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Dream Theater - Train of Thought, my first impressions...


First of all I have listened to ToT only once through, and as I write this I'm listening to it again.

The album seems to be good, but it definitely demands many many listens to form a proper opinion. One thing I can say already, it's heavy, even heavier than Six Degrees. But that ain't necessary a flaw. And other thing that is weird is that the keyboards are pushed more to the background than in the previous records, which is a shame. But oh boy, can these guys play!

The album starts off with a powerful rocker, As I Am, which reminds me of Metallica at some parts, especially some vocal parts. It's more hard-rock than metal though, good groove throughout. Great vocals from LaBrie.

Next is This Dying Soul which has some parts taken straight from The Glass Prison from the previous album (even part of the lyrics), and even features a vocal part taken straight from a Metallica song, but I can't right now remember from which song. Maybe it's some kind of tribute, who knows? Good ol' complex DT this one. emoticon

Endless Sacrifice starts off with acoustic guitar, and then turns to more heavier in the chorus, coming back to acoustic again. At 5:00 starts the solo parts (great pseudo-classic interlude from Rudess, makes me smile everytime emoticon) and then comes to the last part, and the song ends very powerfully, absolutely great drumming from Portnoy!

Honor Thy Father starts where Endless Sacrifice ended, with superb drumming and heavy riffing. In the middle there are few spoken parts á la Space-Dye Vest but otherwise no resemblance to it. Good song, typical Theater.

Vacant is like Never a Word, it ends before it really starts. One of the shortest Theater songs, only 2:58. But like Never a Word, great atmospheric ballad. It has even a cello in the background. Like it.

Stream of Consciousness, a 11 minute instrumental, not much to say about this, complex Dream Theater instrumental.

The last song is great, In the Name of God. The lyrics obviously deals with the power church has and what atrocities are made in the name of God. Great ending song for the record.


So, what are my conclusions after two listenings?
I cannot yet rank this album, but so far it sounds bloody great. It's heavy, it's complex and the playing is top-notch (all of them are virtuosos with their instruments). At the moment I'm enjoying it very much.

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Ok Niko, now I'm jealous, I don't get this album here until Tuesday, and you've already listened to it twice. Damn! emoticon
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Nice review, I've only heard As I Am so far which I quite liked, I'm one of those people that firmly believe Theater never lived up to the lofty expectations they created after Images And Words (a fantastic in every possible way album, one of the best releases of the 90s for me) and this one sounded like they might be on their way to recapturing some of the glory of that record. That track sounded more like Sabbath than Metallica to me though (and what a stonking guitar solo)!
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PLaying it for the fourth time now, and it just gets better all the time! Well done Dream Theater!
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I love it to... especially "Honor thy Father" and "In the name of God".
And I like the idea of divide a song into two parts and put them on different albums. emoticon
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quote:

Niko Vidgren wrote:

First of all I have listened to ToT only once through, and as I write this I'm listening to it again.

The album seems to be good, but it definitely demands many many listens to form a proper opinion. One thing I can say already, it's heavy, even heavier than Six Degrees. But that ain't necessary a flaw. And other thing that is weird is that the keyboards are pushed more to the background than in the previous records, which is a shame. But oh boy, can these guys play!

The album starts off with a powerful rocker, As I Am, which reminds me of Metallica at some parts, especially some vocal parts. It's more hard-rock than metal though, good groove throughout. Great vocals from LaBrie.

Next is This Dying Soul which has some parts taken straight from The Glass Prison from the previous album (even part of the lyrics), and even features a vocal part taken straight from a Metallica song, but I can't right now remember from which song. Maybe it's some kind of tribute, who knows? Good ol' complex DT this one. emoticon

Endless Sacrifice starts off with acoustic guitar, and then turns to more heavier in the chorus, coming back to acoustic again. At 5:00 starts the solo parts (great pseudo-classic interlude from Rudess, makes me smile everytime emoticon) and then comes to the last part, and the song ends very powerfully, absolutely great drumming from Portnoy!

Honor Thy Father starts where Endless Sacrifice ended, with superb drumming and heavy riffing. In the middle there are few spoken parts á la Space-Dye Vest but otherwise no resemblance to it. Good song, typical Theater.

Vacant is like Never a Word, it ends before it really starts. One of the shortest Theater songs, only 2:58. But like Never a Word, great atmospheric ballad. It has even a cello in the background. Like it.

Stream of Consciousness, a 11 minute instrumental, not much to say about this, complex Dream Theater instrumental.

The last song is great, In the Name of God. The lyrics obviously deals with the power church has and what atrocities are made in the name of God. Great ending song for the record.


So, what are my conclusions after two listenings?
I cannot yet rank this album, but so far it sounds bloody great. It's heavy, it's complex and the playing is top-notch (all of them are virtuosos with their instruments). At the moment I'm enjoying it very much.



Thanks for the review, now I know I don't need any D.T. Metallica like vocals emoticon

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Thanks for the review, now I know I don't need any D.T. Metallica like vocals emoticon



Don't be so hasty, it's a great album, one of their best really.
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Thanks for the review, now I know I don't need any D.T. Metallica like vocals emoticon



Don't be so hasty, it's a great album, one of their best really.



When people compare bands with Metallica, I know I have to stay far away! I guess I am too old for that !@#$ emoticon

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Well yeah, the difference between us may be that I like Metallica and you don't. emoticon
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Thanks for the review, now I know I don't need any D.T. Metallica like vocals emoticon



And please realize that Dream Theater sound, especially the singer, is generally far, far from Metallica! This album is a change in direction for them. If you were to pick up Images & Words, for instance, the last thing you would thinking of is Metallica. It still may not be your cup of tea, as it were, but still, the Metallica comparision is a bad one!

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