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

4 stars I am an old prog guy (70s Genesis, Yes, Kansas, Camel, ELP, etc.). So when I first bought Images and Words, I thought the keyboard playing was so plastic - and I returned the album (I lived in Phoenix, AZ, at the time, and Zia Records is the BEST place for any genre of rock - and other - music). Then, I bought Awake and I said, "Well, what have we here?" I thought the artistry was fantastic - right up there with the best of ELP or Genesis, especially. I thought Portnoy definitely had chops, but nothing to glue me to the band. Then, I got the DVD of G3 Live in Tokyo (2005) and it featured John Petrucci (and Mike Portnoy) of Dream Theatre. And, again I said, "Well - that is some really good music." I lived in the southern Philippines at the time, with no access to recent music. By the time we came home to the States in late 2010, there was a buzz about a shake-up in Dream Theatre. When I heard later in 2011 that Mike Mangini replaced Portnoy, I said I have got to check them out again, because I have tried to follow Mangini especially since his stints with Extreme and Vai (on G3 in 1996). My son got me A Dramatic Turn of Events for Christmas 2011 and - wow - I have a new appreciation for the band that is Dream Theatre. They capture a lot of what I loved about 70s prog - nice melodic sections mixed with virtuostic guitar playing (both lead and bass) and excellent drumming. Since I haven't really followed the band throughout their career, I will have to give this album a 4.75. Because it is an "excellent addition to any prog rock music collection" and it aspires to be "essential" be "a masterpiece of progressive rock music." As one with a palette for the choice 70s prog, I would rank this right up there with one of the best I have ever heard...
prog4evr | 4/5 |


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