This rock band was formed in 1985 by Berklee College Of Music students John Petrucci (12 July 1967, Kings Park, Long Island, New York, USA; guitar), John Myung (b. 24 January 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA; bass) and Mike Portnoy (b. Michael Stephen Portnoy, 20 April 1967, Long Island, New York, USA; drums; ex-Inner Sanctum). The trio subsequently enlisted old schoolfriend Kevin Moore (b. 26 May 1967, Long Island, New York, USA; keyboards) and vocalist Chris Collins and began to record demos. Along with a contract with MCA Records, they also secured the services of vocalist Charlie Dominici, adopting their new name in favour of original choice Majesty. Their 1989 debut album showcased material incorporating elements of Rush, Queensrÿche, and Yngwie Malmsteen, in addition to the English progressive tradition embodied by King Crimson and Genesis. Dynamic, multi-faceted hard rock songs, characterized by countless slick time changes and impeccable musicianship, were...
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