Artist: Dream Theater
Album: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Best Song You’ve Probably Heard: Yeah, right.
Best Song You Might Not Have Heard: Blind Faith
One day some twelve years ago or so, I was at work discussing one of my favorite bands, Queensrÿche, with a co-worker of mine. He suggested Dream Theater, the absolute kings of progressive metal. Well, I didn’t know that then. But I tried them out, bought a couple of albums, and found a new favorite band.
Then I kind of stopped following them for some unknown reason. It was around this time that “Six Degrees” came out. Eventually I bought it, because it was a Dream Theater album. But I never really listened to it much.
Thus it went for a number of years, until one day at work when I created an “All Dream Theater” playlist and started listening to it. These really, really amazing songs kept coming up that I realized I hadn’t heard. After checking I realized that they were coming off of “Six Degrees.”
“Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence” is two discs of pure awesome. The title track occupies one entire disc in eight movements. It’s pretty good stuff, very technical pure Dream Theater. But the best stuff is on the other disc. It is absolutely incredible.
I said “Yeah, right” on the “Best Song You’ve Probably Heard” item above because, in all honesty, either you’ve heard the whole album because you own it, or you haven’t heard any of it. There’s a lot of great songs, but “Blind Faith” is my favorite. In a band full of amazing talent, Mike Portnoy might be the most talented at his position of them all. In fact, he might be the best drummer around today, really. And “Blind Faith” is a fantastic showcase for Mike’s drumming ability.
If you’re looking for a new band to expand your horizons, try Dream Theater. ”Six Degrees” is a good place to start. Give it a listen, then again, and again. My bet is after three times through you’ll be completely and hopelessly hooked.