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Dream Theater

Contents

1 Majesty Demos 1
1.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1.1.1 Ytsejam Records re-release track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1.2 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1.3 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2 When Dream and Day Unite 2


2.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2.2 15th anniversary performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2.3 Critical reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2.4 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2.5 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

3 Images and Words 4


3.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
3.2 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
3.3 Accolades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3.4 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3.5 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3.6 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3.7 Certifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

4 Awake (Dream Theater album) 7


4.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
4.2 Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
4.2.1 Departure of Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
4.2.2 Mixing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
4.3 Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
4.3.1 6:00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
4.3.2 “A Mind Beside Itself”trilogy: Erotomania, Voices, and The Silent Man . . . . . . . . . 8
4.3.3 Lie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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4.3.4 The Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


4.3.5 Lifting Shadows Off a Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4.3.6 Scarred . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4.3.7 Space-Dye Vest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4.4 Artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4.5 Release and promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4.6 Touring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
4.7 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
4.8 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
4.9 Chart positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
4.10 Certifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
4.11 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
4.12 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

5 A Change of Seasons 13
5.1 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
5.2 Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
5.3 Chart performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
5.4 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

6 Falling into Infinity 14


6.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
6.2 Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
6.3 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
6.4 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
6.5 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
6.6 Chart performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
6.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

7 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 17


7.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
7.2 Synopsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
7.3 Influences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
7.4 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
7.5 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
7.6 Chart performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
7.7 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
7.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
7.9 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

8 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 21


8.1 Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
8.2 Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
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8.3 Influences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.4 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.4.1 Disc one . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.4.2 Disc two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.5 Chart performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.6 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.7 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
8.8 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

9 Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) 23


9.1 Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
9.2 Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
9.3 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
9.4 Chart performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
9.5 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
9.5.1 Additional personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
9.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
9.7 External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

10 Octavarium (album) 25
10.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
10.2 Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
10.2.1 Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
10.2.2 Artwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
10.3 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
10.3.1 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
10.4 Touring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
10.5 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
10.6 Chart positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
10.7 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
10.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

11 Systematic Chaos 30
11.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
11.2 Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
11.2.1 In the Presence of Enemies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
11.2.2 Forsaken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
11.2.3 Constant Motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
11.2.4 The Dark Eternal Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
11.2.5 Repentance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
11.2.6 Prophets of War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
11.2.7 The Ministry of Lost Souls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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11.3 Release and promotion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


11.4 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
11.5 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
11.5.1 Special edition bonus DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
11.6 Chart positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
11.7 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
11.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
11.9 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

12 Black Clouds & Silver Linings 36


12.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
12.1.1 Lyrical themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
12.2 Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
12.3 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
12.3.1 Special edition tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
12.3.2 Deluxe collector's edition box set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
12.4 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
12.5 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
12.6 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

13 A Dramatic Turn of Events 39


13.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
13.1.1 Search for a new drummer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
13.1.2 Writing and recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
13.2 Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
13.3 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
13.4 Critical reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
13.4.1 Supporting tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
13.5 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
13.6 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

14 Dream Theater (album) 42


14.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
14.2 Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
14.3 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
14.4 Critical reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
14.4.1 Supporting tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
14.5 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
14.6 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
14.7 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
14.8 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

15 The Astonishing 47
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15.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
15.2 Synopsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
15.2.1 Act 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
15.2.2 Act 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
15.3 Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
15.4 Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
15.5 Critical reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
15.5.1 Supporting tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
15.6 Track listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
15.7 Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
15.8 Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
15.9 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
15.10External links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
15.11Text and image sources, contributors, and licenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
15.11.1 Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
15.11.2 Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
15.11.3 Content license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Chapter 1

Majesty Demos

The Majesty Demos are the first recorded attempts of • Kevin Moore – keyboards on tracks 18-23
progressive band Dream Theater, under their original
name, Majesty. The original 1986 tape contained six • John Myung – bass
tracks which were recorded on Mike Portnoy's analog • John Petrucci – guitars
4-track recorder, and another 4-track recorder obtained
from friends at Berklee College of Music. All the band • Mike Portnoy – drums; keyboards on track 6
members were about 19 years old at the time of the
recording. Only 1,000 copies were recorded on cassette
tape and distributed to fans and rock and metal maga- 1.3 References
zines. Portnoy gave one copy to Jim Matheos of Fates
Warning, a move that was instrumental in the band's [1] Allmusic review
break into the progressive rock scene. The line-up on the
initial recording was keyboardist Kevin Moore, bassist [2] Inside Sleeve of Dream Theater - Official Bootleg - The
John Myung, guitarist John Petrucci, and drummer Mike Majesty Demos 1985-1986 - Ytse Jam Records
Portnoy. Chris Collins, the band's singer at the time, had
been introduced to the band after a friend heard a demo
of him singing a note-for-note version of Queensrÿche's
“Queen of the Reich”.
Seventeen tracks were released by Ytse Jam Records un-
der the title The Berklee Demos and were recorded earlier
by Portnoy, Petrucci and Myung at Berklee Music Col-
lege. These tracks are instrumental. Tracks 11-17 (seven
guitar miniatures, recorded by Petrucci and Portnoy late
one night to demonstrate double-tracking the guitar). The
songs on The Berklee Demos does not include keyboards,
except for the cover of Rush's“YYZ”on which Portnoy
plays keyboards. These recordings include versions of
“Another Won,” “Two Far,”and“Your Majesty”which
would all later appear on The Majesty Demos, though orig-
inally they were instrumentals without keyboards. It is for
this reason that these three songs actually appear twice on
the Ytse Jam Records re-release, as the CD is a combina-
tion of the Berklee Demos and the Majesty Demos.* [2]

1.1 Track listing

1.1.1 Ytsejam Records re-release track


listing

1.2 Personnel
• Chris Collins – vocals on tracks 18-23

1
Chapter 2

When Dream and Day Unite

When Dream and Day Unite is the debut studio album resulting in a small club tour for the album only in the
by American progressive metal/progressive rock band New York area. They also produced two singles,“Status
Dream Theater, released on March 6, 1989 through Me- Seeker”and“Afterlife”, whose remixes and single edits
chanic/MCA Records. The album is composed mainly of for radio were done by Terry Brown of Rush production
material that originally surfaced during the band's early fame.* [1]* [2] Due to tensions within the band and cre-
years as Majesty, and is the only Dream Theater album ative differences, Dominici was fired from the band and
to feature Charlie Dominici on vocals, as James LaBrie they were without a lead singer until late 1990.* [3]
replaced Dominici as the lead vocalist on subsequent al-
bums.
Although this album does not have a title track, the quote 2.2 15th anniversary performance
“when dream and day unite”appears in the album's clos-
ing track “Only a Matter of Time”. On the 15th anniversary of the album, the band per-
formed it in its entirety in Los Angeles. Furthermore,
during two additional songs in the encore, special guests
Dominici and Derek Sherinian (both now former Dream
2.1 History Theater members) performed along with the rest of the
band; however, original keyboardist Kevin Moore did
The band originally formed in 1985 by founding mem- not appear. The entire performance was recorded live
bers John Myung (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums), and and later released on CD and DVD under the title When
John Petrucci (guitar) under the name Majesty, which Dream and Day Reunite through Portnoy's independent
was inspired by Portnoy's commentary on the ending of label YtseJam Records. The album also featured a live
"Bastille Day" by Rush. After the band found a key- version of “Metropolis̶Part I”, which was originally
boardist in schoolmate Kevin Moore, the band hosted au- from the band's 1992 album Images and Words, and a per-
ditions and settled on Chris Collins as the lead vocalist. formance of a B-side from Awake called “To Live For-
The band, still titled Majesty, recorded The Majesty De- ever”, both originally written shortly after the release of
mos between 1985 and 1986, but shortly after was forced When Dream And Day Unite, and played live on the tour
* *
to change their name after another band threatened le- for the album. [4] [5]
gal action. While touring around New York, Collins left
the band, and the band went through many lead singers
before settling with experienced vocalist Charlie Do- 2.3 Critical reception
minici. Unable to come up with a replacement name for
their band, Portnoy's father suggested the name Dream When Dream and Day Unite did not receive much atten-
Theater, which was the name of a nearby movie the- tion upon release, but due to the commercial success of
ater. They adopted the name, and eventually signed Images and Words, the album would later receive criti-
their first recording contract to Mechanic/MCA. The al- cal reviews and criticism from many resources. Robert
bum was then recorded during the summer of 1988 at Taylor of AllMusic remarked an obvious Queensrÿche
Kajem/Victory Studios in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, no- influence in the band's “progressive metal”music and
table for the recording of Operation: Mindcrime by defined Petrucci and Portnoy “competent musicians”,
Queensryche. whose “individual styles were not yet refined"; he criti-
With the relatively warm reception of their original de- cized the “subpar singing, too many metal clichés, and
mos, the band expected their debut album to be received poor production”, but added that the album has“enough
with much fanfare and buzz, but the album went largely interesting playing to make it a worthwhile listen for fans
unnoticed by the music scene, and eventually led to Me- of this genre.”* [6] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff re-
chanic/MCA cutting their contract ties with the band, viewed positively the album which contained “startingly

2
2.6. REFERENCES 3

progressive yet very heavy and explosive prog metal”, but [7] Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide
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and the sound of keyboards and drums.* [7] tario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 102.
ISBN 978-1894959315.
This is Dream Theater's first and only album not to chart
on the Billboard 200.* [8] [8] “Artist Chart History - Dream Theater > Albums”.
Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2016-06-
23.
2.4 Track listing
All music composed by Dream Theater, except where
noted.

2.5 Personnel
Dream Theater

• Charlie Dominici – lead vocals


• John Petrucci – guitar
• Kevin Moore – keyboard
• John Myung – bass
• Mike Portnoy – drums

Production

• Dream Theatre - producers


• Terry Date – producer, engineer, mixing
• Joe Alexander – engineer, mixing
• Brian Stover, Trish Finnegan – assistant engineers
• Steve Sinclair – executive producer

2.6 References
[1] Status Seeker (CD single sleeve). Dream Theatre. New
York: Mechanic Records. 1989. CD 45-17783.

[2] Afterlife (CD single sleeve). Dream Theatre. New York:


Mechanic Records. 1989. CD 45-17784.

[3] “Dream Theater - When Dream and Day Unite review”


. Mike Portnoy.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25.

[4] “Dream Theater Tourography: When Dream and Tour


Unite 10/14/1989 Bay Shore, Long Island, NY, USA”.
Mike Portnoy.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

[5] “Dream Theater Tourography: When Dream and Tour


Unite 11/14/1989 New York City, NY, USA”. Mike
Portnoy.com. Retrieved 2016-02-28.

[6] Taylor, Robert.“Dream Theater - When Dream and Day


Unite review”. AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved
2017-01-25.
Chapter 3

Images and Words

Images and Words is the second studio album by Ameri- ing“Fatez Warning”in the credits of Images and Words.
can progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, released Images and Words was played in its entirety on several
on July 7, 1992 through ATCO Records. It is the first
occasions during the European leg of the 2007 “Chaos
Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. in Motion”tour, in celebration of its 15th anniversary.* [3]
The album maintains its position as the band's most com-
On July 7, 2012, at a concert in Austin, Texas, the songs
mercially successful studio album to date, and the song “Pull Me Under,”“Another Day,”and “Metropolis”
"Pull Me Under" has the distinction of being the only
were performed as an encore to celebrate the album's 20th
top 10 hit (radio or otherwise) the band has had to date. anniversary. Additionally,“Surrounded”was performed
This particular song has also had more recent success as it
during the main set.
has appeared in the 2008 video game Guitar Hero World
Tour. In 2013, the album was reissued on vinyl as a limited edi-
tion 180 gr. double LP.* [4]

3.1 History
3.2 Reception
After Charlie Dominici's departure from Dream Theater,
the band auditioned nearly 200 people across the nation The album has received mainly positive reviews from mu-
before James LaBrie, then of the Canadian glam metal sic critics since its release. The German magazine Rock
band Winter Rose, sent the band an audition tape. After Hard elected Images and Words Album of the Month and
a short jam session, he was named Dream Theater's new lauded Dream Theater, using “the old 70's term 'Super-
lead singer, and remained so ever since. group'"; according to the reviewer, they set “standards
With LaBrie on board, the band was signed to a seven- and still perfect them, although they hardly appear to do
album contract by ATCO Records, and shortly after be- so”and, even considering the many influences in their mu-
gan recording their new album in late 1991. The lead sin- sic, the “versatility, the linking of different grooves and
gle, "Pull Me Under", gained the band considerable com- melody elements within each songs”shows how Dream
mercial success with its airplay on MTV and radio, gar- Theater are“style-transcending like no other band.”* [8]
nering them a top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot Mainstream In another contemporary review, Select gave the album a
Rock Tracks chart. When the album was released, it sold lower rating, referring to the album as“elaborate, layered
at a steady pace, helped by an extensive world tour. prog-metal”and stated that“if this was a book, it'd be for
the coffee-table, glossy but not essential.”* [9] Phil Carter
Dream Theater originally intended to release a double of AllMusic was taken by the band members'“impressive
album, but this was rejected by ATCO, causing several ability on their respective instruments”and by LaBrie's
songs to be omitted from the album. One of these songs, vocal range, writing also that the album is an “excel-
"A Change of Seasons,”would later be re-recorded by lent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals
the band and released on an EP of the same name in and thought-provoking lyrics”.* [5] Metal Storm reviewer
1995.* [2] calls Images and Words “a masterpiece and also an his-
The song "Take the Time" includes samples from Kurtis torical album”, because it “brought something totally
Blow's “Christmas Rappin'" (“Hold it now”), Frank new to the scene, this famous progressive metal sound that
Zappa's "Dancin' Fool" (“Wait a minute”), and Public would become Dream Theater's signature”.* [7] Canadian
Enemy's“Power to the People”, “ ( Come on”). In 1991, journalist Martin Popoff in his Collector's Guide to Heavy
James LaBrie had appeared as a guest vocalist on Fates Metal praised the band's musicianship and “the tricky
Warning's 1991 album Parallels, for which the band were arrangements”, but was not thrilled by the album, which
credited as“Dream Theatre”in the“special thanks”of he found“a bit too self-aware and calculated to be in the
the album's credits. Dream Theater responded by thank- true spirit of progressive rock.”* [6]

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3.6. CHARTS 5

Images and Words was a moderate commercial hit, reach- • Steve Regina – assistant engineer
ing number 61 on the US Billboard 200 chart.* [10] It is
also Dream Theater's only album to be certified gold by • Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
the RIAA,* [11] and remains their best-selling album to
• Larry Freemantle - art direction
date, selling more than six hundred thousand copies.* [12]

3.3 Accolades 3.6 Charts

On April 9, 2013, Images and Words won Loudwire's fan- 3.7 Certifications
voted March Metal Madness award for best metal album
of all time.* [13]
3.8 References
The song “Under a Glass Moon”was awarded the 98th
best guitar solo by About.com expert.* [14]
[1] Images and Words, Dreamtheater.net
In October 2011, Images and Words was ranked number
7 on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums [2] Portnoy, Mike. “A Change of Seasons in Images and
Words”. About Mike - FAQ. Mike Portnoy.com. Re-
of 1992.* [15]
trieved 30 September 2013.
In 2015, the album was ranked first on the website Prog
Report's list of the top 50 progressive rock albums of [3] “Dream Theatre News Archive 2007: Dream Theater
1990-2015. Four other Dream Theater albums made the kick off 2007/2008 World Tour with I&W anniversary
performance”. Dream Theatre Official Website. 4 June
list: Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (third), Six
2007. Archived from the original on 1 March 2008. Re-
Degrees of Inner Turbulence (14th), Awake (18th), and trieved 2017-01-26.
Train of Thought (38th).* [16]
[4] Images and Words (LP Sleeve). Dream Theater. Merrick,
New York: Enjoy The Ride Records. 2013. ETR-021.
3.4 Track listing [5] Carter, Phil. “Dream Theater - Images and Words re-
view”. AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-
All music composed by Dream Theater, except “Wait 01-26.
for Sleep”by Kevin Moore.
[6] Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to
Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, On-
tario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 128.
3.5 Personnel ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.

[7] “Dream Theater - Images and Words”. Metal Storm. 9


Dream Theater January 2004. Retrieved 2017-01-26.

• James LaBrie – lead vocals [8] Breusch, Matthias (1992). “Review Album des Monats:
Dream Theater - Images and Words”. Rock Hard (in
• John Petrucci – guitar, background vocals German). No. 63. Retrieved 2017-01-26.

• Kevin Moore – keyboard [9] Blellcock, Marilla (September 1992).“Reviews”. Select.


p. 89.
• John Myung – bass
[10]“Dream Theater Awards”. AllMusic. All Media Network.
• Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, background vo- Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved
cals on “Pull Me Under” 2017-01-26.

[11] “RIAA Searchable Database: search for Dream Theater”


Additional musicians . Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved
2017-01-26.
• Jay Beckenstein – soprano saxophone on “Another [12] “Gigantour: Sales Update”. Blabbermouth.net. 4 August
Day” 2005. Retrieved 2017-01-26.

[13] Hartmann, Graham (9 April 2013). “Dream Theater's


Production
'Images and Words' Wins March Metal Madness 2013”.
Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
• David Prater – producer, mixing,
[14] Cross, Dan. “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”. About.com.
• Doug Oberkircher – engineer, mixing Retrieved 2017-01-26.
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[15] Grassi, Tony. “Photo Gallery: The Top 10 Guitar Al-


bums of 1992”. GuitarWorld.com. Retrieved October
24, 2011.

[16] “Top 50 Prog Albums 1990-2015”. The Prog Re-


port.com. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

[17] “Album – Dream Theater, Images and Words”. Charts.de


(in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 26 Jan-
uary 2017.
Chapter 4

Awake (Dream Theater album)

Awake is the third studio album by American progressive Man”.


metal/rock band Dream Theater, released on October 4,
1994 through East West Records. It was the last Dream
Theater album to feature keyboardist Kevin Moore, who
announced his decision to leave the band during the
4.1 Background
recording of the album.
After a month-long break, Dream Theater started work-
Much of the material for Awake was written in writing
ing on their third studio album in February 1994. The
sessions between February and April 1994, during which
band's two-month writing sessions were located at Prince
Dream Theater were under pressure from their record
Studios, New York City. The lack of a leader within the
label to produce an album as successful as Images and
band increased tensions in what were already tense ses-
Words (1992) with a single similar to "Pull Me Under".
sions. Keyboardist Kevin Moore noted at the time that
The label wanted the band to produce a more metal-
“there are arguments that last forever because there's no-
oriented album, hoping it would be easier to market.
body to come in and draw the line”.* [2]“When it came
John Purdell and Duane Baron produced, engineered and
to the music, you had [guitarist] John Petrucci and I play-
mixed the album. The album's cover, designed by the
ing the roles we still kind of play, and Kevin was also a
band, features numerous references to the album's lyrics.
forceful element,”drummer Mike Portnoy said.“In those
Dream Theater auditioned for keyboardists to replace days, [bassist] John Myung was a little bit more out of his
Moore for the upcoming world tour and eventually hired shell, so the bass was a bit more predominant in the band.
Derek Sherinian. He had just two weeks to learn two The fighting never came to blows, but there was a lot of
hours of complex music before the tour started. Sherinian bickering over every single element, like the fine details
initially took up the position on a trial basis and was asked of what the third note on the sixty-fourth bar should be.”
to become a full member during the tour. After the first * [3]
leg of the tour, vocalist James LaBrie suffered a vio-
The success of Dream Theater's previous album, Images
lent case of food poisoning, severely damaging his vocal
and Words, particularly the single “Pull Me Under”,
cords. His singing became unpredictable, leading LaBrie
put pressure on the band to produce a similarly success-
to become depressed for much of the tour. His voice only
ful follow-up album.“Somebody once said that you have
started recovering on the tour for Six Degrees of Inner
your whole life to prepare for your first album and have
Turbulence in 2002. The Great Hanshin earthquake hit
about two months to prepare the follow-up, and that was
while the band was touring in Japan.
very much the situation we faced in early 1994,”Port-
Released at the height of the popularity of grunge mu- noy noted.* [2] The popularity of alternative metal and
sic, Awake initially received mixed reviews; more recent groove metal meant that the band's record label, East
reviews regard the album as one of the band's finest. West, were keen for the band to create a heavier, darker
The album peaked at 32 on the US Billboard 200, the album.* [3] Awake saw Petrucci use a seven-string guitar
highest position a Dream Theater album would reach on for the first time, establishing a more riff-based writing
that chart until 2007's Systematic Chaos, which peaked at style. “This style would further cement the fusion of
19.* [1]“Lie”,“Caught in a Web”and“The Silent Man” metal and progressive music, which is what Dream The-
were released as singles but failed to be as successful as ater are known for,”Petrucci said. “I think it paved the
“Pull Me Under”had been. The band's record label con- way for many of our strongest and heaviest later songs like
sidered the album a commercial failure, which would lead 'A Change of Seasons', 'The Glass Prison' and 'The Dark
to the band being pressured to write more radio-friendly Eternal Night'.”* [4] Vocalist James LaBrie described his
songs on their subsequent studio album. vocals on Awake as“more varied and a lot more aggres-
*
There is no title track on the album, but the lyric awake sive” [5] than on Images and Words to the extent that
appears in the songs“Innocence Faded”and“The Silent people may think the band had a new singer for the al-
bum.* [5]

7
8 CHAPTER 4. AWAKE (DREAM THEATER ALBUM)

4.2 Recording ried, Portnoy and Petrucci had girlfriends and Myung,
according to Portnoy, “was kind of in his own world”
The recording sessions for the album began in May 1994 .* [12] Portnoy speculated that any resentment or jealousy
at One On One Studios in North Hollywood, Los Ange- Moore felt because of this may have influenced his deci-
les, with overdub work done at Devonshire Studios in Los sion. After leaving Dream Theater, Moore continued to
Angeles.* [6]* [7] John Purdell and Duane Baron, whose release music, musically far-removed from his work with
credits included Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears (1991), the band.* [12]
were hired to produce the album.* [6] The band̶who had
a difficult relationship with David Prater, the producer on
Images and Words̶enjoyed working with Purdell and
4.2.2 Mixing
Baron. “I think everyone felt we were able to express
Awake was mixed at Unique Studios, New York City.
ourselves a lot more genuinely,”Petrucci said. “The ex-
When mixing, Purdell and Baron were initially joined by
perience from the road, learning more about our sound
the remaining members of the band.“We were all in the
and what we like and don't like enabled us to be more
studio when it first started and it was just unfair to the pro-
prepared. The producers were totally into capturing that
ducers,”vocalist James LaBrie said.“Obviously each guy
and being patient with us. So everybody walked away be-
was focusing on his instrument, so it was like 'Wait, I want
ing completely satisfied with their performances and their
me up more!' So they were trying to please everyone and
sounds.”* [7]
you just can't do that.”* [13] The band had to be banned
from the mixing sessions to allow Purdell and Baron to
4.2.1 Departure of Moore mix the album to a high enough standard.* [7] “The one
great thing, though - even though we were out of the stu-
Towards the end of the recording sessions, Kevin dio - was that they were aware of what we wanted and
Moore announced to his bandmates that he was leav- didn't want,”LaBrie said. “When David Prater mixed
ing the band.* [8] Petrucci, who was childhood friends Images and Words it was really unfortunate because he
with the keyboardist, found the news particularly hard forgot to bring some sections out and he really didn't un-
to take.* [9]* [10] Myung noted that the announcement derstand what we wanted from the final music. When Du-
“didn't come out of the blue”.* [11] LaBrie noticed ane and John went in, they knew everything that needed
changes in Moore at the end of the Images and Words to be there and how we wanted it to be represented.”* [13]
tour. “He seemed to be more distant and wrapped up in
himself... It wasn't that he was rude or unpleasant with
anyone,”he said. “But when Mike, John Petrucci and 4.3 Songs
John Myung were in the rehearsal studio putting together
the music for Awake, he wasn't there as he had been in
4.3.1 6:00
the past. And when he was there, the guys told me he'd
be sitting reading a magazine when they were trying to
The album's opening track,“6:00”, features lyrics writ-
work out riffs.”* [11] “After the record was recorded
ten by Moore, hinting at the growing distance between
in Los Angeles, he returned to New York, sold his be-
him and the rest of the band. Petrucci wrote the lyrics of
longings, packed everything into his station wagon and
“Innocence Faded”, inspired by his deteriorating friend-
said 'I'm moving away from Long Island,'" Dream The-
ship with Moore.“The way I wrote lyrics a lot of the time
ater's co-manager Jim Pitulski recalled. “So I asked him
is that I'll take an initial spark of an idea... But then I'll
where he was moving to, and he said, 'I'll let you know
kind of generalize and add in other situations,”Petrucci
when I get there.' He really had no idea what he was do-
said.“So I couldn't say it was solely about that, but it was
ing and he just started driving across the country. I kind
definitely inspired by that. There was a feeling of it not
of admired that.”* [10]
being the same way it had been, and the realization that
Moore stated that he decided to leave because his ap- things were not always going to remain the same.”* [14]
proach to writing music had changed. He had become
more interested in writing and recording his own ma-
terial.* [8] Myung said that Moore left the band out of 4.3.2 “A Mind Beside Itself”trilogy: Ero-
“peace of mind and what he wanted to do musically that tomania, Voices, and The Silent Man
he couldn't do in the band”.* [11] The band's business
manager, Rob Shore, suggested that the idea of pro- “Erotomania”, “Voices”and “The Silent Man”form
longed touring was a contributing factor in Moore's de- a three-part suite titled "A Mind Beside Itself". Portnoy
cision.* [12] Describing Moore as “a very private per- stated that the instrumental “Erotomania”was written
son”,* [12] Portnoy thought that he might have left be- “off the cuff”* [14] as“a bit of a joke and parody”.* [14]
cause “the whole machine of the music business just Petrucci penned the lyrics to“Voices”, dealing with the
wasn't his cup of tea”.* [12] When Moore announced his subject of mental illness. He researched schizophrenia
decision to leave, he was single, while LaBrie was mar- and similar disorders and used religious terms “to make
4.4. ARTWORK 9

things more vivid”.* [15] “When I was writing it, I saw “Rock the Casbah”, while present on the working demo,
these terms and medical things that were just brilliant,” were removed entirely for the final release.
he said. “Like there was a guy who felt that his skin
was inside out. I read that and was like 'Oh my God!
That's unbelievable; I've got to write about that.'"* [15] 4.3.7 Space-Dye Vest
Petrucci wrote the music and lyrics to the acoustic“The
Silent Man”. LaBrie described the lyrics as dealing with Main article: Space-Dye Vest
“communication breakdown, for instance between a fa-
ther and a son. We feel that we have to play certain roles “Space-Dye Vest”was written by Moore, who brought
when around one of our parents, and we never really get the piece into the studio as a completed song.
to know the real person. I'm lucky that I behave with my
own father like I would a friend. We can joke around and
go for a beer.”* [14] 4.4 Artwork
Larry Freemantle, who had designed the cover of Im-
4.3.3 Lie
ages and Words, provided the artwork for Awake. As
with Images and Words, the band instructed Freemantle
“Lie”, the lead single from Awake, demonstrates the
to include several lyrical references in the cover, such as
heavier, darker style of the album. The song is a live sta-
a clock showing the time 6:00, a mirror and a spider in
ple of the band.
the middle of a web.“The band were very definite about
what they wanted, and where they wanted it,”Freemantle
said.“The mirror was to be buried in the sand with a fac-
4.3.4 The Mirror tory in the background, so it was just a case of putting it
together.”* [20] Access Images, the company Freemantle
Portnoy wrote the lyrics to “The Mirror”, describing had used for Images and Words, had broken up, meaning
his battle with alcoholism. He would return to the sub- that he had to put the cover together using stock images
ject on later Dream Theater albums with his Twelve-step himself. “It was done really quickly and I always felt
Suite.* [16] “Lie”was originally part of “The Mirror” frustrated with that sleeve as I lost too much time on it,”
, but LaBrie thought it was strong enough to be a song in Freemantle said. “I was always up against deadlines on
itself. “I remember one of the first tapes [the band] sent certain things and it got away from me.”* [20]
me to start jamming with up in Canada was 'The Mirror',”
LaBrie said. “We used to jam instrumentally to it on the
last tour and then we built it into a song, with the lyrics
and melodies but also within the song was 'Lie'. I heard
4.5 Release and promotion
this groove and I was going 'Oh my God, that's a song
in itself!' So I called up the guys and said 'Man, I really Awake was released on October 4, 1994 through East
* *
feel strong about this song. Can't we take that groove and West Records. [3] [17] LaBrie considered the album's ti-
*
build a song?'" [17] tle to be“the perfect word to describe the album's lyrics.
What we're basically talking about is the awareness of
your existence - becoming closer and more in touch with
4.3.5 Lifting Shadows Off a Dream yourself and ultimately discovering what works best for
you as an individual as you try to get through life.”* [20]
“Lifting Shadows Off a Dream”began as a poem and two Portnoy dedicated the album to* his biggest inspiration,
chords brought to the band by Myung.“We worked on it, Frank Zappa, who died in 1993. [21]
racked our brains, recorded the jam and by the end of the
The album sold 36,160 copies the first week it was re-
night we were like 'Ahh fuck it. This sucks,'" Petrucci re-
leased.* [22] "Lie", the album's lead single, was released
called.“We came by the next day, listened to the record-
in late September. The accompanying music video fea-
ing and thought it could be really cool. All of a sudden it
tured the band, then a four-piece, playing the track at var-
evolved into this song.”* [18] ious locations in New York City, including the Brooklyn
Bridge, Tribeca and a tunnel in Manhattan (which had to
be temporarily closed in order to complete the shoot). It
4.3.6 Scarred was hoped that “Lie”would be as successful as “Pull
Me Under”had been, but the single failed to make an im-
The lyrics to “Scarred”were initially inspired by a pact on the charts.* [17] “Caught in a Web”and “The
mishearing of the lyrics to The Clash's "Rock the Cas- Silent Man”were the album's second and third singles
bah".* [19] The song eventually took on a darker tone respectively. Portnoy was keen to direct the music video
as the tempo changed and guitarist John Petrucci began for “The Silent Man”, but East West only offered him
writing lyrics about depression. The lines inspired by a co-directing credit with Pamela Birkhead. On the day
10 CHAPTER 4. AWAKE (DREAM THEATER ALBUM)

of the shoot, Portnoy became violently ill, and when not without Moore and were out of practise from not having
needed to perform rested in his tour bus bunk.* [23] played live for some time.* [27] Rudess eventually joined
Dream Theater as a full band member in 1999.* [28]
The band held another round of auditions and were im-
4.6 Touring pressed with Derek Sherinian. Sherinian, who studied at
Berklee College of Music the year before Petrucci, Port-
noy and Myung did, had previously played with Alice
Cooper and Kiss and enjoyed similar music to the other
members of Dream Theater.* [29] He was offered the po-
sition on a trial basis at the beginning of October 1994,
giving him just two weeks to learn two hours of highly
complex music.* [30] “It's one thing going in to play for
an artist with hit songs that you've heard since you were a
kid, and the songs are ingrained in your mind,”Sherinian
said.“It was another thing altogether going in with music
you've never heard before that is totally off the charts as
far as technical prowess... But it is amazing what one will
do to ascend... when I was in New York at the rehearsals,
I would play the songs at night over and over on a loop so
that I would be subliminally programmed and it would in-
grain it in my head.”* [31] Sherinian was officially asked
to join the band as a full member in February 1995.* [32]
The US leg of the Waking Up The World tour began on
October 20, 1994 and finished on December 9.* [31] Over
Christmas, LaBrie went on holiday to Cuba with his wife,
where he had violent food poisoning.* [33] Upon his re-
turn home he consulted an ears, nose and throat specialist,
who told LaBrie that he had ruptured his vocal cords, ad-
vising him not to sing for six months to a year. “I was in
total shock and devastated,”LaBrie said.“On the US leg
I had been so psyched and couldn't wait to blow everyone
away around the rest of the world. We weren't in a po-
sition for me to take a six-month break so I had to keep
touring.”* [34] LaBrie was able to continue performing,
Derek Sherinian was hired to play keyboards on the Waking Up but his voice became unpredictable. “It was absolutely
the World tour in October 1994, but was not made a full member miserable, and it was an extremely dark and depressing
of the band until February 1995. period for me,”he recalled. “Literally every fucking
night on the European leg, I wouldn't know if my voice
With Moore no longer a member of Dream Theater, the would be there or if it would cooperate... I didn't feel that
band needed to find a replacement keyboardist for the my voice really started to come back until maybe the Six
forthcoming world tour in support of Awake. Before Degrees of Inner Turbulence tour in 2002. That's when I
the tour started, the band had a headlining concert on started to feel my range and strength coming back.”* [35]
September 9, 1994 at the Foundations Forum in Burbank,
California. The album was to be unveiled in a live setting The Great Hanshin earthquake struck Japan while Dream
for the first time.* [24] Jordan Rudess' audition impressed Theater were touring there.* [36] Although none of the
the band, with Portnoy claiming that it had “blown his band was injured, they seriously considered calling off the
mind”* [25] and that Rudess was the “best keyboard tour, but only ended up canceling one show. The band
player we'd ever seen”.* [25] Rudess accepted the band's held a minute's silence at every show in Japan in mem-
offer to perform with them at the Burbank show, but de- ory of those who had died.* [37] During the soundchecks
cided against joining the band for the entire tour. At the for the Japanese shows, the band rehearsed a series of
same time, he had received an offer to perform with the cover songs. These were performed at a special covers-
Dixie Dregs for shorter runs of shows and had a job with only show in Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London. The
Kurzweil. Rudess also had a young family and was un- show, performed to an invitation-only audience of three
sure if Dream Theater “was just going to be a flash in hundred, featured guest musicians such as Barney Green-
the pan”.* [26]“I decided I would be better off going with way, Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery and Steve Howe.* [38]
the Dregs, continuing with Kurzweil and being around for A selection of covers and medleys performed by Dream
my family as much as possible,”Rudess said.* [26] The Theater at this show were released on A Change of Sea-
show was not a success: the band were nervous of playing sons.* [39]
4.8. TRACK LISTING 11

4.7 Reception and “Space-Dye Vest”as the best tracks.* [40] Metal
Storm praised “6:00”and the “A Mind Beside Itself”
suite.* [50]
Awake peaked at 32 on the Billboard 200, remaining
in the charts for six weeks. This would remain the In a 1995 Guitar World interview, Chuck Schuldiner
band's highest-charting release in the US until System- praised Awake and the band Dream Theater in general,
atic Chaos in 2007, was eventually topped by 2009's claiming that“their music is very complex, but they defi-
Black Clouds & Silver Linings, which peaked at No. nitely have hooks, which is crucial to making music listen-
6.* [1] The album peaked in the top 20 in four coun- able”, citing them as an influence on the more progressive
tries.* [44]* [45]* [46]* [47] Derek Oliver, Dream The- nature of his band Death's later material as opposed to
ater's label representative, considered the album to be a the stagnant death metal scene at the time.* [52] In 2005,
commercial failure. This led to the band once again work- Awake was ranked number 390 in Rock Hard magazine's
ing with David Prater on A Change of Seasons and to the book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All
record label putting increasing pressure on the band to Time.* [53] In July 2014, the album was ranked number 1
make songs on their next studio album, Falling into Infin- in Guitar World magazine's list of “Superunknown: 50
ity, more commercial and radio-friendly.* [48]* [49] Iconic Albums That Defined 1994”.* [54]
In spite of the plentiful redeeming features on Awake,
press reviews were generally subdued. It must of course
be remembered that it was released just as the shoegazing, 4.8 Track listing
miserable purveyors of the fad known as grunge were tak-
ing hold. The British press in particular seemed dazzled All music composed by Dream Theater, except where
by the work of Kurt Cobain and his cohorts, and any- noted.
thing that wasn't based around three chords or packed
with lyrics championing depression as a lifestyle choice
was in for a hard ride. 4.9 Chart positions


4.10 Certifications
–Rich Wilson, Lifting Shadows* [20]
Upon release, Awake received mixed reviews. Q wrote 4.11 Personnel
that “fans of Marillion may well love this, and even the
sceptical listener can enjoy the crunching, radio-friendly
choruses of 'Scarred' and 'Caught in a Web'.”* [42] Guitar
4.12 References
World ranked the album as one of the top ten releases
[1] “Dream Theater Album & Song Chart History”.
of the year, stating that “this shred party left me punch
Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the
drunk and, for once in my life, fully Awake.”* [41]
original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
Metal Hammer dismissed Awake as “musical masturba-
tion":* [20] “Progressive rock is basically a very adoles- [2] Wilson 2009, pp. 145
cent notion of what 'grown up' music might sound like
- more notes, longer solos and, best/worst of all, convo- [3] Wilson 2009, pp. 146
luted concepts... Their propensity for pomposity extends [4] Wilson 2009, pp. 147
to the ballad 'Silent Man', which would probably like to
be Queensrÿche's 'Silent Lucidity' but in fact sounds like [5] Wilson 2009, pp. 159–60
Stryper on a particularly pious day”.* [20] The album has
[6] Wilson 2009, pp. 148
since sold nearly 400,000 copies.
More recent reviews have been more favorable. Re- [7] Wilson 2009, pp. 149
viewers praised the album's production, noting the al- [8] Wilson 2009, pp. 150
bum is darker and heavier than previous Dream Theater
releases.* [50]* [51]* [40] The musicianship of the band [9] Wilson 2009, pp. 16
has been praised. Phil Carter of AllMusic highlighted
[10] Wilson 2009, pp. 151
Petrucci and Portnoy's performances;* [40] Metal Storm
praised LaBrie and Portnoy;* [50] Murat Batmaz of Sea [11] Wilson 2009, pp. 152
of Tranquility praised all the performances, but singled
out Moore's contribution as “immense”and compli- [12] Wilson 2009, pp. 153
mented him on“a lucid layer of atmosphere around [the [13] Wilson 2009, pp. 149–50
album] built by none other than Kevin Moore.”* [51]
Carter ranked "Lie", “Scarred”, “Caught in a Web” [14] Wilson 2009, pp. 160
12 CHAPTER 4. AWAKE (DREAM THEATER ALBUM)

[15] Wilson 2009, pp. 161 [48] Wilson 2009, pp. 178

[16] Wilson 2009, pp. 371 [49] Wilson 2009, pp. 188

[17] Wilson 2009, pp. 159 [50] “Dream Theater - Awake review”. Metal Storm. 2005-
01-21. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
[18] Wilson 2009, pp. 160–1
[51] Batmaz, Murat (2005-05-08). “Review: “Dream The-
[19] http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/dreamtheater/awake. ater: Awake"". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
html#10
[52] “At Death's Door-Profile”. Emptywords.org. 2001-05-
[20] Wilson 2009, pp. 162 26. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
[21] Awake (Media notes). Dream Theater. East West [53] [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.:
Records. 1994. Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500
[22] Awake sales stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p.
53. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
[23] Wilson 2009, pp. 172–3
[54] “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994”
[24] Wilson 2009, pp. 155–6 . GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14,
2014.
[25] Wilson 2009, pp. 157
[55] “Discografie Dream Theater”(in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl.
[26] Wilson 2009, pp. 158 Retrieved 2010-08-05.
[27] Wilson 2009, pp. 158–9 [56] “Chart Log UK”. Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
[28] Wilson 2009, pp. 230 [57] “Charts & awards - Billboard singles”. Allmusic. Re-
trieved 2010-08-05.
[29] Wilson 2009, pp. 163–4

[30] Wilson 2009, pp. 165 [58] “Japanese album certifications – Dream Theater –
Awake” (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association
[31] Wilson 2009, pp. 166 of Japan.

[32] Wilson 2009, pp. 173


• Wilson, Rich (2009). Lifting Shadows: The Au-
[33] Wilson 2009, pp. 166–7 thorized Biography of Dream Theater (Classic ed.).
London: Essential Works. ISBN 978-1-906615-02-
[34] Wilson 2009, pp. 167
4.
[35] Wilson 2009, pp. 174

[36] Wilson 2009, pp. 168

[37] Wilson 2009, pp. 169

[38] Wilson 2009, pp. 170

[39] Wilson 2009, pp. 186

[40] Carter, Phil. "((( Awake > Overview )))". AllMusic. Re-
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[41] Wilson 2009, pp. 163

[42] Wilson 2009, pp. 162–3

[43] Breusch, Matthias. “Rock Hard review”. issue 89 (in


German). Retrieved 24 May 2013.

[44] “Dream Theater > Longplay-Chartverfolgung”. Musi-


cline.de (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved 2010-08-05.

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Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-08-05.

[46] “Discography Dream Theater”. swedishcharts.com. Re-


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trieved 2010-08-05.
Chapter 5

A Change of Seasons

For the 1980 film of the same name, see A • Derek Sherinian – keyboards
Change of Seasons (film). For the Hall & Oates
album, see Change of Season
5.3 Chart performance
A Change of Seasons is an EP by progressive metal
band Dream Theater, first released on September 19,
1995 through East West Records. It comprises the 23- 5.4 References
minute title track and a collection of bonus live covers
performed at a fan club concert at Ronnie Scott's Jazz [1] Carter, Phil. “A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater”.
Club in London, England. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-25.

The title track, which was recorded at BearTracks Stu- [2] http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herrick/tovirgins.
dios in New York, includes audio samples from the 1989 htm
film Dead Poets Society and quotes from the 1648 Robert
[3] Portnoy, Mike. “A change of Seasons in Images and
Herrick poem, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.* [2] Words”. About Mike - FAQ. Mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved
“A Change of Seasons”was originally slated to be re- 30 September 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)
leased on the 1992 album Images and Words but was in-
[4] Portnoy, Mike. “Did the movie Dead Poet's Society in-
stead re-recorded and released as an EP.* [3] The lyrics, fluence the song A Change of Seasons?". About Mike -
written by the band's then-drummer Mike Portnoy, were FAQ. Mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
not inspired by the movie but rather the death of his External link in |publisher= (help)
mother.* [4] A Change of Seasons was also the first Dream
Theater release featuring Derek Sherinian on keyboards. [5] YouTube.com

Excerpts from the title track were used by NBC in [6] Portnoy, Mike. “Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
a segment on downhill skiing during the 2002 Winter EP”. About Mike - FAQ. Mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved 9
Olympics.* [5] February 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)

Although the record is labeled as an EP, at 57:30, it is [7] “A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater | Awards”.
much longer than a standard EP, or, indeed, many LPs, AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
including Dream Theater's first two albums. According
to Portnoy, “It was important for us and the label for it
not to be perceived as the latest studio record. That's why
we tagged it an EP.”* [6]

5.1 Track listing

5.2 Credits
• James LaBrie – vocals

• John Myung – bass

• John Petrucci – guitar

• Mike Portnoy – drums

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Chapter 6

Falling into Infinity

Falling Into Infinity is the fourth studio album by Ameri- the album; most notably, he took the middle section out
can progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, released of“Burning My Soul”and turned it into what would be-
on September 23, 1997 through EastWest Records. It come “Hell's Kitchen”.* [9] Shirley also recommended
is the band's first and only studio album to feature that the band work with Desmond Child to re-write“You
keyboardist Derek Sherinian following the departure of Or Me”, resulting in Petrucci being flown down to Florida
Kevin Moore in 1994. to work on the song with Child. Following the sessions,
the song became “You Not Me”.* [10]
Falling Into Infinity was produced by Kevin Shirley. Due
to the band's reluctance to follow record label's demands Actual recording for the album began on June 2 at The
for a more radio-friendly album, the album's writing and Power Station (now Avatar Studios) in Manhattan, New
pre-production phases were stressful periods for the band, York City.* [11] In contrast to the difficult writing and
and at one point almost led them to retire. It was recordedpre-production stages, the band considered the record-
in June 1997 at The Power Station (now Avatar Studios) ing sessions trouble free and enjoyable. The album, ti-
in Manhattan, New York. tled Falling Into Infinity, was completed on July 30.* [12]
Originally, Petrucci and Portnoy wanted to call it Stream
of Consciousness, but the rest of the band rejected the
name because they felt it was too pompous (although the
6.1 Background phrase “Stream of Consciousness”is found in the song
“Lines in the Sand”). Its eventual title was proposed by
Petrucci,* [13] and its cover art was designed by Storm
Following a brief tour in support of the A Change of
Thorgerson.* [14]
Seasons EP, Dream Theater entered Dream Factory Stu-
dios in East Rutherford, New Jersey in early 1996 to be-
gin writing material for a new album.* [1] It was their
first time writing with keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who 6.2 Composition
replaced Kevin Moore in 1994.* [2] Around this time,
Elektra Records was exerting pressure on the band to
write concise, radio-friendly songs.* [1] Consequently,
creative conflicts arose, with John Petrucci accepting the
label's plea for change and Mike Portnoy fighting against
it.* [3]
For over a year, Dream Theater wrote songs without be-
ing given permission to record them, and at one point be-
came so frustrated that they considered retirement.* [4] In
March 1997, the band were finally given the go-ahead to
record the new album with Kevin Shirley producing.* [5]
By May, the band had enough material for a double al-
bum, but was told to keep it to one disc for budget rea-
sons.* [6] As a result, certain songs were not included on
the final cut of the album, including“Raise the Knife”, Falling into Infinity is Dream Theater's only studio album to fea-
“Where are You Now”, “Cover My Eyes”, “Speak ture keyboardist Derek Sherinian (pictured in 2012).
to Me”, “The Way It Used to Be”, and “Metropolis
Pt. 2”, the latter of which was later expanded into its Falling Into Infinity is the first Dream Theater album to
own album,* [7] with the rest being included on the 1999 feature multiple songs with lyrics by Mike Portnoy. Port-
fan club CD “Cleaning Out the Closet”.* [8] Shirley noy and the rest of the band were forced to write more
made significant alterations to some of what was left on lyrics following the departure of Kevin Moore.* [15] All

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6.4. TRACK LISTING 15

of Portnoy's lyrics were inspired by his frustration with 6.4 Track listing
Elektra Records: “New Millennium”and“Just Let Me
Breathe”are aimed at the music industry and label, and All music composed by Dream Theater.
“Burning My Soul”targets A&R man Derek Oliver.* [16]
John Petrucci wrote six lyrics for the album, including
those for“Peruvian Skies”, which deal with the subject
of child abuse. James LaBrie and John Myung each con-
6.5 Personnel
tributed one lyric, and one song, “Hell's Kitchen”, is
an instrumental. As is the case with most Dream Theater Dream Theater:
albums, the songs were given working titles during pro-
duction; for example,“Lines in the Sand”and“Burning • James LaBrie – lead vocals and backing vocals,
My Soul”were originally called“Cat's Tail”and“Car- arrangement
nival of Clams”, respectively.* [17]
• John Petrucci – guitar, background vocals, arrange-
In the official Dream Theater biography Lifting Shadows, ment
author Rich Wilson described Falling Into Infinity's mu-
sical style as having an “accessible nature”.* [18] In his • Derek Sherinian – keyboards, backing vocals, ar-
review of the album for AllMusic, Jeremy Ulrey noted of rangement
the album: “Like many other progressive bands playing
• John Myung – bass, Chapman Stick on tracks 1 and
difficult music, Dream Theater inevitably chose to trim
8, arrangement
down both their bombastic production and intricate song-
writing for a more laid-back approach, both live and in the • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, backing vocals,
studio.”* [19] Its writing was inspired by a multitude of harmony vocals on track 1, arrangement
artists including Elton John.* [20]
Additional credits:

• Doug Pinnick – additional vocals (track 7)


6.3 Release
• Kevin Shirley – engineering, mixing, production
Falling Into Infinity was released on September 23,
• Rich Alvy – engineering assistance
1997.* [12] In America, the album debuted at number 52
on the Billboard 200.* [21] In a three out of five star re- • Barbara Lipke – engineering assistance
view for AllMusic, Jeremy Ulrey called it “the band's
weakest effort since their debut.”* [19] Rich Wilson has • Dave Swope – mixing assistance
described it as“one of the patchier albums in the band's • Leon Zervos – mastering
catalogue.”* [12]
According to Lifting Shadows, Falling Into Infinity was
considered a commercial failure, failing to break any 6.6 Chart performance
new ground for Dream Theater or increase their sales
despite its more commercial direction.* [18] As a result
of the creative and personal tensions experienced dur- 6.7 References
ing the album's production phase, it has been described
as the band's “most difficult album”,* [22] and even- [1] Wilson, Rich (2007). Lifting Shadows: The Authorized
tually led to their demanding to be free from record la- Biography of Dream Theater. Essential Works Limited.
bel interference for all future albums.* [23] Mike Port- p. 186. ISBN 978-0-9545493-7-4.
noy has mentioned that if Elektra Records, Kevin Shirley,
[2] “Bio”. Derek Sherinian Official Website. Archived
and Desmond Child were not involved in the making of from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 22
the album, he would have made a “completely different July 2012.
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of the album reflecting Portnoy's original song arrange- [3] Wilson, Rich (2007). Lifting Shadows: The Authorized
ments and track listing, including a live rehearsal of the Biography of Dream Theater. Essential Works Limited.
original “Metropolis Pt. 2”.* [25]* [26] p. 188. ISBN 978-0-9545493-7-4.

In contrast to Portnoy's comments, John Petrucci has spo- [4] RhinoEntertainment. “Dream Theater - 20th Anniver-
ken fondly of the album, and in a 2014 interview stated, sary Documentary (Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 23 July
2012. Timestamp 30:35.
“Maybe I could set the records straight: I think thatʼs a
really big misunderstanding. The label didnʼt have an [5] Wilson, Rich (2007). Lifting Shadows: The Authorized
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Chapter 7

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

For the Chris Burden kinetic sculpture, see Metropolis After participating with keyboardist Jordan Rudess in
II (sculpture). Liquid Tension Experiment, a supergroup composed of
various members of famous progressive rock bands, Mike
Portnoy and John Petrucci found themselves writing mu-
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the
fifth studio album and first concept album by American sic and working together with Rudess quite easily. They
convinced the rest of the band to offer Rudess the po-
progressive metal/progressive rock band Dream Theater,
released on October 26, 1999 through Elektra Records. sition of full-time keyboardist for the band's upcoming
album. He accepted, and current keyboardist Derek
It was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York City,
where the band had previously recorded their second stu- Sherinian was fired from the band via a conference call
dio album Images and Words (1992) and the EP A Change between the four members in New York and him in Los
of Seasons (1995). Angeles (Portnoy and Petrucci have stated that while it
was an uncomfortable and unattractive situation, they
The album is the sequel to "Metropolis̶Part I: “The didn't want to ask Derek to fly out from L.A. to New York
Miracle and the Sleeper”", a song previously featured only to be fired).* [10]
on the band's 1992 album Images and Words. It was also
the first album to feature Jordan Rudess on keyboards, After his departure, the band went back to BearTracks
and the last for which John Myung wrote lyrics until A Studios in Suffern, New York to record their new album,
Dramatic Turn of Events (2011). previously the site of recording for Images and Words (a
photograph of Beartracks is featured on the album's back
In late July 2012, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory cover, meant to represent the house in the album). Af-
was voted as the number one all-time progressive rock ter the commercial failure of Falling Into Infinity, their
album in a poll conducted by Rolling Stone, beating Rush's record label gave the band free rein over their new al-
2112 and Close to the Edge by Yes, after posting a link to bum's direction, which led the band to finally finish the
the poll on their website.* [9] story. The final version of the story became a concept al-
bum, dealing with the story of a man named Nicholas and
the discovery of his past life, which involves love, mur-
der and infidelity as Victoria Page, and as such was heav-
7.1 History ily inspired by the 1991 film Dead Again,* [11]* [12]* [13]
more so than the original “Metropolis̶Part I”.
Fans had previously requested the band to make the se-
Following the album's release, the band embarked on an
quel to the first part of the song “Metropolis̶Part I”
extensive world tour, and at a show in New York City the
from Images and Words, but they had not yet been able,
band actually hired actors to perform the narrative ele-
nor had they originally intended one to be made. With
ments of the album whilst they played. The performance
the sessions for Falling Into Infinity (1997), the band
was recorded and was released in 2001 as the Metropolis
recorded a 21-minute instrumental demo of “Metropo-
2000 Live DVD. In 2011 the album was released on LP
lis Pt. 2”(which was later released by Mike Portnoy
for the first time to celebrate Record Store Day.
via his Ytsejam Records site along with the other Falling
Into Infinity demos), but this did not make it onto that
album. The demo, which included several musical cita-
tions from“Metropolis̶Part I”and featured many mo-
tifs that would later appear on Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes
7.2 Synopsis
from a Memory (most notably the majority of“Overture
1928”and“Strange Deja Vu”and parts of "The Dance Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory opens to
of Eternity" and“One Last Time”), was however signif- Nicholas, a troubled man going through past life regres-
icantly different from the finished album version in most sion therapy. In a hypnotic trance induced by his hyp-
part. notherapist, he begins to see a girl named Victoria and a

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life that feels strangely familiar, despite the fact that he of Scenes From a Memory”video, some of the influ-
has never been here. (“Regression”) He learns that she ences for Metropolis Pt.2 are the following concept al-
was murdered, and that he was Victoria in a past life. bums: the Who's Tommy, Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down
(“Strange Deja Vu”) He begins to believe that Vic- On Broadway, Roger Waters' Amused To Death, Radio-
toria is haunting him to reveal the truth about her mur- head's OK Computer, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
der. (“Through My Words”) Nicholas is able to recall Hearts Club Band, Marillion's Misplaced Childhood and
that Victoria began distancing herself from her lover Ju- Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Final Cut. These albums
lian because of his drinking and gambling addictions; she are shown on a table Mike calls “Inspiration Corner”.
*
sought comfort in Julian's brother Edward and began an [16]
affair with him. Nicholas assumes that Julian murdered
the two of them out of jealousy, a story backed up by a
newspaper article covering the events, which cites a wit- 7.4 Reception
ness' testimony. However, Nicholas begins to doubt this
series of events, and converses with an older man who
The album received critical acclaim, reaching #73 on the
was more familiar with the case. He realizes that he will
Billboard 200 albums chart, #2 on the Billboard Top In-
never be able to get on with his own life until he solves
ternet Albums, #6 on the Finnish Albums Chart and #8 on
her murder. (“Fatal Tragedy"; “Beyond This Life”)
the German Albums Chart.* [18] The album was ranked
The second act begins by describing Julian's addictions to number 95 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World
cocaine and gambling, which drives Victoria away from magazine's list of The greatest 100 guitar albums of all
him. (“Home”) Edward feels guilty about deceiving his time.* [19] It is ranked as the 15th Greatest Concept Al-
brother, but decides that his love for Victoria is greater bum (as of March, 2003) by Classic Rock Magazine.* [20]
than his guilt, and he seduces her when she is vulnerable The German Rock Hard magazine voted it Album of the
following her breakup. (“The Dance of Eternity”) Af- Month, giving a perfect score,* [17] and eventually ranked
ter visiting Edward's old house, Nicholas believes he has it number 410 in their book The 500 Greatest Rock &
solved the mystery: Julian had tried to beg Victoria for Metal Albums of All Time in 2005.* [21]
forgiveness, and when rebuffed, killed both her and Ed-
In 2012, the readers of RollingStone.com voted the al-
ward, and positioned himself as the witness in the news-
bum into the #1 position of their “Your Favorite Prog
paper article. “
( One Last Time”) Nicolas comes to terms
Rock Albums of All Time”poll.* [22]
with what has happened, and bids farewell to Victoria.
The hypnotherapist ends the session at this point, despite In 2015, The Prog Report ranked it #3 in the Top 50
pleas from Victoria's memories. (“The Spirit Carries Modern Prog Album 1990-2015. * [23] Images and
On”) The narrative then cuts to Edward's perspective, Words was ranked #1 on the same list.
revealing that he wished his romance with Victoria was
more than a simple affair. As Victoria begins to recon-
cile with Julian again, Edward confronts the two of them, 7.5 Track listing
murders them, then stages the scene and assumes the role
of the witness for the newspaper column. The flashback All music composed by Dream Theater, except where
includes Edward telling Victoria to “open [her] eyes” noted.
before killing her, echoing the same choice of words the
hypnotherapist used to wake Nicholas from his hypnotic
trance. (“Finally Free”) In the present, Nicholas ar-
rives home, followed by the Hypnotherapist. Nicholas is 7.6 Chart performance
startled by another request to “open [his] eyes”, be-
fore the album cuts to (and concludes on) phonographic 7.7 Personnel
static. The band confirmed on the Scenes from New York
live DVD that the hypnotherapist is Edward's reincarna-
Dream Theater
tion, and has killed Nicholas to complete the cycle yet
again.
• James LaBrie – lead vocals
The static that closes this album continues at the begin-
ning of the first song,“The Glass Prison”, on their next • John Petrucci – guitar, background vocals,
album, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. programming (track 7), production
• Jordan Rudess – keyboard, choir arrangement and
conducting
7.3 Influences
• John Myung – bass
Scenes From a Memory showcased a traditional progres- • Mike Portnoy – drums, background vocals, produc-
sive rock sound.* [14]* [15] According to the “Making tion
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7.9 External links


• Very detailed analysis of SFAM music and lyrics by
Fabien Labonde
Chapter 8

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

This article is about the album. For the title track, see of the twelve steps of the AA program by Bill W. for
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (song). rehabilitation of alcoholics. Furthermore, it begins
with the pink noise that ended “Finally Free”on
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is the sixth full-length Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory.
studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater,
•“Blind Faith”features lyrics written by James LaBrie
released as a double-disc album on January 29, 2002
about questioning religious belief. It is the second
through Elektra Records. Excluding the A Change of Sea-
longest song for which LaBrie has contributed lyrics
sons EP, it is the first Dream Theater album to feature a
to date, the longest being “Sacrificed Sons”from
title track.
Octavarium. It was also the first time he had written
lyrics for more than one song on an album. The next
time would also be on Octavarium.
8.1 Concept
• In the song“Misunderstood”, John Petrucci wrote
The recording is a type of concept album wherein the and played the guitar solo, and then reversed it. He
five songs which comprise the first disc explore different then learned how to play this reversed version, and
themes of lifetime struggle, such as alcoholism, loss of after recording it, reversed it once more. This re-
faith, self-isolation, sanctity of life and death. The sixth sulted in a solo like the original but with a unique
song̶a 42-minute track occupying the second disc, sep- twist to the way the notes sounded.* [5] His use of
arated into eight parts̶explores the stories of six individ- such a technique was predated by George Harrison,
uals suffering from various mental illnesses. Particularly on the Beatles song "I'm Only Sleeping".
represented are bipolar and post-traumatic stress disor-
der, schizophrenia, post-partum depression, autism and •“The Great Debate”is intended to be a non-partisan
dissociative personality disorder. Furthermore, the title song dealing with the topic of stem-cell research. It
of the album may also allude to the fact that each song on was originally titled“Conflict at Ground Zero”based
the album could be seen as a different form of inner tur- on the lyrics in the chorus but was changed at the last
bulence, with the six tracks making another reference to minute due to the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York
the six degrees, along with the apparent reference to the City.* [6] Producers John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy
six degrees of separation. The musical styles of each sec- were actually in a Manhattan studio conducting final
tion of the title track are direct reflections of the band's mixes of the album on the day in question and made
large variety of influences. Classical, folk, jazz and metal the change when all of the news reports started to
styles are present within the track. refer to the site as “Ground Zero.”

• Lyrics for the song “Disappear”were written by


James LaBrie about the subject of death; it was orig-
8.2 Songs inally titled “Move On”.* [6]

• The first track of the album, "The Glass Prison", • The sixth song "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence",
is the beginning of the Twelve-step Suite, dealing which makes up the entire second CD, is the longest
with Mike Portnoy's story of rehabilitation from song Dream Theater have recorded to date. While
alcoholism, continued in tracks on subsequent al- recording, they wanted to keep the song at 20 min-
bums “This
( Dying Soul”on Train of Thought,“The utes, but more and more ideas came which resulted
Root of All Evil”on Octavarium,“Repentance”on in the length doubling. Realizing that they would
Systematic Chaos and “The Shattered Fortress”on have to cut“Disappear”and“Misunderstood”to
Black Clouds & Silver Linings).“The Glass Prison” keep the album at one CD, their record label was
is composed of three parts, mirroring the first three now open for the idea of a double album, something

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the band had previously been denied when recording 8.7 References
Falling into Infinity for former label EastWest.
[1] Taylor, Robert (2011).“Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
• The last chord of“Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence” - Dream Theater | AllMusic”. allmusic.com. Retrieved 3
is used to open“As I Am”on the next album Train August 2011.
of Thought, continuing a chain which ended with
Octavarium. [2] Browne, David (2011).“Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com”. ew.com.
Retrieved 3 August 2011.

8.3 Influences [3] Worley, Gail (2011). “Dream Theater: Six Degrees Of
Inner Turbulence : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone”.
web.archive.org. Archived from the original on March 3,
Influences for the album's writing and recording, accord- 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
ing to the authors, include Metallica's Master of Pup-
pets, Radiohead's OK Computer (and also a Radiohead [4] Walker, Rhett (2011). “411mania.com: Music - Dream
bootleg Portnoy brought in), Pantera's Vulgar Display of Theater – Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence Review”.
411mania.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
Power and the song "Mouth for War",* [7] Megadeth's
Rust in Peace,* [7] U2's Achtung Baby, Tool's Ænima, [5] The Official John Petrucci Web Site
Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral, Soundgarden's
Superunknown, Alice in Chains' Dirt, Kevin Gilbert's [6] "FAQ". mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
Thud, King's X's Faith Hope Love and Galactic Cow- [7] What was Dream Theater thinking about when they wrote
boys' Space in Your Face, Béla Bartók, Rage Against the the music to The Glass Prison?
Machine's The Battle of Los Angeles, and Maria Tipo's
Chopin Nocturnes.* [8] [8] What did Dream Theater use for inspiration during the
writing and recording of Six Degrees of Inner Turbu-
lence?

8.4 Track listing [9] “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater |
Awards”. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-
11-20.
8.4.1 Disc one

All music composed by John Petrucci, John Myung,


Jordan Rudess and Mike Portnoy.
8.8 External links
• The Making of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
8.4.2 Disc two Part I on YouTube
• The Making of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
8.5 Chart performance Part II on YouTube
• The Making of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Album Part III on YouTube

Singles

8.6 Personnel
• James LaBrie – lead vocals

• John Petrucci – guitar, background vocals,


production

• Jordan Rudess – keyboard

• John Myung – bass

• Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals, co-lead vo-


cals on “The Glass Prison”and “War Inside My
Head”, production
Chapter 9

Train of Thought (Dream Theater album)

Train of Thought is the seventh studio album by later continued with “The Root of All Evil”on
progressive band Dream Theater, released on November Octavarium, "Repentance" on Systematic Chaos,
11, 2003 through Elektra Records. and concluded with "The Shattered Fortress" on
Inspired by the audience response to Dream Theater's Black Clouds & Silver Linings. These songs share
some of the lyrics and melodies. For example,
heavier songs while on tour,* [4] in the “Chaos in
Progress”documentary, Portnoy says that they wanted this song features a riff from “The Glass Prison”
, which is heard at the start of this song's step
Train of Thought to be a “balls to the wall”album with
heavier, darker riffing, exposing them to a number of new “Release”.
metal fans. The album was written in three weeks.* [5] It
•“Honor Thy Father”was written about Mike Port-
was engineered by Doug Oberkircher and mixed by Kevin
noy's stepfather. When asked about what inspired
Shirley.* [6] Most of the album was played in concert for
him to write that song, he stated in an IRC: “I'm
the Live at Budokan DVD. All songs from it have been
not very good at writing love songs, so I decided to
played live to date.
write a hate song!"* [7]

• Some of the samples in the instrumental break


9.1 Writing “Honor Thy Father”are taken from Paul Thomas
Anderson's film Magnolia, in the scene when Jason
As mentioned in videos of the recording/writing sessions, Robards' character is talking to Philip Seymour
which were filmed by Mike Portnoy, the band “cooped Hoffman's character about his regrets in life. There
themselves in a rehearsal studio”in New York, and wrote are also parts taken from the film At Close Range
the full album from March 10 through April 3, in a record in which a scene of Sean Penn and Christopher
time of three weeks, after which they began recording, Walken's characters can be heard arguing. Other
starting with the drum tracks and ending with the vocals. voice samples heard during the bridge were taken
from the movies Ordinary People, The Royal Tenen-
baums, and Oz.* [8]

9.2 Songs • The lyrics to “Vacant”were inspired by James


LaBrie's daughter, who fell into a short coma after
• The album opens with the same chord that closed suffering a sudden, unexplained seizure three days
the previous album, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. before her seventh birthday.* [9]
Similarly, the faint piano note that ends the album
is heard at the beginning of the band's next album, •“Stream of Consciousness”is the longest instrumen-
Octavarium. tal on a Dream Theater studio album to date.

• Some lyrics of“As I Am”were inspired by Dream • Between 5:51 and 6:07 of the song“In the Name of
Theater's 2003 summer tour with Queensrÿche, de- God”, there was a hidden composition buried be-
scribed by Mike Portnoy as an “irksome series of neath the far louder sounds of the song itself which
shows.”According to Portnoy, Queensrÿche gui- lay undiscovered for over a year and a half. The
tarist Mike Stone tried giving John Petrucci tips on band did not tell anyone that a hidden“nugget”(as
playing guitar, leading Petrucci to write the lyrics: it became known amongst Dream Theater fans) was
“Don't tell me what's in, tell me how to write”. present in the song, and only when Mike Portnoy
mentioned it in his Mike Portnoy: Live at Budokan
• "This Dying Soul" continues Mike Portnoy's Drum-Cam DVD over a year later did someone find
Twelve-step Suite, which started with "The Glass it. The Mike Portnoy message board was rife with
Prison" on Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and fans scouring the song looking for what it might be,

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until a fan going by the pseudonymous name“Dar- 9.6 References


rylRevok”mentioned that from 5:51 to 6:07 there
appeared to be morse code audible, which Nick Bo- [1] Jurek, Thom (2011).“Train of Thought - Dream Theater
govich (user handle “Bogie”) isolated and discov- | AllMusic”. allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
ered that when translated to English, the phrase“eat
[2] Patrizio, Andy (2011).“Train of Thought - Music Review
my ass and balls”(a Mike Portnoy catchphrase) was
at IGN”. music.ign.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
the result.* [10]
[3] Dreilinger, Ian (2011).“Review of Dream Theater - Train
• From 12:56 onwards of “In the Name of God”, of Thought | Metal Review”. metalreview.com. Retrieved
the American Civil War hymn "The Battle Hymn of 3 August 2011.
the Republic" can be heard in the right channel.
[4] As discussed by John Petrucci in the 20th Anniversary
Documentary “The Score So Far”, found on the Score
• Jordan Rudess played the final note in the album
DVD
(heard at 14:06 of“In the Name of God”) with his
nose as shown in the “Making Train of Thought" [5] “The writing of Train of Thought”. Video.google.com.
documentary. Mike Portnoy approved the take Retrieved 2011-09-28.
while he was filming.
[6] For immediate release: Dream Theater - Train Of
Thought at the Wayback Machine (archived October 14,
2007)
9.3 Track listing [7] Archived August 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

All music composed by John Petrucci, John Myung, [8] Dream Theater - Honor Thy Father - Movie Samples on
Jordan Rudess and Mike Portnoy except where noted. YouTube

[9] “LaBrie's Songs' MeaningS ***James' Re-


• The Korean special edition included songs from the sponds******". Jameslabrie.com. Retrieved 2011-
Live Scenes from New York live collection. 09-28.

[10] Archived August 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

9.4 Chart performance


9.7 External links
• Billboard 200: Train of Thought - #53
• The writing of Train of Thought
• Billboard Top Internet Albums: Train of Thought -
• The recording of Train of Thought
#53
• The movie samples in Honor Thy Father on
• UK Album Charts: Train of Thought - #146 YouTube

• Norwegian Album Charts: Train of Thought - #9

9.5 Personnel
• James LaBrie – lead vocals

• John Petrucci – guitar, backing vocals, producer

• Jordan Rudess – keyboards

• John Myung – bass

• Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals, producer

9.5.1 Additional personnel

• Eugene Friesen – cello on “Vacant”


Chapter 10

Octavarium (album)

This article is about the album. For the Roman Catholic closed.* [1]
liturgical book, see Octavarium Romanum. For the song After writing the concept album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes
of the same name, see Octavarium (song). from a Memory, the double album Six Degrees of Inner
Warning: Page using Template:Infobox album with Turbulence and the metal-focused Train of Thought, the
unknown parameter “alt”(this message is shown only band decided to create“a classic Dream Theater album”
in preview). .* [1] Keyboardist Jordan Rudess described it as “really
going back to creating a real band effort, as well as draw-
Octavarium is the eighth studio album by American ing upon all our various stylistic influences.”* [1] On Oc-
progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Released tavarium, the band wanted to make the music less com-
on June 7, 2005, it was the band's final release with plex, featuring songs which Rudess regards as “quicker
Atlantic Records. Recorded between September 2004 to appreciate”,* [1] although noted that the twenty-four-
and February 2005, the album holds the distinction of minute "Octavarium" was not as accessible.* [1] Guitarist
being the last album ever recorded at The Hit Factory John Petrucci noted that they wanted to focus on writ-
in New York City. With Octavarium, the band decided ing strong songs.* [9] To achieve this, the band stripped
to create “a classic Dream Theater album”,* [1] draw- the sound down to piano, guitar and vocals when writing,
ing upon their various stylistic influences while trying to focusing on the melodies and song structures.
make the music less complex. The album takes as its cre- Drummer Mike Portnoy dismissed claims that Octavar-
ative concept the musical octave. ium was an attempt to write a more commercial album,
Octavarium peaked in the top five in the Finnish,* [2] Ital- stating that the band simply "[has] that side to [them]. We
ian,* [3] and Swedish charts,* [4] and in the top ten in the love bands like U2 or Coldplay, as well as liking shorter
Dutch,* [5] Japanese,* [6] and Norwegian charts.* [7] Crit- songs as well.”* [9] Portnoy noted that, after writing Six
ical reception of the album was generally positive; the di- Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Train of Thought, they
versity of the music was praised, although critics found had not written an album of shorter songs for some time.
some of the songwriting to be inconsistent. Dream The- He said that the band had found writing longer songs eas-
ater promoted the album on a year-long world tour, with ier than writing shorter ones, and that the band was not
the majority of concerts lasting almost three hours and trying to write a radio hit as“the label wouldn't have done
featuring a different setlist each night. The tour finished crap with it anyway.”* [9]
at Radio City Music Hall accompanied by an orchestra;
The band had previously written an orchestral-style piece
this performance was recorded and released as a live al- in the form of“Overture”on Six Degrees of Inner Turbu-
bum and concert video entitled Score. They co-headlined
lence, but recorded it using keyboards. The tracks “The
the 2005 North American Gigantour with Megadeth. Answer Lies Within”, “Sacrificed Sons”and “Oc-
tavarium”marked the first time Dream Theater worked
with an orchestra, conducted by Jamshied Sharifi (who
10.1 Background studied at Berklee College of Music at the same time as
Portnoy, Petrucci and bassist John Myung). The orches-
After completing a North American tour supporting one tra was selected based on their sight reading ability, al-
of their main influences, Yes, in summer 2004, Dream lowing all their parts to be recorded in a maximum of
Theater took a two-month break.* [8] The band recon- two takes, even though they had never seen or played the
vened at The Hit Factory in New York City in November music before.* [10]
2004 to begin work on their eighth studio album. The Hit Sharifi would later go on to conduct the Octavarium Or-
Factory, a studio in which artists such as Michael Jack- chestra on Dream Theater's Score album.
son, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, U2 and John Lennon had
recorded, was earmarked for closure. Dream Theater was
the last band to record there before it was permanently

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10.2 Concept fans. He found it discouraging that, even though he spent


“countless nights”* [12] writing special setlists and the
When starting to work on what would become Octavar- band spent days rehearsing, some fans would still com-
ium, Portnoy noted that it would be their eighth studio plain that they went to a show and did not hear "Pull Me
album and that they had recently released their fifth live Under". “It's discouraging and makes me crazy some-
album, Live at Budokan. This sequence mirrored the times,”he said.* [12]
octave on a musical keyboard: each octave contains eight “Sacrificed Sons”, at just over ten minutes long, is the
naturals and five accidentals. Portnoy suggested that they second-longest song on the album. Its lyrics, written by
use that concept for the entire album.* [11] When writ- vocalist James LaBrie, deal with the September 11 at-
ing, the band delegated each song a different key. Sound tacks.* [12] Rudess noted that the band enjoyed writing
effects were placed between songs to connect them: for about more serious topics instead of love songs. When
example, "The Root of All Evil", written in F, and the working on the lyrics, LaBrie said that there was “a lot
following track, “The Answer Lies Within”, written in of discussion”* [13] about the song's wording and how
G, were connected by a sound effect in the key of F#. direct it should be.* [13]
The album's lyrics and song titles featured references to
The title track "Octavarium" is the longest track on the
this concept. Portnoy cited the titles “The Root of all
album, at 24:00. Petrucci stated that the band wanted to
Evil”(referring to the musical term "root") and “Oc-
write an epic song that thematically developed and would
tavarium”(“the octave of the octave”) as two examples
use an orchestra. The band was heavily influenced by the
of this.* [11]
progressive rock sound of Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd.
Octavarium begins “The Root of All Evil”with the fi- The instrumental introduction, heavily influenced by Pink
nal note of the band's previous album, Train of Thought Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", was performed
with “In the Name of God”. Train of Thought started by Rudess using a lap steel guitar and Continuum. Ad-
“As I Am”with the last note from Six Degrees of Inner ditionally, there are many references to other progressive
Turbulence with the title track, which in turn started with rock songs in the lyrics.* [14]
the noise that ended Scenes from a Memory at the end of
“Finally Free”. Portnoy was inspired to do this thanks
to the Van Halen album Women and Children First; the 10.2.2 Artwork
outro of the album's final song ended with a new riff be-
ing played which faded out.* [11] Portnoy recalled that he Hugh Syme provided the artwork for Octavarium. The
expected Van Halen's next album to start with that end- idea of depicting a giant Newton's cradle was born out of
ing riff, but was disappointed when it did not. He later discussions between Syme and Portnoy. The two talked
realized he had “dug a hole where we're expected to do about how “for everything you do in music you create
it every time”.* [11] He solved this problem on Octavar- either a cluster or triad", according to Syme. “And then
ium, where the final track ends with the beginning of the it became evident that for every action there is an oppo-
first one. This made the album a cycle in itself, allowing site reaction. So I thought we could do something based
the band to have a clean start with their next album.* [11] on the Newton's cradle.”* [15] There are numerous ref-
At 04:52–5:17, there is a lyrical and musical reference to erences to the numbers five and eight throughout the art-
the chorus of“This Dying Soul”from Train of Thought. work, alluding to the album's concept. For example, the
Newton's cradle has eight suspended balls, and there are
five birds on the cover. The album booklet features an
10.2.1 Content octagonal maze, spider and octopus, among other refer-
ences. The landscape on the cover is made up of a sky
“The Root of All Evil”is the third part of Portnoy's and grass* from Indiana, and a background from the Lake
Twelve-step Suite, a set of songs from various Dream District. [15]
Theater albums which describe his journey through
Alcoholics Anonymous. The song contains parts six and
seven of the suite:“Ready”and“Remove”.* [12]“The 10.3 Release
Answer Lies Within”and “I Walk Beside You”are the
two shortest tracks on the album. Rudess regards them as A week before the scheduled release of Octavarium, Port-
radio-friendly songs which still maintain Dream Theater's noy shut down the official Dream Theater and Mike Port-
style.* [1] noy forums. Blabbermouth.net reported that this was in
Portnoy wrote the lyrics to“Never Enough”as a response response to the album being leaked.* [16] Portnoy stated
to fans who Portnoy perceived to complain about every that "[he] chose to do this mainly [emphasis removed]
thing that Dream Theater did. Portnoy stated that while to build anticipation for the big 'official' unveiling next
he appreciated the devotion of Dream Theater's fans, he week”, although noted that “the repeated requests to
was frustrated because he was “constantly tearing [him- refrain from spoilers and links for the new album against
self] away from [his] family”* [12] to give more to the the band's wishes were frustrating”.* [17]
10.4. TOURING 27

Octavarium was released on June 7, 2005. It was their leap into 2005 - has invaded [the band's] pledge of al-
final album with Atlantic Records, ending a contract legiance to theatrical heavy rock... What's changed is
which had lasted fourteen years. Although in recent years Dream Theater's commitment to carrying on their rep-
the band had been allowed creative freedom, they were utation as underground progressive rock's classicists, and
dissatisfied by the lack of promotion the label offered it seems well-timed.”* [22] Critics noted a strong Muse
them.* [18] Portnoy released a DVD entitled Drumavar- influence on some tracks, on some cases generating neg-
ium in 2005, containing footage of his drum performance ative reviews.* [24]* [28]
from the Octavarium recording sessions.* [19] Rudess re-
leased a solo piano version of“The Answer Lies Within”
on his 2009 album Notes on a Dream.* [20] “Panic At-
tack”is featured as a playable song in Rock Band 2,
10.4 Touring
where it is listed as the hardest song for both bass and
drums.* [21]

10.3.1 Reception
Octavarium reached the top five in the Finnish,* [2] Ital-
ian,* [3] and Swedish charts,* [4] as well as the top ten in
the Dutch,* [5] Japanese,* [6] and Norwegian charts.* [7]
Critical reception of the album was generally positive.
Writing for Blistering, Justin Donnelly praised the album
as“diverse, melodic and hard hitting all at the same time”
,* [24] ranking it as one of Dream Theater's best releases.
He particularly praised the title track, considering it to be
Dream Theater after a concert in Paris during the first European
“another Dream Theater classic”.* [24] Billboard con-
leg of their tour (2005). From left to right: Mike Portnoy, John
sidered the results of the band's attempt to write shorter Petrucci, James LaBrie, John Myung and Jordan Rudess
songs and use warmer instrumental textures to be“excel-
lent”,* [23] particularly praising“The Root of All Evil” Dream Theater began the Octavarium Tour in support
, “These Walls”and “I Walk Beside You”.* [23] of Octavarium in Europe on June 10, 2005, beginning
Harley Carlson of MetalReview.com regarded Octavar- at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg. The band
ium as “successfully [showcasing] the band's ability to co-headlined the Gigantour with Megadeth across North
craft emotive music,”* [27] although noted that it is“un- America from July 21 to September 3.* [29] The Mon-
questionably Dream Theater, yet there is something miss- treal concert was recorded and released as a live album
ing.”* [27] Vik Bansal of musicOMH praised “Never and concert video on August 22, 2006 and September 5,
Enough”,“Panic Attack”and“Sacrificed Sons”, but 2006 respectively, titled Gigantour.* [30]* [31] The main
dismissed “The Root of All Evil”as “Dream Theater Octavarium world tour began in September in Finland,
by the numbers”.* [28] He criticized “Octavarium”as and saw the band continue with their“An Evening With
“bloated”,* [28] although noted that fans of the band's A Dream Theater”concert format. This meant the band
Change of Seasons would enjoy it. He said that “there's would play for almost three hours, with a different setlist
enough on the remainder of Octavarium to keep the rest each evening. Many of the shows would center around a
of us interested and the prog rock haters whining dismis- tour of the band's history to that point, featuring a song
sively”.* [28] Writing for Exclaim!, Greg Pratt praised (or part of a longer song) for each album before wrapping
the album's artwork and production, but said that“thereʼ up the regular set with several from Octavarium Com-
s nothing that blows any minds here, or even gives a mild bined with interviews, rehearsals during soundcheck and
bend; hell, a good chunk of this disc feels like basic radio meet-and-greet sessions with fans, the band became phys-
rock from the local old-guy bar band”.* [25] He noted ically and mentally drained.* [29]
that although there were some longer songs on the album, Dream Theater performed two shows on consecutive
“this just feels like 76 minutes of overdramatic rock, too nights both in Amsterdam and London. On the sec-
heavy on the light and weak, and not enough time spent ond night in both cities, the band covered the entirety
on just showing off”.* [25] of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album.* [29]
Donnelly considered Octavarium to be “somewhere be- Theresa Thomason, who had previously performed on
tween Images and Words, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Scenes From a Memory, was flown in to perform vo-
and Train of Thought".* [24] Carlson stated that the al- cals on "The Great Gig in the Sky".* [32] The London
bum “draws closest comparison to Falling into Infinity performance was released as a live album and concert
and Metropolis II: Scenes from a Memory, but with far video in 2006 by Portnoy's YtseJam Records.* [33]* [34]
less complexity and edge.”* [27] Tammy La Gorce of The band covered all of Deep Purple's Made in Japan
AllMusic noted that “a post-hardcore edge - call it a at concerts in Tokyo and Osaka; a recording of which
28 CHAPTER 10. OCTAVARIUM (ALBUM)

was also released as a live album by YtseJam Records in [16]“DREAM THEATER Shut Down Official Message Board
2007.* [33]* [35]* [36] Due To New Album Leak”. Blabbermouth.net. 2005-05-
31. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
To celebrate the band's twentieth anniversary, the final
concert on the tour was performed at Radio City Mu- [17] “MIKE PORTNOY Clarifies Reasons For Shut-
sic Hall in New York on April 1, 2006. For the sec- ting Down DREAM THEATER Message Board”.
ond half of the concert, the band was accompanied by Blabbermouth.net. 2005-06-04. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
a thirty-piece orchestra conducted by Jamshied Sharifi.
[18] Wilson 2009, pp. 316–7
The concert was filmed and released as a live album and
concert video named Score on August 29, 2006 by Rhino [19] “DREAM THEATER Drummer's 'Drumavarium' Avail-
Records.* [35]* [37] able For Pre-Order”. Blabbermouth.net. 2005-08-02.
Retrieved 2010-07-09.

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thorized Biography of Dream Theater (Classic ed.).
London: Essential Works. ISBN 978-1-906615-02-
4.
Chapter 11

Systematic Chaos

Systematic Chaos is the ninth studio album by Amer- multaneously wrote and recorded Systematic Chaos.* [9]
ican progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Re- Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci co-produced the album;
leased on June 4, 2007 in the United Kingdom and June Portnoy said that the band hires an engineer and a mixer
5, 2007 in the United States, Systematic Chaos was the to act as an “objective outside ear”, but the members
band's first release through Roadrunner Records, which ultimately“call their own shots”.* [10] Previous Dream
was sold to their previous label Atlantic Records, through Theater albums shared planned themes throughout, such
which the band had released their previous studio al- as Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999) as
bum Octavarium (2005). The album was recorded from a concept album or Train of Thought (2003) as a heavy,
September 2006 to February 2007 at Avatar Studios in “balls to the wall”album.* [11] Though Portnoy had some
New York City, after the band's first break from summer preconceived ideas for Systematic Chaos, he decided not
touring in ten years. The lyrics of the album were written to tell the rest of the band; leaving them to start with a
by John Petrucci, James LaBrie, and Mike Portnoy about “completely open palate”.* [11] However, Portnoy did
fictional, political, and personal topics, respectively.* [1] want to retain a “cutting, aggressive, modern”mood
The album peaked in the top twenty in eight countries' throughout,* “It had to have balls,”he added, “it had to
sales charts; in addition, the album peaked at the nine- be cool”. [12]
teenth position on the Billboard 200, making it the highest The album was titled Systematic Chaos after Portnoy and
peaking Dream Theater album in the United States* [2] Petrucci picked phrases from song lyrics that they felt
until the release of Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009), would be a fitting title,* [13] in similar fashion to pre-
which debuted at the sixth position.* [3] Critical recep- vious albums like Images and Words (1992) or Awake
tion of the album was generally positive; Jon Eardley (1994).* [14] The pair selected the word“chaos”, which
from MetalReview.com called the band, “arguably the appears in “The Dark Eternal Night”.* [13] Petrucci
most consistent band throughout the entire progressive and Portnoy were also attracted to the phrase “Random
rock/metal industry”.* [4] thoughts of neat disorder”which appears in "Constant
*
Dream Theater promoted the album on their Chaos in Motion". Inspired by the “duality”of the phrase, [14]
opposites of the word“chaos”were discussed, resulting
Motion world tour, which lasted a year and spanned thirty- *
five countries. The album was released in regular and in the word “systematic”. [13] Portnoy said that in ad-
dition to the album,“systematic chaos”is also a“fitting
special edition formats; the special edition included a 5.1
surround sound mix of the album, in addition to a ninety- description of the band in general”.* [15]
minute “making of”documentary about the album.

11.2 Songs
11.1 Background John Petrucci wrote the lyrics for five of the eight songs
on the album,* [16] telling a fictional story through each
After recording their twentieth anniversary concert, one.* [17]
Score, on April 1, 2006, Dream Theater rested for its
first summer in ten years.* [5] The band would recon-
vene at Avatar Studios, in New York City, in Septem- 11.2.1 In the Presence of Enemies
ber 2006.* [6] Mike Portnoy stated that the relationship
between band members was “the best it's ever been” The first piece recorded, the twenty-five-minute epic“In
.* [7] The band hired Paul Northfield, who had previ- the Presence of Enemies,”was described by Petrucci as
ously worked with bands that had inspired Dream The- the “epitome of a Dream Theater creation”.* [18] He
ater, including Rush and Queensrÿche, to engineer the went on to describe the composition as“very progressive,
album.* [8] As with previous albums, Dream Theater si- very long"; also noting that it set a good tone for writing

30
11.2. SONGS 31

and recording the rest of the album.* [18] Their longest Drums. Its working title was“Korma Chameleon”, and
recording since "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence", it was was the second piece written.* [31]
split into two parts, due to it having a good open and close Mike Portnoy said that since it was one of the more ag-
for the album at the same time. According to Portnoy, gressive, more driving songs on the album, that the lyrics
the band felt it was too long to open the album, but did were very much a metaphor for his Obsessive Compulsive
not want to close the album with a long song, as they had Disorder. With everything he does for Dream Theater as
with the twenty-four-minute title track of their last album well as his life in general, that his “wheels are always
Octavarium (2005).* [19] The songs are normally played in constant motion”, and that he's always juggling many
together in their entirety in live shows. During recording,
different projects or responsibilities for the band at the
the work was titled, “The Pumpkin King,”* [20] and in same time. So the lyrics are a representation for whats
the album's booklet, the song is given a subtitle, “The
going on in his head on any given day.* [32]
Heretic and the Dark Master.”
The song was also accompanied by a music video, the first
The story of“In the Presence of Enemies”was inspired by the band had produced in over a decade.* [33] The video
a Korean manhwa named Priest, as Petrucci explains that clip premiered on July 13, 2007 and was released as a
not being a manga fan, precisely, "[...] I like it though. free download, in two different formats, also for a lim-
This one, I just stumbled upon and I really liked the con- ited time.* [34] The band had not produced a music video
tent. It inspired me to take a different approach lyrically. since “Hollow Years”from Falling into Infinity (1997),
You have to keep things interesting for yourself when citing lack of interest and lack of rotation on music chan-
writing new material so I just took this and ran with it. nels for the latter. The video received considerable air-
[...] Those types of lyrics are fun to write, you know? play on MTV2's Headbangers Ball and was voted as the
The dark subject matter, the dark master stuff. It's an- second best music video of 2007 by the same;* [35] it is
other way of writing, a fresh one to me.”* [21] He also arguably Dream Theater's most popular video since "Pull
summarizes the lyrics:“It's a story about somebody who Me Under" in 1992.
loses himself and end struggles with the darkness, sym-
bolized by the Dark Master. And the story ends up really
being the darkness within and goes through the differ-
ent phases where he has to fight demons and things like
that.* [22]
11.2.4 The Dark Eternal Night
11.2.2 Forsaken
Petrucci wrote the lyrics to “The Dark Eternal Night”
Petrucci said“Forsaken”is a story told through a“short about a pharaoh who has returned after dormancy as a
song structure”.* [23] The song tells of a person who is monster to haunt a town.* [36] The lyrics are heavily in-
visited at night by a vampiress. While the man thinks he fluenced by the short story Nyarlathotep by American
is being taken away and being shown“wonderful things” horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, even borrowing a lot
, he doesn't realize that the whole time he is getting his of specific phrases from this story. The song contains an
blood sucked, and is eventually taken, in the end, by the improvised continuum solo, performed by Rudess while
vampiress.* [24] An animated music video of“Forsaken” the drum tracks were being recorded; the band members
, produced by Gonzo and directed by Yasufumi Soejima, liked the solo enough to keep in the final recording.* [37]
was released on January 26, 2008.* [25]* [26] The band In the October 2010 issue of Total Guitar Magazine, its
allowed Soejima artistic freedom with the design of the readers voted the main riff of“The Dark Eternal Night”
video,* [27] which was set in a science fiction future in- as the fourth greatest riff of the decade. During the mak-
stead of the present day.* [25] During the production of ing of the song, the title was,“N.A.D.S.”“ ( North Amer-
the album, the working title for this song was “Jet Lag” ican Dream Squad”) and it was the fifth song to be writ-
, and it was the sixth song to be written.* [28] ten.* [38]
The sprawling, progressive midsection was not featured
11.2.3 Constant Motion in the song's original edit, but is based around a riff that
Rudess came up with in the control room, when listening
“Constant Motion”was released as the first single from to the original, more conservative instrumental section.“I
the album on April 27, 2007. It was first made available was debating whether or not I should even bring it up, but
as a free download the same day by Roadrunner Records; then I got brave and said 'You know, I've got this weird
it could be found at Roadrunner Records' Dream Theater idea.'"* [39]
sub-website for a limited time.* [29] This song was also The Dark Eternal Night was the second of two songs re-
made available to download for the music video game leased to the general public in advance of the album's re-
Rock Band.* [30] The song is considered as one of the lease, with an in-studio video being released to YouTube
hardest songs available for the game on both Guitar and in May 2007.
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11.2.5 Repentance with Warner Music Group, Dream Theater became dis-
appointed at the lack of coverage they gave the band.
Portnoy wrote "Repentance" as the fourth part of his "[...] Our previous label basically relied on our fan-
Twelve-step Suite,* [40] a collection of songs from var- base to do everything. [They would] put the money up
ious Dream Theater albums which revolve around his for the record and put the CD in the shops,”said Port-
journey through Alcoholics Anonymous. The song dis- noy.* [52] On February 8, 2007, Dream Theater reached
cusses steps eight and nine of the process, which deal an agreement with Roadrunner Records to release their
with making a list of people whom one has wronged and, new album.* [53] Systematic Chaos had nearly been writ-
if possible, making direct amends with them.* [41] Port- ten and recorded at the time of the signing.* [52] Ironi-
noy, who as of 2007 had been sober for 7½ years,* [42] cally, Warner purchased Roadrunner Records a week af-
invited friends and fellow musicians Mikael Åkerfeldt, ter the band signed with them.* [33] According to LaBrie,
Jon Anderson, David Ellefson, Daniel Gildenlöw, Steve Roadrunner followed through on all of its promises to the
Hogarth, Chris Jericho, Neal Morse, Joe Satriani, Corey band concerning the promotion of the album.* [54]
Taylor, Steve Vai, and Steven Wilson to record spoken Portnoy spent a month directing and editing a documen-
apologies, regrets, and sorrows of their own,* [43] which tary titled Chaos in Progress: The Making of Systematic
were featured throughout the song.* [44] Portnoy dedi- Chaos, which was released on the two disc special edition
cated“Repentance”,“to Bill W. and all of his friends”. of the album.* [55] The bonus disc of the special edition
During recording, the title of the track was,“Fisheye”and also included 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire album.
it was the seventh and final song to be written.* [45] This Dream Theater supported the album by touring on the
saga is concluded in the band's tenth studio album Black Chaos in Motion Tour from June 3, 2007 to June 4, 2008.
Clouds & Silver Linings with “The Shattered Fortress”. The world tour comprised 115 shows throughout thirty-
five countries.* [56] Multiple concerts were filmed for the
band's fifth DVD, titled Chaos in Motion 2007–2008.
11.2.6 Prophets of War The compilation of concerts was released on September
30, 2008.* [57]
“Prophets of War”was written by James LaBrie, who
based the lyrics loosely on Joseph C. Wilson's book The
Politics of Truth.* [46] The lyrics talk about possible ulte-
rior motives behind the Iraq War, while remaining“mid- 11.4 Reception
dle of the road”.* [46] The title is a play on words,
where the“prophets”of the war, could also be gaining a
“profit”from the War.* [46] During the recording of the Critical reception for Systematic Chaos was generally pos-
song, Portnoy suggested fans could voice certain lyrical itive. Writing for MetalReview.com, Jon Eardley called
chants.* [47]* [48] In response to a message posted on the the album,“another solid outing”.* [4] He complimented
band's website* [49] four hundred fans gathered outside Petrucci for “Constant Motion”, writing that it con-
the recording studio to record the chanting,* [48] however tains “some of the best riffs Petrucci has brought to
only sixty could fit into the studio. The title of the track the table”.* [4] In addition, he called the latter part of
during recording was, “Carpet Babies”and it was the “The Dark Eternal Night”“the most brutal part in any
third song to be written.* [50] song to date”.* [4] Reviewing for Metal Invader, Nikos
Patelis called the album, “energetic, sharp – edged, full
of beautiful melodies and heavy riffs, long epic composi-
11.2.7 The Ministry of Lost Souls tions”.* [67] He called Dream Theater's instrumentalists
“four masters of music that use their instruments as if
At 14:57,“The Ministry of Lost Souls”is the album's sec- they were their limbs”, in addition to stating, “James
ond longest track. Throughout the song's lyrics, Petrucci LaBrie sounds more mature than ever”.* [67] In conclu-
tells of a person who dies in the process of saving a sion, Patelis called Systematic Chaos,“an excellent album
woman from drowning. However, the woman who is that needs many times to be listened in order to be di-
saved is filled with “regret and sorrow”until she is able gested”.* [67] Greg Prato, of AllMusic, wrote "[...] 'For-
to re-unite with her rescuer. The title for the track during saken' proves wrong those who say that Dream Theater is
recording was, “Schindler's Lisp”and it was the fourth all about instrumental gymnastics and not songwriting”
song to be written.* [51] . He also compared riffs in “The Dark Eternal Night”
to the band Pantera. Overall, he states "[...] the quintet
sticks to the prog metal game plan that they've followed
since their inception”.* [59] Reviewer Chad Bowar of
11.3 Release and promotion About.com, wrote that “In the Presence of Enemies -
Part I”is“an effective way to set the tone for the rest of
Both the regular and special editions of Systematic Chaos the songs”.* [58] Overall, Bowar gave the album four out
were released on June 4, 2007 in the UK and June 5, of five stars, calling it, “one of the best Dream Theater
2007 in the US. Over their seven album relationship releases in quite a while”.* [58]
11.8. REFERENCES 33

The album peaked in the top twenty-five in the United • Mikael Åkerfeldt
Kingdom and Australia, where the band had never pre-
viously charted.* [68]* [69] In the United States, the al- • Steven Wilson
bum peaked at the nineteenth position on the Billboard • Jon Anderson
200, making it the highest peaking Dream Theater album
in the United States at the time of its release.* [2] Over- • Neal Morse
all, Systematic Chaos peaked in the top twenty for album
sales in eight countries. In the US, the album sold 35,689 Production
copies the first week it was released.* [70]
In 2014, readers of Rhythm magazine voted Systematic • John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy – producers
Chaos the second greatest drumming album in the history
of progressive rock.* [71] • Paul Northfield – engineer, mixing, vocal track co-
producer

• Chad Lupo – assistant engineer


11.5 Track listing
• Hugh Syme – art direction, design, illustration
All music composed by Dream Theater. • Daragh McDonagh – photography

11.5.1 Special edition bonus DVD


11.8 References
• Complete album in 5.1 surround sound
[1] Mike Portnoy (2007-10-31). Mike Portnoy (Dream The-
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02.
Chapter 12

Black Clouds & Silver Linings

Black Clouds & Silver Linings is the tenth studio al- In addition to the album version of the song, the single
bum by American progressive metal/rock band Dream contained an alternate version featuring only a piano and
Theater, released on June 23, 2009 through Roadrunner vocals, a demo version with John Petrucci on vocals, and a
Records.* [2]* [3] It is the band's last album to feature demo version of“The Best of Times”with Mike Portnoy
drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy before on vocals. There was also a video to follow it which was
his departure on September 8, 2010.* [4] The album released on November 18, 2009.
was recorded between October 2008 and March 2009
at Avatar Studios in New York City. It was produced
by John Petrucci and Portnoy, and was engineered and
mixed by Paul Northfield.

12.2 Reception
12.1 History
Dream Theater began to work on the album in October Initial critical response to Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2008.* [3] Mike Portnoy described Black Clouds & Silver was generally favorable. At Metacritic, which assigns
Linings as, “a Dream Theater album with 'A Change a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from main-
of Seasons', 'Octavarium', 'Learning to Live', 'Pull Me stream critics, the album has received an average score
Under' and 'The Glass Prison' all on one album.”* [5] of 68, based on five reviews.* [19] Rich Wilson, author of
Jordan Rudess said at a NAMM Show that Spectrasonics Lifting Shadows, previewed the album for Metal Ham-
virtual instruments were used on the album.* [6] mer, calling the album “Dream Theaterʼs finest and
most balanced album in a decade.”* [20] Eduardo Riva-
davia of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars
12.1.1 Lyrical themes writing, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings is still an archety-
pal Dream Theater album; one that's unlikely to broaden
The album's lyrics were written by John Petrucci and their audience all that much, but is conversely guaranteed
Mike Portnoy, and all except one concern personal ex- to thrill their hardcore converts with its renewed devotion
periences about disturbing or difficult moments of their to the most exigent and stimulating facets of the band's
lives. Though most songs were written by Petrucci, “A chosen musical domain.”* [9] Similarly David Buchanan
Nightmare to Remember”was based on a childhood car of Consequence of Sound, an online music magazine, said:
incident; “The Count of Tuscany”was about an actual “that this release will not necessarily bring in new fans but
encounter he had in Tuscany; and "Wither" was about the will also not disappoint the current flock, and this is very
process of songwriting for him.* [7]“The Best of Times” true. There are no improvements, but no sheer letdowns,
was written by Mike Portnoy about his father, who died either.”He gave the album four and a half stars out of
from cancer. “I just wanted to write something that was five.* [21] The album was named as one of Classic Rockʻs
a tribute to our life together,”said Portnoy, who played 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade.* [22]
the song for his father prior to his death.* [8] “The Shat- The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 selling
tered Fortress”is the final part of Portnoy's Twelve-step 40,285 copies.* [23] It was the first time in the band's
Suite, reprising and concluding themes and motifs from history that they had cracked the Top 10 on that chart,
the suite that began on 2002's Six Degrees of Inner Turbu- and is currently the band's highest single week sales of
lence album. The remaining song, “A Rite of Passage” an album. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard
, concerns Freemasonry; a video of the edited single was Top Internet Albums, and #2 on Billboard Top Rock Al-
released on May 8, 2009. bums.* [24] The album also marked the first time that the
"Wither" was released as a single on September 15, 2009. band hit the number one spot in Finland.

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Chapter 13

A Dramatic Turn of Events

A Dramatic Turn of Events is the eleventh studio al- MusicRadar, John Petrucci revealed that originally, Port-
bum by American progressive metal band Dream The- noy did not want to leave the band; he only wanted to take
ater, released worldwide on September 12, 2011 and in a five-year break. Only after the rest of the band rejected
the United States on September 13 through Roadrunner his proposal did Portnoy decide to quit.* [2]
Records. It is the band's first recording to feature drum- Petrucci has called Portnoy's departure one of the hardest
mer Mike Mangini following the departure of founding things Dream Theater have had to face, and speaking of
member Mike Portnoy in September 2010. The album when he first heard the news, Jordan Rudess recounted,
was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered between Jan- “You know, just to give you an idea of how deep this was
uary and June 2011 at Cove City Sound Studios in Long to lose him, how difficult it was... after we got off the
Island, New York. It was produced by John Petrucci and phone with him... I literally sat on the steps of my studio
mixed by Andy Wallace. Two singles, "On the Backs of and cried. This is a guy who's a friend of mine, who we all
Angels" and “Build Me Up, Break Me Down”, were love and admire. We didn't want to see it come crashing
released in promotion of the album. down.”* [2]
For A Dramatic Turn of Events, Dream Theater under-
went a self-proclaimed musical change, reevaluating and
restructuring themselves. The album has drawn stylis-
tic comparisons to two of the band's past albums, Images
and Words (1992) and Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a
Memory (1999). Many songs on the album were written
with a specific purpose in mind as Petrucci, one of the
album's primary composers, felt a sense of responsibility
to fans following Portnoy's departure. The album's title
was derived from its recurring lyrical themes of dramatic
changes in history that have affected people's lives, in-
cluding contemporary uprisings such as the Libyan Civil
War.
A commercial success, A Dramatic Turn of Events moved Mike Mangini (pictured in 2004) was selected as Dream The-
36,000 units in the United States in its debut week, chart- ater's new drummer following a rigorous audition process.
ing at number eight on the US Billboard 200. The al-
bum received mixed reviews from critics, but nonetheless A little more than a month after Portnoy's departure,
earned Dream Theater their first-ever Grammy nomina- Dream Theater began auditioning for a new drummer
tion (for “On the Backs of Angels”). From July 2011 in New York City. The drummers invited to audi-
until September 2012, the band supported the album on tion were Mike Mangini, Derek Roddy, Thomas Lang,
the A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour. Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Aquiles Priester, and
Peter Wildoer.* [3] In April 2011, the band announced
that Mangini was the drummer selected via a three part
13.1 Background YouTube documentary series called The Spirit Carries
On.* [4]
13.1.1 Search for a new drummer Shortly after Mangini joined Dream Theater, Portnoy e-
mailed the band asking to rejoin, but his attempt was re-
On September 8, 2010, Mike Portnoy announced that buffed.* [5] Reflecting on his arrival to the band, Mangini
he would be leaving Dream Theater, citing better rela- told Noisecreep,“As I see it, as I look back, I really think
tionships in other projects, burnout, and his desire for what happened was that this band kind of started over.
a break as reasons.* [1] Elaborating on the situation for They were in a new place as they looked for a drummer,

39
40 CHAPTER 13. A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS

and I when got the news, after the shock wore off, I knew Roadrunner Germany, John Petrucci mentioned that the
what I wanted to do – which was just basically come in album “tells a story... not literally but emotionally”and
and try to support where they wanted to go. They had likened the experience to a “roller coaster ride.”In that
a vision, they had great ideas, and I just wanted to help same interview, James LaBrie emphasized that the album
them achieve those things.”* [6] was melodically driven.* [17]
In his review of A Dramatic Turn of Events, Rich Wilson
– author of the official Dream Theater biography Lifting
13.1.2 Writing and recording
Shadows – described the album's material as veering to-
ward progressive rock and being“spiritually reminiscent”
On January 3, 2011, Dream Theater entered Cove City
of past albums like Images and Words (1992) and Scenes
Sound Studios to begin working on a new album.* [7] Al-
from a Memory (1999).* [18] In a post on his forum, Mike
though John Petrucci brought in demos, riffs, and songs
Portnoy took these comparisons a step further, suggesting
from home, the album was mostly written in the stu-
that the new songs were “desperate attempts to re-write
dio.* [8] Writing was completed on March 2 and done
the past”.* [19]
without Mike Mangini. The band made demos for all the
songs with drums already programmed, then sent them to In composing A Dramatic Turn of Events, Petrucci admit-
Mangini who learned the parts and“added his own stuff.” ted to feeling a sense of responsibility to fans following
*
[2]* [9] Reflecting on the writing process for Rock Your Portnoy's departure. He also explained that the major-
Life, Jordan Rudess explained that the band's approach ity of the songs on the album were written to prove to
was more open to his keyboards than in the past, and that people that everything was grounded and intact with the
after Mike Portnoy's departure, he and Petrucci“became, band.* [20] Opener “On the Backs of Angels”was de-
like, free.”* [10] James LaBrie and John Myung each signed to reflect Dream Theater's signature sound,* [21]
contributed more to the writing than they had in recent the heavy “Build Me Up, Break Me Down”was writ-
years.* [11] ten far into the making of the album to serve as a con-
trast to its progressive elements,* [22] “Outcry”was in-
On April 14, LaBrie began tracking vocals and the al-
tended to be the anthem of the album,* [23] and“Break-
bum's mixing and mastering by Andy Wallace were fin-
ing All Illusions”was used as an epic piece that would
ished by June 28.* [12]* [13]* [14] LaBrie recorded all the
not bind the band to conventional songwriting arrange-
album's vocals in Canada with Richard Chycki. Origi-
ments.* [24] The final song written for the album was the
nally, LaBrie planned to only record the album's first two
ballad“Beneath the Surface”, which is also the album's
songs away from New York City, but after flying there to
closing track. Petrucci wrote the song himself, demoed
finish the remainder of the vocals, decided to go back to
and recorded it, and then presented it to the band, who
Canada because “it just didn't feel right.”* [11]
were open to including it on the album.* [25]
Amidst speculation that A Dramatic Turn of Events' title
13.2 Composition was a vague reference to Portnoy's departure, Petrucci
stressed that it is in no way a reference to anyone;
rather, the title references the album's recurring themes
of dramatic changes in history that have affected peo-
ples' lives.* [15] All of the album's lyrics were written
by Petrucci except for “Far from Heaven”, written by
LaBrie, and “Breaking All Illusions”, co-written with
John Myung.* [14]

13.3 Release

A Dramatic Turn of Events' title, track listing, and United


States release date were revealed on June 8, 2011.* [26] Its
cover art, designed by longtime collaborator Hugh Syme,
was revealed several days later.* [27] On June 29, “On
A Dramatic Turn of Events' title was inspired by contemporary the Backs of Angels”was released as the album's first sin-
uprisings, including the Libyan Civil War.* [15] gle.* [28] Leading up to the release of the album, Dream
Theater teased various one-minute long snippets of new
Jordan Rudess has said that, for A Dramatic Turn songs, including “Breaking All Illusions”,* [29] “Be-
of Events, the band underwent a musical change, re- neath the Surface”,* [30] and“This Is the Life”.* [31] On
evaluating and restructuring “who we are and what we September 14, a music video for “On the Backs of An-
do.”* [16] Speaking in an interview for Der Spiegel and gels”was released.* [32] On January 26, 2012, the band
13.5. TRACK LISTING 41

premiered a lyric video for their upcoming single,“Build 13.4.1 Supporting tour
Me Up, Break Me Down”, on Loudwire.* [33]
Main article: A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour
A Dramatic Turn of Events was released worldwide on
September 12, 2011 and in the United States on Septem-
ber 13,* [34] debuting at number one in some countries Dream Theater began their tour in support of A Dramatic
and attaining the eighth position on the US Billboard Turn of Events on July 4, 2011 in Rome, Italy.* [13]* [47]
200,* [35] Dream Theater's second top ten debut posi- The second leg of the tour took place in North Amer-
tion on that chart after their previous album, 2009's Black ica, where the band headlined with Trivium.* [48] Af-
Clouds & Silver Linings, which debuted at No. 6.* [36] ter a short break to conclude 2011, the band returned
Alongside the standard edition of the album, a special to Europe with Periphery,* [49] then to North America
edition and deluxe collector's edition were also made with Crimson Projekct before heading to South Amer-
available for purchase.* [37] The special edition featured ica for the final leg of the tour.* [50] On August 19 and
different packaging and a bonus DVD containing The 20, they filmed two shows at Luna Park in Buenos Aires,
Spirit Carries On documentary, while the deluxe collec- Argentina for a live Blu-ray release.* [51]* [52]
tor's edition featured, among other bonus items, instru-
mental versions of all songs.* [38]
13.5 Track listing
All titles, writing credits, and song lengths taken from the
A Dramatic Turn of Events liner notes. All lyrics written
by John Petrucci except where noted.* [14]

13.4 Critical reception


13.6 Personnel
A Dramatic Turn of Events has received mixed reviews.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of All credits*
taken from the A Dramatic Turn of Events liner
100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album notes. [14]
holds an average score of 55, based on six reviews.* [39]
Rich Wilson called it“fresh and frankly stunning"; how-
ever, he warned that the album was not immediately
gratifying and that it required several listens to fully ap-
preciate.* [18] Critics were generally complimentary of
Mike Mangini's performance, with Drumhead elaborat-
ing, "[he] demonstrates the physical prowess and agility
of a racehorse, stretching to play at the top of his talents
and reining himself in to allow his bandmates to do the
same.”* [44]
In a negative review for Popmatters, Chris Conaton ex-
pressed disappointment in the album's predictability, not-
ing, “At this point itʼs pretty clear that the band is
comfortably ensconced in their lifestyle and content to
just keep doing things the way they have been for years.”
*
[42] In a lukewarm review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek
observed,“there is something here for virtually every fan
-- or detractor -- to grab hold of.”* [40] Sputnikmusic crit-
icized Mangini's drum parts, describing them as“bland”
, as well as the decision to include three ballads, but ulti-
mately gave the album an overall positive review.* [43]
A Dramatic Turn of Events has received several ac-
colades. In their year-end wrap up for 2011, Burrn!
awarded the album with their Best Album, Best Front
Cover, Best Guitarist, and Best Keyboardist honors.* [45]
At the 2012 Grammy Awards, “On the Backs of An-
gels”was nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Per-
formance, representing the Dream Theater's first-ever
Grammy nomination.* [46]
Chapter 14

Dream Theater (album)

Dream Theater is the twelfth studio album by American during writing and Mangini recorded his own interpreta-
progressive metal band Dream Theater, released through tions of them later.* [8] Commenting on Mangini's work,
Roadrunner Records on September 23, 2013 in Europe Petrucci said, “When people hear the drumming on this
and a day later in the United States. The album was writ- album, theyʼre gonna be pretty freaked out ... I feel like
ten, recorded, mixed, and mastered between January and now heʼs just Mike Mangini unleashed. It's all him. It's
May 2013 at Cove City Sound Studios in Long Island, all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas - and man, the
New York, the same studio as the band's previous album, guy's an animal.”* [9]
A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011). During the studio sessions, every band member's instru-
The band made Dream Theater a self-titled album to em- ment was miked and captured as they were writing so that
phasize that they were moving forward in their career and they could simulate ahead of time exactly how the mu-
to make it a reference point for fans. The album's songs sic would sound when it was eventually recorded.* [10]
are shorter on average than most Dream Theater songs, Recording concluded in May,* [11] and mixing was per-
with the exception of the 20-minute closer “Illumina- formed by Richard Chycki, who was hired based on
tion Theory”. Strings for the album were arranged by Dream Theater's past experiences with him and his his-
Eren Başbuğ, a Berklee College of Music student. tory with Rush.* [12]
Dream Theater moved 34,000 units in the United States
in its debut week, charting at number seven and becoming
the band's second highest charting album behind 2009's 14.2 Composition
Black Clouds & Silver Linings. For its lead single, “The
Enemy Inside”, the band received their second consecu- In calling the album Dream Theater, the band tried to de-
tive Grammy nomination in the Best Hard Rock/Metal fine who they were and emphasize that they were mov-
Performance category. In early 2014, Dream Theater ing forward.* [10] Reflecting on the decision for Guitar
toured Europe and America in support of the album and World, Petrucci said, “We wanted to make this album a
recorded their performance at the Boston Opera House reference point for [fans] as far as what Dream Theater
for a live release. is all about. That was the goal and the mission, and it
set the tone for the entire project.”* [13] In an article for
Grantland, Steven Hyden noted the album's stylistic simi-
larities to Rush, writing,“There are songs on Dream The-
14.1 Background ater that are just straight-up Rush imitations, most notably
'The Looking Glass,' which crossbreeds 'Limelight' with
Preliminary writing for Dream Theater's twelfth album 'Freewill' while leaving out Neil Peartʼs misanthropic
commenced on the A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour in individualism.”* [14]
April 2012.* [2] During soundchecks, the band would jam The songs on Dream Theater are shorter and more com-
and record their ideas, and guitarist John Petrucci would pact on average than on other Dream Theater albums, a
try out independently composed material.* [3] They did conscious decision made by the band during writing that
not enter the recording studio until January 2013,* [4] re- Petrucci later admitted was a challenge for them.* [16]
turning to Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New Two songs on the album made use of a string ensem-
York, where they recorded A Dramatic Turn of Events ble conducted by Berklee College of Music student Eren
(2011).* [5] The first song the band wrote was “Surren- Başbuğ,* [17] including the 20-minute closer “Illumina-
der to Reason”,* [6] which bassist John Myung credited tion Theory”, which keyboardist Jordan Rudess called
with setting the pace for the remainder of writing.* [7] the band's opportunity to go “crazy”after writing so
From the start, drummer Mike Mangini was included in many concise songs.* [18] Split into five sections, the
the creative process,* [5] unlike for A Dramatic Turn of track goes through many style and time signature changes,
Events, where Petrucci programmed the main drum parts with Loudwire observing, “Jam-packed with a head-

42
14.4. CRITICAL RECEPTION 43

veterans heal from the effects of combat.* [31] In Febru-


ary 2014, the album's second and final music video was
released, this time for “The Looking Glass”.* [32]

14.4 Critical reception


Dream Theater has received positive reviews. AllMusic
felt that it was one of the band's best albums, concluding,
“it holds inside it everything a fan could want, yet also
expands the reach of American prog metal.”* [1] Many
critics were particularly complimentary of“Illumination
Theory”, which Revolver described as“stunningly ambi-
The Berklee College of Music (pictured in 2010). The band and tious”.* [34] Grantland's Steven Hyden, whose introduc-
the self-titled album have many connections to the school.* [15] tion to the band was through the self-titled album, wrote,
“I drank this cocktail, and Iʼm glad. Dream Theater is a
blast.”* [14] For “The Enemy Inside”, Dream Theater
spinning mix of quiet interludes, face melting jams and, received their second consecutive Grammy nomination in
courtesy of bassist Myung and Mangini, forests full of the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category.* [37]
rhythmic majesty, this suite plays like a mini album in Critics reacted favorably to Dream Theater's attempt at
itself.”* [19] writing more concise songs. In their review, Loudwire
Dream Theater features two instrumentals,“False Awak- commented, “The band also seems to be expanding
ening Suite”and “Enigma Machine”, the former of their appeal beyond the faithful with some punchy, stylish
which was written specifically to open the band's live and tuneful songs that seduce immediately. Good thing,
shows.* [20] They were the first instrumentals the band too. Because the more people that can hear an album
had written for a studio album since “Stream of Con- like this, the more faithful there will be.”* [19] RTÉ.ie
sciousness”on 2003's Train of Thought.* [13] Many of had a similar reaction, writing, “Sure, the did-they-
the album's lyrics were based on real events; for example, really-just-play-that? double takes arrive by the half-
“The Enemy Inside”, which deals with post-traumatic minute on their latest magnum opus (self-titled for extra
stress disorder (PTSD), was written in response to the definitiveness), but chances are you will come away from
Boston Marathon bombings,* [21] and“Behind the Veil” Dream Theater singing a chorus rather than throwing
references the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping.* [22] air guitar/bass/drums/keyboards/violin/conductor's baton
shapes.”* [35]
Some critics noted that the album was too similar to pre-
14.3 Release vious Dream Theater albums. PopMatters felt that the
band was no longer offering anything new, observing,
“For quite awhile, the sky was the limit for Dream The-
In June 2013, Dream Theater announced that their up-
ater; now that theyʼve ascended, however, the creative air
coming studio album would be self-titled and released in
is running thin.”* [33] Sputnikmusic also wrote that the
September.* [23] The album's first single, “The Enemy
album sounded familiar, but ultimately gave it an overall
Inside”, was made available for streaming by USA Today
positive review, saying that it did“a bit better than recent
on August 5.* [24] Its second single,“Along for the Ride”
efforts in the band's formulaic approach to anti-formulaic
, was made available for streaming one month later.* [25]
music.”* [36]
The album was premiered by Rolling Stone on September
16 via a free online stream.* [26] It was officially released
one week later on September 23.* [5] In its debut week, 14.4.1 Supporting tour
it sold over 34,000 copies in the United States to land at
number seven on the Billboard 200 chart,* [27] making In promotion of the album, Dream Theater toured Eu-
it the band's third consecutive top ten debut and second rope and North America in early 2014.* [38] The tour's
highest charting album ever behind 2009's Black Clouds setlist featured both old and new material, including nine
& Silver Linings, which debuted at number six.* [28] It songs off of Awake and Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from
remained on the charts until November 9.* [29] As of a Memory, which were celebrating anniversaries.* [39]
January 2016, the album has sold 87,000 copies in the On March 25, the band performed at the Boston Opera
US.* [30] House with the Berklee Concert Choir and Berklee World
During the album's release week, the band released a mu- Strings in an event that was dubbed their “homecom-
sic video for “The Enemy Inside”, which drove aware- ing”.* [15] The concert was recorded and eventually re-
ness for Save a Warrior, a foundation dedicated to helping leased on September 30 as part of the Breaking the Fourth
44 CHAPTER 14. DREAM THEATER (ALBUM)

Wall live collection.* [40] It debuted at number one on 14.7 Charts


various music video charts, and the band donated part of
the proceeds to the Dream Theater Scholarship Fund at
Berklee.* [41] 14.8 References
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Chapter 15

The Astonishing

The Astonishing is the thirteenth studio album by Amer-


ican progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on
January 29, 2016 through Roadrunner Records. It is the
band's second concept album, with a story conceived by
guitarist John Petrucci and music written by Petrucci and
keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Composer David Campbell
assisted with orchestrating the album's strings and choirs.
The album was recorded throughout 2015 at Cove City
Sound Studios in Long Island, New York, with the ex-
ception of vocals, which were recorded in Canada. Mix-
ing and sound engineering were performed by the band's
longtime collaborator, Richard Chycki, with Petrucci
producing.
The Astonishing is set in a dystopian future United States
and follows the Ravenskill Rebel Militia in their efforts
to defy the Great Northern Empire of the Americas us-
ing the magical power of music. It was inspired by con-
temporary fantasy and science fiction franchises such as
Game of Thrones and Star Wars, as well as Petrucci's ob- John Petrucci wrote The Astonishing's story, co-wrote the al-
servations on the ubiquity of technological automation in bum's music, and served as its producer.
modern-day society. In their effort to match the album's
narrative, Dream Theater wrote songs in a wide variety
of styles ranging from mellow ballads to their more con-
when I presented this and even just said the title, he was
ventional progressive metal sound.
100 percent on board. The involvement of everybody at
Leading up to The Astonishing's release, the band mar- Roadrunner has been absolutely unbelievable, so support-
keted the album with its own website, fan mailing lists, ive. It kind of ignited the secret nerd in all of us that loves
and trailer. It debuted in the top ten of nine different this sort of stuff, because it's fun, it's different.”* [1] From
countries and became the first Dream Theater album to its conception, Petrucci envisioned the story as eventually
reach number one on the US Billboard Rock Chart. It being re-worked into a film, play, or video game.* [2]
has received generally favorable reviews from music crit-
Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess wrote the al-
ics and the band toured to support the album through July
bum's music independently from the rest of Dream The-
2016, subsequently adding another leg from October -
ater by getting together everyday, going over ideas in the
December 2016.
morning, and then working through the music during the
day and night.* [3] Upon finishing their initial drafts, they
presented them to the rest of the band, who worked on
writing parts for their own instruments. In an interview
15.1 Background with Artisan News, drummer Mike Mangini reflected,
“The biggest challenge for me was interpreting the ini-
In mid-2013, guitarist John Petrucci began writing a story tial music that was given to me, because there were no
for a concept album, presenting it to the rest of Dream drums. So [I was like], 'All right, I need to listen to this,
Theater about a year later. The band and the record label really, as a whole piece to understand where I should kind
were receptive to the idea, with Petrucci recalling, “Ev- of let loose or I should lay back a lot.' All that. Just to
erybody had the 'go for it' mentality. And from the very see it as a whole, 'cause I don't wanna play blindly or try
first meeting that we had with Dave Rath at Roadrunner, to fit too much where it doesn't belong.”* [4]

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48 CHAPTER 15. THE ASTONISHING

As Petrucci and Rudess felt that the album needed real


string lines and choirs, as well as other organic sounds,
they enlisted the help of veteran composer David Camp-
bell to assist with aspects of the orchestration and han-
dle the logistics of recording all of the necessary musi-
cians.* [5] Reflecting on the process for Keyboard, Rudess
explained,“Our initial thought was, letʼs do it all on rock
instruments and let David arrange it, but that wasnʼ t really
thinking ahead in terms of who we are. When we go into
the studio, we tend to work on things until theyʼre pretty
polished. So we got into what we called pre-orchestrating.
Iʼd use any sound at my disposal to place strings where
we wanted to hear strings, choir where we wanted choir,
and so forth̶but without getting overly specific about a
certain patch or instrument library being the one, because
we knew it was all going to be replaced with real players.”
*
[6] Once the album's arrangements were complete, they
were performed and recorded in studios around the world,
with Campbell conducting and leading the sessions from
Los Angeles.* [7]
The Astonishing is set in a futuristic society where music is cre-
Dream Theater began recording the album's bass, drums, ated by Noise Machines (NOMACS) instead of humans.
guitars, and keyboards in January 2015 at Cove City
Sound Studios in Long Island, New York, where they also
recorded their two previous albums, A Dramatic Turn of ability to make music and sing “The
( Gift of Music”). He
Events (2011) and Dream Theater (2013).* [8] Longtime has an older brother, Commander Arhys of the Ravenskill
collaborator Richard Chycki, who Petrucci described as Rebel Militia, who has a son, Xander, with his deceased
“a sixth member of the band”, was again brought in as wife, Evangeline (“A Better Life”).
the album's sound engineer,* [9] while Petrucci served as
producer.* [10] In July, they took a break from the stu- Nafaryus hears a rumor about Gabriel being the savior of
dio to play some shows in Europe,* [11] but did some the people. He and his family travel to Ravenskill to see
writing while on the road.* [12] In August, James LaBrie him for themselves “( Lord Nafaryus”). In the Ravenskill
began recording vocals in Canada with Chycki.* [9]* [13] town square, Gabriel is performing for the people when
Singing as multiple characters, he took it upon himself to the royal family shows up. He continues playing at the
create unique interpretations of each one, with Petrucci emperor's request (“A Savior in the Square”), nearly
offering him sporadic advice and feedback.* [1] Record- bringing them all to tears “
( When Your Time Has Come”
ing completed in late September,* [14] with mixing be- ). As he plays, Faythe remembers how she found a music
ginning the next month and mastering concluding in mid- player when she was a child and kept it a secret all her life,
December.* [15]* [16] and as she and Gabriel stare at each other and fall in love
(“Act of Faythe”). Nafaryus, though briefly moved by
Gabriel's song, sees him as a threat to his rule and gives
the people of the town three days to deliver their savior to
15.2 Synopsis him or he will destroy the town (“Three Days”). Arhys
hides his brother and refuses to give him up (“Brother,
The following is based on The Astonishing's official syn- Can You Hear Me?").
opsis, published by Dream Theater upon the album's re- Back at the Emperor's palace, Faythe decides that she
lease.* [17] must see Gabriel again. Disguising herself, she begins
to travel back to Ravenskill. Arabelle, knowing about her
daughter's intentions, instructs Daryus to follow and pro-
15.2.1 Act 1 tect her. Daryus feels he has always been overlooked by
his father in favor of his sister, so he travels to the town
In 2285, the northeastern region of the United States with his own intentions (“A Life Left Behind”). Faythe
has turned into a dystopia ruled by the oppressive Great arrives in the town and finds Xander, who trusts her and
Northern Empire of the Americas. The only resem- leads her to his father Arhys. Faythe convinces Arhys
blance to entertainment that exists is the electronic noise that she can help, so he brings her to Gabriel's hideout.
of the Noise Machines (NOMACS). The empire is ruled Gabriel and Faythe embrace, and she tells him that she
by Emperor Nafaryus, Empress Arabelle, Crown Prince believes she can convince her father to give up his hunt
Daryus, and Princess Faythe. In a distant village called for Gabriel (“Ravenskill”). Gabriel tells her that if he
Ravenskill, a man named Gabriel possesses the natural could just meet with the Emperor, he could inspire him
15.4. RELEASE 49

( Cho- by Rolling Stone,* [1] it has been compared to The Who's


to restore peace to the land using his gift of music “
sen”). Tommy (1969), Rush's 2112 (1976), Pink Floyd's The
Meanwhile, Daryus finds Arhys' home and takes Xander Wall (1979), *
and Queensrÿche's Operation: Mindcrime
captive. Daryus promises he will guarantee the safety and (1988). [18] 2112 also revolves around music being used
wealth of Xander in return for Arhys bringing Gabriel to to achieve freedom in a futuristic setting.* [19] The al-
him. Daryus does this hoping that it will gain him re- bum's story was inspired by Petrucci's love of fantasy and
spect from his father (“A Tempting Offer”). Arhys is science fiction franchises such as Game of Thrones, Lord
forced to agree to the deal, remembering a promise he of the Rings, and Star Wars, as well as his observations
on the role of technology in modern-day society. In an
made to Evangeline to protect their son (“The X As-
pect”). Faythe travels back to her father's palace and interview with Billboard, he explained, “I was thinking
of all of the things now that people used to do that they
learns that her music player once belonged to her father.
After a while, Nafaryus bows to the pleas of his daughter donʼt do anymore because theyʼre automated or done by
robots: lots of jobs, self-driving cars coming right around

( A New Beginning”) and agrees to meet with Gabriel at
an abandoned amphitheater called Heaven's Cove (“The the corner ... My thought was, 'What would happen if ...
music [became] all artificial?ʼ”* [2]
Road to Revolution”).
Clocking in at over two hours in length and containing
34 tracks,* [10] The Astonishing was planned as an im-
15.2.2 Act 2 mersive experience that would be best enjoyed as a full
album as opposed to a collection of singles.* [18] The al-
Arhys informs Daryus that Gabriel will be at Heaven's bum plays out similarly to a film, with Loudwire observ-
Cove that night (“Moment of Betrayal”). While the ing, “Itʼs an enormous amount of music to absorb in
meeting time approaches (“Heaven's Cove”), Faythe one sitting, but when you think about it, most movies are
decides that she wants to use the power of her royal status around two hours in length, and The Astonishing is very
to change the world for good (“Begin Again”). At the much like a movie in the way it delivers the storyline.”
amphitheater, Arhys changes his mind on the deal, and * [20] Certain songs, such as “A Savior in the Square”
when Daryus shows up, they start a fight. Daryus over- and“Our New World”, have reoccurring themes, while
powers Arhys and kills him (“The Path That Divides” others stand more on their own in order to move the plot
), unaware that Xander followed them and saw the whole along.* [18]
scene. As Xander runs to his father's dead body, Daryus
In writing music to match The Astonishing's narrative,
sees the silhouette of someone approaching him. Assum-
Dream Theater ended up playing in a wide variety of
ing it to be Gabriel, he attempts to kill him, realising too
styles, from cinematic instrumentals to mellow ballads
late that it is actually Faythe (“The Walking Shadow”).
to the band's more conventional progressive metal.* [20]
Gabriel arrives at the scene and sees his dead brother and
Compared to previous Dream Theater albums, there is
the dying Faythe. Covering Xander's ears, he unleashes
more acoustic playing, both in terms of guitar and pi-
a scream that causes Daryus to go deaf and that is heard
ano.* [21] In an interview with Ultimate Guitar, Petrucci
by Nafaryus, Arabelle, and the entire town (“My Last
specifically mentioned the song “A Life Left Behind”,
Farewell”).
recalling, "[It] starts with an acoustic, kind of proggy riff,
Nafaryus and Arabelle arrive and beg Gabriel to use his which is something we've never done and has a very Yes
gift to save Faythe (“Losing Faythe”), but Gabriel is sort of feel.”* [9] Several songs introduced new elements
unable to sing after screaming so loudly (“Whispers on to the band's music, such as “The X Aspect”, which
the Wind”). The people, attracted by the scream, show is the first Dream Theater song to use bagpipes,* [22] and
up and start singing, giving Gabriel hope. He finds his “Three Days”, which features a saloon-style swing sec-
ability to sing and brings Faythe back to life (“Hymn of tion that was written as a juxtaposition to the bleaker as-
a Thousand Voices”). Nafaryus, realising what he has pects of the album's story.* [6] Five of the album's tracks
done, decides to end the conflict with Gabriel and shuts are short, electronic songs that represent the music of
down the NOMACS for good. Daryus is forgiven for his NOMACS.* [21]
actions, and Gabriel and Faythe raise Xander as a family
(“Our New World”). Nafaryus promises to govern the
empire as a fair leader in a new world where music is 15.4 Release
appreciated again (“Astonishing”).

Dream Theater began their marketing campaign for The


Astonishing in October 2015, prompting visitors to visit
15.3 Composition their official website to choose between mailing lists for
the Great Northern Empire or the Ravenskill Rebel Mili-
The Astonishing is Dream Theater's second concept al- tia.* [23] Registrants were then notified of updates to their
bum after 1999's Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Mem- side's Twitter page as they occurred.* [24]* [25] In early
ory.* [3] Described as an “honest-to-God rock opera” November, the band announced that their thirteenth stu-
50 CHAPTER 15. THE ASTONISHING

Games to create a video game adaptation of the album's


story for PC, Mac, iOS and Android.* [33] On May 7, a
music video was released for“Our New World”,* [34] fol-
lowed by a video of tour visuals for“Hymn of a Thousand
Voices”on June 14.* [35] On September 10, an alternate
version of “Our New World”was released as a single,
featuring Halestorm's Lzzy Hale on guest vocals.* [36]

15.5 Critical reception


The Astonishing has received generally favorable reviews.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of
100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the al-
bum holds an average score of 80, based on six re-
views.* [37] Critics were especially complimentary of the
band's willingness to write a long, unconventional album,
with AllMusic commenting, “Dream Theater have in-
vested in the 'album' concept (and in listeners' attention
spans) even as the music biz doubles down on the no-
tion that long-players are merely envelopes to hold sin-
gles.”* [18] Rolling Stone echoed these sentiments, con-
cluding, “The results won't please every Dream The-
ater partisan, nor will they convert the skeptical. But it
would take a hard heart to deny Petrucci, co-composer
and keyboardist Jordan Rudess and their mates credit for
the boldness of their aspirations and the assurance with
which they achieve them.”* [44] Loudwire was also sup-
portive of the band's unique approach, but warned that it
*
Halestorm's Lzzy Hale sang guest vocals on the“Our New World” might make the album polarizing for fans. [20]
single. Some reviewers were critical of The Astonishing's con-
cept, including Consequence of Sound, who described it
as“very silly”, but ultimately gave the album an overall
dio album would be titled The Astonishing and launched a positive review.* [40] By contrast, Record Collector de-
promotional website that suggested it would be a concept scribed the storytelling as “seamless”.* [43] In their
album.* [26] The website slowly revealed key elements of write-up, RTÉ.ie advised, “park the snootiness before
the album's story, including its characters, map, and track pressing the play button because while The Astonishing
listing.* [27] In December, The Astonishing was given an makes Iron Maiden's recent 92-minute double The Book
official January 29 release date,* [1] with multiple spe- of Souls look like a Ramones record, it's great fun ... Men-
cial editions being made available for pre-sale including tal elbow grease is required, and the quintet wouldn't have
a deluxe set with a handmade NOMAC 3D model.* [28] it any other way.”* [45]
Leading to the album's release, the band released a sin-
LaBrie's vocals on The Astonishing were singled out by
gle,“The Gift of Music”,* [29] on December 15,* [1] and
many critics as being particularly strong. In their review,
premiered another song,“Moment of Betrayal”, on Jan-
Loudwire elaborated, “A concept album with different
uary 21.* [2] They also made an official trailer available
characters puts a lot of pressure on the vocalist, and James
via YouTube.* [30]
LaBrie lives up to the challenge. From mellow crooning
Upon its release, The Astonishing debuted on many album to Broadway belting to edgier singing, he utilizes every
charts, including top ten placements in Norway, Hungary, style in his arsenal and delivers a first-class performance.”
Italy, Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, Aus- * [20] The band as a whole were also praised, although
tria, and Canada.* [31] In the United States, it entered and AllMusic observed that Mangini and bassist John Myung
peaked on the Billboard 200 at number eleven overall and weren't featured as prominently as usual.* [18]
became Dream Theater's first ever number one debut on
the Billboard Rock Chart.* [32] In February, the band re-
leased a music video for “The Gift of Music”, which 15.5.1 Supporting tour
mixed live performance footage with CGI animation and
was filmed in New Jersey.* [19] Later that month, the In November 2015, Dream Theater announced some Eu-
band announced that it had partnered with Turbo Tape ropean tour dates for early 2016.* [46] The next month,
15.8. CHARTS 51

they announced North American tour dates beginning 15.8 Charts


in April and ending in May.* [47] As the band felt that
The Astonishing would lend itself well to a live perfor-
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