Dream Theatre may not ever sell as many albums as Iron Maiden or Yes but clearly they are one of the most innovative progressive/metal bands of the last 20 years.
That is not even up for debate. The reason is simple. They challenge themselves and their fans but remain within the parameters they have set up for themsleves. Album after album the band tweaks the engine just a bit.
One look at this stunning blu-ray filmed in 2004 and fans will be reaching for the credit card.
For the rest of humanity you will have to go back the 23 song Once In A Livetime 2cd set back in 1998 to firmly get a grasp on what the band puts out.
Founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy who recently quit the band is on hand in this 2004 film which has some cool bonus features including the mini documentary Riding The Train of Thought and other features on bandmembers gear setups.
The real reason to purchase this is of course the concert show. Outstanding tracks are easily This Dying Soul, Endless Sacrifice and New Millennium.
A unique opportunity for fans new to the band to find out what all the fuss is about. A well balanced setlist will no doubt have new fans checking their past efforts.
Of course a bonafide must have for DT diehards
JOHN EMMS is a musician, a veteran music journalist and radio host http://emms.podbean.com/