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It’s not too common for a band to self title its twelfth album, after a career of more than two decades. It’s a sign of silent confidence and certainty for Dream Theater, who seemed reenergized on their previous record, ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’. Now, with new drummer Mike Mangini taking part in the writing process, progressive metal pioneers take their next step with impressive style.

In ‘Dream Theater’ they managed to fit everything: cinematic intro ‘False Awakening Suite’, dynamic tracks ‘The Enemy Inside’ & ‘Behind the Veil’, Rush-inspired song ‘The Looking Glass’, instrumental ‘Enigma Machine’, melody driven ‘The Bigger Picture’, ‘Along for the Ride’ and 22minute orchestral epic ‘Illumination Theory’ – all performed with the technical prowess that the band is known for.

John Myung’s bass is really dominant this time around, Mangini showcases his talent, Jordan Rudess on keys performs at his usual high level and singer James LaBrie – although not my favorite singer – really gives emotional depth to the songs (his solo effort ‘Impermanent Resonance’ is also very cool). For guitarist John Petrucci everything’s already been said.

Some people may think ‘Dream Theater’ is less expansive and progressive than usual. In my opinion, all that matters is still here.