Posts Tagged ‘progressive rock

26
Apr
10

Dream Theater – Systematic Chaos (2007)

If you have been following this blog over the past few months you may have noticed a slight evolution in the interest of a band called Dream Theater.  In March I posted a video of lead guitarist John Petrucci performing at The G3 guitar tour in Tokyo (performing his solo work – Damage Control); then I came upon a video of the band in the studio recording the blistering composition The Dark Eternal Night and posted that in April.   Yes, I have to admit that I really like what this band is doing.

The Dark Eternal Night  is off a 2007 album called Systematic Chaos, which as it turns out was a change in direction for the band; it resulted in a much harder album than prior releases.  So, I decided one day while in Boston to pick up a used copy for $7 at my favorite music store  in the whole wide world..the one and only Newbury Comics. 

As with all albums one song  normally tends to create an unfair expectation and at times,  disappointing result of what the rest of the album actually sounds like, often leading to regret, bitterness, and overall resentment for spending the money.  Not this album, although it will take the listener a few times (in my case at least 10-12 listens to and from work to the entire album for it to really grow on my ear) I now play it quite regularly.  It is a solid album with a few somber moments (appropriately placed); it is simply just a fun addition to my music collection.

Clearly Dream Theater is influenced heavily by  bands like Rush, Queensryche, and even a bit of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; this can be reflected in the bands complex and unorthodox time changes, blistering and catchy tempos, and compositions that make one shake their head in disbelief.  Dream Theaters songs focus around the normally geeky stuff like science, fantasy, and the human condition.  There are three songs on the album that veer off from those subjects and focus on themes like “meaningless war “(Prophets of War) and the other two on “redemption” (Forsaken) and “forgiveness” (Repentance).

The album is not a  bubblegum metal album, nor is the band. Like Rush, the members of Dream Theater are what they term “musicians musicians”. Although the members of Rush are not classically trained (at least that I know of) the members of Dream Theater all attended Berklee College of Music; meeting there initially and forming a band called Majesty, that then evolved into Dream Theater.

I have not taken the plunge and purchased any other of their albums released earlier or later than Systematic Chaos, but I’m up for the challenge.  If you are a DT fan and think there is one album in particular (or several) that would compliment this introductory album, please comment and let us know.

The band has recently announced a world tour with Iron Maiden..should be awesome!  Please let us know if you go.

Dream Theater’s Systematic Chaos gets 4.0 out of 5 stars.

12
Mar
10

Dream Theater – A video worth watching!

I came upon this little gem the other day and felt that it would be fun to post.  These guys are incredible and what fun it must be to create this stuff.  I’m very impressed having never found them worth taking the time to listen to, but I’m changing my mind.  Granted, I’m not overly thrilled with the lyrics, the instrumental portion is fantastic.  Check it out and tell us what you think.

04
Feb
10

John Petrucci – Damage Control: G3 (2005)

Although I’ve never been into Dream Theater as a band, I must admit that John Petrucci (lead guitarist) is quite simply one of the best prog rock musicians I’ve ever seen.  If you have not had a chance to see him in action please check out the video below (yes, it’s 10 minutes long, but worth every second trust me!).  It was taken from a show in Tokyo where Petrucci was 3rd on the bill behind Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I’m curious if G3 will tour again any time soon, anyone know? Enjoy!

28
Oct
09

Free Rush Radio

RushUpon reflection of my recent trounce of Rush’s soon to be released Working Men dvd I felt perhaps I can make amends by providing readers (Rush fans specifically) a link for streaming Rush radio for their listening pleasure.

It’s not bad with about 40+ songs in the selection, some recent and some vintage Rush mixed together. I was pleasantly surprised to see that 2112’s Overture & Temples of Syrinx, Cygnus X-1 part I & II, and Passage to Bangkok are featured, nice! Find your favorites by dragging the small gray rectangle on the right up and down.  You can go to it by clicking here, and then click in the middle of the snake icon; it should launch.

After listening to Digital Man a few times already, I’m going home tonight to blow the dust off my Signals cd and get re-aquainted with Sir Geddy, Sir Alex, and Sir Neil; it’s been far too  long.




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