they played Anesthetize live? that must've taken some guts.
and for pt definitely do NOT start with Fear of a Blank Planet. It's a good album, but the best album to start with them would be In Absentia, Stupid Dream or Deadwing.
I tried Deadwing and In Absentia a few years ago and i couldnt get into them, when FoaBP came i instantly loved it and got into Deadwing and IA from there.
I guess it depends on where you are comming from.