Train of Thought

Train of Thought

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075596289122
catalogNumber:
62891
Rank:
54681

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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
Jordan Rudess   Composer
Jerry Uelsmann   Artwork
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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Train of Thought 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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You don't need a lot of words to describe this masterpiece, just one: awesome. It just wipes out most if not all recorded efforts by other heavy bands, and not only prog metal ones, but way beyond: death metal, industrial metal, alternative metal, etc. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I’d like to point out that I AM a Dream Theater fan. Aside from “When Day and Dream Unite”, they have not put out a bad album. Until now. After their triumph on Scenes and Six Degrees, Train of Thought turns out to be somewhat of a let down. John Petrucci has decided that this is where he will show us all that he is the fastest guitarist on the planet. Ok John, Ya know how to play guitar, now how about putting a little melody in your leads. Also, the seemingly off rhythm that was so new and exiting on “The Mirror” on the “Awake” album has resurfaced on both “Scenes” and “Turbulence” and shows up again on “This Dying Soul”. Granted, when you are a band like Dream Theater, it is difficult to top your previous successes, however, to me this is their poorest record since their first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dream Theater is, in my opinion, one of the greatest and most musical groups ever, and this album is proof to that. I cant say which track is the best - every number on this album is incredible, from the opening Sabbath-style riff of "As I Am" to the incredible instrumental " Stream of Consciousness" to the powerful riffing of the closing track. This is DT's heaviest album to date, but that does not make the music any less impressive , even in the slightest. This is definitely one of their best works, and quite possibly the BEST. In other words: A MUST HAVE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band has the uncanny ability to get better and better with each album. Another opus of extraordinary songs showcasing arguably the most talented band out there today. Their sonic energy leaves other bands in the dust. Very listenable and beautifullly written, thes guys amaze more with each album. Also excellent live too.I LOVE IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
last night i downloaded and listned to the new track as i am witch is from the new dream theater cd train of thought. and its a powerful rocker/ starts slow then they realy get into it. with one incredible beat and great laryics and volcals/ cant wait buy the cd so i can hear how the whole things sounds. im sure its gonna be a rocken album
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a boundary that separates two levels of rating an album. On one side, you compare an artist’s music with others’ music. On this side, I’d have to say that Dream Theater pulled of a very nice CD. It has a very Metallica-Black Album feel, or maybe a little Megadeth-Youthenasia. The slip side to it is comparing this CD with other albums the band has put out. In this respect, I’d have to say that they have done better on other projects. The piano seemed a little lost or even nonexistent most of the time, and there were a few points that screamed out “Nü Metal.” In conclusion, I like this album better than most pop music discs, but I like other Dream Theater albums better than this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Dream Theater to date. Heavier than their older efforts, this puts most every other "heavy" band (save the underground) to shame. My favorite song is "This Dying Soul" - it's basically a sequel to "Glass Prison" - in fact there is one part in the song where it repeats a riff from "Glass Prison". This album is euphoric. I get butterflies in my stomach just listening to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for any prog rock fan. Mind blowing and rythmically challenging drums combine with driving guitar and amazing, if somewhat sparse, keyboard to create one of the best cd's ever. My personal favorite tracks on the cd were Honor Thy Father and Stream of Consciousness, but the entire cd is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It takes some time getting used to, but it is very good overall. Especially track 6.
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