Most Dream Theater fans felt the same way and I think it may have influenced the band's decision to write a more compact record.I am curious to see if this album is any good. I did not care much for The Astonishing - I thought it was astonishingly overindulgent and underdeveloped.
This.I'm expecting this album to sound like DT12 w/ some of the heavier elements of TOT or even the heavy material on BC&SL.
FTFY.I have come to appreciate Six Degrees a lot. I feel like they went all-in with that one and weren't afraid to experiment, which resulted in really unique sonic landscapes: dreamy keyboards in Disappear and Blind Faith, smooth guitar leads all around, distorted sounds like the ending of Misunderstood etc. It was perhaps their creative peak