Originally Posted by carp
Ok, I can't help myself. ^
I will say this is the tightest/heaviest/punchiest bass I've heard on a Dream Theater album. The last song is giving me goosebumps - great, great song.
The drums and bass right after the violins sound amazing - such great bass.
I listened to it quickly in my car and it sounds fine, too bad the highs sound jacked up in here.
Ok 100% agreed on that last track (all of the segments). The bass and kicks are AWESOME!!!! I will continue my perception with one single caveat, you have to read past the first line:
I didn't hear "clipping..." "Technically"
Ok so through the first two tracks I know I was hearing the same thing you did, Carp, but after really dialing in to where it was coming from, and hearing it periodically through the whole album, I think I figured out what the situation was:
There was a single drum on the set that usually seemed to elicit the same effect, the sound of either a skin loose, or a mic too close to the source and/or clipped. I heard it most predominantly every time that drum was being used. I did hear slight anomalies in other areas, but nothing so direct as I did when that same drum was being utilized. This is obviously just my point of view, but it always came clear to me, from close to the same area of the "staging" of the recording, and, once I dialed in on it, yes it was distracting, but the rest of the album I thought was spot on. So on to the rest:
Track #3 started me off right and by the time it finished I was at 0.0 and having the "finishing chills" that Archaea has mentioned before. The staging was broad, clear, and IMO one of the best I have heard in quite a while.
The rest of the album I just stayed sunk in my seat enjoying the bliss of a "newly" recorded sound from DT, taking me back to their 90's just as I had hoped. They have always had glimmers of that sound in albums since, but this really sealed the deal for me that they aren't one to leave their roots. I didn't expect anything less, with a self-titled album.
So then I hit the final track-tracks in #9 and immediately forgot about half of the album. More "finishing chills," over, and over, and OVER!!! After typing that word three times it looks weird now, but I digress. I finished the disc with a renewed love for DT that I had been missing for a while. I have enjoyed my Budokan disc quite a bit but the little leaflet they tossed in there about their next BD disc has me already salivating at the prospect of more DT greatness to enjoy.
I begged the lady to let me listen to #3 again before I called it a night since i was basically "shutting the closet doors in the bedroom" with the bass kicks from 3 stories down, but I had to hear it one more time. Man I need more time with this disc. It will be in my car on the way to work but with a 9 minute commute, I don't really know how much i can get accomplished there. I do want to also listen to it upstairs on the LS-6's as well and make more comments, but this is it for the night. Just wanted to get my .02 in before I hit the sack
Mad stoked it is hard to go to bed at all right now....Screw it, I'm going to have at least one more track, on the LS's for sec....Enjoy fellas!