Monday, July 06, 2009


Theater! DT, Prog Metal, Experimentation, Chaos, Melody, Extreme talent, Guitar/Keyboard harmonics

Well, that previous paragraph came out more like a tag cloud! Phew. So, I've begun a rediscovery of sorts, of this amazingly talented bunch of people that form what is popularly called Dream Theater. The things John Petrucci can do with a guitar, that Jordan Rudess can do on a keyboard are simply mind blowing, to say the least.

Even though its most unfair to judge a band with just one song, I think I can make an exception in this case. "Take the time" - this one song should encompass all that Dream Theater is and probably more. From a bird's eye overview, this song just sounds like a garbled mess with the music score distributed among 'n' different eccentric fellows, each of who wanted the song to go in an entirely different direction! I'm sure a lot of people turn themselves off to DT at this and move onto "greener" (?) pastures of pop (??).

But some brave people do dive in - there's chaos yet some semblance of order (I'm still talking about that one song). The rhythm does not stay the same for more than 30 seconds or so. No sooner than you become accustomed to a head banging pattern, you've got to stop and change gears (oh - beware of neck sprains!). Do let the competing guitar and keyboard solos completely sink in - calmness amidst chaos! For most part of the 8 minutes and 21 seconds, you'll feel like you're on a roller coaster ride that's running on a crazily varying electricity supply. Its an experience of life - so many things happening at once that its very easy to feel overwhelmed. But it does land you in a soft cushion of assuredness of a steady chapter at the end.

The timing could not have been better for their new album to come out - Black Clouds and Silver Linings. Cannot wait to explore that.

# One of their albums is aptly named Systematic Chaos

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