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(1985 – present)

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, before they dropped out to support the band. Though a number of lineup changes followed, including Portnoy’s departure in 2010, Petrucci and Myung remain today along with James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess and Mike Mangini.

The band has had moderate mainstream success, notably with Pull Me Under in the early 1990s, which received extensive MTV rotation. Dream Theater’s (commonly abbreviated ‘DT’) three highest selling albums are the gold selling Images and Words (1992), despite it reaching only #61 on the Billboard 200 charts, and Awake (1994) which reached #32 on the Billboard 200. Systematic Chaos entered US Billboard 200 at #19. Recently Black Clouds and Silver Linings reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Charts. Dream Theater has sold over two million albums in the U.S., and over 8 million albums and DVDs worldwide.

In January of 2005, the band obtained their first United States platinum disc (representing 100 000 DVDs sold) with Live At Budokan, recorded April 2004 in Tokyo, Japan.

The band released an album entitled Systematic Chaos, their ninth studio album, in collaboration with their new label Roadrunner Records.


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  • nicolasbj

    In my opinion, his voice was never the same after that 1994 incident.

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  • nicolasbj

    v On December 29, 1994, while vacationing in Cuba, LaBrie was stricken with a severe case of food poisoning from contaminated pork and while vomiting, he ruptured his vocal cords. He saw three throat specialists who all said there was nothing they could do except have him rest his voice as much as possible. However, on January 12, 1995, and against doctor's orders, he was on the Awake tour in Japan with his voice far from normal. LaBrie has said he did not feel vocally "normal" until at least 2002. LaBrie has said that this was a very hard time for him as a singer, and depression as a result caused him to consider departing from the band, although his bandmates supported him and told him to stay. After the Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence tour he discovered that his voice had fully returned. He has said that his voice was fully healed by time and training. (quote from Wikipedia).

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  • mothertruker

    When did he lose he's voice's range? Is that why he nowadays always does the same high pitch?

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  • nicolasbj

    "A Fortune in Lies" is a classic, just remenber that epic live version with Labrie ("Live At The Marquee" album), when he still could sing at his 100%.

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  • Darkes7

    I actually think it's mainly the production that makes it sound older. And together with The Ytse Jam, I've always found A Fortune in Lies to be an amazing straightforward track, and the way they played it on the previous tour (and Live at Luna Park) is more than enough proof imo.

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  • mothertruker

    For those who are overlooking When Dream And Day Unite do it no more. There are some nice moments on Light Fuse And Get Away, Afterlife and The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun. The Ytse Jam probably is a fairly wellknown track so I nothing new there.

    Yesterday 11:03am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    "You will eventually end up growing tired of this band anyway. Everybody does." That generally applies to the bands that one listened a lot as a teenager. i.e. Metallica.

    Yesterday 6:50pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Band

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  • Darkes7

    every pretentious hipster trying to look sophisticated*

    Yesterday 12:36pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    You will eventually end up growing tired of this band anyway. Everybody does. [2]

    20 Aug 6:38am Reply
  • mothertruker

    I'm loving all this feedback and although you're problably right, I'll still go chronacly, i'm still on When Dream And Day Unite so what do you guys think about their debut? Any hidden gems and weird storys? NOTE: As self-centered as my "takeover" of this shoutbox may seem, that's not the case, I just want to imerse myself in this. if I have to hear LaBries earstabs (joke), it should be worth something.

    20 Aug 12:29am Reply
  • spiderferi

    Train Of Thought And Images And Worlds are fucking great. they made some good music for sometime and then went to become full "hah i know you will jerk off while i rape my instrument" guys.

    19 Aug 1:47pm Reply
  • Darkes7

    Well, the conceptual bits are indeed different, but in terms of the sound of the actual songs, I think it's really right in the middle of everything they've done to date, besides maybe the heaviest 7-string stuff. On the other hand, I&W is more prog-rock oriented, while Awake is definitely one of their darkest albums so far.

    19 Aug 1:05pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    SFAM is very different from the rest of the DT albums (has a lot of leitmotivs, totally conceptual, narrative parts, a few guest artists, etc.), IMO it´s not representative and not a good start to know the band. If it is good or bad, yeah, that is definitely subjective.

    19 Aug 4:52am Reply
  • Darkes7

    ""Awake" and "Images and Words" are the best Dream Theater albums, you should listen those first." This is definitely subjective. These are SORT OF representative albums, although if we're at it, so is Scenes From a Memory. Personally I'd also add A Dramatic Turn(table) of Events.

    18 Aug 11:35pm Reply
  • DeathGlamWindam

    The Looking Glass <3

    16 Aug 8:55am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    V "Awake" and "Images and Words" are the best Dream Theater albums, you should listen those first. Then try "6DOIT". DT´s principal influences are Rush (every classic album of them); Queensryche (Operation: Mindcrime); Metallica (MoP and AJFA...); Pink Floyd (DSOTM, Meddle); Yes (Fragile, Awaken); Genesis (Foxtrot, SEBTP). A bit less: King Crimson, Watchtower and Fates Warning.

    11 Aug 8:40pm Reply
  • mothertruker

    btw, The Ytse Jam is incredible.

    10 Aug 6:02pm Reply
  • mothertruker

    DT JOURNAL_#02 Just finish watching When Dream And Day Reunite and: 1. LaBrie was awful, the guy has such a wide vocal range but always does the same high pitch, it's enervating. 2. Apart from The Ytse Jam, the keyboardist looked bored as f*ck. 3. The camera team don't like the bassist very much (btw, so far is the most appealing element of DT) 4. Portnoy gives a cocky/show-off obnoxious live performance, idk if it's a charisma thing or not but it's simply not interesting. 5. If the +100-fingers asian guy makes a solo, you'd (camera) better get that instead of drums fills, for that I watch 'tallicas shows.

    10 Aug 6:00pm Reply
  • mothertruker

    DT JOURNAL_#01 I'll probably will but for me what matters is the discovery and the brainf*cking of the tec & composition. So far I've been roaming through their debut and it seems to be like a Rush side project, but that's fine (one of the best bands to get influence and/or mimic, imo). And the first vocalist kinda underachieves what he probably wanted to do, but it's still less testosterone-obliteration than Labrie (joke).

    10 Aug 6:00pm Reply
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