Since the beginning of this blog, it has been inevitable that this day would come. The day that I post about a Dream Theater album, that is. Everyone who knows me will know that there was a time in my life when I was obsessed with all things Dream Theater. Now although my opinion of the band may have been excessively elitist, the fact remains that they are deserving of all the high praise they receive. Formed at Berklee College of Music in Boston back in 1985, Dream Theater has now become one of the biggest juggernauts in the progressive metal scene. Founding members John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy, certainly need no introduction, as they have become household names for all aspiring musicians in the rock discipline. Although Mike Portnoy has since left the band to pursue other projects (such as critically acclaimed rock supergroup Flying Colors), he was still a driving force with Dream Theater at the time of their fifth studio album, Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory.
With the release of this album also comes the Dream Theater debut of well-known and unbelievably talented keyboardist Jordan Rudess. After their first keyboardist, Kevin Moore, left the band in 1994, the band initially approached Rudess and asked him to join the band, however he opted to take a position touring with the Dixie Dregs at the time. Dream Theater then hired Derek Sherinian, a fellow Berklee alumnus, who played with them until 1999, when he was replaced by Rudess. Rounding out the band is James LaBrie, who has been the primary vocalist for Dream Theater since 1991.