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What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #245 on: July 28, 2017, 04:46:02 PM »
^
I don't know if it was 'didn't allow', 'there wasn't room', 'gotta get all of the lyrics/story in', or whatever......

I'm still astonishhhhh.......surprised that there's nothing in those 2+ hours where there is ZERO focus on the rhythm section (be it a moody or heavy section, solo or tag team).

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #246 on: July 29, 2017, 03:02:23 AM »
The problem with TA was that it was way too good for a band of their age. Seriously, aren't you supposed to release your best work within your first 3 albums?
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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #247 on: July 29, 2017, 06:57:18 AM »
I'd love to see a wild run of about 70 minutes, 8-12 songs with most being on the shorter side for DT and some being on the average/longer side, consisting of crazy "experiments" like Lord Nafaryus. I want to hear some amazing mixes of their own style with other genres, letting James have a field day with his vocals, just having a good old time taking their own style in all sorts of directions.

Also, don't let JP write lyrics for more than 1/3rd of the album. I like the plot for The Astonishing, I like the general idea of many of his songs, but at this point I can hardly count how many *executions* and full on lyrics of his I've truly appreciated since BCSL. Illumination Theory being a highly notable exception.

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #248 on: July 29, 2017, 07:11:56 PM »
^
I don't know if it was 'didn't allow', 'there wasn't room', 'gotta get all of the lyrics/story in', or whatever......

I'm still astonishhhhh.......surprised that there's nothing in those 2+ hours where there is ZERO focus on the rhythm section (be it a moody or heavy section, solo or tag team).

Yes, I'm kinda too, only now that you're mentioning it. But anyways, there are some moments... two that come to mind right now: the pre-JP solo on A New Beginning, and the (precisely, moody/heavy section) on The Walking Shadow..

But yeah, it's true.. Not that is a bad thing for me, but it's kind of surprising... well, only on one side; on the other side, you have the fact that MM is not, like Portnoy was, a composer drummer, so this counts for the no-so-many-rhythm-sections nowadays..
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« Reply #249 on: July 29, 2017, 09:10:25 PM »
But yeah, it's true.. Not that is a bad thing for me, but it's kind of surprising... well, only on one side; on the other side, you have the fact that MM is not, like Portnoy was, a composer drummer, so this counts for the no-so-many-rhythm-sections nowadays..

He is, he just hasn't been too involved in the writing for the DT albums he's been on. (You can hear GREAT drums/bass moments on DT12, for example)
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« Reply #250 on: July 29, 2017, 10:10:07 PM »
But yeah, it's true.. Not that is a bad thing for me, but it's kind of surprising... well, only on one side; on the other side, you have the fact that MM is not, like Portnoy was, a composer drummer, so this counts for the no-so-many-rhythm-sections nowadays..

He is, he just hasn't been too involved in the writing for the DT albums he's been on. (You can hear GREAT drums/bass moments on DT12, for example)

I mean that he doesn't create music (chord progressions, melodies) like the rest does, excepting JLB.. Portnoy wasn't/isn't on the level of Virgil Donati, Minnemann or Thomas Lang in composing melodies and that stuff but he was always there directing the songs -at least most of them- and structuring parts, adding rhythms and changing the time signatures, etc, etc.. I'm sure Mangini does some of these things, but his level of collaboration seems to be very far from MP's..
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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #252 on: August 01, 2017, 10:17:52 AM »
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/james-labrie-discusses-timeline-for-new-dream-theater-album-announces-solo-appearance-at-progpower-usa/

Saw this today. James says new album late '18/early '19.

Well, he said album in late 2018 and tour in early 2019, but, man, it's gonna be a long wait  :'(
Maybe we can finally get that 2nd Petrucci album before that?  ???
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« Reply #253 on: August 01, 2017, 10:20:15 AM »
Don't tease me, bro. I would love for that to finally come out.
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« Reply #254 on: August 01, 2017, 10:47:32 AM »
Don't tease me, bro. I would love for that to finally come out.

Mangini is practicing the songs they played at G3 2012 for the JP guitar camp, so I hope John decides it's time to finally record them and get that album out by next year  :-\
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« Reply #255 on: August 01, 2017, 02:16:43 PM »
I really don't see the need to be impatient for a JP solo album. Everything he does in DT is so killer and hard to top..  :coolio
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« Reply #256 on: August 01, 2017, 02:44:56 PM »
I really don't see the need to be impatient for a JP solo album. Everything he does in DT is so killer and hard to top..  :coolio

It's that he's been talking about it since 2010  :-\
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« Reply #257 on: August 01, 2017, 02:54:42 PM »
Isn't TA a JP solo album?  JK,  The Astonishing rocks!
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« Reply #258 on: August 01, 2017, 03:33:42 PM »
Isn't TA a JP solo album?  JK,  The Astonishing rocks!

Jokes aside, it'd be something like a solo album if he would've made the music on his own, but Rudess happen to exist... luckily..
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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #259 on: August 03, 2017, 09:22:10 PM »
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/dream_theaters_rudess_the_biggest_mistake_prog_musicians_make_these_days.html

This quote caught my eye:

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Right now there's that whole djent style of music that people listen to

There was a discussion a while ago about whether JP playing an 8-string might mean djent; this could be another hint that it will.
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« Reply #260 on: August 03, 2017, 09:37:20 PM »
They talked about djent a bit around the time of DT12 too, I don't expect anything out of that.
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« Reply #261 on: August 03, 2017, 10:21:12 PM »
I'm not a big djent fan, but this could mean they might take a more modern (and heavier) direction for this album.
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« Reply #262 on: August 04, 2017, 12:47:55 AM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but djent was a big thing, like, five years ago.

I remember when The Enemy inside came out, the first minute had some djent influences, but then it goes into a more familiar territory. If they decide to go that way again, they could dig deeper and make that influence more prominent in their sound.

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #263 on: August 04, 2017, 11:25:45 AM »
I would be game for at least one song having a slight Djent influence. Like a really heavy song (yet still melodic... because I can't stand just rhythmic chugging).
I just don't understand what they were trying to achieve with any part of the song, either individually or as a whole. You know what? It's the Platypus of Dream Theater songs. That bill doesn't go with that tail, or that strange little furry body, or those webbed feet, and oh god why does it have venomous spurs!? And then you find out it lays eggs too. The difference is that the Platypus is somehow functional despite being a crazy mishmash or leftover animal pieces

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #264 on: August 04, 2017, 11:31:34 AM »
I think the djent thing is like most other styles with DT, it's all about the mixture of elements. If they mix a little of that style into songs in certain spots, it could be cool. If they try to do it too much, it might be not so cool. DT has always been about the mixture of metal, prog, melody, etc... for me, so djent would just be an extension of that.

Basically, DT are at their best when they incorporate more than a few elements, djent can certainly be one of them if done right.

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« Reply #265 on: August 04, 2017, 01:43:54 PM »
I think the djent thing is like most other styles with DT, it's all about the mixture of elements. If they mix a little of that style into songs in certain spots, it could be cool. If they try to do it too much, it might be not so cool. DT has always been about the mixture of metal, prog, melody, etc... for me, so djent would just be an extension of that.

Basically, DT are at their best when they incorporate more than a few elements, djent can certainly be one of them if done right.

I agree! Recently I've been quite into Architects, and I like how they sort of blend heavy 8-string guitar riff with more melodic moments. With this I don't mean that DT should completely turn full-Architects mode but instead having a fine balance between heaviness and melody.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but djent was a big thing, like, five years ago.

I remember when The Enemy inside came out, the first minute had some djent influences, but then it goes into a more familiar territory. If they decide to go that way again, they could dig deeper and make that influence more prominent in their sound.

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #266 on: August 26, 2017, 07:30:51 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but djent was a big thing, like, five years ago.

I remember when The Enemy inside came out, the first minute had some djent influences, but then it goes into a more familiar territory. If they decide to go that way again, they could dig deeper and make that influence more prominent in their sound.

I thought people were comparing that song to Nevermore. I'm not a huge Djent fan. I like Meshuggah and Gojira and that's it. I'd rather not hear that type of stuff in Dream Theater but like any genre, Djent isn't just...djent. So there's the possibility that Petrucci could utilize that style in a unique & cool way.

Edit: Yeah Mikeyd23 pretty much made this point. Sorry.
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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #267 on: August 29, 2017, 05:43:06 PM »
Come on James, get out in the sun a little. Aging rock stars with thinning hair, etc, would look a lot better if they weren't pasty white. Anyway, would strongly prefer a JP album to another JLB one. The first Mullmuzzler is still my favorite so his current style isn't exactly wowing me.

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« Reply #268 on: August 29, 2017, 05:52:53 PM »
Ok, I'm here to shut down the djent talk right now.

If JP djents on the next album, it will be an "Oh, Grandpa..." moment the likes of which he will never recover from. He might as well just cut his hair and forget about the glorious skullet he was destined to wear in his golden years.

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Re: What kind of album would you like DT14 to be?
« Reply #269 on: September 01, 2017, 01:03:11 AM »
Didn't James already do Djent on a solo album?  :mehlin


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« Reply #270 on: September 02, 2017, 10:12:36 PM »
I want DT14 to be heavy--a new kind of heavy. With John Petrucci mentioning his interest in the incorporation of 8-Stringed guitars into new DT material, the chances are better than ever. Not necessarily "djenty" but innovative low F# riffing. A sharp contrast to everything The Astonishing was, DT would come back with a new face and sound. Of course they would never forget to bring the prog too...
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