Originally Posted by Shadocal
Mine came today and I'm halfway through the surround mix in hi res.
Really enjoying this album. Normally the singer James LaBrie has a habit of annoying me with what I can only call "cheese factor", but this time I'm really enjoying the vox too. The music is amazing at times and the new drummer really shines.
The 5.1 mix is nice. I agree with the above comment about some drums in the rear being a bit odd but overall a nice discrete 5.1
Loving the heavy grooves.
I too have listened to the first 5 tracks (I suppose that is the first half or so), and been mildly surprised at how much I like the music and vocals - I have found previous releases to be overly tech-prog and not enough music-prog, ifyaknowwhatimean. And indeed, the vocals are standing up well.
The 5.1 mix is discrete and aggressive enough for me - I like to sound like I'm in the middle of the band, with stuff swirling around me. Theme-park-ride-music-mixing style or whatever you want to call it, it's what I like.
Anyway, I hope to get to the rest of the album tonight. Soon, at any rate.
Well worth a listen, if it even mildly piques your interest.