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AMGram
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What do you think of them compared to Dream Theater? Some songs are an aquired taste, but I think John Petrucci makes both bands sound similar. His playing may be more pronounced or just plain weird in Liquid Tension Experiment, any thoughts?
lit1219
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#2
I love both bands, (and the funny thing is i was listening to LTE when i came across this thread) but i cant choose which i like more. Petrucci is a true guitarist.
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#4
IMO Liquid Tension Experiment > Dream Theater

Quote by TheHeartbreaker
I haven't really listened to Liquid Tension Experiment before.

They sound interesting, considering who is in the band.

Any recommendations?


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#5
I used to think LTE were a different prog band with different members than DT lol. I liked both of them though (still do)
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LTE is a little bit more... out there.
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#7
i like dream theater more than LTE but both are amazing but as you said before LTE has some songs that are definitly an aquired taste, where as i own 7 DT albums and have yet to find a song i didnt like right off the bat
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Dream theater keeps it more metal as liquid tension are pushing the boundaries of virtuosity, strangness, richness and sound. Not saying dream theater doesn't do that stuff, but i think liquid tension is an outlet for them where by dream theater is just a band.

A bit like my own situation I guess, maybe Im wrong. But i;m in a rockband for playing live with a band, where as with some other musicians we are really pushing boundaries as far as our techniques and musical tastes allow us.

Musical wise - liquid tension

Bandwise - dream theater

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LTE kicks DT's ass.
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#10
DT is my favorite band, but I often find that I like LTE more than DT. Probably because they're pretty much the same, only without James LaBrie. Don't know how much input Levin and Myung have.
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#11
Quote by TheHeartbreaker
I haven't really listened to Liquid Tension Experiment before.

They sound interesting, considering who is in the band.

Any recommendations?


Yeah bro:

Fast/loud songs: Acid Rain, Paradigm Shift, Universal Mind, Another Dimension, Kindred Spirits

Slower more mellow stuff: Osmosis, Hourglass, Biaxident

You can't go too wrong with LTE; awesome band. I love Dream Theater but I think Liquid Tension Experiment just take the cake. Petrucci's best work was done with them. Also, Dream Theater sound at times like they're trying to fit into the metal genre (eg, "Lie"), and it sounds a bit unnatural. I don't get that vibe with LTE, with them it's just free musical expression.
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#12
When the Water Breaks and Another Dimension are my personal favorites.

The first five tracks of LTE 2 are the greatest 40 minutes of instrumental metal ever recorded.
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Quote by Talon6
DT is my favorite band, but I often find that I like LTE more than DT. Probably because they're pretty much the same, only without James LaBrie. Don't know how much input Levin and Myung have.



Umm myung is not involved with LTE.... And Rudess wasnt in DT at the time. The point was for Petrucci and Portnoy to kick musical @$$!!! Just Because we got an incredible keyboardist out of the ordeal, i still dont think of as being basically DT with out a singer.
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#16
When the water breaks has gotta be close to Mike's best drumming efforts and probably one of petrucci's greatest, especially creatively speaking.

Love them both. Both up top in the fave bands.
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#17
Both are absolutely amazing.

I think that both Levin and Myung are absolutely amazing. The main difference between the bands is that LTE is much jazzier, and a lot of their music (with the exception of When The Water Breaks) is jammed instead of composed.
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its hard to believe that LTE wrote acid rain in less than 2 hours, like thats a pretty amazing and complex song
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I like LTE, but I really don't think they match up with Dream Theater. Acid Rain is one of the greatest album openers I have ever heard.
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Anyone looking for reccomendations, just buy both albums.
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Quote by 6DOIT
Umm myung is not involved with LTE....


Yes, I know; the only member difference between DT and LTE during the writing process at this point is Myung vs Levin. I was comparing how much influence they each have on their respective groups.

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And Rudess wasnt in DT at the time.


He didn't join because of Liquid Tension Experiment, he joined because they weren't content with Sherinian. Rudess even played a show or two as a hired hand on the Awake tour as a hired gun before Sherinian came around. That was when their ideas started circulating with each other.

You've watched the Five Years in a LIVETime DVD commentary, right? It's all explained there.
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#22
Liquid Tension Experiment 3??? If so I would be insanely stoked.

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/liquid_tension_experiment_3_is_possible.html
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Quote by Talon6
He didn't join because of Liquid Tension Experiment, he joined because they weren't content with Sherinian. Rudess even played a show or two as a hired hand on the Awake tour as a hired gun before Sherinian came around. That was when their ideas started circulating with each other.

You've watched the Five Years in a LIVETime DVD commentary, right? It's all explained there.


DT was never discontent with Derek...

"All four of us really admire Derek and like him as a person, but it was really just a business decision. It was more about what was right about Jordan, as opposed to what was wrong about Derek. We decided that Jordan was what we wanted and where we wanted to take the band in the future. After John P and I worked with him, we thought "why should we work with him part-time? Let's work with him full-time." And it wasn't out of disrespect to Derek, it was just what we thought was better for the band. "

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We listened to LTE 2 in my Mechanical Drawing class yesterday!!!!! Everyone was like WTF.......This one girl was like"You buy cds without singing?"......But after she got over that she said it was actually kinda cool.......i was like air guitaring with my 4H pencil...................YAY!!!! listened to When the water breaks first.................My tech teacher was a music major first..........thats why i got away with it...........i got him interested by talking about the chapman stick..........anyway thats my story.........sorry about my...................punctuation..
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^ Nice! We listened to Malmsteen's Concierto Suite in my Music Theory class along time ago.
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Quote by 6DOIT
We listened to LTE 2 in my Mechanical Drawing class yesterday!!!!! Everyone was like WTF.......This one girl was like"You buy cds without singing?"......But after she got over that she said it was actually kinda cool.......i was like air guitaring with my 4H pencil...................YAY!!!! listened to When the water breaks first.................My tech teacher was a music major first..........thats why i got away with it...........i got him interested by talking about the chapman stick..........anyway thats my story.........sorry about my...................punctuation..


4H That's the lighter(not counting number) of the two different pencils correct?
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someone on the first page said LTE was for portnoy and petrucci to kick ass...i read that portnoy didnt have petrucci on the top of his list at first
i also read that dimebag was almost guitarist for LTE
and i'm pretty sure portnoy wanted to recruit rudess for DT
and on a side note i'm also pretty sure a lot of LTE is improv.

both bands kick ass BTW but i'd say i like LTE more
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Quote by Godly Moose
4H That's the lighter(not counting number) of the two different pencils correct?

yup........there is a lighter 6h tho too...............if by two different you mean 4h and HB.....
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yup........there is a lighter 6h tho too...............if by two different you mean 4h and HB.....


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The opening of Paradigm Shift blew my mind. I'm downloading both of their albums as I type this.
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#33
Amazing band, they are. More reasons why I say Petrucci is a guitar god.
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Quote by Stratmaster69
its hard to believe that LTE wrote acid rain in less than 2 hours, like thats a pretty amazing and complex song


wtf! you serious?!?!?!?
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wtf! you serious?!?!?!?

I think he means it the other way around.
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#36
I like LTE more than DT. Due in large part for the fact that LaBrie has an annoying voice at times.

Paradigm Shift and Biaxident are my favourites. I'm actually a fan of the DT instrumentals over the vocal stuff. Stream Of Consciousness, Erotomania, Overture 1928, etc.
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Quote by Maet
I like LTE more than DT. Due in large part for the fact that LaBrie has an annoying voice at times.



same here, except id go so far as to say i hate the DT singer and he ruins the band for me.
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#38
Quote by Witch-king
same here, except id go so far as to say i hate the DT singer and he ruins the band for me.

Am I the only person on this thread who digs La Bries voice?
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