Dream Theater

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Dream Theater is an American progressive metal and progressive rock band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010 when Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace Portnoy. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.

The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines. Guitarist John Petrucci has been named as the third player on the G3 tour six times, more than any invited players. In 2009 he was named the No. 2 best metal guitarist by Joel McIver in his book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine. Jordan Rudess is considered to be one of the greatest keyboard players of all time by many publications like MusicRadar. Former drummer Mike Portnoy has won 26 awards from Modern Drummer magazine and is also the second youngest person (at the age of 37) to be inducted into the Rock Drummer Hall of Fame. His replacement Mike Mangini has also previously set 5 WFD records. John Myung was voted the greatest bassist of all time in a poll conducted by MusicRadar in August through September 2010. The band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

The band's highest-selling album is the gold-selling Images and Words (1992), which reached No. 61 on the Billboard 200 chart. Both the 1994 release Awake and their 2002 release Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence also entered the charts at No. 32 and No. 46 respectively and received mostly positive reviews. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory was ranked number 95 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of The greatest 100 guitar albums of all time. It is ranked as the 15th Greatest Concept Album (as of March 2003) by Classic Rock Magazine and as the number one all-time progressive album by Rolling Stone (as of July 2012). Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence also led to Dream Theater becoming the initial band reviewed in the music section of Entertainment Weekly during its opening week of release, despite the magazine generally preferring more mainstream music.

The band's eleventh studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, was released on September 13, 2011. On November 30, 2011, the album's lead single, "On the Backs of Angels", was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category, marking the band's first ever Grammy nomination. Dream Theater's self-titled 12th studio album was released on September 23, 2013 and sold around 34,000 copies in the first week and landed at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart, one position higher than A Dramatic Turn of Events. Dream Theater earned their second Grammy Award nomination, this time for “Best Metal Performance”, for the album's first single, "The Enemy Inside".

On April 9, 2013, Images and Words won Loudwire's fan voted March Metal Madness for world's best metal album beating albums by Dio, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Megadeth and Metallica. As of 2011, Dream Theater has sold over 12 million records worldwide.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1989 When Dream and Day Unite 4 3
1992 Images and Words 4.35 5
1994 Awake 4.2 3
1997 Falling Into Infinity 3.5 5
1999 Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory 4.5 6
2002 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 4.15 3
2003 Train of Thought 2.85 4
2005 Octavarium 4.4 4
2007 Systematic Chaos 2.75 10
2009 Black Clouds & Silver Linings 4 9
2011 A Dramatic Turn of Events 4 6
2013 Dream Theater 3 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 The Majesty Demos 1985-1986 1
2007 Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-97 1
2008 Greatest Hit (…and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) 3
2011 Original Album Series 1
2012 The Triple Album Collection 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Live at the Marquee 4.5 4
1998 Acoustic at the Electric Factory 1
1998 Once in a LIVEtime 4.65 2
2001 Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York 1
2001 Live Scenes From New York 4.25 2
2003 1998-05-18: House of Blues, Los Angeles, California 1
2004 1995-10-28: Tokyo, Japan 1
2004 Master of Puppets 1
2004 Live at Budokan 2
2005 The Number of the Beast 1
2005 When Dream and Day Reunite 5 1
2006 1996-12-14: Old Bridge, New Jersey 1
2006 Dark Side of the Moon 5 2
2006 Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour 5
2007 2002-07-04: Bucharest, Romania 1
2007 1993-03-04: Limelight, New York City, USA 1
2007 Made in Japan 1
2008 Chaos in Motion 2007-2008 2
2009 Uncovered 2003-2005 4 1
2013 Live at Luna Park 3
2013 Happy Holidays 2013 1
2014 Breaking the Fourth Wall: Live From the Boston Opera House 4


Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Another Day 1
1994 Lie 2
1994 The Silent Man 2
1997 Hollow Years 2
2000 Through Her Eyes 2
2007 Forsaken 3
2009 A Rite of Passage 2
2009 Stargazer 2
2009 Odyssey 2
2009 Tenement Funster / Flick of the Wrist / Lily of the Valley 1
2009 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II 2

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