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Dream Theater’s knack for balancing the epic and the intimate has been a constant throughout the band’s lengthy evolution. The group first came together in 1985, when Petrucci, Portnoy and bassist John Myung were students at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. Initially known as Majesty, the nascent combo quickly gained a reputation in the grassroots metal underground, with ... Read more in Amazon's Dream Theater Store

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0026J8LHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Nightmare To Remember
2. A Rite Of Passage
3. Wither
4. The Shattered Fortress
5. The Best Of Times
6. The Count Of Tuscany
Disc: 2
1. 6 Cover Songs
Disc: 3
1. A Nightmare To Remember (Instrumental)
2. A Rite Of Passage (Instrumental)
3. Wither (Instrumental)
4. The Shattered Fortress (Instrumental)
5. The Best Of Times (Instrumental)
6. The Count Of Tuscany (Instrumental)

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Special Edition includes the Black Clouds & Silver Linings CD, plus a CD of 6 cover songs, and a CD of instrumental mixes of the entire Black Clouds & Silver Linings album. 'This album's a musical and emotional rollercoaster, but most of our albums are,' Mike Portnoy says of
Black Clouds & Silver Linings, Dream Theater's tenth studio album and second Roadrunner release. Black Clouds & Silver Linings marks another milestone on Dream Theater's iconoclastic musical journey,
which began two and a half decades ago and now encompasses a hugely impressive body of music that's established the durable progressive metal outfit as a one-of-a-kind creative force with a fiercely devoted international fan base. The new album - produced by band members Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, who also serve as the group's main lyricists - offers a vibrant manifestation of the world-class musicianship, vivid lyrical scenarios and ambitious, multi-leveled
compositions that have established Dream Theater as a uniquely compelling creative force.

Customer Reviews

I've been listening to DT since their first album.
Zeca Wolf
I'm not a very good "Review" person, but I will just say that I truely love this new album.
Peter LaSalle
The Count of Tuscany - 10/10 - This song should be renamed to "An Epic to Remember".
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113 of 135 people found the following review helpful By FortySixAndTwo on July 22, 2009
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As a longtime Dream Theater fan, I was very much looking forward to the release of Black Clouds & Silver Linings, especially after feeling just a bit underwhelmed by Systematic Chaos. Not that SC is by any stretch a bad album, but unlike previous DT albums there were elements about it that I simply didn't enjoy. Unfortunately, those elements return in force for a second tour of duty on BC&SL...

A couple years ago I bought the Systematic Chaos special edition release that included a DVD featuring the making of the album in the studio with the band. Right away I was a little disappointed by what I saw - Mike Portnoy flipping through a calendar that had all of the "writing" days, all of the "recording" days, and the "end of sessions" marked off and decided in advance. I got the sense that they only permitted so much time for writing each song in the studio, and whatever they had at that point is what got laid down during the "recording days" to follow. Of course, even stock DT material is impressive, but I couldn't help feeling that they seemingly shortchanged their creative writing process. My understanding is that the band followed the same blueprint for the BC&SL sessions, and I think this is apparent in the end results.

Dream Theater lyrics are typically a mixed bag - past albums have featured some very strong verses mixed with some weaker lines, but the whole was always more than the sum of its parts. SC was the first Dream Theater album that I thought had consistently weak, if not downright juvenile, lyrics (I defy anyone to tell me that 'The Dark Eternal Night' lyrics are written by professional musicians of DT's talent and capability). Unfortunately, BC&SL continues down this same road at breakneck speed.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Carra on June 23, 2009
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The new Dream theater album has arrived!
This album blew my mind, and has become one of my all time fav albums to come out in a very long time. Its also my opinion the strongest Dream Theater album out there with scenes from a memory right besides it. It has everything you'd want from a Dream theater album. Great songwriting, Great musicianship, melodic great vocals!, Crazy solos, Memorable melody's, Progressive arrangements, and Heavy Crunching riffs!

1 - A nightmare to remember
A Nightmare To Remember is the best Dream theater album opener sinse A Glass Prison. This song starts off with a piano intro and than leads into one of the heavyest songs dream theater ever composed. Its a 16 min prog metal journey. Lots of catchy riffs. Lots of double Bass! There is also a mellow section that is really beautiful in this song. it has very catchy vocal melodys. This song is like systematic/Train of Thought meets Scenes from a memory.

2- a right of passage
a right of passage is one of the catchiest songs on the album. Its a classic 8 min long prog metal song. Heavy riffs, and a very catchy melodic chorus. there is a great thrash metal sounding solo section in this song! petrucci and rudess rip some killer solos! great high energy song!

Wither is your classic heavy metal band's ballad. Its a catchy mellow rock tune and its a nice breather from the first 2 heavy tracks. a nice classic dt ballad. very images and works meets scenes

4-the shattered fortress
Shattered fortress is the last part of mike portnoys AA sage (glass prison, this dying soul, root of all evil, repentance)It brings back a few memorable riffs from those songs played a bit differently. There is also new riffs added too.
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72 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 23, 2009
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Twenty-five years into their career, Dream Theater are sounding more energetic and inspired than they have since 2003's "Train of Thought."

And that's a good thing, because while most great bands have capsized by that point (just look at the careers of Led Zeppelin, Yes, Metallica, and so on), more is being expected from Dream Theater by the fans and, presumably, the label than ever before. Fortunately, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" does not disappoint, and actually works as a great starting point for most newcomers.

"A Nightmare to Remember," the opening track, is a good example of everything Dream Theater are doing right on this one. It begins with a crash, followed by what is uncontestedly the heaviest introduction in Dream Theater history- it's the type of Progressive Metal fireworks that we've heard before on songs like Honor Thy Father and This Dying Soul. Though the song takes a drastic Pink Floyd inspired turn at the five minute mark, about three minutes later the band quite violently pulls us from the eye of the storm, and delivers the obligatory back-and-forth soloing from Mr. Petrucci and Mr. Rudess, which is followed by a genuinely "creepy" unison, and then some instrumental stuff which calls to mind the type of thing you'd hear at the end of an old silent film- one of those parts that means to say, "it's over, but there's still something lurking behind that corner."

"Wither," and "A Rite of Passage" are great songs in their own right, too. Both are the singles, and both are arguably stronger than any singles the band have put out since Pull Me Under.

The central song on the album is probably the weakest, and that is "The Shattered Fortress.
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What song does the intro of The Best of Times quote?
The electric guitar intro is "The spirit of radio" definitely. The intro of the song as well as the guitar solo later, I hear Japanese Enka. Just like the intro of "The ministry of lost souls". Like Marty Friedman, I think JP is into some Japanese songs.
Jul 15, 2009 by T-mo |  See all 11 posts
I hate the packaging for the special edition
Worst cd packaging job I've ever seen. I can't believe that A) somebody thought this was a good idea, and B) it actually made it all the way through to production without ANYBODY saying "this is a really stupid idea". The individual 'mini album cover' cd slip cases (which don't like... Read More
Jul 2, 2009 by CBChase |  See all 23 posts
What did you think of the single, a Rite of Passage?
I have heard the album and The Shattered Fortress is epic and Count of Tuscany is MIND BLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 11, 2009 by Michael Decker |  See all 8 posts
Kevin Moore for Dream Theater = Cliff Burton for Metallica
I can see where you're headed with the statement, but Cliff Burton's death basically was the nail in the coffin for Metallica, whereas I actually think Dream Theater got better post-Moore.
Jun 21, 2009 by Old School Gamer |  See all 19 posts
Favorite John Petrucci Solo
Under a Glass Moon (Images and Words)
Rite of Passage (Black Clouds and Silver Linings)
Solitary Shell (Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence)
Anything from his solo work.

Honestly, I love all of his work. It's an unfair question, but those are what stuck out in my mind initially.
Jun 23, 2009 by Friedman Sowell |  See all 24 posts
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