At least for me and I have not been pleased with their last few albums but this one takes the cake.
It literally sounds like the new form of Dream Theater mixed a touch of Awake and Petrucci's lead tone in Liquid Tension Experiment.
They try some new things vocally that I think James hits the ball out of the park with and sounds phenomenal. Every Ruddess moment is perfect and not over the top.
Myung's bass tone is stupid good and he's always perfect so.
And then finally Mike Mangini finally gets to shine on this record like he deserves. I think he even wrote the lyrics to "Room 137?"
Although, it's taken far too long. This is the band I was hoping this era would sound like. Just listen to these tracks. Petrucci's solos are so good in the first two listed I literally screamed out loud for a while because this is the best he has sounded in a long time.
If you see the extended version of the album. Buy it! "Viper King" is the bonus track for the extended album and it just might be the best song.
Song and Solo sounds like something out of "Awake." Reminds me of "Lie."
John Myung's opening riff/tone is to die for. Apparently, in this song there is a silence and someone says "wow." It sounds just like Owen Wilson but Petrucci he says he cannot confirm who said it on the album. Kind of wild and as I already said, Petrucci's solo is this song is just perfect. Outside of his usual licks.
This is just purely a great Dream Theater song and James wrote the lyrics. He sings is beautifully and the band flows well together here.
This track reminds me of "Wait For Sleep" from I&W and James shines perfectly here.
The track inspired by Carl Sagan. Wonderful song, I swear they took a chapter out of Symphony X's book and applied it here.
It's amazing, the band as a whole goes full force virtuosity. Kind of like "Dance of Eternity."
Finally the bonus track:
This song had to be for fun, it's short and full blast Dream Theater. Might be my favorite song.
Thank God Dream Theater is back because I have been waiting so long for an album that shines and brings tears to my eyes. Which this one did.
Listen to this album cranked and I hope you all enjoy it!