Because they wasted their talents on making pretentious wankery that they claim to be deep but is in fact Hopsin-level lyricism and riffs for the sake of having riffs instead of actually making something interesting or new
Realistically /mu/fags just don't like them because they think technical proficiency is overrated and they'd rather a femboy indiechampion doesn't sing every note right and can't play guitar that well at all because it's "more genuine" and "emotional" when really they just want an excuse to be held to a lower standard in their musical ability. Dream Theater haters are usually tremendous boners.
Dream Theater is prog without any sense of fun that band like Genesis and Gentle Giant, the songwriting of bands like Pink Floyd or Porcupine Tree, nor the creativity that bands like Can and King Crimson. It's more like technical exhibitionism that quickly gets dull once you realize that it's a front to hide just how ordinary and uninspired the underlying music truly is. Dream Theater may be technically skilled, but the idea of self-restraint and self-reflection seem to be concepts that are taboo to this band. And it's this fact that makes Dream skilled, yet so, amateur
>>61803228 They're described as "progressive" metal despite the fact that they do very little to advance or broaden their genre. I'd prefer to call them "technical power metal" or something. I actually like a fair amount of their stuff, but too much of it just feels rote and soulless.
They've inspired a million knockoff bands, and it's easier to hate Dream Theater's influence than it is to hate Dream Theater itself, IMO.
>>61803524 Going with your framework, Dream Theater aren't "good" either. Just how you can say "They're not bad. You just don't like their style," I can say "They're not good. You just like their style".
Difficult is a neutral trait. you might have a certain preference to difficult music, however, the term difficult in itself doesn't really say anything other than that it's difficult. it's not necessarily good or bad. It only becomes good or bad when taken with how they execute that difficulty and IMO, Dream Theater don't do it well. I can appreciate their music as technical marvels, but the overall listening experience is monotonous, especially in context with other prog and metal bands who manage to execute a similar amount of technical skill in more interesting and effective ways.
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