Album Review: “When Dream and Day Unite” Dream Theater


This would be Dream Theater’s first test of getting recognition for what they have to offer, even though they signed to MCA records.  The group did not get much notice until the second studio album, “Images and Words”  released in 1992.  Charlie Dominici would be the second vocalist of Dream Theater (Chris Collins made it first during the group being called Majesty).  Dominici would appear only in this album before James LaBrie would fill the vocals in “Images and Words” and the other DT work. “When Dream and Day Unite” would not be the best album released by Dream Theater, but it showcases the music they are zeroing in on.  “Afterlife” has a structure similar to Randy Rhoads, who was one of the leading developers of neoclassical music.  Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen shredding by John Petrucci is also recognized in this song.  “the Killing Hand” is pretty much the pre-sequel of “Pull Me Under,” which would be featured in “Images and Words” and become one of the most well-known DT songs.  The chord structures and complex time signatures is what made it a perfect chemical to develop “Pull Me Under.”  Even thought “When Dream and Day Unite” is celebrating twenty-five years of its original release to date, it does not stand out when dissected against albums such as “Images and Words,” “Awake,” and “Black Clouds & Silver Linings.”  [C]

“Afterlife” by Dream Theater

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