Dream Theater - Dream Theater


7.8 | 429 votes |
Release date: 20 September 2013
Style: Progressive metal

Owners:

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Disc I [CD]
01. False Awakening Suite
    1 - Sleep Paralysis
    2 - Night Terrors
    3 - Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
    1 - Paradoxe De La Lumière Noire
    2 - Live, Die, Kill
    3 - The Embracing Circle
    4 - The Pursuit Of Truth
    5 - Surrender, Trust & Passion

Disc II [DVD][deluxe edition bonus]
01. 5.1 Audio Mix

Line-up
James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Mike Mangini - drums
John Myung - bass

Additional info
Released as:

Standard album:
- Features the nine-track disc and a 28-page booklet designed Hugh Syme.

Deluxe Edition CD
- The digipak includes a bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix and expanded packaging by Juno Award winning graphic artist, Hugh Syme.

180-gram 2-LP
- Embossed gatefold vinyl

Limited Edition collector's box set bundle
- Custom 2GB Majesty Symbol USB Stick containing:
* Isolated stems of "Behind The Veil"
* Take This For The Pain (Mike Mangini Audition Improv Jam)" - 30 minute documentary.
- Exclusive 7" of "The Bigger Picture" on clear vinyl, wrapped and sealed with a custom wax seal.
- Gel-skin iDots of Majesty Symbol for iPhone.
- 2-Disc embossed Deluxe Edition digi with bonus disc of 5.1 audio mix + expanded packaging.
- 180-gram 2-LP embossed gatefold vinyl with high quality FLAC files of full album.
- Artwork by Hugh Syme.

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17.09.2013 - 11:28
Rating: 7
BehzadSh
Listen twice the whole album, it wasn't like I would say Wow!! but it's a good album
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17.09.2013 - 15:30
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 17.09.2013 at 03:36

LOTS of Rush moments.


as if that's surprising. They've Always had that and then esepcially on When Day & Dream UNite where they really do sound like a mix of Rush and Metallica
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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17.09.2013 - 17:09
Rating: 10
diamondblack
This album is awesome! Very melodic and technical as usual.
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17.09.2013 - 17:56
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.09.2013 at 15:30

as if that's surprising. They've Always had that and then esepcially on When Day & Dream UNite where they really do sound like a mix of Rush and Metallica


Indeed. "The Looking Glass" totally sounds like something off that album, at times. Which I prefer over the direction they went after Scenes From A Memory. And as others have said, there are many classic DT moments, but it doesn't really blow me away or anything like those albums did.
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"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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17.09.2013 - 18:17
Rating: 7
Lethrokai
So great to hear Myung as a prominent figure in the album! I'd say I hear him better in this album than in any DT album that has been released in the last 10-15 years!
I'll listen to it for a few more times before I make any certain decisions about this album, but this could very well be the best DT album in a LONG time!
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Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
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17.09.2013 - 22:05
Rating: 9
Psilopylot
This, fellow metalheads, is an incredible well polished album.
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18.09.2013 - 00:52
phanto
Feels like the album has an identity crisis, and there's too much focus on petrucci and the new drummer.
choruses feel uninspired, but most verses and in-between sound alright.
overall I think it's an okay album but it's not more than that. I expect a lot more from the upcoming fates warning album.
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18.09.2013 - 22:15
Rating: 4
Donnie Darko
One of the worst albums i´ve ever heard in Progressive Metal. Monotonous riffs and melodies with some little variances compared with their previous albums. The last track was the only good song. The others are so common and boring. Totally forgettable except for the last track that was the only one that has new and great moments
Highlight: Illumination theory
4/10
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19.09.2013 - 03:19
Rating: 7
Dentura
Shadow King
Listening to this album right now, and i think it's very solid! I really like it, I'd give it about an 8.5/10 or something.

EDIT: I'd give it about a 7 now.
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20.09.2013 - 01:16
Rating: 7
BehzadSh
Written by Donnie Darko on 18.09.2013 at 22:15

One of the worst albums i´ve ever heard in Progressive Metal. Monotonous riffs and melodies with some little variances compared with their previous albums. The last track was the only good song. The others are so common and boring. Totally forgettable except for the last track that was the only one that has new and great moments
Highlight: Illumination theory
4/10


The Enemy Inside was also great, The Bigger Picture and Along For The Ride and also the instrumental tracks were good except some disappointing moment in them (changing rhythm so badly or stuff like that). you voted very strict, I think a vote between 7-9 is a fair vote.
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20.09.2013 - 03:48
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
I love the riff of "Enigma Machine", the new boosted bass guitar production, the bad vocal production (which actually makes the whole thing better) and the fact that it is not a borefest at times.
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20.09.2013 - 05:50
Rating: 7
Dentura
Shadow King
Not bad of an album, its very solid stuff that reminds me of Rush much of the time. I especially enjoy the song "The Looking Glass" quite a bit.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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20.09.2013 - 06:31
Rating: 9
JunN_Vai
Looking forward..... update : listening...
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20.09.2013 - 10:11
Rating: 8
MarioCalnSnchez
A little bit disappointing but a good release. Very very influenced by Rush in bass lines and guitar lines.

Anyway this album marks a new way in Dream Theater music.
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We are the priest of the temple of Synix
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20.09.2013 - 20:30
Rating: 8
Passenger
Lost To Apathy
I still haven't heard the entire album, but The Enemy Inside is as tight as it gets! I love it.
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You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it ~ Mean Streets
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21.09.2013 - 01:46
Rating: 8
SlaytanicBacon
Best thing DT have put out for a long time. I can't stop listening to it!
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21.09.2013 - 12:45
Rating: 6
Doge of Venice
Track by Track interview.

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21.09.2013 - 16:02
Rating: 8
GOO
No such theatrical musical story as M part II. Guitars I think are degraded. A fair good album comparing to 2011 release. Listening the full album you can recognize older DT melodies. Score 8.5
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21.09.2013 - 16:09
Rating: 8
Nihil Aeternum
Excellent album. Large parts of "Illumination Theory" could be the soundtrack for some epic movie like "Legends of the Fall".
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21.09.2013 - 18:32
Rating: 10
thehondo
It doesn't have to be the most technical, heavy, new, whatever to be...Excellent!! Absolutely love it.
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No time like the present
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21.09.2013 - 20:18
Rating: 8
Darth Mitchell
Mitchell
Really great album. Has a kind of movie soundtrack feel to it with the orchestrated parts. Much better than ADTOE. The strong thing of this album in my opinion is the difference in songs and the shorter playtimes of some songs. And "Enigma Machine" is a briljant instrumental piece. And as I had with ADTOE, I here don't have any song that feels out of place/boring. Can't wait to see them play 'Illumination Theory' live
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21.09.2013 - 23:49
Rating: 6
musicalkaratekid
Eh, it's ok but simply another Dt album for me. 'The enigma machine' and naturally closer 'Illumination theory' are absolutely brilliant, but the other songs don't offer anywhere near as much creativity for me.
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22.09.2013 - 03:56
Rating: 10
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
Amazing! What they could pull off without Portnoy NOR Moore (no I'm not that outdated but you get me; 2 and 3 were the best) is actually surprising, considering A Dramatic Turn Of Events had the most boring drums, the most yawny moments in a DT album, and the most crappy production of a DT album behind the first one. At first listen, I was like.. "impressive chocolate cake but meh", at second I liked more songs, and at seventh currently, I admit this is... hugely awesome. I gave it a 10 simply because.. it's perfect to my tastes; perfect! Shorter songs then an epic, everything just.. mhmhmhmhmrurughghghg... I'm gonna have to review this a few months later to actually point out what I liked and didn't and sound more objective. But woah, guys. They've outdone themselves.

(P.S. Certainly not as mindblowing as Scenes, Awake, IAW or 6DOIT Disc 2, but as high quality as TOT with a slight bit more).
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To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death
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22.09.2013 - 14:19
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Hm... hm... hm... So far it is still nothing special for me... I don't like the sound of this album, with the exception of bass. Musically it is like Dream Theater + Rush + Nevermore. 7/10 for now.
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22.09.2013 - 14:58
Rating: 8
AndMetalForAll
kual21
Finally we could see a glimpse of what Dream Theater used to be... globally it's a good album with very good performance by John Petrucci, Mike Mangini and Jordan Rudess. I'm not to keen on two tracks but the rest of the album seems consistent enough to have a 8/10.
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greets,
kual21
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23.09.2013 - 08:23
3rdWorld
Offline
Sub-par production. Drums sound really bad. Decent album but not worthy to be their s/t.
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23.09.2013 - 09:57
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by 3rdWorld on 23.09.2013 at 08:23

Sub-par production. Drums sound really bad. Decent album but not worthy to be their s/t.

Agree 100%
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23.09.2013 - 20:38
Rating: 6
Azarath
Checked out the stream 2 times last week and I have now listened to the CD a couple of times over the weekend. It doesn't grab me. Some of the songs are ok and the album will probably grow on me - Dream Theater's stuff usually takes a while to sink in - but so far it's pretty underwhelming. It's too early to give a rating, but I suspect it will end up around a 6 or 7. Right now it's in the bottom four of DT albums.
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23.09.2013 - 21:59
x-avier
Great album, actually the best I heard from them since Train of Thought.. they mixed various moments of their career and I think they did it very well..

P.D: I didn't miss MP on this one..
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24.09.2013 - 06:20
Rating: 5
Hollberr
For me, it's a completely uninspired album. Way too pop. Bigger Picture is probably their worst song ever.
Bad transitions throughout the album (Behing the Veil starts so well, but the rest of the song doesn't connect with the intro). Illumination Theory has its moments, but I feel it's just a sequence of riffs that dont' really make a whole. And let's face it, the song is 19minutes long, not 22. What comes a minute after it's finished is completely irrelevant.

I feel it's an album made by amateurs. Truly.
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