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JAMES LABRIE I WILL NOT BREAK EP REVIEW

 

JAMES LABRIE - I WILL NOT BREAK (EP)

INSIDE OUT MUSIC

JANUARY 14 2014

 

 

As a follow up to his recent solo album ‘Impermanent Resonance’ Dream Theater’s James LaBrie keeps the ball rolling with a 9 song digital EP.

 

What we get is a little of that last record in the form of the title track, a couple of digipack-only rarities in ‘Unravelling’ and ‘Why’, along with a heap of alternate mixes, and Japanese bonus tracks.   It’s therefore a collection of many parts, some great some…. Otherwise.

 

The initial foray is what you might expect from LaBrie, and the bonus tracks stand up well. The alternate mix of ‘Coming Home’ too sounds great in its acoustic splendour.

 

The second part of the EP – the demos featuring Matt Guillory on vocals are very interesting modern Metal ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ taking a Melodic Metalcore approach and ‘Just Watch Me’ with its piano introduction a more reserved modern metal approach. Both are great songs.

 

Interestingly (depending on your stance on such things) the EP concludes with three dub-step electronica mixes of ‘I Tried’; ‘Over the Edge’ and ‘Euphoric’. To be honest I hate stuff like that but it does prove how rather easy it is to concoct something that sound like everything in the dance charts but better. The mindless masses would be happy dancing along to those…

 

At nine tracks it’s an unusual length for an EP, lose the dub-step and it’s 6 great tracks.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

JAMES LABRIE I WILL NOT BREAK EP REVIEW