We've got two semifinal battles for you to vote on and both feature incredibly intriguing matchups. In this first battle, two of the genre's most progressive bassists go head-to-head for a spot in the finals.
Ready for our first quarterfinal matchup? We've got a tough one for you right off the bat, pitting an original master against a technical virtuoso.
It was another good week for heavy music, with pioneers of two different metal genres landing in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Dream Theater's self-titled album cracks the chart at No. 7, while Metallica's 'Through the Never' soundtrack debuts at No. 9. Additionally, 'Dream Theater' grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Hard Rock Albums chart.
Get ready for an insanely difficult decision in this Round 2 battle between two ultra-technical wizards.
The first introductory strains of the “False Awakening Suite,” which kick off Dream Theater's new self-titled album (due Sept. 24) seems to actually transport the listener into a theater. Images come to mind of the lights going down in some wildly ornate medieval house of drama, the orchestra has signaled the overture, and it is time for the massive sweep of something liberating, powerful and profound to roll forth.
Although Dream Theater frontman James Labrie has gone on record saying that he doesn’t ever see a time when founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy would be invited to return to the band due to Mike Mangini becoming a permanent fixture, the possibility of Portnoy’s latest project the Winery Dogs and Dream Theater sharing a stage is an idea that Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci is open to.