Monday Melomaniac Review 1

Here at A Nice Place, we would like to keep things “nice”. So to keep you from running away by inside drama, I’ve decided to give you, the public, from me. Melomaniac I may not be, but just go with it anyways. What I am though, is a very analytical, and objective person, giving me the ability to review and think what’s right for the best of us. And when I mean the best of us, I mean anyone around listening to GOOD music (not the mainstream crap of today!).

What would I consider good music? Well anything, by first hand, that is catchy, coherent, harmonized and represents an emotion which I can grasp. Then again, making a catchy tune is as easy as making a piece of bread, so anyone, with enough effort, can make it. But in the end, some breads just taste better than others, and to me, most of the time, the more elaborated breads just taste spectacular next to your industrialized, commercialized and processed white bread. And this is why I have fallen into the deep fanaticism of the… Progressive Music genre.

More specifically, due to my surroundings, Progressive Metal. Started around the late 80’s early 90’s, this genre clashes Metallica (which was proto-progressive actually) with Pink Floyd. Bands like Opeth, Queensryche, and the now iconic Dream Theater, make up this genre pretty well. So what better way to start off this series of music exploration, recommendation and review than with the first album I’ve ever purchased, and the best one so far!

Dream Theater’s:

faces!

faces!

Metropolis Pt.2:  Scenes from a Memory.

This album, as most of progressive nature, is a concept album, in which we continue the story of the protagonist, “Nicholas”, who has vivid dreams of a girl dying, turning out to be a past life of his. The album itself embarks concepts such as death, love, the search for one’s self and afterlife. Nothing to be taken lightly here, and certainly none of it is. It starts out with Nicholas getting hypnotized to reveal what is bothering him so much. For an entry to an album it’s phenomenal! Especially if you listen to the album on your own for the very first time. It sets you right where you want to, as the play starts (the lyrics and the titles of the album are set out as a play in the case and cover).

This is Dream Theater’s entering it’s golden age. In the era when Mike Portnoy (drummer) was still experimenting with drums (thing which has been missed in the newer launches), John Petrucci (Guitarist) was the only soloist, Jordan Rudess (Keyboards) only played keyboards and had just joined, so he was still timid, John Myung (bassist) is as bad ass as ever, and James LaBrie’s (singer) voice is near the end of it’s young capabilities.

The instrumentation is by far the best they’ve done as an album, with climactic hair-raising guitar solos, very masterpiece riffs, interesting drumming, epic songs, and just-right rhythm changes, sticking to the real Progressive. If you want to hear the Magnum Opus of Dream Theater, listen to this, if you want to hear prog. Metal at it’s best, listen to this. There is everything in here from virtuosity, all spectrum of emotion, secret songs (there is a fit and place passage with songs from other albums), the works. In these albums you’ll find DT’s first archetype song which has a main riffs and solos for each instrument, Fatal Tragedy, the first album to leave a not at the end of a second to be picked up with the following album, and one of their best instrumental songs, The Dance of Eternity, and one of their best finishing songs (set the mood right after a climactic set of songs), Finally Free.

As a review, I say it’s not fair to give music numbers, unless we get into the “Math” ensemble of genres (which is a type of extremely experimental progressive) later on. So for this Album I’ll rate it with a word, and that word is “Magnum Opus” the best award you can get from me ;).

Prog on! And Just Fly,

-Mati

P.S.

Here are a few links for you to try them:

ACT I, Scene II (Overture 1928 + Strange Deja vu)

ACT II, Scene VII (Dance of Eternity + One Last Time)

ACT II, Scene IX (Finally Free)

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13 Responses to Monday Melomaniac Review 1

  1. ChocoMooseMan says:

    “And when I mean the best of us, I mean anyone around listening to GOOD music (not the mainstream crap of today!).”

    That’s not very nice, different people have different tastes. And the artists that work towards creating that music for different people often work hard and fight many pirates to get their work to those people. It practically diminishes the sentence before it, almost entirely negating it. In fact, it practically negates this entire thing.

    And in case you hadn’t noticed, views increased during the flux of “drama” as you put it, so there. Oh, and Dream Theatre works for Warner, aka AOL Time Warner. So you may need to get your “taste buds” checked. Or at least pay attention to who you’re buying bread from.

  2. Dragonmati says:

    It’s the same restaurant, different chef ;).

    And you can’t argue that Britney Spears elaborates and composes her music just as much as the Beatles did to theirs.

    As for the pirate thing, that’s more of a money problem, at least it is for me. I’m not going to pay twenty-five bucks for an album that has been out for 10 year already, when a pound of bread costs less than a dollar!

  3. ChocoMooseMan says:

    I’m not arguing about Britney Spears, my statement doesn’t matter what the band is, or the singer. It’s arbitrary, it could be any band. Regardless of the quality to taste in the elaborate bread, tastes do differ, and that doesn’t diminish the work that goes into making the bread. Because a song isn’t made by just the singers, just the faces. It’s made up of all the people that go into making that song.

    Think of it like a pizza, a very elaborate pizza, but a pizza nonetheless. You have the producers, the directors, that get these people out there, that get them where they need to be to become popular and famous, they’re like the crust. Then you have the sound crews, the make-up artists, the videographers, the editors, people who come in to do just the song or just the music video or both. These people are like the sauce, they dress up what the crust is presenting to make it more appetizing. Then comes the songwriter, the composer, background audiovisual people, they’re the cheese, the workers, the thinkers, the creators, the part that holds this elaborate pizza together. Finally, you’ve got the toppers, whether it be a group of people or one pop idol, whatever the flavor of the week is, in however many numbers, all supported by the stuff underneath. So, tell me, when you pay for a pizza, do you get just the toppings, or the whole thing?

    I present for the people to consider, music: bread or pizza? Elaborate how you will.

  4. Dragonmati says:

    No no, you got it all wrong.

    The Bread/Pizza is the song itself, the chef is the band! And it’s all about the band! The rest just add the spices.

  5. ChocoMooseMan says:

    So if it’s all about the band, why even bother making an elaborate bread analogy in the first place? What about the elaborate chef? Does he deserve some recognition then?

  6. Dragonmati says:

    No one deserves more credit than the band, period. Now the others do deserve credit, I just think, from my personal perspective, that the band is the nucleus of it all.

  7. ChocoMooseMan says:

    Okay, but if the band is the nucleus does that make the songs the Ribosomes or Mitochondria? Are the producers and directors essentially the Cytoskeleton? And what of the publisher? Is that like the bloodstream this thing is potentially moving through?

  8. Dragonmati says:

    BAH! You ruined my completely Physical analogy with biologay mubo-jumbo! I can’t compete with that! I quit because I completely lack to understand any of your jibber-jabber!

  9. ChocoMooseMan says:

    HA-HA! I WIN! WHICH IS TO SAY YOU LOSE! I SHALL NOW RIDE INTO THE SUNSET IN VICTORY!

  10. Dragonmati says:

    Yes because winning is a big part of life’s meaning.

  11. ChocoMooseMan says:

    Damn straight it is, else why would there be war? Hoo huh, yeah, what’s it good for?

  12. Keljeck says:

    KILLIN’ NAZIS!

  13. ChocoMooseMan says:

    oh…that’s not nice at all…

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