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26 Years Ago DREAM THEATER Changed The Progressive Metal Landscape Forever: “Images And Words” Was Released

“Images and Words” turns 26 years old today. Dream Theater’s second, and most famous release, is undisputedly hailed as a progressive-metal defining classic, given its tremendous influence on the further development of sub-genre with an identity of its own. It marked a pretty major change from their debut for a variety of reasons, the most obvious being the appearance of James LaBrie as the new vocalist, the crystal-clear production (despite a wacky drum snare sound which became a talked about point later on) , and the evolution of the group’s composition and performance, while at the same time was also…