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In modern-day progressive rock, it seems as though there is a new supergroup every few weeks. But long before this was the norm, and before musicians were routinely involved in more than one band, there was Liquid Tension Experiment. Back in 1997, Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), joined forces to create Liquid Tension Experiment. The foursome would release their iconic, self-titled debut album in 1998 and the dazzling follow-up, LTE2 in 1999, creating a dynamic, frantic, and inventive sound all their own. The incredible creativity between the collective would prompt Petrucci and Portnoy to invite Rudess to join Dream Theater, effectively marking the end of this side project. However, since that time, there have been few reunions more in demand. Now, with the world in lockdown and calendars unexpectedly aligned, the inconceivable has finally happened.Liquid Tension Experiment 3.The 8 songs on the new LTE3 are a mix of 4 fully composed tracks, 2 duets, 1 on-the-fly jam and 1 meticulously arranged cover. "We composed four songs. We realized that that was the same with the first 2 albums. So, this time around we did the same," Portnoy explains. Jordan Rudess agrees, "It felt like a continuation, like we stopped recording LTE2 and walked in a week later we're doing LTE3. I know it's amazing to say, but time has passed in a moment, the blink of an eye, the chemistry is the chemistry, and it didn't change. It was great back then and it still is." Petrucci comments: "Who would think that a bunch of guys our age would be playing like that It's relentless. It's definitely like a statement, you know we're back. It follows in the Liquid Tension Experiment tradition absolutely, which is, that when you press play, it steamrolls you."

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  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches; 1.6 Pounds
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Inside Out Music
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2021
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 3 hours and 55 minutes
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ January 22, 2021
  • Label ‏ : ‎ Inside Out Music
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08T43TTVM
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 3
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frickeliges, aber durchaus auch melodisches Instrumental Album
Reviewed in Germany on April 15, 2021
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B. Towell
5.0 out of 5 stars Best LTE yet. Just buy it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best LTE yet. Just buy it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2021
I have to say right here and now, as a first listen that was simply off the scale. A revelation.

The quiet, balladic tracks are absolutely breathtaking.

The majestic, pompous stuff makes the ELP albums of the early 70’s referenced politely, then run off the road.

I’m quite breathless with a first listen.

Portnoy’s enormous drum kit is imaged on the soundstage like an invisible rainbow, stretching high above you, and the rest of the band just oozes virtuosic confidence through every tune. And Pornoy both swings and rocks, in and out of curious time signatures, pulling the pulse of every track with audacious stick work, as much or as little as is needed.

The kit is the soundstage which everything else fits inside.

There is really subtle double tracking of guitar and keyboards going on that makes the music sound utterly from horizon to horizon.

From a production and engineering basis, this album really is a modern masterpiece.

And the playing is, as you’d expect from this Uber-elite band of players, as good as it gets in the precision-sharp world of Prog rock.

When you get to the Gershwin ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ work over, (side 3, track 2) it comes as a really fun break from serious and saturated musical intensity.

And that track will make every musician sit up and pay attention. It’s a masterpiece of respectful interpretation and astonishingly musical re-imagination. The introductory bars remind me immediately of the work of ex-Jigsaw keyboardist Roger Manning’s Moog Cookbook.

Then it just goes into a new space. Familiar riffs utterly rebuilt around dirty guitar and bass, with Rudess’s keyboard wizardry holding fort on the rich harmonic pillars of a piece of compositional musical concrete in the bedrock of modern American composers.

There’s a thunderous track of sinuous interplay between Portnoy and Levin that demands a really wide-reaching sound system, and will reward you for it. Again, sketches of sound engineering and production that scrape the edges of your aural landscape.

I’m giving this album an immediate 10/10 rating, and encourage everyone and anyone that cares about music to listen, and buy it.

It really is that good.

Detailing, musical performance, sound engineering, production, writing (all original apart from Gershwin).

Just the best thing I’ve listened to in absolutely bloody ages.

It is in the ‘prog’ genre, but of all of the LTE albums, it is easily the most accessible, and from this listeners perspective, their masterpiece.

I’m sure they’re all really proud.
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The Duckmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ein Prog-Traum ist wahr geworden
Reviewed in Germany on April 16, 2021
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