Dream Theater - Images And Words

9.1 | 1901 votes |
Release date: 7 July 1992
Style: Progressive metal


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01. Pull Me Under
02. Another Day
03. Take The Time
04. Surrounded
05. Metropolis - Part I "The Miracle And The Sleeper"
06. Under A Glass Moon
07. Wait For Sleep
08. Learning To Live

Top 20 albums of 1992: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 18

James LaBrie - vocals
Kevin Moore - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals
John Myung - bass

Guest musicians
Jay Beckenstein - soprano saxophone

Additional info
Produced by David Prater.
Engineerd by Doug Oberkircher.
Assistant engineer: Steve Regina.
Mixed by David Prater and Doug Oberkircher.
Recorded and mixed at Bear Tracks Studio, Suffern, NY, October-December 1991.
Additional recording at The Hit Factory, NYC.
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
This is it! My first Dream Theater review! I can say that this progressive band from New York is my favorite band and will still be in ten years from now. So, back in 1992, the band released their masterpiece "Images And Words" and after that nothing was going to be the same again in the musical world. Why? Well, because this album brought something totally new to the scene, this famous progressive metal sound that would become Dream Theater's signature and it would make them famous for being one of the most influential bands ever.

published 09.01.2004 | Comments (51)

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28.08.2011 - 16:57

I like this album a lot.
24.09.2011 - 20:28
Rating: 10

This album revolutionized my perception of music. This album forever changed my music library. This album is a front-to-back album - every riff, every drum beat, every note...nothing is off; nothing needs to be changed (even the heavy, wet snare... *cough* Mike!).

Enough cannot be said of this masterpiece.
14.11.2011 - 00:06

Awesome album!
01.03.2012 - 21:14
Rating: 10

Great album! Special mention to Pull Me Under!
Don't cry for my English
19.03.2012 - 16:25
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
Best DT album. One of the greatest albums ever recorded. Sadly not all DT's albums are even close to this...
05.08.2012 - 00:19
Rating: 10

Yeah, this album is something spectacular to say the least. Even the shorter, slower-paced ballads, which some may find to be so-called 'filler' material, have their own significance here. I can't really say anything else about 'Images and Words', other than the fact that it deserves to be hailed as a genre-leading album.
19.08.2012 - 13:30
Rating: 10

This album has been the precursor of progressive metal and it opened a certain way to progressive style with amazing song and melody. Who don't state this or do not understand anything or speak out of envy.
05.10.2012 - 03:47
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Nuff said
04.11.2012 - 20:38
Rating: 9
High Fist Prog
The horribly weak vocals, much like in Nevermore's case, are the downfall of this band.
09.11.2012 - 15:19
Rating: 10

The good lyrics make up for the not so good vocals.
One of the best albums I've ever listened to
02.12.2012 - 14:47
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Simply perfect! The first DT album i´ve listened to and its still unbelievely good.
28.08.2013 - 09:53
Rating: 8
Secundum Filium
By far Dream Theater's greatest masterpiece, though Awake comes sort of close. While the musicianship is top-notch as is typical with all DT albums, the songwriting is their most focused and less cluttered with needlessly technical sections that turn me off from most of their other albums really and is much more accessible for me as a result. A wonderful prog metal opus.
Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe (Lao Tzu).
13.09.2015 - 23:37
Rating: 10

MASTERPIECE!!! Every song (even the ballads) are majestic as themselves. And even LaBrie rocks greatly in this release
14.03.2016 - 07:10
Tyrannical Hero
Super Normal
The only DT album that lacks filler tracks and also the only one that deserves all the praise it gets.
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
17.08.2016 - 20:34
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by Tyrannical Hero on 14.03.2016 at 07:10

The only DT album that lacks filler tracks and also the only one that deserves all the praise it gets.

Can't say I don't agree. For such a talented band, the other albums are not so good...
25.11.2016 - 12:02
Rating: 10
Morteza K.

I never get tired of listening to this album
02.07.2018 - 10:49
Rating: 10

When you make something better than Metallica ever did...
03.01.2019 - 10:20
Rating: 1
Maasai Mara

Another Blackwater Park.. aimless meandering, songs that are too long they make funeral doom sound like thrash. Weak riffs, this is the perfect recipe to make a 6 yr old happy girl hate their life as the cover aptly depicts. Do not be deceived by the liers and naysayerswho claim this is a metal masterpiece let alone a classic album. If you want genuine expression of emotions listen to Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey, those are the artists Drem Theatre are trying to emulate in this snorefest. This is the physical manifestation of boring.
You are not metal enough until you visit Kenya. The cradle of mankind, where man learnt first to work with stones and first enjoyed the sounds produced by banging stones which later influenced metal in all its sounds and genres.
28.08.2020 - 16:45
Rating: 8

01. Pull Me Under - 9.5/10
02. Another Day - 8.5/10 (9.5/10 without vocals)
03. Take The Time - 7/10
04. Surrounded - 7.5/10
05. Metropolis - Part I "The Miracle And The Sleeper" - 8/10
06. Under A Glass Moon - 8/10
07. Wait For Sleep - 7.5/10
08. Learning To Live - 8/10

Overall: 8.0/10

The vocals do bring the quality of this album down, but not enough to not consider it a bad album at all. The songwriting is just too messy and lacks direction to be considered an outstanding album. Their later efforts where they refined their songwriting are much better (e.g. I can get on board with calling Metropolis Pt. 2 an excellent album).

I would say this album is the most overrated metal album of all time IMO.
19.09.2020 - 16:53
Rating: 9
Although overrated, this one is still an absolute masterpiece. Take out Another Day and Surrounded and you got a perfect record. Pull me under might be the most overrated song of the Dream Theater catalogue but it's still one hell of a song, and Take The Time, Metropolis Pt1, Under A Glass Moon and Learning to live are good enough reasons to give it a 9, fantastic album.
01.10.2020 - 08:40
Rating: 10
One of the greatest albums ever made, it's one of those records that you've listened to death to know every single note and it still amazes. If I would have to list my five favourite records this would most likely be one of them.

Also intresting how they struck gold here but rest of discography is nowhere near the greatness of this one. I do like other records by them but if I want to listen to Dream Theater it's always this one, or sometimes the debut or Scenes from a Memory (even if the production kind of sucks on that one).
And what do you call assassins who accuse assassins anyway, my friend?
08.03.2021 - 02:52
Rating: 9

"Although overrated, this one is still an absolute masterpiece." Two sentenced combined that can't make sense

Dream Theater is the only band, for me, that no matter what score I give to their albums it always feel too high and too low at the same time.

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