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Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence

More is more. Dream Theater (and their fans) know this. So - how does one follow up their most criticially acclaimed and anticipated album? By making a better one, but doubling the music, both in sophistication and in density (plus amount)! "Six Degrees..." is a superior introduction to the talents and skills of newcomer Jordan Rudess than "Scenes From A Memory" - on that record, Rudess had a particular style and expectation that he had to write, record and perform to. With "Six Degrees...", they wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. "Scenes..." rejuvenated Dream Theater and made their fading star brighter, correcting many errors in the process; "Six Degrees..." gave a new platform from which to recharge their musical vision. And recharge they did, with some retooling and positive rebuilding added in the process. The first disc is the more experimental of the two, and while the typical atttention to detail and precision performing is present, the playing and writing is fiery and passionate - almost every song has something musically new (or redesigned) to offer the listener. Their first real foray into speed metal (done their way, of course), "The Glass Prison", is a bold new proclamation; for those interested in the prog side, this may take a while to grow on you. But it does. "Misunderstood" and "Disappeared" are simply great songs with Dream Theater musicality and perhaps a little more atmosphere than most DT fans are used to. And "The Great Debate" is a very underrated track, with a nice, logical flowing arrangement that reminds one of Yes's "Siberian Khatru" arrangement in that each part seems to flow naturally and neatly from the previous part. All of these tracks come off very well live. The one flaw on the disc (the whole album, really) is with "Blind Faith"; while a good song, it's the one that suffers the most - it doesn't seem to flow or breathe as well as the others, and the chorus doesn't have the usual energy associated with DT's usual high-intensity standard; though a fairly good tune overall, to these ears it falls apart in that one area. It's still a challenging little cooker; it's simply not as well-written a chorus as the other four songs on the disc. But you have to give that one an "E" for effort. "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" itself is as close to being a masterwork for Dream Theater as any of their other long pieces, perhaps even closer (and certainly longer). Though one long, coherent piece, it's easily divided into eight sections for ease of access to favourite parts for fans. It has all the usual top-notch playing, but with an added density that earlier works such as "A Change Of Seasons" and "A Mind Beside Itself" come so very close to achieving. Nimble, articulate and direct, the energy and the drive power the piece along so that there are no lulls or dull spots. As this was the first album recorded after "Scenes From A Memory" proved their viability to their doubting record company, it takes full advantage of every musical freedom that was hard-fought for and well-earned, and it's a more adventurous release because of that. It's a lot of music for one sitting, but it's one hell of a joyride with many thrills, chills and spills, in intricate and powerful detail. This album is the album by which all other subsequent Dream Theater releases should be judged; you just can't get any better circumstances for new beginnings and new leases on life than those that this album gave to the band. Every musician with passion and pride for his craft wants to create a work that's this powerful; this album set a new standard for the neo-prog movement now coalescing in today's modern music scene and is a near-flawless example of creativity no matter the genre. Highly recommended for new fans and old fans alike.

Intensity At Its Best

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is one great album. If you're looking for a deep, intense album, then you're here. The theme of mental disorders such as Alcoholism (Glass Prison), Bipolar Disorder (About to Crash), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (War Inside My Head), Schizophrenia (The Test that Stumped Them All), Postpartum Depression (Goodnight Kiss), Autism (Solitary Shell), and Multiple Personality Disorder (Losing Time) is widely expressed in a mesmerizing way.


One of Dream Theater's best in my opinion. It has some heavy riffs at one point and then it has some beautiful soft singing, guitar , etc. These guys are so talented and they show it in this alblum. The song Six Degrees of Innter Turbulence (which is the last 8 songs broken up) is utterly amazing. Its about time iTunes added this.


Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently delivered sharp-edged music. Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several live albums -- Live at the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993, and a triple-CD and DVD,...
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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Dream Theater
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Hard Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: Jan 22, 2002

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