I and Joachim Lien both share the same love for music, since we had about MTV and popular music; we thought it would be a good idea to have about metal and non-popular music. We are going to help each other out and "kind of" co-operate, but hand in one project each. I chose to write about my favorite genre and band; Progressive Metal and the band "Dream Theater".
Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. It incorporates the hard and energetic sound of metal, with the time signatures of jazz and the instrumental playing of progressive rock. Jazz Fusion and classical music may also be used as an influence in Progressive Metal. The songs are often much longer than normal songs and may even be up to on hour. The lyrics are often about a specific theme (also called a concept-album). The origin of Prog-Metal is discussed back and forth by many artists, but there is a broad agreement that it started in the late 60's with bands such as High Tide, King Crimson and Rush. Progressive Metal as a genre did not develop popularity until early 70's.
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Bands and artists such as Fates Warning, Queensrÿche and Dream Theater started to emerge and get popular from the shadows. Queensryche had melodic sound, Dream Theater had more traditional prog rock sound and Fates Warning were the most heavy and aggressive sound of them all. The genre has never been a part of the mainstream culture of MTV, even though a few songs have had play time on the radio. In short terms, Progressive Metal is hard, energetic, complex, poetic and technical.
Dream Theater, formerly known as Majesty (1985-1987), is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985. It consists of John Petrucci - Guitar, Jordan Rudess - Keyboard, James LaBrie - vocals, Mike Portnoy - Drums and John Myung - Bass. The band is well known for their well written and meaningful lyrics as well as their artistic and brilliancy on their instruments. They have released 11 studio albums, pluss countless amounts of bootlegs, live DVDs and such.
The band was founded when guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy met each other at the Berklee College of Music. They started out as an Iron Maiden and Rush cover band, rehearsing in the basements of Berklee. They later asked Mike Portnoy' old school mate, Kevin Moore to play the keyboard and Chris Collins to sing. Growing popularity and a hectic schedule, made the band quit college to concentrate on their music. After a year of playing, they decided to record a demo, which today is known as the majesty demos. While recording, their singer at that time, Chris Collins was fired due to lack of talent. After nearly a year of auditions to find a new singer, the band hiredCharlie Dominici, their second vocalist. The reason for their change of name is that a band from Las Vegas, named Majesty, threatened with legal action for intellectual property infringement of their name, that's why they had to change their name. Why they chose Dream Theater as their name, is because of Mike's father suggested the name Dream Theater, the name of a movie house in Monterey, California.
Their first CD, "When Dream and Day Unite" was released in 1988, released by Mechanic Records, a division of MCA (Music Corporation of America). The record label broke their contract, restricting Dream Theater to play just five local shows for their "tour". Due to "personal and creative differences", vocalist Dominici was fired from the band. Two years went before they found a replacement. They auditioned over 200 people, among them former Fates Warning front man John Arch. In January 1991, a vocalist named James LaBrie from Canada auditioned and was immediately hired to fill the vocalist position. After writing new songs with the new singer, James, they started recording their second album, "Images and Words", to be released in 1992. In 1994 they entered the studio again to begin the writing process in which would become their third album "Awake", also the last album to feature their keyboardist, Kevin Moore. They found keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who had worked with Kiss and Alice Cooper to replace Kevin. Once again finding themselves with a new member, they started writing "Falling Into Infinity", Who were released in1995.
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In 1991, Derek was fired and replace by their current keyboardist, Jordan Rudess. Together with Jordan, they have recorded six albums to this date. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999), Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002), Train of Thought (2003), Octavarium (2005), Systematic Chaos (2007) and Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009). Dream Theater is said to be the fathers of Progressive Metal. From the start and until now they have continued their progressive, hard, complex style of music which stuns and blow the fans away.