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IMAGES AND WORDS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

4.29 | 2093 ratings

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Marcos
5 stars Learning to live

Probably the most important album in the beginning of progressive metal. We can consider to this work as the base of that sub- genre. I&W is a complet album: inspiration, virtuosity, technique, complexity and plainness. Musicians performance is superb.

(1) "Pull me under": the most furious song. And probably, the most 'metal' song too. Besides it became a classic DT's song.(****) (2) "Another day": somebody said: "better ballads come from metal bands". And DT was a great prog-metal band. Then, this ballad is awesome, amazing, beautiful.(****) (3) "Take the time": I knew DT with 'Take the time'. I can remember that moment. It was incredible for me. Suddenly, I found a new universe of prog music. This song is one of the most perfect works of this genre. Counterpoint, solo parts, juxtaposed metters, back voices and musician's performances in general are superlative.(*****) (4) "Surrounded": this strange song is more melodic. It has some pop elements, but also some complex elements like odd metters. Besides, it is an emotive song.(****) (5) "Metropolis pt.1": another excellent work. These guys were very creative in the early 90's. Metropolis pt. 1 was one of the best DT's songs. Here, there is one of the most unforgettable tremolos of progressive metal (bass, guitar and bass-drum). The bass tapping part and the duet following (between guitar and keys) are amazing. This song shows the best face of progressive metal in my opinion.(*****) (6) "Under a glass moon": really a heavy theme with some of 80's remaining influence. But, also there are calm and melodic parts. (*****) (7) "Wait for sleep": an acoustic theme. I really like this song. The piano is really good. Labrie has a great performance like in the complete album.(*****) (8) "Learning to live": the perfect work. For me, the best DT's work. I can't say anything else. Just listen to it. (*****).

Average rating: 4.625 stars. Because of the entire production (quality, innovation, etc.): a masterpiece of prog-rock.

Marcos | 5/5 |

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