Dream Theater: Passionate fan bases

Dream Theater – Distance Over Time

James LaBrie – Vocals, John Petrucci – Guitar, Jordan Rudess – Keyboards, John Myung – Bass, Mike Mangini – Drums. This are the 2019 musicians in progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. Today they released their new album Distance Over Time. The Americans share a unique bond with one of the most passionate fan bases around the globe as evidenced by their two Grammy Award nominations and 15 million records sold worldwide. Among numerous accolades, 1992’s Images & Words received a gold certification and landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.

The song Untethered Angel,

Distance Over Time is compared to Dream Theater‘s last release, 2016’s 34-song, two hour and ten minute opus The Astonishing a short album. But the new album is back with complex songstructures and songs with expansive arrangements. There are very catchy track as  Paralyzed,

In addition songs like Fall Into Light and Pale Blue Dot who spend time developing and has long progressive sections. John Petrucci on guitar deliver some excellent solos and many nice riffs and seem to be very inspired. Phantom tangent player Jordan Rudess brings much atmosphere and long and delicious solos to the table. The song Room 137 shows the harder and heavier side of Dream Theater and even some psychedelic elements.

Dream Theater has brought us a very well-played album with Distance Over Time. The musicians plays flawless and show how great instrumentalists they are. In addition the interplay is excellent. Actually the band lived together for months instead of returning to their home. This gives the album an energy and the chemistry is without doubt very presence as it can easily be heard that the musicians enjoy playing the same. Such is always great to hear for a music lover. There are much diversity and the music is more than complex enough. The album is simply a very, very good crafted, without creating new musical landscapes.

Based in a love of the sophistication of Yes, the virtuosity of Rush, and the heaviness of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater had a desire to create complex, heavy, and progressive from the very beginning. Guitarist and bassist Petrucci and Myung grew up together on Long Island, New York. After high school, both received scholarships to the esteemed Berklee University Of Music, where they met drummer Mike Portnoy, who, incidentally, grew up in a nearby area. The trio soon became friends and began making music together and settled upon the name Majesty. This name came about when Portnoy described Rush’s song Bastille Day as majestic as they were waiting outside a Rush concert to open. As the band became more serious, they went out looking for a keyboardist and vocalist. Eventually the band found Portnoy’s high schoolmate Kevin Moore to play keys as well as schoolmate Chris Collins to sing in 1986.

Rush`s Bastille Day,

Soon Collins was fired from the band and replaced by Charlie Dominici. The musicians dropped out of college. They constant independent study of music, and they did not feel music school could teach them much more than they already knew. Majesty began to play live on bars and clubs in New York.

The Las Vegas rock band Majesty contacted the New York Majesty and threatened legal action if they did not change their name. Various names bounced around in their head, ranging from Magus to M1 to Glasser, among others. Eventually Portnoy’s father suggested Dream Theater a name he got from a small theater he ran in Monterey, California, and the name stuck.

Dream Theater made their official debut into the music world with When Dream And Day Unite in 1989. As an early progressive metal band in a music scene dominated by punk and hair metal, the album did not sell as well as the band had wanted. The band searched for a real good vocalist, and suddenly they chooses Steve Stone, but he was soon fired due to an embarrassing performance. Then Canadian Kevin James La Brie from the glam metal band Winter Rose came aboard. Finally Dream Theater have a real superb vocalist, and the rest of the band`s carrier is well-known history.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7174 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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