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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dream theater?

Im sure there are alot of dream theater fans here. I just know a few of there songs. I would like to get more into them. Can I have some direction please? I dont have much time to sift through 9 studio albums.
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 10:17 PM
 
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Re: Dream theater?

Personally, I'd start with Images & Words and progress forward from there. This will allow you to feel how the long-time fans like myself have watched them grow and evolve.

If you just want the highlights of their career, in my opinion, I'd say...

1.) Images & Words
2.) Awake
3.) Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
4.) Score XX Live

Above all, try to listen without expectation and just enjoy. I think too many fans expect far too much from DT these days. Even I have a tendency to do that... so just listen and enjoy.
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Thanks bud.
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post #4 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 10:49 PM
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1.) Images & Words
2.) Awake
3.) Scenes from a memory
4.) Octavarium
5.) Live at budokan dvd
6.) Score dvd

All DT albums have their own sonority and identity.They all sound different(thank god).Their albums are always a surprise cause we never know how they'll sound.
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Skip Octavarium and put Falling into infinity in its place. You really have to hear the influence and direction Derek Sherinian added!

1. Images & Words
2. Awake
3. Falling into Infinity
4. A Change of Seasons
5 Scenes from a Memory

3 and 4 are Derek Sherinian on KB's pre Jordan, he had an altogether different vibe that a LOT of people enjoyed. Jordan is amazing, but Derek was just cool, his tone was better, too! After 5. I would go maybe 6 degrees of inner turbulence, disc one, the 2nd disc is blah, there is an "opus" that sounds like someone hit Demo Play on a Yamaha KB, or something. not their best work, actually, the best "new" CD would have to be Systematic Chaos. The newer stuff really isn't as good as they self produce a lot, and it shows. They need an external influence helping them out, IMO.

you will see. As you move through the chronology, you will hear the writing from Images gradually disappear. They sparked up again on Scenes, as Jordan was somewhat new to the band and most of the material was already written.

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Re: Dream theater?

don't forget, train of thought is their heaviest, most metal album. i can't get enough of that one.
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My favorite is Scenes from a memory.
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My favorite is Scenes from a memory.
me too and I hate train of thought.I don't want DT sounding as a metal band but as a progressive band.
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i loved train of thought!
also my username is epic DT song
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me too and I hate train of thought.I don't want DT sounding as a metal band but as a progressive band.
it's funny, i listen to DT mainly for their heavy parts. i'll be listening to a song, start headbanging violently to an epicly heavy riff or breakdown then there will be like 7 minutes of horribly cheesy keyboard solos and retarded time signatures so i just start to yawn...
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it's funny, i listen to DT mainly for their heavy parts. i'll be listening to a song, start headbanging violently to an epicly heavy riff or breakdown then there will be like 7 minutes of horribly cheesy keyboard solos and retarded time signatures so i just start to yawn...
Hee. Prog would be so much better if the keyboardists were restricted to atmospherics and chords.
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Hee. Prog would be so much better if the keyboardists were restricted to atmospherics and chords.
mmmm, i dunno about that. it just seems to me like the keyboard solos in DT are always kind of trying to sound like a guitar with distortion, whammy bar and a wah pedal but it always makes me cringe.

eh. whatever. not gonna stop me listening to them.
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Hee. Prog would be so much better if the keyboardists were restricted to atmospherics and chords.
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mmmm, i dunno about that. it just seems to me like the keyboard solos in DT are always kind of trying to sound like a guitar with distortion, whammy bar and a wah pedal but it always makes me cringe.
Agreed about trying to sound as a guitar but progressive music means no boundaries or rules,so if you want only the heavier parts listen to a metal band.
Progressive means you can put whatever you want in your music expecially different time signatures and instruments from different cultures.
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my top 5 are
1 - Honor Thy Father
2 - The Mirror
3 - Pull Me Under
4 - Lie
5 - Train Of Thought
only been listeneing to them for like 2-3 months
and awake is probs my fav album
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Do yourself a favour and buy and or listen to DT's entire discography. Start from the first album and move on to the second. Its how most of their fans progressed with there music, why not do the same. Its how they made it big, so all their works are worth a listen.

All the albums my friend, its the only real way to go.
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