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Manifesto for Futurism [Import]

Dali's DilemmaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00005GRK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Within a Stare
2. Miracles in Yesteryear
3. Despite the Waves
4. Whispers
5. Ashen Days
6. Andromeda Sunrise
7. This Time Around
8. Hills of Memory
9. Can't You See
10. Living in Fear

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dream Theater Tribute December 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This CD really blew me away. Other reviewers on the net were really slamming this album. Now I wonder what all the fuss is about. This album is an absolute wonder.
Then again, Dream Theater are an obvious reference. You can hardly play a note in prog metal today without having the DT moniker dropped next. But it is not unfair to compare DD to their more famous brethren DT: 5 members; 1 vocalist, 1 guitarist, 1 keyboardist, 1 drummer and 1 bass player. To top it all off, DD play in the same style: syncopated rhythms, frequent meter changes and plenty of soloing. But despite the similarities, DD have released an excellent album. I think that DT fans will simply adore it, but prog and metal fans alike will love it as well. What I particularly like is that the singer, who is not in James LaBrie's (DT's singer) league, has multitracked and overdubbed the vocals to great effect. He harmonizes with himself essentially, and the effect is marvelous. I also like the melodies in the songs. the solos are not overbearing and the lyrics are good. The two short instrumentals, one on guitar and one on keyboards also score very highly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think Salvador Dali would be proud! November 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think Salvador Dali would be proud if he heard Dali's Dilemma. This band, just like Salvador Dali, creates art without limits. They are very expressive and constantly explore new ground. Needless to say it's a fitting name, since Dali, despite being a very good surrealist painter, had a cult following. And as Dali's Dilemma is a prog band, no matter how good and experimental they are, they will never appeal to the masses becoming a part of popular culture. And they don't have to. It's best to let those who can appreciate art beauty be exposed to this CD.
Manifesto for Futurism is their only album and an excellent one at that. I don't care about the never-ending Dream Theater comparisons; I've heard so many DT-influenced bands over the years that I feel, even if the guys in Dali's Dilemma were influenced by them, at least they managed to pull it off successfully. The worst thing you could do to a piece of art is writing it off or degrading it by naming it a rip-off, Manifesto for Futurism is so much more than that. Like many of their contemporaries they do have their influences, but it is my opinion that they have managed to blend them all seamlessly and the final outcome is the current sound of Dali's Dilemma. Furthermore not many bands come out with such strong debut albums. I feel ashamed that it took me so long to check this album out, for I feel I've missed out--a lot.
Additionally, Dream Theater is just one of the many bands that has had some impact on these talented guys. I hear a good dose of Rush, some Deep Purple and Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pink Floyd, and even U2. It's no wonder that they played on tribute albums of two of these bands (Rush, Pink Floyd). Some old Queensryche and Fates Warning also seems to have been buried in their compositions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good band, but lets wait and see January 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, with very good songs, sometimes it gets boring but it hits you back from time to time, they all are very talented, although I like the vocals, they are pretty much on the same level as LaBrie`s voice in I&W wich is much lower than his voice on SFAM where he did his best job for any DT album. But anyways back to DD, it's right they are a little similar to Dream Theater on Images & Words, even Patrick Reyes guitar tone is similar to Petrucci, and I picked some similarities to Petrucci`s work on some of his fast runs.
The keyboards are also very good, also very similar to Kevin Moore on Images & Words but it has variables through some tracks, it's like Kevin Moore with a more updated sound. The bass work is very good also, in this department there are very few similarities to DT.
This CD is a very good one and I suggest you buy this and see how this band evolves, wich I hope, so they gain a sound of their own.
About DT, what`s with DT being overrated or not having emotions, that`s got be one of the dumbest statements I've read, please becareful with what you say, if you dont like a band doesn`t mean it lacks feeling or they are bad, you just dont like them...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb prog metal stands on its own September 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Let me get one fact out of the way before I write another word:
Yes, there are similarities between Dali's Dilemma and Dream Theater.
That said, however, I have to say there are aspects of DD that I like *better* than DT. (And that's coming from someone who has been into DT from their very first CD from its initial release back in '89.)
Dali's Dilemma retains all of DT's chops and virtuosity (well, their keyboard player isn't up to Jordan Rudess standards, but who is?), but they cast off a lot of what DT has fallen into lately: sonic bombast that renders much of their latter output unlistenable to me. In other words, the melodies and light touches are missing from DT's songs.
DD, on the other hand, offers up a solid slab of progressive metal in a DT vein, but also manages to hold onto wondrous melodies and excellent singing courtesy of front man Matthew Bradley. The songs on Manifesto for Futurism uplift and hold my attention, unlike much of DT's recent output (albeit pre Six Degrees) that merely pulverized my ear drums and turned my brain to mush.
Okay, so none of these guys can hold a candle to Portnoy, Petrucci, Myung and Rudess. But I prefer Dali vocalist Matthew Bradley to James LaBrie hands down. (And I have to say I love the band's name. I'm a huge fan of Salvadore Dali's work, and think the connection between surrealism and progressive rock/metal is a brilliant one.)
In all fairness, these guys aren't just DT clones. DD also sounds a bit like Fates Warning in some songs, and even like U2 in another ("Hills of Memory," in which Bradley does one of the best Bono impressions I've ever heard).
But none of that is to say Dali's Dilemma lacks originality and depth. Frankly, I found DD to be fresh and fun to listen to -- sort of like DT meets Fates meets U2...
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4.0 out of 5 stars check out track 10, living in fear
check out all the songs; they aim to please, very rare
there's too many good songs
recommended for prog rock fans
Published 6 months ago by Kevin William Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Theater vs. Dali's Dilemma
This is going to be a short review.

The album is a great one, by far better than most of the prog-metal lot that is around these days. Read more
Published on December 20, 2006 by Devin Decicco
5.0 out of 5 stars Dali's Dilemma
Virtuoso playing on a disc could never be enough to give a progressive metal album 5 stars because, quite frankly, almost all progressive metal musicians are top notch! Read more
Published on December 6, 2006 by RaY RaY Pine
5.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant 5 stars
Sometimes an album really takes your breath away. This is not one of those albums, but in nearly every respect, the album is flawless. Read more
Published on June 4, 2006 by Habib
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This CD is one of my favorites, out of a large collection. Every song is top-notch, and the musicianship is excellent. Read more
Published on May 1, 2006 by S. Craig Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars F ALL THIS DT RIPOFF CRAP
Published on April 17, 2005 by Fluffy Sausage
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a surreal experience.
Salvador Dali was a brilliant surrealist painter in the early 20th century. The way that he conveyed his deepest, darkest emotions through his incredibly detailed (and incredibly... Read more
Published on April 13, 2004 by The Wickerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the Dream Theater comparisons!
I'm wondering if everyone that is making what seems the obligatory hat tip to Dream Theater every time I read a review for this recording would be so inclined if DD & DT... Read more
Published on March 23, 2003 by Gregory E. Uryasz
3.0 out of 5 stars WHO`S DELEMMA
This won`t be a long review as I wouldn~t want anything to go to waste, I`ve wasted my money on these Magellan cross Dream Theater
copy cats now I`m wasting my time reviewing... Read more
Published on November 6, 2002 by "purplexed"
3.0 out of 5 stars Whos Delemma ?
This won`t be a long review as I wouldn~t want anything to go to waste, I`ve wasted my money on these Magellan cross Dream Theater
copy cats now I`m wasting my time reviewing... Read more
Published on July 22, 2002 by "purplexed"
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