Release Date: Sep 9, 2011
Record label: Roadrunner Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Metal, Neo-Prog, Prog-Rock
Review Summary: Only the bland drum parts and inclusion of three ballads affect the overall quality of A Dramatic Turn of Events.There’s probably not a single Dream Theater fan that doesn’t already know that Mike Portnoy is no longer in the band. In fact, thanks to Mike’s stint with Avenged Sevenfold, even people that are apathetic towards Dream Theater’s music know the general details. At any rate, bad publicity is still publicity and the band member drama has definitely created more of a buzz for this album than it would have probably had otherwise.
A Dramatic Turn of Events, the 11th studio long player from progressive hard rock act Dream Theater, is understandably among the most anticipated in their decades-long career. Founding drummer Mike Portnoy -- long considered, with guitarist John Petrucci, to be DT -- left the band and was replaced with veteran Mike Mangini. This is the set that answers the question about his impact on their sound.
On December 28, 2009, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, drummer for metal band Avenged Sevenfold, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 28. Avenged Sevenfold was preparing to go into the studio in early 2010, so they reached out to one of their idols, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, to fill in for the new recording. Portnoy went on to spend the summer of 2010 touring with Avenged Sevenfold, and in late September, announced that he was leaving Dream Theater.
It turns out that new Dream Theater sound much like old Dream Theater. Raziq Rauf 2011 It's impossible to not acknowledge the drummer-shaped elephant in the room: this is the first Dream Theater album without Mike Portnoy on it. Having been rather publicly replaced by the formidable Mike Mangini, the influential prog-metal masters made quite the show of having moved on from the loss of one of their founding members.