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Old 04-23-2009, 08:35 AM
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On the two new songs:

A Nightmare to Remember is a HUGE mixed bag. The first four minutes of the song is pretty standard newer Dream Theater. More of them trying to be overly aggressive, kind of like an overly progressive Metallica. However, the middle section of the song from about 5-8 minutes is really fucking fantastic. Definitely better than anything on the last record, and among the higher points of all DT post - Scenes From a Memory. However after that it plunges into a wildly wanky and pointless instrumental section, followed by one of the stupidest things in the world, a Portnoy vocal-driven rap/growl thing which is just totally awful. The rest of the song just kind of wanders aimlessly.

A Rite of Passage is solid. It actually does something unthinkable by modern DT standards: It actually follows a generally traditional song format, and is only about 8 minutes long, and fairly short on the wankery. The verses are kinda meh, but the chorus is just fantastic - very melodic and memorable.

I'm really not sure what to expect with the rest of the songs. This album could wind up being fairly good overall, but these songs have led to me just maintaining my level of skepticism.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:42 AM
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followed by one of the stupidest things in the world, a Portnoy vocal-driven rap/growl thing which is just totally awful.
They have fucked up a few otherwise decent songs with that shit!
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:03 PM
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I've heard two minutes of one of the new songs. (this always ends up happening to me) All I can say is: when did Dream Theater become a terrible Opeth cover band?
Yeah it seems like Opeth has rubbed off on them quite a bit. It will really suck if Opeth starts sounding like Dream Theater
After hearing the longer track, I can't help but notice the different approaches to 12+ minute prog tracks. To write a song about a car crash, DT effectively writes lyrics like, "Car crash. Hospital. What now?"
For a song about getting a brain hemorrhage and 6 months of vertigo, Mastodon writes about black holes and being escorted out of hell by a magic man.
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:11 AM
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Excellent contribution. Thanks for that.
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6. The Count of Tuscany

just a city count
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He took the midnight train going annnyyyywherrrre
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just a city count
born and raised in south Tuscany
He took the midnight train going annnyyyywherrrre

There's a countess who's sure,
All that glitters is gold.
And she's buying a stairway to Tuscany.
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And she's buying a stairway to Tuscany.
happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy birthday dear count of tuscany
happy birthday to you
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happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy birthday dear count of tuscany
happy birthday to you
ah look at all the lonely people
ah look at all the lonely people

count of tuscany picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been
lives in tuscany

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I read the news today, oh boy
four thousand holes in Tuscany, Italy
and though the holes were rather small
they had to Count them all
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