Dream Theater - The Astonishing

6.6 | 440 votes |
Release date: 29 January 2016
Style: Progressive metal


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Disc I [Act I]
01. Descent Of The NOMACS
02. Dystopian Overture
03. The Gift Of Music
04. The Answer
05. A Better Life
06. Lord Nafaryus
07. A Savior In The Square
08. When Your Time Has Come
09. Act Of Faythe
10. Three Days
11. The Hovering Sojourn
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
13. A Life Left Behind
14. Ravenskill
15. Chosen
16. A Tempting Offer
17. Digital Discord
18. The X Aspect
19. A New Beginning
20. The Road To Revolution

Disc II [Act II]
01. 2285 Entr'acte
02. Moment Of Betrayal
03. Heaven's Cove
04. Begin Again
05. The Path That Divides
06. Machine Chatter
07. The Walking Shadow
08. My Last Farewell
09. Losing Faythe
10. Whispers On The Wind
11. Hymn Of A Thousand Voices
12. Our New World
13. Power Down
14. Astonishing

James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Mike Mangini - drums
John Myung - bass

Staff review by
Dream Taster
One of the pioneering bands of progressive metal, the iconic Dream Theater, unleashed their new opus at the end of January. As is the case with all their releases, The Astonishing is going to draw all kinds of comments from "this is the worst thing ever" to "album of the year material". One thing is for certain, with more than 2 hours of music, their latest record is a demanding listen drawing inspiration from many musical and dramatic influences.

published 04.02.2016 | Comments (25)

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15.09.2018 - 15:06
Rating: 7
Mountain King
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It's too long with unnecessary filler that it loses the interest of the listener. That being said, there are some really good songs here. My favorite is "A New Beginning". Some other good songs are "The Gift of Music", "Ravenskill" or "A Better Life". This one definitely needs repeated listens.
04.01.2019 - 20:43
Rating: 1
Seba Raven Rock
No doubt in my opinion the worst dream theater album, it is totally boring
28.02.2019 - 15:03
Rating: 4
Each individual disc of this album is a chore to get through; combined is mindblowingly dull. The idea of giving this repeated listens is terrifying
19.09.2020 - 17:39
Rating: 5
The Astonishing, oh boy The Astonishing... This one is uh.. A bit too long mybe ? Approximately 1 out of 3 songs is not boring and meaningless, and if they had only kept these onces we would have had a pretty decent 45 minutes long record, but they decided to go full with the concept album idea which... Didn't work out very well. What baffles me is how good the best songs are, The Path That Divides has a crushing riff and Three Days has a freaking trumpet solo and blast beats, so why are these songs lost in such a sea of mediocrity ? There is honestly close to no point to listen to the entire album, just find a good playlist and listen to a third of the songs and you'll have a much better time. 6.

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