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Dream Theater - Images & Words

Many fans consider Images & Words as the “real” first album by Dream Theater, and I’m one of them.

It features James LaBrie as the vocalist, the audio production and composing skills seem to be ready to go, and now they have the support of a big label.

Also I don’t consider I&W as the so called “progressive metal”. It’s not this heavy. The first track Pull me Under is surely the heaviest one, but it’s not enough to make the whole album “metal”. So I call it “progressive hardrock”.

After all, Images & Words is a mark to rock music. It pushed the boundaries of progressive and technical music to new levels. Like Rush did many years before. So the comparisons between them is common.

Despite the fact of many orthodox fans of progressive rock don’t like Dream Theater music, this album is a totally must to any hard/heavy rocker.

All musicians are five stars on their obligations, so there’s no much bads on this thing. Maybe the only thing I don’t like is the triggered drums, it sounds too artificial. A crime that Portnoy never committed again in the studio.

Pratically all the tracks are great anthems, but I’d point out Take the Time, Surrounded, Metropolis Pt.1, Wait for Sleep and Learning to Live as my fav songs.

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