Oh yeah, I've heard some stuff about Mirai Nikki, one guy over at the Swedish community told me it reminded him of Code Geass in some ways so I'll have to check it out sooner or later. And yeah, I'll be watching Nisemonogatari as well. In case you like that and Bakemonogatari perhaps you should try Katanagatari (if you haven't already). They're all based on books from the same author.
Hey blade, how's it going? Have you watched any interesting anime lately?
Oh, and I'm also going to be seing DT live soon. January 25th they'll be playing here in Stockholm and I actually went and bought a Meet & Greet ticket. Now I just have to think of some smart or at least creative questions to ask the guys when I meet them. ^^;
Yeah it's definitely not as bad as my brain told me it was the first time I listened to it, I think it triggered some kind of anti-reaction with its Linkin Park-ish "nu metal" vibe in the beginning. The second or third time I listened to it I realized that it has some things going for it that makes it worthy of the Dream Theater brand. =)
I also love Breaking All Illusions btw, it was the song I was looking forward to the most and it truly delivered. There's not a song on the album that I dislike, that's for sure.
I must ask; what do you think of the ballads? Which one is your favorite? I think they're all good but I think Beneath The Surface is my favorite, or possibly This Is The Life, they're both awesome in my opinion.
Yeah, I also think that it really benefits from repeated listening so I was going to give it a week before I asked you what you think of it, no need to wait then. :3
So, what's your verdict so far? After having listened to it for exactly a week (I got my digital copy from the Dream Theater online store last friday - 9/11) I must say that I think, even though I haven't completely made up my mind just yet, that it's probably the best album they've released since Scenes From A Memory, which is easily my favorite album so that's saying a lot.
But man, there's so much to this record and even though I originally thought that Build Me Up, Break Me Down was one of their worst songs ever it's definitely growing on me. Now I think it's a stronger "weakest link" to A Dramatic Turn Of Events than A Rite Of Passage is to Black Clouds & Silver Linings.
I was a bit thrown off by Jordan's synth when it started playing but after listening to it a couple of times I'm getting more used to it. If it ends up a bad decision on their part (the actual synth-sound that is) or if it ends up giving the song an edge remains to be seen I guess. =)