Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.84 | 1537 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

2 stars At this point, the band's shtick is really getting old. At what point can we admit that the band has finally gone past the point where adding notes to the music doesn't make it better? Personally, It would have been anything after Six Degrees, for me. It's just gotten worse since Train of Thought. After listening to A Dramatic Turn of Events a few times, whatever whiff of a "return to form" album I got from pre-release hype has shattered. Most of the album seems like riff after riff with out-of-place (presumably) iPad app synth lines, though I'll grant that they could simply be terrible-sounding patches from an expensive workstation. (Which is worse?). And when the band happens to stumble on a good melody that actually elicits an emotional response other than old-hat boredom, they quickly forget it and go back to chugging and headbanging. Roadrunner Records execs must be proud. I think there are only so many ridiculous guitar- synth solo interludes that actually sound interesting, and the band used them up somewhere around Scenes from a Memory. A lot of the songs here have neat choruses (Bridges in the Sky, Breaking All Illusions, On the Backs of Angels) but almost without exception that's all they really offer. I do think Beneath the Surface is a somewhat commendable attempt at tastefulness and holding back. It's a shame I don't really like it, though. I will say one thing: the lyrics are miles better here than their last few albums. I'm not exactly sure who buys progressive rock/metal for the lyrics, though...
stonebeard | 2/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this DREAM THEATER review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives