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WHEN DREAM AND DAY UNITE

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.20 | 1162 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
3 stars Only a matter of time

Dream Theater's debut release is quite different from anything they did afterwards, but most of the trademarks are here and it is indeed a promising affair. What most fans of the band notice immediately is the absence of lead vocalist James LaBrie who would join first for the next album, but apart from that it is possible to see a fundamental difference in the sound and approach of the band when comparing this debut with the brilliant follow-up Images And Words. When Dream And Day Unite is more strongly rooted in classic Heavy Metal; bands like Rush, Queensryche and Black Sabbath are much more prominent among the early influences of the band than are Symphonic Prog bands like Yes. Charlie Dominici is indeed a more traditional (80's) Heavy Metal singer in the Judas Priest and Iron Maiden school, but it is not just the vocals that draw in that direction. Remember, we are still in the 80's here. But this is not to say that this album is not progressive. It is. And it is pointing, if ever so slightly, towards the future sound of the band.

Images And Words would constitute an enormous leap forward for Dream Theater. This debut is very immature in comparison. But judged on its own merits without comparing with future releases, When Dream And Day Unite is a good album. I used to rate it lower, but three stars seems to be appropriate.

Good, but hardly essential for everyone

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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