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Release date: 4 October 1994
Style: Progressive metal

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01. 6:00
02. Caught In A Web
03. Innocence Faded
04. A Mind Beside Itself: I. Erotomania
05. A Mind Beside Itself: II. Voices
06. A Mind Beside Itself: III. The Silent Man
07. The Mirror
08. Lie
09. Lifting Shadows Off A Dream
10. Scarred
11. Space-Dye Vest
12. Eve [Japanese bonus]

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Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.0
Progressive pioneers of New York based combo Dream Theater returned in 1994, with this album entitled "Awake". Following the magnificent "Images And Words", their 1992's highly acclaimed effort, and their first live album 1993's "Live At The Marquee", this record is another important brick in the wall of progressive metal.

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published 09.01.2004 | Comments (22)

Staff review by
Herzebeth

Rating:
9.0
We all know what to expect when you buy a Dream Theater album, complex music, incredible guitar solos, enjoyable bass-lines, polished vocals, and well Mike Portnoy (we all know who he is right?). Awake is not an exception, James Labrie gives us an incredible vocal performance, his vocals have all kinds of shapes and cool structures. The Music is exceptional and well Mike Portnoy as always is marvelous.

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published 21.01.2005 | Comments (4)

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musicalkaratekid - 10.09.2011 at 19:45  
Rating: 9 My favourite DT album overall, but that's not to say that i didn't love images and words either. Its just that 'Awake' for me explored further territory even more than Images and words did, making this album have that little extra surprise. A semi-ballad, some extremely heavy songs, and two sprawling epics, i couldn't really go wrong. Plus there was a little element of peculiar songwriting(I'm talking about the closer 'Space Dye Vest',which,at first listen, i though was really strange) to top things off:)
Mountain King - 19.03.2012 at 16:25  
  Overrated! 7/10...
JohnDoe - 19.03.2012 at 16:41  
Rating: 10
Written by Mountain King on 19.03.2012 at 16:25

Overrated! 7/10...


I disagree, people talk more about Images and Words and Scenes from a Memory and praise them endlessly; never saw this with Awake.
BloodTears - 19.03.2012 at 16:47  
Rating: 10
Written by JohnDoe on 19.03.2012 at 16:41

Written by Mountain King on 19.03.2012 at 16:25

Overrated! 7/10...


I disagree, people talk more about Images and Words and Scenes from a Memory and praise them endlessly; never saw this with Awake.


I agree, definitely underrated, I hardly ever see people referring to Awake as such a big special album.
Mountain King - 19.03.2012 at 18:03  
 
Written by BloodTears on 19.03.2012 at 16:47

Written by JohnDoe on 19.03.2012 at 16:41

Written by Mountain King on 19.03.2012 at 16:25

Overrated! 7/10...


I disagree, people talk more about Images and Words and Scenes from a Memory and praise them endlessly; never saw this with Awake.


I agree, definitely underrated, I hardly ever see people referring to Awake as such a big special album.

There are some awful tracks here (Innocence Faded, Lifting Shadows Off a Dream :O), I prefer Systematic Chaos. Everyone has his own opinion...
JohnDoe - 19.03.2012 at 18:06  
Rating: 10 But Lifting Shadows Off a Dream is such a great song IMO; tastes differ indeed.
BloodTears - 19.03.2012 at 18:36  
Rating: 10 Opinions differ so much indeed. I like both Innocence Faded and Lifting Shadows actually
R'Vannith - 20.03.2012 at 10:00  
Rating: 9 Some of their best tracks are on here no doubt.
Azarath - 29.03.2012 at 19:15  
Rating: 10 My favourite Dream Theater album. Fantastic songs, great performances (LaBrie has never been better) and, all in all, it's the best sounding album DT ever made.
JohnDoe - 29.03.2012 at 21:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Azarath on 29.03.2012 at 19:15

My favourite Dream Theater album. Fantastic songs, great performances (LaBrie has never been better) and, all in all, it's the best sounding album DT ever made.


finally someone making sense around here

my favourite Dream theater album as well; Kevin Moore sounded fantastic even though he did not have his heart into it (from what I read)
Azarath - 31.03.2012 at 23:13  
Rating: 10
Written by JohnDoe on 29.03.2012 at 21:20

finally someone making sense around here

my favourite Dream theater album as well; Kevin Moore sounded fantastic even though he did not have his heart into it (from what I read)

That's what I do.

Moore is my favourite Dream Theater keyboardist (and lyricist). Apparently he wasn't a "team player" at this point but he was very involved with the songs he wrote lyrics for as well as Erotomania and Voices. He was the heart and soul of DT - Space-Dye Vest is one of the most emotional songs I've ever heard.
Milena - 31.03.2012 at 23:33  
Rating: 10
Written by Mountain King on 19.03.2012 at 18:03

Lifting Shadows Off a Dream is bad... or I've misread it, I must have misread it...

...What what what what?
Damn.

About the little Moore discussion, I'm in two minds about him - obviously he's very stubborn and difficult to deal with and not a team player at all, which is a shame, but whenever I hear anything he wrote, I can't help but be completely mesmerized by his musicianship. I am almost obsessed with him.
Awake is one of the best albums of prog metal, ever. There's no discussion about it. Rare are the things that come close to this.
Regolith - 25.04.2012 at 19:00  
Rating: 8 Not my favorite album of their's but it has one thing that none of the other albums can claim (for me): The gateway song into the prog-metal genre - 'The Mirror'. This song alone opened my eyes to progressive music. All the time changes/feels in the first 60 seconds amazed me. Bravo, DT.
Dentura - 17.08.2012 at 23:16  
Rating: 7 I really enjoy this album. Every band member delivers a phenomenal performance (as usual), the production is wonderful (every instrument sounds fresh and crisp, almost like it could have been recorded yesterday instead of 18 years ago), and many of these songs kick ass, I particularly love the songs "Lifting Shadows Off A Dream" and "Scarred". Even though I much prefer "Images and Words" when it comes to favorite DT albums, this is still one hell of a release. Best Album of 1994 for sure.
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 15:43  
  Didn't like it.
JohnDoe - 02.10.2012 at 16:37  
Rating: 10
Written by LordHypnos on 02.10.2012 at 15:43

Didn't like it.


what is wrong with it?
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 16:47  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 02.10.2012 at 16:37

Written by LordHypnos on 02.10.2012 at 15:43

Didn't like it.


what is wrong with it?

It sounds too dark in comparison to Images and Words, that's why I didn't like it.
JohnDoe - 02.10.2012 at 16:55  
Rating: 10
Written by LordHypnos on 02.10.2012 at 16:47

Written by JohnDoe on 02.10.2012 at 16:37

Written by LordHypnos on 02.10.2012 at 15:43

Didn't like it.


what is wrong with it?

It sounds too dark in comparison to Images and Words, that's why I didn't like it.


that's it? so what if it's darker than I&W?
Back then, I could only admire that they tried something different and in my opinion a great job at it.
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 16:59  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 02.10.2012 at 16:55

Written by LordHypnos on 02.10.2012 at 16:47

Written by JohnDoe on 02.10.2012 at 16:37

Written by LordHypnos on 02.10.2012 at 15:43

Didn't like it.


what is wrong with it?

It sounds too dark in comparison to Images and Words, that's why I didn't like it.


that's it? so what if it's darker than I&W?
Back then, I could only admire that they tried something different and in my opinion a great job at it.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great album, it's just not my taste.
LordHypnos - 04.10.2012 at 00:13  
  I guess I am the only DT fan who disliked this album...
megadeath13 - 09.12.2012 at 18:39  
  Not my favourite Dream Theater record, but its a good one. Caught in a web is awesome, but the album has also its bad moments.
God Buster 鬼 - 19.05.2014 at 20:29  
Rating: 3 Song 1,2,3 & 4 - are infused with strong 70's blues composition made this album very awkward.
Song 5 - dream theater is back
Song 6 - is a country rock made this album awful. DT is gone again...
Song 7,8.9,10,11 - I pushed stop as there's no point to go on listening...
Maco - 01.07.2014 at 06:56  
  This is more boring than the previous two. I still think it's decent tough.

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