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Dream Theater

    The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal music. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently deliveredsharp-edgedmusic.Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several livealbums -- Liveat theMarquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993,and a triple-CD andDVD, Live Scenes from New York -- they remain one of heavy metal's most bootlegged bands.
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    The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal music. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently deliveredsharp-edgedmusic.Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several livealbums -- Liveat theMarquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993,and a triple-CD andDVD, Live Scenes from New York -- they remain one of heavy metal's most bootlegged bands.

    Originally named Majesty by Berklee College of Music students Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and drummer MikePortnoy,theband soon expanded with the addition of keyboard player Kevin Moore and vocalist Chris Collins. Releasing aneight-tunedemo, Majesty Demo, as Majesty, the group sold 1,000 copies within six months. The departure of Collins in late1986leftMajesty without a vocalist, and after a long period of auditioning possible replacements, the group settled onCharlieDominiciin November 1987. Changing its name, the group agreed on "Dream Theater," inspired by a now-demolishedCaliforniamovietheater. Signing with Mechanic Records, the group began working on its first full-length album. Delays causedbylabelmismanagement limited the group to performing at small clubs and bars. Frustrated by its experiences with thelabel,DreamTheater finally severed its ties with Mechanic.

    This was only one drastic change in the band's course of action. Firing Dominici, the group spent the nextcoupleyearssearching for a vocalist. The search ended in late 1991 when a demo tape from Canadian vocalist James LaBrie,formerlyofWinter Rose, arrived. After flying to New York to audition, LaBrie was invited to join the band. Signing withAtcoAtlantic(which came to be known as East West), Dream Theater released its second album, Images & Words, in 1992.One ofthreevideos based on songs from the album, "Pull Me Under," became an MTV hit. Although Theater showedconsiderablegrowthwith their third studio album, Awake, recorded between May and July 1994, the group continued to behampered bypersonnelchanges. Before the album was mixed, keyboardist Moore left the group to focus on his solo career.Hired as atemporaryreplacement for the band's Waking Up the World tour, Derek Sherinian later became a permanent member.His firstrecordingwith Dream Theater was a 23-minute epic, "A Change of Seasons," written in 1989 and released inSeptember 1995on thealbum of the same name.

    Following a mini tour, Fix for '96, the members of Dream Theater separated for several months and became involvedwithavariety of outside projects. Petrucci was the busiest. In addition to joining Portnoy and keyboard player Jordan RudessintheLiquid Tension Experiment -- a group that included influential bassist/stick player Tony Levin -- Petrucci playedguitarwithTrent Gardner's Explorers Club and made a guest appearance on Shadow Gallery's Tyranny album. MyungandSheriniancollaborated with King's X vocalist Ty Tabor in the band Platypus. LaBrie worked with Mull Muzzler, a groupformedwith MattGuillory and Mike Mangini.

    Dream Theater experienced yet another change when Rudess was tapped to replace Sherinian, who had been firedin1999.The band released the progressive rock-heavy Scenes from a Memory that year, a conceptual piece that followedthestoryof a 1928 murder of a young woman and how a modern man is haunted by the crime. It was followed by LiveScenesfromNew York in 2001, which suffered from an unintentional bout with controversy when its original cover featuringthe cityofNew York in flames was pulled due to the events of September 11. The group continued in the progressive metalvein in2002with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, followed by the leaner Train of Thought in 2003 and Octavarium in 2005.The livealbumScore: XOX was released in 2006 and featured the band backed by a 29-piece orchestra. It was followed a yearlaterby thenew studio album Systematic Chaos, and in 2009 by Black Clouds & Silver Linings.

    Sherinian went on to record as a soloist and to play with a prog and jazz fusion band, Planet X. Petruccireleasedaneponymously titled solo album in 2003, featuring accompaniment by Dave LaRue of the Dixie Dregs and Boston-baseddrummerDave DeCenso. In late 2010, Mike Mangini joined the group, replacing drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the bandinSeptemberof that year. With a rigorous touring schedule to firmly break in Mangini, Dream Theater somehow found timetorecord. Theypre-released the track "On the Backs of Angels" to YouTube via their label, Roadrunner in June of 2011,followedby the CDrelease of the aptly titled full-length, A Dramatic Turn of Events, in the fall. After a period of rigorousinternationaltouring,the band took a break though its members continued writing. They reconvened in early 2013 and returnedwith a self-titledstudio album in September -- this one with Mangini completely involved in the writing process -- followed inNovemberwiththe concert recording Live at Luna Park on CD and DVD, which was recorded during the Dramatic Turn ofEvents tourovertwo nights at the Buenos Aires soccer stadium. « hide

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    LPs
    The Astonishing
    2016

    2.9
    316 Votes
    Dream Theater
    09/23/2013

    3.4
    751 Votes
    A Dramatic Turn of Events
    2011

    3.5
    1,142 Votes
    Black Clouds & Silver Linings
    2009

    3.6
    1,696 Votes
    Systematic Chaos
    2007

    3.3
    1,864 Votes
    Octavarium
    2005

    3.6
    2,209 Votes
    Train of Thought
    2003

    3.9
    2,136 Votes
    Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
    2002

    4
    1,801 Votes
    Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
    1999

    4.4
    2,793 Votes
    Falling into Infinity
    1997

    3.2
    1,199 Votes
    Awake
    1994

    4.1
    1,961 Votes
    Images and Words
    1992

    4.3
    2,682 Votes
    When Dream and Day Unite
    1989

    3
    864 Votes
    EPs
    Wither
    2009

    2.9
    154 Votes
    A Change of Seasons
    1995

    4
    984 Votes
    Live Albums
    Breaking the Fourth Wall
    2014

    3.8
    19 Votes
    Happy Holidays
    12/25/2013

    3.5
    11 Votes
    Live at Luna Park
    11/05/2013

    3.8
    41 Votes
    Santiago, Chile 12/6/05
    2009

    4.5
    4 Votes
    Uncovered 2003-2005
    2009

    3.1
    13 Votes
    Chaos in Motion
    2008

    3.4
    117 Votes
    Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
    2007

    3.9
    4 Votes
    Made in Japan
    2007

    2.6
    10 Votes
    New York City 3/4/93
    2007

    4.1
    4 Votes
    Score
    2006

    4.2
    345 Votes
    Dark Side of the Moon
    2006

    3.1
    119 Votes
    Old Bridge, New Jersey 12/14/96
    2006

    3.4
    6 Votes
    When Dream and Day Reunite
    2005

    3.3
    24 Votes
    The Number Of The Beast
    2005

    2.5
    62 Votes
    Live at Budokan
    2004

    4.1
    341 Votes
    Master of Puppets
    2004

    2.5
    101 Votes
    Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
    2004

    3.4
    7 Votes
    Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
    2003

    3.2
    5 Votes
    Live Scenes From New York
    2001

    4.2
    248 Votes
    5 Years in a LIVEtime
    1998

    3.4
    10 Votes
    Once in a LIVEtime
    1998

    3.4
    165 Votes
    Images and Words: Live in Tokyo
    1993

    4
    21 Votes
    Live at the Marquee
    1993

    3.7
    169 Votes
    Compilations
    Train of Thought Instrumental Demos
    2009

    3.6
    7 Votes
    The Making of Falling Into Infinity
    2009

    2.5
    2 Votes
    Greatest Hit
    2008

    3
    142 Votes
    Falling Into Infinity Demos
    2007

    3.6
    28 Votes
    Awake Demos
    2006

    4
    15 Votes
    Images and Words Demos
    2005

    3.9
    10 Votes
    When Dream and Day Unite Demos
    2004

    2.7
    9 Votes
    The Majesty Demos
    2003

    2.8
    24 Votes
    The Making of Scenes from a Memory
    2003

    3.5
    3 Votes

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