Reviewed by Rob on 11 Oct 2001
This Cd was the great breakthrough for Dream Theater. With James Labrie singing they made a start of a great career.
Reviewed by MJBrady on 15 Oct 2001
This may well be the definitive cd for all progressive metal bands to be compared to. Images and Words actually put the genre on the progressive music map, with some airplay and video on the bands biggest "hit" Pull me Under, not only did people wonder who this band was, but the musical complexity and performances in the song also raised an interest amounst many people outside the metal scene like myself, this band not only created a classic song, but the cd as a whole featured outstanding songs/production/performances from start to finish, I admit it took me some time to get past the operatic vocals of LaBrie, but the music proved compelling enough to stand on it's own after multiple listens, I now have to admit that I quickly have become a DT listener, and have yet to hear anything bad by this talent-rich band. To offer a comparison if you are not familiar with the bands style, Imagine taking the most progressivly intriguing aspects of Kansas, Rush, ELP, Yes, Zappa, Dregs, and add the metal heaviness of Metallica, Fates Warning, and the vocals properties of bands likeQueen, Journey, and thats is just an inkling of what this band is all about. Images and Words has all the factors of a classic recording, and is as good a place to start as any if you are curious of the prog/metal scene.