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- August 13, 2009 by derango
- An Introduction To Dream Theater
I talk about Dream Theater an awful lot on this blog since they're my favorite band. They've been described as "the biggest group you've never heard of" and that's a pretty accurate statement.
Since they play Progressive Metal, they can be a hard group to get into. But here's But since I'm trying out plinky.com and this is the prompt for today, here goes my attempt at easing you into listening to Dream Theater. They have such a big catalog that's so diverse, it's hard to pick 3 songs that will work for everybody. I usually would approach this by asking what sorts of stuff they tend to listen to and then selecting appropriate songs that are most like what the person is familiar with.
But if I had to pick 3 songs to expose a random person to everything that is dream theater, here's what I'd pick
This song showcases their more pop oriented side and is probably one of the more accessible songs in their catalog. Very U2 influenced. You should pay attention to James LaBrie's voice here as he's not everybody's cup of tea. If you like it though, you might also like songs such as Another Day, Hollow Years and The Answer Lies Within. Continue onwards to...
Voices is one of my favorite DT songs of all time. This song is a lot more "progressive" than I Walk Beside You and is probably a better representation of their overall catalog. It contains a good mix of both sides of DT, the melodic and the heavy metal. It also introduces you to lead guitarist John Petrucci's solo chops with one of my favorite guitar solos ever.
If you liked this one, you might like songs such as Misunderstood, Blind Faith and Innocence Faded
And if you're still with me...let's head to the heavy stuff
A Nightmare To Remember is on this list for two reasons. First, it's an example of the most recent Dream Theater sound. Second, it's one of the heaviest songs they've produced.
If you like this one, you'll probably like songs like The Mirror, The Glass Prison, And pretty much everything on Train of Thought