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Dream Theater ranked correctly.

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14Dream Theater
The Astonishing


The production sucks and lacks any depth (and bass), the songs become quite samey, blah blah blah, you know this record just sucks. Actually some of these songs are pretty nice, but you know what? Because this whole thing is over 2 h long, I never put it on. The record killed itself, basically.
13Dream Theater
Systematic Chaos


Too long as well, but it's over after like 80 minutes, so it's actually listenable.
The record suffers from a lot of mediocre songs. That whole run of Forsaken, Constant Motion and The Dark Eternal Night isn't worth the time. It's so tiresome and while Repentance is a nice attempt at aping Porcupine Tree's more calming and lenthy songs, the 3 track run before it isn't doing it any favors.
In The Presence of The Enemies I and II and The Ministry of Lost Souls are actually quite nice. Just cut all the other songs.
12Dream Theater
Dream Theater


This album feels like it's Octavariums lost twin no one ever missed. The more concise songs and the big epic at the end mirror their 8th record and so do the flaws here: it's nothing special or interesting most of the time. But it can be quite catchy and fun, like on The Enemy Inside, The Looking Glass, Enigma Machine and Illumination Theory isn't too bad either.
11Dream Theater
Octavarium


The Root of All Evil and the title track are awesome songs. DT classics I might say. Panic Attack and Sacrificed Sons are good, like really alright. I even enjoy The Answer Lies Within and These Walls sometimes. But Never Enough and I Walk Beside You might be two of their worst songs. Very okay album.
10Dream Theater
When Dream and Day Unite


Speaking of very okay albums. They just didn't reach the highs of future releases here, but hot damn they did well on The Killing Hand and Ytse Jam. Charlie Dominici adds a certain something to this album that makes it quite lovely.
9Dream Theater
A Dramatic Turn of Events


Not very dramatic at all. Dream Theater revisit many arrangements and structures of Images And Words here, giving it a classic DT vibe, but they also add a lot cheese. I can really do without Far From Heaven and Build Me Up, Break Me Down, but the remaining songs are just so nice and melodic and lovely. I also have a soft spot for this, because it was my first DT record.
Some of the melodies on the opener don't do that much for me, but easy highlights are Lost Not Forgotten, Bridges In The Sky, Breaking All Illusions and Beneath The Surface.
8Dream Theater
Distance Over Time


Now we're entering another tier of Dream Theater albums. There is this classic DT vibe creeping into the albums are I climb up this ranking. Distance Over Time feels organic (apart from the vocal production), fun and very energetic overall. The band really got the energy they talked about before the album release.
At Wit's End, Barstool Warrior and Out of Reach just have these heavenly melodies that make me think of Images And Words. The other songs are great as well. Let's hope their next stuff can capture a similar kind of magic.
7Dream Theater
Falling into Infinity


Yea, LaBrie sounds worse here. It's not an easy record, but it'S hard to ignore such massive highlights like Trial of Tears and Hollow Years. Also there is a certain sense of artistry that make this one a little better than DOT.
6Dream Theater
Black Clouds and Silver Linings


An album this good should not have lyrics this stupid.
A Nightmare To Remember, The Shattered Fortress, The Best of Times and The Count of Tuscany alone would have been a killer album of consistently awesome 50+ minutes (minus some Portnoy vocals). They recaptured the magic of Scenes From A Memory on these song. A Rite of Passage and Wither are fine, you know, but they're just mediocre compared to those 4 massive songs.
5Dream Theater
Train of Thought


Train of Thot.
This one gives me a huge cringe boner. Sure it's edgy, but it slays with some really meaty riffs and great songs. It can be a bit much sometimes and that one solo section in In The Name of God summarizes everything that's wrong with Prog Metal. Really, it's just completely retarded.
Other than that: Fuck yes!
This is the album where DT lost the last bit of the certain something that made their classic period so special though.
4Dream Theater
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence


Six Mengrees isn't perfect. You could easily cut some minutes off some songs, like at the end of Misunderstood. DT just went completely crazy here with new influences and a great sense of creativity. The 6th track is basically a mini album within the album and it's a nice structure.
The album succeeds especially with the calmer moments like Solitary Shell and it's close to an overkill with it's runtime, but once you absorbed it, it just deliveres.
3Dream Theater
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory


The top 3 are basically tied, their order changes all the time and there isn't a single thing about them that hasn't been said already, so I'll make this section short. It's the least interesting part of this ranking anyway.

Awesome concept album. ez 5.
2Dream Theater
Awake


Weird, dark, quite experimental for DT standards. All killer, no filler, no fucking around.
1Dream Theater
Images and Words


Their best melodies, their best concise songwriting, synth magic and Surrounded (their best song).
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