New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Dream Theater - The Astonishing

“This is an epic rock opera. It is not a formula for all future Dream Theater albums, and it should be applauded that they had the guts to create something bigger and more challenging. I give them a lot credit since the risk is much higher in 2016 than it was in the 70s because the internet is a platform for people to destroy a band at lightning speed. With all that being said, you can expect excellent musicianship and vocals in a long concept album wrapper. I am enjoying this album immensely, and while some may state it is cheesy, I have no issues with the content. How many albums do we need about love, religion, and politics? Each listen is more and more exciting as it grows on me further." JJ-PA

“Excellent!! With this work Dream Theater fans the flame that I have for them in no uncertain terms. Some may complain that there are no solid single tracks on the album but those that do are missing the point entirely. The whole work is a track, a composition that meanders through various music styles telling a grand story that is not too far removed from Rush's 2112 work. There are sweet melodies, moments of symphonic grandeur, eclectic sounds, harsh heavy moments - and throughout it all the technical wizardry of the different band members (typical of the band) astounds” S-PA

With 'The Astonishing' Dream Theater has set yet another brilliant milestone in their long, illustrious career. The first thing that came to my mind upon my first and second listens was, 'Oh, the vocal melodies are their best since 6DoIT or perhaps SFaM.' And indeed the vocals are the astonishing aspect of this album. In this album you can grasp anything: soft acoustic and piano parts to heavy riffs and mind-blowing solos.'The Astonishing' proves that ideas never end and that change is inevitable. John Petrucci understood that Dream Theater must stop their previous path and experiment something different. A-PA

Essential Tracks: "Very impressive and amazing is "Three Days", featuring violently depressive view in the main stream and swing-jazzy, lazy points in the flank ... each of them scatters or pops out of a jewel box and suddenly settle down with others into the box. And another pleasure is "A Life Left Behind", an excessively superb catchy pop song (a sudden alteration be heard at the last stage though)..” D-PA

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New England Events

  • 2016-02-20
    Nightwish at The Webster - Hartford, CT at 7:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sonata Artica
    $36 - $181 (VIP)

  • 2016-02-23
    Coheed and Cambria at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 07;00 PM
    With Special Guests Glassjaw
    $37.50 - $49.50

  • 2016-03-02
    The Pink Floyd Experience at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $45 Gold Circle

  • 2016-03-03
    The Pink Floyd Experience - 4 sides of Floyd at Capital Center for the Arts - Concord, NH at 07:30 PM
    $29 - $45

  • 2016-03-04
    Steven Wilson at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2016-03-05
    Operation:mindcrime at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM

  • 2016-03-06
    The Pink Floyd Experience at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $40 - $50

  • 2016-03-26
    Joe Satriani - Surfing to Shockwave Tour with Marco Minnemann, Mike Kineally, Bryan Beller at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2016-03-29
    Joe Satriani - Surfing to Shockwave Tour with Marco Minnemann, Mike Kineally, Bryan Beller at College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $19.50 - $300 VIP

  • 2016-03-31
    Joe Satriani - Surfing to Shockwave Tour with Marco Minnemann, Mike Kineally, Bryan Beller at The VETS - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $72.50

  • 2016-04-01
    The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2016-04-02
    Sonata Artica at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 7:00 PM
    With Special Guests Delain
    $27.50 - $77

  • 2016-04-03
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time Continuum Tour at Hanover Theatre - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
    $38 - $158 VIP

  • 2016-04-05
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time Continuum Tour at The VETS - Providence, RI at 08:00 PM
    $42.50 - $62.50

  • 2016-04-07
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time Continuum Tour at Lynn Memorial Auditorium - Lynn, MA at 08:00 PM

  • 2016-04-09
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time Continuum Tour at Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $45


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