Album of the Week – Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence

Dream Theater is a band that is off the metal path yet has so many metalheads are part of their fan base.  When you ask the average metalhead about Dream Theater they are either ecstatic about the  band or never really heard them.  There isn’t a lot in between.  Personally, Dream Theater is one of my favorite bands of all-time and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is right at the top of my favorite DT albums.

The track listing for Six Degrees is:

– CD 1

–Glass Prison

–Blind Faith


–The Great Debate


-CD 2

–Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

—I. Overture

—II. About to Crash

—III. War Inside My Head

—IV. The Test That Stumped Them All

—V. Goodnight Kiss

—VI. Solitary Shell

—VII. About to Crash (Reprise)

—VIII. Losing Time/Grand Finale

The Great Debate is probably my favorite songs on the CD.  It tackles a hot issue in American society which is stem cell research.  The Test That Stumped Them All is perhaps on of DT’s heaviest songs.  With Six degrees you get a bit of everything with Dream Theater.  Goodnight Kiss is a very slow and emotional. This is a well crafted album; a great one for any Dream Theater fan, but also a good start for any potentially new DT fan.

The picture on the right still features former drummer Mike Portnoy.  There is much speculation about the new drummer; I haven’t seen much information on that or any official release.  There have been some DT posts on Facebook though about how excited DT is about the album and how anxious they are for its release.  I too am very anxious to see what they put out without Portnoy.

This week I have been listening to Six Degrees like it’s the last album in the world.  I am not sure what sparked that, but who am I to complain?  I thought it would be a great album of the week; the first for DT to appear on our list.  For those of you, like me, who live in the UK you can catch DT headlining the High Voltage festival 24 July in London at Victoria Park.

If you have this album I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  If you are thinking of being a DT fan please wait no more.  My only request is that when you pop in a DT album for the first time make sure there are no distractions and you actually have time to “listen” to it.  So give yourself a good hour and let it rip.  You won’t regret it.  Here are some links to YouTube videos.  I am so glad these are available…DT is so hard to catch on TV.

About to Crash Reprise & Losing Time

Rite of Passage Live at Download 2009 (You can see me in this video if you freeze it at 6:38.  I am at the very bottom off-center to the left. I have a bald head and sunglasses on. It looks like I am one of the only bald guys around me…anyway…it was a great show).

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About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on March 27, 2011, in Backtracks and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great album. I was stoked when this came out. Metropolis II set the bar super high for DT and was wondering if they could ever top that album. When I heard that they were doing a double disc album with a 45min long song my expectations soared even higher. Boy did they deliver, imo, the reached the same height that the bar was set at on Metropolis II and blew me away. Between this Metropolis II and Awake, DT solidified themselves as one of my all time favorite bands. If they just released only one of the 2 discs this album would still have been a masterpiece. But man, they were so cool to give the fans one hell of a prog metal package.

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