DREAM THEATER – THE ASTONISHING

LATE COMMENTARY OF THE NEWEST DREAM THEATER ALBUM, NEWEST ADDITION TO THEIR LONG DISCOGRAPHY, THIS TIME DEPARTING QUITE A BIT FROM STRAIGHT PROGRESSIVE METAL AND DIVING INTO OPERA ROCK.
I’VE DECIDED TO PURPOSELY DELAY THIS PARTICULAR BLURB DUE THE ALBUM’S LENGTH, IT IS A DOUBLE CD ALBUM WITH ONE AND A HALF HOURS OF MUSIC, WHICH MEANS A LOT TO DIGEST AND COMING FROM DREAM THEATER IT IS OBVIOUSLY NOT AN EASY TASK.
ONE MONTH LATER IT IS QUITE CLEAR: THE ALBUM IS GREAT.
DESPITE THE CHEESY STORY LINE, THE ALBUM EXALES GRANDIOSITY, COMPLEXITY AND DIVERSITY. MELODIES ARE CATCHY, SONG STRUCTURES ARE DIVERSE ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU INTERESTED, CHORUS LINES WILL STICK TO YOUR MIND LIKE CYANOACRYLATE AND YOU’LL PROBABLY FIND YOURSELF HUMMING THE SONGS AFTER A FEW ALBUM SPINS, IT’S A GREAT PACKAGE. ALSO WORTH NOTICING THAT JAMES LABRIE VOCALS ARE IMPECCABLE HERE, A JOY TO HEAR FROM BEGINNING TO END.
COMING FROM THREE DISAPPOINTING RELEASES, THE ASTONISHING RAISES THE BAR ONCE AGAIN FOR THE BAND. IT IS HARD NOT TO COMPARE WITH THEIR PREVIOUS ALBUMS AND QUITE A DEPARTURE FROM THEIR MOST POPULAR RELEASES, BUT IT IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR COMING FROM A BAND THAT WAS HAVING A HARD TIME REINVENTING ITSELF.
GIVE IT A TIME TO SINK IN, IT HAS A LOT OF OFFER. WELL DONE DREAM THEATER.

 

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