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Train Of Thought

Dream Theater Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
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With commendable dedication to duty, very little has changed in the peripheral progressive-metal world of Long Island's Dream Theater, but times surely have. Thus, while Train of Thought, the band's eighth studio album since debuting with 1989's When Dream and Day Unite can hardly be categorised as a stylistic derailment from the combo's grandiose gameplan, it is a record likely to be greeted with rather more of a cordial reception in these muso-friendly times. Afterall, while progressive rock is never going to be as fashionable again as it was in the good old days of Tarkus and Uncle Rick Wakeman, the classical rock bombast of Muse and the hysterical heavy-metal immodesty of the Darkness has thrown a commercial lifebelt to prog rock's more twiddly practioners. To this end, it's hard not to be seduced by the 11 minutes of "This Dying Soul", which at times comes across as a rap-metal version of Richie Blackmore's Rainbow with a piano solo in the middle, or the similarly lengthy and wholly instrumental "Stream of Consciousness" (perhaps a posh way of saying "jam session"), a sonic joust between John Petrucci's screeching fretwork and Jordan Rudess's antique synths. Wholly American in its self-awareness--lyrics about religious fundamentalism and getting along with the family just wouldn't sound right coming from a band domiciled in Weston-super-Mare--Train of Thought might just find a whole new wave of music fans waking up to the existence of "Dream Theater. --Kevin Maidment

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Dream Theater has maintained a rare combination of stellar musicianship and unwavering passion for over a decade, selling millions of albums and filling concert venues worldwide. The band once again confirms its status as progressive hard rock's standard-bearers on their latest studio epic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Dream Theater's Best July 5 2004
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album from Dream Theater that I bought. I had heard that John Petrucci was an amazing guitarist who never fails to include a lengthy and incredible solo. You see I had just bought Contraband by Velvet Revolver, and while it was a very good album, Slash (who when he is given something to work with is just as good as Petrucci) only has two good solos. Train of Thought was kind of misleading because the sound featured on here is nothing like their big albums "Images & Words" and "Metropolis Pt. 2." This album is has a dark, heavy sound and Petrucci's rhythym guitar work sounds similar to Korn, Limp Bizkit, and System of a Down, but unlike those bands, this music is never noise but is impressive throughout.
1. As I Am 10/10- The radio single from the CD never received any airtime. A quiet intro gets louder and goes into LaBrie's pounding lyrics. "From the doubtful I demand, TAKE ME AS I AM!" is the highlight of this song, but has good performances by the entire band.
2. This Dying Soul 9/10- Over 11:00 long, never gets boring. Has a long band jam that features many solos by both Rudess and Petrucci. The only problem is that the song sounds more like two or three songs because there are no smooth transitions between solos.
3. Endless Sacrifice 10/10- Another song over 11:00 long, but has another lengthy instrumental section with a great playing by Petrucci and Portnoy, but Rudess shows how amazing he is with his keyboard work.
4. Honor Thy Father 6/10- Has a sound like Korn or Limp Bizkit with rap-like lyrics and guitar solos that are more noise than pleasure. Portnoy and Myung help this song and make it somewhat worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music and Message June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
OK, folks... As a new DT fan, I don't have the history of following the band through all of their ups and downs, micro-analyzing every note, kick-drum and power chord. In fact, I just, in the past 2 weeks have become keenly aware of DT and I really like what I hear! However, these are musicians, not gods. And, as musicans, it's their job to tell it like it is for us, their audience. On ToT, DT does that, in spades. I own IAW and SFAM and now ToT, and very MUCH like the musical maturity that DT is displaying here. Let's be honest... IAW, while a very laudable first "major" release, was basically Queensryche and Slaughter done VERY well! It rocked! SFAM was absolutely BRILLIANT!! Prog metal at it's finest! Now, ToT explores a leaner, meaner sound. I, too, wondered where the keys went to, but, they're there, adding just the right touch to temper the buzz-saw of the guitars. Drums... well, I think are a tad over-played, but not to distraction. Bass, John keeps the low end just right, holding it all together. Now, that's the music. Here's the message: pain, loss, grief, disappointment, addiction. Anybody get that, but me? This is a very angry and hurt album. Typical prog doesn't work with this message. I think that the "uber-heaviness" is appropriate for dealing with these topics. Look below the surface, folks. This isn't a nice tidy concept album. This is, as I agree that one reviewer posted, what Metallica's "St. Anger" should have been but WAY wasn't. I'm not going to nit-pick the songs. It's been done here.But, suffice it to say, that DT has grown up, are now facing their own demons and letting us in on the process. That's what we pay them for. If you want to hear IAW or SFAM, get out those discs and play them. But, this is a terrific album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best keeps getting better! June 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
The 2003 release of, Train of Thought, marks Dream Theater's heaviest album to date.
Awake was an heavy album as well as dark, but Train of Thought takes the cake.
When this album was rumored around Christ, it was either going to be a pro-christ album or an anti-christ album. This album is stuck in the middle. The lyrics are asking questions about faith and religion, like most people do.
On the music side, John Petrucci's guitar work proves he is probably the best all-around guitarist, next to Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc. With his fast soloing surrounded by his leads and riffs. He tunes down to C and B to teach all the guitarists, how to play. :)
Mike Portnoy is great as always. He is now playing with a 4 bass drum kit. As for the rest of the band, good job, fellas :)
The first song off the album, As I Am, is their first single. You can request the song to be played on your local radio station, as well as hear it on their website.
I have my favorites, but the whole album is good. Except, track 5, I could do without that one.
This album is a must for any Dream Theater fan, Progressive Metal fan, Guitar-driven rock fan, and guitar player.
If you like this album, check out any other DT album like... Images and Words, Awake, Six degrees..., and Metropolis Pt.2(my favorite).
Other bands you might like, Liquid Tension Experiment, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Queensryche, Fates Warning, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I likes it May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well it looks like we are in the midst of a an anti-Dream Theater backlash. Many of us(myself included, although to a lesser extent than most) tended to be a bit over enthusiastic in our praising of this band, and their fanboys tend to be of a particularly obnoxious and devious breed. So I can't say that the backlash completely undeserved. However, I don't think that this is the album that should've instigated it, and personally I like it second best of theirs that I own.(I haven't got the debut or FII)
It is standard practice for bands to insist that their next album is going to be heavier than the last. It is substantially less common for this actually to occur, which is what has happened here. Make no mistake, this album is FAR heavier than any of their others, and is more consistently metal-oriented as well.(i.e. more loud parts which are now louder) This, naturally, means that it doesn't employ the sort of tonal changes and genre-hopping that DT is known for. Take this as you will, as it is certain to be a detractor for many. Personally, I find the relative lack of fruity keyboards to be anything but a flaw. It would appear, however, that most disagree.
Personally, I've always been a metal fan, first and foremost, so their moving in a more conventionally metal direction is what I'd always wanted. Petrucci's new guitar tone absolutely crushes his earlier work, and the keyboards have a much subtler roll. They are, however, not as dimished as many seem to claim. Now the 'boards tend to texture and color the guitar riffs primarily, rather then provide leads and counter melodies. They are, however, usually doing something and are still fairly integral to the album.
The downside fo the more metallic turn is that Labrie is not as well suited for heavier material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of their best. Every song is 10/10.
Published 1 month ago by Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 4 DT albums
Along with Scenes From a Memory, Octavarium and Images and Words, Train of Thought is my favorite Dream Theater Album. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2007 by Sebulba
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Metal Album of all time
This is the best Dream Theater album IMO along side Six degrees of Inner Turbulence.

Every song on both albums is DT's best, although the editing is a little weak in... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2006 by Chris R. Call
3.0 out of 5 stars Train of Thought
If Metallica, Van Halen, and Jethro Tull got together to jam, this is what it would sound like. The focus is definitely on the virtuoso musicianship. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever
I love it this album all its entirety is so DAMN good i really recomend you to buy it
Published on July 16 2004 by Alejandro D Loreto
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE Dissapointment!
Oh man, oh MAN! What the HELL happened in this recording session?! When Dream Theater released 'Images and Words,' it changed my life and virtually every recording up to this... Read more
Published on July 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest album is latest progression
Prog Metal/Rock...whatever you maybe call this group means a lot of things. Sure some of these songs are heavier then awake, but some songs just dig right into you and hang onto... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by BurningFate
1.0 out of 5 stars No big deal
If you wanna listen virtuoso musicians than can WRITE SONGS instead of indulging themselves, listen RUSH. Skip Dream Theater.
Published on July 11 2004 by PATHERSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Grew on me...
When I first got this album I thought it was OK, but nothing special. I listened to it a few times and then put it away. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by opy666
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a ride on this Train Of Thought.....
Is there anything left to say about this album? It's great!
Although my personal favorite still remains SFAM, this album is a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published on June 28 2004
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