Just a little before the released of the new self titled Dream Theater album, the third personal album of their vocalist James LaBrie comes to us as a starter to the main meal and if you were a fan of his other works with Mullmuzzler or his two first albums (‘’Elements Of Persuasion’’ and ‘’Static Impulse’’), then you will surely like ‘’Imperfect Resonance’’. What is very good about his albums is that they differ a lot from his Dream Theater duties, as the material is far more modern, aggressive and experimental, you’ll listen everything here, from mellow moments to crazy blastbeats and from vocal performances filled with warmth and feeling to death growls that will make you think there is an air of insanity during the making of the album and its compositions. Nonetheless, it is a very interesting approach to modern metal music for sure.
‘’Agony’’ is the starting point where you can feel there’s something special with ‘’Imperfect Resonance’’, as it is a fast insanely progressive track with the death grunts of drummer Peter Wildoer taking over from the very start and LaBrie showing his presence where needed. You may wonder why this drummer has taken over so many responsibilities in this album (as well as in the previous ‘’Static Impulse’’). My simple answer is that LaBrie trusts him so much as a musician and as a personality in general, that he leaves him as much room as needed to express himself in the album. His contribution does half the work I dare saying, as his vocals create a diverse contradiction with James, not to mention his out of the world drumming. Don’t forget that Peter was only a step away from joining Dream Theater, before they finaly choose Mike Mangini to replace Mike Portnoy.