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1986 - 1990

Founding members John Myung, Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci
in 1986Dream Theater was formed in 1986 by guitarist John
Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy while
studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Kevin
Moore, a high school band-mate of Petrucci's, was recruited
to play keyboards and Chris Collins was enlisted as

The quintet settled on the name Majesty for their
newly-formed group (a name inspired by Portnoy's
description of the closing section of "Bastille Day" by
Rush), and More...

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This song means so much to me! | Reviewer: Ryan Slater
    ------ About the song A Change Of Seasons performed by Dream Theater

This song is just amazing when i first heard it i was in total awe. James Labrie is absolutely brilliant on this. This is the only song taht can literally put me in tears. Just beautiful and so meaningful.

Amazing song, but I have my take on it. | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song In The Name Of God performed by Dream Theater

Of course, this song clearly demonstrates just how amazing Dream Theater is (especially the final chorus "Religious beliefs/Frantic obsession/Does following faith/Lead us to violence?")! BEAUTIFUL!!!
My interpretation is that this song is either about the post-9/11 events (listen to Sacrificed Sons, that's another amazing song by them about 9/11), or just about the evil men do in the name of religion. I am a deist, so I do believe in God, but I don't follow any specific religion. I believe that God does show His compassion for us, and would lovingly embrace our spirits in Heaven. But it is US HUMANS, not God's word, that cause people to act this way and start wars in the name of God. That is not what He wants. We can think for ourselves, and we don't have to spend countless hours out of our lives bowing down to God like a dog. Plus, our prayers never really get answered, and if they do, it's all the result of a coincidence or something else that's going on. God, in my opinion, is only there to create the universe before the Big Bang, and to show His compassion, and everlasting love for every being on this planet. But if there were other gods, they would be LaBrie, Petrucci, Myung, Mangini, and Rudess!! LONG LIVE DREAM THEATER!!!

A Few Thoughts on the review by The Analyst | Reviewer: Senior Analyst
    ------ About the song On The Backs Of Angels performed by Dream Theater

I applaud the review by "The Analyst" of DT's "On The Backs of Angels", and believe most of it is spot on. Based on various song videos, my own analysis of the song, and other interpretations online, it seems clear that DT is indeed communicating a bitter irony of America's role in the New World Order. The Illuminati, or Elites, control much of the world's banking/monetary, political, and military forces and their plan is coming to fruition as evidenced by the global degeneration in economies, unprecedented political corruption, increasing wars/violence, and a general disintegration of morals (just take a look at American entertainment industries of what now passes as acceptable behavior and how our present day society mirrors that). All the while, the average person is struggling just to make ends meet due to the need to feed the corporate/political machine (think about the ever expanding welfare/disability state that for the first time in our history accounts for 52% of all Americans: "victims on parade are stringing us along"). Furthermore, I concur with the Analyst's review concerning his interpretation of Christian and Biblical imagery (DT has used such themes throughout its discography). Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I don't think DT is part of the conspiracy, they are simply commenting on what they see going on (going wrong) all around them resulting from the plans of the satanic Illuminati. That's my take, such as it is.

hello | Reviewer: mac
    ------ About the song Hollow Years (demo version) performed by Dream Theater

what song is
In the writing of a tired hand
You'll see the message getting clearer
And maybe you'll understand
In the echoes of a tired voice
You'll hear the message getting clearer
And maybe you'll have no choice

where are your proves and facts ?? | Reviewer: alireza
    ------ About the song In The Name Of God performed by Dream Theater

what's your refrences ? what you say is your idea and your church's beliefs , you clearly show that you speak like preachers without any facts , yes leaders after prophet muhammad peace be upon him used their situation to take control of people i give you a fact and an example in holy quran you can't find just one verse which said : if you convert to another religion you should be killed . it only said god will never guides your heart again to truth . killing people because of conversion their religion from islam to another religion was made by one of the persons who standed to help islam only for power , there's no fact or proves which say prophet muhammad killed someone for conversion from islam , if you read about what happend after prophet time you will found out what happend and where this tragedies came from for example read about ali and other people who wanted power or read about what was ashoura and why was it for . but first it's better if you read bible completely and see that with all these things you said about islam you'd say that torah and original faith is wrong ( you can find every part of bible in islam but not that mithraism roman jewism fundamental believes that you have about jesus )

Your Just Gonna Go In Circles with the Muslim Apologists | Reviewer: Christian Axe Slinger
    ------ About the song In The Name Of God performed by Dream Theater

Great song, and I think it's clearly referencing Islam. I'm not only a conservatory trained musician, but an officer who has been involved in the Islamic conflicts in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. I've also spent five years in seminary, and have taken classes and listened to lectures given not only on various facets of Islamic scripture, theology, and apologetic approach, but several of those courses were taught by men who were formerly top notch Islamic clerics, who new the ins and outs of that false religion and its Koran. Bottom line is that Islam (study both the book and the history) is a twisted amalgamation of various religions started by a man troubled on many levels about many things. If you believe the record of Christian Scripture that Jesus is indeed fully God and fully man, and the apostle Paul's statement that even if he himself,or an angel from heaven, were to at any time preach a new gospel (which is exactly what Islam attempts by changing the gospel that had existed seven hundred years earlier) let them be accursed.

Muslim apologist (many of the untrained in history, ancient languages, the theology and textual record of either the Bible or the Koran) will just throw crap out there that is blatantly untrue. In fact, one aspect of Islamic theology is that it is okay to knowingly lie to "the infidel" to gain dominance in an argument, etc, because "the infidel" doesn't deserve any honesty or fair play. It's a really twisted religion, when you get down into it, and sanctions a lot of bad stuff. Sure, there have been Christians who have done wrong, but those individuals are following their own scheme, and contradict Christ and the apostles' teachings. When Muslims do their junk, they're actually actively following the Koran and their clerics. There's a big difference between the two systems, and as long as Islam festers in any society, you're going to see poverty, violence, dishonoring of women, dishonesty and fanaticism, and all kinds of unholy behavior.

Eartly warfare won't cure the disease of Islam, only the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of the gospel working on their hearts. Grace and Peace (and shred).

What a dumbass | Reviewer: Jordan M. Rapp
    ------ About the song Octavarium performed by Dream Theater

"A criticizing voice | Reviewer: Flijoye | 12/12/10

Firstly, the references to the Classical Progressive Bands are like the most infantile and slovenly musical concept I've ever heard. Speaking out song titles one after another without any order - yeah, grrrreat idea.

Secondly - I noticed that most of DT fans are either too sensitive or really depressed, as they tend to cry listening to this song. I really respect your admiration for this piece of music, but all I feel is disgust while hearing these In Flames/Bullet For My Valentine-style, electronically-modified vocals.

And the third thing is... the spoken parts sound like... well, I better not describe how infantile and childish is the vocalist's voice when he's talking about loyalty, trust, faith and desire.

To recap - old Progressive>neoprogressive."

You know scientist have found a direct correlation between intelligence and appreciation of complex music such as progressive. But beyond that you aren't a criticizing voice your an asshole. You don't seem to understand that many songs are famous that make references to other songs American pie is about a musician who died, and uses many lyrics from songs of the early rock movement. Only a bigoted arrogant cock chocking pile of amphibious shit such as yourself could look at one band who did the same thing as every other one, and say that they didn't make a good song because of it. Seriously that's just stupid. For the record I'm not saying your stupid, I'm saying you perfectly fit into the demographic of a person who is stupid.

Good musically - lyrically mixed | Reviewer: MFP
    ------ About the song The Great Debate performed by Dream Theater

Love the musical content of the song, and I think the idea of presenting a debate neutrally is good in theory. Only, here DT are giving too much weight to a side which has nothing but religious fear of science behind it. There isn't even a debate about stem cell reserach in other countries, because no other 1st World country has the kind of preponderance of religious fundamentalists in positions of influence.

The chorus asks if one is justified in "taking life to save life".

But stem cell research does not involve "taking life" at all. Again, a great track musically, on one of their greatest albums, but the lyrics are misinformed, which is a shame.

perfect song | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Space-Dye Vest performed by Dream Theater

"someone", I agree with you on every level. Too bad they JUST played the song yesterday at the new tour(and was horribly done, with labrie messing it up at the ending with high and ugly notes and a hard rock solo from petrucci), and I think they'll keep playing it from now on. So sad...

Possible Song Meaning | Reviewer: The Analyst
    ------ About the song On The Backs Of Angels performed by Dream Theater

It does sound political and religious in a sense and it is always fascinates me seeing what people interpret a song to be and what the musician’s interpretation of its meaning is in the end. Sometimes they are totally polar opposites of each other and I haven’t heard what the deal is with this song yet, but can only ponder. Sometimes these musicians compose music that has an infinite life of its own and can be divinely or demonically inspired like the backwards masking on Stair Way to Heaven. Not that I’m deliberating that DT is in this camp by any means, but you can understand that music could be a vehicle to communicate spiritual truths or deceptions. When asked what it means musicians seem to keep the meaning hidden and talk around it. Either that or they just don’t know and it is bigger than them. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras was said to have discovered the relationship of musical notes and organized them into scales, believed that music was the expression of a person's soul.
I have tried to crack this nut and who knows, but I’ll take a stab at it. I wasn’t seeing it in anyone else’s response and I’m sure someone will poke holes in my theory and call me crazy. I didn’t see anyone mention the New World Order (Novus Ordo Seclorum) and the Freemasons who run the United States and world? I noted some of the Freemason symbolism in DT’s records (all seeing eye of Horus) such as the Rights of Passage and Black Clouds and Silver Lining. Some theorist believes we have a shadow government that is pulling the strings named the New World Order and I’m sure Wall Street is working hand in hand with them to fund their ambitions. The Illuminate (the enlighten ones) with bloodlines centuries old are in control of all the finances and have their roots steeped in the Luciferian Babylon mystery religions and the occult. Perhaps they made a pact with the devil for their riches centuries ago. They control our perception and manipulate reality through pitting us against one another, wars, and destruction of our morality to gain control over the mass. They conceal and hide the truth of their actions in preparation for their Messiah’s return (Lucifier) which may be the indication of these angels that DT makes reference to. Don’t forget Satan with 1/3 of heaven’s host rebelled against God and were kicked out of heaven as fallen angels and had knowledge and the capability to create and it appears for all practical purposes we are puppets to them and their agenda. Of course you have the Watchers and Nephilim which some theorist believe will be coming back soon for the apocalypse (the unveiling) and Armageddon, the final battle between Satan and God and many people are on to this end time conspiracy as they establish a one world government in preparation for the anti-Christ’s rule. American currency is still traded throughout the world and if we go down, everyone goes down. If it is based off fallen angels it may be making reference to occult Luciferian religion which contrary to our beliefs, our country is based on it. Look at the dollar bill and the occult symbolism which is written all over it, and occult symbols in the capital city, and many other cities such as NY City. The statue of liberty isn’t lady liberty, but the Babylonian Ishtar, Imperial Rome’s goddess Libertas was Papal Rome’s “MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” and the template for America’s Statue of Liberty. Also, some theorists believe that Washington is tied in with London, and the Vatican. England holds the money, the Vatican is the religious arm, and the US is the military force to enforce the agenda. Freemasonry accounts for many of the founding fathers beliefs and ties to the ruling class in Europe. I may be reading way too deep into it, but it seemed to sound that way to me when I first heard the song. DT does have religious flare symbols to many of their songs. Many people in the United States are caught up in the materialism of this system and what it offers is basically leading us to the slaughter. Think about it, we call it democracy, but we are basically prisoners and enslaved to the banksters who make you work and toil your life away and they have laws to back them up which they fail to adhere to themselves, but make us do it. We are not locked up behind bars in a traditional sense, but we are prisoners of this system. Twenty percent of our budget is spent on national defense and much of it can’t be accounted for because they use it to fund the overthrows of governments. We work to fuel the machine building this invisible empire. The Christian bible says that “But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but
denying its power.”
IF these guys or their lyricist thought this deep, they are either genius or part of or aware of the conspiracy!

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