Dream Theater – Honor Thy Father
06 Jun. 2012

Dream Theater – Honor Thy Father

Hello pals,


I’m with you on a Sunday afternoon with one of Lady’s not-so-mini posts! And guess what I’ve got for you today??? A Dream Theater song… Surprise!!! 🙂
There is something interesting about this song. It is a very special song for a DT-head like yours truly and also one of those songs that will grasp you instantly even if you never have listened to them…
Now, what’s the occasion you may ask. Aside from the fact that DT does not need an occasion, well, there is this friend of mine whom I have been trying to interest in DT for quite some time… He would not budge but insist that only the first album was good and the rest was bad – even though he wouldn’t give the discography a chance! And guess what, he was taken by this song!
I reckon, Train of Thought is the best choice to warm up to DT for the metal-heads since it is by far the most metal-y album of theirs. Think Symphony X’s Paradise Lost or Sabbath’s Master of Reality – the album is like the band’s tribute to Metal Gods…
Such albums usually divide the fans – some see them as “the best work of theirs so far” and some as “the odd album that doesn’t sound like theirs.”
I can’t see myself anywhere there though – as a metal-head addicted to heavy tunes, I find this song a very tasty one from a brilliant album.
Moreover, the song has us witness a special vocal treatment by the brilliant James LaBrie, he of the impeccable technique and delicious voice. There is a rhyming bit (yes, as in Rap-like) which some can’t really make sense and some love to bits (e.g. yours truly).
So, we have a – seemingly controversial – song that caused much debate and inside the song we have a controversial bit that caused much confusion and all of that was in an album that caused much controversial debate.
Well, now that you are properly confused, I’ll just say that I’m absolutely and completely against “making sense” of art – which is different than “understanding art” and that’s a rant for another time. Think of it like a David Lynch film. At the end of it, you may find yourself confused, lost and even disturbed – but this wouldn’t change the fact that the experience impressed you and shook you. Which is what art is all about.
Going back to this wonderful tune, its legendary drum intro makes you go “what the hey?” the first time you hear it. Then follows the ripping and tearing main riff that will etch itself into your brain. Mini guitar feats on the background are like brown sauce to a nice steak. You can’t say enough about JP – he’s delicious through and through. Then does not come the usual Portnoy solo. Again a “controversy” – which is a view I find strange as I tend to focus on what I like about a tune and this one is impeccable as is.
Oh, let’s just not forget the Myung’s aggressive bass that will tickle your pleasure centres especially during the intro with its perfect companionship to the guitar.
Jordan Rudess solo, as always, is killer – and it adds much to the mad streak of this song.
Of course, the production and song-writing are incredible as well.
All in all, a brand new sound you would not have imagined before 1990, but everybody can have his own view on that.
The brilliance behind the aggressive drums and the lyrics, the original victim of the titular step father, Mike Portnoy. Do you see the brilliance behind the legendary line?
“Don’t cross the crooked step!”
Haunting, isn’t it? The harbinger of the horror to come in the music to boot – goosebumps!
Portnoy said, when asked about this song, “I’m not very good at writing love songs, so I decided to write a hate song.”
The most frequent theme going on in the song is “regret” while those whispers you hear are from Magnolia, a 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson film that delves into themes like pathetic choices, estranged fathers and regret for the past decisions.
Last, but not least about this wonderful song, the delivery of the following lines gets to me each and every time…

“Expecting everyone to bow and kiss your feet”
“Don’t you see respect is not a one way street”
“Blaming everyone for all that you’ve done wrong”
“I’ll get my peace of mind when you hear this song”

As a final concern, if Portnoy leaving the band means that we will not see this song in their set-list any more, I will be greatly disappointed.
Now, enjoy the song and bask in its torrent of emotions!



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4 Responses

  1. Ahmedinejad says:

    I find the album brilliant, we listen it everyday in Iran. I try to tempt my public to listen to it as well. However I cannot see the real DT spirit in it!

    On the other hand I like your style of enthusiasm and freedom and not being stuck to one song and trying to discover everyday another taste. I unfortunately dont have it and I believe I should be missing many experiences. however I can go climax with one song like no one else can!

    Is it possible that I write a song name on a napkin and you review it for me?

    • LadyObscure LadyObscure says:

      lol.. hilarious comment Ahmed.. love it 🙂 I mean the last part .. ‘a song name on a napkin’.. bahahaha… ok I’m curious to see which song will come up…. You gotta give me some time though… working hard to review new prog albums for you guys….

  2. Dan Blaque says:

    One of my lower ranking DT songs. ONLY gets an 8 of 10. hahahaha!!!
    You can review a different DT every day and it still wouldn’t be enough. 🙂
    Keep on-a rockin’ me Lady!

  3. Mr. Pink says:

    Not my favorite track on this album (that goes to In The Name of God – but that’s probably too long to keep your friend listening). Train of Thought is one of my favorite Dream Theater albums though!

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