Dream Theater
The Number Of The Beast


3.0
good

Review

by AngryChristian USER (3 Reviews)
November 24th, 2014 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iron Maiden ft. James Labrie and a certain atrocious recording.

Along with such classics as Master of Puppets and Dark Side of the Moon, Dream Theater decided to release a live cover album of Iron Maidens iconic The Number of the Beast. Do they succeed, or is it just another cash-grab for completionists?

A good cover accurately captures the feel of the original and simultaneously stamps on the bands own sound. Dream Theater certainly achieves the former. The latter? Not quite. It doesn't feel like Dream Theater. It feels like Iron Maiden featuring James Labrie. And that is the album’s greatest flaw; it feels to much like the original and not enough like Dream Theater.

Invaders is pretty average. The recording is fine, but it feels too much like Iron Maiden. 3.5/5

Children of the Damned is pretty strong. It it doesn't sound too much like the original, but not like Dream Theater either. 4/5

The Prisoner is okay. It doesn't screw up but doesn't stand out. 3/5

22 Acacia Avenue again isn't bad but not too interesting. 3.5/5

The Number of the Beast is the best example here of a bad cover. In fact, it sounds like Labrie singing over the original audio track, the only notable difference is Petrucci’s guitar. 2.5/5

Run to the Hills is the weakest track, mainly due to the live recording. 1/5

Gangland is one of the strongest tracks, despite being one of the weakest songs on the album. It doesn't sound like Dream Theater, but changing it to Jazz Fusion and even adding new music makes it strong. 4.5/5.

Hallowed be thy Name is also a really strong cover, arguably the strongest on the album. While it doesn't do the best job as a live recording, because it sounds too “studio”, it feels both like Iron Maiden and Dream Theater. 4.5/5

A common criticism is James Labrie’s voice. I find these criticisms to be mostly invalid. He hits the notes. He doesn't sound cringe worthy. He sounds fine.

The live recording is pretty good in general. In fact, the live mixing is pretty exemplary. However, for some reason, this is absent on Run to the Hills. The live recording is so bad it sounds like an ameture video. It renders the song unlistenable and utterly ruins it.

In conclusion, the album, perhaps too closely, pays homage to the original. With the exception of the final two tracks, sounds too much like Iron Maiden and not enough like Dream Theater. And then there’s Run to the Hills. Is is okay? Yes. Is it great? Only for those with little appreciation of covers. 3/5

+Sounds like Iron Maiden ft. James Labrie.
+Gangland and Hallowed be thy Name.
+Live recordings are good.
-Sounds like Iron Maiden ft. James Labrie.
-Run to the Hills.


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Frippertronics
Emeritus
November 24th 2014


19538 Comments


site-wide criticism put into five words concerning this type of review:

"tbts are a no-no."

an expanded critique:

while you start off decently, the introduction could've used a lengthier, in-depth look into DT's cover
campaign and the purpose of it. Also, it could've served as the main idea for the review, and the reason
why it's a 3.0. The main meat of the review is supposed to be the critique of the album, and while you
have a vague idea of what to do, the track-by-track style of analysis is not only archaic, but not too
helpful for any readers curious about this album. It also makes the rating and overall critique seem very
misleading and rather unconvincing. The outro, like the intro, needs expanding and should wrap up the
writing neatly instead of ending abruptly.

As for grammar and punctuation, you're getting there. It does need some fine-tuning however, which could
benefit you greatly in future reviews if you stick around. Paragraphs - instead of having one/two
sentences together doesn't work too well. Like an essay, try four/five sentences to make a solid, lengthy
paragraph if needed. This could help you well throughout the review, especially the "meat" of the
critique: the whole reason a review is written and distributed.

A suggestion:

look at some reviews from staff and contributors, even some normal users as well.
Some prime examples of well-written and coherent pieces of writing that not only is convincing in its
critique, but is a good read as well for those interested in that particular artist/recording:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/25881/Kayo-Dot-Blue-Lambency-Downward/
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/64979/Lost-Ubikyst-in-Apeiron-Abstruse-Imbeciles-Nailed-on-Slavery/
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http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/64836/Ne-Obliviscaris-Citadel/

I hope this helps you.

Artuma
November 24th 2014


32779 Comments


this looks like one of those incredibly shitty 2005 reviews

TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
November 24th 2014


20970 Comments


^lol I thought the exact same thing

tempest--
November 24th 2014


20634 Comments


I'm not 100% sure but do you think this sounds too much like Iron Maiden and not enough like Dream Theater?

tempest--
November 24th 2014


20634 Comments


ctrl+f "like Dream Theater"

5 results

Vakarian12
November 24th 2014


4091 Comments


Shocking. Absolutely shocking.

Vakarian12
November 24th 2014


4091 Comments


Delete this or re-do it, it's that bad.

mandan
November 24th 2014


13844 Comments


Yeah, this review is poor tbh.

undertakerpt
November 24th 2014


1645 Comments


Also dream theater didn't release this, it's a bootleg.

Good idea - beauty and the beast

Bad idea - beauty and the solitary confinement

tempest--
November 24th 2014


20634 Comments


yes they did, it's an official bootleg. there's a whole series of them.

undertakerpt
November 24th 2014


1645 Comments


Official bootleg? That makes about as much sense as a chocolate teapot, but yeah, cool didn't know that xD

elcrawfodor
November 24th 2014


1267 Comments


The main problem here is not just the track-by-track, but your descriptions for each track are so lacking. Seriously, read what was written for the first five tracks and it's completely devoid of any information. Also, if you're going to make the IM v DT distinction, help the reader out by defining what these sounds sound like.

trackbytrackreviews
November 24th 2014


3469 Comments


Official bootleg? That makes about as much sense as a chocolate teapot, but yeah, cool didn't know that xD


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Theater#Bootleg_culture


TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
November 24th 2014


20970 Comments


0 of 10 thought this review was well written


Off to a great start

KOSTER
November 25th 2014


70 Comments


Your review is more hated than mine wow

KOSTER
November 25th 2014


70 Comments


Tough day for new guys. We should team up lalololo

Gwyn.
November 25th 2014


17270 Comments


Good review

TheSonomaDude
November 26th 2014


9139 Comments


Hahahahaha this is shit, I didnt think anyone could write something as bad as the most recent American Idiot
review. Better luck next time.

FlyheadMetal
December 21st 2014


2422 Comments


Sorry pal.

Koris
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2022


21425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Run to the Hills is the weakest track, mainly due to the live recording. 1/5"



Insightful



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