Best Dream Theater Album Closers

kempokid
I was really surprised when I saw that there wasn't list for this, especially considering that most of the fan favourite Dream Theater songs are the closers.

The Top Ten

1 The Count of Tuscany - Black Clouds & Silver Linings

I've always preferred this to Octavarium, while that song had a lot to love about it, this one is extremely interesting as well, but doesn't have a single second of filler, while Octavarium had a bit of time where it was just ambient noise. - kempokid

2 Space Dye Vest - Awake

This is a personal favourite of mine, what it lacks in raw technical prowess, it makes up for it in terms of emotional power. While epics like Count of Tuscany and Octavarium might win in terms of complexity and skill, I find this song to be the one taking me to another world - kempokid

3 Octavarium - Octavarium Octavarium - Octavarium

I absolutely love this song, a lot of it is simply nice to listen to, but the Full Circle section is amazing. The lyrics are a perfect kind of weird, and the melody is amazing. - kempokid

4 In the Name of God - Train of Thought

I like this more than Octavarium, even though The Count Of Tuscany is my absolute favorite on here.

The chorus lone gives this song the right to be high up on my personal list, but as well as that, it has some great solos and great lyrics. - kempokid

5 Learning to Live - Images and Words

This is just an all around great song, with some of my favourite keyboard work by Dream Theater. James Labrie also sings amazingly here. - kempokid

6 Finally Free - Metropolis pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

While the melody is simple and no more than fun, I really love the lyrics. Closing off the album with different characters all singing the same chorus makes for a really good way to end the plot. The ending with Nicholas being killed was also an interesting way to end the song. - kempokid

7 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

While one would expect a song clocking in at over 40 minutes to be a masterpiece, I honestly can't say it's the greatest thing ever. Parts of it like The Test That Stumped them All and War Inside My Head are amazing, but there are sections such as most of Goodnight Kiss and part of Overture that feel like padding. Still a great song overall though. - kempokid

Solitary Shell is absolutely godly, I just forgot to mention it - kempokid

This song is a 42 min masterpiece - Vip3r

8 In the Presence of Enemies Part 2 - Systematic Chaos

I find this to have a very similar issue to Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd, while the first part of the song is absolutely amazing, the second part goes on a bit too long and ends up being more dull than I would like. I still like the song, but it definitely isn't one of the strongest points in Dream Theater's discography. - kempokid

9 Trial of Tears - Falling Into Infinity

It has good moments, but goes on too long for it to be interesting to me, it has a lot of parts which feel like they're going nowhere. - kempokid

This song always hits me hard even though I have no idea what it’s about. John Myung is a lyrical and musical genius.

10 Illumination Theory - Dream Theater

This is my choice for weakest epic that the band has ever done, I find the first few minutes to be great, and then for it to go on way too long. There are things to like in here, but it's ultimately bogged down by too much filler - kempokid

This album is boring as hell and pretentious - Vip3r

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