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Axver 01-29-2016 09:08 PM

The Count of Tuscany presents: the majestic Dream Theater thread
 
Gather 'round young B&C, for this is the tale of a once-great band that plummeted to earth. Once upon a time there was a band of technically proficient musicians who helped popularise, if not quite pioneer, progressive metal. Yes they could be overblown and wanky, but they also knew their way around a song and could play some impressive yet tasteful solos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGRgAULYgWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvUzTheN-J0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDGSvbpB9Kg

If you have heaps of time, this for many is their masterpiece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZKrwJzGg0k

They even wrote things that aren't at all prog, and are quite beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHz-JqYRSu8

But then... they got a keyboardist who plays circus music and had a midlife crisis and released songs like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbwBsAGCMLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIjF3oG5r08

And there's worse. Like the 20-minute song that builds up to "tell them about my brother/tell them about me/the count of Tuscany!"

Now they're back. With a double album, 130 minutes in length, called THE ASTONISHING. It has songs with titles like The Gift of Music, Act of Faythe (yes, that's how it's spelt), Lord Nafaryus (no that's really its name), 2285 Entr'acte, Brother Can You Hear Me?, and in case you weren't sure if there was a theme, Losing Faythe.

Discuss.

Axver 01-29-2016 09:11 PM

Ten prog loser points if you get the pun I smuggled into the title.

So for those of you keen on sharing the listening experience of The Astonishing, I'm good for this afternoon/evening.

liamcool 01-29-2016 09:12 PM

Fucking BOO

I am down for whenever.

LemonMelon 01-29-2016 09:18 PM

I am down for evening tonight Aussie time. So in like 6 hours I guess.

Axver 01-29-2016 09:22 PM

Cool. Shall we say 8pm Melbourne/Sydney time? 1am LA?

IWasBored 01-29-2016 09:22 PM

In 6 hours? Oh fuck, I guess I'm in then. I'll be awake still and done with my usual Friday night secret world gaming business by then. I've always disliked Dream Theater, so this should be painful.

Axver 01-29-2016 09:27 PM

I'm listening to Space-Dye Vest right now and bloody hell this is a genuinely great song, no matter what Dream Theater have done since.

Kevin Moore definitely went on to the more interesting and creatively rewarding career with Chroma Key and OSI. Basically everybody seemed to ignore Fire Make Thunder, the last OSI album, but it's fantastic. Wind Won't Howl and For Nothing pack more of an emotional punch than all the most powerful Dream Theater moments of the last decade put together.

And haha awesome IWB, I can't wait to see how this horrifies you.

liamcool 01-29-2016 09:29 PM

It's a shame. This band used to be able to write some good riffs and grooves, but they've seemed to lose that ability over time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkFNdi8gIMY

This is mighty impressive!

LemonMelon 01-29-2016 09:34 PM

The Count of Tuscany presents: the majestic Dream Theater thread
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Axver (Post 8046803)
Cool. Shall we say 8pm Melbourne/Sydney time? 1am LA?


I'll be here, as always.

:sad:

Axver 01-29-2016 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by liamcool (Post 8046807)

How the hell does this guy not die in the attempt.

LemonMelon 01-29-2016 09:56 PM

Don't forget to include the ASTONISHING character list, for reference:

http://www.dreamtheater.net/theaston...ini_characters

Axver 01-29-2016 10:05 PM

Oh my god there's even a map.

This must be the lead candidate for most overblown album in history.

liamcool 01-29-2016 10:13 PM

Oh, "Faythe" as in faith. As in an Act of Faith.

...fuck you John Petrucci.

IWasBored 01-29-2016 10:14 PM

does he have kids? cos that's like the asshole parent who gives their kid a normal name like alexander but spells it alyx'ndre.

Moonlit_Angel 01-29-2016 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IWasBored (Post 8046823)
does he have kids? cos that's like the asshole parent who gives their kid a normal name like alexander but spells it alyx'ndre.

This made me laugh.

I'm not listening to this, in part 'cause I'm not familiar with this band's music (though I may check out some of those clips shared in the first post here at some point) and I don't really have the patience to really sit through a 130 minute album.

But I'll happily read this thread and see what all everyone has to say about it. It sounds like it'd be...quite an interesting adventure :p.


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