and I'm not sure what to think. I like some of it and the rest bores me which is pretty much how I've felt about the last 4 or 5 albums. I think TOT is about the only album that I've really enjoyed this decade.
Does anyone else think it's time for the Portnoy and Petrucci production team to take a rest and maybe hire an outside producer for the next album? I think it's time for some new ideas. These songs have been getting stale for a while and these two can't be helping by producing everything. And another thing, does Portnoy have to sing on every song now????
As I'm typing this I'm realizing this is turning into a rant more than just a simple post about my thoughts on the new album, so I guess I'll continue on.....
I think Jordan is a nice guy and a great talent, but I don't like him in DT. I never really have. I think if he's going to keep using that hybrid synth/guitar sound, just get another guitar player. I'm sick of his solo's and his sound selections, especially that pacman sound he uses way too often. And finally, James Labrie, what I can say? His voice just annoys the shit out of me. I don't think I'm alone with that opinion either. I used to really like his voice in the old days and maybe that's because the material from the early 90's fit his style more, but now I just can't stand hearing him.
Obviously, they're doing fine. They continue to be huge progressive metal band and can play good sized venues and do quite well with record sales, so they must be doing something right. For me though, I'll stick with WDADU, I&W and Awake as the real DT sound.
Sorry for wasting your time with this useless banter.
I pretty much agree in every regard.