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DREAM THEATER

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

3.19 | 1323 ratings
When Dream and Day Unite
1989
4.29 | 3002 ratings
Images and Words
1992
4.13 | 2172 ratings
Awake
1994
3.33 | 1590 ratings
Falling into Infinity
1997
4.30 | 3064 ratings
Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a Memory
1999
4.14 | 2038 ratings
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.60 | 1880 ratings
Train of Thought
2003
3.67 | 2074 ratings
Octavarium
2005
3.31 | 1782 ratings
Systematic Chaos
2007
3.45 | 1670 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2009
3.84 | 1665 ratings
A Dramatic Turn of Events
2011
3.28 | 989 ratings
Dream Theater
2013
3.35 | 748 ratings
The Astonishing
2016
3.70 | 353 ratings
Distance over Time
2019
4.00 | 8 ratings
A View from the Top of the World
2021

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

3.65 | 422 ratings
Live At The Marquee
1993
3.31 | 401 ratings
Once In A Livetime
1998
4.55 | 565 ratings
Live Scenes From New York
2001
4.25 | 500 ratings
Live At Budokan
2004
4.46 | 561 ratings
Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.51 | 91 ratings
Happy Holidays
2013
3.55 | 22 ratings
Distant Memories - Live in London
2020
3.00 | 4 ratings
Lost Not Forgotten Archives: A Dramatic Tour of Events - Select Board Mixes
2021
3.25 | 8 ratings
Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Images and Words - Live in Japan, 2017
2021

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

4.20 | 203 ratings
Images And Words - Live In Tokyo
1993
4.37 | 426 ratings
Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
2001
3.82 | 204 ratings
Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime
2004
4.03 | 126 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite [Official Bootleg]
2004
4.30 | 416 ratings
Live at Budokan
2004
3.54 | 57 ratings
A Walk Beside The Band
2005
4.41 | 437 ratings
Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.87 | 155 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
4.00 | 10 ratings
Romavarium
2006
4.01 | 84 ratings
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
2007
3.44 | 245 ratings
Chaos in Motion 2007/2008
2008
2.40 | 80 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 5 Other Pretty Cool Videos)
2008
3.59 | 56 ratings
Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza
2009
4.17 | 6 ratings
Official Bootleg: Santiago, Chile 12/6/05 (20th Anniversary Tour 2005/2006)
2009
4.10 | 154 ratings
Live at Luna Park
2013
4.36 | 131 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)

3.43 | 7 ratings
Systematic Chaos Special Edition
2007
2.20 | 190 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)
2008
1.50 | 4 ratings
Take The Time (The Warner Years 1992-2005)
2009
3.33 | 6 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings Box Set
2009
3.93 | 48 ratings
Original Album Series
2011
2.20 | 5 ratings
The Triple Album Collection
2012
3.40 | 10 ratings
The Studio Albums 1992-2011
2014

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

3.02 | 39 ratings
Afterlife
1989
3.25 | 37 ratings
Status Seeker
1989
2.88 | 30 ratings
The ATCO Demos
1991
2.92 | 64 ratings
Another Day
1992
3.69 | 58 ratings
Pull Me Under
1992
4.00 | 8 ratings
Take the Time
1992
4.67 | 3 ratings
Live
1993
3.56 | 63 ratings
The Silent Man
1994
2.92 | 48 ratings
Caught In A Web
1994
3.07 | 62 ratings
Lie
1994
3.68 | 692 ratings
A Change Of Seasons
1995
2.78 | 9 ratings
International Fan Club Christmas CD
1996
2.17 | 6 ratings
You Not Me
1997
2.50 | 6 ratings
Burning My Soul
1997
3.09 | 67 ratings
Hollow Years
1997
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live Bonus Tracks
1998
3.80 | 37 ratings
Once in a LIVEtime Outtakes (International Fan Club CD 1998)
1998
3.11 | 66 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet
1999
3.15 | 74 ratings
Through Her Eyes
2000
2.11 | 39 ratings
Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD
2000
1.96 | 39 ratings
4 degrees of Radio edits
2002
3.25 | 24 ratings
When Demos and Singles Unite
2002
2.83 | 6 ratings
Selections from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.03 | 47 ratings
Taste The Memories
2003
2.93 | 40 ratings
Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fanclub CD 2003)
2003
3.08 | 50 ratings
The Making Of Scenes From A Memory
2003
2.82 | 111 ratings
The Number of the Beast
2003
2.02 | 117 ratings
Master of Puppets
2003
2.68 | 42 ratings
Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
2003
3.33 | 43 ratings
Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
2003
2.91 | 52 ratings
The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 [Official bootleg]
2003
3.70 | 36 ratings
A Sort Of Homecoming
2004
3.29 | 42 ratings
Images and Words: Demos 1989 - 1991 [Official Bootleg]
2004
3.81 | 73 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
2004
2.74 | 33 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
2004
3.36 | 134 ratings
Dark Side of the Moon
2006
2.51 | 43 ratings
Awake Demos
2006
3.16 | 38 ratings
Old Bridge, New JERSEY - 12/14/96
2006
3.39 | 71 ratings
Made in Japan [Official Bootleg]
2006
3.48 | 41 ratings
Images and Words - 15th Anniversary Performance (Fan Club CD 2007)
2007
4.07 | 78 ratings
Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg]
2007
3.09 | 48 ratings
Constant Motion
2007
3.56 | 46 ratings
New York City 3/4/93
2007
3.00 | 6 ratings
Lifting Shadows Companion CD
2007
2.67 | 3 ratings
Road to Wembley
2007
2.67 | 9 ratings
Forsaken
2007
3.75 | 20 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 - The International Fan Clubs CD 2008
2008
2.52 | 63 ratings
Forsaken
2008
2.61 | 79 ratings
A Rite of Passage
2009
3.12 | 79 ratings
Stargazer
2009
3.40 | 74 ratings
Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley
2009
3.67 | 59 ratings
Odyssey
2009
3.52 | 54 ratings
Take Your Fingers From My Hair
2009
3.24 | 73 ratings
Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2
2009
3.21 | 88 ratings
Wither
2009
3.14 | 49 ratings
Uncovered 2003-2005
2009
2.25 | 33 ratings
The Making of Falling into Infinity
2009
2.93 | 32 ratings
Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003
2009
3.58 | 125 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
2011
3.08 | 12 ratings
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
2011
3.09 | 11 ratings
Along for the Ride
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Looking Glass
2013
3.21 | 83 ratings
The Enemy Inside
2013
4.00 | 40 ratings
Illumination Theory
2014
3.15 | 13 ratings
Our New World
2016
3.06 | 24 ratings
Untethered Angel
2018
3.57 | 21 ratings
Falling Into The Light
2019
3.67 | 12 ratings
Paralyzed
2019
3.35 | 25 ratings
The Alien
2021
4.00 | 4 ratings
Invisible Monster
2021

DREAM THEATER Reviews


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 Falling into Infinity by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.33 | 1590 ratings

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Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Sheep

3 stars For my Dream Theater album ratings I will discuss each of my favorite and least favorite songs on the album and any other aspects of the album that either increases or decreases the final rating I have given the album.

After the two phenomenal records that preceded this they were under high pressure to follow up with a strong record. "Images and Words" had the unexpected hit "Pull Me Under", but despite the follow-up "Awake" being a fan favorite and acclaimed it did not have any big hits. On "Falling Into Infinity" they tried hard to write a new big hit for the band, so much so that they even had Desmond Child co-write a song on the album, but they ultimately failed at creating another radio hit. Thankfully a lot of the progressive roots are kept on this album making it a strong effort nonetheless.

The record starts off decently and follows up with a mediocre song. Thankfully it picks up on the third song "Peruvian Skies" (1) which is absolutely phenomenal. Solid tracks follow up after this but when "Lines in the Sand" (2) kicks in we reach one of the top highlights of the album. Classic Dream Theater. After some hit or miss songs there is a very pretty ballad that leads into the second masterpiece by John Myung, namely "Trial of Tears" (3).

Now let's take a look at some of these standout songs.

(1) What a fantastic guitar tone on this song. Such a gorgeous song but yet heavy in parts too. A very hauntingly beautiful song that never gets old. 9.5/10

(2) This is the longest song on the album up until this point. It has a very middle eastern feel too it which the title fits very well. Some of the very best John Petrucci guitar work on the album can be found here. 11/12

(3) The album ends with the three part mini epic that is the best song of the record, in my opinion. Written by John Myung, it is his third writing credit with Dream Theater and despite both prior being great, this is his best work yet. The long gorgeous intro is incredible and I particularly love the transition when the final section "The Wasteland" kicks in. Such beautiful flute that sends chills up and down my spine every time. 13/13

Although this album has some of Dream Theater's very best work, it also has some of their worst (although not as bad as many people have it to be). "You Not Me" is co-written by Desmond Child and doesn't work very well for me but I don't hate it. "Just Let Me Breathe" and "Take Away My Pain" are both alright but the first is one of their weaker songs for me and the ladder gets very boring but has great lyrics. These three songs are all 6/10.

All in all an underrated Dream Theater album. All the songs not mentioned are solid songs that are just as good as anything on any of their other records (except the two best). Solid release.

 Awake by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.13 | 2172 ratings

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Awake
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Sheep

4 stars For my Dream Theater album ratings I will discuss each of my favorite and least favorite songs on the album and any other aspects of the album that either increases or decreases the final rating I have given the album.

"Awake" followed up the legendary "Images and Words", and wow! This is an (almost) perfect way to follow up a classic album like Images and Words. Highlights on this album include the three piece epic that covers the entire second side of the vinyl record of the album, but particularly "Voices" (1). The two final songs on the record are also fantastic and are both worthy of being on the predecessor to this album. They are of course "Scarred" (2) and "Space-Dye Vest" (3).

(1) I have always loved all three parts of this epic, especially the amazing instrumental introduction "Erotomania" and of course "Voices". Catchy and phenomenal musicianship. 9.5/10

(2) This is equally great as "Voices" and would fit perfectly on "Images and Words". Nothing I would change about this song, and despite it being just over 10 minutes long it doesn't get boring. 9.5/10

(3) This is one of my all-time favorite Dream Theater songs and easily my favorite Kevin Moore-written song. Beautiful keys and LaBrie's vocals are perfect as well. A perfect song all around. 10/10

Although there are no weak tracks on this album, I do consider the opener "6:00" (despite its incredible drumming) and the short acoustic end of the epic "The Silent Man" to be slightly weaker than the rest of the album though. Both 7/10

This is the first Dream Theater record I ever bought on vinyl and it is one of their absolute best. Again, there are no clear weak tracks but one or two songs are not quite as great as everything else, making it not quite reach the 5 star rating.

 Images and Words by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.29 | 3002 ratings

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Images and Words
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Sheep

5 stars For my Dream Theater album ratings I will discuss each of my favorite and least favorite songs on the album and any other aspects of the album that either increases or decreases the final rating I have given the album.

This album is simply a masterpiece. Although I think Dream Theater peaked here, I would also argue that they peaked multiple times and never really went downhill until the first couple of albums in the 21st century. Every song on this album is a highlight but my favorites are probably "Another Day" (1), the classic "Metropolis pt.1 (The Miracle and the Sleeper)" (2), and the fantastic Myung-written closer "Learning to Live" (3).

(1) This might be my favorite song on the album. Something about the sax solo, the guitar solo, the soaring LaBrie vocals and the melody is just perfect to me. One of their absolute best. 10/10

(2) This is also one of Dream Theater's very best songs. The unbelievable Myung bass, the multiple great Petrucci guitar solos and riffs, and the unbeatable drumming and keyboard work makes this simply perfection. 10/10

(3) John Myung's first writing credit to their discography and one of his very best. This might be the song on the record that shows off Kevin Moore's keyboard work the best. Simply fantastic. 10.5/11

The weakest track on the record is, in my opinion "Surrounded", but this is still a beautiful song that I would never consider skipping or want off the album. 8.5/10

This is the very best of Dream Theater and every single song is essential. An absolute must have if you enjoy progressive metal.

 When Dream and Day Unite by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.19 | 1323 ratings

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When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Sheep

3 stars For my Dream Theater album ratings I will discuss each of my favorite and least favorite songs on the album and any other aspects of the album that either increases or decreases the final rating I have given the album.

When Dream and Day Unite is the 1989 album by Dream Theater and is a solid and very underrated album by the band. This album stands out from the other albums for two main reasons: 1. This is the only album with Dominici on vocals instead of James LaBrie. Personally I consider him to be a solid vocalist and I think his style fits a few songs very well but I certainly prefer LaBrie. Secondly, the production is not the best. This is very true and is unfortunate but one can still certainly appreciate the good songwriting within the album.

Some highlights include the fantastic opener "A Fortune in Lies" (1), the instrumental classic "The Ytse Jam" (2) and the mini epic "The Killing Hand" (3). Side two also has its moments with "Only a Matter of Time" (4) being the highlight.

(1) This track opens up the album and has a long instrumental opening showing off Petrucci and Portnoy's incredible instrumentation, as well as the rest of the band. Dominici's vocals fit this song nicely and its a fantastic opener overall. 9/10

(2) This is an instrumental and could fit very well in any of the albums that would follow in the next decade. Fantastic track and a concert staple. 9/10

(3) This song hits at what's to come, and although I think Dominici's vocals do not fit this song very well it is still one of the highlights of the album. 7.5/10

(4) This is a solid song written by Kevin Moore and a great way to close off the record. Sounds great on live albums with LaBrie's vocals. 8/10

"The Ones Who Help to Set the Sun" is probably the weakest song on the record but still a solid song overall. 5/10

Due to Dominici's vocals not fitting very well on about half of the songs and the poor production, this album is 3 stars instead of 4 stars for me.

 The Alien by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2021
3.35 | 25 ratings

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The Alien
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

4 stars This single sounds very promising. It's not a masterpiece in any way but it has a sense of dynamic that I definitely enjoy. The star is without a doubt Mangini, not only is his drum sound excellent but his fills are very creative and unexpected. John Petrucci has an amazing guitar tone and his stop-and-go solo was great. Jordan Rudess definitely delivered some good moments in his solo although I can't say what he did was unexpected. John Myung is way more noticable in the mix which makes me very happy! Although there were no particular basslines that stood out for me. That leaves us with James LaBrie, he has slightly less effects on his voice than in Distance Over Time, but his vocal melodies weren't too exciting to be fair. Although the chorus definitely stood out.

Four stars, solid single. Looking forward for the new album.

 The Alien by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2021
3.35 | 25 ratings

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The Alien
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by dougmcauliffe

2 stars Honestly, I kind of don't think this track is very good. This sounds like they took a bunch of ok Dream Theater songs from throughout their career, and threw them in a blender. I really liked Distance Over Time because they didn't throw in random 17/32 fills between every single transition, rather there was more of an emphasis on good songwriting, nice melodies and riffs. I think this track is a little structurally all over the map, and the vocal melodies and main hook just aren't there whatsoever. The delivery especially during the verse comes off as awkward, he sounds like he's just singing words with very little melodic distinction. I think ADTOE struck a nice balance between good hooks and technical balls to the wall [%*!#]ery, this one just seems like some of the random technicalities take me out of it. The uplifting guitar solo that comes through in the beginning and end of the track just doesn't quite fit for me, and it's becoming somewhat of a Dream Theater-ism. Great drumming throughout, and mix wise, it's sounding like its on the better end of 2010s DT production, but I was really hoping it would sound a little less squeaky clean. Excited to see them in November, but I'm just very meh on this single.
 When Dream and Day Unite by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.19 | 1323 ratings

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When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by BlazingProg

5 stars This was an interesting listen for sure. I didn't expect this album to be this great. The first song on the album "A Fortune Of Lies" is truly an incredible song. Great verses and instrument playing. Love Charlie's vocals on it. Status Seeker is a pretty good neo prog sounding song. The Ytse Jam is one of Dream Theaters best instrumental in my opinion. The killing hand is probably the best song on the album. Great prog. Light The Fuse and Get Away is a stunning track with some spectacular guitar work. Afterlife is a wonderful track with song great melodies throughout it. The other two tracks are incredible but probably the weakest on the album. Overall this is a masterpiece from Dream Theater!
 Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a Memory by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.30 | 3064 ratings

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Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars Ok. The best progressive metal album ever made. I respect your opinion if you think this album is a disaster but with that said I love this album! I love every second of it, it's a true blessing for metal. The concept isn't that incredible (although I must say it's original) but the music is astonishing, a true explosion of creativity. This album basically grabbed the progressive metal concept and brought it further beyond anyone could ever imagine. All the tracks flow amazingly and work as a single piece of music.

Standouts would be Fatal Tragedy, Beyond This Life, Home, The Spirit Carries On and Finally Free. An absolute masterpiece, unlike Images And Words, I don't think this is objectively essential, but it's still a masterwork.

 Images and Words by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.29 | 3002 ratings

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Images and Words
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars A classic of progressive metal, arguably the most essential record of its genre. Dream Theater's follow up to their uneven debut became very quickly a major statement within metal in general, and it's without a doubt one of the best records of metal. It's a solid quintessential record that features many classic aspects such as the well known "technical wanking", complex time signatures, virtuosity and a great sense of melody. It's currently their highest selling album and features their all-time hit opener Pull Me Under.

Standouts would be Take The Time, Metropolis Pt. I (that name's familiar right?), Under A Glass Moon and Learning To Live. One of my favorite progressive metal records, and OBJECTIVELY essential.

 Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a Memory by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.30 | 3064 ratings

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Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars There is a lot of debate about Dream Theater within the metal community, within the prog community and within the prog metal community. Dream Theater is an American band founded in 1989 by John Petrucci (guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums and, later, backing vocals) and John Myung (bass) with Kevin Moore (keyboards) and Charlie Dominici (vocals). After the first album, already a harbinger of greatness but all in all immature, Dream Theater, replaced Dominici with Canadian James LaBrie, release what is their absolute masterpiece: Images and Words, one of the most beautiful and most important of prog metal.

"Metropolis part 2: Scenes From a Memory" takes up in the title the grandiloquent "Part 1: the Miracle and the Sleeper", a masterpiece of "Images and words", to which the epithet "part 1" was given almost as a joke ... Nothing more wrong! Fans all over the world start a war of words, clamoring for the sequel to the small 1992 masterpiece, and Dream Theater satisfied them with an entire concept album, which only partially takes up and amplifies the story, the vocal lines and the leading riffs of the first chapter.

A story built to perfection, and based on the strange night visions and nightmares of Nicholas, a young man who, thanks to hypnotherapy sessions, will discover that he is the reincarnation of Victoria, a girl who lived in the 1920s and died in mysterious circumstances precisely in 1928. During the course of the album, Nicholas will be able to reconstruct the turbulent love story of Victoria, divided between two brothers as different as they are similar in their lucid madness, until a dramatic epilogue for her, and not devoid of consequences for Nicholas himself, who will be indelibly affected by what he discovered ... final is as assured as unexpected!

From the musical point of view, the Dreat Theater recover their roots: this album is a riot of prog-metal in its purest form, and ours seem to find the lost compositional vein, reconnecting the musical discourse to the glories of "Images and Words" and "Awake", while maintaining a certain amount of improvisation in the scores, certainly the result of the experience in the Liquid Tension Experiment. A working method in which, apparently, Petrucci, Rudess and Portnoy fit perfectly, given that the album releases a charge, an intensity and an expertise never felt before. Since the opener "Overture 1928", we will be sucked into a vortex of music with a very high technical and compositional content, not devoid of references to part 1, but filled with precious moments of high inspiration, as we have not heard for a long time. James LaBrie will interpret the various roles of the story, with different nuances in the use of the voice, leading the listener by the hand within a real film in music. Stupendous and essential prog- metal pearls such as "Strange Deja-Vu", "Fatal Tragedy", the powerful "Beyond this Life", the bombastic "Home", a true ideal sequel to Metropolis pt.1. There is no lack of instrumental track, and it is something inhuman: "The Dance of Eternity" leaves you astonished as to skill, in a composition so intricate that you lose your head?. Like any self- respecting masterpiece, we also find two soft tracks, and they are two small pearls: "Through her Eyes", which narrates Victoria's death seen through Nicholas' eyes, is full of poignant melancholy; "The Spirit Carries On" is universally recognized as one of DT's most beautiful songs, with its PinkFloydian gait, and a thrilling chorus, not to mention Petrucci's solo, literally moving in terms of intensity. The masterpiece closes with a simply fantastic song, namely "Finally Free", in which the DT resume and conclude the threads of the plot, complete with a final twist, and with a lot of creative culmination, truly leaving the unwary listener speechless. , who, like myself, will be forced to start listening again, at least two - three times, before being able to find out in the midst of all this good things ...

Most of the Dream Theater fans are torn by not knowing which one to elevate as the best work of the band between this and Images And Words, but for me there is no doubt, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory represents a magical moment, unique and unfortunately unrepeatable in the history of this great group, although the other is also a work, like almost everything that is part of the Dream Theater discography, far above average. Wonderful melodies, flawless virtuosity and instrumental technique, poetic and theatrical texts, and only one adjective: masterpiece.

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