Best Dream Theater Solo Sections

By this, I mean, sections carried by guitar and keyboard solos. It can be either one on their own, or both at the same time. The only things it needs to qualify are that it goes on for an extended period of time where it’s just solos.

The Top Ten

1 In The Name Of God

At the 7:34 mark, just after James’ ridiculous screams.

Anyway, this solo section is just phenomenal. It’s so insanely technical, but it flows so well.

I actually like the Live At Budokan version of this song just as much as the original since it’s not only just a perfect live recording of the studio version, but it also has an epic Petrucci solo at the end of it. If that were in the studio version, it would’ve been even better than it already is, and it’s a masterpiece. - NightmareCinema

2 The Dance Of Eternity

The entire song is just one long instrumental break, and it’s so great. I just love the technicality - NightmareCinema

This song is really powerful and has a great solo. So complex and creative, that’s hard to achieve.

3 A Nightmare To Remember

It may just be technical wankery, but I can’t help but love it. It feels like a slightly less precise version of The Dance Of Eternity, to a certain extent. - NightmareCinema

4 Stream of Consciousness

The solos are plain absurd in this song. It’s an instrumental, but it’s just phenomenal. - NightmareCinema

5 Scarred

It’s just so aggressive and technical...I love it. - NightmareCinema

6 Illumination Theory

In the movement, The Pursuit Of Truth. The keyboard solo in particular is just so good, I can’t get it out of my head. - NightmareCinema

7 In The Presence Of Enemies

In the movement, The Reckoning. The way the solos flow together is enunciated by the album’s excellent production.
Wow, that sounds pretentious. - NightmareCinema

8 The Glass Prison

It’s just pure, brutal, heavy, prog brilliance. There’s no more accurate way to describe it. - NightmareCinema

9 Fatal Tragedy

Not as complex as some others, but it sounds absolutely amazing nonetheless - kempokid

10 Lines In The Sand

It’s just such a calm, emotional, and clean Petrucci solo. If you’re looking for something to get high to, this is it. - NightmareCinema

The Contenders

11 A Change Of Seasons

This is at the bottom because there’s actually a few solo sections. - NightmareCinema

12 Beyond This Life
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Top Remixes

1. In The Name Of God
2. The Dance Of Eternity
3. A Nightmare To Remember
1. Stream of Consciousness
2. The Dance Of Eternity
3. Fatal Tragedy
1. A Nightmare To Remember
2. In The Name Of God
3. The Dance Of Eternity


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