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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

A Dramatic Turn Of Events

O for OH MY GOD AMAZING. Just flawless... all the way through. This has to be one of the great milestones in prog history! I feel this album to be the best since the great Metropolis part 2

JUST WOW

<3 this album ps. 6minutes into breaking all illusions

Dream Theater's best effort in 10 years

Dream Theater have really outdone themselves on this album - pushing the sonic boundaries yet again in what has to be their best album since Scenes From A Memory.

Perhaps the departure of Mike Portnoy - a dominant member of the band - has been a positive experience for DT as they regrouped and produced a fresh yet classic DT album. This album is worth listening to if nothing else to hear Breaking All Illusions and Lost Not Forgotten. Overall, a stunning record.

Biography

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...
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