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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.19 | 1256 ratings

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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.

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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