Originally Posted by Brandon_Webb
So many good songs. Does anyone else think an album by them is better? Or like any other prog bands?
Go get DT's entire back catalog.
1989 When Dream and Day Unite - great album if you like Rush (note: NOT a modern sound, & a bad vocalist)
1992 Images and Words - defined the Progressive Metal genre
1994 Awake - The single greatest heavy metal album of all time (IMO of course)
1995 - you've already got Change of seasons. Best song ever written.
1998 Falling Into Infinity - more suble and subdued, clearer and lighter songs but no less powerful. This is my 2nd fav disc of theirs right behind Awake
1999/2000 Metropolis pt 2., Scenes from a Memory - Their rock opera. Great, twisted storyline and some really heavy dark music.
2002 6 degrees of inner turbulence - my least favorite disc of theirs. Arguably their heaviest disc, but the songwriting was really lacking compared to their earlier efforts.
Their new album is really good.
If you want more info on them, check out dreamtheater.net or johnpetrucci.com.
If you're just getting into prog, try these bands out:
Symphony X - neoclassical progressive metal (maybe the closest to Dream Theater of all the bands out there)
Stratovarius - Finnish power/prog band. Check out Episode or Destiny. Good discs, lots of double bass drumming. Poor vocalist can sometimes kill it, tho.
Savatage - basic metal band, but similiar sound and lyrical content to Dream Theater. Check out Dead Winter Dead or Wake of Magellan.
Fates Warning - This band has been around forever. I got to open for them last year. Nice guys. They've toured with Dream Theater several times. Their best works IMO are Parallels and A Pleasant Shade of Gray. A Pleasant Shade of Gray is a 50 minute song, broken down into 12 or 14 parts.
Other progressive notables I don't have more time to go into right now:
Liquid Tension Experiment (side project including 3 members of Dream Theater and Tony Levin)
If you like progressive metal, check out my site too, I'm a prog guitarist... http://www.vincelupone.com
Good to see someone getting turned on to DT. They're awesome.
Gotta love the metal!