- Written by Chris Akin
So, Dream Theater is back with a release that many are calling their most in-depth, and yet polarizing release. Fair enough. With 34 tracks and clocking in at over two hours in length, it’s certainly the most challenging on a listener to fully grasp and comprehend. Along with THE ASTONISHING, you are expected to read the book of lyrics and visit the website to get a better grasp of the characters who are in play as part of the story. What does that translate to? Well, I’d imagine that translates to a full on progressive bliss of a time for a hardcore Dream Theater fan. I’d also think that for people less locked into the band, like myself, it translates to far more effort than you would ever want to put into a release in order to appreciate it. That is, by my account, the review of THE ASTONISHING.