Dream Theater: Score 20th Anniversary World Tour Live DVD

Dream Theater
Cast: Dream Theater
Studio: Rhino
Rating: 6/10

The Corporate Line: Dream Theater concluded its lengthy 20th Anniversary World Tour earlier this year with a triumphant sold-out concert at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall. The emotional performance included songs representing two decades of music from the acclaimed progressive hard rock quintet and featured the band backed by a 30-piece orchestra during the show’s second set. Rhino Records captures every note from that special evening with CD and DVD versions.

The Review: I’ve never been a big fan of progressive rock or metal, but nevertheless, I went into this viewing with an open mind. It must be said that even during the alternative ’90s, Dream Theater stuck to its guns and managed to maintain a sizeable following, especially in Europe. For that, I respect ’em. What’s more, they’re technical wizards when it comes to kicking out the jams. But for me, it’s just too much. The emphasis tends to be less on the songs and more on acrobatic virtuosity and sonic nuance. While the band plays with precision and the visuals are impressive (lush lighting and projections), the live set is a long and sometimes difficult experience—that is unless you’re a true diehard. Highlights include: “The Root Of All Evil” and “I Walk Beside You.”

The Extras: Lost of stuff here… extras include an animated sequence played during the band’s performance of “Octavarium,” a one-hour documentary titled The Score So Far, unreleased footage and interviews with current and previous band members. The DVD includes three live performances from leader Mike Portnoy’s archives.

Frankly: If you’re a casual fan of progressive metal, or a card-carrying Dream Theater follower, this will be a treat. If not, avoid.

+ Jim Kaz

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