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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B005974CNA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
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Legendary progessive metal band Dream Theater release their eleventh studio album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Following the much-reported departure of drummer Mike Portnoy, this is the bands first record with Mike Mangini, Fans were treated to a special documentary sharing the audition process and giving a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the band, culminating in the announcement that Mangini was the world class sticksman who would be joining the band.
"I'm incredibly psyched with the way this album came out and can't wait to share it with everybody," says guitarist John Petrucci, who also serves as the producer for A Dramatic Turn of Events alongside mixer Andy Wallace. Vocalist James LaBrie enthuses, "In the grand scheme of Dream Theater's career, the last several months have been such an incredibly positive, fulfilling and rewarding experience. The new songs and sound has never been so spirited or rejuvenating. I cannot wait for every one of our fans to sink their audio senses into this batch of tunes."
The epic album artwork was created by Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden).

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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. The question, though, was: who would step up? Would Jordan Rudess slip in a few more keyboard solos? Would John Petrucci's guitars solos shine even brighter? Would James LaBrie's relatively one-dimensional vocals ever do something different?

Yes, kind of, and no are the answers to those questions. A guitar solo in On the Backs of Angels opens the album gently before the heavy riffs and a big keyboard influence emerge. It's a couple of minutes before the vocals come in, and it simply sounds like Dream Theater. Along with all the luscious bombast and complex arrangements expected from a near-nine minute song, there are the trademark, questionably clich� lyrics (Leading lambs to slaughter, tears falling, etc) as well. Panic over, then, as it's business as usual. Time to keep calm and carry on.

But let's talk about Mangini a bit. While calling the five-time World's Fastest Drummer "technically proficient" would be a hearty insult, his work here is hardly imbued with creativity. While it's clear that he's able to recreate Portnoy's drumming in the live arena, it's telling that the drum lines for this album were already written by the time he'd reached the studio. Maybe the next album is where Mangini will be allowed to shine.

After the thoroughly metal opening chords of Build Me Up, Break Me Down, the song continues menacingly until an overly syrupy chorus which see LaBrie whine somewhat amongst the theatrics. The comforting pianos of Lost Not Forgotten give way to some outrageous solo battles between Rudess and Petrucci; but the keyboard contributions halfway through Outcry are absolutely ridiculous. It's one of those moments where you begin to wonder if Dream Theater haven't jumped the shark somewhat.

Ultimately, A Dramatic Turn of Events probably isn't too far from what this band would've created even with Portnoy in the ranks. It still sounds like a Dream Theater album, and that's all anyone's ever going to ask for.

--Raziq Rauf

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