For the unconvinced.
I listened to Dream Theater on purpose for the first time last night, genuinely curious to see if I had been missing something this whole time having been unconsciously avoiding them for no real reason.
Then I listened to most of Images and Words, which is supposed to be a big deal. Turns out, I didn’t like it. Turns out, I was expecting Fates Warning with more wank. What I got sounded like a parody of what I think when I head the term “progressive metal.” It seemed like an elaborate joke, albeit once executed exceptionally.
Now I feel about Dream Theater the way I feel about Rush: a band of obviously talented musicians making music I don’t want anything to do with. Except Dream Theater might be goofier.
Also, where’s the “metal” in their “progressive metal” categorization? Aside from some chugga-wuggas I felt like I was mostly listening to something accidentally played by Skid Row trying to do free-form Faith No More covers. It doesn’t sound obliquely metal. I feel like “prog rock” and “prog metal” would sound like different things. Listen to “Take the Time.” I mean, Jesus Christ.
My latest gift: Seance’s 1992 effort, Fornever Laid to Rest.
Seance is a Swedish death metal band that did not utilize the “Gothenburg sound;” they in fact sounded much more like their American or Dutch counterparts. They’re much closer to Sinister than they are to Entombed, for example.
This album absolutely nails the meaty death metal sound. It is thick and pulsing, creating a tangible sonic landscape. Very much recommended.