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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/06/2010 23:14:02
This album is just amazing compared to everything else they've done
mikes drums on this are just awesome with the wierd tempo changes and beats he can think up
petrucci and his guitar skills never cease to amaze me with his epic solos
myung and his amazing tones from his bass
and jordan with his duels with petrucci keep me entertained for hours
and then labrie with his perfect tones ans pitches to compliment the music
look up the count of tunscany and it will make you want this album
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: sukonnewton on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Nice edition for a fair good album
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 26/05/2010 21:42:53
Second disc is made of six covers the best of which is the great Stargazer from Rainbow.
The third, I guess very interesting particularly for a musician, is the instrumental version of the original album that is not the best of Dream Theater.
The first and the last track, over half an hour totally, are the best: A Nightmare To Remember is made of steel and has got also a precious melodic section at middle, followed by a nice growl one, even if the final is a bit long.
The Count Of Tuscany is majestic and in particular the second half worth a standing ovation.
From the other songs my favourite is The Shattered Fortress, the compilation of the old Dream Theater tunes, stronger than ever.
Booklet is well made and the sound is from top quality as always since the masterpiece Metropolis part II - Scenes From A Memory, still the Dream Theater best album.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Zinozini on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/10/2009 00:40:52
Having reviewed Systematic Chaos and insisting you buy it, I was somewhat disappointed with this release. I was mistaken. It's another classic slab of deeply thoughtful and outstandingly played progressive metal. Patience is a virtue unless you do not own this album: go get it now!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: boston33 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Contraversially only 4 stars!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 20/08/2009 16:27:39
In a recent poll of prog albums, Systematic Chaos was rated Dream Theater's best - which is crazy. The follow up is very similar, and therefore cannot rank alongside SDOIT, SFAM, ToT and the majestic Falling into Infinity. And so it is, a 3CD release that was far from necessary. CD2 and 3 have been played just once - says a lot. As for CD1 it is very very good, with "Wither" standing out, and the closing "Count of Tuscany". This 18 minute gem is classic DT with some great music, and the latter half being particularly enjoyable. "The Best of Times" is for me the only disappointing track on the CD. But, as I said previously I think the instrumental CD and the cover CD are a waste.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: MMolloy on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
check this one out! you never know what's coming
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 24/07/2009 10:37:02
I've been listening to dt for more than 15 years and there never was a dissapointment listening to upcoming album (except for couple of songs from 'falling into infinity'). This one is absolutely fantastic and guys obviously can surprise eg. Black metal feeling of 'a nightmare to remember' or compilation of the best stuff in 'the shattered fortress'. The only objection is the lyrics in 'the best of times' which somehow don't match, but on the other side i understand it's mikes' way to say good bye to his father. 'The count of tuscany' without doubt takes place in the 'gallery of the best' together with 'the killing hand', 'learning to live', 'a change of seasons', 'six degrees of inner turbulence' or 'octavarium' concepts. Nothing else to say, but - another cool masterpiece from progmetal gods
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: mareks on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Another breathtaking album
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 22/07/2009 23:55:41
I feel this album has a little to offer everyone and a lot to offer the hardened Dream Theater fan. With it's beautifully pieced together set list and it's 6 track bonus cover disc, you'll be hard pressed not to find a song that you'll want to play over and over. This album is filled with the guitar riffs and drums beats that make Dream Theater what they are today - prog legends. I heartily recommend this album to all!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: blackrainbow on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Dont wake me up from this dream!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 22/07/2009 17:19:11
This album is for people who previously might have loved the likes of satriani, malmsteen, metallica, mastermind, iron maiden, rush, queen, deep purple, elp to name but a few of the many influences, because the raw dna of all of those great bands has been synthesised into something pretty wonderful by dream theater! The sound quality and production values are excellent with many tracks destined to become classics. Great effort...
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: M0nsterHunter on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
It doesn't get much better than this
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 18/07/2009 14:41:49
Dream Theater are astonishing. 20 years into their career and they can still produce an album this good.
Disc 1 opens with A Nightmare to Remember, its super heavy intro signalling the band's intentions, with time changes providing light and shade, sound effects to enhance the narrative and the kind of musicianship other bands can only dream about. The marching, swaggering riff of A Rite Of Passage continues the heavy theme, Wither changes the pace a little, The Shattered Fortress tips a wry wink to the Train of Thought album and The Best of Times provides a joyous celebration of the life of Mike Portnoy's father. The final song - The Count of Tuscany - is just sublime.
Disc 2 contains covers of songs by Rainbow, Queen and Iron Maiden amongst others. Stargazer is a pretty faithful reproduction of the original while Tenement Funster et al capture some of the bombast, drama and eccentricity of Queen. And the cover of King Crimson's Larks Tongues in Aspic Pt 2 is absolutely mind-blowing.
Disc 3 is an instrumental-only version of disc 1, a brave inclusion by the band and a selfless act by James La Brie, all of whom deserve credit for allowing a different perspective on the material to enter the public domain. Even without vocals it is still brilliant.
A must-buy package for any Dream Theater fan and a hugely rewarding introduction for anyone who likes their music heavy, intelligent, technically flawless and full of passion.
Are Dream Theater the best band in the world today? On the evidence of Black Clouds and Silver Linings they certainly get my vote.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: tuesdaybadger on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 06/07/2009 23:06:29
Fantastic Album. Dream Theatre never really fail to impress, fans of the band, this is really a no brainer, but for people new to them or new to metal music, this would be a great album to start with, loads of depth, great riffs and it doesn't wear out easy. With regards to it being better than Systematic Chaos, I don't know, they are all as good as each other. Best song, Best of times or like the guy below me said, A nightmare to remember really is that!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Rougvie on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 06/07/2009 21:25:04
I agree with another reviewer here.. if you need any reason at all to see that Dream Theater are the dogs doodah's at what they do, then take a listen to The Count of Tuscany... and be amazed. The track is a nod to their finest moments from the past and the best of their most recent output. I was a little disappointed in 'Systematic Chaos' (don't know why though), but 'Black Clouds' really drives home the bands superior musicianship and songwriting ability. Breathtaking and superb!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: BaronShivers on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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