Dream Theater // Distant Memories: Live In London // Album Review
Dream Theater returns with their 9th career live album, Distant Memories: Live In London
Recorded at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith, London. I myself have never had the pleasure of witnessing DT live so this was a treat as their reputation as a formidable force live was about to finally realized.
Right from the off the production is sublime and you are totally immersed in crystal clear recording which just showcases the phenomenal talent within the band. Petrucci’s thunderous riffage kicks in and the crystal clear vocals of LaBrie just cut through like a knife. Prog-tastic, you know you ain’t in Kansas anymore with this killer recording, instead, you are transported into an otherworldly experience with cinematic soundscapes and edge of your seat musicianship that just leaves you breathless. With tracks like ‘A Nightmare To Remember’ coming in at 16minutes 37 seconds or so you’re in for the long haul, but any established DT fan will know this already. You don’t see the time passing by as you are treated to a sonic eargasm as each and every track just envelopes you in this warm fuzzy prog blanket.
Admittedly one man’s pleasure can be another man’s poison, so this genre of music may not tickle everyone’s fancy but you should definitely take the time to dip your toes in this refreshing and invigorating DT pool. An unbelievable three-decade career with little sign of stopping, these guys are a benchmark that so many covet to emulate, rightfully so their work has been impeccable and a seemingly impossible standard for so many years, the haters waiting for the bubble to burst and us mere mortals just hanging in there wondering how it is all done.
A truly stunning snapshot of where Dream Theater is now as a band, it is a frightening prospect that for all their years of experience DT may not a peaked and we may not have yet seen the best of them, but this has to be pretty damn close.
Love, love, love this album, crazy-beautiful and absolutely Awe-inspiring, for any musician out there who wants to understand what a lifetime’s dedication to your craft translates to Distant Memories: Live In London has it In spades.
Dream Theater: Distant Memories: Live In London is out Nov 27th via Inside Out Music.
Distant Memories – Live In London is the band’s first since 2014’s Breaking the Fourth Wall. The new live release will be available in various configurations including digital only, a 3-CD and 2 DVD multibox, a 3-CD and 2 Blu-Ray digipak with slipcase, a limited deluxe 3-CD + 2 Blu-Ray + 2 DVD Artbook and a limited 4-LP and 3-CD box set. The video components will also feature a Behind The Scenes look at the band as they get ready for the shows. All formats of Distant Memories – Live In London are now available for pre-order here: