Train of Thought

Train of Thought

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by Dream Theater
     
 

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Coming a year after Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, it's great to hear that Dream Theater hadn't lost their überheavy edge. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, and bassist John Myung effectively peeled back the pretentious excesses ofSee more details below

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Coming a year after Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, it's great to hear that Dream Theater hadn't lost their überheavy edge. John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess, and bassist John Myung effectively peeled back the pretentious excesses of Six Degrees, turned them in on themselves, and came up with a leaner, meaner but no less ambitious outing. The centerpiece track, despite the fact that it is second on the disc, is "This Dying Soul: IV. Reflections of Reality (Revisited)." A tome about alcoholism and recovery, it's strident riff opens out onto vast sonic panoramas where pianos and rhythm section offer Petrucci the space he needs to take his guitar playing into overdrive. Also, lyrically this is an evolutionary track on the set; it opens doors for the rest of the narratives here. Whereas the opener, "As I Am," is an anthem of resistance and independence, from "This Dying Soul" onward, themes of acceptance, surrender, and willingness become the M.O. for transcendent transformation. Struggles with the past, new encounters, and near despair are common themes, as on the brilliantly textured and detailed "Train of Though." Note the beautiful interplay between the guitars and keyboards on "Endless Sacrifice," the insane drums and buzz saw attack on the intro to "Honor Thy Father," or the brilliant play on the intro to "Seasons of Whither" in the intro to "In the Name of God," before the almighty riffing takes it into crunchland with a deep, poignant reflection on spiritual and religious hypocrisy. This is hard, heavy progressive metal at its very best lyrically and musically.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075596289122
catalogNumber:
62891
Rank:
46301

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dream Theater   Primary Artist
Eugene Friesen   Cello
James LaBrie   Vocals,Group Member
John Myung   Bass,Group Member
John Petrucci   Guitar,Group Member
Mike Portnoy   Drums,Group Member
Jordan Rudess   Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

James LaBrie   Composer
Doug Oberkircher   Engineer
Bruce Payne   Management
John Petrucci   Composer,Producer
Mike Portnoy   Composer,Producer
Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Jordan Rudess   Composer
Jerry Uelsmann   Artwork
Roger Lian   Digital Editing
Brian Harding   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Kieran Pardias   Engineer
Dan Bucchi   Engineer
Steve Martin   Contributor
Yohei Goto   Engineer
Derek Kemp   Contributor
Frank Solomon   Management

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