Distance Over Time - Dream Theater

Dream Theater 2.0

Distance Over Time is classic Dream Theater. It does not go down in history as the group's best record, but it is in every way quite excellent. There is a Petrucci-solos, which proceeds in synchronous blærerøvs-battle with between dream theater fans at that are skewed basgange from Myung and, of course, the usual abundance of grydesmækkeri from a hyperactive Mike Mangini, who apparently is never satisfied with the amount of fills. All spiced with the LaBries grandiose and polished voice. On the way, there is not really anything new under the sun, but the force is certainly the renewed energy, the band shows up, as well as a good old-fashioned "less is more"approach to the music.

Big hits and memorable passages here is not very of – it probably requires both more time and more plates, after you have climbed down from the mountain and has reinvented itself – but any fan will enjoy genhøret with Dream Theater, as they should sound. And not as they themselves think they should.

Standing on an alpine peak...

American Dream Theater is with the time gone and become one of those bands you either love or hate. Exactly like Metallica, and probably a lot more, is prog-masters a name, many have had enough of. "They were damn cool once, but their success has increased them to the head", seems to be a phrase, which gradually came to be used increasingly on the bands of this casting. One can, however, also argue that in Dream Theater's case is not due to selvfedme and pride, that they have got a certain predicate, but that they are a band that have addressed according to surpass itself.

A new album should not just be eight tracks with a total playing time of just under an hour. Then no, it should be wilder, nicer, more pleasant, more bombastic and in the whole, just much more unique than the last. The setting seems to have been the major force for three decades, but is also slowly become their curse. Even the most avid fans began namely to stand by after the band's last release: it is completely overblown, pompous, højtragende and long-haired work The Astonishingthat with a running time of over two hours, was simply too much of a good thing.

But what do you do when the album is in the past? What is the next step, when lost fans need to be won back?

If you're Dream Theater, you go back to the starting point.

Simple joy of playing is the way forward

So far, it has primarily been the guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan between dream theater fans at that has composed most of the music in Dream Theater. Then you also have met a little studies here and there, traveled around a bit, held a little breaks the game a bit more and, hey presto, then they had a new album. But not this time. There had to happen something new. In order to find themselves again as a band, and not least each other as musicians, burede all five members in a studio for four months, where they slept, ate and played together. No fancy hotels, smutture or digressions – just focus on each other, the music and a new album.

The result of the disciplined work camp has been to the album Distance Over Time, and it is clear from the start that it is not have been any stupid idea for the band to find back to the roots. Stylistically, we find ourselves about the two masterful slabs Images And Words and the sequel Awake, and in contrast to the aforementioned bloated release from 2016 is here no complex narratives or sickening familiesagaer, we as listeners need to follow in several hours. Fortunately. It is in many ways the Dream Theater we know and love them, and delightfully refreshing is it to hear the newfound energy and the simple joy of playing, there actually is quite clear on the plate.

The opener "Untethered Angel" is an archetypal Dream Theater-the number complete with the quiet intro, which goes over into a vigorous pumping riff, a catchy chorus sung by the incredibly talented James LaBrie, and of course Petrucci and between dream theater fans at that gloomy in the lir and highly developed technical skills. So we are in time, and the catchy, easily identifiable style is to find on each of the disc's ten tracks. The best is the third cutting "Fall into the Light", which in many ways sounds like something the band could have written for Metallica's Death Magnetic. The track's riff, the chorus and especially the long shim is one of the best I have heard, Dream Theater deliver since my personal favorite, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002). The balance between the proggede and the catchy can't hit more perfect than at this number, and all who have abandoned Dream Theater, is invited to hear it. Perhaps they can give them a second chance?


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