Currently, like probably a lot of others, I'm giving the new Black Sabbath album a good listen. Some songs needed some time to grow on me but I like this one a lot. Other than that, I gave Ayreon's album The Human Equation a listen and it's great. I would definitely recommend it.
Metropolis Pt. 1 definitely. One of the first Dream Theater songs I've ever heard and it stuck with me on the first listen. It's goddamn beautiful and creates the most fantastical and awesome images in my head on every listen. There's a wide range of emotion going on in there as well, and in my mind creates this epic story with an epic and heart-felt finale all within just 9 and a half minutes, which, by Dream Theater standards, is pretty short.
I think I had heard their name being mentioned here and there, but not much more so I wasn't too attentive. I know at some point a guy who's videos I watched on YouTube was a big DT fan, and he had a pretty great taste in music so I decided to check them out. A couple of songs in and I was hooked. The first LP's I got were both Octavarium and Black Clouds, and I haven't looked back.
While I personally have never met a female fan of Dream Theater, I'm sure they're out there. I believe the scarcity of them comes from how prog music in general seems to appeal more towards males than females, thought I'm sure it doesn't intentionally mean to. I've tried to tune my girlfriend onto DT (to no avail I might add), and as she so eloquently puts it: "ain't nobody got time fo dat". That's probably where the problem stems anyways; the impatience to sit through such lengthy compositions. But, for any female fans out there, keep on rockin and keep on listening. :D
From their whole range of songs throughout their discography, this isn't an easy one, but let's see...
1. Metropolis Pt. 1
That's definitely my favorite song of theirs. The rest, in no particular order...
-The Count of Tuscany
-A Change of Seasons
-Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
-Stream of Consciousness
-In the Presence of Enemies
-Breaking All Illusions
-Learning to Live