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DREAM THEATER

Progressive Metal • United States


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Dream Theater biography
Founded in Boston, USA in 1985 (as Majesty) - Changed name in 1988 - Still active as of 2018

I. Introduction

II. History
    A. Formation and Early Years (1985-1990)
    B. A New Singer and Success (1990-1993)
    C. The Middle Period and Band Turbulence (1994-1998)
    D. Jordan Rudess and the New Millennium (1999-2006)
    E. The Roadrunner Years and the Departure of Mike Portnoy (2007- )

III. Style, Live reputation, Bootleg Culture, and Conclusion



DREAM THEATER is a progressive metal band formed in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts by guitarist John PETRUCCI , bassist John MYUNG, and drummer Mike PORTNOY. Since the band's conception, they have become one of the most influential post-1970s progressive rock bands as well as ranking as one of the early progenitors of the entire progressive metal genre.



II. History

A. Formation and Early Years (1985-1990)

Based in a love of the sophistication of YES, the virtuosity of RUSH, and the heaviness of IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER had a desire to create complex, heavy, and progressive from the very beginning. Guitarist and bassist PETRUCCI and MYUNG grew up together on Long Island, New York. After high school, both received scholarships to the esteemed Berklee University of Music, where they met drummer PORTNOY, who, incidentally, grew up in a nearby area. The trio soon became friends and began making music together and settled upon the name MAJESTY. This name came about when PORTNOY described RUSH's song "Bastille Day" as "majestic" as they were waiting outside a Rush concert to open. As the band became more "serious," they went out looking for a keyboardist and vocalist. Eventually the band found PORTNOY's high schoolmate Kevin MOORE to play keys as well as schoolmate Chris COLLINS to sing in 1986. The new 5-piece recorded a 6 song demo titled simply "The Majesty Demos" in 1986 on PORTONY's analog 4-track cassette recorder, ma...
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DREAM THEATER discography


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DREAM THEATER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.19 | 1222 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite
1989
4.28 | 2749 ratings
Images And Words
1992
4.11 | 1996 ratings
Awake
1994
3.32 | 1472 ratings
Falling Into Infinity
1997
4.29 | 2808 ratings
Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory
1999
4.13 | 1877 ratings
Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.58 | 1740 ratings
Train Of Thought
2003
3.66 | 1940 ratings
Octavarium
2005
3.30 | 1669 ratings
Systematic Chaos
2007
3.44 | 1549 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2009
3.85 | 1558 ratings
A Dramatic Turn Of Events
2011
3.29 | 881 ratings
Dream Theater
2013
3.43 | 616 ratings
The Astonishing
2016
5.00 | 4 ratings
Distance Over Time
2019

DREAM THEATER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.66 | 392 ratings
Live At The Marquee
1993
3.30 | 377 ratings
Once In A Livetime
1998
4.55 | 525 ratings
Live Scenes From New York
2001
4.23 | 467 ratings
Live At Budokan
2004
4.45 | 526 ratings
Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.53 | 85 ratings
Happy Holidays
2013

DREAM THEATER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.16 | 191 ratings
Images And Words - Live In Tokyo
1993
4.36 | 405 ratings
Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
2001
3.81 | 193 ratings
Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime
2004
4.02 | 116 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite [Official Bootleg]
2004
4.29 | 397 ratings
Live at Budokan
2004
3.53 | 53 ratings
A Walk Beside The Band
2005
4.40 | 416 ratings
Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.87 | 145 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
4.50 | 2 ratings
Romavarium
2006
3.97 | 78 ratings
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
2007
3.43 | 225 ratings
Chaos In Motion 2007/2008
2008
2.38 | 78 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 5 Other Pretty Cool Videos)
2008
3.52 | 52 ratings
Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Official Bootleg: Santiago, Chile 12/6/05 (20th Anniversary Tour 2005/2006)
2009
4.08 | 136 ratings
Live at Luna Park
2013
4.40 | 115 ratings
Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)
2014

DREAM THEATER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
Systematic Chaos Special Edition
2007
2.17 | 183 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)
2008
2.00 | 2 ratings
Take The Time (The Warner Years 1992-2005)
2009
5.00 | 2 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings Box Set
2009
3.91 | 48 ratings
Original Album Series
2011
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Triple Album Collection
2012
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Studio Albums 1992-2011
2014

DREAM THEATER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.96 | 38 ratings
Afterlife
1989
3.24 | 36 ratings
Status Seeker
1989
2.88 | 29 ratings
The ATCO Demos
1991
2.91 | 63 ratings
Another Day
1992
3.64 | 56 ratings
Pull Me Under
1992
3.75 | 4 ratings
Take the Time
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live
1993
3.53 | 62 ratings
The Silent Man
1994
2.92 | 47 ratings
Caught In A Web
1994
3.07 | 60 ratings
Lie
1994
3.68 | 650 ratings
A Change Of Seasons
1995
3.00 | 3 ratings
International Fan Club Christmas CD
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
You Not Me
1997
2.50 | 2 ratings
Burning My Soul
1997
3.08 | 65 ratings
Hollow Years
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Bonus Tracks
1998
3.78 | 36 ratings
Once In A LIVEtime Outtakes (International Fan Club CD 1998)
1998
3.08 | 62 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet
1999
3.13 | 71 ratings
Through Her Eyes
2000
2.05 | 37 ratings
Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD
2000
1.93 | 36 ratings
4 degrees of Radio edits
2002
3.17 | 23 ratings
When Demos and Singles Unite
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Selections from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.01 | 45 ratings
Taste The Memories
2003
2.91 | 37 ratings
Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fanclub CD 2003)
2003
3.19 | 47 ratings
The Making Of Scenes From A Memory
2003
2.80 | 106 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
2003
1.99 | 112 ratings
Master Of Puppets
2003
2.77 | 39 ratings
Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
2003
3.38 | 40 ratings
Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
2003
2.88 | 51 ratings
The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 [Official bootleg]
2003
3.69 | 33 ratings
A Sort Of Homecoming
2004
3.36 | 39 ratings
Images and Words: Demos 1989 - 1991 [Official Bootleg]
2004
3.81 | 70 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
2004
2.73 | 32 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
2004
3.35 | 129 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
2.49 | 41 ratings
Awake Demos
2006
3.17 | 36 ratings
Old Bridge, New JERSEY - 12/14/96
2006
3.38 | 68 ratings
Made in Japan [Official Bootleg]
2006
3.45 | 40 ratings
Images and Words - 15th Anniversary Performance (Fan Club CD 2007)
2007
4.06 | 76 ratings
Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg]
2007
3.09 | 47 ratings
Constant Motion
2007
3.57 | 42 ratings
New York City 3/4/93
2007
2.50 | 2 ratings
Lifting Shadows Companion CD
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Road to Wembley
2007
2.50 | 6 ratings
Forsaken
2007
3.68 | 19 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 - The International Fan Clubs CD 2008
2008
2.52 | 61 ratings
Forsaken
2008
2.58 | 77 ratings
A Rite of Passage
2009
3.11 | 78 ratings
Stargazer
2009
3.39 | 73 ratings
Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley
2009
3.67 | 58 ratings
Odyssey
2009
3.51 | 53 ratings
Take Your Fingers From My Hair
2009
3.23 | 72 ratings
Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2
2009
3.20 | 83 ratings
Wither
2009
3.12 | 47 ratings
Uncovered 2003-2005
2009
2.24 | 32 ratings
The Making of Falling Into Infinity
2009
2.85 | 30 ratings
Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003
2009
3.57 | 119 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
2011
3.50 | 6 ratings
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
2011
3.60 | 5 ratings
Along for the Ride
2013
3.18 | 80 ratings
The Enemy Inside
2013
4.14 | 34 ratings
Illumination Theory
2014
3.71 | 7 ratings
Our New World
2016
3.25 | 15 ratings
Untethered Angel
2018
3.75 | 12 ratings
Falling Into The Light
2019

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 Systematic Chaos by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.30 | 1669 ratings

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Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by jamesbaldwin

4 stars "Systematic Chaos" is the first record I have listened by Dream Theater. The first song (9 minutes, "In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 1", divided in two movements, vote 7,5) begins with long digressions heavy metal and then, after about two and a half minutes, it let a glimpse of a beautiful melody, then a variation and finally, fortunately, the real song has beginning with the singing of LaBrie, whose voice has the merit not to be screamed, as often happens in heavy metal, but to seek the nuances even sweeter and more delicate. The potential of the melody of this song is immense, but is dispersed in the instrumental digressions, which take over the central melody. The song ends after almost a minute of fading. The much shorter "Forsaken" (5 and a half minutes, vote 8+), with a keyboard phrasing (Jordan Rudess) then doubled by the electric guitar riff, is excellent. Even in this case the melody is beautiful, but this time you can taste it properly, thanks to the fact that the song is more structured on the central theme, which reaches the climax in the refrain. With this great piece the DTs find the right balance between class song and easy-to-listen commercial song.

The third and fourth songs turn towards the more aggressive metal, with gothic / dark / death metal colors. The ringrous choruses of "Constant Motion"(7 minutes, vote 6.5) are not suited to LaBrie's voice, which loses much of its charm, and re-emerges in the melodic part of a song actually driven by the frenetic pace of Portony and Petrucci, engaged here in an instrumental tour de force. The following track ("The Dark Eternal Night", 9 minutes) exasperates even more the repetition of these infernal rhythms, and adds an instrumental progrock part with continuous changes of rhythm and phrasing to the guitar, and then return to the singing part, resulting in frankly excessive (vote 5,5). The impression, at this point of the record, is that the DTs express in 9 minutes what would be more effective to express in 4 minutes. The fifth song ("Repentance") is a relaxed ballad, the only one on the album, which continues until 4 and a half minutes with a mild rhythm ("Regret" movement) , then becomes epic with the guitar solo, followed by a Pink Floyd style choir and a long recitative ("Restitution" movement), which intends to focus on the lyrics (vote 7,5). The song is atmospheric, suggestive, lulling, but on the whole it is again extraordinarily verbose considering the musical material available.

The last three songs on the record are the best part of the album. The sixth ("Prophets of War", 6 minutes, vote 8+), returns to present a good melody sung in a wonderful way by LaBrie, seasoned with the power of the group, which emanates an enthralling (almost electronic) musi. But it is with the seventh song ("The Ministry of Lost Souls, vote 8,5), a tour de force of 15 minutes (practically the time of a suite, if it were not, on the contrary, a song strophe-refrain dilated to no end) that the group reaches the highest point of the LP . The melody is beautiful, LaBrie's singing is precise, without overdoing it, without being screamed, and the power of the melody combined with the huge technical rate of the musicians creates a song of great pathos that ... could end after 7-8 minutes and instead he climbs into a totally insignificant instrumental piece, an end in itself, which has the result of dilating it a lot, and then making LaBrie's singing come back to resume the initial, wonderful melody. Anyway, masterpiece. Thus we arrive at the final suite, a condensed album ("In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 2"16 and a half minutes; divided in 4 movements, vote 8) that sums up all the merits and defects of this album. The merits are above all the beautiful epic melodies, played with rare precision and power; the defects are the aggressive, dark parts, and the instrumental digressions, which make the pieces longer than the duration reasonable , making it difficult to listen to what is musically very inspired.

Listening to this Lp, about ten years ago, I had the idea that Dream Theater were a group with enormous potential, a great talent for epic and powerful melodies and a great technical rate, but that tended to overdo it, looking strongly of lengthening the pieces with useless instrumental contortions, thus ruining a large part of their potential. I then went backwards, listening to their first records, which confirmed their potential, and shown what heights it can achieve when expressed in a more balanced way.

Medium quality of the songs: 7,5. Vote album: 8+. Rating: Four stars.

 Train Of Thought by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.58 | 1740 ratings

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Train Of Thought
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Seventh studio album by Dream Theater!

And this time, produced by Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, they decided to follow the path opened by the first CD of the good but overrated Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, with the band trying to reach a more modern prog-metal for the new millennium, with some glimpses of thrash metal (especially Metallica), rap and nu-metal influences.

The result is a disjointed and rather boring album with tons of great passages and splendid musicianship but with too many boring and predictable sections, adding nothing new to the previous material of the band and with the ugliest Portnoy's sound on drums yet. He sounds very technical, but too noisy and annoying to be enjoyable, especially the snares.

On the other side, John Myung is more noticeable this time, like in the embarrassing Metallica's rip-off As I Am.

Best Tracks: This Dying Soul (despite some strange alternative metal glimpses), Stream of Consciousness (not entirely good, but with some fine parts) and In the Name of God (great Petrucci's work in this one, with fine Arabic influences)

Conclusion: Train of Thought is in my opinion the most boring and uninspired album in the entire Dream Theater's career.

Only recommended for fans.

My rating: **

 When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989 by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
2.73 | 32 ratings

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When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars The second release of Dream Theater's demo series of official bootlegs, 'When Dream and Day Unite Demos 1987- 1989' is a look at the making of the bands seminal debut album. Obviously...

Split into four main sections, there's instrumental demos, early-Charlie Dominici demos, pre-production demos, and probably the most nerdy aspect of the album is the 'X-Mas Demo', which features a super early version of 'To Live Forever', which has remained more-or-less unchanged since its creation, as well as an array of random tunes and "messing around" spots that might (but probably won't) pique the interest of die-hard fans.

The sound is alright, for what it is. Most of these being demos and recorded by the band themselves, there's nothing massively remarkable, but again, this is for die-hard fans, anyway. Dream Theater are no doubt highly adept at their instruments, and this CD shows that even at a young age, these guys were technical wizards.

But overall, this isn't really worth even considering to purchase unless you're the absolute, most highest level of elite Dream Theater fan. And let's be honest, even if you are, you'll probably never listen to this anyway.

 Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg] by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.06 | 76 ratings

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Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg]
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars 'Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997' is the fifth instalment of Dream Theater's demo series line of official bootlegs. There're two important factors here that make this arguably one of the better releases of demo albums. Firstly, the wealth of material on hand, including five unreleased tracks that never made it onto the album, as well as a 20-minute instrumental demo that features plenty of moments that would be expanded upon, and eventually become the bands next and most highly revered album, 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory'.

The second important factor, and certainly an interesting one, is that 'Falling Into Infinity' was an album plagued by record label interference, and while the finished product isn't quite what the band would have desired, this gives fans a chance to hear the songs how they were originally intended to sound.

Of course, by now, I've grown accustomed to the 'Falling Into Infinity' album (I, for one, really enjoy it), so listening to the demos is cool for a die-hard fan such as myself, but I'm still happy to listen to the finished product instead. The unreleased tracks are all pretty decent, especially 'Raise the Knife' and 'Speak to Me', but they all sound unfinished. No doubt they'd have been polished up had they made the final cut, but I guess these will have to do.

Overall however, this isn't something I'd feel inclined to listen to. I'd much rather stick with the original studio album. There're plenty of differences and nuances to pick up upon though, and it's intriguing to see how many changes were made to these tracks over time. But that's about it. Perhaps sometimes record label interference isn't such a bad thing afterall?

 Octavarium by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.66 | 1940 ratings

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Octavarium
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by mariorockprog

4 stars 4.5: Amazing album by dream theater, the eighth by them and also the concept and the music make references to the number 8 in various ways. However this is not the transcendental about of this one, is the quality in music and composition in overall of the album. And also I can recommended to any prog listener, because it is the most symphonic, eclectic album I have heard from them, however they make it so digestible, that sometimes it feels like prog pop, but nothing important. The first seven songs talks about several topics, the alcoholism problems, the ungrateful fans that are not satisfied, the attack to the twin towers incident, among others, also it incorporates a part of another of their classic songs for the first song. At the end, the masterpiece song of the album, octavarium is a 23 minute songs, that as far as I can I listen of DM, is the best they have done, it has a wonderful lyric, talking about past classic of prog and other song that have influenced them, but how they always tries to print their own style. Musically, is the best composition they have made, it has an intro like Shine On You Crazy Diamond song, while during the song, keyboard passages and astonished riffs are presented. It surprised me because the average score it has in prog archives, but I began to hear the octavarium song and instantly I began to hear the rest of the album, and here I am, loving it. A very good album, that is almost perfect, but that shows the magnificent composition skills of the band in Octavarium song, but also other songs maintain the DM style of the past albums, I think is an album that anyone must to hear.
 The Astonishing by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.43 | 616 ratings

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The Astonishing
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by PsychoFunkSoldier

4 stars I can understand why the reviews are divided for this because I was originally disappointed when this album was released, but it has really grown on me as of late. I thought a lot of the mellow parts were cheesy and some of the heavy parts were cliche, so after about two full listens I put the album away.

Well, I picked it up this week and honestly I think it might be one of their best works. Now I go all the way back to Images & Words and Awake which are still two of my favorites along with Scenes from a Memory. After taking some time off from DT I gave this album another try and now really appreciate how all the music fits together and I've found many more pieces that I really now like. The Gift of Music and Our New World stood out right away but now some of my personal favorites include Dystopian Overature, A Life Left Behind, Three Days, The X Aspect, A New Beginning, Moment of Betrayal, and The Path That Divides. I think the album may have been too long for me intially to find these highlights, but now I'm glad I went back.

From a performance standpoint I think it could be considered Labrie's and Rudess's best work. There's enough here for any progressive rock fan to appreciate, but this won't win you over if you've never been a fan of DT. Definitely worthy of any prog rock collection as it is a standout album.

 Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 1877 ratings

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Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the impressive and very successful Scenes from a Memory, Dream Theater released an equally ambitious double album!!!

And this time they tried to modernize their music leaving a bit the typical 90's feeling of their past albums. For that they acquired influences from nu-metal and alternative metal, and even other prog metal acts like Tool (the chorus from The Great Debate sounds just like the great Los Angeles's band) with mixed results in the first CD of the album. Some tracks like The Glass Prison deserves to be remembered as true Dream Theater's classic, while others like Misunderstood and Disappear are totally forgettable. So, despite this CD showed some new paths for the band, I could never give it more than three stars.

And what about the long epic included in the second CD of the album? Here Dream Theater tried to continue the style of Metropolis Pt.2 with success, but without reaching the incredible levels of that album. Some tracks are impressive like the symphonic Overture and the great and catchy Solitary Shell, while other parts of the suite like the bit disappointing Grand Finale are not enough to consider this CD a masterpiece. For this reason, I would give this second part of the album four solid stars.

In addition, I must give a special mention to the musicians. Pretrucci and Portnoy made their most fierce work yet, while Rudess demonstrated that he is the definitive keyboard player for this band.

Best Tracks: The Glass Prison (the initial riff is impressive, and the song contains some interesting new elements) and The Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence suite.

Conclusion: Dream Theater entered in the new millennium with the desire of adding new textures to their music, which revolves between nu-metal, alternative metal, rap and some Tool sounding passages. Nevertheless, they did not forget their past with the symphonic and very prog sounding suite included in the second disc of the album.

The result is a convoluted album with some impressive moments and incredible playing from all the members of the band, but which failed to reach the levels of albums like Images and Words, Awake and Scenes from a Memory despite showing surprising new and interesting capabilities of the band.

My rating: ***

 Untethered Angel by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2018
3.25 | 15 ratings

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Untethered Angel
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat

3 stars Typical, Paint By Numbers Dream Theater

Dream Theater - Untethered Angel - Review № Stardate 11812.07

Well, Dream Theater has unleashed a new single from their upcoming album Distance Over Time.

meh

This is so stereotypical for Dream Theater, that I found myself realizing that (just like Hugh Syme's Shutterstock re-run covers for this single and the forthcoming album's cover) this is nothing even close to new.

This is formulaic Dream Theater all the way through.

Make no mistake: This is a solid Dream Theater "single", with all their bombast and fantastic virtuosity on clear, unabashed display.

If you dig the standard Dream Theater formula (as at one time, I loved), you'll probably fawn all over this.

It's just that for me, the formula is wearing thin...

As for myself, I'm beginning to think that Dream Theater could stand to learn a bit from bands like Yes, Kaipa, Karfagen/Sunchild, Wobbler, Maschine, etc. about light and shade, depth and dynamics and genuine growth in their material.

I doubt that this single will change anyone's mind about Dream Theater. I don't believe it will garner any new fans. The faithful will love it, the haters will hate it, & I just find it too pedestrian and paint by numbers for my taste.

As always, your mileage may vary, use at your own risk, kids, get your parent's permission before calling, not for use with all Hot Wheels® sets, some assembly may be required...

Three Stars ***

Grace and peace, Cylli Kat (Jim Calistro)

 Images And Words by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.28 | 2749 ratings

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Images And Words
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by mariorockprog

4 stars A very good album from Dream theater, it was its second one, being the most succesfull comercially. I was interested to hear it in generally because I was expecting to hear Metropolis 1. I liked a lot Metropolis 2, however if you are in the same case, I warn you this album has nothing to do with the other one. Images and Words present a more abstract collection of songs, and what you are most likely to find are heavy prog songs with melodic and pop touches. What I liked more of the album is its second half. Beginning from Metropolis It start to show more progressive elements and better rhythms. Thankfully, I stayed to the end, because I was being disappointed not because It wasnt good, but because I was hearing something usual of any heavy symphonic band, and after hearing Metropolis 2, my expectation was higher. In conclusion, I liked the album, mainly the second half, although in general it is very good. very good addition to any prog collection.
 Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.29 | 2808 ratings

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Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars After the disappointing Falling into Infinity, Dream Theater managed to regain the prog-metal throne with their best album!

And I think that the incorporation of the very talented keyboardist Jordan Rudess had a lot to do with this. His playing is simply fantastic and he added an extra layer of quality in every song of the album. And this state of grace was also given by the recuperation of the typical La Brie's singing after his various vocal problems and the incredible work of all the other musicians involved in this album.

The lyrics are also especially good this time and the history told is also touching and well explained. The result is the best prog- metal album of the last decade along with others like Savatage's Streets. Both the ballads and the heavy parts are incredible, very progressive and with an outstanding songwriting and production.

Just almost perfect, from the beginning to the end!

Best Tracks: not a weak point to be found in this album, really!

Conclusion: Metropolis Pt.2 is not only the best album of Dream Theater, is also one of the best prog-meal albums of all times. A very beautiful, catchy and incredibly well played collection of songs with a simple but very good explained concept.

All the stars were aligned here, and the result was just incredible! Acquire, listen, and feel.

My rating: *****

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