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Editors’ Notes

With the departure of original drummer Mike Portnoy, who gave DT much of their distinctive sound, and the introduction of veteran Mike Mangini, Dream Theater solider on as progressive metal warriors who manage to maintain their trademark sound. Guitarist John Petrucci keeps his virtuoso chops grinding out these intensely complex tunes and keyboardist Jordan Rudess adds an anthemic texture to the expansive beauty at the heart of “Build Me Up, Break Me Down.” Singer James LaBrie is notably more sedate, but still clearly on top of things. However, Dream Theater are primarily about instrumental prowess and the ability to bring the listener to an alternate reality. “Far from Heaven” and “Beneath the Surface” are the compact ballads here. But tracks such as the ten-minute “Lost Not Forgotten,” the eleven-minute “Bridges In the Sky” and “Outcry” and the twelve-minute “Breaking All Illusions” are the kind of monster opuses that allow the band to stretch out in that pure Dream Theater kind of way. Fans of the group’s stunning complexity will not be disappointed.

Customer Reviews

This band has no equal!

You can literally hear and feel the joy Dream Theater had in creating this masterpiece. The addition of Mike Mangini has breathed new life into this band. Dream Theater never fails to astonish me in how they always bring something fresh to the table with every record they make. When it comes to talent, creativity, and true passion for music, Dream Theater has no equal. Do not hesitate to buy the whole album. Listen to it a few times and and it will burn itself into your heart and soul. On the Backs of Angels, Breaking All Illusions, This is the Life, Bridges in the Sky, Outcry, and Beneath the Surface are my initial favourites. John Petrucci maintains his God status in my book. Now I can't wait for the next album!

The Spirit Carries On !!!

Welcome Back Dream Theater,
So glad to see you, my friend

This album ROCKS

I woke up in the middle of the night cause i pre-ordered thia album, and it was my destiny to download it and listen to it right away. This album BLOWS MY MIND! Dream Theater all the way!! :D


Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently delivered sharp-edged music. Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several live albums -- Live at the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993, and a triple-CD and DVD,...
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