Album Review: “Awake” Dream Theater


Well the 20th anniversary is going on this year for Dream Theater’s third studio album, “Awake.”  Being longer than the second studio album, “Images and Words,”  “Awake” is more heavier/darker.  The amazing thing about this album is the craftiness of guitarist John Petrucci to throw in a seven stringed guitar.  He would use it in the songs “Caught in a Web,” “The Mirror,” and “Lie.”  “Caught in a Web” would become one of the main hit songs because of James LaBrie’s high pitching vocals, making him one of the best vocals of heavy metal.

Even though Grunge was hitting the United States hard with Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, etc, Dream Theater was able to lift themselves to success with the  “Awake” album.  “Enrotomania,” a fine instrumental piece created by the group.  Though not as abrasive when contrasting the later tune “Enigma Machine” released in the twelfth studio album, “Dream Theater,” it is still one awesome song.  Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Rush seem to cross hands.  Petrucci warms up doing the dazzling acoustic calm song “Silent Man.”  “The Mirror” features the dark lyrics that are hammered well by LaBrie.  Petrucci uses continuous third strokes on a seven stringed guitar that makes him unique, someone who you do not really find using a wonderful piece of instrument to make music.  “Lie” would be the following song to display Petrucci’s ultimate shred, as a respectful musician.

With the music dying down in “Scarred,” keyboardist Kevin Moore’s “Space Dye Vest ” would appear. Written by Moore, the opening of this song provides the audience a world of soft piano playing.  Even with his last presence with Dream Theater on this album, he had a great time making good songs for the group. One thing that could be upsetting is the fact no guitar solo exists on this song.  Although, on the later recent released live album, “Breaking the Fourth Wall,”  Petrucci performs an outstanding solo much like that of Dave Murray from Iron Maiden.  A hardcore Dream Theater fan or someone looking into these progressive rockers/metallers shall not be disappointed purchasing this exciting artwork.  [B]


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