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A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

3.90 | 1211 ratings

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Valarius
5 stars After the shocking departure of drummer Mike Portnoy, who had been with the band since their formation 25 years earlier, Dream Theater rally back with their first new member in eleven years and show that they can still deliver the goods.

Once the dust had settled and Portnoy's departure had been accepted, Dream Theater fans eagerly anticipated the unveiling of the man who would have the impossible task of replacing one of the greatest drummers in the world. And who better to fill those shoes than Mike Mangini?

With the excitement of hearing what a rejuvenated band with a new member could compose together, I was saddened to hear that this album had already been written before Mangini gained his position. Even more by the fact that the drum parts had been 'written' by John Petrucci. The album is still incredible, but I was pumped to see what Dream Theater could produce with a new drummer and songwriter making contributions to the music.

Musically, this is Dream Theater, so people already know what to expect. Virtuoso musical displays, big, epic songs, heavy, crushing riffs, beautiful melodies and haunting ambience. Petrucci, Rudess and Myung are on top form as ever, and James LaBrie's voice sounds as good as always (though if it holds up in a live setting is an entirely different story). With the inclusion of Mike Mangini on drums, this is a band who clearly haven't missed a beat, and have not let the drama of the previous years events distract them from doing what they do better than anyone else.

Highlights from this record include the single 'On the Backs of Angels', and the epics 'Bridges in the Sky' and 'Outcry'. The more metal tracks such as 'Lost Not Forgotten' and 'Build Me Up, Break Me Down' show that Petrucci can always be relied upon to write riffs that put most metal bands to shame, and ballads like 'This is the Life' and 'Far from Heaven' soften the mood to give listeners a chance to catch their breath.

With their eleventh studio album comes something fans never thought they'd see; a Dream Theater record without Mike Portnoy. As intense and incredible as any of their previous efforts, 'A Dramatic Turn of Events' is proof that the members of Dream Theater are still the best at what they do.

Valarius | 5/5 |

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