Dream Theater
A Dramatic Turn of Events



by AlbumReviewMan USER (2 Reviews)
March 27th, 2012 | 15 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events is the 11th studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 2011 through Roadrunner Records. the album charted at #8 on the Billboard 200. this is the 1st album to feature new drummer Mike Mangini. the lyrics for this album were written by bassist, John Myung, which had credited lyrics on some songs off their legendary record, Metropolis, Pt. II: Scenes From a Memory, which was a legendary record in the progressive metal department. I give Dream Theater a lot of credit. they've released some very fine albums in the progressive metal department, such as Metropolis, Pt. II: Scenes From a Memory, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Octavarium, Systematic Chaos, Black Clouds and Silver Linings. I enjoyed this album a lot. it had some stand out songs on this. Black Clouds and Silver Linings was good but it was somewhat kinda cloudy. but Dream Theater, it sounds like their reconfigured.

A Dramatic Turn of Events is 77:05 minutes in length, filling the entire disc as many of Dream Theater's past albums have. The album's title was a vague reference to the departure of Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess stressed that it is in no way a reference to anyone; rather, the title references the album's recurring themes of dramatic changes. A Dramatic Turn of Events was one of the most anticipated releases from the band within their entire career by some critics. A Dramatic Turn of Events received positive reviews.

Around the summer of 2011, I heard that the band was without Mike Portnoy and that they'd be recording a new album. when I heard that, I thought: hmm, it's Dream Theater, they might make a disappointment. But until they released their 1st single, On the Backs of Angels, I thought I was welcomed back to the Dream Theater. hearing that song, I thought: hmm, sounds like a new drummer. Yes, it was. Mike Mangini was the drummer for this album. A Dramatic Turn of Events has a new drummer, but they still got the same sound, but drums sound slightly different.

1) On the Backs of Angels - The album opener. It is also the released single for this album too. Mike Mangini gives a decent impression, but not outstanding. The departure of Mike Portnoy can be felt. It's a very good track and it is one of my favorites by the band and the album. It has a very strong chorus.

2) Build Me Up, Break Me Down - Starts off with a weird drum beat but it comes in with a very nice monster guitar riff. iI like this song a lot. this is a 6 minute, almost docking in as a 7 minute song. It sounds like a song that could be played on the radio. It has very good vocals by James LaBrie and I love the chorus.

3) Lost Not Forgotten - Starts off with a very nice piano intro by Jordan Rudess. Later in the song, it starts with a fast-paced guitar solo by John Petrucci. After that early solo, it goes away with a cool guitar. It has a decent type of chorus.

4) This is the Life - The ballad for the album. This track is kinda like a jazz ballad. In my opinion, I'd say This is the Life is a decent track. The song speeds up a little bit and John Petrucci lays down a very good solo. It's a good song but I don't really care for the song though.

5) Bridges in the Sky - At first it was called, The Shaman's Trance. Later, the name was changed. But the song starts off with an intro, which is the Shaman, not the band. It's a voice by the Shaman in the intro and in the ending of the song. Then it comes in with a very nice guitar riff. the vocals, the guitar work is amazing. I love the solo a lot, this is one of my favorites on the album as well.

6) Outcry - Starts off soft but it kicks in with a rather loud guitar and keyboard sound. It has some very good instrumental sections. This is a very good song. I love it a lot. Outcry would be a song that they'd probably play live. And it has a very good chorus.

7) Far From Heaven - It's an all piano song, the shortest track on the album. It has a melody that'll always stay in your head.

8) Breaking All Illusions - The longest song on the album, it starts with a fast paced type of riff. Then it has a slowed down kind of verse. It has an upbeat solo

9) Beneath the Surface - The final song of the album. It's a very good ending to the album. It has a good chorus and a good solo by Jordan Rudess. This song will be known as one of the best Dream Theater ballads near in the future.

I enjoyed listening to this album. it would of been better if Mike Mangini was allowed in the song writing process. I thought I'd be disappointed. Nope. Dream Theater didn't let me down.

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  • Xenorazr CONTRIBUTOR (4)
    Less drama, more intrigue....

    Irving STAFF (2.5)
    Not so dramatic after all....

    Willie STAFF (3.5)
    Only the bland drum parts and inclusion of three ballads affect the overall quality of A D...

    OmairSh (2.5)
    Remember that Progressive Metal band that was innovative for its time? Whatever happened t...

  • tiesthatbind (3)
    A decent album that fails to stand out in Dream Theater’s catalog....

    Sig (3.5)
    Dream Theater emerge from their dramas refreshed, if not exactly fresh...

    jybt (4.5)
    After 25 years of Mike Portnoy's drumming, Dream Theater's in-studio response to his merci...

    BugZoid (4.5)
    Pulling in influences from their one worthy source has proven to be one of the best moves,...

  • ijy10152 (5)
    People need to get over Images and Words...

    SethPutnam (4)
    Free from the turbulence and systematic chaos wrought by "black cloud" and "root of all ev...

    SBaldwin747 (3)
    Overall, the album is a mixed affair. If you've listened to Dream Theater's more recent re...

Comments:Add a Comment 
March 26th 2012


I'd indulge in criticism, but others are better suited for the job.

March 26th 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

I could but idk where to start here...

March 26th 2012


Gah Dream Theater

March 27th 2012


jesus a 4.5... you must be like 16 years old or some shit

Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

jesus a 4.5...


Digging: Fleurety - The White Death

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nothing wrong with this, is a fine album

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

jesus a 4.5... you must be like 16 years old or some shit [2]

Sounds like you haven't heard their earlier (better) albums.

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5

awake is the only worthwhile one all the way through

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

metropolis bro and images is awesome throughout minus maybe another day

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5

metropolis is like a 3 and holds some insanely gay ballads and the vocals are at their gayest (through her eyes), images has some great shit and some gay shit, awake is the only one worth getting it progs hard

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5

i mean i like some pop ballads but they do it in the most awful of ways its unlistenable

March 27th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

I think what the first two posters meant to say was...

-Track by track descriptions are best suited for cd previews so try to avoid that style as much as possible.

-Try and work on the flow of your paragraphs and group them as sets of ideas rather than just bundles of sentences.

-Lastly, try and give reasons why you liked and disliked certain parts of the album rather than just describing them. It makes for a more interesting read.

I'm new here myself, so I'm learning as well. I'm sure others have much more they could add to what I just told you.

March 28th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

I actually heard some of the earlier work by Dream Theater. I give Dream Theater a lot of credit, they have put together some very fine albums in the progressive metal department. One of those fine albums, Metropolis, Pt. II: Scenes From a Memory. Some others are Images and Words and Awake.

March 28th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5

awake rules yeah their only awesome record all the way through

even the vocals on it are halfway decent

March 28th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

@NeutralThunder12: True. But you know, Images and Words was what got Dream Theater started. What were you thoughts on Images and Words?

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