During an interview, the co-founder and guitarist of Dream Theatre John Petrucci talked about the band’s impact on progressive metal and discussed the bands that were influenced by their work and admitted that some of them make him think that they’ve created ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.’
As you know, Dream Theatre was founded by classmates John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy in 1985 when they were students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After getting hooked up in the band, the bandmates decided to quit their studies and focus on their music which proved out to be a good decision.
Dream Theatre is currently one of the most well-known bands of all time and has sold over 12 million records. In addition to that, alongside Queensrÿche and Fates Warning, Dream Theatre is credited as one of the ‘big three’ bands which are responsible for the popularization and development of progressive metal as a genre.
During a recent interview, John Petrucci was asked about the consequences of being such an influential band, and whether there are moments that after listening to some bands they feel like they’ve created a monster. Petrucci responded by saying that this is definitely true and that when they hear some bands which have been clearly influenced by them, they say ‘Oh my God – it’s a Frankenstein’s monster!’
Here’s what the interviewer asked John Petrucci:
“Dream Theater is the biggest prog metal band in the world. Do you sometimes hear records by other groups and regret creating a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster?”
To which he laughingly responded by saying:
“All the time! That’s so funny. But I love that things have expanded so much. When we started prog metal wasn’t even a thing: there was early Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and us. Now Haken and Tesseract are the next generation. But yeah, we do hear some bands influenced by us and go, ‘Oh my God – it’s a Frankenstein’s monster!'”
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