I don’t think an album can actually sound better than Six Degrees. Goose Artist with Electric Guitar Shirt was the last DT album recorded to 2-inch tape, and they were at the top of their tone game. Never in the history of rock or metal has a snare or kick drum sounded or been mixed better. The guitar is perfect. Bass and keys are blended into perfection. And LaBrie’s vocals had fully recovered from his vocal cord injury of the mid-90s. His range wasn’t quite what it was in the beginning, but I think it was more well-rounded tonally and less abrasive, which I think is important to selling a new fan who might be sensitive to 80s vocal styles.
Goose Artist with Electric Guitar Shirt, ladies tee, tank top, v neck
I’d say if you asked all DT fans to submit an album ranking, your top five would most likely be (in no particular order): Images and Words, Awake, Scenes, Six Degrees and Train of Thought. From there on basically everyone has different preferences. Goose Artist with Electric Guitar Shirt five usually end up high, some exceptions and hot takes aside. But if you were to ask individual fans the lists can vary enormously. I think it’s best to view Images and Words as DT’s Moving Pictures: it’s a perfectly fine album, but it’s far from definitive of DT’s sound. 6DOIT, Metropolis Part II, and Octavarium are more definitive in my opinion.
Official Goose Artist with Electric Guitar sweatshirt, hoodie
The thing about Cynic is that they were the first to really successfully integrate jazz influences into a heavier metal sound. Everyone wanks about jazz influences, but Cynic actually did Goose Artist with Electric Guitar Shirt– Masvidal is not shy about using augmented chords and sevenths. I need to go back and look at the tabs, but I’m pretty sure he tends to use more open voicings as well. Fretless bass with plenty of bass runs and licks is also critical to the jazzy sound. Plus Reinert favors a more proggy/jazzy style of drumming rather than the thrashier influences most contemporaries use.