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SgtShock
September 24th 2013


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really don't see how Mike Portnoy's drumming is "more creative" than Mangini's. Especially considering the latter can
perform segments Portnoy can't play.

manosg
September 24th 2013


6250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mangini is not the problem in this album. He's actually really good.

Digging: Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom

Parallels
September 24th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Portnoy was a beast. Mangini is a wizard like Rudess. Wizards are good and all, but I don't want the entire band to lean towards that wizardry.

SgtShock
September 25th 2013


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think I've ever heard anyone sum up their opinion on the Portnoy/Mangini debate so eloquently. Damn.

tempest--
September 25th 2013


13874 Comments


it's probably been said 100 times already I think the band's on autopilot mode they're just creating the same album over and over and I said this to my friend, they're progressive metal but there's no progression.

trainofconsequence
September 25th 2013


1442 Comments


Mangini did a solid enough job

MAGNIFICENT
September 25th 2013


191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules hard.

Destructerator
September 27th 2013


853 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really enjoyed this release so I'm pos'ing positive reviews and negging negative reviews to level up my internet penis

Destructerator
September 27th 2013


853 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@SgtShock

>Especially considering the latter can perform segments Portnoy can't play.

Example?

BigPleb
September 27th 2013


36979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sup skele, you must be reaching 1000 alt level now?

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io

Mabbitt
September 29th 2013


1369 Comments


Haven't listened to this yet, but from the looks of things it's better than ADTOE, which was my favorite DT album in a while. Not every song was perfect, but it was the most refreshed and natural sounding the band has been in a while. The two albums before it were sort of forced sounding to me. Plus, Breaking All Illusions is one of my favorite songs by DT.

As for Awake, it's good but not one of my favorites. Erotomania is a cool instrumental, The Mirror/Lie is a great metal song (I always listen to them together as one song), The Silent Man a nice acoustic song, and Space-Dye Vest just an all-around cool song, but nothing else on the album ever really caught my attention.

Also, is Illumination Theory basically one long song stretched out over 20 minutes like how Count of Tuscany is, or does it consist of a bunch of different "sections" that build into each other like Octavarium and Six Degrees? (or Rush's 2112)

SgtShock
October 2nd 2013


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Destructeror: Not only does Mangini hold something like 3 world's fastest drummer records, but the man can play his kit nearly ambidextrously. The cymbals are pitched differently on each side as well, so he has a bigger sonic palette. His kit's toms are also in an apex formation, allowing ascending fills to be played easier and sound better as well. Not to mention his monstrous one-handed roll...

When I saw him live he played snare parts from Portnoy's songs with one hand that Portnoy needed two for. In his drum clinics he plays subdivisions on different limbs that boggle the mind.

Having skills (and a setup) like his, can ALLOW you to be more creative than other drummers.

FiveLeavesLeft
October 2nd 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ Is your username based off the Timesplitters character?

SgtShock
October 3rd 2013


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First person in the 6-7 years of me using this sc to guess that. Kudos sir

lak89
October 9th 2013


183 Comments


@Mabbitt - Illumination Theory bears more resemblance to The Count of Tuscany, structure wise you can pretty much draw comparisons.

Parallels
October 9th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"ADTOE, which was my favorite DT album in a while.... As for Awake, it's good but not one of my favorites. Erotomania is a cool instrumental, The Mirror/Lie is a great metal song (I always listen to them together as one song), The Silent Man a nice acoustic song, and Space-Dye Vest just an all-around cool song, but nothing else on the album ever really caught my attention."

4/10

...

Scarred. Voices. Caught in a Web. Lifting Shadows off a Dream. 6:00.

NeroCorleone80
October 9th 2013


29278 Comments


Dont neglect 6:00

Parallels
October 9th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

was just adding that too. seems like Awake is the only way true DT'ers can root out the fakes anymore.

NeroCorleone80
October 9th 2013


29278 Comments


Easy way to root out a fake is if Images, Awake and Scenes aren't their top 3 DT

Parallels
October 9th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but dude scenes is 4 for me behind tot, shit, am i a fake?



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