New Dream Theater Drummer
2011-04-29 by Kadir Ari | 117 Comments

Progressive metal band Dream Theater has announced that Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Extreme, Annihilator) will officially be their new drummer, replacing the recently departed Mike Portnoy. Mangini is notorious for being the world record holder for most beats (1247) per minute.


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AnotherBrick
April 29th 2011

9767 Comments


hmmmmmm

shindip
April 29th 2011

3536 Comments


not a bad choice

Xenorazr
April 29th 2011

317 Comments


0_O

pizzamachine
April 29th 2011

12568 Comments


Whoah.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2011

20283 Comments


Big shoes to fill

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beefshoes
April 29th 2011

2146 Comments


Dude is annoying.
They could have gotten someone way better.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011

16126 Comments


Won't replace his songwriting prowess. Next album will probably suck.

danielito19
April 29th 2011

3086 Comments


cool story bro

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tables
April 29th 2011

124 Comments


as a big dream theater fan, I'm seriously annoyed at how dream theater thinks that this is a big enough deal to make a 3 part documentary about this. like shut up.

also this dude seems alright, i guess only the next album will tell how this works out

Polymath
April 29th 2011

3836 Comments


I dunno about this...

LepreCon
April 29th 2011

3545 Comments


Damn fucking shit I thought for sure that Zac Farro would get this gig, mega DISLIKE! ='(

Emim
April 29th 2011

26205 Comments


So now instead of ten minute drums solos we can look forward to

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Thor
April 29th 2011

10158 Comments


Mangini's better than Portnoy, end of story.

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dixoncocks
April 29th 2011

2380 Comments


mega downgrade

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kingjulian
April 29th 2011

1294 Comments


In a perfect comedic world they would've resurrected the Rev and had him join.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2011

20283 Comments


Hope that Portnoy does a Wes Borland-esque comeback in a few years

UnnamedOcean
April 29th 2011

3932 Comments


Most beats per minute? yay what a retarded record to hold.

11hoagjo
April 29th 2011

15 Comments


dude is awesome


dixoncocks
April 29th 2011

2380 Comments


the record seems cool on paper, but that was the most boring minute of my life.

Drsmith4
April 29th 2011

1697 Comments


ehh. whatever.

CrownOfMagnets
April 29th 2011

2193 Comments


Mike Mangina

eternium
April 29th 2011

16213 Comments


Most beats per minute? He should do grind or black metal instead.

pedroia55
April 29th 2011

1458 Comments


lololoolololololol

someguest
April 29th 2011

18941 Comments


So now instead of ten minute drums solos we can look forward to

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YES

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G3N3R1C
April 29th 2011

1945 Comments


Mike Mangina [2]

lololoolololololol [2]

yep. i have nothing else to contribute here.

pedroia55
April 29th 2011

1458 Comments


Mike Mangina [2]

lololoolololololol [2]

yep. i have nothing else to contribute here. [2]



Spec
April 29th 2011

26847 Comments


Don't care.

TomAkaVeto
April 29th 2011

1523 Comments


Dream Theater sucks anyway. whooooooo caaaaaaaaarrrres

Jethro42
April 29th 2011

12089 Comments


I don't like Mangini and I'm surprised Portnoy is not back to the fold. It's sad.

asaf
April 29th 2011

874 Comments


portnoy will be back once the new fan base dissolves

demigod!
April 29th 2011

41002 Comments


at least Rush still has Neil Peart

FearThyEvil9
April 29th 2011

11411 Comments


Wow wasn't expecting him as a replacement.

Ire
April 29th 2011

41474 Comments


mike mangini is cool

portnoy and dream theater can foad for all i care

TheyTookErrJobs
April 29th 2011

283 Comments


Good replacement imo

someguest
April 29th 2011

18941 Comments


band has absolutely zero worthwhile material

R6Rider
April 29th 2011

4086 Comments


love their early stuff, but all the mindless wankage they're doing now needs to stop

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wakeupdead
April 29th 2011

2196 Comments


1247 bpm? thats it? lol

Ire
April 29th 2011

41474 Comments


he topped it

it's 1249 now. HIS POWERLEVEL KEEPS RISING

MO
April 29th 2011

17409 Comments


He's ok. Not as creative as portnoy. I've lost all interest in this band anyway.

R6Rider
April 29th 2011

4086 Comments


Surprised they didn't try out Sean Reinart.

Ire
April 29th 2011

41474 Comments


Sean Reinart is waaaaay too good for this band.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2011

48592 Comments


Have they not heard that Justin Bieber shreds the drums?
Not even an audition?


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Ire
April 29th 2011

41474 Comments


huhuhuhuuhh so funneee

Static
April 30th 2011

1412 Comments


marco minneman would've been amazing. oh well

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2011

19445 Comments


it's 1249 now. HIS POWERLEVEL KEEPS RISING


soon it'll be....OVER NINE THOUSAND!

climactic
April 30th 2011

17330 Comments


hope portnoy pulls a bruce dickinson and comes back. theres something i dont like about mangini although he seems fully capable

beefshoes
April 30th 2011

2146 Comments


Maybe it is because he is goofy as fuck?
Just throwing that out there.


TomServo
April 30th 2011

542 Comments


MIKE PORTNOY IS PISSED!

Josh D.
April 30th 2011

13967 Comments


Great, they replaced one novelty with another.

DonniSharK
April 30th 2011

466 Comments


This will not end well. I honestly would've prefered Derek Roddy; he may be known for extreme metal, but is range is absolutely incredible.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2011

48592 Comments


Jordan Rudess really does look like a wizard.

Emim
April 30th 2011

26205 Comments


soon it'll be....OVER NINE THOUSAND!


Wait til he pulls out the Kaio-Ken

Supaduck0
April 30th 2011

49 Comments


Mike Mangina [3]

lololoolololololol [3]

yep. i have nothing else to contribute here. [3]

zuzek
April 30th 2011

748 Comments


Safest choice they could make out of all 7 auditions by far. I'm really not surprised.

JesusV4
April 30th 2011

391 Comments


Makes sense that they'd get the most competent-despite-lack-of-a-big-name drummer. This way they get the best quality, yet may kick him out in the event Mike Portnoy comes back.

bodiesinflight57
April 30th 2011

866 Comments


Marco Minnemann would have been epic

dante1991
April 30th 2011

481 Comments


Seems like a great replacement to me, dunno what everyone is on about. And whats with all the hate!? Ratings on the albums suggest that people generally like them...


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KILL
April 30th 2011

67191 Comments


cool hes a good drummer

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VicariousIntent
April 30th 2011

1591 Comments


Anyone dissing Mangini has no idea what he's capable of. The man is a monster. One of the best drummers I have ever known. So I'm definitely interested to see where this goes.

I thought for sure they were gonna choose Terry Bozzio or some shit. But this works. Definitely curious about the future.

Jethro42
April 30th 2011

12089 Comments


''The man is a monster''

more like a robot

Jethro42
April 30th 2011

12089 Comments


He's not figuring among my top 10 drummers, but I must admit he's dangerously talentuous actually.

scissorlocked
April 30th 2011

3483 Comments


Marco Minnemann was by far the coolest drummer who auditioned

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climactic
April 30th 2011

17330 Comments


^ this

Underflow
April 30th 2011

2185 Comments


Now they just need a new vocalist.

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SowingSeason
Emeritus
April 30th 2011

14513 Comments


sweet now i can continue not listening to dream theater

nothing will ever touch scenes anyway

Tyrael
April 30th 2011

20442 Comments


sweet now i can continue not listening to dream theater


Best comment ever

scissorlocked
April 30th 2011

3483 Comments


they're doomed to release shit

what they should do is retire and call Moore to write an album alone under the name Dream Theater

climactic
April 30th 2011

17330 Comments


thought you liked them sowing

Willie
Moderator
April 30th 2011

15781 Comments


--Surprised they didn't try out Sean Reinart.--

That's who I was hoping they would pick, too. They could have also looked into Fates Warning's old drummer.

Anyway, even of the 7 people that they auditioned there were at least two I would have picked over this Mike.

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Jethro42
April 30th 2011

12089 Comments


''if neil peart joined...''

Yeah he's The Professor after all.




Realm
April 30th 2011

2074 Comments


Aw man I was really hoping Varg would get the gig.

Ayon
April 30th 2011

160 Comments


"Now they just need a new vocalist."

They need to maintain their Canadian street cred.

Mike Mangina [9827583297503]

lawlz


bloc
April 30th 2011

34502 Comments


Great choice. The mini series they put out showing him was quite enjoyable.

Marco Minnemann would have been a close second. Hell, he's Paul Gilbert playing the drums after all. Not only talent wise but even looks.

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TheStarclassicTreatment
April 30th 2011

2909 Comments


Mangini is one of the world's best drummers and anyone who contests that is an idiot.



Fieryfenderz
April 30th 2011

1379 Comments


Can't wait for their new 1247 bpm jazz suite anthology.

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Torii
April 30th 2011

801 Comments


Cool choice. He's awesome.

Also, Mike Mangina [98798798798789]

myhigherpie
April 30th 2011

3027 Comments


and Jordan Rudess is still the only real musician in this band.

bloc
April 30th 2011

34502 Comments


Goodbye Mike.

Welcome to the family, Mike!

SwayzeFaced
May 1st 2011

336 Comments


i just came to laugh


(laugh)

TheHamburgerman
May 1st 2011

1251 Comments


Excellent choice. Same style of playing, same amount of skill.

Butkuiss
May 1st 2011

3908 Comments


They replaced Mike Portnoy with Mike Mangini. I wonder if they did it just to take a stab at Portnoy. I'd be pretty devastated if my band hired a guy with the same name as me to take my place.

I don't get why they even bothered. Rudess has a metronome on his keyboard, amirite?

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011

5626 Comments


what they should do is retire and call Moore to write an album alone under the name Dream Theater

this................


Can't wait for their new 1247 bpm jazz suite anthology.

lol yeah can't wait either.... :P






I watched that documentary they did while they were picking a drummer. First in line was Mangini, with whom the band seemed to get along really well. I realized immediately that DT had made their choice, based on really getting along with the new drummer, rather than using new potential to make NEW and EXCITING music.

Marco Minnemann and Derek Roddy would be great choices for me (especially Minnemann), but the DT guys just wanna continue being prog rock dinosaurs, they don't really care about re-inventing the wheel, their last 2-3 releases show just that.

I guess I'm going to have to continue ignoring them, as i do from 2005 and forth...

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scissorlocked
May 1st 2011

3483 Comments


voivod said it all

Roddy is a blastbeat titan and Minnemann is very inventive, they could have added new spirit to the band

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2011

5626 Comments


Donati was monstrous too.



The good thing about Mangini is that in concert someone is going to be actually head(body)banging.

I gotta admit, this is an improvement.

UnfunFionn
May 1st 2011

54 Comments


Nothing sadder than my Dream Theater-fan Facebook 'friends' all emotionally posting 'welcome to the family' messages while proudly proclaiming how they're willing to accept Mangini with open arms.

They've made some fantastic music, but there's so much pathetic shit surrounding this band...

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 1st 2011

4835 Comments


i am just baffled that virgil donati didn't get the gig. easily the best of the bunch...

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 1st 2011

4835 Comments


also i dont think myung says anything the entire documentary

Jethro42
May 1st 2011

12089 Comments


Donati is fantastic, but he's too jazzy for DT.

blazebaileyfinnegan3
May 1st 2011

209 Comments


Lol they should replace james labrie

dante1991
May 1st 2011

481 Comments


Kingsoby1, i was actually surprised how much Myung did talk on the documentery. Was pleasing and he seemed more involved than he has been in years.

Hopefully a new drummer will breathe new life into Dream Theater, as even though I loved Black Clouds, I can't help but miss the old, more structured Dream Theater that focused on meaningful lyrics and more focused songs.

Altmer
May 1st 2011

5652 Comments


Mangini = shredwank time

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 1st 2011

4835 Comments


mangini was definitely closest to being portnoy for sure

Shredzilla
May 1st 2011

501 Comments


Jeez, some people here will bitch about ANYTHING. I think it was a good choice. I can see why they chose him.I did like Marco a lot, and, if it were me, I would have chose him. At the same time, these dudes know what they want AND what they need, so I'm confident in their choice. Now all they have to do is put out a worthwhile album, which is something they haven't really done since Six Degree of Inner Turbulence.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 1st 2011

4835 Comments


yeah and that wasn't even stellar compared to SFAM.

ProYiffer
May 1st 2011

99 Comments



Mike Mangina [4]

lololoolololololol [4]

yep. i have nothing else to contribute here. [4]


Sound
May 1st 2011

3838 Comments


Altmer sighting*


As for DT, let's see if they pass the final 'test/phase' with Mangini..


Mabbitt
May 1st 2011

1251 Comments


The way I see it, Mike Portnoy was leading the band into a more metal direction, i'm glad that they didn't get any of the guys doin all the blast beats and stuff, cuz that'd make DT go further into metal territory, which is something they don't do well. Marco might have been able to breathe new life into the band, and creatively, I think he would have been the best choice, but I don't think they want to change their direction. Mike Mangini seemed to 1. be the best fit personality-wise and 2. seem like the most natural fit for their style of music. I can't see any of the other members actually fitting in as a true member of Dream Theater. Peter Wildoer would have fit in well IMO, but they said he's pretty much the quintessential metal drummer, which I don't think is what DT needs.

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blazebaileyfinnegan3
May 1st 2011

209 Comments


James labrie has cancer

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2011

48592 Comments


Don't say that.

chris0987
May 1st 2011

66 Comments


world record holder for... "some bullshit douchebaggery that only riff nerds care about"

hope this guys drumset is smaller and maybe their music will make more sense

Altmer
May 2nd 2011

5652 Comments


That's like asking for the world to suddenly shrink to the size of the Moon.

FilthyBorgir
May 2nd 2011

1334 Comments


bring on the blast beats.

iamnot
May 2nd 2011

73 Comments


eh. you cant replace.

itchy
May 2nd 2011

243 Comments


"and Jordan Rudess is still the only real musician in this band."

Although Scenes and Six Degrees (excellent) were the first two albums cut with him, it was when Rudess joined that Dream Theater began to devolve into a keyboard/guitar alternating weedly smeedly wankfest five-mil. The man lives to wank.

MarkvandenBerg
May 2nd 2011

67 Comments


Fantastic Choice! Minneman would have been brilliant but I think Mangini fits the profile a little better.

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Jethro42
May 2nd 2011

12089 Comments


wireless drum machine

krig9412
May 2nd 2011

791 Comments


So anyway did you guys hear about this Osama guy that just recently died?

Infernis
May 2nd 2011

397 Comments


Sean Reinart wouldn't really of been an ideal pick because his background just isn't...that so much, he has more of a jazzy touch, I don't know. Isn't to say he can't, but Mangini makes sense. Definitely an incredible drummer, got to see a clinic of his and was blown away. Marco or Wildoer would of been interesting, though I'm surprised that Virgil didn't just blow me away like he usually does. Kind of cool though, finally can say the dude is human.

The guy who plays in spiral architect would of been interesting at the audition. Don't care a ton for DT, but was drawn in just by the drummers alone.

lauriej
May 3rd 2011

1710 Comments


speed =/= technicality

MyMentality
May 3rd 2011

70 Comments


Why is everyone being so hard on the guy? I think he's great, he is a rapid drummer at the least, I'm sure if everyone gives him a chance he can produce some nice progressive metal beats. I'm not sure if he will live up to Portnoy however, he'll need time to settle, the next album might be a shock, but I reckon it will just become natural after a while.



ncguitar
May 3rd 2011

2200 Comments


Osama = best camper ever

Pi3ce0fmind
May 4th 2011

41 Comments


Dude, he wasn't even a good camper. He just used Ghost Pro and Hacker behind his teammates to get his killstreaks.

6Dark6Cell6
May 4th 2011

255 Comments


it's 1249 now. HIS POWERLEVEL KEEPS RISING


soon it'll be....OVER NINE THOUSAND!

He can increase his power level by concentrating it into a single beat!

Bfhurricane
May 5th 2011

6194 Comments


I'd like to see Dream Theater move back from heavy metal to more progressive rock. Don't know if that's happening now, but to be fair I haven't really heard this guy play or know what he's like.

RATM46
May 6th 2011

26 Comments


his a really good drummer, but idk about the new album, i fell its gonna be hit or miss with everyone

itchy
May 13th 2011

243 Comments


At first I was thinking "Couldn't they find someone more fitting?". I wasn't too sure about this till I saw the 3-part documentary clips on youtube. Now I'm thinking "who else could they have chosen?". Of course the documentary was edited to make you feel that way to some degree, but I actually kinda like Mr. Mangini now. I hope they do something spectacular with this opportunity to change things up.

mawgojzeta
May 27th 2011

7 Comments


Time will tell. I am open to seeing what happens.



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