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Dream Theater: The Astonishing

Album Review

Prog metal voyagers go off the deep end

Whether you already love or hate these US/Canadian prog metal messiahs, The Astonishing will only amplify that opinion.

Since drummer Mike Portnoy’s shocking exit in 2010 consecutive Grammy nominations have brought the band new respect, despite some hardcore fans accusing DT of coasting across two Portnoy-less releases. Enhanced by a choir and an orchestra, The Astonishing is the statement they needed to make to reclaim those doubters: stupefyingly complex, cinematic and ambitious almost to the point of lunacy.

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