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Dream Theater is a band that has divided rock/metal fans worldwide for the past two decades. The band was founded in 1985 by John Myung, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy. Their technical and musical abilities are astonishing... maybe too astonishing for some! And their lyrics, not to mention the voice of singer James LaBrie, are either hit or miss. Their illustrious history is being examined as the band soldiers on to prepare for their self-titled twelfth album, scheduled this fall.
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
"Scenes from a Memory" is an intoxicating, haunting and powerful musical journey about a modern man haunted by a heinous crime. The two-act affair is a difficult production that's executed with full band commitment and precision by Dream Theater, and makes for one of the best progressive albums since the 1980 Rush classic "Moving Pictures".
Images and Words
The album that really got the band rolling, "Images and Words" is an album full of wonder and thought, with virtually every track being a standout. Move over, Queensryche!
The band's heaviest album, and also one of the more overlooked. James LaBrie gets extra points for adjusting his voice to the record's overall sound, and the band still gives their all, showing full musical mastery throughout.
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
A double album that's no less ambitious than past efforts, "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" is somewhat pretentious in nature, with slightly weaker lyrics and more experimentation. Some will not take this album lightly, but for others it is the A-grade thrill-ride we expect from Dream Theater.
A Change of Seasons
The 23-minute title epic is definitely worth the price of admission. The other four tracks are live covers of iconic cuts from
iconic bands (i.e Queen, Led Zeppelin), which are nice but may not have the same level of impact.
Train of Thought
Dream Theater tries to ante up the heaviness on the album, satisfying the core faithful, and then some.
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
This was Mike Portnoy's final album with Dream Theater, and he really shines on this record. The rest of the band (and the
album) are strong, but unlikely to win over the outsiders.
A Dramatic Turn of Events
With Portnoy out of the picture, Mike Mangini steps into some really big shoes in this appropriately titled release. However, the album is more laid back than past efforts, as the band deciding to include some ballads. There's still some old-school joy to be had; Mangini is a kick-ass drummer and the two Johns remind us why the band has remained special with their fan-base. But overall, it's one of the weaker efforts. Not bad, but not spectacular.
Volume eight in the Dream Theater canon sees the band tone down the sound and look further at their influences (i.e. Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd). Moments of brilliance are had, especially in the title track, but some will always express their
One of the band's more commercial offerings, "Systematic Chaos" offers nothing new to the table, further continuing the step back from "Octavarium".
Falling into Infinity
A lot of Dream Theater fans (Portnoy included) despise this release, and when you pop in the record, you may hear why. The band was forced to change their sound after dismal sales, with songs being made quicker and more easy to access. There are some moments of good, but their few and far between. Overall, it's a boring album - their worst since 1989.
When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater got off to a pretty rough start with the 1989 release, "When Dream and Day Unite". The poor production
throughout, coupled with Charles Dominici's inability to add power and vibe to the songs, and stale writing resulted in a colossal failure not unlike Celtic Frost's "Cold Lake". And don't get me started about the cover art. Dream Theater would really need to switch gears in order to be the band they are now.
|12 > 11 and 10, in my opinion.|
|agreed with nicowyp, WDaDU is pretty awesome|
I used to be obsessed with this band
|Am I the only one that thinks Falling Into Infinity works if you approach it the same way you would Asia or any other cheesy 80's ballad band? Think of them like Styx with more solos|
|I'd have Falling into Infinity above 8, 9 and 10 but pretty good ranking otherwise.|
|It's got some great tracks, like Peruvian Skies and Hell's Kitchen.|
|I personally prefer Hollow Years and Take Away My Pain. Lines in the Sand is good too|
|Falling into Infitiy is a good album, better than most of the stuff that came after Train of Thought.|
|Yeah I think I should revise my DT ratings.|
|I'm liking your lists a lot man, hopefully one of these will get a feature.|
|Great band but I've lost track of them for some reason after Octavarium. 1 and 2 are interchangeable for me and I would also place 11 and 12 a bit higher but that's only my taste. Good job ranking them.|