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21st Jul '17 10:43:00 AM TheDeadSkin
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*** "Voices" has a fragment of [[CallBack "Just Let Me Breathe"]] that, in turn, quotes [[Franchise/StarWars the Force theme.]]

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*** "Voices" has a fragment of [[CallBack "Just Let Me Breathe"]] that, in turn, quotes opens with John Petrucci playing [[Franchise/StarWars the Force theme."Binary Sunset".]]



*** "In the Presence of Enemies" {{bookends}} ''Systematic Chaos'' in much the same way "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" bookends ''Music/WishYouWereHere'', and even uses wind to fade out/in, and opens its second segment with a bass line. The long instrumental opening to "Octavarium" also seems like a tribute to "Shine On", which opens much the same way.

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*** "In the Presence of Enemies" {{bookends}} ''Systematic Chaos'' in much the same way "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" bookends ''Music/WishYouWereHere'', fades in and even uses out with wind to fade out/in, sounds, and opens its second segment with a bass line. The long instrumental opening to "Octavarium" also seems like a tribute to "Shine On", which opens much the same way.
10th Jul '17 5:13:42 AM TheDeadSkin
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** In the ''Once in a [=LIVETime=]'' live album, there are plenty of these. "Trial of Tears", for example, has shoutouts to Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind, [[{{Rush}} "Xanadu", and "The Trees"]]; "Peruvian Skies" to [[Music/PinkFloyd "Have a Cigar"]] and [[Music/{{Metallica}} "Enter Sandman"]]; "Take the Time" to [[LynyrdSkynyrd "Free Bird"]] and [[Music/LedZeppelin "Moby Dick"]] and "Voices" has a fragment of "Just Let Me Breathe" containing a reference to [[StarWars the Force theme]].
** ''Live Scenes from New York'' has two shoutouts in "A Change of Seasons" to TheSimpsons and Major League Baseball themes.
** "The Spirit Carries On" from ''Scenes from a Memory'' sounds like it could have come straight from Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall''. The song was notably inspired by it and their album ''The Final Cut.''

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** In the ''Once in a [=LIVETime=]'' live album, there are [=LIVEtime=]'' has plenty of these. these:
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"Trial of Tears", for example, has shoutouts to Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind, [[{{Rush}} Tears" references, at various points, [[Music/{{Rush}} "Xanadu", and "The Trees"]]; Trees"]] and the jingle from ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
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"Peruvian Skies" to references [[Music/PinkFloyd "Have a Cigar"]] and [[Music/{{Metallica}} "Enter Sandman"]]; Sandman"]].
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"Take the Time" to [[LynyrdSkynyrd has portions of [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd "Free Bird"]] and [[Music/LedZeppelin "Moby Dick"]] and Dick"]].
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"Voices" has a fragment of [[CallBack "Just Let Me Breathe" containing a reference to [[StarWars Breathe"]] that, in turn, quotes [[Franchise/StarWars the Force theme]].
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** In ''Live Scenes from New York'' has two shoutouts in York'', "A Change of Seasons" to TheSimpsons and has a bass solo with the Major League Baseball themes.
theme and a guitar break with the opening to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** "The Spirit Carries On" from ''Scenes from a Memory'' sounds like it could have come straight from out of Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall''. The ''Music/TheWall''; the song was notably inspired by it that and their album ''The Final Cut.''its follow-up ''Music/TheFinalCut''.
8th Jul '17 6:06:04 PM TheDeadSkin
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* ArcNumber[=/=]ArcWords: "Octavarium" uses the idea that "everything ends where it began" and uses the number 8 and the octave as examples. What's more is that it's the eighth track on their eighth album and it's length in minutes ([[EpicRocking twenty-four]]) is divisible by 8. Various other elements in the song also allude to cycles and/or the number 8.
** According to ex-drummer Portnoy, the album's concept stemmed from his realising that (a), it was to be their eighth studio release, and (b), they had just released their fifth live release (which was "Live At Budokan").

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* ArcNumber[=/=]ArcWords: "Octavarium" uses the idea that "everything [[WhereItAllBegan everything ends where it began" began]] and uses the number 8 and the octave as examples. What's more is that it's the eighth track on their eighth album and it's length in minutes ([[EpicRocking twenty-four]]) is divisible by 8. Various other elements in the song also allude to cycles and/or the number 8.
** According to ex-drummer Portnoy, the album's concept stemmed from his realising that (a), it ''Octavarium'' was to be their eighth studio release, and (b), they had just released their fifth live release (which was "Live At Budokan").(''Live at Budokan'').



** There are plenty of musical call backs to other songs in the Twelve Step Suite during "The Shattered Fortress" from 2009's 'Black Clouds and Silver Linings'. For example, 1:44 into the song, the melody from the intro to 'This Dying Soul'. At the 3-minute mark, there is another reprise of a riff from the same song. (Actually, every song in the suite contains at least one musical and/or lyrical reference to at least one previous song from the suite, but "The Shattered Fortress" has the most of these by far. The suite is also a direct sequel to "The Mirror" and several of its songs contain references to that song as well.)

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** There are plenty of musical call backs to other songs in the Twelve Step Suite during "The Shattered Fortress" from 2009's 'Black Clouds and Silver Linings'. For example, 1:44 into the song, the melody from the intro to 'This "This Dying Soul'.Soul". At the 3-minute mark, there is another reprise of a riff from the same song. (Actually, every song in the suite contains at least one musical and/or lyrical reference to at least one previous song from the suite, but "The Shattered Fortress" has the most of these by far. The suite is also a direct sequel to "The Mirror" and several of its songs contain references to that song as well.)



** ''Metropolis Pt.2'', which tells the story of a man reliving a past life through hypnosis. [[spoiler:Beware the DownerEnding]].

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** ''Metropolis Pt.2'', which tells the story of a man reliving a past life through hypnosis. [[spoiler:Beware the DownerEnding]].DownerEnding.]]



** "The Bigger Picture" from the ''Dream Theater'' album makes a reference to "The Ministry of Lost Souls", with the line 'And Iíll reach the waterís edge'.

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** "The Bigger Picture" from the ''Dream Theater'' album SelfTitledAlbum makes a reference to "The Ministry of Lost Souls", with the line 'And Iíll reach the waterís edge'.
30th Jun '17 7:31:01 AM TheDeadSkin
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** ''Awake'': from a line in ''Innocence Faded''.

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** ''Awake'': from a line in ''Innocence Faded''."Innocence Faded".



*** Also in a line in ''The Silent Man''.

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*** Also in a line in ''The "The Silent Man''.Man":



** ''Scenes from a Memory'': from "Scene Six: Home" (the phrase also appeared in Metropolis Part 1 on Images and Words).

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** ''Scenes from a Memory'': from "Scene Six: Home" (the phrase also appeared in Metropolis Part 1 on Images ([[CallBack and Words)."Metropolis Pt. 1"]], from ''Images and Words'').



** ''Systematic Chaos'': The second half of it anyway, from a line in "Dark Eternal Night"; though the title may reference a line from "Constant Motion".

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** ''Systematic Chaos'': The second half of it anyway, from a line in "Dark "The Dark Eternal Night"; though the title may reference a line from "Constant Motion".



*** Given as Train of Thought's title was a reference to the song "Stream of Consciousness", it very likely is the same there.

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*** Given as Train ''Train of Thought's Thought'''s title was a reference to the song "Stream of Consciousness", it very likely is the same there.
10th Jan '17 7:07:12 PM CassandraLeo
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Dream Theater is a [[ProgressiveMetal prog-metal]] band founded in 1985 by John Myung, John Petrucci, and Mike Portnoy under the name ''Majesty''. They changed the name, but their logo is still known as the Majesty symbol. While not entirely mainstream, they are pretty well known among rock and metal listeners. The inclusion of their songs in the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand'' series have increased their fame, but they have still had only one song chart well enough to qualify as a "hit".

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Dream Theater is a [[ProgressiveMetal prog-metal]] band founded in 1985 by John Myung, John Petrucci, and Mike Portnoy under the name ''Majesty''. They changed the name, but their logo is still known as the Majesty symbol. While not entirely mainstream, they are pretty well known among rock and metal listeners. The inclusion of their songs in the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand'' series have increased their fame, but they have still had only one song ("Pull Me Under") chart well enough to qualify as a "hit".



* AgeProgressionSong: "A Change of Seasons" tells the narrator's attitude towards life and others throughout their life, [[BookEnds bookended]] by 'The Crimson Sunrise' and 'The Crimson Sunset', two movements and lines within those movements.
* AlbumIntroTrack: "Regression" for ''[[Music/MetropolisPt2ScenesFromAMemory Scenes From a Memory]]'' and "False Awakening Suite" for ''Dream Theater''.

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* AgeProgressionSong: "A Change of Seasons" tells the narrator's attitude towards life and others throughout their life, [[BookEnds bookended]] by 'The "The Crimson Sunrise' Sunrise" and 'The "The Crimson Sunset', Sunset", two movements and lines within those movements.
* AlbumIntroTrack: "Regression" for ''[[Music/MetropolisPt2ScenesFromAMemory Scenes From from a Memory]]'' and "False Awakening Suite" for ''Dream Theater''.



* ArcNumber/ArcWords: "Octavarium" uses the idea that "everything ends where it began" and uses the number 8 and the octave as examples. What's more is that it's the eighth track on their eighth album and it's length in minutes ([[EpicRocking twenty-four]]) is divisible by 8. Various other elements in the song also allude to cycles and/or the number 8.

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* ArcNumber/ArcWords: ArcNumber[=/=]ArcWords: "Octavarium" uses the idea that "everything ends where it began" and uses the number 8 and the octave as examples. What's more is that it's the eighth track on their eighth album and it's length in minutes ([[EpicRocking twenty-four]]) is divisible by 8. Various other elements in the song also allude to cycles and/or the number 8.



** Hell,the song even references the entire album in one part!

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** Hell,the Hell, the song even references the entire album in one part!



* BadassBeard: Jordan Rudess' famous chin-beard. John Petrucci's has become this by the time of The Astonishing, and Mike Portnoy's came in a variety of different colours.

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* BadassBeard: Jordan Rudess' famous chin-beard. John Petrucci's has become this by the time of The Astonishing, ''The Astonishing'', and Mike Portnoy's came in a variety of different colours.



* BreatherEpisode: On ''Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory'', the soft ballad "Through Her Eyes" is placed between the extemely heavy epics "Beyond This Life" and "Home".

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* BreatherEpisode: On ''Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A from a Memory'', the soft ballad "Through Her Eyes" is placed between the extemely heavy epics "Beyond This Life" and "Home".



** That scream is the F# just below soprano C, and is one of the highest notes James has ever reached in his entire singing career.

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** That scream is the F# F♯ just below soprano C, and is one of the highest notes James has ever reached in his entire singing career.



** Every song from the Twelve-Step suite,[[note]]"The Glass Prison", from ''Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence''; "This Dying Soul", from ''Train of Thought''; "The Root Of All Evil" from ''Octavarium''; "Repentance", from ''Systematic Chaos'' and "The Shattered Fortress", from ''Black Clouds & Silver Linings''[[/note]] barring "The Glass Prison" for being the first, is referenced in the other songs of said suite. The suite itself is a direct sequel to "The Mirror" from ''Awake'', and several of its songs contain nods to that song as well.

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** Every song from the Twelve-Step suite,[[note]]"The Glass Prison", from ''Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence''; "This Dying Soul", from ''Train of Thought''; "The Root Of of All Evil" Evil", from ''Octavarium''; "Repentance", from ''Systematic Chaos'' and "The Shattered Fortress", from ''Black Clouds & Silver Linings''[[/note]] barring "The Glass Prison" for being the first, is referenced in the other songs of said suite. The suite itself is a direct sequel to "The Mirror" from ''Awake'', and several of its songs contain nods to that song as well.



** Almost the entirety of ''Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory'' by being a ConceptAlbum, both between the songs and the song "Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle And The Sleeper", from ''Images & Words''.

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** Almost the entirety of ''Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A from a Memory'' by being a ConceptAlbum, both between the songs and the song "Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle And The and the Sleeper", from ''Images & Words''.''Music/ImagesAndWords''.



** "The Bigger Picture" from the ''Dream Theater'' album makes a reference to 'The Ministry of Lost Souls', with the line 'And Iíll reach the waterís edge'.

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** "The Bigger Picture" from the ''Dream Theater'' album makes a reference to 'The "The Ministry of Lost Souls', Souls", with the line 'And Iíll reach the waterís edge'.



** They've also recorded live versions of several classic prog and metal albums ''in their entirety''. Examples include Music/IronMaiden's ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', and Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Music/MasterOfPuppets''. These have been released in the band's "Official Bootleg" series (there's also a DVD of the ''Dark Side'' cover).

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** They've also recorded live versions of several classic prog and metal albums ''in their entirety''. Examples include Music/IronMaiden's ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', and Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Music/MasterOfPuppets''.''Music/MasterOfPuppets'', and Music/DeepPurple's ''Made in Japan''. These have been released in the band's "Official Bootleg" series (there's also a DVD of the ''Dark Side'' cover).



*** "The Glass Prison" was written after Mike and John went to a Music/{{Pantera}} concert.

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*** ** "The Glass Prison" (from ''Six Degrees'') was written after Mike and John went to a Music/{{Pantera}} concert.



* ShoutOut: "Full Circle", the third step of "Octavarium", from the namesake album, it's basically a countdown of {{Shout Out}}s to every kind of stuff which influenced DT in one way or another.

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* ShoutOut: "Full Circle", the third step of "Octavarium", from the namesake album, it's its basically a countdown of {{Shout Out}}s to every kind of stuff which influenced DT in one way or another.



* TomatoInTheMirror: ''The Killing Hand'' ends with the narrator coming back from the past only to discover that in destroying the Killing Hand, he ended up killing another version of himself.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: ''The "The Killing Hand'' Hand" ends with the narrator coming back from the past only to discover that in destroying the Killing Hand, he ended up killing another version of himself.
10th Jan '17 6:57:44 PM CassandraLeo
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* GenreRoulette: Frequently, as befitting a ProgressiveMetal band. A good example is the ragtime break in "The Dance of Eternity".
8th Jan '17 4:02:40 PM CassandraLeo
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* ShownTheirWork: Their depictions of psychological disorders, which are plentiful in their lyrics, are quite detailed, accurate, and respectful. Some of the lyrics ("Constant Motion", for example) are written from personal experience, while the band members did research for some of the others (such as "Voices"). It shows. The depiction of recovery from alcoholism in the Twelve-Step Suite is also an example, which is also a case of WriteWhatYouKnow.
8th Jan '17 3:57:13 PM CassandraLeo
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* SiameseTwinSongs: There are a few examples in their discography, such as "The Mirror"-"Lie" and "War Inside My Head"-"The Test that Stumped Them All"

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* SiameseTwinSongs: There are a few examples in their discography, such as "Wait for Sleep"-"Learning to Live", "The Mirror"-"Lie" and Mirror"-"Lie", "War Inside My Head"-"The Test that Stumped Them All"All", and "Vacant"-"Stream of Consciousness". These pairs of songs are sometimes played together live, but sometimes not. "A Mind Beside Itself" also counts if you consider it to be three songs rather than a single song divided into three tracks; the first two movements are almost always played live together, but sometimes they finish off the suite with another song rather than "The Silent Man".
8th Jan '17 3:30:37 PM CassandraLeo
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* BreakupSong: "Space-Dye Vest" is one of the most haunting examples of this trope ever recorded.


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* DownerEnding: ''Awake'' has one with "Space-Dye Vest" and [[spoiler:''Scenes from a Memory'' has a SuddenDownerEnding, though it might not be obvious at first listen, but it's confirmed by WordOfGod]]. Some of their other albums could also qualify, with "In the Name of God" from ''Train of Thought'' being a heart-wrenching response to the Branch Davidian siege in Waco.
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* GriefSong: "Take Away My Pain" and "The Best of Times".

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* GriefSong: "Take Away My Pain" and "The Best of Times". "Sacrificed Sons" could be considered one as well, as it is dedicated to the victims of 9/11.


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* LongRunnerLineup: Type two; the [=LaBrie=]/Myung/Petrucci/Portnoy/Rudess lineup lasted for a bit over eleven years.
* LongRunners: They've existed in one form or another since 1986, which makes them one of the longest running ProgressiveMetal bands.


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* MusicIsPolitics: Most of Portnoy's lyrics from ''Falling into Infinity'' are about his disgust with record industry politics. After this album, the band would carefully negotiate contracts to ensure they had complete creative control over their recording process.


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* ProtestSong: They don't delve into this much, and they studiously avoid being {{Anvilicious}} about it when they do, but they do have a few examples. "Prophets of War", without actually espousing conspiracy theories, questions whether the motives for the 2003 Iraq war were pure. Per WordOfGod, the title is a pun on "profits". "The Enemy Inside" is a protest against the treatment of war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and the band has worked closely with the charity Save a Warrior, which advocates for veterans with PTSD. "The Great Debate" is a song about the then-divisive issue of stem cell research, although the band avoids taking a stance on it.


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* TropeCodifier: They are very strong candidates for being the codifiers of ProgressiveMetal as a whole. Most subsequent bands in the genre have been influenced by them in one fashion or another, even if that's simply in trying not to imitate them. They could also count as {{Genre Popularizer}}s, as they are one of the most commercially successful acts in the genre, despite having only had one major hit (then again, prog has not generally been focused on hit singles in the first place).
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