Pity the poor prog vocalist. Everywhere else in rock, singers are the center of the show; in prog, they’re regularly upstaged by the accompaniment. That’s particularly the case with Dream Theater, and not just because of the band’s fondness for semi-symphonic interludes and convoluted instrumental breaks. Even when singer James Labrie has the melody, it’s tempting (and often more rewarding) to focus on whatever the guitar, bass, drums, or keys are doing—especially when the rhythmic and harmonic ideas are as ingeniously intertwined as they are on “The Enemy Inside” or the stunningly ambitious 22-minute album-closing epic, “Illumination Theory.” J.D. CONSIDINE
Check out "The Enemy Inside" off Dream Theater below.