Now is that a cool cover or what? I love the colour scheme and the look. Another fine album cover courtesy of Hugh Syme!
Dream Theater came into my world when these guys dropped the classic track Pull Me Under from the fantastic Images and Words album from 1992!
Plus the fact that Lead Singer James Labrie is a fellow Canuck also piqued my curiosity as well!
From there I bought 1994’s Awake and 1997’s Falling Into Infinity.
Then that was it! What the PROG is going on here??
I got off the Prog Bus driven by Dream Theater. No reason really. I still would read the interviews and such or news posted about them but I just didn’t buy any more.
Who knows maybe it was because RUSH set the bar way too high for me for anyone to come close and as well RUSH at the time was pretty active so that wetted my Prog Appetite enough.
Since my last Dream Theater purchase back in 1997 Dream Theater has released 9 studio albums and 7 live albums! So no lack of productivity from these guys that’s for sure…
So earlier this year Dream Theater released in quick succession three songs from their upcoming release Distance Over Time and I watched one of the tracks which was Fall Into The Light and this tune blew me away….
I than decided to preorder the album and the first 3 songs dropped right onto my iPod and i can honestly say this is one killer release.
10 songs just checking in at over an hours worth of music!
The Prog Dudes…
In case you didn’t know already these cats can play…
- James LaBrie – lead vocals
- John Petrucci – guitars, production
- John Myung – bass
- Jordan Rudess – keyboards
- Mike Mangini – drums
Petrucci has a massive wall of sound coming from his amplifier that is HUGE! Amazing how he can do what he does on solo’s. It’s just nuts..
- Untethered Angel
- Fall into the Light
- Barstool Warrior
- Room 137
- At Wit’s End
- Out of Reach
- Pale Blue Dot
- Viper King (Bonus Track)
So a pretty decent set of tracks. Too be honest if these songs were all 10 minute musical workouts at this point in my life I would have lost interest but while most push the over 6 minute mark and one track clocks in at 9 minutes I’m cool with it. The best thing I can say about this album is that it doesn’t lose me as a listener.
Meaning I can listen to the whole album front to back without skipping. I like the fact that Labrie does a lot of singing and the soloist’s of the band(Petrucci and Rudess) get to the point quick and the songs move forward.
Distance Over Time surprised me at how good it is. Everything is slick about it musically and as well as the production which is crisp n clear!
From this point forward I will more than likely purchase what Dream Theater is selling as it really is a solid piece of Prog N Roll and that’s all that matters when you really get down to the root of it!