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post #1 of 58
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Well folks, BCASL has been out for a while now, thus it's once again time to satisfy Sduibek's curiousity and see what my fellow 'Fi-er brethen (and ladies) have been up to in terms of Dream Theater love and appreciationate awesomeness.

Vote or die.
post #2 of 58
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For me, it surprisingly became Systematic Chaos, although SFAM and SDOIT are tied for second place. I&W or Octavarium is probably third place.
post #3 of 58
I went with Octavarium. Images and Words is a close second though.

Their last two albums have been disappointments for me. Systematic Chaos I don't like much at all. BCASL is a bit better, but it's still quite underwhelming.
post #4 of 58
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Any specific things about them that you feel let down about?
post #5 of 58
Images and Words for me.
post #6 of 58
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Originally Posted by tuoppi View Post
I went with Octavarium. Images and Words is a close second though.

Their last two albums have been disappointments for me. Systematic Chaos I don't like much at all. BCASL is a bit better, but it's still quite underwhelming.
My feelings exactly. SC was horrible and BCASL not much better. I'm a big DT fan and they've let me down twice in a row.

Images and Words is my favorite, followed by Scenes from a Memory, Train of Thought, and Octavarium. I don't much like Inner Turbulence.
post #7 of 58
I&W without a doubt. My first and favorite DT album.
post #8 of 58
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Any specific things about them that you feel let down about?
I am not really sure what it is, but those albums just don't seem interesting to me.
Songs on them are hard to tell apart from each other, especially on SC. SC lyrics are a bit odd too, with all the dark masters and vampires, which makes them hard to relate to.
As said BCASL is a bit better, but that whole album made me feel that they were trying too hard to make epic songs.
post #9 of 58
I'm not a big fan of DT at all. The only album I remotely enjoy is Scenes From a Memory, so I'll vote for that.
post #10 of 58
I don't think they'll ever top the peak of "Images and Words". It's a must-own prog album just for Metropolis Pt. 1 alone.
post #11 of 58
Great timing on this thread. A nearby used CD shop has a lot of DT discs and I was unsure of what to try first. Pull me Under is all the DT I know.
post #12 of 58
I *love* Dream Theater. My favorite is Train of Thought, probably because it is how I got into them, but I do think it's a great record.
post #13 of 58
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Originally Posted by tuoppi View Post
I am not really sure what it is, but those albums just don't seem interesting to me.
Songs on them are hard to tell apart from each other, especially on SC. SC lyrics are a bit odd too, with all the dark masters and vampires, which makes them hard to relate to.
As said BCASL is a bit better, but that whole album made me feel that they were trying too hard to make epic songs.
I know the feeling(s) for sure... I was a big fan of Octavarium at first, then burnt out and hated it for several years.

The thing to me that's cool about bands like this, is that their devotion to "Rock" never goes away, and they continue to be great musicians -- So while they may disappoint fans along the way, each album is exactly what they want(ed) it to be. This is, in my experience, the case with truly great Prog Rock and Prog Metal bands; they evolve from album to album, so that it's rare to find a die-hard fan that likes *every* album, but nonetheless each album is quality and awesome in its own regard.

And yes I saw them live a couple years ago, so yes I speak from experience that they are a super-rockin group of guys, even now being in their 50s or so. I just thought of something.... think of how much you change as a person over 30 years. Then apply that to music. That's probably why groups like this, when they do what they want for them and not for the fans, end up losing fans along the way... because to express oneself with 100% dedication over decades means you will be telling a very different story from start to finish.
post #14 of 58
I purchased BCASL about a week ago, listened to the first song for a couple of minutes, and then immediately put the CD back in it's case in disappointment. I didn't like SC either. Perhaps when I'm in a more curious mood I'll give it another go, but I don't expect much from them anymore. I hate to draw this parallel, but in a way they remind me of Metallica. It's not something I would fault them though, like you said, their music their direction. Just not my thing anymore.
post #15 of 58
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Any chance you'd be willing sell it? That's the only album of theirs (besides WDADU) that I don't own. I wasn't a huge fan of Black Clouds either, but, then again I haven't listened to it more than about 2 times.

Something I find with Prog bands is that I like them more after listening to them a bunch of times. Tool and Dream Theater are great examples.... on first listen to Octavarium and Lateralus and Systematic, I hated the albums -- or at least had a "eh" reaction. Over time i've grown to really enjoy them though. So I dunno.
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