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ON THE BACKS OF ANGELS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.56 | 109 ratings

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Starhammer
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2 stars Exit the drummer...

The first single from their 2011 album, A Dramatic Turn of Events.

The Good: Clearly the loss of founding member Mike Portnoy has put a lot of fans on edge, wondering if the replacement found in Mike Mancini would meet their high expectations. I on the other found find this matter to be incredibly trivial. Sure Portnoy is a fantastic and influential drummer but by the end of his reign his output was becoming incredibly derivative, and so a breath of fresh air might be good for the whole outfit. Equally, his influence over the musical direction the band took seemed to be fairly strict, and so his loss might be everyone else's gain. That seems to be the case here as On the Backs of Angels is one of Dream Theater's most progressive tracks for years. I'm hearing Learning to Live, Stream of Conciousness, The Great Debate and a generous serving of Ruddess/Morgenstein project. The riffs are abstract and unpredictable with plenty of room for instrumental exploration. We can also hear John Myung clearly for what is probably the first time this millenium!

As for the new drummer, its impossible to make a judgement at this stage as all he has done is peform the tracks pre-programmed by John Petrucci. I look forward to hearing his creative output on future releases.

The Bad: The production is weak, especially the drumming, and the song itself isn't all that memorable. It would have also been nice to see artwork specific to the single.

The Verdict: Interesting.

Starhammer | 2/5 |

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