DREAM THEATER
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I. Introduction

DREAM THEATER is a progressive metal band formed in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts by guitarist John PETRUCCI, bassist John MYUNG, and drummer Mike PORTNOY. Since the band's conception, they have become one of the most influential post-1970s progressive rock bands as well as ranking as one of the early progenitors of the entire progressive metal genre.

II. History

A. Formation and Early Years (1985-1990)

Based in a love of the sophistication of YES, the virtuosity of RUSH, and the heaviness of IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER had a desire to create complex, heavy, and progressive from the very beginning. Guitarist and bassist PETRUCCI and MYUNG grew up together on Long Island, New York. After high school, both received scholarships to the esteemed Berklee University of Music, where they met drummer PORTNOY, who, incidentally, grew up in a nearby area. The trio soon became friends and began making music together and settled upon the
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Progressive Metal 1989
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Progressive Metal 1992
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.. Album Cover 3.11 | 110 ratings
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.. Album Cover 4.12 | 160 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1999
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Progressive Metal 2002
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Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.34 | 106 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2007
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Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.90 | 106 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 48 ratings
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.. Album Cover 2.77 | 23 ratings
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.. Album Cover 3.80 | 83 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 2.69 | 7 ratings
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.. Album Cover 3.77 | 38 ratings
Live at the Marquee
Progressive Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.38 | 29 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.32 | 45 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 4.02 | 40 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 4.26 | 39 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006

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.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Once In A Livetime Outtakes (International Fan Clubs Christmas CD 1998)
Progressive Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.22 | 4 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet (Christmas CD 1999)
Progressive Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Scenes From A World Tour (Christmas CD 2000)
Progressive Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Taste the Memories (International Fan Clubs CD 2002)
Progressive Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 5 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 2.24 | 4 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.24 | 4 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 1.84 | 17 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 2.43 | 17 ratings
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NWoBHM 2005
.. Album Cover 3.35 | 12 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 2.85 | 6 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 2.24 | 4 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 2.98 | 16 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 3.28 | 5 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 3.17 | 8 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 3.10 | 12 ratings
Made in Japan
Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Images And Words: 15th Anniversary Performance Live In Bonn, Germany - 6/16/07 (International Fan Clubs CD 2007)
Progressive Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.35 | 5 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 (International Fan Clubs CD 2008)
Progressive Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 2.80 | 5 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.32 | 10 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 2.52 | 2 ratings
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.. Album Cover 1.96 | 19 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2011
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2.76 | 3 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1989
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Progressive Metal 1989
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Progressive Metal 1993
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2.14 | 2 ratings
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Progressive Metal 1994
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2.55 | 3 ratings
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2.07 | 2 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2000
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Progressive Metal 2008
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Progressive Metal 2009
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2.67 | 3 ratings
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Progressive Metal 2009
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Progressive Metal 2009
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Progressive Metal 2009
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Progressive Metal 2009
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Progressive Metal 2011
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Progressive Metal 2013
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DREAM THEATER Reviews

DREAM THEATER The Astonishing

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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UMUR
"The Astonishing" is the 13th full-length studio album by US progressive metal act Dream Theater. The album was released through Roadrunner Records in January 2016. It´s the successor to the self-titled album from 2013. "The Astonishing" is a double album release, featuring no less than 34 tracks and a full playing time of 2 hours and 20 minutes of music. It´s a concept album telling a dystopian sci-fi tale. Bearing that information in mind, "The Astonishing" is arguably Dream Theater´s most ambitious release up until now, and we are dealing with an artist who has already released the 57:33 minutes long EP "A Change of Seasons (1995)" (featuring the 23:09 minutes long title track), and of course the double album release "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)" (featuring the 42:02 minutes long title track) among other ambitious projects. In that respect Dream Theater is today what an artist like Yes was in the 70s. Always pushing progressive rock/metal forward. There is a risk that in doing so you sometimes slip and fall or maybe become a bit overblown (which is what many fans and critics felt when Yes released "Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973)", without further comparisons to this project), and I´m afraid that´s the trap Dream Theater step into on "The Astonishing".

Stylistically the music on "The Astonishing" is unmistakably the sound of Dream Theater. It´s progressive rock/metal with challenging rhythmic playing, adventurous keyboards, virtuoso guitar playing, and James LaBrie´s distinct sounding voice in front. The album is generally a bit more song oriented and not quite as technical as we´re used to from the band, although there are still some very complex sections to be found on the album. The overall feeling after listening to the album is that of a musical or a rock opera though, which is something new in their discography. "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999)" was a concept album too, but it never felt like a rock opera/musical style album. Any minute while listening to "The Astonishing" I´m expecting other singers to join in and play/sing the supporting roles of the concept, but it´s only LaBrie singing, which is a bit of a shame when they opted to go down the rock opera/musical road, but LaBrie of course still does a great and professional job.

As far as concepts go, the story is overall rather predictable and the lyric lines are often cliché filled and quite frankly not very sophisticated or intriguing. The music is relatively dynamic with both heavy parts, epic parts, and more ballad type mellow parts. The more mellow part of the band´s sound is more prevailent here than ever before, and it becomes a bit tiresome after a while, because most of the more mellow tracks are very simple and not that memorable. In fact that ´s an issue throughout the album. The melodies either sound like a rehash of ideas from previous releases or they are forgettable and with such a long release the least you could ask is catchy melodies. You don´t really get that here.

It´s not all bad of course, and we´re as usual exposed to brilliant musicianship (as usual though it´s almost impossible to hear John Myung´s bass in the mix), a professional sound production, and professional songwriting too (although it´s not that interesting, it´s still obviously written by professionals). That´s why I don´t label "The Astonishing" a complete disaster, because obviously it´s a very bold attempt at doing something different, and I greatly respect that. I´m just pretty sure that if they had collected all the good ideas featured on the album and made a 45 minutes long album out of those ideas, instead of diluting them with filler material to push the playing time a good way past the 2 hour mark, this could have been a better quality release. I won´t rule out the possibility that others could enjoy this far more than I do, but to my ears it´s their least interesting release to date. Still, because of the professionalism on display, I think a 3 star (60%) rating isn´t all wrong. That´s as objective a rating as you´ll get.

DREAM THEATER The Astonishing

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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The Astonishing. Dream Theater is immediately asking for criticism right from the start. Positive or negative, it's a pretty ballsy title. Having been a fan from 1992 until recently I feel as though it's time to make my opinion known, I mean, an awful lot of people have made their feelings known about this cd. I just read a review that claims that Dream Theater are the most technically proficient band in this genre. That MAY have been true in the past, but it sure as hell isn't the case anymore. There are a hundred bands in this vein that are equal to or exceed DT's level of talent. However, this is supposed to be about The Astonishing. In a word - No. Not astonishing. Not imaginative. Not original. And frankly, probably their worst attempt.... ever. No need to put out an album a year, or every two, if you don't have the songs. I am beside myself, having to write this, however, there is just too much great music out there to settle for this pablum. Don't waste your money. Don't even waste the 2 hours it takes to get through it. I am sorry to say that, for me, the ride is over. They need to go their separate ways and try to inject some freshness into their playing. I said. I am not happy about it. They were my favorite band for years. This listener is moving on. I know most of you won't agree, and that's fine. I don't agree with 75% of the reviews on here. Just felt the need.

1 1/2 stars

DREAM THEATER The Astonishing

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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Have you ever been in a situation where your heart wants you to love a release but your brain keeps nagging you that it's actually not that good? That's exactly the position I've found myself in with the latest offering from US progressive metal titans Dream Theater. The album is The Astonishing (2016) and it's their thirteenth full-length. Much like the earlier Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) The Astonishing is a double disc studio effort from the group. It's presented as a concept album in a rock opera format so on paper at least comparisons to acts such as Ayreon and Avantasia could be drawn, except the actual execution of the idea is all wrong.

You see projects like the aforementioned two have shown to the metal world that this format of concept album features a story with a cast of characters. That's exactly what Dream Theater has created here. The thing is those projects have also shown that in order for this format to be truly effective you also need to match a vocalist with each character. Yet on The Astonishing Dream Theater have elected to not bring in any guest vocalists to play the characters on their rock opera, instead having vocalist James LaBrie sing the lot, which results in the story becoming messy and lose all context. Now I'm not saying that even Ayreon did this sort of thing right every time. The first Ayreon album The Final Experiment (1995) actually had the opposite problem to The Astonishing as it featured a small cast a characters but a larger cast of vocalists sharing the roles. On further albums though Ayreon got the format dead right, including on The Human Equation (2004) which featured James LaBrie in the lead role, so it's surprising that LaBrie hasn't really brought anything from that experience to Dream Theater in order to make sure that this rock opera was done right. Maybe the band were afraid that having too many quest singers would mean their own singer didn't get as much singing time compared to the standard of an Ayreon album, but as my other rock opera example Avantasia proves you can still have a cast and a full time lead singer and make it work. So as a rock opera The Astonishing is something of a mess right from the word go.

What would save an album that didn't execute it's concept too well would be some awesome music but unfortunately that's the real kicker regarding why I don't see The Astonishing as being a very good Dream Theater album. It's just not that good. I wanted to love this album and I really tried my damnedest to like it, but the bottom line is that for the first time in their career Dream Theater have left me feeling completely underwhelmed by their music. Bored by it even. They pulled off a double disc album well with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (an album that I recently found that I like more now that I did back when I was listening to Dream Theater a lot more often), but this time too much of the running time feels like filler designed to move the story along, which due to the above they aren't actually being very successful at doing. Conceptually it's overblown in the regard that story seems to have been the most important thing to Dream Theater and their music has really taken a beating for it, resulting in a drawn out album that I find a struggle to listen to at all, much less in a single sitting of over two hours and thirty-four tracks. It might help if I could even follow the story, but I can't. I don't know if it's because it's badly presented or because it's that uninteresting that my attention wanders, but neither is a good thing.

I'm not saying that this album doesn't have it's moments where I sit up and really take notice. I was even quite hopeful at the very start of the album with the decent instrumental Dystopian Overture followed by first proper song The Gift of Music, but such decent moments quickly become few and far between after that point. For a metal band, even for a progressive metal band like Dream Theater, there seems to be just too much time on this album given over to lighter and more ballad orientated music. I happen to not mind light music and have even enjoyed some of Dream Theater's forays into it on past releases (notably The Silent Man from Awake (1994)), but it's really not their forte. With so much time given over to it on The Astonishing its just yet another thing counting against me liking the album too much.

I've considered that an album with such grand intentions as The Astonishing can't really be fairly judged in the same amount of listens as one might a 'normal' album but there always comes a point where a listener has to write a release they are not enjoying off. The fact that I cannot find even a shred of motivation to listen to The Astonishing again says it all for me really. An absolutely (diehard) fans only release. I am bitterly disappointed.

DREAM THEATER Falling Into Infinity

Album · 1997 · Progressive Metal
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I don't completely understand the disdain that's usually shown for this album. It is definitely different from the previous two landmarks, IMAGES AND WORDS and AWAKE. FALLING INTO INFINITY may be less progressive. I don't see why that should be a deal breaker. James Labrie's voice is clearly not different, but he still performs well.

My only real complaint would be with Derek Sherinian, who spends too much time showing off. The beginning of "Lines in the Sand" is one example. However, keyboards are always the least compelling part of Dream Theater's sound for me. This album contains some generally recognized Dream Theater classics. I could listen to the segment from "Peruvian Skies" through "Hell's Kitchen" repeatedly. FALLING INTO INFINITY is one of my favorite Dream Theater albums, and I'm giving it the full four stars.

DREAM THEATER Train of Thought

Album · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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martindavey87
When discussing the making of this album, the members of Dream Theater have said that their goal, inspired by all the "classic" metal albums by bands such as Metallica and Iron Maiden, was to make a record full of "live songs" that will work well in a concert setting. An album full of metal classics, that'll get energy flowing, fists pumping and heads banging.

They succeeded.

As is always the case when bands stray away from their original sound, there are some who dislike this record for being more centered on metal, as opposed to the progressive elements that Dream Theater made famous in the early 90's. Being a metal fan as much as a prog fan, I love this record, and whilst anyone can see that they stepped away from a lot of their progressive roots on this one, the band more than compensate for it with these pumping metal anthems.

Of course, at the time this album came out (November 2003) I was still fairly new to Dream Theater, and definitely more of a metalhead than anything else. So why wouldn't I love tracks like 'As I Am' (that riff...), 'This Dying Soul', 'Honor Thy Father' or 'In the Name of God'? Each track perfectly demonstrates why Dream Theater can stand toe-to-toe with any of metal's elite.

As you would expect from this band, the musicianship is phenomenal. Most of the songs are definitely guitar-centered, with keyboardist Jordan Rudess taking more of a backseat in most songs. But he's there none-the-less, and when he's trading solos with guitarist John Petrucci, especially on tracks like 'Stream of Consciousness', you know that there's no one that can match these guys.

'Train of Thought' certainly has its prog moments, but ultimately, this is an all-out, straight-up, ballsy metal album. And it's a damn good one, at that!

DREAM THEATER Movies Reviews

DREAM THEATER Breaking The Fourth Wall

Movie · 2014 · Progressive Metal
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rdtprog
It seems like it was just yesterday that the Luna Park DVD was released. Now it's another one from the Boston Opera House less than a year later. The show is divided in three acts. The first act is tracks from the last two albums and the song "A Trial of Tears" from "Falling to Infinity". The second act is 5 songs from the "Awake" album to celebrate his 20th anniversary and the third act is the encore celebrating again "Scene from a Memory" with his 15th anniversary. On those 2 albums, the band use the same pattern by starting to play the technical, fast and heavy songs like "The Mirror", "Lie", "Overture 1928" and "Strange Déjà Vu" and finishing with the slower and emotional songs like "Lifting Shadows Off A Dream", "Space Dye Vest" and "Finally Free".

"The Illumination Theory", the most progressive and the epic song of the last album is played with an orchestra in the second act which is the perfect fit with this song that contains an irresistible classical break in the middle. The picture is crystal clear and the camera work more satisfying than the "Luna Park" DVD. As for the sound, I had to crank up the volume very high to get the full sound. Again, I wish we could hear John Myung louder, but that's what happens on live recording, it rarely match the sound quality of a studio release. James Labrie's voice is in nice shape as well as all others members. It's another nice addition to your Dream Theater collection. 3. 8 stars.

DREAM THEATER Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

Movie · 2006 · Progressive Metal
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I always look forward to putting this DVD on as I know I am going to get the best of both worlds; symphonic orchestrated music and full on Dream Theater prog. I agree with some reviewers that the setlist is not exactly mind blowing but it nevertheless spans the 5 year history. It is interesting the way the orchestra blends into the metal sound, similar to the Metallica S&M concert, or indeed Kiss Alive IV. It is always of interest when metal meets symphony. The DVD "Score" is very well produced, sharp editing throughout and excellent sound quality. There is nothing wrong with the visuals at all, with the band members sharing the spotlight, but the problem lies in the setlist itself. There are too many omissions and some opportunities wasted in the early part of the concert.

It opens with some deadset oddities such as The root of all evil, I walk beside you, Another won and Afterlife. It isn't until Under A Glass Moon that it really takes off showing the power of that brilliant track and Petrucci's amazing guitar solo. Later we are treated with The spirit carries on and the entire suite of Six degrees of inner turbulence; absolutely flawless and indispensable on the live stage. After an ovation the band belt out Vacant, The answer lies within, Sacrificed Sons and the masterpiece epic Octavarium that is quintessential to the band. The Encore: Metropolis Pt. 1 is a brilliant way of ending the concert to a rapturous crowd.

Disc 2 is packed with some hit and miss Bonus material including a mammoth 20th Anniversary Documentary, that has some fascinating info on the band and the way that not everything goes to plan on a tour. Portnoy has too much to say and now it is a bitter taste now he has scarpered and been replaced. The Octavarium Animation is terrific, and the live performances are always a treat including Another Day (Tokyo - 1993), The Great Debate (Bucharest, Romania - 2002) and Honor Thy Father (Chicago - 2005).

The DVD comes with high recommendations due to the visual quality, and overall package. Ignore the early part of the set and just enjoy DT at their absolute best in the middle half of the concert accompanied by masterful orchestration. A must for all DT fans and one of the best DT DVDs available to this point in time.

DREAM THEATER Live at Budokan

Movie · 2004 · Progressive Metal
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AtomicCrimsonRush
One of the first DVDs I saw of Dream Theater before the onslaught of DVDs that have come since. This is an early performance and of considerable interest as a result. These were the glory days of Dream Theater ramming prog down the throats of the hungry Budokan fans. It is an incredible performance best seen than heard though the audio experience offers much as a type of Dream Theater concoction of the best of the earlier years. The CD is good listening but the visual persentation is incredible. There are a few odd surprises scattered in the mammoth set list but the classics are here and played to perfection. Beyond This Life is a huge epic clocking 19:37, and with some dynamic lead guitar from Petrucci. The Test That Stumped Them All is always a killer track live and sounds fresh and powerful with huge bass runs of Myung and Portnoy's slamming percussion.

Endless Sacrifice is an 11 minute gruelling journey into prog excess with a wild keyboard section from Rudess. The Instrumedley to follow features some awesome musicianship. LaBrie is in fine form on soaring vocals, and shines on such compositions as the 14 minute Trial Of Tears and New Millennium. It is always a pleasure to experience a Jordan Rudess keyboard solo and it is as inventive here as ever. There are some amazing songs such as Solitary Shell, Stream Of Consciousness and quintessential Pull Me Under. The set closes with epic 16 minute In The Name Of God. So overall this is a great set with power metal and tons of instrumental breaks. It is progressive and packed to the gills with mind bending virtuoso solos and material from some of their best albums. It was the "Train of Thought" tour so there is plenty from that album as well as "Six Degrees" and "Images and Words" among others.

The special features are wonderful featuring 'Riding The Train Of Thought" a Japanese Tour Documentary of about half an hour, and John Petrucci Guitar World segment, Jordan Rudess Keyboard World, and a Mike Portnoy Drum Solo clocking 12 minutes. The Dream Theater Chronicles - 2004 Tour Opening Video is okay showing the video the crowd saw in the opening, and Instrumedley with multi-angles is lots of fun. Overall it is a fantastic DVD concert, and all Dream Theater fans must have it.

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