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DREAM THEATER

Progressive Metal • United States


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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 discography


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

3.20 | 1184 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite
1989
4.29 | 2654 ratings
Images And Words
1992
4.11 | 1931 ratings
Awake
1994
3.32 | 1434 ratings
Falling Into Infinity
1997
4.29 | 2715 ratings
Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory
1999
4.14 | 1821 ratings
Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.59 | 1694 ratings
Train Of Thought
2003
3.66 | 1890 ratings
Octavarium
2005
3.31 | 1628 ratings
Systematic Chaos
2007
3.44 | 1509 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2009
3.84 | 1522 ratings
A Dramatic Turn Of Events
2011
3.30 | 846 ratings
Dream Theater
2013
3.46 | 578 ratings
The Astonishing
2016

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

3.66 | 381 ratings
Live At The Marquee
1993
3.30 | 367 ratings
Once In A Livetime
1998
4.56 | 510 ratings
Live Scenes From New York
2001
4.25 | 453 ratings
Live At Budokan
2004
4.46 | 511 ratings
Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.58 | 79 ratings
Happy Holidays
2013

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

4.19 | 186 ratings
Images And Words - Live In Tokyo
1993
4.36 | 399 ratings
Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
2001
3.81 | 189 ratings
Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime
2004
4.03 | 115 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite [Official Bootleg]
2004
4.29 | 389 ratings
Live at Budokan
2004
3.58 | 52 ratings
A Walk Beside The Band
2005
4.40 | 410 ratings
Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.89 | 143 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
4.00 | 77 ratings
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
2007
3.43 | 221 ratings
Chaos In Motion 2007/2008
2008
2.38 | 76 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 5 Other Pretty Cool Videos)
2008
3.59 | 49 ratings
Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza
2009
4.10 | 131 ratings
Live at Luna Park
2013
4.43 | 110 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)

4.50 | 2 ratings
Systematic Chaos Special Edition
2007
2.15 | 179 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)
2008
3.95 | 44 ratings
Original Album Series
2011

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

2.98 | 35 ratings
Afterlife
1989
3.28 | 34 ratings
Status Seeker
1989
2.89 | 27 ratings
The ATCO Demos
1991
2.90 | 60 ratings
Another Day
1992
3.64 | 53 ratings
Pull Me Under
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
Take the Time
1992
3.76 | 56 ratings
The Silent Man
1994
2.90 | 44 ratings
Caught In A Web
1994
3.05 | 56 ratings
Lie
1994
3.67 | 639 ratings
A Change Of Seasons
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
International Fan Club Christmas CD
1996
3.08 | 62 ratings
Hollow Years
1997
3.83 | 35 ratings
Once In A LIVEtime Outtakes (International Fan Club CD 1998)
1998
3.09 | 60 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet
1999
3.19 | 67 ratings
Through Her Eyes
2000
2.08 | 34 ratings
Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD
2000
1.94 | 35 ratings
4 degrees of Radio edits
2002
3.27 | 22 ratings
When Demos and Singles Unite
2002
3.03 | 42 ratings
Taste The Memories
2003
2.96 | 34 ratings
Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fanclub CD 2003)
2003
3.18 | 46 ratings
The Making Of Scenes From A Memory
2003
2.82 | 102 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
2003
1.98 | 111 ratings
Master Of Puppets
2003
2.76 | 36 ratings
Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
2003
3.37 | 38 ratings
Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
2003
2.88 | 48 ratings
The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 [Official bootleg]
2003
3.70 | 32 ratings
A Sort Of Homecoming
2004
3.32 | 37 ratings
Images and Words: Demos 1989 - 1991 [Official Bootleg]
2004
3.82 | 69 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
2004
2.90 | 29 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
2004
3.35 | 127 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
2.45 | 39 ratings
Awake Demos
2006
3.17 | 34 ratings
Old Bridge, New JERSEY - 12/14/96
2006
3.39 | 67 ratings
Made in Japan [Official Bootleg]
2006
3.48 | 39 ratings
Images and Words - 15th Anniversary Performance (Fan Club CD 2007)
2007
4.14 | 72 ratings
Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg]
2007
3.10 | 45 ratings
Constant Motion
2007
3.66 | 40 ratings
New York City 3/4/93
2007
2.50 | 4 ratings
Forsaken
2007
3.68 | 19 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 - The International Fan Clubs CD 2008
2008
2.51 | 60 ratings
Forsaken
2008
2.58 | 75 ratings
A Rite of Passage
2009
3.11 | 77 ratings
Stargazer
2009
3.39 | 72 ratings
Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley
2009
3.68 | 57 ratings
Odyssey
2009
3.51 | 53 ratings
Take Your Fingers From My Hair
2009
3.23 | 71 ratings
Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2
2009
3.22 | 81 ratings
Wither
2009
3.12 | 46 ratings
Uncovered 2003-2005
2009
2.59 | 30 ratings
The Making of Falling Into Infinity
2009
2.84 | 29 ratings
Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003
2009
3.56 | 118 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
2011
3.00 | 4 ratings
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
2011
3.50 | 2 ratings
Along for the Ride
2013
3.16 | 76 ratings
The Enemy Inside
2013
4.17 | 30 ratings
Illumination Theory
2014
3.67 | 3 ratings
Our New World
2016

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 Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) by DREAM THEATER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
2.15 | 179 ratings

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Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by guiservidoni

3 stars This compilation is worth it if you've never heard progressive metal before (not buying it, of course). This was my case, and the reason I give this three stars.

Back then, my proggiest knowledge ended on Muse's Knights Of Cydonia. If this album wasn't made of radio edits, or if didn't disregard album concepts the way it does, probably I would have never gotten into the genre, for I definitely wasn't ready for it. Now that I'm into it, I never ever listen to this, but I must recognise its importance.

This definitely isn't the reason this was released, but it might be what saves your nephew from getting addicted to pop [&*!#]. And for that, it deserves three stars. Oh, and it also deserves it because of the subtitle letters in a different color forming the word '[&*!#]' in the cover.

 The Astonishing by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.46 | 578 ratings

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The Astonishing
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by guiservidoni

4 stars I get why a lot of people dislike this. Overused keyboards, a second act that mostly feels like a huge interlude, and a guy that interprets seven characters (Arjen Lucassen gets it). However, this album does deserve four stars anyway.

Dream Theater being a ***progressive*** band, they were really slow in their progression. They make a double concept album that clocks well over two hours with a story that, actually, I quite enjoy! Some moments like the music-player-bulls**t could have been better worked, but this is not a five-star album anyway. However, I get with this album something I get with Yes a lot: I need to listen to it numerous times to start to really grasp why the album is great. The problem is Yes' albums don't last more than two hours, so the number of times grows considerably.

Despite interpreting seven different people, LaBrie does an excellent job on that! Despite excessive keyboards, Rudess is brilliant here! Musicianship stays awesome, and that includes Mangini too! He's not Portnoy, get over it.

Personally, I saw this performed live. And it was one of the best shows of my life! Perhaps that is the reason I can really appreciate the album, for I saw the story being told by those who created it, in the way they wanted me to see it. Whenever I listen to the album, the show comes alive in my memory, and it feels really great!

The reason this doesn't get five stars are the ones I pointed at the beginning (and a couple more maybe), but four stars are definitely reasonable here.

 Live Scenes From New York by DREAM THEATER album cover Live, 2001
4.56 | 510 ratings

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Live Scenes From New York
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars With the success of 'Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory' under their belts, Dream Theater were sitting firmly on the throne of the prog world, and so what's the next step? To take the entire concept album on tour, of course!

An absolute sonic tour-de-force of Dream Theater music, the band are relentless as they bombard a New York audience with over three hours of excellence. Besides playing 'Scenes from a Memory' in its entirety, with a few added bonuses thrown in, the band play various hits from their past records, including all three parts of the 'A Mind Beside Itself' trilogy from the 'Awake' album, 'Metropolis Pt. 1' and 'Learning to Live', both clocking in at ten and twelve minutes respectively, and if that wasn't enough, they then close with the 23-minute epic, 'A Change of Seasons'.

This is not for the faint-hearted.

As you'd expect from Dream Theater, the musicianship and chemistry is unparalleled by any other band. Each instrumentalist here has truly mastered their craft, with the only real weakness coming from vocalist James LaBrie. He tries his best, bless him, but having gone through some well-documented problems at the time (food poisoning led to him rupturing his vocal chords a few years prior), his voice can be pretty grating to listen to at times. However, he does redeem himself at the end when he jokingly says "sorry about the short set". Good job, sir!

All praises aside, I'm not the biggest lover of live albums, as I usually prefer the punch and clarity of a studio recording, and at times I feel the sound isn't as perfect as it could be, at least, not when compared to the 'Scenes from a Memory' record. But that just comes down to personal preference.

With that said, 'Live Scenes from New York' is a beast of a live album. A three-disc set that perfectly sums up Dream Theater's career to that point, and an all-out assault of progressive proportions. This is an essential addition to every fans collection.

 Once In A Livetime by DREAM THEATER album cover Live, 1998
3.30 | 367 ratings

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Once In A Livetime
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars With four studio albums and one EP to their name, it's time for another Dream Theater live recording! Coming at a time when the band were towing the line between their underground progressive metal roots and record label pressure to be more mainstream, 'Once in a Livetime' came at a bit of a transitional period, when really, they were neither of these things.

The set is amazing, and features all the early Dream Theater classics. There's plenty of little tidbits, jams, and covers thrown in between and during songs, giving this a true "live" feeling, and the 20-minute epic 'A Change of Seasons' has been broken down into multiple segments, each serving as interludes amongst the other tracks, giving a nice sense of continuity throughout the show.

The sound is very good, the band are incredibly tight, and the audience add a great energy to it all (the cheering at the beginning of 'Metropolis' sends chills down my spine!). A lot of the lengthier songs have been cut down, for example, twelve-minute 'Learning to Live' is now down to a staggering four minutes, yet they manage to capture the main essence of each piece, making the whole set flow effortlessly.

The only legit detriment to this album is vocalist James LaBrie, who at this point was desperately struggling from a well-documented case of food poisoning that had ruptured his vocal chords (so well-documented, in fact, that people who have never even heard of Dream Theater know about it).

Otherwise, the only reason I never really listen to 'Once in a Livetime' any more is because it's been surpassed by later releases. 'Score', 'Live Scenes from New York', and especially 'Live at Budokan' are far superior live albums. Still, it wraps up "that period" of the bands career with keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who is an incredible musician, but always had a flamboyance about him that didn't really suit Dream Theater.

Good album to own if you're a collector, but they've done much better ones since.

 Live At The Marquee by DREAM THEATER album cover Live, 1993
3.66 | 381 ratings

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Live At The Marquee
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars Hey kids! Remember Kevin Moore?! The guy played on Dream Theater's first three studio albums, buggered off, and has since more-or-less completely cut off all ties to the Dream Theater name, wanting nothing to do with the band. So if you wanted to hear what the progressive metal legends sounded like in their early days, playing live with a certain Mr. Moore, then this is likely to be the only chance you'll ever get.

Released shortly after the bands second album, 'Images and Words', 'Live at the Marquee' is a six-track EP which doesn't really do the group or their previous releases justice. It's a nice addition to the collection of any Dream Theater fan, but since most of their live records would go on to become three-disc sets, this one has become pretty obsolete and unnecessary.

With Dream Theater classics such as 'Metropolis', 'A Fortune in Lies' and 'Pull Me Under', there's no denying the tracks are stellar, and considering vocalist James LaBrie would go on to suffer from ruptured vocal chords which would affect his live performances for years to come, it's nice to hear these songs with the youthful energy that the band had at the time.

Overall this isn't a terrible release, but if you're after a true Dream Theater live experience then you're better off looking for 2004's 'Live at Budokan', 2005's 'Score' or 2000's 'Live Scenes from New York'. It's a nice little EP if you come across it, but not really worth the effort unless you must own everything.

 Hollow Years by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
3.08 | 62 ratings

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Hollow Years
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars 'Hollow Years' is an incredible song, and definitely one of Dream Theater's most memorable and catchy ballads, and releasing it as a single/EP is fully justified, however, it's the extra material that leaves this release feeling slightly lacking.

First off, 'Hollow Years'... great song. No need to have the radio edit alongside the album version though. Does anyone ever listen to these edited versions? Didn't think so. 'You or Me', a demo version of 'You Not Me' is a nice touch, but not as polished as the finished track. The main reason I like these kinds of discs is for the b-sides and non-album tracks, in which case here we have 'The Way It Used to Be'. It's an alright song. A bit bland if I'm honest. I can understand why it wasn't included on the 'Falling Into Infinity' album.

And then there's two lives tracks (included on the North Korean EP version of this, anyway). They're "good" I suppose, but not really incentive enough to track this down.

Overall, despite my criticisms, this isn't a bad little release. The musicianship is exceptional, as always, and there's not really anything particularly wrong with any of the songs, it's just not anything worth having unless you're a collector of everything Dream Theater.

 When Dream And Day Reunite by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.82 | 69 ratings

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When Dream And Day Reunite
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars 'When Dream and Day Unite', an album that has long been disregarded by casual fans of the band, and even most die-hard fans, is Dream Theater's 1989 debut which was released by Mechanic Records and is since no longer owned property of the band. Which, to the disfavour of many fans, means there would never be a modern re- recording or re-mastered version. So what do the band do? A live version instead!

Now, I love Dream Theater, and I actually really like their debut album as it is. The production gives it a majestic vibe akin to 1980's Rush, and original vocalist Charlie Dominici's voice fits the music well. However, while this 2004 live recording sounds good, with its beefier production and subtle rearrangements, there is still one detriment to this being a live recording as opposed to a studio one, and that's James LaBrie.

LaBrie is a fantastic vocalist, no doubt about that, and all his studio work is flawless, but he can sometimes be fairly hard to tolerate live, especially with these songs, in which a lot of the times his voice doesn't quite seem as suited to the music as his predecessors. He struggles to hit a lot of the right notes, and his pronunciation has always made it a challenge to make out what he's singing. More often than not, it just sounds as if he's content to wail away with whichever high-pitched screech he can hit.

Overall, I think, while the production is an improvement, even as a live recording, I prefer the original studio version of 'When Dream and Day Unite'. But with that said, there is a little something that make this album worth picking up anyway; bonus tracks 'Metropolis Pt.1' and 'To Live Forever', which feature guest appearances by the aforementioned Charlie Dominici and one-time keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

'Metropolis' in particular is fantastic! Dominici's powerful voice (not diminished through years of performing and a bout of violent food poisoning ala James LaBrie) completely blows his successor away. And a brief keyboard/guitar duel between Sherinian, Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci shows why Sherinian is often unfairly unappreciated for his brief tenure with the band.

Overall this is a great release of a great band playing a great album. There's moments that make me cringe and there's moments that make me wonder why this was released under the band's "Official Bootleg" series and not marketed more commercially. I've always been a sucker for studio recordings though, which is why I won't go back to this one very often, but overall it's a worthy addition to the Dream Theater collection.

 A Change Of Seasons by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1995
3.67 | 639 ratings

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A Change Of Seasons
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars Considered by fans to be one of Dream Theater's best songs, 'A Change of Seasons' is the bands first venture into an old prog standard; the 20-minute epic! Clocking in at 23 minutes long, the title track of this release was originally intended for the 'Images and Words' album, but left off due to time restrictions.

No problem! Chuck a few live covers in there, and here we have arguably one of the greatest EP's of all time.

With such a lengthy track, you know that each musician will get the chance to show off their skills, and indeed they do! All five members (including newcomer Derek Sherinian on the keyboards), flawlessly show their mastery of their respective departments, with the song twisting and turning through all kinds of time signatures and dynamic changes, crafting a wonderful tale that takes us on a journey through life and reminds us of how quickly it passes by.

As for the other "half" of this EP, there are four live covers that I don't mind, but are kind of hit-or-miss for me. Covering Elton John, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and a medley consisting of Kansas, Queen, Journey and Genesis, none of them are terrible, but in fairness none of them are overly memorable either. Blatant filler.

As a whole, it's a great record, and an absolute must-have for fans of Dream Theater, and whilst the title track itself is entirely worth hearing, it's the covers that prevent this from getting a five-star rating. Still, it's as essential to your collection as any of the bands studio albums.

 A Dramatic Turn Of Events by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.84 | 1522 ratings

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A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars 25 years after their inception, 2010's aptly titled 'A Dramatic Turn of Events' ushers in an era Dream Theater fans thought they'd never see, for this was the first release after the departure of drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy.

With the prog world eagerly anticipating who would have the impossible task of replacing one of the greatest drummers in the world, the band announced a new album and, via an online documentary, unveiled that man to be none other than Mike Mangini, who's résumé includes the likes of Steve Vai, Annihilator and Dream Theater frontman Jame LaBrie's solo project, proving him to be a more than competent successor.

However, other than the inclusion of a new drummer, this is pretty much a by-the-numbers release. Big, epic songs, which display a vast array of heavy, crushing riffs, beautiful and haunting keyboard melodies, an unlimited supply of instrumental mastery and James LaBrie's powerful vocals. It's clear that the drama of the past year hasn't prevented the prog legends from doing what they do best.

I was saddened though, as I'm sure many others were, to hear that Mike Mangini didn't have any creative input in the compositions for 'Dramatic...', as they were written before he joined the group, leaving him to play session musician. It's not really a detriment to the album, but I was more than a little excited to see what musical differences Mangini would bring to the table.

Some of the highlights from 'A Dramatic Turn of Events' includes the single 'On the Backs of Angels', and the longer, more epic tracks 'Bridges in the Sky' and 'Outcry'. The shorter, "metal" tracks such as 'Lost Not Forgotten' and 'Build Me Up, Break Me Down' show that guitarist John Petrucci can always be relied upon to produce riffs that put most metal bands to shame, and ballads like 'This is the Life' and 'Far from Heaven' soften the mood to enable listeners to catch their breath.

With their eleventh studio outing comes a landmark release in Dream Theater's discography, which, while it's a remarkable piece of work in itself, will always be known as the first of the post-Portnoy era. It's a good sign that the band are ready to continue on, and can only leave one excited to see where they will go from here.

 Black Clouds & Silver Linings by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.44 | 1509 ratings

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Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars 'Black Clouds & Silver Linings', Dream Theater's tenth studio album, sees the band take a more darker direction than before. With some of their heaviest and most consistent performances, the band show that they still have plenty of ideas left in the tank, and with only six tracks, they demonstrate how they still are, and will always be, the kings of progressive metal.

With four songs going over ten minutes, there's certainly no shortage of epics on this release. Newcomers to the band wouldn't be blamed for being intimidated by this, but repeated listens will reveal some expertly crafted compositions. From the dark and brooding 'A Nightmare to Remember', which is one of the heaviest and most relentless songs the band have ever written, to the uplifting and emotional 'The Best of Times', there's plenty of variety in the moods and themes of each track.

Then there's "the big one". It's almost a common trait for every Dream Theater record to have that one, big epic that trumps all the other tracks, and in this case, we have 'The Count of Tuscany'. At 19-minutes in length, this is right up there with 'A Change of Seasons', 'Octavarium', 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' and 'Metropolis' as a potential candidate for one of the bands greatest pieces. Full of many twists and turns, shifting dynamics, intense and melancholic moments, incredibly tight guitar riffing and a highly memorable chorus, 'Black Clouds...' is probably worth the price for this song alone.

Included in the deluxe edition box set is two bonus discs. The first features six cover versions of songs by the likes of Queen, King Crimson and Zebra... (who?). I wasn't familiar with all the songs originally, but overall it's a decent enough disc and certainly isn't a detriment to the album. The second disc consists of an instrumental version of the entire 'Black Clouds...' record. Why? Because they're Dream Theater. Why not?

The box set edition with the bonus discs is a great purchase for die-hard fans such as myself, but even if you're a more casual listener, it's a great record that belongs in your collection. In conclusion, 'Black Clouds & Silver Linings' is another fantastic album by the pioneers of progressive metal, showing that there's still plenty of life left in the prog legends.

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