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Dream Theater

The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons ofcontemporaryheavy metal. 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 the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993,and a triple-CD and DVD, 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 ofcontemporaryheavy metal. 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 the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993,and a triple-CD and DVD, 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 Mike Portnoy,theband soon expanded with the addition of keyboard player Kevin Moore and vocalist Chris Collins. Releasing an eight-tunedemo, Majesty Demo, as Majesty, the group sold 1,000 copies within six months. The departure of Collins in late 1986leftMajesty without a vocalist, and after a long period of auditioning possible replacements, the group settled on CharlieDominiciin November 1987. Changing its name, the group agreed on "Dream Theater," inspired by a now-demolished Californiamovietheater. Signing with Mechanic Records, the group began working on its first full-length album. Delays caused bylabelmismanagement limited the group to performing at small clubs and bars. Frustrated by its experiences with the label,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 next coupleyearssearching 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 with AtcoAtlantic(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 showed considerablegrowthwith their third studio album, Awake, recorded between May and July 1994, the group continued to be hampered 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 in September 1995on thealbum of the same name.

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

Dream Theater experienced yet another change when Rudess was tapped to replace Sherinian, who had been fired in1999.The band released the progressive rock-heavy Scenes from a Memory that year, a conceptual piece that followed thestoryof a 1928 murder of a young woman and how a modern man is haunted by the crime. It was followed by Live ScenesfromNew York in 2001, which suffered from an unintentional bout with controversy when its original cover featuring the cityofNew York in flames was pulled due to the events of September 11. The group continued in the progressive metal vein 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 year laterby 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. Petrucci releasedaneponymously 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 band inSeptemberof that year. With a rigorous touring schedule to firmly break in Mangini, Dream Theater somehow found time torecord. 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 rigorous internationaltouring,the band took a break though its members continued writing. They reconvened in early 2013 and returned with a self-titledstudio album in September -- this one with Mangini completely involved in the writing process -- followed in Novemberwiththe concert recording Live at Luna Park on CD and DVD, which was recorded during the Dramatic Turn of Events tourovertwo nights at the Buenos Aires soccer stadium. « hide

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Dream Theater
09/23/2013

3.5
566 Votes
A Dramatic Turn of Events
2011

3.6
984 Votes
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2009

3.7
1,542 Votes
Systematic Chaos
2007

3.3
1,703 Votes
Octavarium
2005

3.6
1,998 Votes
Train of Thought
2003

3.9
1,936 Votes
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
2002

4
1,630 Votes
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
1999

4.4
2,494 Votes
Falling into Infinity
1997

3.2
1,071 Votes
Awake
1994

4.1
1,737 Votes
Images and Words
1992

4.3
2,388 Votes
When Dream and Day Unite
1989

3
767 Votes
EPs
Wither
2009

2.8
150 Votes
A Change of Seasons
1995

4
905 Votes
Live Albums
Breaking the Fourth Wall
2014

3.9
14 Votes
Happy Holidays
12/25/2013

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

3.9
38 Votes
Santiago, Chile 12/6/05
2009

4.3
2 Votes
Uncovered 2003-2005
2009

3.1
13 Votes
Chaos in Motion
2008

3.4
116 Votes
Made in Japan
2007

2.8
6 Votes
New York City 3/4/93
2007

3.8
3 Votes
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
2007

3.9
4 Votes
Score
2006

4.2
337 Votes
Dark Side of the Moon
2006

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

3.5
6 Votes
When Dream and Day Reunite
2005

3.3
22 Votes
The Number Of The Beast
2005

2.6
62 Votes
Live at Budokan
2004

4.1
320 Votes
Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
2004

3.3
6 Votes
Master of Puppets
2004

2.5
95 Votes
Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
2003

3.1
4 Votes
Live Scenes From New York
2001

4.2
242 Votes
5 Years in a LIVEtime
1998

3.3
9 Votes
Once in a LIVEtime
1998

3.4
162 Votes
Images and Words: Live in Tokyo
1993

3.8
20 Votes
Live at the Marquee
1993

3.7
159 Votes
Compilations
Train of Thought Instrumental Demos
2009

3.6
7 Votes
The Making of Falling Into Infinity
2009

3
1 Votes
Greatest Hit
2008

2.9
141 Votes
Falling Into Infinity Demos
2007

3.5
27 Votes
Awake Demos
2006

4
17 Votes
Images and Words Demos
2005

3.7
11 Votes
When Dream and Day Unite Demos
2004

2.7
10 Votes
The Making of Scenes from a Memory
2003

4
2 Votes
The Majesty Demos
2003

2.9
24 Votes

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