DREAM THEATER, live in Bucharest for the third time and in Cluj-Napoca in premiere

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Events organized by Pheonix Entertainment!

by Gabriel Isac

Dream Theater, one of the best and most influential progressive rock bands in the world, celebrates its 25th anniversary of the album “Images and Words” through concerts in Romania. The first one will be on May 19 at Sala Polivalenta in Cluj-Napoca, where the American band will perform for the first time and the second concert it will be on 20 May at the Arenele Romane Bucharest, informs Phoenix Entertainment, the organizers of the shows.

Tickets can be purchased from HERE!

Images and Words is the second studio album by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, released on July 7, 1992 through ATCO Records. It is the first Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. The album maintains its position as the band’s most commercially successful studio album to date, and the song “Pull Me Under” has the distinction of being the only top-10 hit (radio or otherwise) the band has had to date. This particular song has also had more recent success as it has appeared in the 2008 video game Guitar Hero World Tour.uav2_source

Images and Words was a moderate commercial hit, reaching number 61 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It is also Dream Theater’s only album to be certified gold by the RIAA, and remains their best-selling album to date, selling more than 600,000 copies.

The album has received widespread acclaim from music critics since its release. The German magazine Rock Hard elected Images and Words Album of the Month and lauded Dream Theater, using “the old  term ‘Supergroup’ ”; according to the reviewer, they set “standards and still perfect them, although they hardly appear to do so” and, even considering the many influences in their music, the “versatility, the linking of different grooves and melody elements within each songs” shows how Dream Theater are “style-transcending like no other band.” In another contemporary review, Select gave the album a lower rating, referring to the album as “elaborate, layered prog-metal” and stated that “if this was a book, it’d be for the coffee-table, glossy but not essential.” Phil Carter of AllMusic was taken by the band members’ “impressive ability on their respective instruments” and by LaBrie’s vocal range, writing also that the album is an “excellent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics”. Metal Storm reviewer calls Images and Words “a masterpiece and also a historical album”, because it “brought something totally new to the scene, this famous progressive metal sound that would become Dream Theater’s signature”. Canadian journalist Martin Popoff in his Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal praised the band’s musicianship and “the tricky arrangements”, but was not thrilled by the album, which he found “a bit too self-aware and calculated to be in the true spirit of progressive rock.”

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