Dream Theater

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Country United States
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1989-2005 Metal
2007 Rock
2009-2016 Metal
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Technical Prog Metal/Hard Rock
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107 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, 8 users rate it lower. 83 users think it is prog, three users think it is merely related to prog and four users think that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 144 studio tracks by Dream Theater.
Track durations range from 27s to 24m 00s, averaging at 7m 01s with a standard deviation of 3m 58s.
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Review by Mike 5 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Dream Theater 2013
7.9
Eclectic Prog Metal
Not bad - bad also not really great. Granted, I've only listened to the album one time - but I very much doubt that it will grow considerably on me over time, because the songwriting leaves me unimpressed.

I can't help thinking that Portnoy's absence has moved Dream Theater closer to "normalty" - they still have an "out there" composer (Rudess), but I really miss Portnoy's over the top crazyness and his desire to incorporate an eclectic range of influences (ranging from 70s Prog Rock to modern Art Rock like Muse and Extreme Metal like Opeth) into the music.

On this album the most obvious influence is Rush - indeed, at one time the lyrics mention "restless angels" and I couldn't help thinking of Rush's recent album (Clockwork Angels), since the music was also a good match.

Having said all that, the album is very well made and nice to listen to, all the other DT ingredients are there ... even LaBrie's vocals are much better than usual. Alas, the inspiration for great tunes is sorely missed. I really prefer Haken's 2013 album "The Mountain" - no THAT's inspired songwriting, and musically easily on par with Dream Theater.
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Comment by zwordser 6 years ago
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Octavarium 2005
8.8
The epic Octavarium makes this album. Most of the other songs are OK, a couple weaker ones.
Review by Mike 7 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - A Dramatic Turn Of Events 2011
8.5
Prog Metal
 So far I've listened to the album three times, and while it is admittedly nice, I think it's one of the weaker DT albums. It's still quite good, but the words "haphazard" and "forced" pop up a bit too often in my mind when I'm listening to the album, particularly in the opening track. Mike Mangini is a great musician, but on this album the drums strike me as largely unimaginative compared to Portnoy's style. Of course one could also say that Mangini simply chooses to stay in the background and let the other band members shine (which definitely plays out well in that regard, particularly with Myung and LaBrie), and indeed I think that there's great potential for a truly great next album that hopefully won' t be recorded under such unfortunate circumstances.

The bottom line: a solid album, but ultimately falling short in terms of songwriting and inspired playing (don't get me wrong, there are plenty of inspired moments, it's just lacking compared to other DT releases) and thus a transitional step for the band, pretty much like Feel Euphoria was for Spock's Beard - at least that's my wish(ful thinking).
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Review by Time_Signature 7 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - A Dramatic Turn Of Events 2011
9.5
Prog Metal
Admittedly, the three main attractions of Dream Theater for me have always been Mike Portnoy's phenomenal drumming, James Labrie's unique vocals, and Dream Theater's complex and sophisticated progressive metal and unique sound. With Mike Portnoy out of the band, one of those attractions disappeared, and my concern was that the third attraction would disappear with him. So, my main concern with this album has been "will it sound like Dream Theater at all?".

Now, we know that Portnoy is doing well - he's making awesome groovy metal with Adrenaline Mob, he's got a power trio going with John Sykes and an unnamed bassist, and then there is the mammoth prog rock band Translatlantic. But what about Dream Theater, how will they fare?

Well, to be honest, I think that "A Dramatic Turn of Events" sounds like... Dream Theater. And that's basically enough for me. I could finish the review here, because I got what I came for. I mean, all the trademark things are there: the long songs, the many moves and twists and turns in every track, Labrie's vocals, the melody, the keyboard wizardry, the technically advanced guitar solos, the quirky things, the odd time signature, the rhythmical ambiguities. Yup, this is Dream theater, and, like most of their other releases, it clicked with me immediately on first listen.

There are some differences between this album and other Dream Theater output though, if one holds them up against each other. The previous releases saw Dream Theater slowly being taken in a heavier direction, as the band started implementing elements from heavier and more extreme types of metal with thrash metal elements popping up in several tracks on "Train of Thought", "Systematic Chaos" and "Black Lines and Silver Linings", and there is even some blastbeating in 'A Nightmare to Remember'. Those elements do not figure that prominently on this release ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - When Dream And Day Unite 1989
8.8
Prog Metal
"When Dream and Day Unite" is the the debut album of progressive metal giants Dream Theater. While there had been technical and progressive metal acts before Dream Theater (Portnoy himself quotes Watch Tower, Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, and Mercyful Fate), and while this album undoubtedly is a rough ride, I think it does show that Dream Theater were innovative musicians, and that the band was something special. "When Dream and Day Unite" is musically interesting, and there is a lot of good stuff on it, the production is not very good (too 80s with reverb on virtually everything), and I also think that they keyboards are too prominent - both in the mix and compositionwise.

But, an interesting album, and one that should be in any progressive metal album collection.

(review also posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Images and Words 1992
9.9
Prog Metal
According to Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, the "Images and Words" album is the main reason why Opeth sounds like they do, because it was tracks like "Pull me Under" that made him realize that it was possible for him to combine his metal influences and his progressive influences.

That just goes to show how influential and how important an album "Images and Words" - Dream Theater's second album, and their commercial breakthrough - is. The production is crisp and lightyears better, and much more balanced, than on "When Dream and Day Unite". Musically, it contains some legendary prog metal anthems like "Pull me Under", "Metropolis Part I", "Under A Glass Moon", and, of course, "Learning to Live". It's really top class. This is technical and cerebral music, and that's what I like about it, so I cannot really apply the "the-music-doesn't-come-from-the-heart" criticism here; especially because one can still rock out to the music.

And then there's James Labrie. He has received a lot of criticism for his style of singing. I admit that I had to get used to it, but now I cannot imagine Dream Theater with any other front man. I like how he hits the high notes and all that.

This is a progressive metal classic that belongs in any progressive metal collection.

(review also posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Awake 1994
8.7
Prog Metal
"Awake" is a great progressive metal album, and I think, it contains some of Dream Theater's best songs. It is also a much heavier album than "When Dream and Day Unite" and "Images and Words".

Musically, it continues where "Images and Words" left off, although in a slightly more heavy direction, as mentioned above, with long and complex and genre-transgressing songs and, of course, a complete disregard of the conventions of popular music.

My favorite tracks on this album are the opener "6:00", "Caught in a Web", "The Mirror" (which was probably the "hit" of the album", and "Erotomania" all of which blend technicality and catchy melody.

This is another pivotal progressive metal album that should be included in any progressive metal collection.

(review also posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Falling Into Infinity 1997
8.9
Prog Metal
Yes, I've heard the criticism before: pretentious title, pretentious artwork, pretentious music, pretentious lyrics, pretentious this and pretentious that. And, I honestly do not care if "Falling Into Infinity" is pretentious or not. I like the album, and I think there are some really strong and interesting tracks on it. And, yes, they may be technical and cerebral, but that is exactly what I like about Dream Theater's music: it is complex and challenging to listen to, yet there is a lot of melody in it, and it is possible to rock along to even the oddest odd time signature parts.

The opening track "New Millennium" is one of my favorite Dream Theater tracks (and I don't think I'm alone on this one), and I also like the heavier "You not Me" and "Burning My Soul". "Hell's Kitchen" is also an interesting song... well, all the tracks have some interesting qualitites to them.

As with the previous Dream Theater albums, I think the "Falling Into Infinitive" is a progressive metal classic (pretentious or not) that belongs in any progressive metal collection.

(review also posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Scenes from a Memory 1999
9.0
Epic Prog Metal
"Metropolis, part 2: Scenes from a Memory" is a concept album telling a complex story of love, life, death, the psyche, rebirth and cosmic connections between people. "Typical progressive pretentious lyrical bullsh*t", you might say. Well, if you do not like that, then that is fair enough. Personally, I think that the lofty concept suits Dream Theater's complex music very well.

"Metropolis, part 2: Scenes from a Memory" is one of Dream Theater's very best albums for my money, and it is teeming with music which is pretty much epitomic of progressive metal, blending progressive technicality and comlexity with recognizable melody. Some of the stringer tracks on this album are "Fatal Tragedy" with its (in)famous shrink-n-grow section, the heavier "Beyond this Life" with its catchy choruses, "Home" and "The Dance of Eternity".

Any progressive metal collection that lacks this album is an incomplete one.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Disc 2) 2002
8.5
Epic Prog Metal
"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" is an album that I do not listen to very often. It is not that I do not like it, and it is not that it is not as good as the other releases by the band. It just never caght on with me for whatever reason.

That album itself is probably Dream Theater's most extreme album - not in terms of extreme metal - but in terms of taking everything as far as possible. The tracks are extremely long, the longest one - the epic title track - clocks in at 42 minutes, and the shortest one clocks in at almost 7 minutes. Musically, the tracks are probably equally as technical and complex as on previous Dream Theater albums, but in terms of heaviness, this album is heavier than anything else released by the band previously.

I think this album would appeal to fans of progressive metal who are not afraid of heavy music, and it might also appeals to fans of heavier types of metal music who are not afraid of complex music.

(identical to the review of disc one, and counts as a review of the entir release)

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Disc 1) 2002
9.6
Prog Metal
"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" is an album that I do not listen to very often. It is not that I do not like it, and it is not that it is not as good as the other releases by the band. It just never caght on with me for whatever reason.

That album itself is probably Dream Theater's most extreme album - not in terms of extreme metal - but in terms of taking everything as far as possible. The tracks are extremely long, the longest one - the epic title track - clocks in at 42 minutes, and the shortest one clocks in at almost 7 minutes. Musically, the tracks are probably equally as technical and complex as on previous Dream Theater albums, but in terms of heaviness, this album is heavier than anything else released by the band previously.

I think this album would appeal to fans of progressive metal who are not afraid of heavy music, and it might also appeals to fans of heavier types of metal music who are not afraid of complex music.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Train of Thought 2003
9.9
Epic Prog Metal
A lot of fans of progressive rock, who at least appreciated Dream Theater's previous releases, tend to hate this one because the music is so much more heavy than ever before. Basically, what Dream Theater did was to isolate the heaviness found on "Six Degrees..." and use that as the central force on "Train of Thought". Personally, I love the heavy approach on this album, and I think that the heaviness and darkness (very well reflected in the cover artwork, which might as well have been the cover of a 90s black metal album) that characterizes the album. In addition to being disliked for its heaviness, "Train of Thought" has also received critique for being musically more simple than previous Dream Theater - this was a conscious decision by the band (according to Mike Portnoy, who describes it as the most onedimensional album in the career of the band) to create a contrast to the epic and complex musical ... -> show full review
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Octavarium 2005
8.8
Prog Metal
Being less heavy and more complex than "Train of Thought", this album is undoubtedly considered a return to form by many fans who prefer progressive and complex music to heavy music. When I first heard this album, I was, not disappointed, but I honestly thought that it was too soft, and I did not really like it to start with. The more I listened to it, I started to appreciate it more and more, and now I think it is a very good progressive metal album.

When it all comes down, there is a lot of variation on the album, which I appreciate, and there are some strong tracks like "The Root of All Evil", "These Walls", and "Panic Attack".

This album should have a wide appeal to metal fans and non-metal fans alike.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Systematic Chaos 2007
9.5
Epic Prog Metal
As with "Train of Thought", "Systematic Chaos" is a Dream Theater album which is very unpopular among more progressively inclined fans. The reason is probably that "Systematic Chaos" is almost as heavy as "Train of Thought", anthough I think that "Systematic Chaos" is musically more complex; but, interestingly, there are more commercial-like elements on "Systematic Chaos", such as catchy and simply choruses and chorus melodies.

Personally, I really like "Systematic Chaos". I like how heavy it is, and I like how the complex and tricky parts as well as the more commercial parts blend into the picture very well, creating systematically chaotic progressive metal. I like all of the tracks very much, although I did get a little bit tired of listening to "Forsaken".

This album will probably appeal to fans of heavier progressive metal, and I also think it would be a good entry point into the world of Dream Theater for the "uninitated".

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Black Clouds & Silver Linings 2009
9.8
Epic Prog Metal
The first track I heard from this album was "A Rite of Passage" (on one of the Prognosis discs), which starts out sounding a bit like a generic 90s alt. rock tune - something which I heard plenty of back then and which never really impressed me much, so I was a bit disappointed. Of course, the song quickly morphed into a style of progressive metal that was much more up my alley.

Although "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" has received mostly positive reviews and ratings on MMA, it has also received a lot of criticism, one of the points of criticism being that the album lacks innovation, and that the band just keeps treading a worn path stylistically. I disagree. I think that there are in fact many interesting elements on this album that show that Dream Theater are indeed evolving. For instance, Mike Portnoy makes use of blast meats on "A Nightmare to Remember" (being Dream Theater, they are, of course, in a triple meter), and the band also draws extensively on Gothic metal, which is also unusual for Dream Theater (true "Train of Thought" was dark in athmosphere, but never really Gothic, and "Forsaken" was a song about vampires). Of course, there are the Dream Theater trademarks of odd time signatures, instrumental virtuosity, genre transgression and compositional complexity.

The three disc version contains a disc with cover tracks on it, which is also a very interesting listen.

I'd recommend this album to fans of progressive metal who are not afraid of musically dark athmospheres, as wel as more adventurous fans of gothic metal.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Comment by DisgruntledPorcupine 8 years ago
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Scenes from a Memory 1999
10.0
Prog Metal
My personal favourite album of all time.
Comment by Time_Signature 8 years ago
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza 2008, DVD
9.4
Prog Metal
Great performance - as always - but mediocre sound production.
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Comment by Aragorn224 9 years ago
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Octavarium 2005
2.0
Technical Prog Post Nu-Metal/Pop
Technical, metal POP!
Review by HughesJB4 9 years ago <Permalink>
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Black Clouds & Silver Linings 2009
1.0
Prog Metal
While as usual, the playing is great and the production is pretty good, I was honestly severely disappointed with this album.
It just doesn't inspire me one bit. It just leaves me feeling really cold and unmoved.
Comment by J-Man 9 years ago
Dream TheaterMyspace.com - Train of Thought 2003
7.9
Prog-Related Metal
The is Dream Theater's least progressive effort, and is mostly focused on heavy riffing more so than progressive metal that popularized them. They make excellent metal, but it won't appeal to more traditional prog fans.
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Scenes from a Memory 1999
 #1

9.1 x64
Technical Prog Metal/Hard Rock
Images and Words 1992
 #2

9.0 x64
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal/Rock
Awake 1994
 #3

8.8 x45
Eclectic Technical Prog Metal
Octavarium 2005
 #4

8.1 x54
Symphonic Technical Prog Post Nu-Metal/Rock
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Disc 2) 2002
 #5

8.7 x38
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal/Rock
Train of Thought 2003
 #6

8.3 x34
Technical Prog Metal
Black Clouds & Silver Linings 2009
 #7

7.9 x36
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Disc 1) 2002
 #8

8.4 x37
Technical Experimental Prog Metal
Systematic Chaos 2007
 #9

8.3 x35
Technical Prog Rock/Metal
Falling Into Infinity 1997
 #10

8.1 x34
Technical Neo Prog Metal
When Dream And Day Unite 1989
 #11

7.9 x23
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal
A Dramatic Turn Of Events 2011
 #12

8.4 x17
Epic Prog Metal
The Astonishing 2016
 #13

8.8 x4
Prog Metal/Rock
Dream Theater 2013
 #14

7.9 x7
Technical Prog Metal
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7.8
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 4 months ago
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9.3
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Live At Luna Park 2013, Live
 4 months ago
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8.5
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Happy Holidays 2013 2013, Live
 4 months ago
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8.2
Prog Metal
Dream Theater 2013
 4 months ago
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8.8
Prog Metal
A Dramatic Turn Of Events 2011
 4 months ago
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8.0
Prog Metal
Black Clouds & Silver Linings 2009
 4 months ago
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8.5
Prog Metal
Systematic Chaos 2007
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9.2
Prog Metal
Octavarium 2005
 4 months ago
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8.5
Prog Metal
Live at Budokan 2004, Live
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7.7
Heavy Prog Metal
Train of Thought 2003
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7.3
Technical Prog Metal
Live Scenes from New York 2001, Live
 4 months ago
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8.0
Heavy Prog Metal
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9.0
Prog Metal/Hard Rock
Once In A Livetime 1998, Live
 4 months ago
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8.5
Prog Metal
A Change of Seasons 1995, EP
 4 months ago
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9.0
Prog Metal