I do indulge in the prog, but dream theater seems to be umm....not for me. Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Genesis and Jethro Tull is as far a I go. People love Dream theater and the newer prog groups, but I can't do it.
Straight up attempted rip off of Rush. What happens when good musicians try to copy better musician's style? Audible feces
No love for DT? I guess I know next to nothing about the band but I listened to Images and Words for months and months back in high school...
Ok. Dream Theater is a great Prog metal band. That being said, they are overrated IMO. If you like progressive rock/metal and phish, this band will blow your mind a new asshole
Its a long one i know but trust me half way in the drum keyboard and guitar solos will shatter your mind.
its funny because i was just about to post this in @chilly's other active thread about great albums, but something gave me pause, maybe because Dream theater doesn't have any album without at least a couple of filler tracks. every album of theirs has a few good tracks and some not so good ones. i hate the vocalist as well. they have gotten more heavy with their last couple of albums, this one i think is their strongest:
Thats my favorite album by them too Benevolution. Stream of Conciousness is an amazing piece of music.
Their last album was their best in years, I think (though it it seemede to borrow a lot from Image and Words).
It's funny, I've always thought of Dream Theater as the heavy metal version of Phish, with all the good and the bad that would entail. They of course have Dark Side of the Moon in common and I collect versions of Dark Side of the Moon.
They're all incredibly talented musicians but sometimes they can just be way too cheesy. I really like Octavarium and Scenes From a Memory (minus the weird murder story theme...the music kicks ass though). I was really heavy into them a couple years ago when I was in middle school.
Their earlier works are pretty solid honestly. From Images & Words, Scenes From A Memory, A Change of Seasons, and probably up until Train of Thought. After that I thought they really lost their touch. And once portnoy left, it was just over for me. And that's not because their new drummer is bad (mike mangini is an excellent player), but portnoy was just a big part of what the band was. They just aren't the same. Sort of like taking fish out of phish (but maybe not quite as drastic)
From Wikipedia: Throughout their career, Dream Theater's live shows have gradually become bigger, longer, and more diverse. The most obvious example of this is their rotational set list policy. Factors such as set lists from previous cities are taken into account to ensure that people who see Dream Theater multiple times within the same area will not see too many (or any) songs repeated, and even the set list from the last time the band was in a particular city is taken into account for the benefit of fans who see the band on successive tours.
Were one of my favorite bands for years. Have mostly stopped listening to them, as their new material hasn't been very interesting, but I did catch them on tour last summer. They never disappoint live.
Even though he's not a member anymore, its worth mentioning that Mike Portnoy has name-checked Phish as a band he listens to.
my friend is obsessed with them. he told me after i got into phish, "maybe now you'll start liking good music, like dreamtheater, floyd, etc.."
I respect what Portnoy did for DT over the years, but I think him leaving the band was a good thing. He was pushing them in a darker direction (adding his "growling" to some of the songs, etc.), and I don't think that sound suits them. I also think the new drummer is just as good as he is, but doesn't rip off Neil Peart quite as much.
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