10- A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011)
The fact that the band released an album after Portnoy’s departure was shocking but what was more surprising was how good it was. All of the long, heavy tracks are great and the closer Breaking All Illusions is one of the group’s best songs.
9- Distance Over Time (2019)
The band lived together in a studio in NY for over a month and recorded their best album in years with the vibrant and exhilarating Distance Over Time, which features some amazing tracks like Barstool Warrior. At Wit’s End, and Pale Blue Dot.
8- A View From The Top Of The World (2022)
The band recently released their 15th studio album after having to cancel their tour due to the global pandemic. The result was their best album in over 10 years. This is a heavy and proggy affair with no short songs and no ballads, but a number of incredible sounding tracks, including the 20 minute title track, Sleeping Giant, the 8-string Awaken the Master, and opener The Alien, which resulted in their 3rd Grammy nomination.
7- Black Clouds and Silver Linings (2009)
The last album with Mike Portnoy was a welcome return to form after the detours with Octavarium and Systematic Chaos. It is worth a listen simply for the bookend tracks, A Nightmare to Remember and Count of Tuscany, which stand among the best songs in their catalog.
6- Octavarium (2005)
This album seems to hold up better as the year pass. There are some amazing, epic tracks on here like Root of All Evil, Panic Attack and Sacrificed Sons, but the brilliant title track ranks among the band’s finest moments.