As the band became more "serious," they went out looking for a keyboardist and vocalist. Even before this, all four instrumentalists had dropped out of college because they could not balance their hectic schedules and the four musicians, with their constant independent study of music, did not feel music school could teach them much more than they already knew. As a young fragile band, the five had no choice but to go on the hunt for a new name.
Since the band's conception, they have become one of the most influential posts progressive rock bands as well as ranking as one of the early progenitors of the entire progressive metal genre. As the band became more "serious," they went out looking for a keyboardist and vocalist.
The tapes, to the band's surprise sold out relatively quickly, which was aided also by the band's distribution of the tapes to friends, family, local rock and metal magazines.
Even before this, all four instrumentalists had dropped out of college because they could not balance their hectic schedules and the four musicians, with their constant independent study of music, did not feel music school could teach them much more than they already knew.
With this added stability, the band's tour schedule increased and the band began to develop a small fan base and significant amounts of experience.
As a young fragile band, the five had no choice but to go on the hunt for a new name. Various names bounced around in their head, ranging from Magus to M1 to Glasser, among others.
This touring paid off, as the small record label Mechanic Records contacted the band late June of Ecstatic at the prospect of being signed, the band eagerly made a meager contract with the label to release their debut record.
The label bought them time at a small studio in Pennsylvania, and the band set to record their debut album in the summer of After about 3 weeks, the band's debut "When Dream and Day Unite" was finished.
As an early progressive metal band in a music scene dominated by punk and hair metal, the album did not sell as well as the band had wanted. Nevertheless, the band initiated a small supporting tour for the album, even after the unsupportive label cut contractual ties to the band after the album's failure.
A New Singer and Success The next two years were uneventful for the band. Amazed by his ability, he was hired immediately after the audition. Armed with a new singer, the band began touring around the NYC area yet again as well as perfecting the vocal parts for the new music the band had written during their inactive period.
After being sent a 3-track demo, Atco Records contacted the band and offered a 7 album contract on their label.
The band eagerly accepted the offer. The band's sophomore release, the famous "Images and Words," was recorded late fall of in significantly nicer quarters than Mechanic had provided. The album was released July 7,and after relentless touring both in the U. This was also largely due to the huge success of the album's second single "Pull Me Under," which not only gained significant radio play but also scored play time on MTV with the song's video.
The Middle Period and Band Turbulence Electrified by their success, the band quickly delved back into writing after the conclusion of the tour in The band rushed into the studio to record material for what would become their third album, "Awake," released October 4, The album, which was much darker and metallic than their previous two albums, received a slew of controversy from fans and critics.
On top of this, long time keyboardist Kevin MOORE announced his departure prior to the album's tour due to creative differences. This tragically ruptured his vocal chords, making it near impossible for him to sing in his prior capabilities.
Faced with such pressing problems, the band rushed many auditions to fill the empty keyboardist position so they could try to kick off their "Waking up the World" tour as soon as possible. The band did, however, go on to release an EP containing their legendary "epic" "A Change of Seasons," which was composed in and sparsely played live from '89 to ' The minute long song was joined by some live tribute songs the band recorded at a show in London.
After the release of "A Change of Seasons," the band went on a short break.Dream Theater's Official Bootlegs series has always been a nice touch for collectors, whether it's demos, live recordings, compilations, or reissues of previous fan club CD's (which is actually what this one is), they're usually pretty cool little nuggets of joy for die-hard fans of the band.
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