I missed this post @JudasMyGuideDude, get used to it. I'm so much against the current I used to keep waking in the middle of the night all sweaty and panicked, asking my wife to assure me that I haven't turned into a (gasp!) hipster... But got used to it. But yeah, all my favourites are always eliminated immediately, but I still participate as much as I can. And it was a Survivor that produced those huge walls of text on Dream Theater two years ago (though I know that's probably not something to mention in front of ye ). I think it's nice when people open up and the Survivor sometimes helps in that regard.
Anyway, did I take it correctly than that you prefer the early albums to the latter ones? Which are your favourites, if I may ask? (Or if you've already said so somewhere here just cross-refer).
Yeah, I prefer the early stuff (first three albums). I've witnessed that stuff live and that was a vastly different experience than studio. From later work I like The Quantum Enigma the most. Simone is better on this one than on the latest album, but that one still has some very nice songs (and also contains more generic/less interesting music with lesser melodies/riffs).