Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Label: Roadrunner Records
Given their somewhat turbulent recent history, the continued productivity and enduring creative peaks which Dream Theater consistently scale is a laudable joy. With life sans drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy as artistically fertile and prolific as any period since the band’s inception nearly thirty years ago, this self-titled effort, the twelfth in their catalogue, gives rise to the notion that these progressive titans have more than enough left in the tank to outstrip the up-and-comers snapping at their heels. Perhaps not a little down to the fact that Dream Theater seem to have aped some influence from the minors.