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DT Moments that defined you as a fan

  • DT Moments that defined you as a fan
    May 25, 2012 - 1:29pm

    For me it's the chorus to As I Am.

    The raw energy and honesty in James' voice when he asks us to take him as he is is beautiful. We've all been there, guys.

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on May 25, 2012 - 1:29pm

For me it's the chorus to As I Am.

The raw energy and honesty in James' voice when he asks us to take him as he is is beautiful. We've all been there, guys.

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Even though i listen to their heavier stuff i still think Spirit Carries On is one of their best, watching the score DVD on the train, every time James says sing i nearly scream out the chorus!! one of Jp's most emotional solo's

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[quote=SixdgramatichaosOnachristmasmorning]I was always Styx's biggest fan and I still am, but my thorough enjoyment with any other band started when I went to a Dream Theater-Iron Maiden show. I didn't know any actual DT songs at the time except for PMU, but I did know for a fact that they were the WAY better of the two, far before I went to the show. I easily got really into Iron Maiden after that show, but still did not yet become any more familiar with DT. Then I went to a Rush show, and I began to LOVE Rush. Then, I was finally able to grasp onto some Symphony X, which really taught me a lot. FINALLY, I was able to keep track of Dream Theater songs and understand them more. So I listened to the entire Scenes From a Memory album, and couldn't stop listing to endless amounts of Dream Theater every day. I finally had seen the different sides of them, and the brilliance of all of it- the contrast of Images and Words to Awake and then to everything else. This was the explanation of everything I heard in SFAM!! I remember finding it almost comical how simple some of the parts of SFAM were!! But they still spoke to me, unlike any four chord pop can! And I began to understand. WOW. Then a Dramatic Turn of Events came out, and I am absolutely blown away.

So i guess, the short answer is that the turning point was listing to Fatal Tragedy. Unbelievable emotion. WOW.[/quote]

Dude........I LOVE your screen name.

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I was always Styx's biggest fan and I still am, but my thorough enjoyment with any other band started when I went to a Dream Theater-Iron Maiden show. I didn't know any actual DT songs at the time except for PMU, but I did know for a fact that they were the WAY better of the two, far before I went to the show. I easily got really into Iron Maiden after that show, but still did not yet become any more familiar with DT. Then I went to a Rush show, and I began to LOVE Rush. Then, I was finally able to grasp onto some Symphony X, which really taught me a lot. FINALLY, I was able to keep track of Dream Theater songs and understand them more. So I listened to the entire Scenes From a Memory album, and couldn't stop listing to endless amounts of Dream Theater every day. I finally had seen the different sides of them, and the brilliance of all of it- the contrast of Images and Words to Awake and then to everything else. This was the explanation of everything I heard in SFAM!! I remember finding it almost comical how simple some of the parts of SFAM were!! But they still spoke to me, unlike any four chord pop can! And I began to understand. WOW. Then a Dramatic Turn of Events came out, and I am absolutely blown away.

So i guess, the short answer is that the turning point was listing to Fatal Tragedy. Unbelievable emotion. WOW.

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[quote=dreamtheater55]actually, id like to change that. the song count of tuscany as a whole, but especially the last 5 minutes .simply breathtaking[/quote]

Yes. ^

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actually, id like to change that. the song count of tuscany as a whole, but especially the last 5 minutes .simply breathtaking

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i would honestly say that the chorus during The Great Debate is my favorite, just the lyrics bring me out. "look to the sky" the way its sung, its beautiful. though i use the way he says it in a different way rather than thinking of stem cell research (lol) the feeling of how its sung is still there.

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DT Moments that defined you as a fan...

I was lead to DT through JP during a G3.

My first album was Awake. It defined me because of the range of musicality and depth I heard in what became my favorite portion of the album, "A Mind Beside Itself" through to "Lifting Shadows Off A Dream." Listening to The Mirror and Lie evolve in and out of one another was the initial gem. That was the first time I heard rocking music do something like that before.

6DOIT and ToT became soundtracks that helped me express some issues I was having during a rough patch(es) so I'd say they helped define me as a fan.

The moment my old girlfriend heard "I Walk Beside You" and we actually had a song we could both listen too. :D

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I think it was listening to metropolis pt. one. That song got me interested in Instrumedly and Instrumedly led me to all the other songs.

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An old friend came to work one day with a copy of "Awake" in his backpack. He knew I was looking for new music, and he figured considering my love of Iron Maiden, that I might just like Dream Theater. Little did he know that "Awake" would change how I listened to music forever. Eighteen years later and thousands of dollars spent, Dream Theater is my favorite band, and the most listened to band in my collection.

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i definitely agree with paddladd!

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Disappear, from start to finish, almost makes me burst into tears whenever I hear it.
It's the one song I will *never* listen to in a public place.

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Surrounded, start to finish. To date their greatest accomplishment. The uplifting energy, the spirit, the beauty.....it's unmatched by anything else they've ever written. If I could only listen to one Dream Theater song for the rest of my life - well, you get the idea.

And from an ivory tower hears her call - let the light surround you!

More recently, the section of "This is the Life" where he sings "Life begins as an empty slate" gives me goosebumps in 80 degree weather.