DREAM THEATER — Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Live at Wacken (2015) (review)

DREAM THEATER — Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Live at Wacken (2015) album cover Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2022 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
martindavey87
Released in 2022 as part of the ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives’ series, ‘Live At Wacken (2015)’ sees Dream Theater make a stop on their 30th Anniversary tour at the world-famous German heavy metal festival.

With only an hour to spare, the band make a brief run through a number of their albums, with a set list that incorporates all their major elements, both heavy and melodic (‘As I Am’, ‘Panic Attack’, ‘The Spirit Carries On’), and full-on progressive (‘Metropolis Pt. 1’). No easy task, given the wealth of their back-catalogue, as well as the duration of most of their songs.

As expected, the musicianship is superb, with the band on top form and really smashing the instrumental side of things. Sadly, as always, vocalist James LaBrie is tough to listen to at times, especially on the older material. He’s struggling, but he tries anyway. Bless him.

Overall, ‘Live At Wacken’ is a decent enough live album. It’s not essential by any stretch, but die-hard collectors will certainly enjoy owning it and giving it a spin or two.
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Pekka wrote:
4 months ago
It is truly sad. I bet he himself very well knows how bad he often does live but still has to carry on like nothing. In any other profession if your level of daily performance deteriorates so completely you either resign or are let go. I still am a big fan of the band and want him to do well, and hope he gets better the next tour. In studio he is always just fine.
martindavey87 wrote:
4 months ago
Sadly, I agree. On albums he's absolutely amazing, but age and wear-and-tear have not been kind to him.
UMUR wrote:
4 months ago
As great as James LaBrie is on studio recordings, as terrible he is on live recordings (and at gigs). The man can´t sing in a live environment if his life dependent on it. He is such a terrible live singer.

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