DREAM THEATER – A View From The Top Of The World

DREAM THEATER - A View From The Top Of The World
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    DREAM THEATER - A View From The Top Of The World - 9/10


Label: Inside Out
Release date: October 22, 2021

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Masters of Prog Metal Return

Before Prog Metal was even a thing, Dream Theater was hard at work creating their own style of music, and with the release of their 15th studio album A View From The Top of The World, they have more than cemented themselves as the kings of the genre. The ever-consistent lineup of Dream Theater continues with guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, Vocalist James LaBrie, Keyboardist Jordan Rudess and drummer Mike Mangini all performing to their always high standard, while delivering another excellent selection of songs that will satisfy even the toughest critics.

A Tour Ends – A New Album Begins

When the global pandemic struck in 2020, Dream Theater were in the middle of a sold-out world tour in support of their last release Distance Over Time and the 20th anniversary of Scenes From A Memory. As the tour was cancelled, the band found themselves back at home in the states, with James LaBrie in Canada and a new album in the works. Four of the five members wrote together in the recently finished DTHQ (Dream Theater Headquarters) studio space, while LaBrie contributed via Zoom meetings. In March of 2021, LaBrie was able to travel to New York and finally record vocals with John Petrucci. With Andy Sneap (Judas Priest) producing, the band came together to create an album that has everything musically that Dream Theater fans could ask for with catchy vocal hooks combined with stunning technical performances.

Final Notes

A View from the Top of the World shows us the maturity and continued growth of Dream Theater as the premiere Prog Metal act that fans know and love. With 7 songs coming in at a monster of 70 minutes, the band certainly lives up to their reputation of producing longer compositions that captivate, and keep us coming back for more. Top tracks for this reviewer include “Invisible Monster” and the epic 20 minute long “A View from the Top of the World”. If you are already a fan, then you know what to expect from Dream Theater, and you won’t be disappointed. Highly recommended to all fans of Prog Metal, and any melodic based metal. Add this to your collection, you’ll be glad you did.

Dream Theater band pic


James LaBrie – vocals
John Petrucci – guitars, production
John Myung – bass
Jordan Rudess – keyboards
Mike Mangini – drums

A View from the Top of the World – Tracklist

  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
    1. The Crowning Glory
    2. Rapture Of The Deep
    3. The Driving Force


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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