Review: Dream Theater — Dream Theater

Rated:

3.5/5

Pity the poor prog vocalist. Everywhere else in rock, singers are the center of the show; in prog, they’re regularly upstaged by the accompaniment. That’s particularly the case with Dream Theater, and not just because of the band’s fondness for semi-symphonic interludes and convoluted instrumental breaks. Even when singer James Labrie has the melody, it’s tempting (and often more rewarding) to focus on whatever the guitar, bass, drums, or keys are doing—especially when the rhythmic and harmonic ideas are as ingeniously intertwined as they are on “The Enemy Inside” or the stunningly ambitious 22-minute album-closing epic, “Illumination Theory.” J.D. CONSIDINE

Check out “The Enemy Inside” off Dream Theater below.


  • GrimReaper07

    This isn’t much of a review.

    • Omnislash

      yeah, dt deserves alot more credit. Personally, i think the album is gold

      • GrimReaper07

        I’d give the new album an 8/10, which ranks as “great” in my scale, but I was talking about how the reviewer barely gave us his opinion on it and didn’t even come close to justifying his score.

  • Trer1969

    Uh, yeah, as a former journalist I can say this is about as lazy a “review” as I’ve ever seen. C’mon Revolver Magazine, you can’t do better than this?? It reads like this was thrown together on the guy’s iPhone while he was taking a dump. Weak sauce. If you want a real review I’d be happy to write one, just send me an email.

  • jason

    What a terrible review that was

  • Fronk

    THANKS FOR THE REVIEW

    HAVING WEIGHED MY FEELINGS TOWARD DREAM THEATER WITH A THREE HOUR ANALYSIS OF YOUR REVIEW, I NOW KNOW WHAT TO DO

  • Martin Lodder

    What a poor review! Really pathetic!

  • skinnman

    JD Constipated gave one hell of a review. Seems he does not really like Labrie or this type of music. I give it a 4.5 for being unmatched musically and tremendously listenable while retaining it’s complexity. Mangini adds more wow to the mix but maybe at the cost of a little bit of soulfulness. Lyrically it could be better, but not bad. Nobody in the same zip code as these guys in this type of music.

  • Terry E. Christian

    I give their new album a solid 4 out of 5. Their previous, ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events,’ was a 4.5 for me and possibly my favorite album of theirs ever. This one isn’t quite as good, but by only a small margin.

  • Greg

    Someone tell me this guy was not paid to write THAT…I would be more than willingly to provide a complete review for free just because I’m in love again with DT thanks to this album

  • James

    JD is a loser and can’t review anything properly (see laughable Alter Bridge – Fortress review). Take ur negative attitude towards rock and go write Justin Beiber reviews elsewhere douche bag!

  • Jose

    I agree with most of your comments critics don’t know how to write record reviews anymore besides the music of the past that i miss i miss good writing and record reviews!