10- Dream Theater (2013)
The band followed up their surprising post-Portnoy album Dramatic Turn of Events, with this very solid effort. It is a bit of a Dream Theater sampler in that it features one of everything good that the band as done. Long epic track, a killer instrumental, heavy opening track and a few great album tracks. While not breaking any new ground, tracks like The Looking Glass and Illumination Theory showed the band still had some tricks up their sleeve.
9- Octavarium (2005)
How the band’s albums fall in order can have a lot to do with how many of the songs remain listenable after many years. There are some amazing, epic tracks on here like Root of All Evil, Panic Attack and Sacrificed Sons, and the brilliant title track.
8- 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.
7- 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.
6- 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.