Reviewed by Nuno on 01 Dec 2000
Some years ago, unaware of the existence of this band, i read a review on this album. That review made me buy Awake that same day.
From the first moment i knew that this would be an album to stand tall in my favourite prog metal albums ever to be made...
No need to talk about the mastery technicallity that you can find in a DT recording...No need to review on the quality of the music you can find in a DT album. Well...makes this work real easy.
This is the DT album that I personaly prefer. Mixing great melodic balads with grandious heavy tracks, DT clearly stated themselves as a reference in prog music, and undoubtely a master reference for many groups to be.
Dream Theater is all that: Innovative, technically superior, Mood changing,...in a word Brilliant.
The Opus that consists in the grouping of songs 5, 6, 7 and 8 is absolutely outstanding, a statement in good taste prog, a reference in divine touched metal.
I rest my case...
Reviewed by MJBrady on 20 Dec 2001
Awake, marked the follow up to the highly touted Images and Words cd, and the band came back with a heavier version of themselves. The metal edge of the bands identity was turned up a notch or two, and may have caught some of their loyal following offguard. This is a cd full of technical, complex, heavy, and well constructed songs. It also marks the last recording to feature keyboardist Kevin Moore(Chroma Key), as he was replaced with Derek Sherinian(Planet X) for the following release A change of Seasons. If Images and Words left the listeners eager for more, they were greatly rewarded with this cd. Seemingly, Dream Theater was destined to greatness, here was a band stepping into uncharted musical territories playing a brand of music that was borrowing from the great hard rock prog bands of the 70's like Rush, Kansas, Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, also adding the heaviness of 90's metal, which put together would prove to be a predecessor to what would be a new genre in progressive music, progressive metal. DT has the unique qualities of the great fusion bands of the 70's, in that they are extremely competent and talented musicians at each instrument, together they are writing music that has all of the challeging demands technical fusion bands like Return to Forever, Mahavishnu, and Brand X or The Dregs, and giving it a swift kick in the butt, they turn up the volume, and utilize the energy and drive of heavy metal to get the fullest effect, this soon created a deluge of upstart bands that would mimic this new sound. Since their onset, the band members have each become well respected and sought after for side projects, yet they still perform their best work collectively as Dream Theater.