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Hey, here's where else you can find me

Because I wanted to do...something for Leap Day but only have six minutes left before March, here's a buncha links to stuff I do on the Internet!

My Youtube page
My Twitter account
The Night Howls on Bandcamp
Expect The Unexpected

Is it weird that I feel hollow that there isn't more I could think of?  Only four links?  I dunno.  Anyways, have fun checking those out!

A Review Of The New Dream Theater Album "The Astonishing"

Dream Theater "The Astonishing"

I was really really hoping this was where Dream Theater would turn it around.  I REALLY wanted this to be good.  And the first single was promising: "The Gift Of Music" is a unique approach for the band, clocking in at a lean, mean 4:00 on the dot.  Dream Theater has been stuck in a rut for so long of writing songs between eight and twenty five minutes in length that it started to feel forced around a decade ago.  So when I saw they were trying something different (only one song breaks the seven minute barrier), and trying it in the risky fashion of a full-blown concept album telling a movie-length story, I was pretty interested in hearing what they had come up with.

And despite the opening being a minute long noise-piece dedicated to the drone-like creatures on the cover and track two being an overture (which this band has only gotten right once, on "Scenes From A Memory"), I was still with it through track four.  "Th…