Wither (EP)

Wither is a single and EP by the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater,[1] released on September 15, 2009.[2] It was their first EP since A Change of Seasons. The EP contains the album version of the song “Wither”, an alternative version of “Wither” with vocals and piano only, a demo of “Wither” with John Petrucci on vocals, and a demo of “The Best of Times” with Mike Portnoy on vocals. It is the band’s last official release with Portnoy, who left the band in September 2010. This is the only studio release without the Majesty symbol in its front cover.

It was released exclusively as a digital download[2] and available from Internet music retailers, although some physical promotional copies were released to radio stations and are now in circulation on eBay.[citation needed]

Twelve-step Suite

The Twelve-step Suite (also known as the Twelve-step Saga or Alcoholics Anonymous Suite), is a set of five songs by progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. One song was featured on each Dream Theater studio album from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence to Black Clouds & Silver Linings.
The lyrics to each song, written by the band’s then drummer Mike Portnoy, deal with his experience of alcoholism. Each song represents a certain number of the Twelve Steps. Various lyrical and musical themes run through the Suite. It was written by the band with the intention of eventually playing it live as one piece.[1]

The Looking Glass (song)

“The Looking Glass” is a song by the American progressive metal band Dream Theater, from their 2013 self-titled album. It was released as a single on February 3, 2014. Musically, the song is a tribute to Rush, one of Dream Theater’s biggest influences.[1]

The song was included in the setlist on Dream Theater’s Along for the Ride Tour, and is featured on the live album Breaking the Fourth Wall.

All lyrics written by John Petrucci; all music composed by James LaBrie, Mike Mangini, John Myung, John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess.

The Enemy Inside (Dream Theater song)

“The Enemy Inside” is the first single from progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater’s eponymous 12th studio album. It was announced on the band’s official Facebook page as the first single on August 3, 2013 and was made available by USA Today for streaming on August 5.[1] A lyric video on YouTube for the song was published on the band’s YouTube channel a day later.[2]

There is a music video for the song which shows a returning war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is notable as Dream Theater’s first music video to not feature any of the band members.

On December 6, 2013, it was announced that “The Enemy Inside” was nominated for the “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Award.[3] It lost to Black Sabbath’s “God Is Dead?”

Stream of Consciousness (instrumental)

“Stream of Consciousness” is a progressive metal song by Dream Theater, appearing on their 2003 album Train of Thought. The song lasts for 11 minutes and 16 seconds. The song appears as the sixth song on the album, as a direct continuation of Vacant.

The song gets its name from an early working title for the album Falling into Infinity, and the parallel between the concepts of “stream of consciousness” and “train of thought”. The song Lines in the Sand (from Falling into Infinity) contains the lyrics “In the stream of consciousness, there is a river crying.”

The song is a popular inclusion in Dream Theater’s live shows and appears on the live album and DVD Live at Budokan.

Space-Dye Vest

“Space-Dye Vest” is the eleventh and final song from American progressive rock/metal band Dream Theater’s 1994 album, Awake. The song was written entirely by the keyboardist Kevin Moore, and indeed its demo featured Moore on vocals. It is structured around a dark, brooding duet between Moore playing the piano and vocalist James LaBrie. The rest of the band kick in for a dramatic outro, fading out until Moore ends the song with the piano passage that opened the song. The song is interspersed with samples from A Room with a View, The Fifth Estate, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and a news commentary by Jim Hill during the O. J. Simpson freeway chase.

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (song)

“Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence” is the sixth song and title track on the album of the same name, written and performed by progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Though the song is essentially broken up into eight movements on separate tracks, the song itself is 42-minutes and takes up the entire second CD of the album. The genesis of the song came when Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess wrote what would become the “Overture” section of “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”, and the band took some different melodies and ideas contained within it and expanded them into chapters of the complete piece. The song explores the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses.[2] Particularly represented are bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, autism, post-partum depression, and dissociative identity disorder.

The song contains influences of the classical, metal, folk and progressive genres and weaves through many time signatures, including 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, and 7/8. The song is the longest that Dream Theater has recorded. In order to ease the scrolling through the song, Mike Portnoy gave each movement their own track, splitting the song into eight tracks.[3]

The song was played in its entirety on Score, with the “Octavarium Orchestra” playing “Overture” and backing for the rest of the piece, except for “The Test That Stumped Them All”.

Pull Me Under

“Pull Me Under” is the first track and first single from Dream Theater’s 1992 album Images and Words. It is also featured on the Live at the Marquee CD, Once in a LIVEtime CD, Live at Budokan CD and DVD and the Images and Words: Live in Tokyo VHS and DVD. It was released as the first single from Images and Words, and received positive critical reception and extensive MTV rotation.[1] It is widely considered to be Dream Theater’s signature song.

On the Backs of Angels

“On the Backs of Angels” is a song by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, featured on their 11th studio album A Dramatic Turn of Events. The song was written by the band’s guitarist and producer John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess.

“On the Backs of Angels” was released as A Dramatic Turn of Events’ lead single via YouTube on June 29, 2011.[2] A music video for the song was released on September 14, 2011.[3] The song was nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards, eventually losing to “White Limo” by Foo Fighters.[4][5]

In composing “On the Backs of Angels”, on the advice from one of their fans and co-writers, Dream Theater tried to illustrate their signature sound.[6] From the start, the band envisioned the song as an album opener that, according to Petrucci, would make their fans “feel at home”. Clocking in at 8:43 long and with numerous time signature changes, the song is mostly played in 4/4 and 3/4 time. Its introduction features a moody and foreboding arpeggiated guitar pattern that was written by Petrucci and inspired by the music of said fan favorite, Pink Floyd.[7] At 5:51, the song breaks down into a piano passage that was improvised by Rudess. Audiences were positively receptive of this song’s music video, with some interviewed individuals referring to it as a true masterpiece, rivaling even Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. It has been said that this song is the anthem of small groups of college students in the Northeastern region of the United States. [8]

Octavarium (song)

Octavarium is a song by progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, from the album of the same name.
The song starts with Jordan Rudess using his Haken Continuum and his lap steel guitar, drawing references from Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, Tangerine Dream, Marty Friedman’s Scenes, and Queen’s “Bijou”.

Illumination Theory

“Illumination Theory” is a song by the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. The song was released on 23 September 2013, as the closing track of the band’s 12th album Dream Theater. It features a string ensemble conducted and arranged by Eren Başbuğ.[1] The song’s lyrics, according to the guitarist John Petrucci, are about things for which people will live, die or kill.[2] The song’s length is 22:17, making it Dream Theater’s fifth longest to date.

The entire song was released as a 12″ picture disc exclusively for Record Store Day 2014 and limited to 2,700 copies.

Along for the Ride (song)

“Along for the Ride” is a power ballad by progressive rock band Dream Theater, and is the second single from their self-titled 12th studio album. It was announced on the band’s official Facebook page as the second single on September 6, 2013 and was made available in various locations on September 9. The band’s guitarist John Petrucci, talked about the lyrics in an interview in which he said: “the message to that song is very much like you know with all the crazy stuff that happens in the world and all the dangerous events and people out there and things going on… that we don’t have a lot of control for that and then we’re just on this big planet and we’re along for the ride”.[1] The world tour to promote Dream Theater is named after the song.

A Nightmare to Remember

“A Nightmare to Remember” is a progressive metal song written and performed by the American band Dream Theater. It is the first track on the band’s tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, released in 2009. The song was written by the band’s guitarist, John Petrucci who tells about a car crash that he was involved in when he was a child. The music of the song is dark as the band’s keyboardist Jordan Rudess talked about Black Clouds: “We’ve been entering into the Gothic domain quite a bit on this album.” The song’s length is 16 minutes, making it the second longest track on the album.[1][2]

The lyrics which are based on a car crash that Petrucci was involved when he was a child, tell how Petrucci felt before the incident, when it happened, and about being taken care of in hospital by a man whom he describes in the lyrics as “faceless”, the feeling that this incident is haunting his dreams, and how he feels a relief that he and all the others who were involved survived.

A Change of Seasons

A Change of Seasons is an EP by progressive metal band Dream Theater, first released on September 19, 1995 through East West Records. It comprises the 23-minute title track and a collection of bonus live covers performed at a fan club concert at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, England.

The title track, which was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York, includes audio samples from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society and quotes from the 1648 Robert Herrick poem, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.[2]

“A Change of Seasons” was originally slated to be released on the 1992 album Images and Words but was instead re-recorded and released as an EP.[3] The lyrics, written by the band’s then-drummer Mike Portnoy, were not inspired by the movie but rather the death of his mother.[4] A Change of Seasons was also the first Dream Theater release featuring Derek Sherinian on keyboards.

Excerpts from the title track were used by NBC in a segment on downhill skiing during the 2002 Winter Olympics.[5]

Although the record is labeled as an EP, at 57:30, it is much longer than a standard EP, or, indeed, many LPs, including Dream Theater’s first two albums. According to Portnoy, “It was important for us and the label for it not to be perceived as the latest studio record. That’s why we tagged it an EP.”[6]

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