You got into them before they released The Astonishing. You really couldn't have picked a worse time to discover them. I've been a huge fan since Images and Words and The Astonishing killed about 90 percent of my enthusiasm for the band. That's how bad that whole endeavor was for me.
Oh gosh I think this is what happened to me, very early in my DT experience. Maybe if I do decide to do a marathon in future, we could make it a small group conversation and revisit them together! Me, you, EP and Mick!