DREAM THEATER – Distance Over Time

DREAM THEATER - Distance Over Time
  • 10/10
    DREAM THEATER - Distance Over Time - 10/10


Inside Out Music
Release date: February 22, 2019

User Review
7.25/10 (4 votes)

Distance Over Time is the 14th full length release from legendary American Progressive Metal Band Dream Theater.  The band sequestered themselves for four months in upstate New York at Yonderbarn Studios, living and working together 24/7 until the record was complete.  They have not used this approach in 20 years and, as a result of this process, Distance Over Time is an absolute triumph for longtime fans, particularly those of the Awake era.  Outstanding production, outstanding material, and of course, outstanding performances make Distance Over Time everything Dream Theater fans have come to expect, but there is a musical chemistry that is not always present on some of their later works.  Emotional, poignant and thematic lyrics and musical emoting give this album a weight that few artists can deliver.

Particularly “Barstool Warrior”, and “At Wits End” deliver on a truly evocative level.  Riff heavy, technically proficient, and well written songs, full of the keyboard/guitar call and response and harmony lines the listener comes to expect from Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci, James LaBrie’s unmistakable vocal delivery (though to be fair, he is mixed back just a bit) John Myung’s intricate bass lines (mixed a little more prominently than usual, and it works well) and Mike Mangini’s technical drumming (and lyrical contibution for the first time in “Room 137”) all deliver powerfully, and never get off into the weeds of too much.  Distance Over Time is a contender, both for the best of 2019, and the best from Dream Theater in decades.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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