Originally known as Majesty, the nucleus of the band is comprised of John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums), who met at the Berklee School of music. Dream Theater's music is an interesting thrash-influenced brand of progressive rock. After being dropped by MCA following the failure of their 1989 debut album, vocalist Charlie Dominici quit the band, and it appeared doubtful that they would be able to make it.
However, the band somehow broke through on MTV with an edited version of Images and Words' "Pull Me Under." Petrucci has been hailed as a guitar hero of the future, being one of the few technically proficient guitarists to emerge in the '90s. Among Dream Theater's other releases were 1995's Change of Seasons and When Dream and Day Unite. Once in a Livetime followed in 1998, trailed a year later by Scenes from a Memory. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide