“A massively influential album on me. The guitar sound is something I really related to, still relate to and continue to strive for. That tight, chugging, riffing, powerful right hand, rhythmic interlocking with the drums – that became a signature in Dream Theater. It’s a total, total staple of the DT nutrition pyramid.
“Here and there, I heard some earlier Metallica songs before Puppets, but this is the record that really did it for me. I absolutely fell in love with it. People might say, ‘Oh, it’s not really progressive,’ but it is. The song lengths, the arrangements, and again, the guitar sound and that precise, heavy-rhythmic right hand – it became essential to the Dream Theater sound.”