Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

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The godfathers of progressive metal have been amazing and delighting their dedicated fans since the late '80s. Throughout their impressive and unlikely career they have continued to push themselves and the genre into new and challenging directions. While arguably hitting their peak with 1994's Awake, the band continued to grow with each new release (save for

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The godfathers of progressive metal have been amazing and delighting their dedicated fans since the late '80s. Throughout their impressive and unlikely career they have continued to push themselves and the genre into new and challenging directions. While arguably hitting their peak with 1994's Awake, the band continued to grow with each new release (save for perhaps Falling into Infinity). Their previous studio effort, Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory, was a milestone in their career, finding all of the band's best attributes amalgamated into a fully realized whole. Although "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" may not be another magnum opus, it is still another fine addition to their impressive discography. The band continues to explore new directions, but the results are not always consistent on the two CD's worth of material. Their overall sound is heavier, for better or worse, than it has been and they make some interesting compositional and lyrical choices, but their usual afflatus is missing. Petrucci in particular seems content to recycle his already-established pyrotechnics, which mostly come off as ostentatious and often out of place. With the exception of the high-octane "The Glass Prison," disc one is made up of more experimental tracks, with influences such as Radiohead and Tool being explored. The band also offers up one of their only political tracks in "The Great Debate," which deals with stem cell research. Disc two is comprised of the eight-part "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" epic and is more in line with their traditional approach. The "Overture" incorporates a full orchestra with surprisingly effective results and is the recording's standout track. Keyboardist Jordan Rudess gets more of an opportunity to demonstrate how valuable he is to the band's compositional and sonic depth. Fans of Pantera may cry foul when they hear "The Test That Stumped Them All," but this is meant more as a tribute than the blatant thievery it appears to be. While each member of Dream Theater has proved to have a more sophisticated and mature side -- as evidenced by side projects such as Transatlantic, Platypus, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Mullmuzer -- they understand where their proverbial bread is buttered. So exists Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, an intentionally pretentious, somewhat juvenile, but undeniably likeable recording. Despite the nearly impossible task of satisfying their mostly youthful fan base while still nurturing the band's natural maturation process, Dream Theater has mostly managed to deliver once again.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075596274227
catalogNumber:
62742
Rank:
76602

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Glass Prison
  2. Blind Faith
  3. Misunderstood
  4. The Great Debate
  5. Disappear

Disc 2

  1. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: I. Overture
  2. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: II. About to Crash
  3. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: III. War Inside My Head
  4. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: IV. The Test That Stumped Them All
  5. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: V. Goodnight Kiss
  6. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: VI. Solitary Shell
  7. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: VII. About to Crash (Reprise)
  8. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence: VIII. Losing Time / Grand Finale

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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These guys are on their game. The entire disc speaks to your soul, whether you want it to, or not. The first three tracks are absolutely incredible. Musically and lyrically, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess, Myung and LaBrie are on focus and have put out the obvious next level to MP2:SFAM. The first track lets you know they can still jam with the best of 'em. The second track shows you they can still feel. The only disappointement (and reason for not getting a 5 star rating) is track 4. The music is almost a complete rip-off of Tool, although the lyrics pick up whatever is lacking in the music. The title track will strike your soul, no matter how heartless you are. I would highly suggest you buy this cd, even if you don't like progressive heavy metal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As emotionally intense as scenes from a memory and as fast and furious as ''puppies under acid'' a must buy, even if you don't like progressive metal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great 2 CD set from DT. Another great compilation of a wide variety of sounds and styles. From hard rock to mellow introspective ballads. A must have for all music fans who enjoy something out of the main stream. Some highlights for me: The Glass Prison, Misunderstood, About to Crash and a must is Goodnight Kiss/Solitary Shell. If this one doesn't touch your soul, check your pulse!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really like Dream Theater before this, but this is a fantastic album. The vocals are much more crisp and less operatic than before, but the signature sound is there for sure. Love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Go and buy this one NOW!! Since I got this cd(s), I haven't listened to anything else. I haven't wanted to! The last few albums were great, but this one is just what we've been waiting for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my God! I was really waiting for this album and first had a 'glimpse' of their latest works on their website and I knew it'll be awesome. But when I heard the airplay at HMV on the release date, I just went ''Oh my God!! This is super awesome!''. If you've listened to MP2:SFAM, you'll love this one too just that its truly more creative with this one. I love the whole of disc 2! DT fans will definitely be satisfied with this. And if you're new to DT, get this one and prepare for a real good music ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i brought this cd a while agoand i gotta tell ya all itsawesome. six degress ofinner turbulence is verry wellcreated by dream theater.james labire and the gang doit again. the 8 part 42 minuteepic that covers disc 2 willblow you away and so will disc 1i recoemend this cd it rocks
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Close to the Edge of this decade. Amazing that it gets such great initial reviews considering the sheer depth and complexity of this recording. Having followed progressive rock for years, I eagerly await anything released by these five peerless musicians .. but I was not prepared for this. An absolutely mind blowing experience. There are times on this CD that your jaw will be on the floor, your fist clenched tight and your heart flayed wide open all at once. And like every great recording in the history of music you will hear something new with each and every spin. The cello in Misunderstood blending with a finely matched distorted bass. The beautiful piano solo in Blind Faith. The placement of the Left Wing view in the left channel / Right Wing in the right in The Great Debate. The seamless progressions in 42 minute epic of Disc 2. The pure eerie darkness of Disappear. These subtleties are easily eclipsed by the passionately played and written material, to the point where your inner Muse is dumbstruck with the pure enjoyment of it all. Bleeding edge. Do NOT leave this masterpiece out of your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best album of dream theater for me, really the songs are different from previous albums, John petrucci is phenomenal. the mix was superb, and james sings better
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great cd disc one with 5 long tracks and disc two with the 8 part 42minute epic
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