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A two-hour concept album about creative musicians battling institutional enforcement of electronic cacophony in the year 2285, The Astonishing tones down Dream Theater’s super-musicianly dexterity somewhat in service of its plot. Emphasis goes to piano parts, jazz touches, classical choirs, and orchestral arias such as the one in “Act of Faythe.” But amid all the multicharacter rock opera, riff-shredders like “Our New World” still connect on their own, while “When Your Time Has Come” works as a miniature version of the whole project.

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This is what happens when the top players in the world of each instrument play in one band...


I was terrified when I heard Dream Theater was doing a 2.5 hour rock opera. The sheer length left so much in question for me in terms of the album’s potential. Could they fill 2.5 hours on this Game of Thrones-ish themed album without falling into redundancy? Let me assure you they came through in every way. I haven’t loved the last few Dream Theater albums right away, they had to grow on me. In the first pass I am reduced to tears. Its amazing! My faith in DT has been restored forevermore. An instant prog classic. Good job guys! Sorry my faith had wavered over the years, but you came through! A must buy!

When the light of my existence,
was slipping through my hands,
Pride and ignorance receded,
to reveal a humbled man.



I have been waiting for this release for months now and have to say I'm extremely disappointed! It sounds like the same old recycled music with not one hard rocking tune out of the 34. LaBries voice is annoying at best after the first three songs and the album has waaaaay too many keyboards. Rudess has too much influence in the band now and ruins every song with his "nights of the round table" garble and should ride his steed of in the sunset and just go. Even Petruccis guitar solos are all starting to sound the same...long and boring with the same riff and Rudess' keyboards blending in taking the rock edge off making them sound like midevel jokers trying to entertain the King. The drums?...boring they need Portnoy back to not only take over them but also steer the band back in the right direction! If you want to listen to a great Prog.Rock album where less is much much more and better and the singer doesn't sound like a cat in heat try Symphony X's new one! I fear the greatest band I have ever known is fading into the sunset like an old NFL quarterback past there prime trying to hold on for just one more win not accepting it may be time to hang up the cleats!


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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