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Dream Theater biography
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, making an initial run of 1,000 tapes. The tapes, to the band's surprise sold out relatively quickly, which was aided also by the band's distribution of the tapes to friends, family, local rock and metal magazines.

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DREAM THEATER shows & tickets


  • Along For The Ride Tour on 24 Apr 2014
  • An Evening With Dream Theater on 26 Apr 2014
  • Sonisphere Festival 2014 on 4 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield on 5 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at l'Olympia, Paris on 7 Jul 2014
  • Masters of Rock 2014 on 10 Jul 2014
  • Along for the ride Tour on 11 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Hamburg on 12 Jul 2014
  • An Evening With Dream Theater on 14 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater / UITVERKOCHT on 16 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen on 18 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim on 19 Jul 2014
  • An Evening with Dream Theater on 21 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Gruvillage, Grugliasco, Torino on 22 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Stadio Adriatico Flacco, Pescara on 23 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at NTC, Bratislava on 25 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Park, Budapest on 26 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Romexpo, Bucuresti on 28 Jul 2014
  • Along for the Ride Tour on 29 Jul 2014
  • Dream Theater at Küçükçiftlik Park, Sisli, Istanbul on 31 Jul 2014
  • LOUD PARK 14 on 18 Oct 2014

DREAM THEATER discography


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

3.23 | 877 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite
1989
4.29 | 1974 ratings
Images And Words
1992
4.11 | 1444 ratings
Awake
1994
3.32 | 1068 ratings
Falling Into Infinity
1997
4.29 | 2029 ratings
Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
4.13 | 1378 ratings
Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.58 | 1317 ratings
Train Of Thought
2003
3.66 | 1478 ratings
Octavarium
2005
3.32 | 1259 ratings
Systematic Chaos
2007
3.45 | 1171 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2009
3.91 | 1169 ratings
A Dramatic Turn Of Events
2011
3.46 | 425 ratings
Dream Theater
2013

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

3.60 | 280 ratings
Live At The Marquee
1993
3.23 | 270 ratings
Once In A Livetime
1998
4.57 | 387 ratings
Live Scenes From New York
2001
4.23 | 334 ratings
Live At Budokan
2004
4.45 | 381 ratings
Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.89 | 18 ratings
Happy Holidays
2013

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

4.15 | 134 ratings
Images And Words - Live In Tokyo
1993
4.35 | 316 ratings
Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
2001
3.77 | 141 ratings
Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime
2004
4.08 | 84 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite [Official Bootleg]
2004
4.29 | 316 ratings
Live at Budokan
2004
3.42 | 36 ratings
A Walk Beside The Band
2005
4.40 | 333 ratings
Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.96 | 101 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
3.99 | 58 ratings
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
2007
3.44 | 170 ratings
Chaos In Motion 2007/2008
2008
2.23 | 53 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 5 Other Pretty Cool Videos)
2008
3.63 | 30 ratings
Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza
2009
3.96 | 51 ratings
Live at Luna Park
2013

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

2.06 | 149 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)
2008
3.95 | 19 ratings
Original Album Series
2011

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

2.84 | 26 ratings
Afterlife
1989
3.22 | 26 ratings
Status Seeker
1989
2.74 | 20 ratings
The ATCO Demos
1991
2.84 | 47 ratings
Another Day
1992
3.59 | 40 ratings
Pull Me Under
1992
2.85 | 37 ratings
Caught In A Web
1994
3.70 | 45 ratings
The Silent Man
1994
2.94 | 43 ratings
Lie
1994
3.64 | 515 ratings
A Change Of Seasons
1995
3.02 | 49 ratings
Hollow Years
1997
3.71 | 22 ratings
Once In A LIVEtime Outtakes (International Fan Club CD 1998)
1998
3.02 | 48 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet
1999
3.13 | 48 ratings
Through Her Eyes
2000
1.94 | 25 ratings
Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD
2000
1.84 | 24 ratings
4 degrees of Radio edits
2002
3.13 | 15 ratings
When Demos and Singles Unite
2002
2.94 | 31 ratings
Taste The Memories
2003
2.91 | 27 ratings
Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fanclub CD 2003)
2003
3.06 | 35 ratings
The Making Of Scenes From A Memory
2003
2.75 | 78 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
2003
1.90 | 89 ratings
Master Of Puppets
2003
2.65 | 27 ratings
Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
2003
3.22 | 27 ratings
Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
2003
2.84 | 38 ratings
The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 [Official bootleg]
2003
3.67 | 25 ratings
A Sort Of Homecoming
2004
3.20 | 25 ratings
Images and Words: Demos 1989 - 1991 [Official Bootleg]
2004
3.80 | 54 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
2004
2.67 | 18 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
2004
3.32 | 104 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
2.19 | 25 ratings
Awake Demos
2006
3.02 | 25 ratings
Old Bridge, New JERSEY - 12/14/96
2006
3.62 | 49 ratings
Made in Japan [Official Bootleg]
2006
3.47 | 27 ratings
Images and Words - 15th Anniversary Performance (Fan Club CD 2007)
2007
4.13 | 55 ratings
Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg]
2007
3.15 | 34 ratings
Constant Motion
2007
3.57 | 29 ratings
New York City 3/4/93
2007
3.14 | 7 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 - The International Fan Clubs CD 2008
2008
2.46 | 51 ratings
Forsaken
2008
2.55 | 62 ratings
A Rite of Passage
2009
3.07 | 68 ratings
Stargazer
2009
3.36 | 65 ratings
Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley
2009
3.62 | 48 ratings
Odyssey
2009
3.43 | 44 ratings
Take Your Fingers From My Hair
2009
3.16 | 62 ratings
Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2
2009
3.20 | 66 ratings
Wither
2009
3.00 | 36 ratings
Uncovered 2003-2005
2009
2.45 | 22 ratings
The Making of Falling Into Infinity
2009
2.71 | 22 ratings
Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003
2009
3.56 | 109 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
2011
3.12 | 56 ratings
The Enemy Inside
2013

DREAM THEATER Reviews


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 The Making of Falling Into Infinity by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
2.45 | 22 ratings

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The Making of Falling Into Infinity
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by nickel

2 stars Short samples of recording process for collectors only. Take note that this release is not the Falling Into Infinity Demos and there are no complete songs on this disc (except one rehearsal mix of "Take Away My Pain"). Each track on this disc is made up of short edits and snippets of tracks to present the listener with a broad sampling of the recording process for what became the commercial Falling Into Infinity release. Each song on the album is represented here.

The most interesting parts of this release, for me, are the moments where the band members are talking. Talking about singing harmony in backing vocals, when John Petrucci talks during the recording of his acoustic guitar parts in Hollow Years, and working on Hell's Kitchen are examples of the most revealing and interesting segments. But not every track contains these kinds of moments.

NOTE: In case it concerns you, there is quite a bit of strong language on this disc.

Overall, there are three audiences that will find interest in this: (1) Musicians interested in the "process"; (2) Collectors who must get everything; and (3) Fans of the band who might get a kick out of hearing some of the silly moments.

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 Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence  by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 1378 ratings

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Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by LunarSea

3 stars I've read a few of the reviews of this album and seen some of the conflicting opinions. In my own opinion, I love CD 2 of this and am quite indifferent to CD 1. On CD 2 they do that particular thing which they have done so well on other occasions - that is the epic storyline with some mental illness thrown into the mix. To my ears this is beautiful music whereas the tracks on CD 1 are merely average.

The musicianship on this album is as always second to none

This album has been on my playlist since the day it came out and is IMHO so far superior to both Systematic Chaos and Black Clouds which I think are both simply dreadful, although I think a large part of the blame for their dreadfulness probably lies with Mr Portnoy and his awful growling thing

I can only give this 3 stars due to the conflicting opinion I have on the 2 CDs. Having said that however, listening to CD 1 is not exactly torture, it's just not quite as good as CD 2.

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 Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence  by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 1378 ratings

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Review by Kevman28

2 stars Calm down lads!

I just cannot get into it. When you buy a Dream Theater album you expect some amazing work from a set of truly super talented musicians, and this album does not let you down on the individual front. Unfortunately no matter how talented they are, it appears DT forgot a main ingredient here - Songs! Impressive twiddling, drumming and experimentation gives way to simply awful messy 'songs'. On some tracks I have tried so hard to feel the music but get shot down in a wall of confusion and over the top twaddle. You could say that this is their 'Tales from the Topographic Oceans' moment :-) How on earth you other guys rate this so highly is beyond me. I am sure you are all thinking I am obviously not a true DT fan, but I have all of their albums, some of which I prefer more than others but I like them all apart from this one. We all know what they are capable of and how skillful they are, so how they come up with this spagetti mix of an album is confusing. Luckily they got back on track after this album. Sometimes 'Less is more' as the Marillion album suggests (Don't get me started on that.....).

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 Train Of Thought by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.58 | 1317 ratings

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Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Dellinger

5 stars Dream Theater is a band that has got incredible songs in most of their albums, and on the few that don't have such masterpieces of songs, at least they have some really good ones. However, just about all of the albums have several songs that drag down the albums a bit, and so I wouldn't give the five stars to any of them... except for this one. Every song on it is just brilliant, a perfect mix of metal and prog to the best results. LaBrie's voice isn't as annoying as it can be on other albums, and they don't have the silly ballads that drag down other albums, except for "Vacant", though it is short enough and it actually isn't so bad, and it's a very nice intro to "Stream of Consciousness", one of my favourite songs on their whole discography. Even now, after years of knowing it, I can't help but completley enjoy every second of this magnificent piece, which is emotional, heavy, and absolutley proggy (and instrumental, thus, no LaBrie at all!!!). Nor does this album have much of the overly heavy and noisy songs... the closest to that description would be "Honor thy Father", my least favourite song on the album, but even so it's got some nice catchy melody going on that allows me to enjoy it. Excellent album by this Prog Metal giants, but you must like their heavier side in order to get into it and enjoy it.

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 When Dream And Day Unite  by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.23 | 877 ratings

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When Dream And Day Unite
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Dream Theater debut When dream and day unite issued in 1989 is for me a real gem, in fact is my second fav DT album after Images and words and in same level with another fav of mine Scene. I'm really fascinating by this album and enjoy it for more then 20 years since I've discovered them. Another thing is, that I simply can't understand the low ratings this album got over the years, really what the heck, how many bands playing like DT in that period, none, they gone to another level incorporated Fates Warning progressive influences with Watchtower techno trash passages here and there, 2 of the bands that the band tanks in the liner notes plus thay had overall a typical late '80s feel. Instrumentaly speaking this album kick ass, from start to finish, also Dominici has his quite very good moments, like his voice here, is fiting perfect in the music. The already famous instrumental Ytse Jam, equaly famous in prog metal field as Yyz from Rush in prog rock realm, is a killer tune. Status seeker is another highlight, each musicin shines, specially Kevin Moore is fantastic. I like a lot the interludes between keyboards and guitars, very strong. Only A Matter Of Time is another worthy tune, in fact all are great to my ears. Besides not so fantastic and crystal clear production, the music is top notch, When dream and day unite is famous and quite influencial album in prog metal field, many bands following it sound more the later DT releases, bands like Empty Tremor, Hydrotoxin and I can go with the list untill tomorrow with prog metal bands influenced by this particulary album. For me, a truly awesome debut, and 4 stars easy, love it and enjoying listning constantly.

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 Images And Words by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.29 | 1974 ratings

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Images And Words
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by greenblooded

5 stars This is the album that changed the course of Progressive Rock and Metal in the nineties!

In an age when Nirvana would take the world by storm and everyone would rave about a band that was all about drugs, problematic behaviour and short unmelodic songs (with all respect to an artist, like Nirvana, but grudge was just all about that) Dream Theater came and showed another way of making music.

With this album Dream Theater sent all musicians back to music schools and made well played music, complex melodies, rich and thick layered tracks mainstream again...

For someone who has never heard progressive before, this is a difficult album, but for ears that have practiced in the genre before THIS IS IT! The absolute masterpiece of progressive rock and metal of the new era!

Building on the legacy of Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd and all the Prog Rock Giants of the past, blending with influences from Metallica, Iron Maiden and the metal of the 80's and still putting in a personal touch and signature songwriting and performing that was destined to create a whole new scene, Dream Theater deliver the cornerstone of any serious Prog Rock Collection.

Metropolis is the track that will leave you speachless bout how can a band can contain such virtuosos and create such compled yet interesting songs.

Learning To Live will just take you to a journey undescribable by words, being one of the best prog songs EVER composed!

Pull Me under, actually an MTV hit in an age when MTV had no clue (and no airtime!) for that kind of music, is the trademark of an era about to rise...

Take the time, Surrounded, Under a glass moon all wonderful compositions that take the listener to another level....

And the ballads Another day and Wait for sleep, both left their mark also being wonderful and so full of passion and emotion.

Not a masterpiece...

T H E M A S T E R P I E C E !!!!!!!!!!

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 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.29 | 2029 ratings

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

Review by greenblooded

5 stars Well, where to start with this album by Progressive Metal Giants Dream Theater...

It actually was created in a crusial time for the band, after Falling Into Infinity, the band's effort to be commercial in order to satisfy the company they had contract with... And while Falling Into Infinity was a fine album, it almost tear the band apart. Feeling really far far away from their roots and from the style they preferred, Dream Theater almost quit after that album (FII), with Mike Portnoy first and most of all wanting to quit, since he couldn't stand the direction the band was taking.

But it was not only him, everyone pretty much had the same feeling too.

At that time Portnoy and Petrucci participated in the Liquid Tension Experiment project, creating two wonderful albums along with Tony Levin on Bass and Jordan Rudess on keyboards. Now, Rudess was familiar with them before LTE and they actually approached him to join the band before settling with Derek Sherinian, but he refused, having other plans at the time. Fortunately, this time he was available and having worked all three of them with LTE, they felt he could join the band. So he did.

And in a desperate move to try to pave their own path, Dream Theater decided to isolate, create an album and then bring it to the company AFTER its finished. No external producers. No one else but the band members themselves pulling all the strings and creating the music they liked. If the company rejected it, then it would be the end...

But how can one reject THIS GOLIATH? Being "desperate" and putting your soul into a project like this, thinking/felling/fearing it probably is your last ever, is always a recipee for success! And this was the story here as well. Dream Theater did create one of the best albums of all times. Scenes From A Memory is a Masterpiece of a magnitude difficult to describe. It stands there with Giant Concept albums like Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche, The Wall by Pink Floyd etc and along with Images and Words it is a duet that screams all that Dream Theater is all about!

Dazzling melodies, crunching solos, music flowing like never before, wonderful melodies, chorus vocals, flawless singing by Labrie, incredible keyboards by the magician Jordan Rudess (there are passages that are really really incredible to believe they could put in a record like this - try Dance of eternity rag piano passage for example, one of a kind!) and of course Pertnoy/Petrucci/Muyng/Rudess in the best peroformance of their lives! And considering we are talking about Dream Theater, one can only begin to imagine what a pantheon of a performance the band delivers with this album.

When I first got my hands into this one, I actually heard it for 2-3 months without EVER pushing the Stop or Forward button! It was impossible! Beware, the first times you will listen to it, you may find it difficult to stop listening or scipping any song! The structure is incredible, the flow is unmatchable, the melodies are so wonderful, the skill portrayed is mind blowing, so you really don't stand much of a chance stopping this storm of musical majesty raging in your ears!

I won't go into details about particular songs of the album, many reviewers before me have covered that in detail.

I will only say that this is EASILY one of the best Progressive Metal albums EVER CREATED! I really can't understand how can anyone rate this with less than 4 stars. I respect it totally, but I think either they had no clue of what they were hearing or they were not into this kind of music in the first place, which means that you should take negative reviews with a lot of sceptisism. Just wonder through the net and you will see this masterpiece toping ALL of the lists about best progressive metal albums ever created (including this site).

That should say something...

For those very few who may have not heard this masterpiece yet, I envy you... Stop reading this and go check this one out... See you after you recover ;-)

Dream Theater at its best, with an album that was destined to change the course of Progressive Metal History.

The Best of Times indeed...

PS: Really, I do respect every man's opinion, but for those rating this album with 1 or two stars and casting all the curses they can on it...

Really?

Really you bother hating and cursing "Scenes"? I mean, come on, you can do better! I read lines about unintersting music, about weak concept story (OK, The Wall or Operation Mindcrime may have better storylines, but really you think the story of Scenes is weak? Are you joking?) and everything else anyone can blame an album about...

Not smart (and I am being polite here). You may not be into prog metal, you may hate musicians that are trully masters in playing their instruments, you may find that a complex solo or an adventurous instrumental is your worst. But then again you are not reviewing the right album, you may belong to another music genre.

And even then, if you can hear "Through my words" or "The Spirit carries on" or even the wonderful "Finall Free" and still come up with a line like "this album has no emotion, it is just a showoff" or something like this, then you are just plainly being mean, hateful and not objective at all! And I may not know or understand what is your problem with Dream Theater (or any other band or album that gets such a bad or angry review on a recognised masterpiece) but spewing all this poison against a world recognised masterpiece is really not good and it won't contribute to anyone becoming wiser about the music we love. You could simply state that it is not of your taste (which is totally different from saying it is bad) and let others give it a try...

Really, be serious about your reviews, you do no good to our beloved music with such attitude.

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 Awake by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.11 | 1444 ratings

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Awake
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Neo-Romantic

5 stars Dream Theater is a group I respect. I don't consider myself very knowledgeable about them, as I've only heard three of their albums in their entirety (this one, I&W, and SFAM), but what I've heard I've liked. This one is definitely no exception.

It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I definitely feel good about my purchase. Better than good, as a matter of fact. This album is phenomenal! What I like about it so much is it is as emotional as it is technical. It's very different from I&W, but that's a good thing. I don't want to hear a clone of a perfect album. That suggests stagnation. No, Dream Theater went in a bold new direction, possibly influenced by turbulence following I&W's release that darkened up the sound and themes a touch, but what that did is it provided the album with a much richer sense of depth than any repetitive re-release of past material in a different package could ever provide.

The technical flash is still very much there. It's really inventive, though, and balanced well. The group at this stage was writing with a strong emphasis on individual or groups of songs, which provided a good blend of continuity and variety. For this reason, there's something for everyone with a taste for prog metal to be heard here. From the eclecticism of 6:00 to the flashy, masterfully contrasted and balanced instrumental Erotomania, to the powerful and emotional later tracks on the album, it truly does have it all, and pulls it off well. Granted, some tracks stand out more than others, and some take a few listens to appreciate, but it matures well, offers great rewards for patient listeners, and doesn't sound dated to me.

If pressed, I'd say the true highlights are Erotomania, Voices, The Mirror/Lie, Scarred, and Space-Dye Vest, a true front-runner for best song the band has ever recorded. A bit of a black sheep on this album, but please check this out. Anybody wondering if a metal group with such technical prowess can truly be emotionally expressive should hear this album, and the last track especially. A solid album in my book that I have no reservation calling a masterpiece. 5 stars for me.

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 Dream Theater by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.46 | 425 ratings

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Dream Theater
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by judaspriestfan

4 stars Dream Theater - for me this album is comeback to good old DT. I can feel more joy and flow in song writing and the word "song" in here seems to be a keyword. Some may say there's nothing new in their music that it's repetitive but for me after the heavier albums this is quite a refreshment and some moments bring back the feeling when I first listened When Dream and Day Unite, I&W or Awake and I find it a big advantage. There are very nice melodies and catchy riffs and again like on early 90's albums we can clearly hear Rush influences. La Brie's vocals are the best since very long time. What could be better is too much focus on guitar section - bass and keyboards are back with few exceptions

Ratings: 1. False Awakening Suite - 5/10 - just a good orchestral opening in Symphony X style 2. Enemy Inside - 7/10 - fine single, catchy 3. The Looking Glass - 10/10 - my favorite one, love bass sound in here it could be louder dough, great solo, very rocky riffs, brilliant track 4. Enigma Machine - 4/10 - normally I like instrumentals but not this one - for me weakest point on album 5. The Bigger Picture - 8/10 - very nice ballad 6. Behind The Vail - 9/10 - second best on the album, bass line reminds WDaDU, fantastic solo 7. Surrender to Reason - 9/10 - very Rush influenced beginning and bombastic bass/guitar duet at solo part 8. Along For the Ride - 5/10 - slow, simple ballad with no highlights 9. Illumination Theory - 8/10 - longest track, maybe little too long but has it's great instrumental moments and vocal parts

Overal - pleasure to hear, must have for prog rock/metal fan - 4*

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 Dream Theater by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.46 | 425 ratings

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Dream Theater
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Gatot
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4 stars The Enemy Inside is a great track!

When I first listened to this album I was really impressed with the opening track "False Awakening Suite" as the composition is really neat and tight and I expected the duration would be long - as long as the overture of Rick wakeman's 1984 album. Unfortunately this opening track with great orchestration only last less than 3 minutes. But when I looked at the sleeve, oh ....this short track comprises three movements! tah sounds ridiculous. But it's OK, the band has their own reason for doing it this way. But bottom line is the same: this opening track is so captivating and could be used later as the band's concert opening. Pattern-wise, this sort of style is somewahat following what power metal bands like Kamelot made their album - eg. Karma with Regalis Apertura as opening orchestra and followed by power ballad "Forever".

The pattern is really similar as the followup track is something powerful with heavy riffs: "The Enemy Inside" (6:17). These two first tracks were the one that hooked me to this album. The Enemy Inside is really a killer for me personally as I love how the music moves dynamically in fast tempo style, typical of Dream Theater. From this track I learn that Mike Mangini's drumming is really fast as he provides high-speed drum-playing throughout this track - especially at the beginning of the track. What interesting from this track is the combined solo work of Jordan Ruddes and John Petrucci. I really love how inventive the jeyboard sound is in this track.

There is one track that I really hate since the first time I listened to it, i.e. the third track: The Looking Glass. Why i hate? It's simple: the opening guitar riffs as well as when the music moves. It sounds something like Rush"Limelight". So what? Because I hate Rush Limelight - I don't like the guitar work, really ...it's not rockin' at all. So is the case with The Looking Glass - it's so boring to me.

"Enigma Machine" (6:01) is a nice instrumental piece.Again, I enjoy how mangini plays his drum set. "The Bigger Picture" (7:40) is a relatively slow tempo music with nice melody. Labrie sings nicely here. But ..."Behind the Veil" (6:52) is for me is an excellent track like thw second track. It starts in an ambient mood using thin keyboard work that reminds me to Ocatavarium's epic. The music then blasts off loudly followed with heavy riffs similar to what it sounds on The Great Debate of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. The riffs I really like very much. The melody as it is sung by Labrie is really excellent as well. I also love the interlude part that demonstrates great keyboard work by Ruddes and followed with guitar solo by Petrucci.

The next two tracks are also very good in composition: "Surrender to Reason" (6:34) and "Along for the Ride" (4:45). What makes me interested with this album is the last track that serves as epic as the duration is 22 minutes. "Illumination Theory" is no doubt very intelligently composed. It has soft as well as very soft break. Again I love how mangini plays the drums especially at the beginning part (transition) when he has to plays his multi size tom at approximately minute 3:30. What follows is the heavy riffs in the vein of The Great Debate. One of the strengths from this composition is its ability to combine heavy and soft sides excellently. I really enjoy this epic. In someway it's similar with the disc two of Six Degrees album especially with the orchestra work in the middle of the epic.

Overall, this is an excellent album with great tracks like: False Awakening Suite - The Enemy Inside; Behind The Veil and Illumination Theory. The album really grew on me as the first time I listened to it I felt like being bored with this kind of DT music. But it's OK now especially when lately I love Behind the Veil and Illumination Theory. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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