Artist: Dream Theater
Title: “Chaos In Motion 2007/2008”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 9/30/2008
Genre: Progressive Rock
Dream Theater’s Roadrunner Records debut release was the album “Systematic Chaos” and it found the band continuing to adventure forward in the world of Progressive Metal and Rock music as opposed to faltering and disappointing their fans with their move to a new label. After the album was released the band jumped on a world tour and covered a lot of ground with support from groups like Redemption, Into Eternity and Opeth and from these shows comes the new live DVD release “Chaos In Motion”. The double DVD set continues the trend of Dream Theater’s releasing a live concert film for the tour that follows a studio release and such action has become almost a standard for them (not that any of their fans would mind). The first DVD is the complete concert from the tour and it runs about two hours in length and features a number of songs from the new album. Dream Theater always makes sure to focus on their latest release with a tour and by keeping to this model make releasing a DVD from the shows something that doesn’t have too much in the way of repetition from the last go round. The viewer will realize that as they watch songs like “Constant Motion” and “Panic Attack” that there is very little difference between the live DT and the studio DT, for like Rush, the band is dead on the money with their tunes during a concert and there is hardly a note of chance in the live sense. I’ve always been okay with this for I would rather find perfection instead of an absolute mess during a video or concert. Production wise this is a very sound release with a lot of cool visuals and close ups and angles. The guys know they are being filmed but there is limited mugging for the cameras and instead it is just like having the show you were able to see on the tour in your possession. Highlights for me were the songs “Forsaken” and “In The Presence Of Enemies” along with the killer encore number which was a medley of “Octavarium” segments. I felt that this was a nice way to remember the shows that I had attended and perhaps even a great way for those who missed them for whatever reason to feel as though they didn’t.
DVD2: “Behind The Scenes On The Road”; Promo Videos: “Constant Motion”, “Forsaken”, “Forsaken” (in studio), “The Dark Eternal Night” (in studio); Live Screen Projection Films: “The Dark Eternal Night” (N.A.D.S.), “The Ministry Of Lost Souls”, “In The Presence Of Enemies”; Mike Portnoy Stage Tour, Mike Portnoy Backstage Tour, Photo Gallery.
*** It’s rare for me to rave about the bonus features that are included on DVD releases these days because with so many of them being good it has become easier to just speak of the highlights and then offer critique on what I perceived as the low points of the batch. With Dream Theater’s “Chaos In Motion” DVD we get a full 2nd DVD of features and the first one of them is a comprehensive documentary about life on the road with the band. I don’t always find myself to be able to sit through these tour documentaries because they can be so boring but the DT one included here allows you a viewpoint from all the band members and the crews that make the magic happen each and every night. We hear from the instrument technicians, the lighting and sound team and the catering and merchandise and driving staff. For me this made it a whole lot more fun to chill out and relax while watching. The feature runs for 90 minutes and is sure to offer up a unique stand on what makes Dream Theater tick at their shows. The bands videos from the “Systematic Chaos” album and the films used in the live sense on the big screen are presented and make for nice inclusion for the fans as does the backstage and main stage walking tour that drummer Mike Portnoy takes the viewer on. There is a photo gallery as well but with so many images on so many different websites and magazines those features hardly make me bat an eye these days. I found two Easter Eggs on the screen for the documentary that feature drum tech Eric Disrude, and those were fun as well. I won’t ruin the surprise on how to find them and will leave that up to the industrious viewer to see how they can access them.
In the end this becomes a nice addition to one’s Dream Theater video library and you can agree that there has certainly been no lapse in such releases for the hard core fans. The last one I purchased was “The Score” which celebrated their 20th Anniversary, and while that release looked fondly on the bands past I feel that “Chaos In Motion” helps us plan for the future. “Chaos In Motion” comes in two versions with the first being the double DVD set being reviewed here and also in a limited edition deluxe package that delivers 3 CD’s and expanded artwork. The CD’s on the special edition feature the fourteen live cuts that appear on the first DVD, so if you must have this release on your music player of choice make sure you get your hands on a copy of that one.
1. Intro/Also sprach Zarathustra
2. Constant Motion
3. Panic Attack
4. Blind Faith
6. The Dark Eternal Night
7. Keyboard Solo
8. Lines In The Sand
11. The Ministry Of Lost Souls
12. Take The Time
13. In The Presence Of Enemies
14. Medley: Trial Of Tears, Finally Free, Learning To Live, In The Name Of God, Octavarium
Official Website: http://www.dreamtheater.net