Dream Theater // A View From The Top Of The World // Album Review
On the 15th of October, Dream Theater will release their fifteenth studio album, “A View From the Top Of The World”, and it is a prog-rockers delight.
Seven tracks encompass all the Dream Theater are about, from scintillating six-minute classics to a twenty-minute opus that will leave you both astounded and mesmerized. Opening track “The Alien” flies out of the traps with a barrage of drums, heavy bass and riffs out the door before it breaks down into a cool guitar piece with a killer drum beat backing it up, LaBrie’s vocals are immense and when the chorus hits he really shines with a soaring melodic tone that is amazing, the keyboard/guitar combos on the track are brilliant and they play off one and other to great effect, a cracking way to kick the album off.
“Answering The Call” opens up with a cutting riff that transforms into a great mini solo with crashing drums and a heavy bass accompaniment, the song is insanely catchy with some amazing guitar work that is given a serious run for its money by the equally awesome keyboards, LaBrie ties it all together with another towering vocal performance. “Invisible Monster” is a punchy number with a kicking drum beat and funky riffs, it has an air of Jeff Wayne’s “War Of The Worlds” at the midpoint with its otherworldly feel, a brilliant track. “Sleeping Giant” is a bass-heavy track that meanders along with some nice crisp riffs, LaBrie has a darker tone to his vocals that gives a sinister feel to it which is ramped up more so by the keyboard ramblings of Rudess and the back and forth with the guitar, giving you an intense sonic experience. “Transcending Time” feels like the 80s all over again with glam rock riffs and quirky keyboards all to a backdrop of a thick bass line, snappy drums and melodic uplifting vocals, a throwback that is amazing.
“Awaken The Master” rumbles into the lift with a seriously heavy bass line, grinding riffs and funky mind-bending keyboards, you would be forgiven for thinking this is going to be an instrumental as it is just on the three-minute mark before LaBrie comes in with great melodic vocals that are quite stunning, the guitars on this track get to shred a little more than some of the previous ones and that is no bad thing as they are amazing, a great tune. Title track “A View From The Top Of The World” closes the album as only Dream Theater can, with a twenty-minute opus that encompasses all that the band are about; scintillating guitars, brilliant keyboards, pounding drums and a thick bass line all tied together by LaBrie’s far-ranging vocals, there is only one way to describe this and that is epic.
For my money, this is one of the best Dream Theater albums in a long time.
The tracklisting for A View From The Top Of The World is:
1) The Alien (9:32)
2) Answering The Call (7:35)
3) Invisible Monster (6:31)
4) Sleeping Giant (10:05)
5) Transcending Time (6:25)
6) Awaken The Master (9:47)
7) A View From The Top Of The World (20:24)
Dream Theater is also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The Top Of The World Tour of North America kicks off on October 28th in Arizona and runs through December 14th where it concludes in Florida. More information on all dates, tickets for all upcoming shows, as well as VIP packages can be found at www.dreamtheater.net.
DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCE SPRING 2022 EUROPEAN TOUR IN SUPPORT OF UPCOMING ALBUM
A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD
THEIR 15TH STUDIO ALBUM SCHEDULED FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON OCTOBER 22ND
Hot on the heels of their new video “The Alien“, celebrating the launch of their 15th studio album A View From The Top Of The World, two-time GRAMMY-nominated and million-selling progressive music titans Dream Theater have revealed further touring plans, intending to traverse Europe in spring 2022, following their autumn/winter US trek. Special guests are yet to be announced.
The UK leg includes three arena shows in April 2022, in Belfast, Newcastle, and London. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 3rd September from all good box offices and online here. A number of pre-sales will kick off before that, including with SeeTickets, Ticketmaster, Gigantic, AXS, and Planet Rock.
More information on all dates, tickets for all upcoming shows, as well as VIP packages can be found at www.dreamtheater.net.
ABOUT DREAM THEATER:
Progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater share a unique bond with one of the most passionate fan bases around the globe as evidenced by their two GRAMMY® Award nominations and 15 million records sold worldwide. The 1992 opus Images & Words received a gold certification and landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.” Guitar World placed the follow-up Awake at #1 on “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994.” 1996’s A Change of Seasons notably soundtracked NBC’s coverage of Downhill Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Fans voted the 1999 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory the “Number One All-Time Progressive Rock Album” in a 2012 Rolling Stone poll. Not to mention, it ranked as the “15th Greatest Concept Album” by Classic Rock. 2009 saw Black Clouds & Silver Linings crash the Billboard Top 200 at #6 as A Dramatic Turn of Events  and Dream Theater  maintained a three-peat in the chart’s Top 10. Consequence of Sound dubbed 2016’s The Astonishing, “An absolutely unique experience,” and clinched the band their highest national album chart position yet in the UK (#11), amongst others. Beyond three platinum and two gold videos, the group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2019, the band continued to expand its audience when they released Distance Over Time to critical and commercial acclaim, taking the band Top Ten in 19 countries, including two #1 spots. On their 15th full-length and second studio release for InsideOutMusic / Sony Music, A View From The Top Of The World the band continue to challenge themselves and push their musical envelope – something they have done for over 30-years performing together.
InsideOutMusic is the leading label worldwide for progressive music and is part of the Century Media Label Group, a division of Sony Music.