"When Dream and Day Unite" is the debut studio album by influential American progressive metal band Dream Theater. The album is composed mainly of material that originally surfaced during the band's early years as Majesty.


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Dream Theater's "When Dream and Day Unite": A Progressive Metal Genesis
Album Description:

Released in 1989, Dream Theater's debut album, "When Dream and Day Unite," marked the beginning of a groundbreaking journey in the realm of progressive metal. Emerging from the burgeoning metal scene in the late 1980s, the album showcased the band's unique blend of technical proficiency, complex song structures, and soaring melodies.

Historical Context and Genre

"When Dream and Day Unite" arrived at a time when progressive metal was still in its formative stages. Bands like Rush and Queensr├┐che had laid the groundwork, but Dream Theater's debut pushed the boundaries further with their intricate arrangements and ambitious songwriting. The album showcased a band that was not afraid to experiment and challenge the conventions of heavy metal.

The genre itself is characterized by its fusion of heavy metal's aggression with progressive rock's complexity and experimentation. Dream Theater's debut album embodied this spirit, featuring extended instrumental passages, intricate time signatures, and a wide range of musical influences.

Musical Exploration

"When Dream and Day Unite" is a masterclass in musical exploration. From the opening track, "A Fortune in Lies," to the epic closer, "Only a Matter of Time," the album takes listeners on a sonic journey filled with unexpected twists and turns. Tracks like "Status Seeker" and "The Killing Hand" showcase the band's technical prowess, while "Light Fuse and Get Away" and "Afterlife" demonstrate their melodic sensibilities.

Lyrically, the album delves into themes of introspection, social commentary, and personal struggles. The lyrics are often poetic and thought-provoking, adding another layer of depth to the music.

Production and Recording

The album was recorded at Kajem Victory Studios in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. The production team, led by Terry Date, captured the band's raw energy while ensuring a polished sound that met the standards of the time.


"When Dream and Day Unite" did not generate any significant controversies upon its release. However, the album's complex song structures and progressive leanings may have alienated some fans who were accustomed to more straightforward heavy metal.

Album Description & Collectors information: 
This album "DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos. 

Music Genre:

Prog Metal 

Album  Production information:

The album: "DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite" was produced by: Terry Date and Dream Theater

Steve Sinclair - Producer, Manager, Bassist

Steve Sinclair, In the 1980s Steve Sinclair has been a successful producer for Heavy Metal bands. As an A&R Manager for Combat Records and Mechanic Records he produced many talented Heavy Metal and Punk bands. These bands include: Death, Crumbsuckers, Agent Steel, Nuclear Assault, Zoetrope, Ludichrist, Possessed, Dream Theater, Voivod, Vio-Lence, Abattoir, Dark Age, D.B.C., Dark Angel, Helstar

Brian Stover - Sound Engineer
Joe Alexander - Sound Engineer
Terry Date - Sound Engineer, Producer

Terry Date is an American Music producer and sound recording engineer, specializing in the rock genres, specially heavy metal.

He was born on 10 November 1954, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Date began his musical career in the 1970s as a recording engineer, working on albums by a number of well-known artists in the rock and heavy metal scenes.


He is known for his distinctive production style, which combines powerful, heavy guitar sounds with dynamic, punchy drums and clear, clean vocals. Date has been recognized as an influential figure in the heavy metal and hard rock communities, and his work has been widely praised for its impact on the sound of modern metal music.

He is well known for his work with Overkill , Metal Church , Slipknot, Pantera, Soulfly, White Zombie, Deftones, Dark Angel , Dream Theater, Slayer , Soundgarden and Limp Bizkit.

Trish Finnegan - Sound Engineer
Ioannis - Album Artwork

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Band Members and Musicians on: DREAM THEATER - When Dream and Day Unite
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Charlie Dominici vocals
  • Kevin Moore keyboards
  • John Myung bass
  • John Petrucci guitars
  • Mike Portnoy drums