Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Cover art by Dung Hoang
Studio album by Dream Theater
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2002 (2002-01-29)
RecordedMarch 12–August 2001 at BearTracks Studios in New York City, New York
GenreProgressive metal
Length1:36:13 (Total)
54:11(Disc one)
42:04(Disc two)
LabelElektra
ProducerMike Portnoy, John Petrucci
Dream Theater chronology
Live Scenes from New York
(2001)
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
(2002)
Train of Thought
(2003)
 
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Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Cover art by Dung Hoang
Studio album by Dream Theater
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2002 (2002-01-29)
RecordedMarch 12–August 2001 at BearTracks Studios in New York City, New York
GenreProgressive metal
Length1:36:13 (Total)
54:11(Disc one)
42:04(Disc two)
LabelElektra
ProducerMike Portnoy, John Petrucci
Dream Theater chronology
Live Scenes from New York
(2001)
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
(2002)
Train of Thought
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[2]
Rolling Stone(Favorable)[3]
411mania.com(8.5/10)[4]

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is the sixth full-length studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater. It was released as a double-disc album on January 29, 2002 through Elektra Records. Excluding the A Change of Seasons EP, it is the first Dream Theater album to feature a title track.

Contents

Concept

The recording is a type of concept album wherein the five songs which comprise the first disc explore different themes of lifetime struggle, such as alcoholism, loss of faith, self-isolation, and death. The sixth song—a 42-minute track occupying the entire second disc, separated into eight parts—explores the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses. Particularly represented are bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, post-partum depression, autism and dissociative personality disorder. Furthermore, the title of the album may also allude to the fact that each song on the album could be seen as a different form of inner turbulence, with the six tracks making another reference to the six degrees, along with the apparent reference to the six degrees of separation. The musical styles of each section of the title track are direct reflections of the band's large variety of influences. Classical, folk, jazz and metal styles are present within the track.

Songs

Influences

Influences for the album's writing and recording, according to the authors, include Metallica's Master of Puppets, Radiohead's The Bends (and also a Radiohead bootleg Mike brought in), Pantera's Far Beyond Driven and song "Mouth for War",[7] Megadeth's Rust in Peace,[7] U2's Achtung Baby, Tool's Ænima, Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral, Soundgarden's Superunknown, Alice in Chains' Dirt, Kevin Gilbert's Thud, King's X's Faith Hope Love and Galactic Cowboys' Space in Your Face, Béla Bartók, Rage Against the Machine's The Battle of Los Angeles, and Maria Tipo's Chopin Nocturnes.[8]

Track listing

Disc one

All music composed by John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess and Mike Portnoy.

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."The Glass Prison"
  • I. "Reflection"
  • II. "Restoration"
  • III. "Revelation"  
Mike Portnoy13:52
  • 5:54
  • 3:44
  • 4:14
2."Blind Faith"  James LaBrie10:21
3."Misunderstood"  John Petrucci9:32
4."The Great Debate"  Petrucci13:45
5."Disappear"  LaBrie6:45

Disc two

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence"
  • I. "Overture"
  • II. "About To Crash"
  • III. "War Inside My Head
  • IV. "The Test That Stumped Them All"
  • V. "Goodnight Kiss"
  • VI. "Solitary Shell"
  • VII. "About To Crash (Reprise)"
  • VIII. "Losing Time / Grand Finale""  
 42:02
  • 6:50
  • 5:50
  • 2:08
  • 5:03
  • 6:17
  • 5:47
  • 4:05
  • 6:00

Chart performance

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Personnel

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