Images and Words

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Release date
19 Feb 2013
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pull Me Under 8:14 251,700
2 Another Day 4:23 207,243
3 Take the Time 8:21 161,492
4 Surrounded 5:30 148,571
5 Metropolis Part I: The Miracle and the Sleeper 9:32 3,027
6 Under a Glass Moon 7:03 163,014
7 Wait for Sleep 2:33 161,872
8 Learning to Live 11:30 142,977
Metropolis - Part I ("The Miracle And The Sleeper") (LP Version) 9:32 66
Surrounded (LP Version) 5:30 54
Take The Time (LP Version) 8:21 58
Another Day (LP Version) 4:23 73
Under A Glass Moon (LP Version) 7:03 58
Pull Me Under (LP Version) 8:14 104
Wait For Sleep (LP Version) 2:32 57
Learning To Live (LP Version) 11:30 57

About this album

Images and Words is the second studio album by influential American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1992. It was recorded in late 1991 at BearTracks Studios in New York City. The album is the first album to feature James LaBrie on vocals. The album maintains its position as the band’s most commercially successful album to date, and the song Pull Me Under’s status as the only Top 10 hit the band has ever had. This song has also had some very recent success as it has appeared in the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour. Many critics and fans cite this album as a landmark release for the progressive metal genre.

After Charlie Dominici’s departure from the band, they auditioned nearly 200 people across the nation before James LaBrie sent the band an audition tape. LaBrie was formerly in the Canadian glam metal band Winter Rose, but saw potential in the band, and thus decided to audition. After a short jam session, the band chose him as their lead singer, and he has been the band’s lead singer ever since.

With LaBrie on board, the band was signed to a seven album contract by Atco Records, and shortly after began recording their new album. The lead single, Pull Me Under gained the band considerable commercial success with its airplay on MTV and radio, garnering them a Top 10 hit on radio charts. When the album was released, it sold at a steady pace, only helped by their relentless touring across the world. Images and Words would go on to be the band’s most commercially successful album, and often is considered a landmark release in the progressive metal genre by many newer bands in the genre such as Tool.

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  • dupiruka

    v Scenes From A Memory is definitely a step towards a new sound. I really enjoy both classic and modern DT.

    15 May 10:01pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Decent album, i growned with the new albums NOT this album. I like Dream Theater for what they are now.

    12 May 5:23am Reply
  • RomanPinochet

    Metropolis and Learning to Love are masterpieces but because of the first two tracks I can't say that about the album as a whole

    28 Mar 2:52am Reply
  • ArminJrpg

    one of my Top 3 Albums...

    28 Feb 6:25pm Reply
  • metaloly999

    favorite !!!

    28 Feb 3:02am Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This shit is the essence of masterliness.

    8 Jan 8:32pm Reply
  • danielmedporp

    shut up creep

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • giornisfasati

    This shit isn't even metal.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lxlmandudelxl

    among the greatest albums of all time, truly god-tier music

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • satchalicious

    The problem is, it's so good I tend to reach for this one 9 times out of 10 which often leaves their other albums shelved.

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing album.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dekadenz_ag

    The best snare ever! So blatantly electronic, and fits the music so fine. I missed this sound on their newer albums much. It's a shame Portnoy hates triggers and samples, so songs from this classic album sucks live. Some drum parts is just impossible to play properly without a trigger. Yes, I'm referring to these machinegun full hits. And re-recorded version with real drums sucks too. Maybe Mangini will be more reasonable?

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • spiderferi

    Masterpiece! full of feelings and emotion. i always wondered how they got progressed to this feeling less music machine. all they wanna do now with their new albums is like "heh, i'm so fucking good on the instrument of mine ,i'm the king and suck it losers".

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • NargaCuuga

    their masterpiece

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
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    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • hungry_mouth

    Great album!

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • SammyGuitarist

    perfect album, there's not even a second of filler music on this album.

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Dream Theater never topped this because you can't top perfection

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Whiplashock

    great album

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spacemanBOSE

    Awesome album. Every song is just great. My only problem is with that horrible, 80's sound, triggered, too loud SNARE.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
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