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really started listening to them last year and now there by far 1 of my favourite bands love the extreme complexitie and form of there music, beautiful and melodic and fast heavy riffs also there key

If I could narrow down their discography to some essential albums (for me, anyway), it'd look like this: Images and Words Awake Metropolis Pt. II: Scenes from a Memory Black Clouds

Re: dream theater Indeed, Paradigm Shift is just insane. pofqHfSvy_8

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Re: dream theater I have friends who like this band. I have discussed reasons why they are not much fun to listen to ad nauseum. Here are 4: 1) They don't write songs. They write excercises for their instruments. Great fun for them, but not much fun for the listener. They get away with this by saying pretentious things like "we have written twelve suites for our new album". Prog fans eat this up. 2) The keyboard solos just sound really really awful for some reason. 3) I once listened to the whole of "6 degrees of inner turbulence" The self righteous, lyrics about alcoholism and stem cell research made me extremely angry. According to one description it is "non-partisan". There is no such thing. It sounds like standard, conservative, pro-life nonsense to me. There are other songs with ultra self-righteous lyrics too, but I don't know titles. 4) Because Sikth do (did) the same thing about a million times better, without the horrible keyboard sound, without the irritating lyrics, with the added advantage that what they came up with were actually recognisable as songs.

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nah they just don't work for me they suffer from the same problem that plagues some tech-death bands they don't write songs they write excersies
I wouldn't say they're just writing exercises. Just because you've got well earned chops doesn't mean you can't display them, but it also means you don't have to flaunt them at every turn too. My biggest problem with DT and countless others under the Progressive flag is how much of what they make comes from the soul and how much is just we play this because we can because technically it all works?
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dream theatre are not a band I enjoy listening to, I actually find them quite boring, there are so many great prog-metal bands out there dave you really should have a bit of a look just a few that feature in my collection Fates Warning (started out power metal but went prog) Circle II Circle (Watching In Silence album is well worth a look for a prog newbie) Crimson Glory (Prog/Power with absolutely insane vocals that make Rob Halfords soaring highs seem less soaring) Future's End (see review of Memoirs Of A Broken Man album) Queensryche (start with the s/t EP then go for Operation Mindcrime) there are some others but you probably wouldn't enjoy them for their overt Christianity, I support them because to a certain extent good music should be supported regardless of the message provided it's not promoting hatred against people

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