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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

4.29 | 2941 ratings

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5 stars This is easily dream theater's best album and I strongly recommend it for anyone getting into the band. There are no weak points on this album, it is great from start to finish.

We start with Pull Me Under, DT's most commercially successful song. This is a good song and it makes a good addition to the album, but it is probably my least favorite track, which speaks to the quality of the album because it isn't a bad song at all. 7.5/10

Another Day is a softer track with great vocals from Labrie and good emotional playing by the rest of the band. The softer tracks on this album are far more than just filler, dream theater is great when they play with emotion like this. 9/10

Take The Time is a hard rocking piece of progressive metal with great playing by all members of the band and well written lyrics. This is a great example of the band's talent and ability to write songs that are catchy and proggy at the same time. 9.5/10

Surrounded is another beautiful emotional track with more great vocals and instrumentals. This is a song that always makes me feel great no matter what kind of mood I'm in. I've never been a big fan of the shorter, softer songs on dream theater's later albums, but these pieces on I&W are some of my favorites. 9.5/10

Metropolis Pt1 is another great prog metal song with great instrumentals once again showcasing the talent of the band. While part 1 in the title was originally just a joke, the band went on to write an entire concept album to follow it. This is another classic dream theater song. 9.5/10

Under A Glass Moon is another interesting song with great solos and some unusual lyrics. Another great piece of prog metal, showing the band display their talent in a way that flows and makes a great song, something they seem to have trouble with on later albums. 9/10

Wait For Sleep is a short song leading into the last track, with great piano playing and vocals. This track creates a good atmosphere with great imagery and leads perfectly into the final track. 9/10

Learning To Live is in my opinion one of dream theater's best and most progressive tracks. I don't know why John Myung doesn't write more lyrics for the band because the lyrics here are great. This is my favorite progressive metal song of all time and anyone who says dream theater aren't prog should listen to learning to live. Overall, a beautifully crafted and preformed song. 10/10

Anyone who is looking to start listening to dream theater should start with this album, especially if you aren't a big metal fan. This is prog metal at its very best, highly recommended!

rpe9p | 5/5 |


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