5- Train of Thought (2003)
After 2 incredible Prog heavy albums, the band decided to go really, really heavy. And they did so with flying colors (no pun intended). This is a great album from start to finish. There is an intensity in each song that they have not replicated since. This Dying Sould, Endless Sacrifice and In the Name of God are spectacular as is much of the album.
4- Awake (1994)
When it first came out, the album was a bit of a left turn for the band which had just made their names with Images and Words. It was heavier, less keyboard heavy and way more diverse. But rather than make Images and Words 2, they took a solid step forward as songwriters, which few bands in this genre have been able to do. It set the band up for many more albums of experimentation and growth. Many years later, tracks like Erotomania, Voices, Scarred and Caught In A Web remain fan favorites and still resonate live.
3- Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)
Here we start to get to the cream of the crop. Every Prog band has to attempt a double album. It’s in the rules. Not many can produce this good a result. The first disc is complete with all different styles from the aggressive Glass Prison to the Floyd-esque Blind Faith and the equally diverse Great Debate. The second disc is just as good with the 42 minute title track that includes highlights like The Test That Stumped Them All and Solitary Shell.
2- Images and Words (1992)
It is hard not to put this at number 1, with all that it means to so many Prog fans. For many of us that only knew Prog as Yes and Genesis, this was the first time it was heavy and modern and paved the way for all the bands we listen to today. I still remember the first time I heard Metropolis and started laughing, having never heard anything like it before.
1- Scenes From A Memory (1999)
This is pretty much considered universally as the group’s best album and rightfully so. It meets all the marks of a great Prog album and then some. It’s a concept album (check), every song is great (check), it has a mind blowing instrumental (check), a choir (check) and an epic ending (check). The album just turned 20 years old and the band have been playing it in its entirety live on their current tour. Songs like Strange Deja Vu, Fatal Tragedy and Dance of Eternity are some of their best songs and remain incredible live.