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Posted October 1, 2010
DT does it again
Well, as a musician, I loves me some Dream Theatre. As a listener, I have always loved me some Dream Theatre. But my interest in them is waning. As a long time fan, they have defined their style to point of it being a bit confining. The band is primarily envisioned by drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci. And while Jordan Rudess, James LaBrie, and John Myung (keys, vox, bass) deliver their usual stunning performances, I don't hear too much of their creative hand. And after over a quarter century of music making, their input might just give them the "thing" that is missing.
Since signing with roadrunner records, they have focused their music into a tight "prog metal" sound, rather than a "progressive, with metal influences" sound of their previous releases. It seems like a small difference, but one of the things I love about DT is their willingness to push boundaries. Well now it seems that they have created some boundaries in order to more fully define themselves. Which to some, ain't a bad thing.
Black Clouds and Silver Linings is as great as any disc in the DT cannon. Not one of their standouts, to be sure, but a great listen nonetheless. Long songs that read more like mini concertos, than prog rock opuses. And that is good. Great virtuostic playing throughout, and that is good. Great riffs, and melodies. And that is good, too. And the final song of the disc, The Count Of Tuscany? That is worth the price of 2 discs.
While not filtering more influences into their music to keep long time listeners blown away with each new album, they are still making the best and most interesting prog metal out there. And this disc shows the good, the great, and the teeeeeny bit of bad.
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