Dream Theater releases Images and Words
Images and Words is the second studio album by influential American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1992.
It was recorded in late 1991 at BearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York. The album is the first Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. Single Pull Me Under is Dream Theater's only Top 10 hit to date. This particular song has also had some very recent success as it has appeared in the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour. Many critics and fans cite this album as a landmark release for the progressive metal genre. Although there isn't any title track in this album, the phrase Images and Words appears in the song Wait for Sleep.
Images and Words has garnered overwhelmingly positive critical and fan acclaim. As of July 5, 2008, heavy metal database The Metal Archives ranks Images and Words as Dream Theater's second best album with a 94% rating based on 12 fan reviews. Murat Batmaz of the popular progressive rock/metal review website Sea of Tranquility awarded the record a perfect score, calling it a "masterpiece" and "the most important Dream Theater album, ever".
Images and Words is currently ranked #2 on Digital Dream Door's list of the top 100 progressive metal albums of all time.
Images and Words, an RIAA certified gold album, features several tracks that fared well on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, including Pull Me Under (#10), Another Day (#29), and Take the Time (#22).