeah I understand if you've only heard their latest albums
But dude, I&A and Awake...

InbredJed
January 15th 2014


6111 Comments


Awake I do enjoy, yeah

Rowan5215
January 15th 2014


29117 Comments


That's good because you don't really need to enjoy them outside those two
If you think there's no humanity in their music then listen to I&A again, a lot of emotion in there

InbredJed
January 15th 2014


6111 Comments


oh yeah, I forgot about that one too, just checked their page.

Seriously LaBrie just drives me up the wall tho dude.

Rowan5215
January 15th 2014


29117 Comments


Yeah LaBrie sucks hard now he hasn't been good for ages, but back in the day man could he hit the notez

jmnewcomer18
January 15th 2014


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Love Illumination Theory. Prob should lower to a 2.5

rockandmetaljunkie
January 18th 2014


4196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can't decide which one is worst, this or ADTOE. Both are painfully average though.

manosg
January 18th 2014


7040 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Between those two I'd say this one but overall Systematic Chaos.

Digging: Chapel - Satan's Rock 'N' Roll

peartnoy
January 18th 2014


1232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no humanity in this?

So the orchestral part in Illumination Theory did not make you feel anything?

rockandmetaljunkie
January 18th 2014


4196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Between those two I'd say this one but overall Systematic Chaos."

As of yet, I haven't listened to SC, so I can't express an opinion.

BigPleb
January 18th 2014


39212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Best DT since never.

InbredJed
January 18th 2014


6111 Comments


nerd-rage sound track.

sonictheplumber
January 19th 2014


5077 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

all the complaints about "lacking soul" are unfounded and silly, thats one of those bogus music complaints employed by the likes of christgau and his cronies

say what you mean, which is, "they play well but it bores me"

thebreadlord
January 22nd 2014


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you hate Dream Theater don't come here and tell us you hate them. Most people come to find out whether the album is good or not. I don't go post hateful comments to Justin Bieber reviews because it's pointless.

That being said, as a lifelong Dream Theater fan who is not a "fanboy", I can attest that this is a great album that grows on you with each listen. I must emphasize that this is a real grower. Some person favorites would be The Looking Glass, The Bigger Picture and Illumination Theory. The latter is a masterpiece that gives me chills every time I listen to it. The musicianship stands out as always, but in particular James LaBrie really sings his heart out on this album. A noticeable improvement over the last few albums.

And to add the the comments about their music lacking soul, I defy you to listen to Petrucci's guitar solo in The Best of Times and not feel something (I know, different album).

To sum up in a sentence, if you like Dream Theater, buy the album you'll love it. If you don't like them, give it a try anyway. You never know, you might realize there's a whole other world of music out there



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