Dream Theater
A Dramatic Turn of Events


3.0
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by SBaldwin747 USER (1 Reviews)
May 14th, 2013 | 19 replies | 1,185 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, the album is a mixed affair. If you've listened to Dream Theater's more recent releases, you'll know what I mean. If you're knew to the band, this album isn't week but I would reccomend 'Images and Words' or 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence', whi

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Dream Theater have a routine of writing, recording, and touring, with a new album being released every other year. This doesn't work for me as I had little excitement regarding the new album. After the poor 2007 release 'Systematic Chaos', and the inconsistent 'Black Clouds and Silver Linings' from 2009, my expectations were mixed anyway, and with the added complication of founding member and drumming visionary Mike Portnoy departing in 2010, the band did not seem in the most secure of places to write an impressive new album.

First impressions: album artwork good- different, more colourful than the aformentioned previous releases, and the early single 'On the Backs of Angels', was a good summary of the prog-metal sound, and was deserving of the Grammy nomination in 2012, despite being beaten by Dave Grohl and his cronies with their unlistenable abomination 'White Limo'.

I think the issue with Dream Theater these days is that they are too predictable. You know full well that the album will feature hectic time signatures, crazy solos from Messrs Petrucci and Rudess, and dreamy, high pitched vocals from Labrie. John Myung is at his mysterious best, and the band have made quite a big deel over the fact that he has added lyrics to a song for the first time since 1999. But don't get carried away, the album really doesn't enter any new territory for the band, even with a new member. Now I don't want to criticise Mike Mangini too much, he has had some sizable shoes to fill, however I do wonder how it is possible that a drummer with his credentials can make drum parts sound as dull as he has here. Yes, he offers little in texture and interest, he seems to be simply managing with the music, rather than dominating it in the Portnoy vein.

The second track is a similar story as the first, but it is the third track, 'Lost not Forgotten', which really impressed. You know from the piano intro that you're on to a winner, with strong lyrics, rampaging, technical choruses, and a solo from Petrucci which, for once, actually benefits the song. Now, DT have failed at every attempt since 'Scenes from a Memory', to write a strong ballad. Therefore, the fact that this album included three soft numbers gave me confidence that they had rediscovered their soft side. No. I was wrong. Admittedly, the first of the three is the weakest, it seems as if the band have deliberately tried to make the song as cheesy and cliche as 'I Walk Beside You', from 'Octavarium'. The lyrics, 'Some of us choose to live gracefully, some can get caught in the maze, and lose their way home,' brings a bucket to my mouth.

The middle of the album consists of two long, heavy songs, but which are both catchy and entertaining all the same. They have not been plagued with irrelevant solo passages, or long sections of pointless instrumental. Instead, they flow like all good metal tunes should, and certainly propell an album which, without them would be ruined by cringe inducing moments. Unfortunately, what goes up, must come down, and it's ballad time again. 'Far From Heaven' and 'Beneath the Surface' straddle the album's defining moment, the epic, 12 minute 'Breaking all Illusions', which is kicked off by a brilliant harmonized riff from guitar and keyboards, before an uplifting chorus, and one of Petrucci's best solos.


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Vakarian12
May 14th 2013



3621 Comments


"this album isn't week"

weak*

spelling mistake in the summary lol

tempest--
May 14th 2013



12528 Comments


Also, "if you're knew to the band" and "the band have made quite a big deel"

Vakarian12
May 14th 2013



3621 Comments


final paragraph should be extended or another paragraph should be added to close the review off.

I thought I was in the middle of the review when it ended.

dante1991
May 14th 2013



509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Surprised the fans don't know this by now: Petrucci wrote Mangini's drum parts for this and Mangini was not involved in the writing process whatsoever. That's why they're solid, but less crazy than Portnoy's. Apparentely, on the upcoming album he's been described as "Mangini unleashed".

Seems like I'm one of the few who really digs this album, I have no problem with the ballads at all.



Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Vakarian12
May 14th 2013



3621 Comments


should have known it'd be skele

Artuma
May 14th 2013



10286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dat summary lol

Mangini was a disappointment agreed but Beneath the Surface is awesome, what are you talking about?

anyway, review is otherwise ok but could need some editing, and as someone already pointed out:

"despite being beaten by Dave Grohl and his cronies with their unlistenable abomination 'White Limo'" hahahaha wtf

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

tempest--
May 14th 2013



12528 Comments


lolololololololololololololol

Hoppoman
May 14th 2013



633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There is a reason that people read through their own work, spell checkers lie.

For example.

I see you.

Eye sea u.

ViperAces
May 14th 2013



12374 Comments


spell check would change u to you

JS19
May 14th 2013



4154 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bad review is bad

Digging: Sadistik - Ultraviolet

PsychicChris
May 14th 2013



205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still like this album a lot. Lost Not Forgotten and Beneath The Surface are my favorites.

PumpBoffBag
May 14th 2013



327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review needs work. Album was disappointing imo

ksoflas
May 14th 2013



343 Comments


White Limo kicks serious ass!
I agree about Mangini, his playing is dull.

NeroCorleone80
May 14th 2013



28332 Comments


No it isnt

Artuma
May 14th 2013



10286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

On the Back of Angels is decent

Artuma
May 14th 2013



10286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nothing special imo but not bad by any means, the length isn't a problem for me

NeroCorleone80
May 14th 2013



28332 Comments


Breaking All Illusions is pretty much the only song I like here

Artuma
May 14th 2013



10286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bridges in the Sky ftw

NeroCorleone80
May 14th 2013



28332 Comments


Neck



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