A View From The Top Of The World

Dream Theater - A View From The Top Of The World
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
October 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
InsideOut / Label
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Do Dream Theater actually enjoy making new music together anymore?

Prog metal big names Dream Theater have had cracks in their foundation for a while, but it wasn’t until the 2010’s and the departure of drummer Mike Portnoy, leaving John Petrucci as the main creative leader, that the band really felt like it was running on autopilot to the point that it felt like the band was a Greta Van Fleet of themselves. It’s clear that Dream Theater should have listened to Mike when he ... read more
Yet another hour of prog-metal wankery from one of the most consistently uninteresting and overrated bands of all time.
The Alien - 4/5
Answering The Call - 3/5
Invisible Monster - 2/5
Sleeping Giant - 4/5
Transcending Time - 4/5
Awaken The Master - 5/5 ❤
A View From The Top Of The World - 4/5
The biggest problem with progressive metal is that, despite albums marketing themselves as progressive, they tend to do exactly the same few things. Whether it's stack solos on top of each other, write multiple melodies that go nowhere, or just resort to making the same riffs that sound like you can't start your car. Progressive metal works best when it incorporates elements beyond that and actually evolves the genre. For a genre named progressive, a lot of artists sound EXACTLY the same. And ... read more
Dream Theater - A View From The Top Of The World

Genre: Progressive Metal
Country: US

Final Verdict: 73% (Very Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 87th / 873

Highlight: Invisible Monster

Made me think of:
Planet X
Symphony X
Fates Warning
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Track List

  1. The Alien
  2. Answering The Call
  3. Invisible Monster
  4. Sleeping Giant
  5. Transcending Time
  6. Awaken The Master
  7. A View From The Top Of The World

Year End Lists

#11/Prog Magazine
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Added on: July 28, 2021