Queensryche VS. Dream Theater

a7xforlifea7xforlife Opening Act
edited February 2011 in History of Rock
what prog rock/metal band do you guys think is better? I've been listening to both for about 2 months, and i'm gonna say Dream Theater, they are just more my style.


  • My name is FezMy name is Fez Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    As some people on these forums know, I hate Dream Theater and their wankery.

    Queensryche FTW.
  • AxlVanHagarAxlVanHagar Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    Musicianship? Dream Theater hands down. No contest Ability to write catchy songs and memorable songs? Queensryche hands down.

    I've always loved the level of musicianship in Dream Theater, they are masters of their craft. But I find that largely they aren't that good at wrting actual songs with good hooks and melody lines. I often get bored after awhile of listening to DT. There are exceptions there, I do really love some of DT's stuff I'm talking generally here.

    Quuensryche has above average players in it but are far better at writing a good catchy song that you can sing along to or just tap your foot to. I've liked Queensryche for quite some time. First time I saw them was in 1986 on the Rage For Order tour, they were opening for Ozzy. Been a fan ever since.
  • Xaris3514Xaris3514 Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    Both rock out loud, however, I personally like Dream Theater more. Queensryche is currently my fourth favorite prog metal band behind, in order from my favorite to my least favorite, Sonata Arctica, Machinae Supremacy and Dream Theater.
  • a7xforlifea7xforlife Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    i get where your comin from axl, i find myself tapping or chanting to queensryche songs more often then dream theater songs, but dream theater consists of better musicians
  • Xaris3514Xaris3514 Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    a7xforlife;1483495 said:
    i get where your comin from axl, i find myself tapping or chanting to queensryche songs more often then dream theater songs, but dream theater consists of better musicians
    But he never denied that.
  • HungryfreakHungryfreak Headliner
    edited October 2008
    I'm going with Queensrÿche. I never really got too much into Dream Theater. Admittedly, I haven't given them too much of the old college try, but I haven't liked much of what I heard.
  • JukeBoxHeroJukeBoxHero Headliner
    edited October 2008
    Queensryche from what I heard(song wise) is fairly good but I'm siding with Dream Theater on this one. I got more knowledge of their songs and so far it's solid so I'm picking them for now.(That could easily change in the future).

    Edit:A couple typos that need to be mended.
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    HAHHHHH tiebreaker. Queensryche ftw!
  • Sir_PhobosSir_Phobos Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    Dream Theater, Geoff Tate owns James LaBrie though.
  • tofubottofubot Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    funny, i was arguing the merits of queensryche's operation: mindcrime at the bar last night when "breaking the silence" came on VH-1 classic.
  • GNRrockslifeGNRrockslife Rising Star
    edited October 2008
    Queensryche. Although they suck live now a days, I saw them open for H&H twice last year and it almost turned me off to them completely.
  • TexiclesTexicles Unsigned
    edited February 2011
    Stumbled on this old thread and thought I'd weigh in.

    Perhaps I'm biased because DT is my favorite band of all time, but I have to agree with the sentiments expressed above. DT is/was (since Portnoy left) the most talented group of musicians I've ever heard. That's not to say that any one of them is the best player, of their particular medium, in the world, simply that none of the members of DT are even close to mediocre.

    Don't get me wrong, I've actually been listening to a lot of Queensryche lately, and I enjoy them very much. I'd certainly love to see them get some DLC for RB3. All of the members are talented, and their songs are very catchy, but I don't see the level of complexity in their music that makes DT such a joy for me. I'd say that I put QR in the realm of Iron Maiden in terms of my enjoyment (read: pretty damned high on my itunes play count).

    Too often discussions like these operate on the premise that musical enjoyment is some objective standard and people who don't like what you like are just foolish. Clearly this is not the case, and neurology is increasingly confirming that different elements of music influence different people. For me, radical time signature changes are a huge musical turn-on, so DT keeps me enthralled after years of listening, but that may not be what gets everyone else going.

    Just my .02

    Also, Geoff Tate is undoubtedly talented, but he's never given me chills like Labrie has. For reference, see Labrie's F# in Learning to Live (pre-Live Scenes from New York, where he was recovering from a ruptured vocal cord).
  • BachiGBachiG Inconceivable...
    edited February 2011
    I only voted for Queensryche, because I listened to them more while in high school. Only found out about Dream Theater much later. I wouldn't say that Queensryche is/was a better band per se', just the one I happened to listen to more.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited February 2011
    Dream Theater; Queensryche has hit higher heights, but the sum total of their repertoire is rather disappointing. Apart from "Train of Thought" (an album that borders on self-parody), about the worst I can say for any Dream Theater album is that it's somewhat flat or more of the same. They haven't had the stinkers Queensryche has had.

    That being said, Queensryche does have "Operation: Mindcrime", but one album won't save a band's reputation all by its lonesome.
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited February 2011

    Although in the grand scheme of things, I'd probably really choose neither.
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited February 2011
    Fates Warning Blows both of these bands out the water as far as Prog Metal goes.

    That being said, though I like both of these bands, Queensryche gets the edge.
  • RockoxRockox Road Warrior
    edited February 2011
    I listened to Dream Theater a lot when I was in high school and in university, but lost interest in them after Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence came out. I didn't enjoy the vocals or melodies as much as previous albums and I simply grew tired of the extended jams. I've tried getting back into them since then and enjoy the odd tune here and there, but never as much as those first few albums.

    I started listening to Queensryche when Operation: Mindcrime came out and it blew my little 11-year old mind. From there, I caught up on their back catalog and have been following them ever since. I admit that I lost interest in them in the late 90s because I was in my hipster phase (and let's be honest, Hear in the Now Frontier and Q2K are kinda sht except for one or two tracks), but I got back into them once Tribe was released. Admittedly, Queensryche has never reclaimed its old glory of the 80s, but I always look forward to hearing what Geoff Tate and the boys are up to next.

    tl;dr Queensryche
  • emotigrowemotigrow Opening Act
    edited February 2011
    Dream Theater all the way.
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