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Dream Theater - A View From The Top Of The World



7.8 | 203 votes |
Release date: 22 October 2021
Style: Progressive metal

Owners:

74 have it
27 want it


01. The Alien
02. Answering The Call
03. Invisible Monster
04. Sleeping Giant
05. Transcending Time
06. Awaken The Master
07. A View From The Top Of The World

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

Additional info
Label: InsideOut Music

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
7.3
From my view from the top of the world, I can see an album that is Dream Theater to a tee, for better or worse.

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published 26.10.2021 | Comments (10)

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23.10.2021 - 22:41
Daddy Pig
Homeschooler
Written by JoHn DoE on 23.10.2021 at 14:28

Written by Daddy Pig on 23.10.2021 at 14:26

Why only 10sec of ragtime piano? I want more ragtime!


God, no
what's next more cowbell?

Yes, that's what's missing! Lol
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25.10.2021 - 05:04
Rating: 9
Nicko's Nose

Most consistent DT album in a long time.

Inb4 "yeah most consistently mediocre".
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25.10.2021 - 08:42
Rating: 7
ProgHead

DT as usual, nothing unusual, nothing exceptional, nothing new.
Boring in many ways.
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25.10.2021 - 09:05
JoHn DoE

Written by ProgHead on 25.10.2021 at 08:42

DT as usual, nothing unusual, nothing exceptional, nothing new.
Boring in many ways.


if I found an album "boring in many ways", I would not rate it a 7 (which here on MS means "good album").
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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25.10.2021 - 13:18
Rating: 7
ProgHead

Written by JoHn DoE on 25.10.2021 at 09:05

Written by ProgHead on 25.10.2021 at 08:42

DT as usual, nothing unusual, nothing exceptional, nothing new.
Boring in many ways.


if I found an album "boring in many ways", I would not rate it a 7 (which here on MS means "good album").


but rating it average or bad wouldn't be right. It's not bad. Yet I find it boring and repetitive. Sounds like any other DT album to me. Yet they are pretty good. Solid 7 to me.
Sure it's personal and opinionated, but that's what votes are
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25.10.2021 - 16:33
Rating: 9
MikeVonDoom

At last, they found the so longed cohesion, the chemistry is finally noticeable! They delivered the album that was promised since A Dramatic Turn of Events!
Summing it up: This is technical musicianship, epic songs, and just the right amount of cheese.
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25.10.2021 - 16:38
JoHn DoE

^ I enjoyed the self-titled and Distance Over Time quite a bit.
I listened to the new album twice, it's ok, I need more time (that I do not have), but I will try and give it some more listens soon.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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26.10.2021 - 09:29
Rating: 6
Ellinor

It's not bad but I feel this is their weakest record to date.
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26.10.2021 - 11:35
JoHn DoE

Written by Ellinor on 26.10.2021 at 09:29

It's not bad but I feel this is their weakest record to date.


that's The (Un)Astonishing and it will always be, at least for me.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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30.10.2021 - 21:34
Written by R.Boxma on 27.10.2021 at 15:52

Dream Theater and the record label, lets face it, there is no passion anymore, it's all about making sales now.

there is passion for making sales now
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31.10.2021 - 20:39
Rating: 8
mikeprado30

Nice album with amazing musicianship as usual, but James vocals are the weak point once again. Sadly I don't believe he'll be replaced, so then we must get used to his emotionless performance since this moment on... (well, surely some people would point he has been emotionless for them since before, but IMHO he has reached his bottom at that level of performance).
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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07.11.2021 - 18:14
Rating: 6
metalbrat

Heard and heard and heard ......and they don't have anything new or better to offer.... I think DT is done.... Cannot expect a Metropolis again from them......Sad part is....I am still a fan.
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In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
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08.11.2021 - 02:34
Rating: 8
Aries Rising

More or less the same album as last time around, just not as memorable. The only new thing DT adds is 8 string guitars, which aren't really all that unique anymore.

*Also James' voice has more noticeable pitch correction. The deterioration continues and at some point he is either going to have to stand down or be fired.
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15.11.2021 - 05:33
Rating: 8
mikeprado30

Written by metalbrat on 07.11.2021 at 18:14

Heard and heard and heard ......and they don't have anything new or better to offer.... I think DT is done.... Cannot expect a Metropolis again from them......Sad part is....I am still a fan.

I think people shouldn't expect the bands repeat their peak efforts (especially if they have many years in the making), but do nice albums (and receiving beyond average releases as true and wonderful surprises -as happened with Judas Priest's Firepower-).

In the case of DT, sadly I think is futile to expect another album as Metropolis (or in my personal case, Six Degrees, my favorite from them), especially when James' vocals are going for the worst.
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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21.11.2021 - 12:08
Rating: 7
doez
Hallucigenia
I've been trying to figure out for a month whether to give this a 6 or a 7, goddamn solid effort
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