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Awake is the third studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theaterreleased on October April In Paris - Tony Mottola - Romantic Guitars, through East West Records. It was the last Dream Theater album to feature The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake Kevin Moorewho announced his decision to leave the band during the recording of the album.
Much of the material for The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake was written in writing sessions between February and Aprilduring which Dream Theater were under pressure from their record label to produce an album as successful as Images and Words with a single similar to " Pull Me Under ". The label wanted the band to produce a more metal -oriented album, hoping it would be easier to market. John Purdell and Duane Baron producedengineered and mixed the album.
The album's cover, designed by the band, features numerous references to the album's lyrics. Released at the height of the popularity of grunge music, Awake initially received mixed reviews, though more recently the album has been referred to as one of the band's finest releases. The album peaked at 32 on the US Billboardthe highest position a Dream Theater album would reach on that chart until 's Systematic Chaoswhich peaked at The band's record label considered the album a commercial failure, which would lead to the band being pressured to write more radio-friendly songs on The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake subsequent studio album.
There is no title track on the album, but the lyric awake appears in the songs "Innocence Faded" and "The Silent Man". After a month-long break, Dream Theater started working on their third studio album in February The lack of a leader within the band increased tensions in what were already tense sessions.
Keyboardist Kevin Moore noted at the time that "there are arguments that last forever because there's nobody to come in and draw the line". The fighting never came to blows, but there was a lot of bickering over every single element, like the fine details of what the third note on the sixty-fourth bar should be. The success of Dream Theater's previous album, Images and Wordsparticularly the single "Pull Me Under", put pressure on the Soundless Pain - Illogicist - The Insight Eye to produce a similarly successful follow-up album.
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So everybody walked away being completely satisfied with their performances and their sounds. Towards the end of the recording sessions, Kevin Moore announced to his bandmates that he was leaving the band. It wasn't that he was rude or unpleasant with anyone," he said. And when he was there, the guys told me he'd be sitting reading a magazine when they were trying to work out riffs. I kind of admired that. Moore stated that he decided to leave because his approach to writing music Play Another Song For Me - Various - 80s Electro Classics: Volume 2 (File) changed.
He had become more interested in writing and recording his own material. After leaving Dream Theater, Moore continued to release music, musically far-removed from his work with the band. When mixing, Purdell and Baron were initially joined by the remaining members of the band. When Duane and John went in, they knew everything that needed to be there and how we wanted The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake to be represented.
The album's opening track, "", features lyrics written by Moore, hinting at the growing distance between him and the rest of the band. Petrucci wrote the lyrics of "Innocence Faded", inspired by his deteriorating friendship with Moore. But then I'll kind of generalize and add in Lorrie Morgan - Standing Tall situations," Petrucci said.
There was a feeling of it not being the same way it had been, and the realization that things were not always going to remain the same.
Portnoy stated that the instrumental "Erotomania" was written "off the cuff"  as "a bit of a joke and parody". He researched schizophrenia and similar disorders and used religious terms "to make things more vivid".
I read that and was like 'Oh my God! That's unbelievable; I've got to write about that. LaBrie described the lyrics as dealing with "communication breakdown, for instance between a father and a son. We feel that we have to play certain roles when around one of our parents, and we never really get to know the real person.
I'm lucky that I behave with my own father like I would a friend. We can joke around and go for a beer. Portnoy wrote the lyrics to "The Mirror", describing his battle with alcoholism. He would return to the subject on later Dream Theater albums with the group's so-called " Twelve-step Suite. Notably, although this is the first song released on a studio album with Balzac - Blackout fully written by Portnoy, he had previously written part of the lyrics for Take the Time on Images and Words.
The song is a live staple of the band. I heard this groove and I was going 'Oh my God, that's a song in itself! Can't we take that groove and build a song? This sucks,'" Petrucci recalled. All of a sudden it evolved Queen Of The Night - Simon Di - Fonkability this song.
The lyrics to "Scarred" were initially inspired by a mishearing of the lyrics to The Clash's " Rock the Casbah ". The lines inspired by "Rock the Casbah", while present on the working demo, were removed entirely for the final release.
Larry Freemantle, who had designed the cover of Images and Wordsprovided the artwork for Awake. As with Images and Wordsthe band instructed Freemantle to include several lyrical references in the cover, such as a clock showing the timea mirror and a spider in the middle of a web.
Awake was released on October 4, through East West Records. What we're basically talking about is the awareness of your existence - becoming closer and more in touch with yourself and ultimately discovering what works best for you as an individual as you try to get through life.
The album sold 36, copies the The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake week it was released. The accompanying music video featured the band, then a four-piece, playing the track at various locations in New York City, including the Brooklyn BridgeTribeca and a tunnel in Manhattan which had to be temporarily closed in order to complete the shoot.
It was hoped that "Lie" would be as successful as "Pull Me Under" had been, but the single failed to make The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake impact on the charts. Portnoy was keen to direct the music video for "The Silent Man", but East West only offered him a co-directing credit with Pamela Birkhead. On the day of the shoot, Portnoy became violently ill, and when not needed to perform rested in his tour bus bunk.
With Moore no longer a member of Dream Theater, the band needed to find a replacement keyboardist for the forthcoming world tour The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake support of Awake.
Before the tour started, the band had a headlining concert on September 9, at the Foundations Forum in Burbank, California. The album was to be unveiled in a live setting for the first time. At the same time, he had received an offer to perform with the Dixie Dregs for shorter runs of shows and had a job with Kurzweil.
Rudess also had a young family and was unsure if Dream Theater "was just going to be a flash in the pan". The band held another round of auditions and were impressed with Derek Sherinian. Sherinian, who studied at Berklee College of Music the year before Petrucci, Portnoy, and Myung did, had previously played with Alice Cooper and Kiss and enjoyed similar music to the other members of Dream Theater.
But it is amazing what one will do to ascend We weren't in a position for me to take a six-month break so I had to keep touring. I didn't feel that my voice really started to come back until maybe the Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence tour in That's when I started to feel my range and strength coming back. The band held a minute's silence at every show in Japan in memory of those who had died. The show, performed to an invitation-only audience of three hundred, featured guest musicians such as Barney GreenwaySteve HogarthSteve Rothery and Steve Howe.
Awake peaked at 32 on the Billboardremaining in the charts for six weeks. This led to the band once again working with David Prater on A Change of Seasons and to the record label putting increasing pressure on the band to make songs on their next studio album, Falling into Infinitymore commercial and radio-friendly. Awake received acclaim from music critics.
Q wrote that "fans of Marillion may well love this, and even the sceptical listener can enjoy the crunching, radio-friendly choruses of "Scarred" and "Caught in a Web". More recent reviews have been more favorable. Reviewers praised the album's production, noting the album is darker and heavier than previous Dream Theater releases.
Phil Carter of AllMusic highlighted Petrucci and Portnoy's performances;  Metal Storm praised LaBrie and Portnoy;  Murat Batmaz of Sea of Tranquility praised all the performances, but singled out Moore's contribution as "immense" and complimented him on "a lucid layer of atmosphere around [the album] built by none other than Kevin Moore.
In a Guitar The Mirror - Dream Theater - Awake interview, Chuck Schuldiner praised Awake and the band Dream Theater in general, claiming that "their music is very complex, but they definitely have hooks, which is crucial to making music listenable", citing them as an influence on the more progressive nature of his band Death 's later material as opposed to the stagnant death metal scene at the time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dream Theater. Main article: A Mind Beside Itself. This excerpt is taken from forty-eight seconds onwards. Main article: Space-Dye Vest. In spite of the plentiful redeeming features on Awakepress reviews were generally subdued. It must of course be remembered that it was released just as the shoegazingmiserable purveyors of the fad known as grunge were taking hold.
The British press in particular seemed dazzled by the work of Kurt Cobain and his cohorts, and anything that wasn't based around three chords or packed with lyrics championing depression as a lifestyle choice was in for a hard ride.
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