Dream Theater Members Reveal Their Favorite Albums of 2011
It’s that time of year when every metalhead looks back at the last 12 months to pay tribute to the albums that shaped their year. Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci, keyboardist Jordan Rudess and bassist John Myung have offered their top 10 picks of 2011.
Guitarist John Petrucci’s Top 10 list includes a diverse range of genres – progressive metal from Opeth, comedic hair metal from Steel Panther and soulful pop from British phenomenon Adele. However, Petrucci chose ‘Until We Have Faces’ by Nashville hard rock band RED as his top pick of 2011. Petrucci wrote, “I just love everything about the RED album. The songwriting, playing and production are all stellar!”
Keyboardist Jordan Rudess also included Opeth’s ‘Heritage’ on his personal Top 10 list, as well as Symphony X‘s ‘Iconoclast’ and Radiohead‘s ‘The King of Limbs.’ Rudess’s No. 1 choice? ‘Grace for Drowning’ by Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson. “It is an album full of mystery and imagination, melody and sonic adventure,” raved Rudess. “There is real inspiration to be found and the best music happens when one can tap into the muse like Steven Wilson.”
Favorites from bassist John Myung ranged from Yes’ ‘Fly From Here’ to Megadeth‘s ‘TH1RT3EN,’ but his No. 1 spot was captured by Death Cab for Cutie’s 2011 release, ‘Codes and Keys.’ Myung simply wrote about the album, “Chemistry, lyrics and production.”
Dream Theater have built a legendary career on eclectic music, inspired by a vast range of influences. Their 2011 release, ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events,’ recently earned them their first ever Grammy nomination.