Editors’ Notes A two-hour concept album about creative musicians battling institutional enforcement of electronic cacophony in the year 2285, The Astonishing tones down Dream Theater’s super-musicianly dexterity somewhat in service of its plot. Emphasis goes to piano parts, jazz touches, classical choirs, and orchestral arias such as the one in “Act of Faythe.” But amid all the multicharacter rock opera, riff-shredders like “Our New World” still connect on their own, while “When Your Time Has Come” works as a miniature version of the whole project.

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Descent of the Nomacs
1
1:10
 
Dystopian Overture
2
4:50
 
The Gift of Music
3
4:00
 
The Answer
4
1:52
 
A Better Life
5
4:39
 
Lord Nafaryus
6
3:28
 
A Savior In the Square
7
4:13
 
When Your Time Has Come
8
4:19
 
Act of Faythe
9
5:00
 
Three Days
10
3:44
 
The Hovering Sojourn
11
0:27
 
Brother, Can You Hear Me?
12
5:11
 
A Life Left Behind
13
5:49
 
Ravenskill
14
6:01
 
Chosen
15
4:32
 
A Tempting Offer
16
4:19
 
Digital Discord
17
0:47
 
The X Aspect
18
4:13
 
A New Beginning
19
7:40
 
The Road to Revolution
20
3:35
 
2285 Entr'acte
1
2:20
 
Moment of Betrayal
2
6:11
 
Heaven's Cove
3
4:19
 
Begin Again
4
3:54
 
The Path That Divides
5
5:09
 
Machine Chatter
6
1:03
 
The Walking Shadow
7
2:58
 
My Last Farewell
8
3:44
 
Losing Faythe
9
4:13
 
Whispers On the Wind
10
1:37
 
Hymn of a Thousand Voices
11
3:38
 
Our New World
12
4:12
 
Power Down
13
1:25
 
Astonishing
14
5:51