DREAM THEATER — Awake (review)

DREAM THEATER — Awake album cover Album · 1994 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
I must admit it's been several years since i've listened to these DREAM THEATER albums and it's been interesting to say the least. I used to rate this significantly higher than "Images And Words" but now i feel they are pretty much even with both being low 4 star records. Man i'd love this band if they were darker and nastier and stayed far away from that sappy, schmaltsy style that they keep getting close too. Well maybe "Falling Into Infinity" is where they get too close to that style. Anyway "Awake" like it's predessesor has it's great moments along with those average ones making it a mixed bag for me. Certainly the great ones out-weigh the average ones or these wouldn't be getting 4 stars. This would be Kevin Moore's final album with the band and he goes out with his head held high. I much prefer his style to Rudess the way he can create atmosphere over showing off his skills. Just my tastes of course. Man i wish they had of dropped both "Voices" and "The Silent Man" as i don't like either plus the album would have clocked in at about 60 minutes instead of the overlong 75 minutes. The rest of the album is excellent. I think "Scarred" is my favourite although Moore's "Space-Dye Vest" is right there. I will always be impressed with the skills these guys have and they are on display in spades on this album.
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