Liquid Tension Experiment ‎– Liquid Tension Experiment 2

Magna Carta ‎– MAX-9035-2
CD, Album


1 Acid Rain 6:35
2 Biaxident 7:40
3 914 4:01
4 Another Dimension 9:50
5 When The Water Breaks 16:58
6 Chewbacca 13:35
7 Liquid Dreams 10:48
8 Hourglass 4:26

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios, Millbrook, New York - October & November 1998
Mixed at Avatar Studios, New York City - January 1999

℗ & © 1999 Magna Carta.

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  • Barcode: 0 26245-9035-2 4
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  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI ZM01

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CJFCD 020 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Limited Edition (3) CJFCD 020 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MA-9035-1 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2(2xLP, Blu) Magna Carta MA-9035-1 US 2013 Sell This Version
MAX-9035-2 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2(CD, Album, Promo) Magna Carta MAX-9035-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
RG0252 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Rock Gallery RG0252 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
MICY-1123 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2(CD, Album) Avalon MICY-1123 Japan 1999 Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

'Liquid Tension Experiment 2' picks up exactly where its predecessor left off, reuniting John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, with Tony Levin of King Crimson and Jordan Rudess, who would join Dream Theater shortly after the release of this album. Noticeable immediately is how much more complete and richer this record sounds when compared to the bands first outing. Not as self-indulgent, nor full of improvised jams, the songs sound a lot more structured, organized and consistent.

As you would expect, the musicianship between the four members is astounding, with everyone being given ample opportunities to show off their skills. "Often imitated, rarely duplicated". Few artists have this kind of connection with one another. These guys are all masters of their respective instruments.

While this album is overall a stronger release than their debut, there are still a few weak tracks. In fact, it's the last three songs that slow things down a lot, as the first half, in particular, 'Biaxident', 'Another Dimension', 'When the Water Breaks' and in my opinion the groups finest work, 'Acid Rain', are all instrumental classics that are rife with incredible technical playing.

Of the two Liquid Tension Experiment albums, this is definitely the better one. Less pretentious than the first, 'Liquid Tension Experiment 2' is a fine slab of instrumental progressive metal. Fans of Dream Theater will no doubt need this in their collection, but it's diverse enough that even casual prog fans will enjoy it.