Origin: New York, New York, USA  
Genres: Progressive Metal, Instrumental
Page online: July 31, 2022
Last update/review: July 31, 2022

Liquid Tension Experiment

Liquid Tension Experiment pairs bassist extraordinaire Tony Levin (King Crimson, plus a ton of session and solo work) with three Dream Theater guys in an instrumental band, and the result is exactly what one would expect -- fusion-y prog rock/metal of the highest order, with standout musicianship all around. They recorded two albums in quick succession in 1998 and 1999, while the third effort didn't come out until 2021. Jam sessions from the second album were released under the amusing title of Liquid Trio Experiment, so called because John Petrucci was forced to miss studio time.

Current Members

John Petrucci

guitars (Dream Theater)

Tony Levin

bass

Jordan Rudess

keyboards (Dream Theater)

Mike Portnoy

drums (ex-Adrenaline Mob, guest for Avenged Sevenfold, guest for Bigelf, BPMD, ex-Dream Theater, Metal Allegiance, guest for O.S.I., Sons Of Apollo)



Discography


Liquid Tension Experiment  
1998 Magna Carta
  1. Paradigm Shift
  2. Osmosis
  3. Kindred Spirits
  4. The Stretch
  5. Freedom of Speech
  6. Chris and Kevin's Excellent Adventure
  7. State of Grace
  8. Universal Mind
  9. Three Minute Warning, Part 1
  10. Three Minute Warning, Part 2
  11. Three Minute Warning, Part 3
  12. Three Minute Warning, Part 4
  13. Three Minute Warning, Part 5
  • John Petrucci
  • Tony Levin
  • Jordan Rudess
  • Mike Portnoy



Liquid Tension Experiment 2  
1999 Magna Carta
  1. Acid Rain
  2. Biaxident
  3. 914
  4. Another Dimension
  5. When the Water Breaks
  6. Chewbacca
  7. Liquid Dreams
  8. Hourglass
  • John Petrucci
  • Tony Levin
  • Jordan Rudess
  • Mike Portnoy



Live In LA  LIVE
2009
  1. Acid Rain
  2. Kindred Spirits
  3. Biaxadent
  4. Freedom of Speech
  5. Improv Jam #1
  6. Another Dimension
  7. State of Grace
  8. Universal Mind Pt. 1
  9. Keyboard Solo
  10. Universal Mind Pt. 2
  11. When the Water Breaks
  12. Improv Jam #2
  13. Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin cover)
  14. Osmosis
  15. Paradigm Shift
  • John Petrucci
  • Tony Levin
  • Jordan Rudess
  • Mike Portnoy



Live In NYC  LIVE
2009
  1. Acid Rain
  2. Kindred Spirits
  3. Biaxident
  4. Freedom of Speech
  5. Improv Jam #1
  6. Another Dimmension
  7. State of Grace
  8. Universal Mind
  9. When the Water Breaks
  10. Improv Jam #2
  11. Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin cover)
  12. Osmosis
  13. Paradigm Shift
  • John Petrucci
  • Tony Levin
  • Jordan Rudess
  • Mike Portnoy



Liquid Tension Experiment 3  
2021 Inside Out
  1. Hypersonic
  2. Beating the Odds
  3. Liquid Evolution
  4. The Passage of Time
  5. Chris & Kevin's Amazing Odyssey
  6. Rhapsody in Blue
  7. Shades of Hope
  8. Key to the Imagination
  9. Blink of an Eye
  10. Solid Resolution Theory
  11. View from the Mountaintop
  12. Your Beard Is Good
  13. Ya Mon
  • John Petrucci
  • Tony Levin
  • Jordan Rudess
  • Mike Portnoy




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