Albums of the latest and loved, and the ones to look out for discover By okspud1 15 Feb am. All Things Hyped: Last. Play track. Love this track. More Love this track Set track as current obsession Get track Loading. Tuesday Build Me Up February Wednesday 12 February Thursday 13 February Friday 14 February Saturday 15 February Sunday 16 February Monday 17 February Tuesday 18 February Wednesday 19 February Thursday 20 February Friday 21 February Saturday 22 February Sunday 23 February Monday 24 February Tuesday 25 February Wednesday 26 February Thursday 27 February Friday 28 February Saturday 29 February Sunday 1 March Monday 2 March Tuesday 3 March Wednesday 4 March Thursday 5 March Friday 6 March Saturday 7 March Sunday 8 March Monday 9 March Tuesday 10 March Wednesday 11 March Thursday 12 March Friday 13 March Saturday 14 March Sunday 15 March Monday 16 March Tuesday 17 March Wednesday 18 March Thursday 19 March Friday 20 March Saturday 21 March Sunday 22 March Monday 23 March Tuesday 24 March Wednesday 25 March Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April LaBrie jammed on three songs with the band, and was immediately hired to fill the vocalist position.
Once recruited, LaBrie decided to drop his first name to avoid confusion with the other Kevin in the band. For the next few months, the band returned to playing live shows still mostly around NYCwhile working on vocal parts for the music written before acquiring LaBrie. The first album to be recorded under their new record contract was Images and Words For promotion, the label released a CD Single and video clip for the song " Another Day ", but neither made significant commercial impact.
The song " Pull Me Under ", however, managed to garner a high Album) of radio airplay without any organized promotion from Build Me Up band or their label. A third video clip was produced for " Take the Time ", but it was not nearly as successful as "Pull Me Under". The success of "Pull Me Under", combined with relentless touring throughout the U. A tour of Europe followed inwhich included a show at London 's famed Marquee Club. The show was recorded and released as Live at the MarqueeDream Theater's first official live album.
Additionally, a video compilation of their Japanese concerts mixed in with documentary-style footage of the off-stage portion of the tour was released as Images and Words: Live in Tokyo.
Eager to work on fresh material, Dream Theater retreated to the studio in May AwakeDream Theater's third studio album, was released on October 4, amidst a storm of fan controversy.
Shortly before the album was mixed, Moore had announced to the rest of the band that he would be quitting Dream Theater to concentrate on his own musical interests, since he was no longer interested in touring or the style of music which Dream Theater performed. Portnoy and Petrucci had come across Rudess in Keyboard Magazine, where he was recognized as "best new talent" in the readers' poll. The two invited him to play a trial gig with the band at the Concrete Foundations Forum in Burbank, California.
By the conclusion of the tour, the band decided to take Sherinian on as Moore's full-time replacement. Once again finding themselves with a new member, the band did not immediately start working on new material.
Fans around the world, united on the YtseJam Mailing List the most popular form of communication between Dream Theater fans at that pointhad begun to put pressure on the band to officially release the song " A Change of Seasons ".
This had been written in and was intended to be a part of Images and Wordsbut at almost 17 minutes, it was deemed too long for studio placement. It had nevertheless been performed live by the band, who continued to revise it in the years leading up to The petition was successful, and the group entered BearTracks Studios in New York in May to rewrite and record the now minute-long song with Sherinian contributing significantly to the final product.
After a brief run of small concerts and a short break, the band released a special Christmas CD through their official fan club, consisting of rare live tracks recorded during the band's early years.
They continued releasing a new CD each Christmas until Meanwhile, there were several changes at East West, and Dream Theater's main contact within the label was fired. As a result, the new team at the company were unaccustomed to the relationship Dream Theater had with former East West personnel, and they pressured them to write an album that was more accessible.
In mid, they entered the studio to write their next album. The whole band substantially reworked the song, and it appeared on the album as "You Not Me" with a chorus that bore little resemblance to the original. Child also had a noticeable impact on the album, with a shift towards less complex and more radio-friendly compositions.
The label, however, did not allow the release of a double album because it felt that a minute record would not be well received by the general public. James LaBrie also felt that the CD should be a single disc.
The material that made it onto the album proper was released as Falling into Infinitywhich received a mixed reception from fans who were more familiar with the band's earlier sound.
While the album was moderately progressive-sounding, tracks such as " Hollow Years " and "You Not Me" prompted some to believe it was the dawn of a new, mainstream-sounding Dream Theater. Overall, the album was both a critical and commercial disappointment.
Although Portnoy did not speak out publicly at the time, he later revealed in the DVD commentary for 5 Years in a Livetimethat he had been so discouraged during this period that he had considered disbanding Dream Theater altogether.
The album was released at around the same time as the video 5 Years in a Livetimewhich covered the years from Kevin Moore's departure to the Falling into Infinity promotional tour.
InMagna Carta Records ' Mike Varney invited Portnoy to assemble a progressive ' supergroup ' to work on an album, which would become the first in a long string of side-projects for the members of Dream Theater. The band assumed the name Liquid Tension Experimentand would act as a medium through which Portnoy and Petrucci could once again court Rudess to join Dream Theater.
Inhe accepted an offer to become the third full-time Dream Theater keyboardist, replacing Sherinian. With yet another new member, Dream Theater entered BearTracks Studio once again to write and record their next album. As a result of an ultimatum from Portnoy, the label gave the band complete creative control.
The band began by revisiting the follow-up to "Metropolis—Part I", which had been partially written during the Falling into Infinity sessions but which had not been completed or used on that album.
They decided to expand the minute song into a complete concept albumwith a story revolving around themes such as reincarnation, murder and betrayal. To avoid stirring up the fan base, a tight veil of secrecy enveloped the writing and recording process.
The only things fans were privy to prior to its release were a track list that had been leaked against the band's wishes, and a release date. InMetropolis Pt. The album was mixed by David Bottrillbut only a few of his mixes made it on the final album. The bulk was remixed by Kevin Shirleywho had produced Falling into Infinity. The rest of the mixes can be heard in the band's official bootleg The Making of Scenes from a Memory. The subsequent Metropolis world tour was by far their largest to date, and took over a year to complete.
The concerts reflected the theatrical aspect of the album, with the first half of each show comprising the entire Scenes From a Memory album accompanied by a film showing dramatized portions of the story projected onto a video screen behind the stage. For the last date of the North American leg, at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, actors were hired to play characters in the story, and a gospel choir was enlisted to perform in some sections of the performance. Since several songs from the second half of the four-hour show had to be cut from the DVD to save space, the band also released the full show on the live CD Live Scenes from New York.
The original cover depicted one of Dream Theater's early logos the Images and Words -era burning heart, modeled on the Sacred Heart of Christ modified to show an apple as in " Big Apple " instead of the heart, and the New York skyline, including the twin towers of the World Trade Centerin the flame above it. In an unfortunate coincidence, the album was released on the same date as the September 11 attacks.
The album was quickly recalled by the band and was re-released with revised artwork later,  although the few copies which were sold with the original artwork have since become rare collector's items. Putting the whole ordeal behind them, Dream Theater once again entered BearTracks Studios to record their sixth studio album.
Four years after they first petitioned East West to allow them to release a double album, they finally got their chance with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. The first disc consisted of five tracks of 7—13 minutes in length, and the second disc was devoted entirely to the minute title track, which remains to date the longest song Dream Theater has written. Many of the song's melodies and musical themes originated in an instrumental piece, written by Rudess, which would eventually become the song's "Overture".
Those themes were then expanded by the rest of the band to form individual chapters in a complete story. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence was very well received by critics and the press. It was the most publicized of Dream Theater's albums since Awakedebuting on the Billboard charts at No. InDream Theater entered the studio to write and record another album. Unlike Scenes from a Memorywhich had been written and recorded simultaneously in the studio, the band took a different approach by setting aside three weeks for writing prior to recording.
At the completion of the tour, Dream Theater returned to the studio to finish the recording of their seventh album, Train of Thought. In contrast to the extended songs of their previous album, the band aimed to write a more song-oriented album, inspired in part by covering the Master of Puppets and Number of the Beast albums on their previous concert tour. This release was certified Platinum on March 22, Another world tour followed, named Train of Thought Tour.
A modest North American tour was completed by the two bands, which Dream Theater supported Yes, a band which had been a major influence on their own musical style. They would in fact become the final group to use the famous studio, which closed on April 1, Octavarium was released on June 7,and took the band's sound in yet another new direction. Its eight songs included a continuation of Portnoy's " Twelve-step " saga "The Root of All Evil", steps 6—7 in the step planas well as the title track, a musically versatile 24 minute epic rivaling "A Change of Seasons".
Octavarium received mixed reviews from fans and has been the subject of spirited debate. Octavarium was the last album under their seven-album deal with Elektra Recordswhich had inherited the contract upon its absorption of EastWest Records. Dream Theater started the Octavarium Tour extensively throughout and to celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a band, including a headlining spot on Gigantour alongside Megadeth and put together by frontman Dave Mustainealso featuring Fear FactoryNevermore and Symphony X.
During a show on August 2, in Dallas, the band paid tribute to Pantera 's late guitarist Dimebag Darrell by performing the song " Cemetery Gates " as an encore. Dream Theater later departed from Gigantour a few dates before it ended and continued on with their own series of concerts, several of which were recorded and released for the band's fanclubs. Though the show had minimal promotion, it was sold out days after tickets were made available.
For the first time in their career, the band decided to take the summer off after their show at Radio City Music Hall. Dream Theater's ninth studio album, Systematic Chaoswas released on June 5, The record marked their first with new label Roadrunner Recordswhich in would become a wholly owned subsidiary of the band's previous label Atlantic Records.
Roadrunner implemented increased promotion for the album and Systematic Chaos duly reached number 19 on the Billboard It also oversaw the release of a video for " Constant Motion " on July 14, the band's first music video since Hollow Years in The album was bookended by the two parts of "In the Presence of Enemies", written and conceived as a single piece but split into two halves for the purposes of the album. The other six tracks included the most recent part of Portnoy's continuing AA Saga with the song " Repentance ".
In the same year, the first version of Rich Wilson's Lifting Shadowsan authorized history of the band's first twenty years, was released. The —08 Chaos in Motion Tour started off in Italy. They played with opening acts Redemption and Into Eternity. On April 1,a two-disc compilation album entitled Greatest Hit The title jokingly references the song " Pull Me Under ", the band's only significant radio hit. It also includes three song re-mixes from their second album, Images and Wordsfive edited versions of previously released songs, and a track from a single B-side.
Unlike most greatest hits compilations, Dream Theater was actively involved with the album, coming up with the track listing that they felt best represented their musical careers. Unlike previous Dream Theater tours, performances were held in cities that they had not visited before in the past such as Vancouver, British ColumbiaCanada or cities they had not played in for several years.
This tour also marked the first time, since the release of Images and Words, where the group performed in small venues and performance halls.
In Septemberthe band released a DVD set called Chaos in Motion —featuring songs recorded at several shows during the Chaos in Motion tour. On October 7,Dream Theater returned to Avatar Studios to begin work on their tenth album, resuming their relationship with Paul Northfield to engineer and mix the record. On July 1,the album debuted at No. He was battling cancer throughout its making.
The band also embarked on a second Progressive Nation tour, including the tour's first performances in Europe. However, Pain of Salvation and Beardfish were unable to tour with Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa because of financial troubles within their respective record labels. The track, entitled "Raw Dog" God of War reversedmarked the first time that the band has written and recorded an exclusive track for an outside project.
Afterwards, during the summer ofDream Theater supported Iron Maiden on the US and Canadian legs of their summer tour which were the last shows DT played during On September 8,Mike Portnoy announced that he would be leaving Dream Theater, citing better relationships in other projects, burnout, and his desire for a break as reasons.
After Portnoy left Dream Theater, relationships between him and his former bandmates became strained. In FebruaryPortnoy complained that no one from the band was returning his calls and e-mails. As of July 12,LaBrie has not remained in touch with Portnoy. But my door is always open. A little more than a month after Portnoy's departure, Dream Theater began auditioning for a new drummer in New York City. Petrucci later explained that Portnoy approached them to rejoin after they had selected Mangini; Mangini by this time had left his job as a professor at Berklee and committed to Dream Theater full-time, so Album) offer was rebuffed.
Following the conclusion of the tour, the band took a break but continued writing. They reconvened in early to enter the studio. The album sold more than 34, copies in its first week and landed on the Billboard chart at No. The set list closed with a performance of four songs from Metropolis Pt.
He commented: "There are some song ideas and little things like that -- nothing really official, but the seeds just start to get planted.
One of the great things about this career is that you have the opportunity every time to go in and start again with a blank slate and think, 'What can we do differently? How can we make this better? Where can we go from here? The band headed into the studio in February to record its thirteenth album.
It is a concept album set in a dystopian future society devoid of real music, centering on a conflict between a group of rebels and an oppressive empire. They played the album in its entirety, with an intermission between the two acts, only playing songs from earlier albums on occasions later in the tour.
Their performance was accompanied by a visual representation of the story on background screens. The band also made it a point to play at indoor theater halls such as Radio City Music Hall. Each night they performed the album in its entirety, as well as "A Change of Seasons", which was originally written during the Images and Words sessions, and other selections from their catalogue.
In a May interview with Rockbookfrontman James LaBrie talked about the style of the band's fourteenth studio album: "It's really important for us that the new album will be our best effort.
It should be who we are at that particular moment. The writing process for the fourteenth album started on June 11, and finished on July 10, The game ultimately led to a site revealing the title of the album to be Distance over Time.
The site also revealed the cover art for the album, a scheduled release in FebruaryBreak Me Down - Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events (CD, as well as dates for a tour in North America also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's fifth album Metropolis Pt.
In AprilMetal Addicts reported that Dream Theater was expected to begin working on their fifteenth studio album in I'm hoping that on the next Dream Theater record I'll be able to explore that. Throughout their career, Dream Theater's live shows have gradually become bigger, longer and more diverse.
Prior to Portnoy's departure, Dream Theater "rotated" its set lists to ensure that fans who attended multiple shows in the same area would not see too many or any songs repeated. Portnoy, who constructed the set lists, would take into account the set list from the last time the band was in a particular city for the benefit of fans who saw the band on successive tours. The band's full world tours, since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulencehave predominantly been "Evening with Sonically, it's a compact heavy rocker, with downtuned riffs and a smattering of drum machine.
The lyrics discuss the fickle cruelty of celebrity, and the hypocrisy of the mainstream media. The last note segues into the following track, Lost Not Forgotten. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Lyrics [ edit edit source ] Today, I will be a savior, Tomorrow a demon. You crave my erratic behavior And watch my every move. Obsession at all costs, You'll be the death of me. Broken and torn apart, Why can't you let me be? You build me up, you break me down Until I'm falling to pieces.
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