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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DREAM THEATER albums / top albums

DREAM THEATER When Dream and Day Unite album cover 3.30 | 108 ratings
When Dream and Day Unite
Progressive Metal 1989
DREAM THEATER Images and Words album cover 4.38 | 211 ratings
Images and Words
Progressive Metal 1992
DREAM THEATER Awake album cover 4.02 | 144 ratings
Awake
Progressive Metal 1994
DREAM THEATER Falling Into Infinity album cover 3.33 | 121 ratings
Falling Into Infinity
Progressive Metal 1997
DREAM THEATER Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory album cover 4.24 | 171 ratings
Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory
Progressive Metal 1999
DREAM THEATER Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence album cover 4.16 | 129 ratings
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Progressive Metal 2002
DREAM THEATER Train of Thought album cover 3.91 | 126 ratings
Train of Thought
Progressive Metal 2003
DREAM THEATER Octavarium album cover 3.75 | 121 ratings
Octavarium
Progressive Metal 2005
DREAM THEATER Systematic Chaos album cover 3.40 | 115 ratings
Systematic Chaos
Progressive Metal 2007
DREAM THEATER Black Clouds & Silver Linings album cover 3.68 | 128 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Progressive Metal 2009
DREAM THEATER A Dramatic Turn of Events album cover 3.94 | 118 ratings
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Progressive Metal 2011
DREAM THEATER Dream Theater album cover 3.59 | 57 ratings
Dream Theater
Progressive Metal 2013
DREAM THEATER The Astonishing album cover 2.85 | 38 ratings
The Astonishing
Progressive Metal 2016
DREAM THEATER Distance Over Time album cover 3.87 | 11 ratings
Distance Over Time
Progressive Metal 2019

DREAM THEATER EPs & splits

DREAM THEATER A Change of Seasons album cover 3.87 | 90 ratings
A Change of Seasons
Progressive Metal 1995
DREAM THEATER Wither album cover 3.21 | 7 ratings
Wither
Progressive Metal 2009
DREAM THEATER God of War: Blood & Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
God of War: Blood & Metal
Progressive Metal 2010

DREAM THEATER live albums

DREAM THEATER Live at the Marquee album cover 3.80 | 44 ratings
Live at the Marquee
Progressive Metal 1993
DREAM THEATER Once in a LIVEtime album cover 3.62 | 33 ratings
Once in a LIVEtime
Progressive Metal 1998
DREAM THEATER Live Scenes From New York album cover 4.64 | 50 ratings
Live Scenes From New York
Progressive Metal 2001
DREAM THEATER Live at Budokan album cover 4.25 | 44 ratings
Live at Budokan
Progressive Metal 2004
DREAM THEATER Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour album cover 4.28 | 45 ratings
Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour
Progressive Metal 2006

DREAM THEATER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DREAM THEATER International Fan Club Christmas CD 1996 album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
International Fan Club Christmas CD 1996
Progressive Metal 1996
DREAM THEATER The Making Of Falling Into Infinity (International Fanclub Christmas CD 1997 / Official Bootleg 2009) album cover 1.14 | 3 ratings
The Making Of Falling Into Infinity (International Fanclub Christmas CD 1997 / Official Bootleg 2009)
Progressive Metal 1997
DREAM THEATER Once In A Livetime Outtakes (International Fan Clubs Christmas CD 1998) album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Once In A Livetime Outtakes (International Fan Clubs Christmas CD 1998)
Progressive Metal 1998
DREAM THEATER Cleaning Out The Closet (Christmas CD 1999) album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet (Christmas CD 1999)
Progressive Metal 1999
DREAM THEATER Scenes From A World Tour (Christmas CD 2000) album cover 2.19 | 4 ratings
Scenes From A World Tour (Christmas CD 2000)
Progressive Metal 2000
DREAM THEATER 04 Degrees of Radio Edits (Christmas CD 2001) album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
04 Degrees of Radio Edits (Christmas CD 2001)
Progressive Metal 2001
DREAM THEATER Taste the Memories (International Fan Clubs CD 2002) album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Taste the Memories (International Fan Clubs CD 2002)
Progressive Metal 2002
DREAM THEATER Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fan Club CD 2003) album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fan Club CD 2003)
Progressive Metal 2003
DREAM THEATER The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 album cover 2.55 | 7 ratings
The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986
Progressive Metal 2003
DREAM THEATER Los Angeles, California - 5/18/98 album cover 2.75 | 6 ratings
Los Angeles, California - 5/18/98
Progressive Metal 2003
DREAM THEATER The Making of Scenes From A Memory album cover 2.07 | 3 ratings
The Making of Scenes From A Memory
Progressive Metal 2003
DREAM THEATER A Sort of Homecoming (International Fan Club CD 2004) album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
A Sort of Homecoming (International Fan Club CD 2004)
Progressive Metal 2004
DREAM THEATER When Dream and Day Unite Demos 1987-1989 album cover 2.50 | 4 ratings
When Dream and Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
Progressive Metal 2004
DREAM THEATER Tokyo, Japan - 1995-10-28 album cover 3.36 | 7 ratings
Tokyo, Japan - 1995-10-28
Progressive Metal 2004
DREAM THEATER Master Of Puppets album cover 2.47 | 18 ratings
Master Of Puppets
Thrash Metal 2004
DREAM THEATER A Walk  Beside the Band (International Fan Clubs DVD 2005) album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
A Walk Beside the Band (International Fan Clubs DVD 2005)
Progressive Metal 2005
DREAM THEATER Images and Words Demos 1989-1991 album cover 3.15 | 5 ratings
Images and Words Demos 1989-1991
Progressive Metal 2005
DREAM THEATER The Number of the Beast album cover 2.71 | 18 ratings
The Number of the Beast
Heavy Metal 2005
DREAM THEATER When Dream And Day Reunite album cover 3.78 | 15 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
Progressive Metal 2005
DREAM THEATER Romavarium (International Fan Clubs DVD 2006) album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Romavarium (International Fan Clubs DVD 2006)
Progressive Metal 2006
DREAM THEATER Awake Demos 1994 album cover 2.73 | 7 ratings
Awake Demos 1994
Progressive Metal 2006
DREAM THEATER Old Bridge, New Jersey - 12/14/96 album cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
Old Bridge, New Jersey - 12/14/96
Progressive Metal 2006
DREAM THEATER Dark Side of the Moon album cover 3.43 | 16 ratings
Dark Side of the Moon
Non-Metal 2006
DREAM THEATER New York City 3/4/93 album cover 3.43 | 7 ratings
New York City 3/4/93
Progressive Metal 2006
DREAM THEATER Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997 album cover 3.61 | 10 ratings
Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997
Progressive Metal 2006
DREAM THEATER Made in Japan album cover 3.66 | 12 ratings
Made in Japan
Hard Rock 2006
DREAM THEATER Images And Words: 15th Anniversary Performance Live In Bonn, Germany - 6/16/07 (International Fan Clubs CD 2007) album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Images And Words: 15th Anniversary Performance Live In Bonn, Germany - 6/16/07 (International Fan Clubs CD 2007)
Progressive Metal 2007
DREAM THEATER Progressive Nation 2008 (International Fan Clubs CD 2008) album cover 3.60 | 5 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 (International Fan Clubs CD 2008)
Progressive Metal 2008
DREAM THEATER Train Of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003 album cover 2.60 | 6 ratings
Train Of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003
Progressive Metal 2009
DREAM THEATER Uncovered 2003-2005 album cover 3.31 | 10 ratings
Uncovered 2003-2005
Hard Rock 2009
DREAM THEATER Happy Holidays album cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
Happy Holidays
Progressive Metal 2013

DREAM THEATER re-issues & compilations

DREAM THEATER Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) album cover 2.11 | 20 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)
Progressive Metal 2008
DREAM THEATER Original Album Series album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Original Album Series
Progressive Metal 2011
DREAM THEATER The Studio Albums 1992-2011 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Studio Albums 1992-2011
Progressive Metal 2014

DREAM THEATER singles (17)

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2.83 | 3 ratings
Afterlife
Progressive Metal 1989
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2.25 | 2 ratings
Status Seeker
Progressive Metal 1989
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2.79 | 3 ratings
Another Day
Progressive Metal 1993
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2.62 | 4 ratings
The Silent Man
Progressive Metal 1994
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3.19 | 4 ratings
Lie
Progressive Metal 1994
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2.44 | 4 ratings
Hollow Years
Metal Related 1997
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2.14 | 3 ratings
Through Her Eyes
Progressive Metal 2000
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Forsaken
Progressive Metal 2008
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Odyssey
Metal Related 2009
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2.92 | 3 ratings
Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley
Hard Rock 2009
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3.00 | 3 ratings
Stargazer
Hard Rock 2009
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Take Your Fingers From My Hair
Metal Related 2009
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2.31 | 4 ratings
Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2
Non-Metal 2009
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2.17 | 5 ratings
A Rite Of Passage
Progressive Metal 2009
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3.90 | 6 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
Progressive Metal 2011
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3.50 | 2 ratings
The Enemy Inside
Progressive Metal 2013
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Illumination Theory
Progressive Metal 2014

DREAM THEATER movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.22 | 9 ratings
Images and Words Live in Tokyo
Progressive Metal 1993
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3.61 | 9 ratings
5 Years in a LIVEtime
Progressive Metal 1998
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4.67 | 34 ratings
Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York
Progressive Metal 2001
.. Album Cover
4.32 | 25 ratings
Live at Budokan
Progressive Metal 2004
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3.20 | 15 ratings
Images and Words Live in Tokyo / 5 Years in a LIVEtime
Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 1 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 3 ratings
Dark Side of the Moon
Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 25 ratings
Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
Progressive Metal 2007
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 5 Other Pretty Cool Videos)
Progressive Metal 2008
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3.96 | 16 ratings
Chaos in Motion
Progressive Metal 2008
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Santiago, Chile 12/6/05
Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover
4.17 | 3 ratings
Live at Luna Park
Progressive Metal 2013
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4.14 | 3 ratings
Breaking The Fourth Wall
Progressive Metal 2014

DREAM THEATER Reviews

DREAM THEATER Tokyo, Japan - 1995-10-28

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2004 · Progressive Metal
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martindavey87
‘Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95’ is the second release in Dream Theater’s live series of official bootlegs. Recorded in 1995 (the clue’s in the title!), it shows a fairly young band who, while playing immaculately, are still polishing off and refining their live shows.

With only three studio albums and one EP under their belts at this point, the set list seems fairly limited by today’s standards, especially as the band don’t play anything from their debut, and miss two pretty important tracks from their seminal ‘Images & Words’ album. Still, it’s a look back at the band in their early days, and the set is pretty solid nonetheless. There’s a fair bit of “jamming” added in which does get a little tedious, especially as some of the placements of these sections seem a bit jarring, but again, this is something the band will refine over time.

The sound is okay. The band themselves sound great and everyone is perfectly balanced in the mix. Unfortunately the audience are barely audible, which, considering this is a live album, is a little bit of a shame. Vocalist James LaBrie trying to get the crowd to sing only for the listener to receive near-silence in response is a bit of a letdown.

But otherwise, this is a decent enough release. The performances from all involved are fantastic, including LaBrie, who struggled enough live as it was, even before his infamous food poisoning incident, and there are a few added in extras that make this worth having for fans, such as an acoustic guitar version of piano ballad ‘Wait for Sleep’. While this pales in comparison to the bands later official live albums, it’s still cool to hear them in their earlier days, making this a worthy addition to any fans collection.

DREAM THEATER Los Angeles, California - 5/18/98

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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martindavey87
Aw man... poor James LaBrie. I can’t help but feel that this release is some kind of dig at the fella. Perhaps he’d upset Mike Portnoy or maybe he lost a bet or something? The fact is, this official bootleg by Dream Theater is a pretty substandard album thanks in part to LaBrie’s absolutely horrendous vocals which falter and diminish more and more as the set drags on.

It’s been well documented the issues LaBrie had after rupturing his vocal chords whilst touring in the mid-90’s, but damn, the number of times his voice cracks or wobbles or he just flat out can’t sing like he use to, is painful to hear. But props to the guy for never giving up, since stuff like this must have been a HUGE knock to his confidence.

Besides that, while the musicianship is fantastic as you’d always expect from this band, the only other notable reason that this recording was put out there was because it features the legendary Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden on vocals for a number of songs, (and Ray Alder of Fates Warning too! But that pales in comparison), and to be fair if I was joined on stage by Bruce Dickinson I’d probably want everyone to hear it too.

But even that is mildly entertaining, as it’s literally just a fun jam, and nothing overly memorable. But for what it’s worth, that’s probably the only major selling point of this release. Hell, even the front cover is a shot of Dickinson jamming with the band, leaving poor James LaBrie standing in the background with whatever shred of dignity and self-respect he had left slowly fading away.

Poor LaBrie.

DREAM THEATER The Making of Scenes From A Memory

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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martindavey87
1999’s ‘Scenes From a Memory’ is not only one of Dream Theater’s most beloved and pivotal albums, but also prog’s in general. A monumental success for the band and often cited as one of the best concept albums of all time... that doesn’t change the fact that you’d have to be the most nerdy virgin possible to actually “like” this album.

I mean, it’s mostly snippets of the album is production. Sound interesting? It’s really not. Even for die-hard fans, this is the kind of thing you’d listen to once just for the sake of hearing a documented “making of” release, only to keep it in your collection for collector’s sake.

The second disc features an alternate mix of the entire album, which is mostly why this release gets two stars. The music is fantastic, but why wouldn’t you just listen to the actual, final studio product instead of remixes and snippets and demos.

The only real notable thing here is John Petrucci’s vocal demo for ‘The Spirit Carries On’, which is hilariously entertaining.

DREAM THEATER Distance Over Time

Album · 2019 · Progressive Metal
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"Distance Over Time" is the 14th full-length studio album by US progressive metal act Dream Theater. The album was released through InsideOut Music in February 2019. It´s the successor to "The Astonishing" from 2016. A double concept album release which divided the waters. Some felt it was pompous and overblown, while others lauded it´s epic scale concept and praised the boldness of the band.

With the release of "Distance Over Time" it would seem Dream Theater have gotten their epic scale album wet dream out of their system, and that they have also listened to those who felt that their experiment was a bit too much, because "Distance Over Time" is very much back to basics Dream Theater progressive metal. Sure there´s the epic moment here and there, but that´s not unusual for Dream Theater, but most tracks on the 9 track, 56:51 minutes long album are relatively short and to the point. Don´t expect "regular" vers/chorus structured tracks though, as Dream Theater as always toy with song structures, and incorporate complex instrumental sections, but the music is generally more immediate and hard rocking/heavy than the case was with much of the material on "The Astonishing (2016)".

It´s almost pointless at this time in their career to talk about how skilled and virtuosic the guys in Dream Theater are, because that´s been the focus of many reviews and interviews over the years, but I´ll get it over with as fast as possible, and just quickly mention that Dream Theater are still at the top of their game performing their music. James LaBrie still hits the high notes with ease, and although the riff style, the solo style, the keyboard sounds, the bass playing, and the drumming aren´t exactly surprising anymore, it´s all delivered in an extremely high quality. "Distance Over Time" also features a powerful, detailed, and overall very well sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So check mark on that too.

So it´s of course the songwriting which should be the main focus when writing about the details of "Distance Over Time", and to my ears Dream Theater hit spot on what they do best on "Distance Over Time". Powerful riffs, melodic guitar solos, intricate keyboard work, and a rhythm section capable of playing very complex beats/bass lines. The melody lines are catchy and although the tracks are fairly complex, they are still pretty easy to sing along to, which has almost always been one of the great strengths of Dream Theater. A good balance between technical playing and catchy melodies.

I´m not gonna mention specific tracks, because "Distance Over Time" is a varied high quality progressive metal album through and through, and there´s not a weak moment on the album. It´s not the most standout album in the band´s by now large discography, but it´s definitely not among their less remarkable ones either. To my ears it´s their strongest release since Mike Mangini replaced Mike Portnoy. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DREAM THEATER Distance Over Time

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DREAM THEATER sure has had an amazing run throughout their three decade career which began all the way back in 1989 with the debut “When Dream And Day Unite.” Lauded for the following “Images And Words,” this Boston turned NYC based band was one of the key players in reviving the slumbering progressive rock scene and ground zero for bringing progressive metal into the larger public consciousness. Lo and behold, despite all the turbulence of the ups and downs throughout their career and just as many misses as hits, the band returns 30 years after their debut with their 14th studio album DISTANCE OVER TIME which continues the stability of the 21st century lineup which includes many of the legends: James LaBrie (vocals), John Petrucci (guitars), John Myung (bass) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards). And continuing the DT ride since his debut in 2011 is Portnoy’s replacement Mike Mangini on drums.

As with many of the progressive metal bands that have come and gone since DT’s early 90s triumph on the music scene, this band too has had to find that delicate balance between crafting compositions that are accessible to a large dedicated fanbase with finding the room to experiment and expand into newer arenas. And much like many more progressively oriented bands DT has found that it strayed a little left field from what the fanbase expects of them and such is the case with the previous album “The Astonishing” which found the whole plethora of responses ranging from opinions as the band’s absolute worst album ever and should be hurled into the trash bins to the other extreme of those who absolutely adore extremely lengthy rock opera infused pompousness in their prog metal. Fortunately the band seems to have their fingers on the pulse of the situation and always seem to bounce back after dodging the career crashing bullet that plagues bands who have achieved such popularity.

And so it is. DISTANCE OVER TIME seems like an album that was designed to reel the fans back to some of the classic aspects of the band, namely progressively constructed compositions that are based on strong melodies, tight performances and technical wizardry to shock and awe, well at least for those who have not become inured to this now tried and true style of prog metal playing. DREAM THEATER also forged their new creation so that it could be performed in live settings in conjunct with the 20th anniversary of the 5th studio album “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory,” which still remains one of the band’s most respected and popular albums of the entire DT canon and while DISTANCE OVER TIME certainly doesn’t outshine its 90s predecessor, it certainly does revive a sort of musical mojo of heavy no-nonsense metal delivery not heard since 2003’s “Train Of Thought.”

For all the bloated excess of “The Astonishing,” DISTANCE OVER TIME takes the opposite extreme. While the former was a behemoth double album that sprawled ten minutes past the two hour mark, the latter sits comfortably under the 57 minute run and is the shortest album since the band’s debut 30 years ago. Likewise the tracks are streamlined into more digestible chunks with none extending past the 10 minute mark and only “At Wit’s End” coming close at 9:20. From a business perspective, this was a very wise move as it allows prog metalheads the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with what attracted them to the band in the first place without having to dedicate excessive quantities of time and effort to pierce the impenetrable veil, not to mention the annoying fact that when DT releases an album of such overweening length, many tracks contain more padding than a tween’s first training bra. For complex music with a technical flare, shorter is always the answer, at least for an album that lacks epic transcendental qualities.

Admittedly, DREAM THEATER is a band i’ve had a love / hate relationship over the years and i suspect many share this sentiment given the high / low ratings of their albums that checker the canon as high ratings alternate with low ones. For me, DT still found their heyday in the 90s and peaked with 2002’s “Six Degrees Of Turbulence” and everything thereafter has pretty much been a somewhat stagnate retread, albeit a competent one of the former glory. In this regard DISTANCE OVER TIME firmly falls into that camp. The band members as brilliant as they are continuously fail to evolve past their classic “Awake” sound that implements the punishing guitar antics fortified with keyboard wizardry, operatic vocals and percussive bombast and although DT crafts a roster of pleasantries that tick off all the expects boxes on the checklist. The band seems to alternate between exploring new territories that don’t connect with the audience and then retreating to the status quo with no additional surprises.

In the end, DISTANCE OVER TIME successfully dishes out nine well crafted tracks that flow together fairly well without over-sappifying into wretch-inducing ballads and are displayed in rather well constructed vocal rhythmic passages augmented with blistering face melting technical wankery. This is what makes DT an interesting listen time and time again when they focus on these more intense aspects of their sound. However, DISTANCE OVER TIME will offer no surprises, no deviations from anything that has come before and the touched by the gods magical mojo of earlier albums like “Images And Words” is still a fading memory of the past. So once again, DT delivers a competent album that stands up well amongst the less talented contemporaries but in comparison to the band’s own majesty of their history, doesn’t really muster up enough goods to really get overexcited about. Generic to the hilt but generic performed in fully fueled DT excellence of course. While the album may make some waves in the here and now of 2019, i very much doubt that DT will be celebrating THIS album 20 years from now.

DREAM THEATER Movies Reviews

DREAM THEATER Breaking The Fourth Wall

Movie · 2014 · Progressive Metal
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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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AtomicCrimsonRush
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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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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Andyman1125 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I can't decide whether to be really excited or nervous about the announcement of the new drummer-- but anyway, FAVORITE band of ALL TIME - ROCK PROG METAL ON DT!
martindavey87 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
My favourite band of all time!
progkidjoel wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Although I'm not a huge fan of most of their stuff, you have to respect the insane musician ship. Some of the best!!!
more than 2 years ago
I would go with PROG METAL ON ?! Anyway you are right DT rules !
CCVP wrote:
more than 2 years ago
My favorite metal band ever. Rock on DT. . . Or would it be Metal on ?

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