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Release date: 7 September 2011
Style: Progressive metal


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01. On The Backs Of Angels
02. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
03. Lost Not Forgotten
04. This Is The Life
05. Bridges In The Sky
06. Outcry
07. Far From Heaven
08. Breaking All Illusions
09. Beneath The Surface

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* The limited Deluxe Collector's Edition of A Dramatic Turn of Events includes a second disc with instrumentals of all the tracks.
* "Bridges in the Sky" was originally titled "The Shaman's Trance".
* A Dramatic Turn of Events is the first Dream Theater album to feature lyrics by bassist John Myung since "Fatal Tragedy" from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory.
* Paul Northfield is credited for the spoken words in "Breaking All Illusions".

Staff review by

It seems that something like that must have happened eventually. Mike Portnoy is gone, and A Dramatic Turn of Events is the first occasion for the metal community to find out how Dream Theater fares without their co-founder and co-leader. Let me tell you straight away that it sucks. It sucks much more than I feared it would having heard the first song off the album, whose name I won't even bother to mention. Why would I want to waste time typing names of crappy songs?

published 21.09.2011 | Comments (185)

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Demonic Tutor

There is no denying Dream Theater has been an enormous influence on progressive music for the last two decades. Every new release of theirs usually generates a buzz among fans and media alike. But since founding member, natural leader and revered drummer Mike Portnoy left the band unceremoniously last year, the free press the band is getting has been off the charts. After an overly publicized series of auditions whence drumming instructor Mike Mangini came triumphant, expectations were at an expected all-time high. A lot of doubts and uncertainties were lingering in the air. So what? You ask. Well, it all depends who's giving you the answer. Reviews have been split across the internet spectrum. But since you're stuck with me, here are my thoughts.

published 02.11.2011 | Comments (28)

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Daniell - 23.08.2016 at 10:39  
Rating: 5
Written by Milena on 25.03.2012 at 23:43

I hope this will be followed by some sort of a return to form. Probably not a 9-10 like back in the day. But some 8-8.5 would be nice. At least that's what I hope for - an actually good album.

Two labums later, we're yet to see your hopes become reality.
Dima - 23.08.2016 at 13:14  
Written by Daniell on 23.08.2016 at 10:39

Two labums later, we're yet to see your hopes become reality.

Man The Astonishing is one of the biggest shitshakes i've heard from a popular band in a long time. It annoys me that my brother purchased and likes that album lol
Milena - 17.09.2016 at 16:58  
Rating: 6
Written by Daniell on 23.08.2016 at 10:39

Two labums later, we're yet to see your hopes become reality.

I didn't even listen to The Astonishing, can't be bothered tbh.
Nagrzer - 19.11.2016 at 01:03  
Rating: 10 Excellent album 10:banger2::banger:

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