Choosing a favorite song is very difficult for me. There are so many that have a significant influence on me based on the technicality of the song, or the emotional impact, or whatever else. After a while of speculating, I decided to look at my own music to determine who has had the biggest influence on me. It comes down to Dream Theater, Tool, and Guilt Machine. There are dozens upon dozens of others who are significant in my musical development, but I think these three are the ones from which I take the most pages. I’ve decided to share Guilt Machine.
Btw: I’m using Grooveshark because the song doesn’t exist anywhere on Youtube, and it’s too large to upload to Tumblr.
I’m a sucker for concepts in music. I liked Linkin Park’s new album right away because it was a concept album. Other shining examples would be Pink Floyd’s epic classic, The Wall, Pink Floyd’s Animals album, The Who’s Tommy, The Chronicles of Isrefel’s Starborn Tome I album, and Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime albums.
For todays song of the day (which, admittedly, seems to happen intermittently as opposed to everyday), I’ve decided to post Dream Theater’s Twelve Step Suite.
The Twelve Step Suite is not on just one Dream Theater album, rather, the songs have each been spread out and featured in every album since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. The Twelve Step Suite, written by Mike Portnoy, deals with his experience of alcoholism. Each song, as the name implies, represents a number of the twelve steps, which are the steps to recovery in organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and other like “12 Step Programs.”
I hope you all like long songs, because each of these is over 8 minutes long with the longest one at almost 14 minutes. Which is reasonable if you imagine that these are technically 12 songs.
Here is the track list (broken down):
The Glass Prison - 13:53
This Dying Soul - 11:28
IV. Reflections of Reality (Revisited)
The Root of All Evil - 8:26
Repentance - 10:43
The Shattered Fortress - 12:49
Anyway, if you guys have an extra hour to spend and listen to this masterpiece, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re in the Dashboard, you have to click this little square here to see the playlist (as if you didn’t know that.)