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Rank the DT Albums v. Because It Had to Happen

  • Rank the DT Albums v. Because It Had to Happen
    September 9, 2011 - 2:11am

    1. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
    2. Images & Words
    3. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
    4. Train of Thought (Deal with it!)
    5. Awake
    6. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
    7. Falling Into Infinity
    8. Systematic Chaos
    9. Octavarium
    10. When Dream and Day Unite

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DimitriusDTF's picture
on September 9, 2011 - 2:11am

1. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
2. Images & Words
3. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
4. Train of Thought (Deal with it!)
5. Awake
6. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
7. Falling Into Infinity
8. Systematic Chaos
9. Octavarium
10. When Dream and Day Unite

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red101's picture

1. Train Of Thought
2. Scenes From A Memory
3. 6DOIT
4. Images and Words
5. Octavarium
6. ADTOE
7. BCASL
8. When Dream And Day Unite
9. Awake
10.Systematic Chaos
11.Falling Into Infinity

Thoughts's picture

1. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
2. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
3. A Change of Seasons
4. A Dramatic Turn of Events
5. Images & Words
6. Train of Thought (Deal with it!)
7. Awake
8. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
9. Octavarium
10. Systematic Chaos
11. Falling Into Infinity
12. When Dream and Day Unite

I have to include A Change of Seasons. It isn't full length but it is one of their best songs.

RC Towers's picture

For Me, After 19 years listening to their music, my top 10 depends on which period in my life I was dealing with, and going through. All of DT's albums are #1 in my heart, but as of now, moving in the direction that DT, and others are heading, ADTofE is our calling, we embrace the past and the dark, but we will be only defined by our moment of now, and the light. Our declaration as Human Beings. Lyrically and musically, DT's greatest creation yet from all facets in making this masterpiece.

DTfanfromcanada's picture

1/2/3 (in no particular order, all #1 in my book).... I love all their albums except WDADU cus i'm a james fan, but I love all their albums

1. Images and Words

2. A Dramatic Turn of Events

3. Scenes From a Memory
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4. Awake

5. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

6. Train of Thought

7. Systematic Chaos

8. Black Clouds and Silver Linings

9. Octavarium

10. Falling Into Infinity

brasstactics's picture

1:) Scenes from a Memory
2:) Awake
3:) Systematic Chaos
4:) Six Degrees
5:) Octavarium
6:) Images and Words
7:) Black Clouds and Silver Linings
8:) Train of Thought
9:) A Change of Seasons
10:) When Dream and Day Unite .... (It's what started this whole journey together)
11:) Falling into Infinity

New Album, hmmmm, too soon to declare, but !!! I believe it will fall somewhere in the top 5.

The Count of Germfask's picture

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Images & Words
Train of Thought
Octavarium
Awake
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Systematic Chaos
When Dream & Day Unite
Falling Into Infinity

Crash_of_Doom's picture

1. Scenes From a Memory
2. Systematic Chaos
3. Train of Thought
4. Images & Words
5. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
6. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
7. Falling Into Infinity
8. Awake
9. A Dramatic Turn of Events
10. Octavarium
11. When Dream and Day Unite

I made this list without thinking too hard about it. I suppose ADTOE will rise in the upcoming months, but this is the list i made that popped up in me when i wrote it. If i think about it harder, the albums will shift. This is the list i made on my overall feeling of an album, not the album that has the most songs i like.

Variable's picture

After doing an off the top of my head rating of all of Dream theater's Songs and then giving each album an average score based on that I came up with this list.

1. A Dramatic Turn of Events
2. Falling into Infinity
3. Octavarium
4. Train of Thought
5. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
6. Scenes from a Memory
7. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
8. Images and Words
9. Systematic Chaos
10. Awake

I don't have when day and dream unite and haven't heard it all the way through so i left it out of my list.

lopezowo's picture

01 - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
02 - A Dramatic Turn of Events(awesome!! no.8 - on your knees!!)
03 - Train of Thought
04 - Scenes from a Memory
05 - Octavarium
06 - Awake
07 - Systematic Chaos
08 - Images & Words
09 - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
10 - Falling Into Infinity
11 - When Dream & Day Unite

Ad134's picture

[b]1. Awake[/b]
Absolutely amazing. Nothing could be done to improve this album. Every song is fantastic, and I adore the contrast between, let's say, The Silent Man and The Mirror.

[b]2. Images And Words[/b]
What could I possibly say that hasn't already been said? Total prog amazingness. Pull Me Under isn't as strong as the rest, but the album is great!

[b]3. Scenes From A Memory[/b]
No real complaints aside from the annoying snare drum. Seriously, it makes Home almost annoying. Nothing wrong with the album, I just don't perceive it in the same way that I do of my top 2. Having said that, these top three albums are so close.

[b]4. A Dramatic Turn Of Events[/b]
A bit tentative perhaps, for I've only listened to it once all the way through, but I like On The Backs Of Angels really well. After that, the album really gets better as it goes along, and for me the weakest song is Build Me Up, Break Me Down. The last three tracks go so well together. I finished the album with a massive smile on my face, Beneath The Surface is so beautiful I nearly cried.

[b]5. Train of Thought[/b]
The album that demonstrated how DT can do heavy well. As I Am is a bit weak, but the rest is great.

[b]6. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence[/b]
Now, this may be considered blasphemy, but The Great Debate and Blind Faith really don't do it for me. TGP is awesome, Disappear is woah, and Misunderstood is epic, not to mention the title track being an astounding show of Dream Theater's songwriting capabilities.

[b]7. Falling Into Infinity[/b]
Weak tracks such as Anna Lee, You Not Me, and Take Away My Pain are excused by the AMAZING songs that are Hell's Kitchen, Lines in the Sand, Peruvian Skies, and Trial of Tears. An underrated gem.

[b]8. Octavarium[/b]
An otherwise dodgy album saved by a great first track and a glorious end track. Also, totally unintentional that it's ranked #8 on my list.

[b]9. Black Clouds & Silver Linings[/b]
Eh. The Count of Tuscany is pretty good I guess. The Shattered Fortress is cool if it's played with the other AA songs. Wither's alright too, but nothing on this album stands out as amazing. This is the point - at 9 out of freaking 11 albums! - where I start to actually dislike them. It shows how amazing a band is that it takes right until near the end before the albums get mediocre.

[b]10. When Dream And Day Unite[/b]
Now, I really haven't listened to this much, but this album never really clicked with me. Dominici was the wrong singer, but that's not the only reason. When this was written, Dream Theater did not sound like what I perceive Dream Theater as. To me, DT has been a balance between Rush and Metallica. For this album, they sounded like a proggier rush with SLIGHTLY more balls.

[b]11. Systematic Chaos[/b]
Repentance is the only track on this album really worth listening to. Perhaps Constant Motion as well, but only if you feel like listening to a slightly more proggy Metallica. The Dark Eternal Night is alright before being destroyed by Rudess messing around in the instrumental section. DT's worst album.

Although I'm not ranking it, A Change of Seasons would go between Images and Words and Scenes From A Memory.

JedSaje's picture

1. ADToE (ive been listening to it for a couple weeks now, had a leaked version but hell i bought the boxset the first day it was available so back off)
2. 6DoIT
3. Awake
4. WDADU
5. SFaM
6. I&W
7. BC&SL
8. SC
9. FII
10. Oct
11. ToT

the top 5-7 were tough to decide and the 8-11 are kinda tied i do

Ianuarius's picture

01 - Images & Words
02 - Scenes from a Memory
03 - A Dramatic Turn of Events
04 - When Dream & Day Unite
05 - Awake
06 - Falling Into Infinity
07 - Octavarium
08 - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
09 - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
10 - Systematic Chaos
11 - Train of Thought

That's about right. I couldn't decide which one was worse, SC or TOT... so I just threw them there at random. Mostly I'm thinking: "How many great and good songs does this album have?" and with the last four albums: "How many great riffs does this album have?"

Images & Words is just perfect... well even Under a Glass Moon and Pull Me Under aren't songs that I would skip.

For the longest time I just thought that maybe the new albums are as great as the old ones, but they just don't have the nostalgia value to hold them up. Then A Dramatic Turn of Events came along and proved once and for all that they just plain sucked. That album is great! :)

Daso's picture

1. Awake
2. Images and Words (these two first change places)
3. A Dramatic Turn of Events
4. Scenes From a Memory
5. When Dream and Day Unite
6. Octavarium
7. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
8. Falling Into Infinity (changes with 6DOIT every now and then)
9. Black Clouds and Silver Linings
10. Train of Thought
11. Systematic Chaos

dongringo's picture

1. A Dramatic Turn of Events
2. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
3. Octavarium
4. Awake
5. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
6. Images and Words
7. Systematic Chaos
8. Train of Thought
9. Falling Into Infinity
10. Scenes from a Memory

When Dream and Day Unite (haven't heard it)

lak89's picture

Very tough question, and it's bound to change sometime but here goes.

1. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2. Octavarium
3. Train Of Thought
4. Awake
5. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
6. Images And Words
7. Scenes From A Memory
8. Systematic Chaos
9. Falling Into Infinity
10. When Dream And Day Unite

I've heard the new album all the way through already, still letting it sink in.

LuisCA's picture

1. Awake
2. Images and Words
3. SDOIT
4. Metropolis Pt. II
5. Octavarium
5. Falling into Infinity (Tied)
7. BC&SL
8. Train of Thought
9. Systematic Chaos
10. WDADU

ceroscuro's picture

For me, it's:

1. Scenes From a Memory
2. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
3. Octavarium
4. A Change of Seasons
5. Black Clouds and Silver Linings
6. Systematic Chaos
7. Train of Thought
8. Awake
9. When Dream and Day Unite
11. Images and Words
12. Falling into Infinity

Expecting A Dramatic Turn of Events to fit somewhere in my top 3 or so...

GuitarOverture's picture

1: Images and words
2: A dramatic turn of events
3: A change of seasons
4: Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a memory
5: Octavarium
6: Sic degrees of inner turbulence
7: Falling into infinity
8: Train of thought
9: Awake
10: Systematic chaos
11: Black clouds and silver linings
12: When dream and day unite
:D

LieLowTheWantedManDTF's picture

Re-done to include aDToE.
1. Scenes from a Memory
2. Awake
3. A Dramatic Turn of Events
4. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
5. Systematic Chaos
6. Images and Words
7. Black Clouds and Silver Linings
8. Octavarium
9. When Dream and Day Unite
10. Falling Into Infinity
11. Train of Thought

Infinite Cactus's picture

1.Awake
2.Images And Words
3.A Dramatic Turn Of Events
4.When Dream and Day Unite
5.Falling Into Infinity
6.Octavarium
7.Black Clouds And Silver Linings
8.Scenes From A Memory
9.Train of Thought
10.Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
11.Systematic Chaos

Eduard's picture

[b]1º SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE[/b]
2º Images and Words
3º Falling into Infinity
4º A Dramatic Turn of Events
5º Awake
6º Scenes from a Memory
7º When Dream and Day Unite
8º Train of Thought
9º Black Clouds and Silver Linings
10º Octavarium
11º Systematic Chaos

BlackInk's picture

Redoing my after ADToE:

01 - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
02 - A Dramatic Turn of Events
03 - Train of Thought
04 - Octavarium
05 - Systematic Chaos
06 - Images & Words
07 - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory
08 - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
09 - Awake
10 - Falling Into Infinity
11 - When Dream & Day Unite

Acidic Biaxident's picture

1 - 8VM
2 - SFaM
3 - I&W
4 - BCSL
5 - 6DoIT
6 - ToT
7 - SC
8 - Awake
9 - FII
10 - WDADU

Disappear's picture

This "tiered" ranking isn't to slight any of these albums, it's just a ranking of where these albums are in my heart right now. Most of the first 2 tiers are masterpieces, and the rest range from very good to....meh. :p

Tier 1:
SFAM
6DOIT
TOT

Tier 2:
Images
Awake
Octavarium

Tier 3:
SC
WDADU
BCSL
FII

Even the bottom 2 have some of my all-time favorite DT songs amongst the duds -- Nightmare, TCOT, Lines In The Sand, Hell's Kitchen, etc. WDADU would be a LOT higher were it not for the punk rawwwwwwwk production value. :)

Fran521's picture

1-I&W
2-6DOIT
3-Awake
4-SFAM
5-ADTOE
6-8V
7-ToT
8-FII
9-BC&SL
10-SC
11-WDADU

tromljofl's picture

1 - SFAM
2 - Oct
3 - SC
4 - SDOIT
5 - BC&SL
6 - ACOS
7 - TOT
8 - ADTOE
9 - FII
10- AWAKE

Brewtaco's picture

[quote=Aramatheis]I'd have to say:

1. Scenes From a Memory
2. Awake
3. Images and Words
4. Octavarium
5. Blacks Clouds & Silver Linings
6. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
7. When Dream and Day Unite
8. Train of Thought
9. Systematic Chaos
10. Falling Into Infinity
[/quote]
closest one ive seen yet to how i expect mine to be laid out..

SeRoX's picture

1- Awake
2- Images & Words
3- A Dramatic Turn Of Events
4- Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
5- Falling Into Infinity
6- Metropolis Pt-2 Scenes From A Memory
7- Black Clouds & Silver Linings
8- When Dream & Day Unite
9- Train Of Thought
10- Octavarium
11- Systematic Chaos

Coquito's picture

1. Images and Words
2. Scenes from a Memory
3. A Dramatic Turn of Events (subject to change :p)
4. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
5. Awake
6. A Change of Seasons (just the song)
7. Train of Thought
8. When Dream and Day Unite
9. Octavarium
10. Black Clouds and Silver Linings
11. Falling Into Infinity
12. Systematic Chaos

MusicMan7's picture

I. Images & Words
ii. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
iii. Octavarium
IV. Awake
V. Train of Thought
vi. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
vii. Black Clouds & Silver Linings
VIII. Systematic Chaos
ix. Falling Into Infinity
x. When Dream And Day Unite
XI. A Change of Seasons

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