Review Elements

  • HEAVINESS: 8/10
  • MELODIC: 6/10

Dream Theater's – Distance Over Time




Well. For me the Astonishing was astonishingly bad. It is, to this day, only concert I ever walked out of. I feel sad about that. Because here is a band trying to do something different and that should be applauded. Instead, it was met with disdain from me.  Unfortunately I just didn’t like it, as much as I tried to. The band was aware that other fans were feeling as I did, and in an attempt to win some of those fans back the returned to a fan friendly album in Distance Over Time.

They did succeed to win me over in this endeavor.  This is my favorite album since Octivarium. If there was any criticism it would be that its a bit safe and there no 5 star moments on this album for me, at least not yet.  

I come to expect 5 star songs from this band as I believe they have a dozen or so that I feel that strongly about.  

Long story short check out this album I wouldn’t be surprised if you liked it even more than I did.  When I look at other peoples reviews everyone seems to have a different favorite song so that is a very good sign.  


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These ratings are just attributes and may not have correlation to the most important: OVERALL RATING

0: Never heard of them or debut album.
2: Someone recommended. I give them another shot.
4: Some good moments in the past but never put together an album I really liked.
6: Some 4 or 5 star songs but albums can be hit or miss for me.
8: I like 80% of their songs and probably went to see them live.
10: I would, and probably have gone on a plane to see them live.

2: Weather Report
4: Zappa
6: Genesis – Selling England by the Pound,
8: Marillion – F.E.A.R
10: Kino – Picture

2: IQ – Seventh House
4: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
10: Opeth – Black Water Park

2: Opeth – Black Water Park
4: Vanden Plas – Chirst 0, Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory
6: Porcupine Tree – In Abstentia, Shadow Gallery – Tyranny
8: Discipline – Unfold Like a Staircase
10: IQ – Seventh House

2: Will Never listen to again and deleted under no circumstances should you buy this
4: Not my thing maybe one redeeming song.
6: I like parts of this and I would check them out if they were near me.
8: I would get in the car and road trip to see this album live
10: I would get on a plane to see this performed live

0: Did not send
2: Sleeve or jewel-case with only single card front.
4: Some interesting information in packaging.
6: Nice art and some information
8: Nice art and full lyrics
10: Full lyrics, composer credits, are for each specific song

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