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Friday, July 17, 2009

Ulasan: DREAM THEATER Black Clouds & Silver Linings boxset

Benda lama dah ada dalam tangan (hampir sebulan). Tangguh nak ulas konon nak buat elok-elok. Nampak gaya kalau nak tunggu, lain tahun baru boleh. So rojak le jugak ulasan ni penyudahnya.

DREAM THEATER memang band pilihan aku selain dari IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH dan HELLOWEEN. Maka keterujaan aku melambun tatkala beberapa lepas mereka announce yang album baru akan keluar. Dah dekat-dekat nak rilis tu keluar pulak iklan mengenai boxset ni. Meleleh air liur. Tapi masa tu kira duit dalam tabung, tak mampu. Takpe la kata aku dalam hati, dapat CD special edition pun jadi la. Boxset ni aku lupakan.

Namun, bila hari rilis pun tiba dan aku semak kat local store, harga hmm... not so bad. In fact lagi murah dari harga website. Setelah 1-2 haro mencongak-congak, sapu je la. Just do it kata Nike. Lagi pikir lagi pening. Aku beli 2 hahaha... amacam? Bukan apa, satu aku simpan satu aku jual balik kat eBay dengan sedikit mark-up. Untung-untung ada la mamat ozzie yang kat daerah pendalaman ni tak jumpa kat local store dia boxset ni, dia akan beli. Memang kena beli spare boxset tu. Bila aku kira, tolak mark-up tu, aku sebenarnya bayar separuh je untuk boxset ni. Yeaaa!
Ikut kata website, boxset ini mengandungi:
  • DVD Stem mixes of standard CD (try your hand at producer with isolated audio tracks of the entire album).
  • Dream Theater mouse mat.
  • Find a silver foil ticket (100 lucky fans win a M&G w/ band)
  • Lithograph of cover art, numbered (100 lucky winners will find a litho signed by Hugh Syme)
  • Limited edition audiophile 180-gram double-LP set with exclusive artwork from Hugh Syme.
Kotaknya adalah baldu hitam dengan logo DREAM THEATER terpahat di tengah-tengahnya. Baldu cantik. Macam baldu bantal kecik pasangan pengantin duduk atas pelamin. Best la buat gosok-gosok...

So kat bawah ni beberapa snapshot contents dalam boxset tu. Klik gambar untuk imej yang lebih besar.

LP x2

Lithograph dan mousepad

Insert untuk LP

3 CD + 1 DVD

Puashati dengan boxset ni? Tak berapa puashati. Especially LP tu. Aku expect lebih. Paling tak best, LP tu takde cover kadboard tu macam LP biasa. Cuma ada insert je. Patutnya letak la gatefold cover ke.

CD packaging pun nampak macam murah je. Aku menyampah la tempat letak CD tu pakai kadbod. Dah la susah nak keluarkan. Lepas tu kalau dah keluar masuk manjang, CD sure jadi calar punya.

Lithograph tu aku tak paham apa istimewanya. Macam gambar size besar je. Tak paham aku.

Now, bagaimana dengan album itself? Pada aku album kali ni nampak macam DREAM THEATER dah sampai cerun landai. Maksudnya, dah tak boleh top up apa yang mereka pernah top. Jadilah album yang tepu dengan idea baru dan stagnation. Malang sekali. Lebih teruk, lagu The Shattered Fortress mengambil bits and bytes dari lagu The Glass Prison (album Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence). Macam mana tu? Ala, macam lagu Inspirasi Syakila yang konon-konon sambungan Misteri Mimpi Syakila tu. Not impressive at all!

Lagu-lagu lain macam dah takde area yang DREAM THEATER tidak selami. Been there, done that. Takde yang mengejutkan dan takde apa sangat yang menyebabkan aku meloncat mendengarnya. Cuma lagu balada, Wither je yang impressive, sepertimana lagu Forsaken (album Systematic Chaos).

Nasib baik la ada bonus discs featuring cover versions tu. Terutamanya lagu Stargazer (RAINBOW) yang DREAM THEATER execute dengan menarik sekali. Ronnie James Dio sure tabik punya. Suara LaBrie pun paling best dalam lagu cover ni la. Tapi ye la kan, takkan la DREAM THEATER nak survive dengan lagu-lagu covers?

Oh tak lupa, lagu To Tame A Land cover IRON MAIDEN, juga quite yummy!

Nevertheless, aku harap DREAM THEATER can do something a little bit more refreshing untuk album akan datang. Aku sebagai peminat dan kolektor amatur DREAM THEATER begitu mengharap. Jadi komersil sikit macam Falling Into Infinity pun takpelah! Itu album walaupun hampir disisih oleh DREAM THEATER sendiri tapi album tu pada aku memang best gila!

Music composed by John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess and John Myung except "Wither" composed by John Petrucci.

1. "A Nightmare to Remember" 16:10
2. "A Rite of Passage" 8:35
3. "Wither" 5:25
4. "The Shattered Fortress 12:49
* X. "Restraint"
* XI. "Receive"
* XII. "Responsible"
5. "The Best of Times" 13:07
6. "The Count of Tuscany" 19:16

Special edition tracks
The 3-disc Special Edition also included a bonus disc of six cover tracks, entitled "Uncovered 2008/2009". These tracks were originally released separately, one per week, in the weeks leading up to the album's release.
1. "Stargazer" (Rainbow cover) 8:10
2. "Tenement Funster / Flick of the Wrist / Lily of the Valley" (Queen cover) 8:17
3. "Odyssey" (Dixie Dregs cover) 7:59
4. "Take Your Fingers From My Hair" (Zebra cover) 8:18
5. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two" (King Crimson cover) 6:30
6. "To Tame a Land" (Iron Maiden cover) 7:15

Also included in the three disc special edition are instrumental tracks of the songs. Some tracks have been altered from their original versions.
1. "A Nightmare to Remember" 15:39
2. "A Rite of Passage" 8:36
3. "Wither" 5:29
4. "The Shattered Fortress" 12:47
5. "The Best of Times" 13:20
6. "The Count of Tuscany" 18:48

Deluxe Collector's Edition Box Set
A "Deluxe Collector's Edition Box Set" of the album was also released. Packaged in a silver foil embossed black velvet box the set includes the 3-disc special edition CDs, a 180-Gram Double LP, a DVD with isolated audio tracks for each instrument, a lithograph by Hugh Syme, and a mouse pad. Those who pre-order were able to download a newly recorded cover song each week beginning on May 19, 2009 until the album's release. 100 box sets contain a "silver ticket" which entitles the purchaser to a meet and greet with the band.


4 comments:

Ijau D. Koceng said...

err abg ben, silver linings kan? bkn silver linens...

aku dah donlod album ni bbrp hari lps official release utk sessi trial and listen... nnti smpi giliran aku ebay la klu2 ada yg murah... lagu wither tu aku minat tp lagu plng pendek dlm album ni berbanding lagu2 lain, btl x?

tp ttp minat lagu klasik pull me under

berteromber said...

gua kurang masuk sangat Dream Theater ni..tapi sama macam lu..gua suka sangat Falling Into Infinity..dorang mmg patut buat album camgini...senang sikit gua nak hadam..heh

Benign said...

saya sebagai seorang yang baru sangat convert dengan DT rasa album ni boleh tahan gak la. Melodi dia sedap sedap. Lagi wither memang best. Solo dalam lagu The best of times memang syahdu. Suara Encik Labrie pun boleh tahan gak untuk setiap lagu. Teringat suara si Matt Barlow yang mampu menguasai mood mood lagu dengan baik.

Tapi lagu lagu DT ni memang panjang panjang ye. Mungkin untuk kepuasan menyolo.

deaf_angel said...

wahhhh!!! haha

cantik betul boxset dan packaging dia. baldu lagik?

ni kali kalo DT datang lagi , ada fulus aku nak gi nengok ler.
Tu hari dah skip yang systematic chaos tu..