Dream Theater ‎– Breaking The Fourth Wall

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Roadrunner Records ‎– 1686-175363
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Tracklist

Act 1
BD-1 The Enemy Inside
BD-2 The Shattered Fortress
BD-3 On The Backs Of Angels
BD-4 The Looking Glass
BD-5 Trial Of Tears
BD-6 Enigma Machine
BD-7 Along For The Ride
BD-8 Breaking All Illusions
Act 2
BD-9 The Mirror
BD-10 Lie
BD-11 Lifting Shadows Off A Dream
BD-12 Scarred
BD-13 Space Dye Vest
Illumination Theory
BD-14.1 i. Paradoxe De La Lumière Noire
BD-14.2 ii. Live, Die, Kill
BD-14.3 iii. The Embracing Circle
BD-14.4 iv. The Pursuit Of Truth
BD-14.5 v. Surrender, Trust & Passion
Encore
BD-15 Scene Two: I Overture 1928
BD-16 Scene Two: II Strange Deja Vu
BD-17 Scene Seven : I The Dance Of Eternity
BD-18 Scene Nine: Finally Free

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Includes special bonus features.

Filmed and recorded live at the Boston Opera House on March 25th 2014

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  • Barcode: 0 16861 75363 4

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Dream Theater Breaking The Fourth Wall(18xFile, FLAC, Album, 24b) Roadrunner Records none 2014
BA14376-33 Dream Theater Breaking The Fourth Wall(2xDVD-V, Unofficial, NTSC, Dig) Eagle Vision (2), XXI VEK Company BA14376-33 Russia 2014 Sell This Version
RR7536-3 Dream Theater Breaking The Fourth Wall(Blu-ray, Multichannel) Roadrunner Records RR7536-3 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
1686-17536-5 Dream Theater Breaking The Fourth Wall(2xDVD-V, Multichannel, NTSC) Roadrunner Records 1686-17536-5 Argentina 2014 Sell This Version
RR7536-4 Dream Theater Breaking The Fourth Wall(Blu-ray, Multichannel + 3xCD) Roadrunner Records RR7536-4 Europe 2014 Sell This Version

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MrDreamTheater2

MrDreamTheater2

June 1, 2017

This Blu-Ray/DVD is emblematic of everything which has gone wrong with Dream Theater in recent years. Do not think I am a mindless Portnoy fanboy who is simply upset that he is no longer in the band, because I truly enjoyed the Dramatic Turn Of Events album, and have vehemently disagreed with a few things Portnoy has said and done over the years.

The biggest problem with Breaking The Fourth Wall is James LaBrie. To say that LaBrie sounds like a withered husk of his former self is an understatement. LaBrie already sounded like a withered husk of his former self by the time of the Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence tour in 2002 (when the band considered firing him), so LaBrie in fact sounds like a withered husk of a withered husk of his former self on Breaking The Fourth Wall. His vibrato and attempts at improvising on the original vocal lines are terrible. All of his high notes have a nasal, strangulated quality as if he is singing purely in head voice. I'm also 99% sure there is auto-tune on LaBrie's vocals. To name one very blatant example out of many I could name, listen to the "until you struggle through the dark" line on Illumination Theory. It's mind-boggling that the virtuoso musicians in Dream Theater have kept him around as long as they have. They've never uttered any defense of him besides some platitude like "James is the sound of the band" or "James is the singer people associate with the band."

But others disappoint on Breaking The Fourth Wall as well. Mangini's drums have a robotic, dead sound. Rudess adds a tacky, self-indulgent solo to the end of The Mirror - a song which bores me anyway, seeing as it's been played on almost every tour since 1994. Kevin Moore's haunting swan song Space-Dye Vest is ruined through several bombastic additions including a wah guitar solo and shrill caterwauling from LaBrie. The mixing throughout Breaking The Fourth Wall is erratic. There are times when the main thing you're paying attention to will suddenly become quiet, such as Rudess' ragtime solo on The Dance Of Eternity or LaBrie's vocals towards the end of Lie. An overall mixing problem is the unusual amount of reverb, far more than has been employed previously on any live release from DT. It muddies everything and makes the individual parts hard to discern. The orchestra is the biggest casualty, sounding anemic or simply inaudible on most tracks, even if you listen with headphones.

Comparing Breaking The Fourth Wall to the Images And Words: Live In Tokyo DVD from 1993 further emphasizes how far the band has fallen. Back in those days, James LaBrie had a stunning voice, John Myung was louder and more animated on stage, John Petrucci had a tone far less processed than his current one, you had a drummer with a lot more charisma and stage presence, and a keyboardist who tastefully and atmospherically supported the songs rather than just spewing note soup all over the stage with the latest gizmo du jour.