Dream Theater“Metropolis Part II: Scenes From A Memory”
Live Sound

Critique6 – CD #1

The long-anticipated new release from progressive metal giants, Dream Theater finally lays in my hands. It seems that everything this band does gets better and better with every project. Everything on this cd is superb, and I say that no only because I am a fan. Everything was very sharp and clear in the mix for the majority of the album. The other part was a little hard to tell what was going on. At one point during the guitar solos on one of the tracks about half way through, the guitar seemed to gain a bunch of high-end, making it sound really bright. This was an okay effect for the song, but I hope they don’t use it again unless they know what they are doing. There is also a part where the distortion seems to just crunch the guitars horribly.

The vocals are excellent on James LaBrie’s part, but for some reason the mix just didn’t sound like his voice all that much. This kept up for the whole cd. It was almost as if there were absolutely no lower tones in his voice and that the vocal track didn’t make it to the master mix. I like the vocals and they sound great indeed, but I was slightly curious by this. What made them want to do this to his vocals? I think it fits well with the theme of the cd, but it is very different form past Dream Theater projects.

As for the rest of the instruments, I like the overall sounds. If I were to nitpick it track by track, I’d find a few that just aggravated the last nerve in my body, but there are also some parts where the guitars sound so fluid and natural that I can’t believe it’s on a cd. Sometimes the guitars are a little too bright and twangy. I don’t like twangy guitars, they give me a headache and make me want to stop playing the disc. This only happens in about one or two of the songs on the whole cd. The keyboards sound great and stand out when they are supposed to. The bass has a nice “present, but not overwhelming” feel. The drums are really brought to life in the songs on this disc, there is not a lot of that muted sound that sometimes goes along with drum kits.

Overall, I give this cd a 9 ˝ out of 10, for excellent production on a professional level that surpasses most bands’ greatest achievements.