Reviewed by Chris Foley
When Dream And Day Unite (1989)
Humble beginnings for the mighty progressive metal masters, a release very much in touch with the formative acts from the time, although a special one at that.
Images And Words (1992)
Game changing, life changing; legendary. The birth of contemporary progressive metal.
Stark, calculated, and unbelievably deep. It would seem that there was no other way to follow the pristine highs of Images And Words. Dream Theater take to the streets with dirty, bluesy progressive metal, resulting in one of the finest albums the genre has seen.
Falling Into Infinity (1997)
Meddling record labels, Desmond Child, inner turmoil; this is the album which nearly ended the band. Sadly given a raw deal, though not completely undeserved thanks to soggy ballads and ill advised attempts at wider commercialism.
Dream Theater’s leviathan follow up to the immortal “Metropolis Pt. 1”. Here they pull out all the stops, unleashing an enormous concept piece, serving as one of Dream Theater’s premier talking points.
Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (2002)
Thus begins an insane run of creativity; all the hallmarks of the ensuing run of full-lengths can be traced back to this daring double album. A polarizing one, yet an album all fans prog fans should hear at least once.
Train Of Thought (2003)
Kicking the heavy elements in their sound right up to the forefront. An aggressive, stifling affair which more than hits its mark. No punches pulled with this one, though a complete success in terms of vision and atmosphere.
Seeking tranquillity and respite from the more oppressive affairs present in the prior two releases. Aping popular contemporary bands results in a polarizing affair, despite housing a few moments of brilliance
Systematic Chaos (2007)
Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)
A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2011)
Dream Theater (2013)