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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

4.29 | 2963 ratings

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4 stars Although I don't consider it the classic many Dream Theater fans rate it as, I do find that Images and Words is an intriguing and very enjoyable followup to their debut album. When Dream and Day Unite was an excellent tribute to their various influences, but for the band to sustain itself it really needed to develop its own sound, and Images and Words is where it all came together with a seamless mixing of crunching, thrashy riffs, virtuoso and delicate keyboard work and complex prog songwriting.

The main thing which stops me giving this more than four stars is that the music here regularly threatens to cross the line into unappealing schmaltz - as, for example, on Surrounded - but at its best, Images and Words is an exciting, muscular, adrenaline-pumping piece of prog metal which outlined the Dream Theater sound marvellously.

Warthur | 4/5 |


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