It is hardly shocking that "Train of Thought" has just seven cuts, as Dream Theater's progressive metal songs are usually epics.

It is hardly shocking that "Train of Thought" has just seven cuts, as Dream Theater's progressive metal songs are usually epics. But its classic rock tone—aggressive, dark—is surprising. DT has been playing Metallica's "Master of Puppets" in full while on tour, and that album's influence is distinct. "As I Am" bluntly tells critics where to get off; bravo for John Petrucci's lyrics, especially the line, "You cannot touch/The way I play." "Honor Thy Father" depicts a child's rage at a parent oblivious to the pain they caused them, and "Stream of Consciousness" is an instrumental free fall. Finale "In the Name of God," laden with hooks and time changes, will keep heads gleefully banging.—CLT

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