Bought this a while back and never really got round to giving it a spin. Finally listened to all three discs and...oh man...wow. This is a must if you have even a passing interest in prog rock/prog-power metal.
Disc One is probably the heaviest of the CD's although while there are a few chugging riffs, tracks such as "I Walk Beside" and "Spirit Carries On" are anthemic rockers.
The real fun starts on Disc Two. You just know a track listed as being 40 minutes long is going to be a prog masterpiece and "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" doesn't fail to please. Once the orchestral overture is resolved after six minutes or so, you are treated to one of the greatest songs ever written. If you are a fan of Genesis, Marillion, Floyd, Wakeman or Alan Parsons there's plenty for you here. Some spine chilling guitar work and solos, you will want to repeat this track over and over. "Sacrificed Sons" is the other masterpiece, starting as a slow haunting refrain and dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack on New York though it does get a bit heavy towards the end.
Disc Three completes the set with another prog classic in the shape of the 20 minute plus Octavarium, with Metropolis closing the set.
DT have elevated into one of my favourite bands, yes there's some heavier stuff here, if you are not a fan of the chugging riff your attention may wander in a few places and the orchestra is a bit ropey in places (a by-product of capturing a live performance). However there are plenty of soaring keyboards and guitar soloes and I guarantee once you've listened to the whole album a few times this is music that will stay with you for a long time. Although I wouldn't normally recommend a "live" album as a first experience of listening to a band, I would make an exception in the case of Score and suggest it is an excellent introduction to Dream Theater.